It’s not just people who enjoy warmer weather, insects such as ticks also like to come out in the heat. If bitten by a tick, you could be at risk for Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in both the USA and Europe. Manifesting itself as an inflammatory disease that can affect many organs in the body, in its early stage it affects mainly the skin. In later stages the inflammation spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, the heart, muscles or other organs.
There is a common perception that patients treated with antibiotics in the early stages of the disease recover rapidly and completely, and that, although recovery is slower, the later disease stages can also be treated effectively. In reality, however, approximately 10-20 percent – and even up to 50 percent – of patients who follow appropriate antibiotic treatment may face significant, persistent or recurrent symptoms of the disease such as joint and/or muscle aches/pains and fatigue. The symptoms can last for many months or even years, lowering the patient’s quality of life and making it more difficult for subsequent treatments to succeed.
To learn how micronutrients can help in Lyme disease, watch this video featuring Dr. Anna Goc, a leading investigator on a Lyme disease research project at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.