It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve published on this site. Thankfully, my absence has mostly been due to feeling well enough to enjoy life, including spending time with family and friends. But now that May … Continue reading
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by local cable TV host John Ricciutti of Radnor Studio 21. We had an excellent discussion about Lyme Disease, and I really appreciated the opportunity to talk about my journey and advocacy work. Click below to watch.
After watching it, please share it with friends and family and all those with whom you think would benefit. Most importantly, let’s keep fighting to get the word out there that Lyme disease is for real and effective diagnosis and treatment is crucial.
National Lyme Disease Expert Dr. Richard Horowitz Sits Down with Senior Managing Editor Dr. Manny Alvarez of Health Talk
May. 06, 2015 – With 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year, it’s no surprise that the tick-borne illness has been a hotly debated topic among medical experts. Dr. Manny interviews Dr. Richard Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.” Click here to watch “The Lyme Disease Debate.”
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2. Try to wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat and gloves. Tuck your pants into your socks.
3. Always do a body check after coming in from the outdoors.
4. Throw your clothes in the dryer as soon as you come into the house.
5. Shower immediately after throwing your clothes in the dryer.
6. When finished, do a second tick check.
7. If bitten, remove a tick as soon as possible with sharp-tipped tweezers. Gently grasp the tick near its head or mouth. Don’t squeeze or crush the tick, but pull carefully and steadily. Once you’ve removed the entire tick, apply antiseptic to the bite area.
8. Save the tick, seal it in a plastic bag with moist cotton and send it out to Igenex to be tested.
9. Do your best to tick-proof your yard. Keep grass short. Clear brush and leaves where ticks live. Use an edger to create a barren zone around your yard. If you must have a woodpile, keep it in a sunny area.
10. Flulike symptoms in the summer are typically not the flu. If you are experiencing them, get to the doctor immediately to make sure it is not Lyme disease.
11. If you suspect you have Lyme disease, ask your to diagnose you clinically and not to rely on the presence or absence of a bulls-eye rash or positive Elisa and Western Blot tests. These tests are too insensitive to be the deciding factor and thus a negative test does not ensure one does not have Lyme disease.
12. If he/she does a test, ask him to do a Western Blot test from the California-based company called Igenex rather than the typical mardx marblot Western Blot.
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Opossums: Where Lyme disease goes to die
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Ticks generally have only three meals in their entire lifetime. The first meal prompts the metamorphosis from larva to nymph and the second from nymph to adult. The third meal prepares the female tick for laying her eggs.
Spreen, K. (2014-05-06). Compendium of Tick-Borne Disease: A Thousand Pearls (Kindle Locations 849-850). Pocopson Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.
According to the CDC, reported cases of Lyme disease are most common among boys aged 5-9.