The Centers for Disease Control has recently removed the link to the Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines, leaving the only legitimate guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease to be the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society guidelines, which will be a great aid in the proper treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections.

Lyme disease patients in the United States all have the same complaint: "Why does my family practice doctor seem dumbfounded about my severe case of Lyme disease, when I see him?" Another common refrain is, "I feel like I am fed to the wolves when I have to see any specialist, from allergists to a hospitalist, when I am in the hospital."

Lyme disease, which causes the lowering of the immune system in the same manner cancer lowers the immune system, is often either totally ignored or laughed at. The patient continues, "If I bring up that Lyme disease is the root cause for many of my additional ailments, which were cardiac symptoms, it is scoffed at by my cardiologist."

Lyme disease mimics many illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, depression, mental illness (when Lyme disease enters the brain), multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Alzheimer's.

From this list it is evident that the Lyme bacteria called a pirochete, a corkscrewed bacterium that invades every organ and portion of the body, is a strong foe to its human host. It mutates form and is very hard to eradicate. Most patients need to be on long-term antibiotics, many herbs, and vitamins to slightly feel well. The worst part of the disease are the co-infections, which are a part of the bacterium, delivered by all species of ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes, keds, and fleas.

Veterarian Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, at the University of North Carolina, has proven that some spiders are passing Lyme disease, as well.

What needs to be done? The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the CDC claim that Lyme disease is an epidemic. With this being said, why are not all medical schools and doctor’s offices addressing the need for education in the field of Lyme disease?

Lack of knowledge of Lyme disease can only demolish all of society, from children, to teens, to adults, to the elderly. Lyme disease can be passed in the womb to the baby which can cause brain damage and other symptoms. It is time for all doctors to be educated.

Lyme disease has been an illness for thousands of years. In the United States, the disease began to be recognized in Lyme, Connecticut, in the 1980s. Many of the citizens were coming down with a mysterious malaise with headaches, vomiting, arthritis, severe muscle pain, fever and chills, and, in some cases, brain fog and memory loss. Thus, the unusual symptoms were named Lyme disease after the location of the major outbreak of the illness. Lyme disease is in every state in the U.S. and in every country.

Lyme disease patients, in an overwhelming request, appeal to all doctors to study treatment for Lyme disease at www.ilads.org to save American lives. Many patients have died from the symptoms of Lyme disease being treated incorrectly by physicians, and suicides have occurred due to therapists and psychiatrists having no knowledge of Lyme disease.

A Minnesota psychiatrist once said, "A Lyme disease test should be administered to all patients in mental institutions, as probably a quarter to a half may have Lyme disease."

Lyme disease patients plead for an understanding of Lyme disease, and an education of Lyme disease should be addressed by all medical specialists.

"We only want to stay alive, we need doctors who can take care of us with a deadly disease, Lyme disease" says a bedridden 17-year-old.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an excruciating illness caused by the bite of an infected tick, all species, even the dog tick. Additional insects can pass Lyme disease to its human or house pet hosts such as biting flies, deer keds, mites, fleas, mosquitoes, and several species of spiders.

The incidence of positive cases of Lyme disease has increased in every county and state in the nation. In many states, a high number of deaths have been reported for misdiagnosed children, teens, adults, and the elderly. Lyme disease has no age limit in its selection. It can also be passed from pregnant mother to the unborn baby.

How do you protect yourself from tick and other insect bites? Let us start in the home. Pets often bring ticks, fleas, or other insects into the home on their fur. Place a reputable tick and flea collar on your pets. Ask your veterinarian to suggest a good tick collar for the family pet and make sure you question which collar would be most protective.

Close the doors to your bedroom. Do not allow your pets to rest on the bed. Often, ticks are dropped from a pet and later attach to the children, parents, or grandparents beginning a journey into debilitating Lyme disease.

• Perform frequent, thorough tick checks — especially the scalp area.

• Wear light-colored clothing.

• Tuck your pants into your socks or put duct tape around the cuffs.

• Put clothes into a dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks — washing clothes will not kill ticks!

• There are products containing Permethrin for (spraying) clothing. They are very effective for adults and recommended for hunters. Do not use these products on children. Permethrin clothing is available in many stores or catalogues such as L.L.Bean. Pants, socks, shirts, and a variety of other clothing with Permethrin would be a great protector against ticks and many insects.

• Consider using new DEET-free repellents. BEAT IT bug spray is all-natural and can be found at Walmart. Great for all ages and has been tested on ticks and insects in the Amazon.

Judith Weeg has aided Lyme disease patients for 25 years. She has received humanitarian awards for her work with patients. She was a former Health Educator with CDC.

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