By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE
It is estimated by Dr. Jay Nielsen, M.D., there are 20 to 30 million people in U.S. misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with Lyme Disease. The CDC revised its estimate of 30,000 to 300,000 cases over three years ago; however, the toll is likely far greater.
Often, MS, ALS, Parkinson, arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia and depression are among the misdiagnoses. Most doctors are not Lyme literate–and there is virtually no funding or support for the high costs of this disease, now exceeding AIDS and likely, cancer.
It is an undeclared epidemic with thousands here in our region suffering from its frightening symptoms including seizures, loss of memory, debilitating pain, inability to work or walk. The symptoms are almost countless. One local victim says he can feel the spirochete bacteria moving in his heart, in his muscles, in his brain. This is not imagination run wild as one bacterial specie, borrelia burgdoferi, is large and always on the move. Lyme is reportedly found across the world; if so, it is an undeclared pandemic.
The consensus is, it is a lifelong disease that requires vigilant management unless it is caught early and treated with powerful antibiotics.
Governments are warning the public early this season as it is on the rise. How long will they delay financial aid for costly tests, drugs, treatments and care? A public outcry is building. I hear the anger from those afflicted–emotions fueled by dismissive doctors. People have died. Here in our region.
This can no longer be swept under the rug. It is not containable.
This writer does not have Lyme Disease–yet. The threat lurks not just in the wild and campsites. It has reached our backyards.
Hear the words of our own beloved Shania and Avril. This is no laughing matter.
Leeds, Lanark and Grenville Health Unit: http://healthunit.org/health-information/home-health-safety/insect-bites-diseases/
We were scheduled to interview Dr. Paula Stewart at the health unit on March 22; however, she felt we’d covered the topic well on prevention in our recent story. https://thewedge.live/2018/02/27/prepare-for-tick-season-how-to-avert-lyme-disease/ READ IT !
We are conducting much research on the topic with the aim to give hope for this disease that comes come from a creature smaller than a sesame seed. The tick reportedly picks up several pathogens from the field mouse and hops onto their hosts for feeding. Deer cannot get Lyme; but, humans can.
Many doctors say they have never seen this type of “spirochete” pathogen in their career. I have listened to many interviews and it is daunting; but, there is hope.
Stay-tuned because we have information coming for those afflicted. There are hopeful discoveries related to the pathogen’s biofilm (the protective shield that blocks your immune system and antibiotics.)
In the meantime watch the movie, “Under Our Skin,” to grasp the scope of this disease. Watch its trailer below.