ByDr. Howard W. Fisher
‘Lyme Disease Is Spreading Nationwide: Misdiagnosis Is More Common Than You Think’
When I see headlines like the one above it merely reinforces just how far off the path ofhealth we have truly wandered. The state of disease has not become far more common than thestate of health. Statistics bear it out. Food has not been an effective form of nutrition since before the great depression of the 1930s. When we consider Lyme Disease, something by theway the bulk of the population has never heard of, the incidence of this disease is staggering.Lyme disease is four times more common than HIV infection in the United States, and oftenmisdiagnosed.
Lyme disease, also known as borreliosis, is an often times persistent infectious diseasemost likely caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus
. Of these bacteria,
burgdorferi sensu lato is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America and
afzelii and garinii cause most European cases. The disease was determined to be onethat was a tick-borne disease however many other sources now suspect a number of othervectors. Intermittently, symptoms such as arthritic inflammatory conditions persist after theinfection has been eliminated by antibiotics, prompting suggestions that
may cause anautoimmune response, to the extent that it may be considered to be a pathogen inducedautoimmune disease
Early symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, depression, swollen lymphnodes and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans but the extent of symptomsmay extend to a diversity involving the joints, heart, and CNS (central nervous system).
Everyone may be affected differently depending upon the existing health status as a number ofthe signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are the end result of the immune response to the presence spirochete in those tissues.
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