What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is caused by an infectious intra-cellular bacterial pathogen spread by ticks and other blood-sucking insects. These insects carry a host of different types of bacteria including Borrelia, Bartonella Babesia and Ricketsia.

Initially, Lyme was found mainly in the USA and Germany but it has now spread throughout Europe and most of the World.

Lyme Disease is a great imitator of other diseases and shows a wide variety of symptoms. It can imitate more than 200 disease patterns and different mutations of the pathogen have developed. Since the symptoms are common to other illnesses, diagnosis has proved to be difficult. Lyme disease can occur in any organ, but often finds its way to the joints and nervous system.

Illnesses like multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatism, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, cardiac dysrhythmia, paralysis of unclear genesis, ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), chronic fatigue, constant fever or subnormal temperature, as well as neuropathic/mental disorders such as depressions, confusion, insomnia, panic attacks, polyneuropathies, should ALWAYS be examined for Borreliosis (as a precaution).

Note: It is important to contact your medical practitioner to get an opinion in the first instance.

Illustration of the type of tick that causes Lyme Disease

• Not all ticks transmit borrelia and other pathogens, but an ever-increasing number do.
• Nymphs, a stage between lava and adult tick, can also transmit pathogens to the host
• A well-functioning immune system can handle an infection with full recovery

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