The classic rash only shows up in 70% of Lyme disease cases, so further testing is essential.
An infectious disease caused by three different species of spiral-shaped bacteria, Lyme disease is commonly transmitted by ticks. Characteristic of most cases of Lyme disease, individuals living near wooded areas are subject to higher incidences of the disease, especially during the summer months - which correlates with the rise in the tick population. Once bitten, most of the infected develop a rash, erythema migrans, which strikes at the site of the attack - followed by flu-like symptoms, stiff joints, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, and chronic fatigue. However, the classic rash only shows up in 70% of Lyme disease cases, so further testing is essential.
Deer, mice, raccoons, horses, foxes, weasels, and squirrels are all possible carriers of ticks, making the disease transparent and difficult to trace. Although concentrated in the coastal northeast, Lyme disease can strike anywhere in the world, and cases have been documented as far away as Asia, Europe, and South America. If left untreated, Lyme disease may cause arthritis, Bell's palsy, heart problems, and constant inflammation.
Painless, tiny, and surprisingly easy to miss, Lyme disease is difficult to isolate. But with the right testing, proper medication, immediate action, and dietary improvements - individuals can expect a swift, stress-free recovery.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Rash/bull's Eye Pattern (erythema migrans)
- Joint pain
- Neurological problems
- Central nervous system issues
Lyme Disease Root Causes
- Ticks (Borrelia burgdorferi / United States)
Lyme Disease Diet & Lifestyle Changes
- Eat organic, unrefined, low sugar foods. Normalizing insulin levels is an important step in reducing inflammation.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and other illegal drug use.
- In order to get the right fatty acid balance - make sure you are getting enough healthy fats in your diet, such as organic, grass-fed meats, cheeses, fish, and butter. Avoid highly oxidized oils such as trans-fats, soy, canola, and corn oils, which lead to a build-up of inflammation, cellular disruption, and unwanted cardiac complications.
- At all times, keep grass trimmed.
- Consider taking a full-spectrum probiotic supplement for gut integrity and immune boosting properties.
- To reduce the inflammation in the joints, take a high- quality omega-3 fish oil supplement. Make sure it has been moleculary distilled and tested for any toxins.
- If your in a wooded area known to have ticks, wear long sleeves and tight, lightly colored clothing, which makes tick checking hassle-free.
- Tuck shocks and shirt in, which prevents ticks from sneaking in. Never wear flip-flops, and keep long hair tied back.
- If you think you have been exposed to ticks, shower and shampoo. It takes a few hours for a tick to attach itself to the skin.
- Avoid shrub-lined areas, brush, and heavily wooded areas. Stick to clear, open trails.
- If you cannot trust your clothing, throw them in the hot wash. Any extra heat will kill the ticks and keep you safe and out of harms way.
- If a tick attaches itself to you, never squeeze it, rather use a clean pair of tweezers to gently remove it.
- If you find a tick, place it in a jar of alcohol.