TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH
Lyme disease best treated early
PAUL G. DONOHUE AND KEITH ROACH
Q: My daughter has been told she has Lyme disease. She has been put on antibiotics for four months. What can you tell us about the disease?
A: Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, spread by the bite of the deer tick. The tick is easily overlooked.
The tick needs to stay attached for 24 hours in order to pass Lyme disease, so an inspection after possible exposure is helpful.
Although Lyme disease has been reported in many places, it’s common in the northeast United States, from Virginia to Maine.
Its diagnosis is made primarily on a characteristic rash, which looks like a bull’s-eye, although the rash is not always present. In the early stages, people with Lyme disease might have flu-like symptoms. Lyme disease is best treated as soon as it is diagnosed.
Treatment in the early stages is with oral antibiotics. If Lyme disease is not recognized until later stages, which happens especially if no rash has developed, then nervous system complications can occur.
A: Diagnosis of later-stage Lyme disease can be confirmed with blood tests. Treatment of late Lyme disease is also usually done with oral medications and occasionally with IV medications, usually for four to six weeks.
Symptoms of late-stage Lyme disease might persist despite treatments that are effective in killing all the bacteria in the body, and several trials have shown that prolonging antibiotic treatment beyond the recommended four to six weeks doesn’t provide any benefit.
Q: Our 20-year-old daughter has become less active and gained weight, is tired during the day and doesn’t sleep at night. She was treated with an antidepressant, but her gynecologist, who saw her for irregular periods, has said she has poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. Her cousin also has it. Is it serious? Will our daughter be able to have children?
A: The syndrome is a condition of imbalanced female sex hormones.
The diagnosis is made with a combination of a careful history, physical exam and blood testing.
Women with the ailment often have a harder time getting pregnant; however, it’s still possible.
The syndrome is generally treated through a team approach, with an obstetrician and endocrinologist.
Depression is indeed more common in women with the syndrome, so an antidepressant sounds like good treatment for your daughter. Weight loss can be helpful, too.
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With regard to Question #1) A querant is asking about her daughter’s diagnosis of Lyme’s disease. Her daughter has been receiving antibiotics for four months. According to the second response in this article, there doesn’t appear to be consensus (sadly) on treatment. While this is not a medical problem of epidemic proportions, still, many DO suffer with it.
Just happen to have a perfectly delightful response to this problem in a separate article posted right next to this one and directly behind it. It is from Innersource, the name of Donna Eden’s site wherein Eden Energy Medicine is discussed and people by the thousands go to learn about it. The post is today’s date and its called EEM Cures “Lyme” disease. Fortuitous arrival, isn’t it?
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Q #2) This query is particularly sad as it is, in my opinion, so unnecessary and extremely prevalent. This 20 year old is leading a tortured life and the medical community is hellbent to give her drugs (probably for the rest of her life) instead of seeking a solution and the cause as to why this is happening. Yes, it can run in families, but this doesn’t make it genetic.
Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is reputed to be mostly unknown in cause. The path of the affliction as described by the good doctors is good as far as it goes. But there are those who ask Why? What causes this?
All we need do is observe our world without blinders on and we can see the toxins everywhere from our impure, tainted and chemical laden water (without which we do not live); the standard American diet (SAD) which is void of vital nutrient due largely to profit-oriented Agribusiness – who instead depletes our viable soil and fills it with more chemicals. All this in conjunction with the further insult of pharmaceuticals which do not assist the body in its magical job of running the mega-miracle know as a human body. But this is not just one more “nut” baying at the moon. This is only the preamble; what I am driving at is pretty much the same ole, same ole . . . it’s the FOOD “You Are What You Eat.
How can this young lady be helped? She needs a dietary cleanup. I’d wager my bottom dollar she is big on dairy We Americans ingest so many foods which injure us and do not make us healthy, yet we are told, these are healthy foods. DAIRY is the biggest no-no out there. It messes with all things hormonal. Both sexes suffer from the ACNE plague in our teens, but girls get more than their fair share. Their menses gets screwed from being irregular to painful and later into the infertility hell. PCOS is just another way of saying how screwed up the female hormonal system is. Often, those eggs don’t mature right and don’t discharge, but stay behind and become cysts.
Since our young lady has also gained weight (we don’t need to ask what that is doing to her psyche), it is a pretty sure bet that she is also eating her share of “grains” in any and all forms. This happens to be one of the other big no-no’s for anyone who truly want to be the best he/she can be while enjoying good health.
So if this young woman would give up these two major negatives, her health would start improvng overnight while simultaneously dropping pounds, releasing energy, which then would grant her the freedom to start the activities she really enjoys, and consequently, could be really tired enough to go to bed at night and get some darned good sleep.
There are so many choices to help people find out how to help themselves. At the beginning of Medicine or with Hippocrates, it was said that food is your best medicine. Let food be thy medicine. Doctors “taught” their patients about the right way to live, things to do and how to care for themselves. Those times just ain’t coming back! So we are all on our own. Help is everywhere; first comes the need and wish to take action.
Well, once again, thank you Dr Donohue [and friend] for getting me to dig down a little. You are too kind. Jan)