Lyme Disease - Most Misdiagnosed Disease in America

Lyme Disease – The Most Misdiagnosed Disease in America

September 29th, 2014 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Lyme Disease – The Most Misdiagnosed Disease in America

Who would ever think that the bite of a poppy-seed sized tick could wreck so much havoc on the body? A tick that is now believed to contain many other bacteria organisms causing people to have a myriad of symptoms that quickly evolve into chronic disease. Who would have ever guessed this little critter known as the deer tick would be the source of a very mysterious and debilitating disease?  A disease with symptoms overlapping those of many other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to name a few. The disease? Lyme Disease.

In 1981 the cause, a spiral shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi) was discovered, yet not many in conventional medicine knew what to do with this newly discovered bacteria. This spirochete is now known to be able to invade every organ in the body. It has now become far more prevalent than AIDS and West Nile virus and is showing up in states where Lyme has never been known to exist. We now know that isn’t just carried by ticks. It can be found in semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, saliva, tear ducts and even the blood supply. Co-infections are growing and Lyme is now recognized by some to be a mutating disease. There is also suggestion that we need to label Lyme as an STD because teens are giving it to each other through unprotected sex.

The United States has 10 times as many Lyme disease cases each year as the official numbers report. That’s the conclusion of research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year. But three 2012 studies suggest that doctors actually diagnose and treat about 300,000 cases a year. One study is based on medical insurance claims. One uses a survey of clinical laboratories that test for Lyme disease. The third study looks at self-reported Lyme disease, based on a survey of the public. CDC officials were not surprised that their official numbers had been low. They presented their early estimates, based on the three studies, at a conference on tick-borne diseases.

Even though Lyme Disease is now a world-wide health epidemic and because doctors are not quick to look for Lyme, patients are continually told that their symptoms are not Lyme related. Doctors who actually test for and treat Lyme Disease are sometimes ostracized by the medical community. Correct diagnosis in the initial stages of Lyme is extremely important to the success of treatment yet many doctors don’t seem to feel it necessary to even ascertain the possibility of a Lyme’s Disease diagnosis until symptoms have become pronounced and thus very difficult to treat effectively.  At this point the disease has become chronic with life-lasting health concerns.

Many people have the same story in that they have spent thousands of dollars and it has taken years, sometimes 15+, to get a correct diagnosis of Chronic Lyme’s Disease.  Some of these people never had a bite and never had a rash. Unfortunately the medical community has a history of misdiagnosing the symptoms of Lyme’s as emotional or psychological illness.

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Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Since Lyme disease is a multi-systemic illness there is a multitude of symptoms associated with the illness.  Some include:

  • Flu-like illness
  • Fever
  • History of Tick Bite (Not all patients recall a bite)
  • Headache
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • EM Rash, Other Rashes (Only found in 50% of patients)
  • Malar Flush, Red Ear Lobes
  • TMJ/ Jaw Pain (Temporomandibular Join)
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Joint Pain & Swelling, Bone Pain
  • Neurological Concerns
  • Liver Inflammation
  • To learn ALL of the Symptoms go to LDA Lyme Signs & Symtoms

Most tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in one way or another. You may have the infection and yet your tests can be negative due to the lack of immune response to the bacteria. In some ways testing may even be harmful in that it could point a person in a direction that is not needed. Misdiagnosed Lyme Disease patients may undergo treatment for symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or a hundred other diseases that Lyme can mimic. As a result, they may experience temporary relief but never detect the Lyme bacteria and fail to reach the root of the problem. With Lyme bacteria present, symptoms may come and go with varying intensity, returning with the onslaught of any degree of stress and seriously adding to the person’s discomfort. More and more practitioners believe that because testing is often inaccurate, treating first is necessary with testing used as backup and not as “proof” of illness.

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Natural Suggestions for Lyme Disease Symptoms

The suggestions below are not all-inclusive. According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt who is well known for his successful treatment of neurological illness and chronic pain with Integrative Medicine: “Depending on where you live in the U.S., consider the treatment that is offered to you through a Lyme literate physician. Most of them have been through the training at ILADS and I do recommend that.” Dr. Klinghardt provides free access to all his recipes on his web site. Learn more about his treatment at www.KlinghardtAcademy.com.

  • Andrographis
  • Cat’s Claw
  • MSM
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Garlic (Allicin). If using a pill, it should be enteric-coated.
  • Milk Thistle
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Pau d’arco
  • Turmeric
  • Magnesium
  • Nascent Iodine
  • SAMe
  • Systemic Enzymes
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Transfer Factor LymPlus
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Vitamin C
  • Green Tea
  • Digestive tract cleansing
  • Liver/gallbladder cleansing
  • Address Omega-3 deficiencies
  • Address EMF exposure
  • Parasite Cleansing
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Healthy Diet – Reduce or eliminate foods that may cause inflammation such as wheat, gluten, sugar and grocery store dairy products.

Under Our Skin

Below is the 2009 video “Under Our Skin“. Under Our Skin exposes the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease and reveals how our corrupt health care system is failing to address one of the most serious illnesses of our time. In the 1970s, a mysterious and deadly illness began infecting children in a small town in Connecticut. Today it’s a global epidemic! Please take the time to watch and learn about this disease that often goes misdiagnosed. (There are commercials but please don’t let them stop you from watching this important video). Length is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

NEW…Sequel – Under Our Skin 2 – Emergence

In this dramatic follow-up to the widely acclaimed UNDER OUR SKIN, EMERGENCE takes the viewer on a journey from horror to hope. We witness the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease as infection and education spread globally. We watch as the truth emerges about the disease’s persistence and reach, about promising new research, and about medical collusion and conflicts of interest that continue to impede progress. We revisit the characters from UNDER OUR SKIN as they emerge into better health, reclaiming their lives and dignity, and offering hope to the legions now suffering. As Lyme disease surges, EMERGENCE shines a probing light on the issue and becomes a beacon in the dark.

Below is the Emergence trailer. Emergence can be purchased at http://www.underourskin.com/store

(60 min., © 2014 Open Eye Pictures)

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
  • BetsyWolfgong

    I am so fustrated by local Specialest, She did not give me results of my blood work three montha ago. So I didn’t follow with return appointment. I’m not sure where to turn to for treatment, my PCP refuses to treat me for the Lyme disese.. So I’m here on my own trying and praying I don’t get and symptoms from the disease. Fustrated, need better treatment.

  • luckyone

    Our doctor is great. He also is now sick. He is heading to Germany for treatment. If it’s successful he will begin treating his patients here. We are so thankful
    N

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