If you live near a wooded area then you’ll know all too well that there’s something you need to watch out for.
Those little buggers will try to hitch a ride wherever they can and you can end up carrying one around without even know it.
The tick itself isn’t so much the issue as the disease it may carry and transmit, of which the most common is Lyme disease.
Right now, test for Lyme disease is pretty much a science of hit-and-miss. The tests are so bad that many doctors tell their patients that a negative test results doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not infected.
In the first three weeks after infection, Lyme disease test results are negative more than 60 per cent of the time. And you may not even get the telltale Lyme disease rash.
Most people will only test positive after the disease spreads to their neurological system!
And, the longer you’re misdiagnosed, the worse your symptoms will get. I’m talking about memory loss, dizziness, facial paralysis, heart palpitations, and severe arthritis are common symptoms not only for Lyme disease, but also for a host of other health conditions that Lyme disease often gets mistaken for.
Now, a number of researchers are working to improve tests for the disease, but until there’s a sure-fire way to diagnose it, you still need to protect yourself.
Researchers think that one reason why it is spreading might be a common household pest known as white-footed mice (or woodland mice).
Turns out these critters don’t have many natural predators, so they’re getting comfortable everywhere and reproduce like nobody’s business.
So, controlling the pests around your home is a good place to start. For a natural, non-toxic repellent, try leaving cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil or clove oil where you find droppings. Mice don’t like the smell of peppermint or clove.
But don’t chase all of them away. Opossums (sometimes just called “possum”) eat over 90 per cent of ticks, even the ones that carry Lyme disease – and they never get infected themselves.
And if you happen to go for a walk in a woodland area, wear boots, long trousers and long sleeves that have been doused in bug spray, and use the “buddy system” afterward to check everything – especially since others can spot ticks in areas you can’t even see in the mirror.
You can find great photos of the Lyme-carrying ticks online, but if you find a brown dot on your skin – especially if it seems to have “puffed up” and latched on – it’s best to remove it right away.
Get as close to your skin as possible and pull the little bugger straight upward with a pair of (ideally, fine-tipped) tweezers.
Then, get tested before any symptoms appear – and if it comes back negative but you start to experience symptoms, get tested again! Ask your doctor for both the ELISA and Western Blot tests, and request they send them out to more than one laboratory for analysis.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Tests for Lyme disease miss many early cases — but a new approach could help, statnews.com/2017/06/28/early-lyme-tests/
Lyme Disease is Spreading, And it’s Partly this Mouse’s Fault, fivethirtyeight.com/features/lyme-disease-is-spreading-and-its-partly-this-mouses-fault/
Buffeting Possum, snopes.com/opossums-kill-ticks-inhibit-the-spread-of-lyme-disease/