What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), which normally is a bacterial spirochete (spiral) shape. This allows it to “corkscrew” itself into multiple areas of the body, producing a mixed and changing variety of symptoms in each person. Co-infections with additional pathogens (MSIDS aka multiple systemic infectious diseases) is common and typical.

While commonly associated with a bite from a deer tick, Lyme disease is a blood borne pathogen that can be passed directly between people or through other insects. Many who suffer from Lyme disease do not even remember being bitten by a tick, and less than one-quarter of those who are bitten have the telltale bull’s-eye rash around the area of the bite. Also, if the bite occurred on the back or an area not easily inspected, it may go undetected. It often isn’t even felt because the tick injects a numbing agent to lessen the feel of the bite.  Ticks of all types, mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are known to transmit Lyme. 

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection of Borrelia spp. typically spread via a tick bite.

Currently, Lyme disease is the number-one vector-borne infection worldwide, making it a global epidemic. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics are said to represent about 10% of the actual cases discovered. By International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) estimates only 1 in 40 has been properly diagnosed, and the ILADS training physicians estimate approximately 1.2 million new cases are occurring annually.  Lyme Disease is in all 50 states and in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Unfortunately, many are suffering and don’t know why.