Earlier this past week I had the pleasure of removing a deer tick from a close relative. This of course was immediately followed with treatment to prevent the development of Lyme disease. While there are not many confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Alberta or Canada for that matter, the number of cases is continuing to grow in Canada with the warmer winters.
Lyme disease is caused not by the deer tick itself, but the bacteria it carries (Borellia burgdoferi). The bacteria enter into the body when we are bitten by the tick. Often a target or bullseye rash forms with the infection. Symptoms of Lyme are similar to that of other spirochaete infections. Symptoms can include fever and general malaise, and can affect the heart, central nervous system, and joints.
Long term or chronic infections can be difficult to treat and often include chelation and antibiotics. However, with continued treatment many patients find improvement. I have treated a number of patients and it is very rewarding to see the improvements.
If you spend time out doors in the wilderness (camping, hiking, horse back riding, etc) and are suffering from an illness that no can quite explain - you may want to look into testing (and yes we do offer it in the clinic).
Interesting fact: Lyme - from Lyme Connecticut, where it was first discovered.
There are a number of reasons that people eat too much. Take a group of 5 people and together they could probably come up with 50 reasons. However, we often over look some causes and others are new. The article in the Huffington Post is quite good - it serves both as a reminder to us all and mentions a few new causes.
The seven they mention (with my comments):
I have been following MERS for quite a while now. Like many of the viruses out there, it has the potential to affect people but is generally hard to catch. However, 45 % of all cases have been reported in the last month. With a death toll of about 25%, hopefully it will remain an illness that is not that common.
Along with MERS, measles is also in the news. For those who have been vaccinated it is believed that the vaccine is about 95% effective. For those who haven't it is important stay away from areas (places and events) where exposure is more likely. And again, make sure your overall immune health is a focus.
Many of us think that if we are not getting sick (and everyone else around us is) because we are healthy. Often we are mistaken. Not getting ill is for one of three reasons:
No matter what your current health status it is important to remember that your ND (naturopath) is here to not only treat your acute conditions, but to help you achieve better health in everyday of your life.