Preliminary statistics1 released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 estimate that the number of new cases of Lyme disease diagnosed in the U.S. every year is around 300,000.
What’s alarming is that this is about 10 times higher than the officially reported number of cases, indicating that the disease is being considerably underreported. But what exactly is Lyme disease and how can you contract it?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted by ticks. Some top authorities on Lyme disease, like Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, warn that the bacteria that cause it can also be spread by other insects like fleas, mosquitoes, mites and spiders. Lyme disease remains one of the most serious and controversial epidemics today.
Lyme disease is called “the great imitator”2 because it mimics a number of disorders such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease.
It is also called “the invisible illness,” as most infected individuals outwardly appear to be completely healthy. Their blood work can even appear to be normal in spite of the fact that they are experiencing severe symptoms.
Lyme disease usually starts with fatigue, fever, headaches and joint/muscle pain. It can then progress to muscle spasms, loss of motor coordination, intermittent paralysis, meningitis and even heart problems.
The disease typically causes vague, dispersed pain which is the reason it is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia even by experienced doctors.
Many conventional physicians now acknowledge that Lyme disease is real, but there is still controversy about whether or not it can become a chronic condition. Members of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) do not believe in chronic Lyme and generally will not treat a patient for more than four weeks.
On the other hand, members of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) believe that Lyme disease can persist, and they are willing to treat patients beyond the four-week period.
Long-term antibiotic treatment is not a wise choice for most cases of chronic Lyme disease, since it will seriously impair the gut microbiome. Additionally, it can leave you open to yeast or fungal co-infections, which are already common in the disease.
Furthermore, antibiotic treatment can significantly decrease beneficial bacteria in the gut, impairing your natural immune function and even leading to antibiotic-resistant infection. Instead, opt for safer holistic methods to help manage or treat this disease.
The best strategy against Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by ticks and other insects. The CDC recommends checking your whole body carefully after going to a tick-infested area and taking a shower immediately after being outdoors, to wash off and easily find ticks or tick bites.3
Take immediate action if you suspect that you, someone you know or your pet is infected with Lyme disease. This comprehensive guide will give you all the crucial information about this potentially debilitating disease, including its causes, stages, symptoms, treatment and prevention. Start reading to learn more.