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Lyme Disease Prevention  

It is extremely important to take appropriate measures to protect against tick-borne illnesses. Prevention strategies include repellants, tick checks, proper tick removal, yard care, pet prevention and an ability to recognize the symptoms of tick-borne diseases. If there is one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Lyme disease it is that it is better to prevent disease than to become ill.

Tick bites are painless. It is possible to get bitten by a tick any season of the year, and many people are infected in their own backyards. Several different repellants can be used to deter ticks.

Regardless of the use of repellants, there is no guarantee and nothing beats a thorough tick check. Tick checks should be done after any outdoor activities. Thoroughly check the entire body including in the hair, behind the ears, behind the knees, underarms, etc.   Also check pets for ticks. When it comes to tick checks, it is important to be vigilant.

If a tick becomes attached, the proper way to remove it is with fine point tweezers. Using the tweezers/or newer tick-pickers,  to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, pull the tick straight back. Or, there are "tick-pick" tools available.  Do NOT use any substances on the tick. Substances may cause the tick to back out on its own which increases the likelihood of it transmitting the infection. You may then place tincture of iodine, clean with diluted, food-grade hydrogen peroxide, soap and water. Check site daily for infection.

Treatment of tick-bites is an individual decision and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Many patients advocate for their friends and family to receive treatment when bitten by a tick, due to the devastating effects of the disease and the fact that the best prevention of chronic disease is aggressive treatment early on. Discuss treatment with your physician, and learn about the illness so you can recognize it.Treat all tick bites no matter how long it has been inbeded.

While appropriate treatment of tick-bites can be very beneficial, LymeInfo has serious concerns about what is commonly referred to as "the two doxy" approach. This method involves the use of 2 pills right after tick-bite to "prevent" disease. However, LymeInfo's concern is that this treatment has the potential to knock down the germ load while not eradicating the infection, thereby eliminating the early, most recognizable signs of the disease. We can only wonder how many patients are later diagnosed with other illnesses that are really Lyme disease.

Learn to recognize the early signs of disease, and treat as soon as they develop. Treatment is most effective in the early stages of the illness. While some people in the general public have concerns about the use of antibiotics, in the case of Lyme disease the complexity of the organism may or may not necessitate antibiotic therapy. Currently, most treatments use an integrated approach of both, herbal and antibiotics.  Finding the correct combination requires an expert. Always remember that Lyme is a difficult to eradicate disease that can infect every organ of the body.

Although tick-borne illnesses are primarily transmitted by ticks, there is widening concern about the same infections being transmitted in other ways. There is no human vaccine currently available to protect against Lyme disease. The one made for animals doesn't work and quite frankly, I personally would not opt in on that. 

Funding and research needs to come from non-competing entities that are not tied in with Big Pharma.  The CDC's information is outdated and for some reason they do not want to admit to the epidemic that is occurring, nor will they validate newer and more accurate testing.  What is up with that!

Repellents 

My choice is CedarCide I.R.S.  Made from Cedar oil.
Safe to use around children and pets.  May be applied to lawn as well. Found at Amazon.

For pets, consider Natural Flea and Tick Defence, made from a variety of natural oils, including lemongrass, cinnamon, sesame and castor.

Miscellaneous 

Immune boosting is important:

Astragalus herb 1,000mg. daily/all year.

Homeopathic
Borrelia Nosode
30c 3 x daily for 3 days.

Andrographis 400mg. 1 cap
3 x daily seasonally.

Cat's Claw 500mg. 3 x daily/seasonal

See more info about treatment and prevention in Healing Lyme by Stephen H. Buhner.

I always carry Homeopathic Ledum 1m in the summer months.  Apis, another homeopathic remedy may help ease the discomfort of the tick bite site.

Stay out of the woods and tall grasses.  Ware long pants tucked into your socks. Wear white so that you can see the ticks. In the spring the nymphs are very small and difficult to see until they become engorged.  In the fall the ticks are much easier to see.

Check yourself and partner and children after they have been outdoors. Look in non-obvious places like the back, under creases, like the breast, in pubic hair and the hair line and scalp.  Only 30% of tick bites will show a rash. Do not use that as your guide. Treat all tick bites.

Protecting your animals,  means protecting you and your family. Check with your veterinarian and find the safest and best protection available.
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Lyme disease and coinfections can have serious and life long challenges if not treated quickly, aggressively and properly.  Never assume that the tick bite is not a Lyme tick. Take precautions and DO NOT let the medical profession down-play your symptoms or concerns. 

This illness is difficult to treat once it has reached critical mass in your connective tissues, organs and frontal lobes of the brain. 

Some people respond quickly and without much discomfort to treatments, be they herbal or antibiotics.  Others, have a difficult time tolerating the herbs and antibiotics for the long period of time needed to knock down the bacterial count.

Most will experience mild to strong die-off to treatments and feel lousy. Some will have muscle weakness and strange sensations  and feel as if their skin is crawling.

Sleep can be seriously disrupted and sweats and chills common.  Lymies are usually Magnesium deficient. A product called Cal-M/Calcium & Magnesium before bed can help w/sleep.

Often, the coinfections are more difficult to treat than the Lyme due to the fact that they are nano-bacterias like malaria.

Everyone responds differently to treatments. Be aggressive and try as many ways to kill off the bacterias. I believe the best way to deal with this entity is by
SURPRISE!   Mixing up your treatment routine and supplements, keeping them on their toes  and off-guard.  And don't forget your animals can get Lyme and need to be treated immediately.  The signs may be not eating, lethargy and and overall malaise, joint stiffness and difficulty getting up from lying down.  

I want to thank you for taking charge of your medical destiny and ultimate health.  You need to be your own best advocate to navigate through this challenging illness. 

Be strong and fight.  Don't give up or give in.  You will win the fight and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

Namaste,
Sallie