Lyme Basics

Lyme disease is a tick borne illness prevalent in the United States and other countries throughout the world.

Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrellia burgdorferi. The infection is most often transferred to humans from the bite of an infected tick.

Fewer than 50% of people remember being bitten by a tick or getting the “tell tale” bull’s-eye rash that is considered to be a classic sign of Lyme disease infection.

Generally speaking, when people talk about Lyme Disease, they are talking about an array of infections, often when the tick bites it transfers more than just the Borrellia burgdorferi bacteria. This transfer can include other tick borne illnesses such as bartonella, babesia, ehrlichia and more.

The illness referred to as Lyme disease also can cause the activation of viruses, hormonal imbalances, neurological and cognitive impairments.

Often referred to as the great imitator, Lyme disease is commonly misdiagnosed as; Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Lupus, Parkinson’s Disease and many other chronic illness and syndromes. A great many sufferers are told that they are not sick at all and are referred to a psychotherapist or told to, “get over it”.

Undiagnosed and misdiagnosed Lyme disease can lead to severe health problems including Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Bells Plasy, heart rhythm irregularities, cognitive defects, neurological symptoms, memory loss, brain fog, seizures, depression, anxiety, psychosis and more, including death.

For more details and information about Lyme disease follow this link to the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society’s website


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