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What is Lyme disease and what causes Lyme disease?

Authored by Michelle Mckeon What is Lyme disease Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia Burgdorferi. There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi, more than 100 strains in the US, and around 300 strains all around the world. Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite.  However, fleas, mites, lice, mosquitoes, and biting flies can also transmit this disease. While it is thought that only deer carry this disease, birds, mammals, and rodents are also carriers.   Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease Lyme disease can affect multiple organs including the heart, skin, joints, and nervous system, producing a wide range of symptoms. Lyme disease has been called the great imitator and should be considered when diagnosed with rheumatologic and neurologic conditions, as [...]

By |2015-03-04T00:51:53+00:00October 10th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

Stages of Lyme Disease

Authored by Michelle Mckeon Lyme disease occurs in three stages. The stages of lyme disease are known as Early Localized, Early Disseminated, and Late Disseminated.  The severity of the symptoms can depend upon where the infection has spread in your body, genetic susceptibility, the strength of your immune system, if the tick that bit you carried any co-infections, and the length of time the infection has been in your body. During Early Localized Lyme disease, the infection has not yet spread throughout the body.  Therefore, the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.  During the first few weeks of infection, some people develop a “bullseye” rash.  The technical name of this rash is erythema migrans, and it occurs at the site of the tick [...]

By |2015-03-04T00:52:05+00:00August 31st, 2014|Articles|1 Comment

Whole-body Hyperthermia Treatment

Authored by Michelle Mckeon A little over two years ago, I remember looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out who the person was that was staring back at me.  Growing up I felt that while I had my insecurities at times, my sense of self had always been strong.  What was happening to me? I wondered.  Not only did I feel completely disconnected from my body, but my friends and family did not look familiar either. I was suffering from late stage Neurological Lyme disease. My particular strain of Lyme disease was called Lyme Encephalopathy.  After having Lyme disease for five and a half years and trying numerous treatments that my body didn’t respond to, I began to decline rapidly enabling the virulent disease to completely invade my [...]

By |2015-03-04T00:52:22+00:00July 22nd, 2014|Articles|6 Comments