Lyme Disease: The New Epidemic
Lyme disease, caused by Borrelia Burgdoferi bacteria, is one of the fastest growing epidemics in the world. In US alone, an estimated 18 million people are stricken with this chronic infection and most are unaware of its presence in their system. A majority of the chronically ill may have Borrelia Burgfoferi (Bb) infection as the main contributing factor in their disease process. People with fibromyalgia, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, scleroderma, IBS, alzheimer’s disease, bell’s palsy, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, parkinson’s disease, depression, tinnitus, vertigo, sciatica, periodontal disease, to name a few, are actually misdiagnosed. These conditions often have Bb as their causative agent.
Children suffering from autism and autism related spectrum disorders are often found to have lyme disease or chronic borreliosis. Approximately, 30% of autistic children have positive laboratory tests for chronic borreliosis. Autism is now regarded as being reversible and curable because once the Bb infection is treated, the symptoms of autism resolve dramatically, sometimes within a few days.
A recent epidemiological study has demonstrated states and areas in US with highly reported Lyme disease correlate directly to the areas and states with high occurrence of Autism.
In a recent informal study by the American Lyme Disease Alliance, 28 of 31 patients initially diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, were found to have positive tests for lyme disease. Borrelia Burgdoferi has been directly found in the lesions of multiple sclerosis patients, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease. Chronic arthritis and systemic scleroderma have also been directly linked with Bb infection.
Lyme disease is a silent killer. Over a lifespan, Bb causes a variety of progressively worsening signs and symptoms that gradually lead to disability and death. As a society plagued with the lyme epidemic, it is time to address and eradicate this Bb infection if the growing number of chronic diseases is to be eliminated.