Lyme disease: Presentations and management with detoxification by Prof Oladapo Ashiru
The treatment of patients with infertility, menopausal issues as well as other general health problems in the last two decades has brought to the forefront of our practice a disease called Lyme disease.
Everyone needs to be aware of this disease as it manifests as various forms of illnesses. Lyme disease was the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in 2013, according to the United States Centres for Disease Control.
In Africa, we have all heard about mosquitoes biting us and giving us malaria. But what if we tell you that other insects are biting us and infecting us with more deadly diseases than malaria? Different insects are transmitting many infections, and one of them is Lyme.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria that we could get from the bite of infected ticks, lice, bed bugs, sand flies, and many other visible and invisible insects. The main bacteria are called Borrelia Burgdorferi. Lyme disease is called ‘The Great Imitator’ because its symptoms mimic many other conditions. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, the heart, and the brain.
How do people get it?
People usually get the disease from ticks infected with Lyme bacteria.
Most human cases are caused by immature ticks, which are about the size of a poppy seed. Because their bite is painless, many people do not realise that they have been bitten.
Ticks may remain attached for several days while they feed. The longer they stay connected, the higher the risk that they will pass the Lyme bacteria into your bloodstream, where they will start spreading throughout your body.
If pregnant women are infected, they sometimes pass Lyme disease to their unborn children. Some doctors believe other types of human-to-human transmission are possible, but little is known of them.
Where is Lyme disease found?
Lyme disease found on every continent except Antarctica.
Lyme is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease. The disease is difficult to diagnose because laboratory tests may be detrimental in the first four to six weeks.
Early symptoms of the disease include flu-like illness (fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, and joint pain, and rash.
Later symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, and shortness of breath, hearing loss and other sensory loss, high blood pressure, spinal or radicular pain.
Your child may be infected with Lyme disease too! Twenty-five per cent of the total population of affected patients are children. About 50 per cent of this does not have any history of being bitten by a tick. And less than 70 per cent of them even have a rash which would sensitise the parents that the child has an insect bite.
Most lab tests are negative in the first four to six weeks, which makes diagnoses and treatment difficult. Early symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue, which may soon clear up without treatment.
Later the child may have headaches, stiff neck, light, or sound sensitivity and exhibit other learning difficulties and uncharacteristic behaviors.
After a tick bite, rash around the site of the bite may develop. Most of the time, the rash is an ordinary red area. However, if it is a bull’s-eye shape with a darker edge, it is a definite sign of Lyme infection and needs immediate treatment. Sometimes, they have an irregular shape, blisters, or a flaky appearance. Lyme rashes can mimic spider bite, ringworm, or cellulitis. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no tell-tale rash to warn of the tick bite.
Because Lyme is difficult to detect and diagnose, it may go untreated for many years, and the bacteria can spread and may go into hiding in your body. Weeks, months, or even years later, you may have problems with your brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, heart and circulation, digestion, reproductive system, and skin. Symptoms may disappear even without treatment, while different symptoms may appear at different times, but the Lyme parasite lives on happily in your body.
Unfortunately, Lyme is misdiagnosed as other diseases such as mental illness, depression, or multiple sclerosis. Since scientists have not figured out the cause of these diseases, the underlying Lyme infection is allowed to progress unchecked.
Scientists recognise that there are many diseases caused by ticks worldwide, and new ones are still discovered. One tick may carry more than one disease condition, so sometimes people get more than one co-infection from the bite of a single tick. The symptoms of this co-infections are often non-specific – such as fever and headache – which makes diagnosis difficult.
Other primary tick-borne diseases include babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and bartonellosis.
It is certain conventional medical lab texts have not yet identified all the diseases that ticks carry and transmit. Co-infections complicate diagnosis and treatment and make a recovery even more difficult. Doctors may suspect co-infections in patients who do not respond satisfactorily to medications prescribed for Lyme disease.
There are other possible explanations for treatment failures. People with chronic tick-borne infections often have a weakened immune response.
The MART Life Detox Clinic with state of the art bioenergetics diagnostic tools can detect and diagnose the presence of these diseases, viruses, bacteria, Mycoplasmas, fungus infections, and heavy metals and thus treat the patients with the appropriate treatment protocols.