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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Combating Lyme disease


Our world is growing fast with buildings replacing grazing grounds and displacing some of our wildlife as a result of that we live side by side with deer. Hitchhiking a ride upon cute little Bambis are a small seemingly insignificant insect, insignificant unless you have been bit by one carrying the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Even worse than the  pain of the bite is the possible aftermath; Lyme disease. 

I spoke to a dear person today who is undergoing treatment for Lyme disease (Borrelia) and my heart truly went out to him as he spoke of the repercussions, pain, cost, and prognosis. The cost is unbelievable, the pain unbearable and the prognosis not hopeful (as far as being completely cured). Our conversation compelled me to come home from work and begin my research immediately. He is a young man, and regardless of one's ailment, my strong belief in a loving God leads me to the conclusion that Mother Nature has a cure for whatever ails us.Medical science too has come a long way and it is highly recommended that one seek treatment from their health provider and discuss with him or her any alternative medicines they may consider prior to undertaking another route for their care.

While he had been prescribed medicines he is considering using alternative medicine/herbs to relieve some of the symptoms. Echinacea is excellent for boosting our resistance. James A. Duke, PhD recommends it's use in his book The Green Pharmacy. Dr. Duke, the world's finest authority on healing herbs self medicated himself when he was infected with an insect bite that had swollen and appeared like a large bull's eye swelling to around 3 inches in diameter at the site by the following day. 

A doctor prescribed an antibiotic and Dr. Duke coupled it with echinacea and garlic. (Garlic tested in a lab was found to eradicate 99% of the bacteria it came in contact with according to George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods Org.) He, Dr. Duke, also coupled it with mass doses of echinacea and garlic while ingesting juices made up of carrots and tomatoes advising that vegetables that are rich in vitamin A carotenoids are very beneficial in the fight against infection. 

Avoid ticks if possible.

A natural insect repellent can be created by crushing mountain mint and rubbing it well on your clothing and skin (unless pregnant). Avoid walking through tall grass especially May through July. Tuck your shirt into your pants and pants into sock so that the tick cannot easily crawl under the clothes.Wear boots and gloves to discourage them from latching onto you, and wear light colored clothing so you can easily spot the intruder. Thoroughly check your body over to be certain none are hiding anywhere. If you do spot one grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers and close to the mouth as possible; pull straight back with slow steady force. Do not crush it. Crushing it causes it to inject bacteria into it's victim!! Place the tick into a tightly sealed container so that you can take it with you to the doctor's office if you get any symptoms within the next 30 days. Wash the bite with warm and soapy water. (this comes from The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Seniors by Doug Dollemore and the Editors of Prevention.

More tips for tick removal:

These were offered in Home Remedies from the Country Doctor by Jan Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Henrichs and the Editors of the Yankee magazine: 

  • Dr. John Dunn recommends gently unscrewing the tick in a counterclockwise direction when spotted embedded in the skin. He advises that if the head remains it will eventually work its way out and to use hot compresses at the site. 
  • Dr. Harry Rowe recommends lighting a wooden match, blowing it out and laying the hot head on the tick's body and watching the tick flee. (Then capture and contain it.)
  • Dr. Sarah Johansen recommends using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol on it. She states it will suffocate the insect. 

Other herbs rich in compounds effective in the treatment of bacteria are listed in order of potency:

  • licorice root - contains both anti-viral and anti-bacterial
  • thyme
  • hops
  • oregano
  • rosemary
The disease can lead to a multitude of severe complications:
  • arthritis
  • memory loss
  • walking difficulties
  • hypertension
  • heart problems

If you are suffering from joint pain and inflammation; turmeric and/or ginger are both powerful anti-inflammatories and quite beneficial in a host of other ailments. 

Adult deer tick

Warning this is only one species of tick that can cause nasty problems for both animals and humans.

In conclusion, if you have been bit and are suffering symptoms such as a rash, fever, aches, and flu-like symptoms please seek immediate medical attention. 


Colette S September 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM  

Thank you for this information Judy.

I'm wondering if there is a difference between Ticks here and in my country.

as a child I was bitten a few times. I despise the little things and would have to pull them out of my skin and even the animals skin.
We used to farm quite a lot.

I'm not sure if I have / or why I have not had any effects.

This is very good information. Thank you.

Judy SheldonWalker September 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM  

I am glad you did not get Lymes disease and hope you never come in contact with it. Some people who are exposed don't.

Cherry September 19, 2013 at 3:58 AM  

thank you for sharing very useful information, Judy. Take care and Godbless. Kisses to your adorable grandchildren!

Icy BC September 22, 2013 at 3:58 AM  

Fantastic information, Judy!

Will have to add the ginger supplement to my list. I take turmeric as you've recommended, but not regularly as of late.

kulasa zen September 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM  

my Grandma Used to give me Oregano For cough and it Worked. Nature offers many cure for ailments. I am praying your Friend gets well very soon.

Judy SheldonWalker September 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM  

Thanks so much for your prayers. I believe in His miracles. Your Grandma is wise.

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