Some simple facts about Lyme Disease.
- Lyme is the fastest growing infectious bacterial disease in the USA. Lyme disease is caused by a spiral shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia. There are 100 different strains of Borrelia in the USA and 300 worldwide. In the USA, Lyme disease is twice as common as Breast Cancer and six times as common as AIDS. Source: ILADS
- Lyme is pathologically ignored by the CDC. 40 years after the discovery of Lyme disease the CDC continues to promote out-of-date and outmoded Lyme treatment guidelines by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), despite an IOM certified, up-to-date alternative available from International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Promoting IDSA guidelines put the patients at serious risk. Source: Outbreak News Today
- Lyme patients must pay out-of-pocket for long-lasting treatment. Since the CDC denies the existence of chronic Lyme, insurance companies are not required to cover costs related to the disease. Patients spend on average $53,000 per year out-of-pocket for tests, doctor visits, pharmaceuticals and supplements. Source: Lyme Stats Survey
- Only 3–26 percent see the tick that bites them. Source: Dr. Christine Green, ILADS
- Fewer than 50 percent recall a rash. Source: ILADS.org
- Lyme disease and its co-infections mimic over 300 other diseases, fooling doctors into treating patients for: Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Lupus, ALS, Anxiety, Gastro diseases, Psychological illnesses, Yeast overgrowth, and many more. Source: Under Our Skin, lymedisease.org
- Over the past 30 years, between 70 to 100 cases of transfusion Babesia microti have been reported, with at least 12 fatalities. Source: lymedisease.org
- There is no accurate test. No test is available to prove the organism is eradicated or patient is cured. Source: ILADS
- Co-infections may increase the severity of chronic Lyme symptoms by suppressing the immune system and creating inflammation, thus creating free radicals and oxidative stress. Source: Dr. Richard Horowitz, ILADS
- There has never been a study demonstrating that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures Lyme Disease. Source: ILADS
“It is important to remember that Lyme is not treated the same by all doctors. You will find that the opinion on diagnosing and treating Lyme is deeply divided within the medical community, especially for Lyme that is not cured by short-term treatment. Doctors are divided on how they view Lyme treatment. Some believe that short-term antibiotic therapy cures Lyme: if you are still sick, then you are suffering from an autoimmune response, you have another on-going infection or an unknown syndrome. Other doctors such as myself believe that if you still have symptoms after initial treatment you most likely are dealing with a persistent and chronic Lyme infection which can progressively affect most if not all the organs and should be treated carefully and individualized depending on each case, for however long is necessary to see improvement. The different views on how to treat Lyme has resulted in these two standards of care,” said Dr. Omar Morales, founder of Lyme Mexico Clinic.
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