As much as I hate being sick, I continually give thanks that my children are all healthy. Given the choice, I think it is quite safe to say that most parents would trade places and take on any illness or disease to keep their children from suffering.
So what do you do when you find out your child is sick – especially with a painful, chronic,and difficult to treat disease such Chronic Lyme Disease?
Certainly it is more common these days for children to be diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or Autism, but the frightening evidence emerging from research labs across the country is that there appears to be a connection between these diseases and Lyme, and in fact may be even caused by Lyme.
Autism is a syndrome characterized by impairments in social relatedness and communication, repetitive behaviors, abnormal movements, and sensory dysfunction. Recent studies suggest that autism may affect 1 in 150 US children. Exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with autism, and the similarities extend to neuro-anatomy, neurotransmitters, and biochemistry.
Thimerosal, a preservative added to many vaccines, has become a major source of mercury in children who, within their first two years, may have received a quantity of mercury that exceeds safety guidelines. A review of medical literature and US government data suggests that: (i) many cases of idiopathic autism are induced by early mercury exposure from thimerosal; (ii) this type of autism represents an unrecognized mercurial syndrome; and (iii) genetic and non-genetic factors establish a predisposition whereby thimerosal’s adverse effects occur only in some children.
Depression can be a sign of so many diseases and yet it can go undiagnosed for years, or misdiagnosed as mercury poisoning, autism, thyroid disease…without the tick bite, how is a parent to figure out all these clues when they are rushing from “pillar to post” in today’s stressful, over-programmed world when doctors are having such a hard time with all of their time focused on the puzzle.
As parents we need to take back our control and challenge doctors for explanations and other possibilities. Many readers have emailed me with stories of insisting their child be tested for Lyme against their doctor’s wishes to find that indeed – even with the abysmal diagnostic tests we must rely on – that their child was infected with Lyme. Unfortunately, these deadly life-altering diseases are subtle. It is up to us to be vigilante and educated, and demand proper medical treatment.