Lyme Disease Awareness

May 20, 2021

Our mission at Peak Health Institute (PHI) is to empower people to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing through education. In recognition of Lyme disease awareness month, we are building awareness about the impact, detection, treatment, and preventative measures you can take now. 
Did you know that each year in the United States, the CDC estimates that 476,000 people contract Lyme disease, yet only 30,000 cases are reported? So, what is the reason for this disparity? Currently, there is a significant lack of proper diagnostic tools, and only a small fraction of people diagnosed with Lyme disease, are actually being treated during the acute or early stages.

While there is great controversy in the health community related to diagnosing Lyme disease as a chronic condition, the CDC acknowledges the prevalence of symptoms weeks to months after initial Lyme Disease exposure. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, head and neck stiffness, arthritis with severe swelling and inflammation of the joints, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, numbness and tingling of the limbs, bell’s palsy, rash, and nerve pain. To Read More Click Here.

Furthermore, the CDC acknowledges that approximately 20% of patients who are treated for Lyme disease, continue to experience ongoing and, sometimes, debilitating symptoms.

Lyme disease is often referred to as the “great imitator”. Meaning, it’s symptoms can mimic or mirror many other diseases, and can surface in any organ, the nervous system, brain, heart, joints, and endocrine system. For example, common misdiagnoses patients receive prior to their Lyme diagnoses include: fibromyalgia, psychiatric disease, rheumatoid disease, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune disease. For these reasons, patients with Lyme disease often see multiple doctors and providers before establishing their diagnosis and developing an adequate treatment plan

In addition to the complexities that Lyme disease presents itself, ticks can carry a variety of additional “co-infections” including ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, bartonella, tick borne relapsing fever, and anaplasmosis. Each of these bacteria have a variety of species that can all present in different ways. When it comes to Lyme disease and its associated co-infections, prevention truly is of utmost importance. 

If you suspect a possible Lyme disease diagnosis, one of the most important steps you can take is working with an experienced provider that is well versed in the latest diagnostic criteria and treatment approaches. Additionally, an experienced provider should be able to articulate the reasons behind a Lyme disease patient presenting with a false negative test result, a common phenomenon.  

Based on emerging data, it suggests that Lyme disease can alter the function of the immune system, thus, leading to false negatives when testing Lyme patients. It can also complicate the associated symptoms of Lyme disease, leaving the body susceptible to other opportunistic infections, and triggering different autoimmune conditions in the system. Click Here To Read More!

Regardless of the advice received, if you feel confident that you’ve had an exposure, you should advocate for yourself and receiving the treatment you deserve. It can take 3-to-6-weeks for antibodies to show up in some patients. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to have chronic symptoms.

At Peak Health, we specialize in Lyme disease detection and treatment. We follow a Lyme disease treatment protocol reflective of the data and guidelines recommended by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Due to the varying treatment approaches that currently exist, this is an important distinction and differentiator. For instance, the CDC suggests a 2-to-4-week course of antibiotics for acute Lyme disease, whereas, the ILADS suggests at least a 4-to-6-week antibiotic treatment protocol. The ILADS has found this approach decreases the likelihood of treatment failure.

We recommend the following prevention strategies to reduce exposure to ticks: 

◉ Daily tick checks if you’ve been outside, check the areas that are easily missed (scalp & private parts)

◉ Wear long sleeves and pants when exposed to tall grasses or areas of heavy brush

◉ Wear tick repellant, plant natural pest repellents in your yard such as garlic, lavender, and rosemary. 

◉ Make tick tubes. Click Here to Read How To.

Interested in more information or have questions about Lyme Disease detection and treatment? Call us at (630) 791-9335, email admin@peakhealthinstitute.com or visit our website at www.peakhealthinstitute.com

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