Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

Can you even tell what kind of tick is in the picture? It is a deer tick (larvae) and it is already infectious. Yes, it has been recently discovered that ticks become infected by their mother. Also, be aware that you don’t need a bull’s eye rash to confirm Lyme disease. And it doesn’t need to be a deer tick either.

There are only four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body.  That means a more reliable way to diagnose Lyme disease is either clinically (by symptoms – see http://lymediseaseresource.com/Symptom_List.html), flu in the spring, summer or fall, or joint pain that moves around, or by submitting the tick to Igenex see form and instructions at: http://www.igenex.com/files/ticktest.pdf

That also means that a huge percentage of people who apparently were cured by a short dose of antibiotics may not have ever been infected with the four most invasive strains which would negate all of the studies done using a bulls-eye rash as one of the determining factors for infection.

Also, there are 14 ticks that carry Lyme disease. Nine types of hard-shelled ticks that cause Lyme disease (different ticks in different areas of the country.) There are also five types of soft-shelled ticks that cause Lyme disease. Some carry all co-infections, and some are known to carry just a few. However the number of ticks that carry Lyme disease continues to grow while the number of co-infections and the density of the tick population carrying Lyme disease and co-infections is also growing.

(Author’s note: Peer-reviewed studies sometimes take years to be published so the preceding statements are based on studies that were done over the last three decades showing a growth pattern that must not be ignored or down-played.)

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2 Responses to Save That Tick and Get it Tested for Lyme Disease!

  1. Kendra says:

    You say “it has been recently discovered that ticks become infected by their mother. ” where is your source for this claim? I have not been able to find any study or article that substantiates this. Every source I’ve read say the larva are not infected until their blood meal, starting with the study in 1989, Failure of Ixodes Ticks To Inherit Borrelia afzelii Infection, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC106822/

    Also please provide citations for your other claims, such as, “four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body.” Without legitimate sources, your claims simply breed more fear and confusion, and then doctors reject all views but the narrow ISDA view.

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi Kendra –
      Thank you for your comment and I apologize for not listing my sources in every post – I will endeavor to do so faithfully in the future as I agree that misinformation can cause misplaced fear, but in most cases many old publications have been proven wrong with new evidence.

      In 2012 larvae were found infected with B. burgdorferi and 2013 infected with B. miyamotoi before a blood meal as described here:

      Rollend, L., Fish, D., & Childs, J. (2012, June 19). Transovarial transmission of Borrelia spirochetes by Ixodes scapularis: A summary of the literature and recent observations. Retrieved December 1, 2014, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877959X12000672
      AND:
      Krause, D. (2013, January 17). Human Borrelia miyamotoi Infection in the United States — NEJM. Retrieved December 7, 2014, from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1215469

      I first read about the “four out of twenty species…” in Cure Unknown which is from:

      Gerald Seinost, Daniel E. Dykhuizen, Raymond J. Dattwyler,*, William T. Golde, John J. Dunn, Ing-Nang Wang, Gary P. Wormser, Martin E. Schriefer and Benjamin J. Luft (1999, July ). Four Clones of Borrelia burgdorferiSensu Stricto Cause Invasive Infection in Humans. Retrieved December 7, 2014, from http://iai.asm.org/content/67/7/3518.short

      Kendra, the sad reality is that I have over 100 sources that show pervasiveness of Borrelia infection after treatment (Read http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3636972/) and yet Dr. Alan Steere, the head of the IDSA and the reigning authority on Lyme disease at Harvard University and for most every infectious disease MD in the US states emphatically:
      “There is no evidence that the Lyme bacteria are resistant to any of the antibiotics commonly used to treat the infection. In rare cases, additional therapy beyond the recommended doses may be used for brief periods of time (typically one month). However there is no evidence that additional treatment with any antibiotic results in improvement of slowly resolving symptoms.”
      (See http://www.uptodate.com/contents/lyme-disease-treatment-beyond-the-basics )

      I believe that demonstrates the most obscene lack of responsibility for the health and welfare of human beings world-wide and a gross abuse of power. (My opinion.)

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