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4 Common Lyme Disease Myths

1.  Lyme disease is uncommon.                                                                                                            
In 2013, the CDC acknowledged that the number of Americans afflicted with Lyme disease each year is roughly 10-12 times the number of actual reported cases.  “This new preliminary estimate confirms that Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention.” 1

2. Lyme disease can only be contracted through a bite from an infected tick.
Lyme disease is congenital (mother can pass it to child), and possibly sexually transmitted according to new research. 2

3. Lyme is indicated by a red rash surrounding the offending tick bite, followed by joint pain.
At least 25% of reported cases do not develop a rash, and symptoms of Lyme disease can range from fatigue to muscle pain to insomnia. 3

4.  Conventional Lyme disease testing is accurate.
Multiple studies have demonstrated Borrelia burgdorferi’s propensity to morph into forms potentially immune to various antibiotics, and unrecognizable by our immune system. 4, 5  The CDC’s current testing methods rely on the presence of relevant bacterial antibodies for diagnosis, which may or may not actually exist if the bacteria has transformed into a state no longer recognizable by our immune system.  Other independent lab testing (including IGeneX and Immunosciences) both utilize the presence of the offending bacteria itself, for a more accurate diagnosis.

Consult the following links for help finding a Lyme Literate (LL) practitioner.