Ticks

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Lyme |

Ticks are considered arthropods and belong to the same family as spiders and mites, Ixodes. They have two body segments, 8 legs in the adult form and do not have wings or antennae. They have 4 life stages including: egg, 6 legged larvae, 8 legged nymph, and 8 legged adult. The larvae, nymph and adult stages can all carry and transmit infection. The life cycle of a tick is about two years barring the effects of global warming which may elongate...

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Babesiosis

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Lyme |

Babesiosis, often a coinfection of Lyme Disease in humans, was first identified by Victor Babes in the late 19th century in Romanian cattle and the disease at that time was coined “Red Water Fever.” However, Babesia infection in humans was not confirmed until 1956 in a Yugoslavian farmer. Babesia is a protozoan intracellular red blood cell parasite quite similar to malaria and is a worldwide emerging zoonotic disease. There are about 100...

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Bartonella

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Lyme |

Bartonellosis also known as “Cat Scratch Fever”, is an increasingly recognized and emerging bacterial zoonotic disease found all over the world. Bartonella species are fastidious haemotropic (blood loving) Gram-negative anaerobic (disliking oxygen) bacteria that are mainly transmitted by biting insects and arthropods such as fleas, sand flies, mosquitoes and ticks or a cat scratch. Species of Bartonella have been found in wild cats, rabbits,...

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Lyme Disease Testing

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Lyme |

LYME DISEASE TESTING OVERVIEW Dr. Stacey Raffety LABORATORY TESTS: There are several tests used to diagnose Lyme disease.  All of the tests have strengths and weaknesses.  It can be difficult to obtain a definitive diagnosis when relying on laboratory testing.  The option left is either an equivocal or clinical diagnosis. Equivocal means that the test is not conclusive and that you may or may not have the disease.  A clinical diagnosis...

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A Good Diet

Posted by on Jun 5, 2011 in Lyme |

As a naturopathic physician asked for sound nutritional advice, I study many types of nutritional research, diet programs and diseases associated with nutritional deficits. The Healing Diet assists in your goal of staying healthy. There is a lot of confusion about the right diet. What I like to teach is a commonsense diet and a simple way of eating that is not a fad but will accommodate health for a wide variety of people. The basis of a...

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Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Lyme |

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM LYME DISEASE Walk in the middle of trails, avoid sitting on logs and leaning on trees. Wear a hat, tuck in hair if possible. Wear a long -sleeved shirt fitted at the wrist. Wear shoes, no bare feet or sandles. Wear long pants tucked into high socks or duct tape around pants. Consider Deet for skin and permethring for clothes. Remove and wash your clothes immediatlely after out side wear. Do tick checks immediately and 3...

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