As if we needed worse news…

Exotic Tick invades New Jersey…

A team of Rutgers scientists along with federal and state health officials do not know if the Longhorned tick is capable of transmitting Lyme disease but it has been shown to spread other serious diseases like SFTS virus and the pathogen that causes Japanese spotted fever along with many diseases in animals.

“We don’t know how it will behave here in New Jersey,” said Andrea Egizi a visiting professor in Rutgers Department of Entomology. “What we know is that it can carry disease in its native habitats so that’s a concern.”

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2018/05/03/exotic-tick-species-invades-new-jersey-and-here-stay/542350002/

 

And Virginia…

The ticks were initially found in New Jersey. (Source: state.nj.us)
The ticks were initially found in New Jersey. (Source:state.nj.us)
ALBEMARLE, VA (WWBT) –

An exotic tick initially found in New Jersey last year was discovered on a beef farm in Albemarle County, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday.

The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick – also known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick – was discovered on an orphaned calf.

Dr. Manoel Tamassia, a vet in New Jersey,  told the “Today Show” last month that the tick comes with some pretty scary properties. For example, females can reproduce on their own, so one female by herself could produce thousands of eggs, he said.

Experts aren’t yet sure which North American diseases the tick can transmit, but it has been shown in Asia to spread diseases related to Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis.

“Livestock producers and owners should notify VDACS if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on an individual animal,” VDACS said in a news release.

http://www.nbc12.com/story/38206399/exotic-tick-found-on-cattle-farm-in-virginia

What is the SFTS Virus???

Read on: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26923953

 

This really “bugs” me…

In this information age, it is a daunting task to sift through all of the misinformation out there. Even seemingly small things, such as calling a tick a “Lyme Tick”, or assuming that only Dog ticks feast on dogs…SMH… can result in confusion, causing people to put off seeing a doctor, under the assumption that there is no risk.

If you have Lyme Disease, or any vector borne illness, you already know how difficult it is to be properly diagnosed, and treated. You have most likely been ridiculed, dismissed, or labeled “nuts”. Chances are, you have been told that your test results showed a false positive result, or, that there is no such disease in the area you live in.

This lack of concern, and denial, often results in chronic conditions, and a lifetime of pain.

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I got bitten. Is it Lyme?

With the rapid increase in cases of Lyme Disease, and the media coverage of it, many people go crazy when they are bitten by an insect, usually one they never saw, and post photos of the bite, for diagnosis by their friends.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects us from germs, helps to regulate our body temperature, and allows us to use “touch”, and feel heat and cold. The skin has three layers, each containing elements that it needs to function properly, in order to keep us healthy.

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Heal from within.

F.Y.I., googling Lyme Disease will send you into an endless loop of contradictory information, symptoms, and conspiracy theories. If you are reading this, I will assume that you have already done it. Chances are, you don’t know what, or who to believe.

I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease 3 years ago. I walked into the clinic feeling achy, tired, and completely worn down. I was having trouble sleeping, my blood pressure was out of control, and my anxiety level was very high. They took blood, and sent me on my way with a prescription for 21 days of Doxycycline.

I had never heard of any person having Lyme Disease. Dogs, yes, people no. I immediately went home and googled.

Continue reading “Heal from within.”

The Powassan Virus.

Some of you may remember a blog post I did 2 years ago, when the news reported cases of  the Powassan virus in the United States. Recently, a few more cases have been reported. A young child in Connecticut, and a man in Massachusetts.  Here are a few things you should know about it.

The Powassan Virus, like Lyme Disease, is spread by ticks. Especially in the N.E. USA, due to a warm winter, ticks are out earlier, and in greater numbers this year.

Cases of Powassan virus have been reported since 1958 from Canada and the Northeastern United States. Approximately 60 cases in total have been confirmed over the past 10 years.

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The truth about Lyme…

What you should know.

May is Lyme disease awareness month.  I am sure you have seen many tweets, and social media posts about it.  You may even know someone who has it, but if you do not have it, you may not realize how devastating, confusing, and life altering it can be.

Lyme disease (and other infections that can come with it) can creep up on you slowly, or hit you all at once. It can start with something simple such as having flu-like symptoms, or it can cause seizures.  It can give you a migraine, or a heart attack. Nothing, and no one can predict what symptoms you will have.

There is no readily available, (Physician accepted) accurate test for Lyme.  Even if you see the attached tick, and have a bullseye rash, you can still test negative.  If you test positive, you may be told it is false positive.  You may also be told “There is no Lyme in this State.”  There is also no way to tell how long you have had it. There is no vaccine, and there is no cure. It is a true Pandemic.

Lyme is known as the great imitator, because it mimics the symptoms of many other diseases, and syndromes.  There have been people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, CFS, ALS, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS, Bi-Polar disorder, Depression, PTSD, and many other things…who actually have Lyme.

If you want to know what it feels like to have Lyme, look at the list above of the ailments it mimics.  That is what it is like to have Lyme. Having one, or all of those, on any given day, and in any combination.

Why is Lyme so devastating? How can it cause all of these ailments? Why can’t we test for it and cure it?

Because the Lyme bacteria is a Spirochete.  (A Spirochete (order Spirochaetales), also spelled spirochaete, is any of a group of spiral-shaped bacteria, some of which are serious pathogens for humans, causing diseases such as syphilis, yaws, Lyme disease, and relapsing fever.) Spirochetes can enter all tissue, bone, and your brain.  When faced with an unfavorable environment, such as the introduction of antibiotics, these spirochetes form round bodies, or “cysts” as a method of self-preservation. They literally hide from the tests we use to find them, and the medications we take to kill them.

More here on spirochetes.:  http://www.environmentalevolution.org/environmentalevolution.org/Fair_Use_files/312-Roundbodies.pdf

Lyme can be transmitted to you by ticks and other vectors, blood transfusions, sexual contact, and in utero.

You can believe the Doctors, the IDSA, and the CDC, but the fact of the matter is that there IS proof that Lyme, and Chronic Lyme exist. There IS proof that the tests are inaccurate.  There are 300,000 new cases (or more) each year, and it can kill you.  Lyme Advocates have been battling for the truth for 40 years. There will be accurate tests, there will be a cure, but we have to spread the word. We have to fight together, to bring about change, and much needed help for the millions of men, women and children affected all over the world.

I have Lyme, and I need a cure.

Ticks: Identification

Ticks are the leading carriers (vectors) of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. In most circumstances, it is not the tick bite but the toxins, secretions, or organisms in the tick’s saliva transmitted through the bite that cause disease.

There are over 800 species of Ticks, but the one that transmits Lyme Disease is the Black legged, or Deer Tick. They are very small and difficult to detect.

The life cycle of ticks.