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Study: Lyme disease more widespread in Bay Area open spaces

Original post made on Feb 20, 2014

Lyme disease is more widespread in Bay Area open spaces than previously thought, according to the results of a new study announced this week by Stanford University researchers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:17 PM


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Posted by Barto Nella
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

Here's a link to a story in this fine publication from five years ago, that went 'viral,' or at least bacterial. Its author still hears from folks all around the country who are grappling with these nasty illnesses. Prevention beats the very helloutta cure! Web Link

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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

Scary info!

Barto Nella, Thanks for the Web Link.

I go hiking in the same hills where the Alamo woman got her Lyme Disease.
Now I'm unsure about hiking.
If a tick can be so small.....

What is a proper Tick Check? I'll have to look it up for reminder.

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Posted by Tania
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

Our daughter was diagnosed with Lyme Disease 13 months ago after countless doctor's appointments trying to determine what was wrong and years of her complaining of fatigue and joint pain. One doctor told us "you can test for Lyme Disease but we don't have Lyme Disease around here". We knew people with Lyme Disease and the light bulb went on for us. One month after that comment, we got her diagnosis.

The problem is, it isn't on our medical community's radar so people are being misdiagnosed or going undiagnosed. Lyme Disease is considered an east coast disease. Event the "experts" perpetuate this belief when interviewed on National TV. The rangers at Lafayette Reservoir will tell you several of their rangers have had Lyme Disease. I know at least a dozen people from this area with Lyme. I just heard last week of another diagnosis of a Walnut Creek parent.

Remember, there are different types of tests. The Western Blot tests sanctioned by the CDC are not very sensitive, requiring 2 out of 3 bars (they just got funding to develop more sensitive tests) so you could test negative when in fact you are infected. We chose a lab (Igenix) whose Western Blot tests are more sensitive, requiring 5 out of 10 bars. If caught early, it requires a short term of antibiotics. If not, it could take make longer and cause irreversible damage. Our daughter has been under treatment for over a year but is showing great improvement. Another question looming is if chronic Lyme can be cured or if it goes into remission only to come back when your immune system is compromised. There are more questions than answers at this point. If you are interested, there is a documentary on Netflix called Under Our Skin.