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Fatal Forecast? Lyme Disease Plague to Hit Northeast

The shortage of “Lyme Literate” doctors may soon bear bitter fruit. NPR reports that mice and ticks infected with Lyme disease are infesting the northeastern United States. As a result, cases of Lyme disease are through the roof.  It seems inevitable that many of those infected with Lyme disease will soon learn how difficult it can be to find a doctor willing to treat it in its chronic form.

The total number of Lyme disease cases has increased 25-fold in the last 35 years and the distinctive bullseye rash is dreaded by inhabitants of Lyme infested areas. This distinctive mark is unique to Lyme disease but is absent in nearly half of those infected. This is just one reason why chronic Lyme disease flies under the radar and severely underdiagnosed.

Ticks are not born with the Lyme spirochetes. They pick up the bacteria when feeding on an infected host. White-footed mice infect 75-95 percent of larval ticks that feed on them, while deer infect only about 1 percent. Nevertheless, ticks are a major disease vector for Lyme disease

Urban sprawl and hunting have eliminated many of the mice's natural predators, allowing populations to grow, and with them come infected ticks. The emergence of a Lyme disease epidemic is therefore not a total surprise. How the medical community responds to the threat will determine the extent of the damage inflicted.

Chronic Lyme disease is becoming more widely recognized as an actual disease, but sufferers still meet plenty of resistance from the medical community and insurers. Lyme sufferers are often told their problem is psychiatric

Early treatment of Lyme disease is crucial if you want to prevent complications, such as chronic joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), cognitive defects, neurological symptoms and heart rhythm irregularities. Unfortunately, conventional treatment, which typically involves a short course of antibiotics, is often unsuccessful. The majority of patients continue to experience various symptoms after this treatment.

Chronic Lyme disease patients endure a quality of life that is very similar to people who have congestive heart failure. Eventually, the disease may lead to loss of motor coordination, severe muscle spasms, meningitis and even intermittent paralysis.

If you think long-term antibiotic treatment is the solution, you need to know that it can lead to life-threatening adverse effects. This treatment, which is used by most conventional physicians, will seriously harm your gut microbiome.

Antibiotics will also increase your risk of yeast or fungal infections, two already common issues in Lyme disease. Moreover, your natural immune function will be diminished, increasing your risk of antibiotic-resistant infection. For these reasons, the best thing you can do is to exhaust all natural alternatives first.

To help your body fight the infection, you should consume a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants. It is also crucial that you optimize your gut biome. Cilantro is an effective chelator of heavy metals but it is best to meet with a Lyme literate doctor for a proper treatment plan.

A final consideration is embracing a more nourishing diet. I suggest following my free nutrition plan, which starts at the beginner phase and systematically guides you step-by-step to the advanced level. Preparing your own food may sound time consuming but the health benefits are immense. The convenience and price of processed food is entirely illusory. You can either pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.