Chronic Lyme disease and it’s co-infections are on the rise in North America, Europe, and certain parts of Asia. Prevention is key and the southern part of Ontario and Eastern seaboard are considered ‘red zones’, meaning high prevalence of ticks and reported cases.
There are cases of European and Asian strains in North America, which have been carried over by migratory birds. Pets such as dogs also are susceptible to Lyme and co-infections, therefore adequate prevention, testing, and medical treatment of both pets and humans is very important.
As there is no absolute cure for chronic Lyme, we stress the following preventive measures you can take.
• Wearing long sleeved shirts and pants when walking in the woods.
• Avoid walking in tall grasses.
• Essential oils such as cat nip used 100% on the skin and clothes can protect against ticks and mosquitoes for up to 6 hours. Citronella and eucalyptus at 30% concentration on the skin and clothes can protect against ticks and mosquitoes for up to 1.5 hours.
• Regular tick checks on everyone after being outside, including behind the ears, hair, under the
arms, the gluteal folds, and groin area.
• Checking dogs/pets for ticks, as well as asking your vet about tick prophylaxis.
Applying all of the above precautions to those living in cities as well as rural areas. Ticks can live in greenery in urban areas. ie. walking trails, football fields, flower beds, etc.
Testing and Treatment
Conventional testing in the Canadian public health system may be adequate for certain strains of Lyme, but in long term cases the labs are overwhelmingly negative despite clear physical illness.
We use labs in the United States or Germany as they are well developed to test for co-infections that include Babesia, Bartonella, and Mycoplasma and many more. Testing is strongly recommended to rule out co-infections that are clearly related to certain symptoms of the disease. Often if other testing or treatment is needed the Natural Care Clinic will refer to ILADS Lyme literate medical doctors in New York state or other parts of Ontario.
Treatment focusses on supporting mast cell activation, focusing on biofilm penetration, liver detoxification, mitochondrial support, antiviral and antibacterial herbs, and vitamins/minerals that are depleted or necessary for immune system function. Reactions are common at different times of treatment and can be expected to go away. To prepare for the initial visit, please fill out the following Horowitz Questionnaire to assess your symptom severity.
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