In an article published on March 22, 2017, entitled, "Fatal Forecast: Lyme Disease Will Plague America" renowned integrative doctor Joseph Mercola, MD shares some updated facts about Lyme disease and its spread across America. To read the entire article, click here.
To summarize the article, Dr. Mercola starts off by stating that between 1990 and 2015, the number of reported cases in the U.S. has doubled and that the disease has spread geographically. According to Dr. Mercola, each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC but researchers estimate that at least 10 times that number of people are infected with Lyme disease each year, which means that there could be anywhere from 296,000 to 376,000 new cases yearly. That means that there are most likely now millions of people in the US with the disease.
While the article mentions that the CDC reports the disease is concentrated in the northeast and upper Midwest and is spreading, it does not mention that Lyme is an epidemic in all states, and most Lyme-literate researchers and health care practitioners will tell you that Lyme is a problem everywhere.
However, the article is useful for describing the scope of the problem, and bringing awareness about the nation’s fastest growing infectious disease to those who still aren’t “in the know.” Mercola.com is the world’s most visited health site, so the fact that Dr. Mercola is reporting on Lyme disease will mean greater awareness of the disease for the community at large.
In addition, Dr. Mercola shares that Lyme disease is often called "the great imitator," as it may mimic other health conditions, such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease.
Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that outwardly, most infected people appear healthy, despite the fact that they suffer severe symptoms.
Dr. Mercola contends that the majority of time Lyme disease is spread through tick bites but can also be spread by mosquitoes, spiders, fleas and mites. This is sobering news for anyone who likes to be outside in the summer and highlights the urgency of taking precautions to avoid bug bites. Dr. Mercola then shares that during spring and summer Lyme risk is increased, and shares some tips for avoiding infection.
The rest of the article is devoted to tips for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Mercola urges against taking antibiotics to treat chronic Lyme and advocates instead natural treatments such as the NutraMedix herbal remedies. Many Lyme disease doctors might disagree with his position that antibiotics are a bad idea—indeed, many have found them to be necessary for their patients, although perhaps not everyone. Other believe that people can and do get well with herbal and other natural remedies alone.
To read more about Dr. Mercola’s perspective on Lyme, which includes tidbits of information on Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s protocol, click here. (Note: Dr. Klinghardt’s full Lyme protocol can be found in my 2016 book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment).
Connie Strasheim is the author or co-author of 11 wellness books, including the recently released New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Real Healing Strategies that Work. (October, 2016) and Beyond a Glass of Milk and a Hot Bath: Advanced Sleep Solutions for People with Chronic Insomnia. (March, 2017). She is also a medical copywriter and an editor at ProHealth.com, as well as Editor of the Alternative Cancer Research Institute (ACRI). Her passion is to help people with complex chronic illnesses find freedom from disease and soul-spirit sickness using whole body medicine, and she collaborates with some of the world's best integrative doctors to do this. In addition to Lyme disease and insomnia, Connie’s books focus on cancer, nutrition, detoxification and spiritual healing. To learn more about her work, see: www.ConnieStrasheim.org.