Jun 24, 2015

Don't Take This For Lyme

Two Pills OR Two Weeks Of Antibiotics

Here we are, well into tick season and I've already spoken to quite a number of people about what to do to prevent chronic Lyme Disease.

Their circumstances have been different but their encounters with their doctors, rather similar.  

Some found a tick on them while others didn't but began having symptoms that would indicate an early Lyme infection.

If you've been exposed to ticks and begin having unusual symptoms including diarrhea or vomiting, always suspect tick-borne diseases. 

Several of the people I talked to had that tale-tell sign of a classic bulls-eye rash and another only had a rash that kind of, sort of looked like a bulls-eye and appeared after a bite.

Regardless of their individual situation they were all either offered 2 Doxycycline pills, a total of 200 mg, or they were offered 14 days worth.  

Only one was offered 21 days and in all cases their doctors believed that their treatment protocol would take care of the problem.

Why are our doctors not being told that these treatment protocols can give a false assurance of a cure that isn't possible with such a short course of antibiotics?

While it's not known what dosage or duration of antibiotics will actually treat an early Lyme infection, it is known that short courses and low doses do not work.  Refer to the ILADS New Treatment Guidelines.

These protocols have potentially made hundreds of thousands of people sick and for the rest of their lives. Two of which live in my house.  

My two daughters could have had their infections cured in the very beginning if only their pediatrician was educated to understand how tick-borne infections work and what it takes to keep them from becoming a chronic illness.

Lyme bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, have a life cycle of 4 weeks. Lyme is known to form biofilms around clusters of the bacteria in order to protect itself from the treatment of antibiotics.

Two pills will do absolutely one thing, it will cause your Lyme blood test to be negative and possibly drive the bacteria deeper into your system. That's all!

The tests for Lyme are grossly inaccurate as it is. There are over 300 strains of Borrelia in the world, 100 strains in the U.S. and the tests only look for antibodies to one strain.  

Antibodies are not detectable before the 4 week mark of the initial infection and after the 4 week mark the patient becomes chronically ill.

Many chronically ill Lyme patients report being treated with 14 days or 21 days of antibiotics and state that their symptoms may have gone away for a time. They report symptoms recurring weeks, months and sometimes even years later. Many times their symptoms came back so slowly that they didn't make the connection.

What To Do?

ILADS Recommendations

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to get antibiotics for a tick-bite please insist on a minimum of 28 day course. If you have a bulls-eye or any other symptoms that you think are related to Lyme, you may need to request 6-12 weeks of antibiotics.

Any rash caused by a tick bite could be caused by the Borrellia bacteria and treatment needs to be started as soon as possible.

Once you're close to finishing your antibiotic, notice how you're feeling and whether or not all of your symptoms have resolved. If they haven't or you're not sure, you can ask your doctor for a few more weeks.  

This can be difficult and many doctors will refuse to prescribe more antibiotics.  It may be necessary to find an ILADS trained physician or a Naturapath who can help you regain your health and prevent tick-borne diseases from causing chronic illness.

Another word of caution, I've had a number of people tell me that their doctor explained that their symptoms from Lyme will hang around for up to a few months after their short course of antibiotics is finished. They said it takes time until all of the dead bacteria resolve from the body.

Unfortunately they believed their doctor, continued to have unexplained symptoms and eventually were diagnosed with things like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, MS, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when in fact they may still have a Lyme infection.

Alternative Care

Another option if you can't get the needed course of antibiotics would be to find an alternative care practitioner or herbalist. We have found our greatest healing came through these treatment types. The benefit of natural treatment is that it supports your immune system while taking care of any possible infections.

Why You Should Treat Every Tick

These aren't your Grandma's ticks! These aren't even the same infections most of us were at risk of getting when we were growing up. Things have changed and more bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are being found in ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and biting flies then ever before.

Please do your research, especially if you're the outdoorsy type. Browse around my website, click the links for my favorite websites & resources and you'll learn all you need to know about vector-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself. 

It's better to guard yourself with knowledge before you're sitting in the doctor's office wondering what to do.  

Even when you have the facts it can still be difficult to impossible to get your doctor's cooperation.

In a nutshell, the recommendations are to get 28 days of antibiotics for each tick-bite and 6-12 weeks if there are any symptoms as a result of a tick bite.

Be Lyme smart and prevent chronic illness.

No claims are made as to how our treatment protocol may or may not help you individually or whether or not it would be useful for your unique health condition.  This blog post is not intended to be an endorsement of any specific product or treatment but rather a source of information for your own personal research.

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