Letter: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Have you ever been bitten by a tick? Did you know that every tick is a cesspool of bacteria, parasites and viruses? While you might not show immediate signs of infection like a bull’s-eye rash or flu-like symptoms, you may have been infected with Lyme disease or a bunch of other nasty illnesses.
Most people with Lyme disease never even remember their tick bites. They never show symptoms, but years or even decades later are crippled with diseases. We now know that Lyme can be transmitted from mother to child in the womb, it may be sexually transmitted and the blood supply is horribly tainted. (I’ve donated gallons over the years not knowing I had Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella.)
While we call it Lyme disease, it’s probably better called multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome. The bacteria, parasites and viruses affect every system in your body, creating autoimmune issues, allergies and neurological symptoms. Many people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, lupus, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome at the root of their illnesses. Getting evaluated by a trained Lyme doctor is important to getting a proper diagnosis and treatment.
The key to preventing a lifetime of debilitating and crippling disease is to prevent tick bites and proactively treat every tick bite with antibiotics. A few months of antibiotics is much safer than the hell you endure with untreated or undertreated tick bites.
To prevent tick bites, it is best to spray your clothes with permethrin. Permethrin will stay on clothing through several washings. Spray any exposed skin with 100 percent DEET.
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Two Rivers Unitarian-Universalist Church, in conjunction with the Roaring Fork Valley’s Interfaith Council and Sanctuary Unidos, is showing a Zoom presentation of the documentary “Welcome Strangers” at 10 a.m. Sunday.