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Lyme Disease is probably the most devastating and growing disease yet denied and controversial within the medical community. Its main symptom is unexplained chronic fatigue.

Due to problems with our health care, medical denial, drug companies, and hypochondria theory, Lyme Disease is a very serious plague.  Not tomorrow but right now! Lyme disease is growing very fast yet few recognize it as doctors seldom diagnose it, and antibiotic treatments and lab tests are often ineffective.  Antibiotics are over prescribed, destroy the immune system and bacteria's are growing more resistant.  Ticks are becoming more infected and the disease is rapidly spreading throughout all of North America.  Deer, pets, rabbits, cows, and other animals spread the disease through contact to urine as well as host to infect more ticks. Chronic fatigue is fast becoming a national problem.  Depression is a national problem that most doctors refuse to recognize as anything other than the result of thoughts.

Here are some important facts about Lyme Disease supported by the reports on this page.

  • Few doctors recognize or treat it.
    • Most think it is only in the North East
    • It is listed by many experts as the most prolific and serious vector born disease in the US and Canada
    • Even if you have never been in tick wilderness you can get it from your pets.
    • The US center for disease control shows it in almost every state.
  • It has the same symptoms as hypochondria
  • The standard medical diagnostic tests are as much as 50% unreliable.
    • Most doctors will not treat it without proof
    • Even after a positive test the next one may be negative
  • The standard medical treatment is antibiotics
    • Even if they work it usually does not last as the disease hides in cartilage and comes back later.
    • Antibiotics have serious side effects
    • When it comes back the standard response is stronger and higher doses of antibiotics
  • Some doctors say forget the tests and if you have the symptoms treat it.
  • Sea salt and vitamin "C" may work better with less problems than antibiotics

List of Symptoms: (many of these are only visible in advanced stages and one may have only some of them) This list is compiled by webmaster taken from numerous unlisted sources.

  • Flue-like symptoms such as fever, chills swollen lymph nodes, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and joint pain.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
    • tired and unable to do things you used to do
    • excessive sleep
    • unable to wake up
    • half awake and unable to move
    • want to do something but just too fatigued to try
    • isolation from friends and family
    • Weakness
  • Arthritis symptoms; muscle aches and joint pain, stiffness
    • Juvenile Arthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Reactive Arthritis
    • Infectious Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Raynaud's Syndrome
    • Stiff or painful neck
    • Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
    • Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)
    • Musco-skeletal System
    • Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Facial twitching or other muscles,. Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
  • Vision disturbances;
    • Increased floating spots
    • Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
    • Over sensitivity to light
    • Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes
    • Double vision
    • Fluctuating blurry vision
    • Flickering vision as if a Venetian blind is opening and closing many times a second
  • Meningitis symptoms; fever, stiff neck and headache
  • Headaches, mild or severe
  • Mental problems:
    • diminished concentration
    • memory loss or lapses of memory
    • Disorientation, confusion
    • stuttering
    • irritability; anger, lowered threshold of tolerance of others or life situations
  • Sleep disorders
  • Raised rash, disappearing and recurring · Head, Face, Neck
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Seizures
  • Pressure in Head
  • White Matter Lesions in Head (MRI)
  • Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Dental problems (unexplained)
  • Upper Respiratory Problems;
    • runny nose ·
    • Sore throat
    • Coughing; phlegm
    • Congestion
    • Pneumonia, colds, flue
    • Shortness of breath, can't get full/satisfying breath, cough
    • Asthma and lung problems
    • Respiratory and Circulatory Systems
  • Ears/Hearing
    • Decreased hearing in one or both ears
    • plugged ears
    • Buzzing in ears
    • Pain in ears, oversensitive to sounds
    • Ringing in one or both ears
  • Digestive and Excretory Systems
    • Diarrhea and or Constipation
    • Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
  • Chest pain or rib soreness
  • Night sweats or unexplained chills
  • Heart palpitations or extra beats
  • Endocarditis, Heart blockage
  • Neurological System
    • Tremors or unexplained shaking
    • Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
    • Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
    • Pressure in the head
    • Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
    • Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
    • Increased motion sickness
    • Lightheadedness, wooziness
    • Obsessive Compulsive behaviors
  • Psychological well-being
    • Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
    • Unusual depression
    • Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
    • Feeling as if you are losing your mind
    • Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
    • Too much sleep, or insomnia
    • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
    • Panic attacks, anxiety · Mental Capability
    • Memory loss (short or long term)
    • Confusion, difficulty in thinking
    • Difficulty with concentration or reading
    • Going to the wrong place
    • Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
    • Stammering speech
    • Forgetting how to perform simple tasks
  • Reproduction and Sexuality
    • Loss of sex drive
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
    • Unexplained breast pain, discharge
    • Testicular or pelvic pain
    • Hormone fluctuations and problems
  • General Well-being
    • Unexplained weight gain, loss
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Swollen glands/lymph nodes
    • Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
    • Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
    • Symptoms seem to change, come and go (this results in misdiagnosis of bi-polar and manic depression. Especially as many of the symptoms mimic depression)
    • Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
    • Early on, experienced a "flu-like" illness, after which you have not since felt well.
    • Low body temperature
    • Allergies/Chemical sensitivities
    • Increased affect from alcohol and possible worse hangover
    • Yeast infection (Candidia) result of weakened immune system and or result of antibiotic drug therapy

1. CURING LYME DISEASE WITH SAMENTO By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.

2nd paragraph "...Dr. Paul Fink, past president of the American Psychiatric Association, has acknowledged that Lyme Disease can mimic every psychiatric disorder in the Diagnostic Symptoms Manual IV. This includes attention deficit disorder (ADD), antisocial personality, panic attacks, anorexia nervosa, autism and Ausperger’s syndrome etc. It might be prudent in any person suddenly found to have psychiatric symptoms to obtain a Q-RIBb blood test to exclude Lyme Disease...

(3d) paragraph) "Biology professor, Lida Mattman, author of Cell Wall Deficient Forms: Stealth Pathogens, has been able to recover live spirochetes of Bb from mosquitos, fleas, mites, semen, urine, blood, and spinal fluid. A factor contributing to making Bb so dangerous is that it can survive and spread without having a cell wall (cell wall deficient CWD). Many valuable antibiotics kill bacteria by breaking down the cell wall. These antibiotics often prove ineffective against Bb."

(4th poaragraph) "Lyme Disease is now thought to be the fastest growing infectious disease in the world. There are believed to be at least 200,000 new cases each year in the U.S. and some experts think that as many as one in every 15 Americans is currently infected (20 million persons)" http://www.samento.com.ec/sciencelib/4lyme/curinglymewsam.html

2. Center of Disease Control Map

Webmaster comments; The significance of this map is important considering:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5317a4.htm
  • Few doctors believe Lyme Disease exists anywhere but the New England area.
  • Few recognize or diagnose Lyme Disease.
  • The blood test is prone to false positive and false negative results.
  • Few who have the disease are clinically diagnosed.
  • This means the incidences shown is a small fraction of the actual number of victims of Lyme Disease.
  • There are unexplained patches where it is diagnosed such as the two blocks in Wyoming, which would suggest there are doctors in those areas diagnosing lyme and no doctors in the blank areas.
  • Add to this that doctors are taught the symptoms of Lyme Disease are the symptoms of Hypochondria.

3. Lyme Disease and treatment protocol is one of the hottest contested subjects of health there is. Quack Watch is very strongly against any treatment other than antibiotics and even they say extended antibiotic treatments can be fatal. http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/lyme.html

4. Tremor, seizures and psychosis as presenting symptoms in a patient with chronic lyme neuroborreliosis "...We describe here a patient with a triad of unusual symptoms in chronic LNB including tremor, seizures and psychosis..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21648354

5. "Bell's Palsy...Other infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus infection and Lyme disease, may also lead to idiopathic facial paralysis..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21529112

6. This is a typical response from the medical community about Lyms disease " CONCLUSION: The Internet has become a source of many unreliable information on boreliosis, which may potentially impose a serious threat to patients' health. While counselling the patients who affiliate their chronic symptoms with boreliosis, do not forget the possibility of induced anxiety disorder, hypochondria, or a propagated distrust to the doctors and pay more attention to the patients." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21449171

7. ",,,Lyme disease, which can result in severe clinical symptoms such as multiple joint inflammation and neurological disorders....data suggest that caspase-1 targeting may represent a new immunomodulatory strategy for the treatment of complications of late stage Lyme disease." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182088

Wikipedia "Caspase 1 is an enzyme that proteolytically cleaves other proteins, such as the precursor forms of the inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1-ß and interleukin 18, into active mature peptides.[1] It belongs to a family of cysteine proteases known as caspases that always cleave proteins following an aspartic acid residue. Caspase 1 is produced as a zymogen that is cleaved into 20 kDa (p20) and 10 kDa (p10) subunits that become part of the active enzyme. Active caspase 1 contains two heterodimers of p20 and p10. It interacts with another CARD domain containing protein called PYCARD (or ASC) and is involved in inflammasome formation and activation of inflammatory processes.[2]Caspase 1 has been shown to induce cell necrosis or pyroptosis and may function in various developmental stages. Studies of a similar protein in mouse suggest a role in the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease. Alternative splicing of the gene results in five transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms.[3]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspase_1

8. "Delayed diagnosis of neuroborreliosis presenting as bell palsy and meningitis...physicians can have difficulty diagnosing Lyme disease, especially in the absence of erythema chronicum migrans. We report a case of a woman who initially presented with severe vertigo and vomiting and later with fever, headache, and facial droop. After more than 3 weeks of misdiagnosis, the patient tested positive for Lyme disease and was diagnosed as having neuroborreliosis presenting as Bell palsy and meningitis..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20805550

9. "...extended antibiotic therapy is not justified and has been shown to be harmful and of no benefit." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20631327

10. "Proof that chronic lyme disease exists...The evidence continues to mount that Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) exists and must be addressed by the medical community if solutions are to be found. Four National Institutes of Health (NIH) trials validated the existence and severity of CLD. Despite the evidence, there are physicians who continue to deny the existence and severity of CLD, which can hinder efforts to find a solution. Recognizing CLD could facilitate efforts to avoid diagnostic delays of two years and durations of illness of 4.7 to 9 years described in the NIH trials..." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20508824

11. This report connects lyme with arthritis "...The use of transgenic mice and gene expression analyses has revealed novel pathways involved in pathogenesis of Lyme disease. It is now clear that B. burgdorferi exploits an array of salivary gland proteins of the tick to evade immune responses in the mammalian host. The spirochete also modulates its surface protein profile upon infection and induces anti-inflammatory cytokines, favoring survival of the pathogen.." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20375899

12. these are sites with out research but have informaiton about Lyme disease
Coleen Horn Story Lyme Free Lymes & Pets
Lymes Association American Lymes Foundation Better Health site
Another story Canadian Lymes Foundation Lymes Foundation
Cedars Sini Division of Vector Born Infection Diseases Lymenet.org
Lots of lymes links   Infor For Your Health site 
lymeinfo.net/   International Lyme...
Antibodies, infection, will not necessarily go away once all the Lyme disease-causing bacteria have been killed.
Quack Watch-Limitations of Laboratory Tests & antibiotics   
The diagnosis of Lyme disease should be based primarily on an evaluation of the patient's symptoms

13. "ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2007) — A study led by a University of Pennsylvania biologist in the tick-infested woods of the Hudson Valley is challenging the widely held belief that mice are the main animal reservoir for Lyme disease in the U.S...The paper demonstrates that chipmunks and two shrew species, not just mice, are the four species that account for major outbreaks...Plants & Animals, Mice' Spiders, Ticks, Animals" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071129183745.htm

14. "American Robins as Reservoir Hosts for Lyme Disease Spirochetes" http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/6/6/00-0620_article.htm

15. "Genospecies Diversity of Lyme Disease Spirochetes in Rodent Reservoirs" Rodents can carry Lyme disease http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/5/2/99-0218_article.htm

16. "From the perspective of infectious diseases, vectors are the transmitters of disease-causing organisms that carry the pathogens from one host to another. By common usage, vectors are considered to be invertebrate animals, usually arthropods. Technically, however, vertebrates can also act as vectors, including foxes, raccoons, and skunks, which can all transmit the rabies virus to humans via a bite. Arthropods account for over 85 percent of all known animal species, and they are the most important disease vectors. Arthropods may affect human health either directly by bites, stings, or infestation of tissues, or indirectly through disease transmission. Several genera of arthropods play a role in human disease, but mosquitoes and ticks are the most notable disease vectors. The most significant mode of vector-borne disease transmission is by biological transmission by blood-feeding arthropods. The pathogen multiplies within the arthropod vector, and the pathogen is transmitted when the arthropod takes a blood meal. Mechanical transmission of disease agents may also occur when arthropods physically carry pathogens from one place or host to another, usually on body parts...." http://www.enotes.com/vector-borne-diseases-reference/vector-borne-diseases

17. "Can pets get Lyme Disease? Yes. Lyme disease has been reported in dogs, rarely in cats, horses, as well as a number of wild animals. Symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, arthritis, intermittent paralysis, and lack of energy (no rash). The products used for fleas will also control ticks. Check for ticks and brush your pet after exposure to ticks. Have your pet examined by a veterinarian if you suspect it has Lyme disease." http://www.smcmad.org/lyme_disease.htm#q11

18. Review: There seems to be some speculation whether humans can get Lyme disease from an animal. Evidently a bite from a skunk, or other rodent infected with Lyme disease may transfer to a human and since that is not a common occurrence it is not much of a threat. The general assumption seems to be that one can only get it from an insect bite called vector born. "Vector-borne disease" is the term commonly used to describe an illness caused by an infectious microbe that is transmitted to people by blood-sucking arthropods." However it is a fact that dogs and other animals can get Lyme disease and thus they can carry the tick on their body which may carry the tick to a human. Animals infected with Lyme can become blood host for arthropods which may then contaminate humans or other animals. It is also a fact evident in the previous reports that the deer tick is not the only carrier of Lyme disease. Thus an area without the presence of deer ticks may still have risks of Lyme disease. This makes the spread of Lyme disease a much broader risk due to multiple carriers. Another fact not discussed much is that many other vector born deceases may mimic the symptoms of Lyme disease. "A Deadly New Reason to Avoid Deer Ticks WEDNESDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- Move over, Lyme disease: Another tick-borne illness is on the rise in various parts of the country, and this one can kill. Known as babesiosis, the disease is caused by a microscopic parasite that attacks blood cells, causing flu-like symptoms that can make it difficult to accurately diagnose. Like Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, babesia microti parasites are carried by deer ticks." http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthlibrary/related/doc.php?type=6&id=654451

 

 

 

 
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