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TICK SEASON...IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!


I’m from the northern half of Wisconsin, and tick season is no laughing matter here. As a matter of fact, my son came home with a tick just a couple of weeks ago, and we identified and got rid of that little bugger immediately.

As a Lyme Specialist, I know way too much about how dangerous these little critters are. If untreated, the bacteria they introduce into the bloodstream can infect multiple body tissues and set up a full-on inflammatory response in the body. I feel it necessary to mention that they are not the only offenders. Spiders, flies, mosquitos, and other insects, can also carry the bacteria. This bacterial response can manifest as fever, disorientation, Bell’s palsy, muscle pain, numbness in arms and legs, headache, fatigue, and many other symptoms. Interestingly, the well-known “bullseye rash” is only evidenced in approximately 25% of Lyme cases.





[types of ticks in the USA and where found (above), tick on the skin (left), bullseye rash (right).] Lyme isn’t like some other illnesses you ride out and muscle through. It can damage your joints, heart, and nervous system, so it’s not to be taken lightly.

Lyme has been referred to as the “Great Imitator” because the symptoms resulting from the Borrelia Burgdorferi (AKA Lyme) bacteria and other co-infections at the time of transmission can mimic many other diseases. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, Mental Health Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Lupus/Rheumatoid Arthritis are just a few of such diseases. Since it is so difficult to diagnose, it is often left untreated years after initial infection, only to be considered when all other possible causes have been ruled out. People often suffer needlessly. So, as a community service, here are a few suggestions to protect yourself.

TICK AWARENESS

  1. Avoid getting bit! Stay aware of bushy areas, stone walls, grass woodpiles, leaf litter, and beach grass.

  2. Wear light-colored clothing to spot ticks easily and long sleeves, and tuck pants into your socks to protect yourself.

  3. Walk in the center of the trail.

  4. Consider wearing a natural repellent, such as essential oils.

  5. Regularly check typical tick sheltering areas: underarms, groin, and hairline. Carefully check over clothing, children, and pets when returning from outside.

  6. Dry clothes on high heat to kill any unfound ticks.

  7. Watch the fantastic documentary "Under Our Skin" for a realistic look at Lyme Disease and how it can present differently from person to person.

WHEN YOU FIND A TICK

Remove it as quickly as possible (disease transmission has everything to do with how long the tick is attached). Grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible with fine-tipped tweezers. Pull upward with even steady pressure without turning or twisting. After you remove the entire insect, clean the wound with alcohol, soap, and water. Save the tick in a plastic bag, and then call me for recommendations.

In addition to laying out the CDC recommendations with you, I will be ready to share what you can do to detox (both yourself and your animals) from exposure with homeopathy, diet, and immune support. Warm Regards,


Tracy Abraham, President of Amplify Health & Wellness

Board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner (BCHHP), BCLS, CBT, CNHP

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