Chances are, if you get bit by a tick and go to your doctor with worries of being infected with Tick-Borne Disease, they will probably tell you that you have nothing to worry about because Lyme does not exist in (your state). I am still being told that “Lyme does not exist in Missouri” even though I have blood test results that are CDC “approved” and confirm I have late stage Lyme disease, as well as Babesiosis and/or Bartonella. Doctors have looked me in the eyes and told me it must be a mistake, Lyme is not here. Why is it hard to believe that ticks travel?? Ticks attach to mice, squirrels rabbits, birds, snakes, deer, etc and those animals don’t just stay in one place. It is obvious that ticks are everywhere, so why is it so far fetched to believe that the diseases they carry are transmitted everywhere? I am at a loss to understand why those suffering are denied care, and why insurance will not acknowledge this “controversial” disease. A disease that hurts, debilitates, destroys lives and kills human beings should not be ignored. The only thing controversial about Lyme Disease is the fact that most doctors refuse to learn about Tick-Borne Illnesses, even though medical and scientific information exists that proves Chronic Lyme Disease is real.
I think you deserve to know the truth about Tick-Borne Diseases, so here is a bit of a reality check:
- Lyme has been reported in EVERY state and EVERY continent except Antartica.
- Experts believe that as many as 200,000-300,000 people a year are infected with Lyme or another Tick-Borne Disease.
- The CDC has gone on record as saying that they believe only 6-10% of Lyme Disease cases are actually being reported to them.
- Most ticks carry disease spreading bacteria. One tick can carry several different Tick-Borne Diseases.
- Lyme Disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the U.S. and has surpassed AIDS.
- Lyme is the number one vector (insect) borne disease.
- You are at least 10 times more likely to get Lyme Disease than West Nile Virus.
- You can be bitten and not know it. Tick-Borne Disease bacteria can stay in your body while coming on as one symptom at a time over years or symptoms can be instantaneous.
“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of Chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.” – Dr. Kenneth Liegner