Lyme disease in humans is becoming an epidemic in the United States that no one is talking about.
This disease, although not easy to prevent, can be prevented or it many cases, severely restricted.
It is especially dangerous if it attacks your nervous system.
But the United States is not alone with this growing disease as it has also started to show up in China, Europe, Japan, Australia, and several areas of what used to be the Soviet Union.
Lyme disease is still relatively unknown to many people as it has only been around and been documented in people since 1975.
Back then it was thought to have been rheumatoid arthritis in a group of children that lived in Lyme, Connecticut.
But it was studied and later discovered that it was actually caused by bacteria and identified as Lyme disease in 1982.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has monitored it ever since.
In a seven year period from 1992 to 1998 there were almost 89,000 cases of this disease reported, with 9800 in 1992 and growing to almost 17,000 by 1998.
In 2007 there were almost 28,000 cases reported and the numbers keep growing.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is caused by a bacterium referred to as a spirochete.
Spirochetes are any type of various bacteria that can be pathogenic and cause disease and are usually carried either lice or ticks that in turn infect humans.
When it is transmitted by a tick when they when they bite the skin which permits the bacterium to infest the body.
As with most spirochetes, the disease can not be transmitted from one human to another human as the only way you can catch this disease is by a tick.
This disease is very difficult to spot and than document unless you can actually realize that you have been bitten by a tick, as these particular ticks are very, very small.
It may not be until the symptoms start to appear that you will know it is Lyme disease.
Even than, the symptoms resemble several other conditions or diseases.
This disease will affect different parts of your body and will vary in severity as it grows and develops in your system.
It is classified as have three very distinct stages: early localized, early disseminated, and than late disease which can be extremely dangerous.
After you are infected with this disease, this bacterium spreads away from the initial point of entry, the tick bite.
The first symptoms will be a rash that can rapidly expand to several parts of your body.
It will also in most cases be associated with a fever and flu like symptoms and this is referred to as the early localized disease.
This inflammation will than start expanding in a very distinct pattern that will literally resemble a bull’s eye.
The outer portions will be a very bright red but the inner portions will be almost clear.
However, what been so difficult with this initial stage is that there are about 25 percent of people that develop no rash at all.
In the second stage, the symptoms will develop into fatigue, muscle and joint stiffness, swollen lymph nodes, and headaches.
All or these symptoms closely resemble the flu and can easily be passed off by the flu. The difference will be that they will start to get worse in several cases.
The redness and rash will usually dissipate within three to four weeks, however, the bacteria is still in the body and is still infecting it if is not treated or prevented.
If it is not, the affects of stage three will develop, which can affect the joints, the heart and the nervous system.
These symptoms can be especially dangerous as it can cause inflammation to the heart and muscle mass within the heart, causing abnormal heart rhythms or even heart failure if severe.
The nervous system can also be attacked, and the first sign will be with Bell’s palsy, where the facial muscles are paralyzed.
However, it can also lead to meningitis and confusion.
But there is one symptom that will be common in most all cases, and that will be the arthritis effects of the disease that will cause swelling, stiffness, and pain.
If this is not treated, it can become chronic very rapidly.
If you have not had any previous arthritic conditions and suddenly developing them, the chances are very good that you have Lyme disease.
Antibiotics will cure most all cases of this disease if it is caught in the very early stages; however, that is perhaps why it is becoming an epidemic, it is very difficult to catch in the early stages.
After the damage has set in, antibiotics are not very effective.
The chronic inflammation that is caused by this disease is why so many people with Lyme’s disease fail to improve.
Bringing this inflammation under control, or preventing it to start with, will be the key to winning the battle against this little known, but fast growing disease.
Most all people that are attacked and infected with this Lyme disease suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
Here are the nutrients that can assist in preventing as well as fighting Lyme disease once the body has been attacked.
Vitamin A is very effective in helping to build the immune system and fight infectious diseases as its role as an antioxidant and deficiency of this vitamin may prolong Lyme arthritis.
Deficiencies of Vitamins B6 and B12 are very common in with this disease.
B12 deficiency is very common among vegetarians and macrobiotic diets, and is essential in maintaining energy levels as well as counteracting gastrointestinal problems.
One of its most important functions is protecting the neurological system which is exactly where this disease attacks.
Vitamin B6 works with magnesium in your body to protect the normal biochemical functions.
However, the two best preventive nutrients may be Vitamin C and D. Vitamin C is very important in both preventing and fighting Lyme disease as it is the most powerful immune booster of all nutrients.
It also helps protects cellular structures and joint ligaments, the real target of this disease.
Vitamin D helps to protect the endocrine system, especially the adrenal and thyroid glands.
This vitamin is also the most prescribed vitamin for treating musculoskeletal pain with any type of inflammatory disease.
Lyme disease can be prevented and treated by the proper nutrients.
However, the statistics show that this disease is growing each and every year, and the definition of an epidemic is a disease that affects a large and growing number of people in a population.