Lyme Disease Prevention and Resources

In response to some reader comments and emails, I wanted to post a couple links today regarding prevention and resources for Lyme Disease.

First comment from PeaceNowFlower: “Hello Laura, I heard the early Spring was causing an epidemic of Ticks in many areas. If you have a post you can republish to give your readers knowledge about how to prevent or treat early Lyme, it might be a year to post it early like the early warmth.”  Here’s a link to a May 2014 post that still holds true today:

Protecting Yourself from Lyme Disease includes my own tips, as well as a tick protocol by homeopathic MD, Dr. Ronald Whitmont.

Also, from blog reader, Linda: “just read this article by a Toronto [psychotherapist] who wrote a book on Lyme disease (Lyme Madness) in the hopes of waking up mental health professionals to the reality of Lyme.  Her adult son has it.  Thought you might find it interesting/of use:  Lyme is All in Your Head.”

When I clicked through to the article, I realized it’s by Lori Dennis, whose interviews by Catherine Grace O’Connell you can find linked on my blog by clicking here.  Lori is both compassionate and extremely savvy about the mental/emotional/neurological side effects of Lyme Disease, as well as the insurance and medical reluctance to look at Chronic Lyme. She’s a mama bear advocate, driven by love for her son, and I love how the article notes the role of mothers in addressing and changing the narrative about this disease.
Big blessings, healing and safe hiking to everyone!

15 responses to this post.

  1. My son, his wife and new baby just moved to his new job at the Cornell Ornithology Lab in Ithaca, NY where Lyme is prevalent. I looked up this article for him last week though he is an experienced birder and outdoorsperson who is well aware of the hazard. Still, it was instructive to see how upstate NY is mobilized and pondering:

    http://www.ithaca.com/news/lyme-disease-cases-are-on-the-rise-and-ticks-may/article_944f65fc-3059-11e3-bc9d-001a4bcf887a.html

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  2. Hi Laura, I was bitten by a Lyme tick a week ago, on Feb. 25th, following a walk in our nearby conservation land. It was my first Lyme bite ever and only the second tick bite of my life. Such a bummer! Normally I am hyper-aware of ticks whenever I go outside during the season (tucking pants into socks, stripping down as soon as I come inside, putting all my clothes in the wash and taking a shower) but I’d been sick with the flu for 2 weeks previous, felt weak and wasn’t thinking clearly. It was a surprise warm day in between cold days on either side, with icy snowpack still on the path, and though the intuitive thought DID cross my mind “I wonder if ticks are out today” I did not attend to it, nor take any of my usual precautions. That evening, I found a small tick attached to the top of my right thigh. I removed it, saved it in a jar, and in the morning was dismayed to find the telltale bulls-eye rash on the bite site. I immediately commenced a 30-day course of doxycycline (100 mg twice a day) as recommended by the International Lyme Association and my naturopath, a Lyme specialist. I’ve been putting homeopathic drawing salve on the bite site and taking monolaurin (Lauric Select), Saccharomyces boulardii and a multi-strain probiotic, as well. But of course I feel horrible from the antibiotics. I believe my guard was down, both psychically and immune-wise, due to having just had the flu, and that is why I was bitten. Although the tick tested positive for Lyme (turns out it was an adult female, overwintered from last year) I feel confident I won’t get Lyme disease (she was not attached for even 24 hours, and I went straight to treatment). However, the doxy is bound to wreak its own havoc on my digestion, microbiome, SIBO, etc. So I’m glad you posted this now for the benefit of others. Prevention is the best medicine.

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  3. Thank you, Bo! I will check out the link. My mom is headed to Ithaca for a class this summer, so I will be sure to pass this along to her, too.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your story here, Diana. Yes, that’s the tricky thing about ticks — when your guard or energy are down, that’s when you become a match for bites. I’m so glad you got treatment right away and were able to get the tick tested. Hopefully, you will have no further issues, but if so, at least you have proof of cause. That’s normally about half the battle right there! Blessings, love and healing to you … Laura

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  5. Thank you, Laura. It costs $50 to get a tick tested at UMass Amherst, and you can send it in from anywhere. Here is a link to their main page: https://ag.umass.edu/services/tick-borne-disease-diagnostics and to the tick report page: https://www.tickreport.com/ xxo

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  6. Thanks so much for the link! xox

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  7. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on March 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Intuitive Voyage and commented:
    Laura has some words of advice for preventing and treating Lyme Disease.

    I highly respect Laura for how passionately she lives the life she blogs about. Not everyone will attempt to grow most of their food and eat as healthily as Laura. Some of us are on Apprentice Life Paths, but I am certain Laura is one of those in the Master Life Path program.

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  8. Reblogged this on Illuminations Now!!.

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  9. I have been looking at remedies for Lyme because I had a tick imbedded in my flesh twice.Teasel as tea and tincture is a wonderful healer.
    A great book to read is Healing Lyme Disease Naturally /Storl , Wolf D

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  10. Thank you, cobgoddess! Yes, I am a huge fan of teasel root! Thanks for the book recommendation and all the best to you for your healing. 🙂

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  11. Thank you, PeaceNowFlower! Many blessings to you and thank you for your compliment and sharing. 🙂

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  12. Hello, all. I had multiple bites at end of last October while visiting family in rural New York State, had the rash and other symptoms. Antibiotics make me sick, nausea, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, so not an option. I am very grateful to have found the book, “Healing Lyme” by Stephen Harrod Buhner. I recommend this book, specifically the 2015 revised edition.

    Also I wanted to thank the author of the blog for a post of some years ago which discusses the spiritual meaning of Lyme disease. I found that post in a Google search and it resonated with me powerfully, so thank you!

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  13. Thanks for your comments here, Deirdre, and you’re welcome about my earlier Lyme post on the spiritual meaning of Lyme disease. I’m in process of writing an entire book on that topic, but it will be awhile before my co-author and I finish that one! I wish you continued healing and blessings… Warmly, Laura

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  14. Thank You Laura
    If you like Teasel you must be a weaver of some sorts . You know , in the old days they used the flower head to comb wool.
    I love this Venusian plant. The more I have learned about it the more I loved it.

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  15. Thank you for this Laura.. I have several blogging friends who have this horrid disease, So I will pass your blog link along.. xxx Hugs Sue xxx

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