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After 13 years of suffering with Lyme disease, a possible cure has been stumbled upon. A cumulative effect of much research has produced the possibility that salt and vitamin C may be all that is needed to beat this elusive illness. Without going into a lot of detail, our theory is that Lyme is not just a bacterial disease, but also an infestation of microfilarial worms. Bacteria, worms, internal mites and the possibility of other creatures have been quite horrifying. Ticks can transfer many types of pathogens into the body of their host. It is also possible that the tick could pick up a new pathogen and pass it on to their next host, explaining why Lyme patients have different types of organisms within their bodies. Shortly after starting the treatment, we were shocked by the presence of the worms. Microfilarial worms live symbiotically with bacteria. They protect the bacteria from being exterminated by the antibiotics. Our theory is that the microfilarial worm, though possibly a nematode, is a parasitic nematomorph which we name Paragordius Lyme Incorporehumani. The Lyme bacteria is Borrelia burgdorferi, named after Willy Burgdorfer.

From experimenting with the treatment of salt and vitamin C, we settled on a dosage of 3 grams of salt and 3,000 mg of vitamin C, each dose taken 4 times per day.Depending upon one’s weight this would approximate one gram for each ten pounds of body weight. We think total daily dosage should not exceed 18 grams of salt or Vitamin C per day, and 15 grams would be the average adult’s dosage for a full 24 hour period. If the pills cause a problem they can be crushed or dissolved in water. To get an idea of the dosage, one teaspoon equals 5 grams; thus, one tablespoon would equal 15 grams. Please remember to drink plenty of water. We had been using CMC (Consolidated Midland Corporation), NDC#0223-1760-01, ordered through a pharmacy (no prescription required). Salt tablets can also be ordered online from Amazon.com. The vitamin C used is a GNC product, though any good quality vitamin C pill should work. We have no relationship with any company mentioned.

The Treatment can be grueling; taking it with food may aid in digestion. The results should be almost instantaneous. The Herxheimer reaction is an excretion of toxins from dying organisms; this will be experienced. Diarrhea will occur as your body sheds itself of the pathogens. The die-off will occur in cycles. Try to stick with it; it is well worth the inconvenience. Remember to drink plenty of water. Water is an important factor, not just in keeping yourself hydrated, but to make sure the treatment is circulating through your entire body. Salt is an electrolyte which your body needs to function properly. Please proceed through the next 16 pages on our journey to a cure. You can click on any photo and get a larger view and a little more info. The photographs are untouched and no dyes were added. Our specimens have been saved in case the integrity of the website is questioned. The last page will attempt to explain how this conclusion was reached.

Insects, arachnids, and ticks carry many different types of bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and nematomorphs. We have found many strange things, which we have tried to explain. We must say we are not medical professionals. We were just desperate people looking to get better. We have lost all faith in the medical profession. We were tired of having doors closed in our faces. We researched, contemplated, and came up with an idea. Research the late, great Linus Pauling. He took at least 18,000 mg of vitamin C every day. We tried to read everything we could about Lyme disease. Supposedly cows somehow beat Lyme disease. We considered, why cows,why not other animals? Cows love salt. Humans consume less salt today than they ever have. Early Americans consumed approximately 20 grams a day. The consumption has been drastically decreasing with each decade. Could it be that the decrease in salt consumption has allowed these new illness, such as Lyme, Chronic Fatique Syndrome,Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Gulf War Syndrome to flourish. Now just lately, the whole salt scare has reversed and the researchers admit that they were wrong. So go ahead and shake that salt! As far as treatment goes, the results were forthcoming with the taking of 8 grams or more. We have actually increased to as much as 24 grams, but find that no one really wants to take that many pills in one day. Remember it is a one-two punch: the treatment is both salt and vitamin C. After years of suffering, finally life is back to normal. We still do not know if organisms lie dormant in our body; therefore, the treatment continues, simply as maintenance. The extreme pain no longer exists. The knot on the side of the neck is gone. We are at peace. We wish you all good health! Feel free to contact us with your opinions and questions at [email protected] Though we may not be able to answer each one individually, we will post findings as they come. Hang in there and think positive thoughts.

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Ticks

Did you know? Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water.

Tick Facts for Kids

  • Ticks are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.
  • Ticks get onto pets and people by jumping.
  • There are two main types of ticks: hard and soft.
  • Hard ticks are found in the woods.
  • Soft ticks have tough, leathery skin. They can be found in caves, cabins and on birds.

There are about 200 species in the United States. Ticks live in tall grass or shrubs. They do not jump or fly, although they may drop from their perch and fall onto a host. Some species of ticks actually follow a host by foot until they can climb aboard!

Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water and they can live from 2 months to 2 years, depending on the species.

Parents and kids can find additional information on tick control and prevention at the official NPMA website.

Deer (Blacklegged) Ticks

Blacklegged ticks (Deer Ticks) get their name because they have coloring similar to deer. They are found in the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern United States.

  • Size: 1/8″
  • Shape: Flat, broad, oval
  • Color: Dark brown to black
  • Legs: 8
  • Wings: No
  • Antenna: No
  • Common Name: Deer tick
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Acari
  • Family: Ixodidae
  • Species: Ixodes scapularis

Blacklegged ticks feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is one of the reasons why they are sometimes called deer ticks.

Habitat:

Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.

Impact:

Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever . Because ticks in the nymph stage are often hard to detect.

Prevention:

  • Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
  • Tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • After you spend time outside, be sure to check yourself for ticks. Ask someone to look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back, crooks in elbows and knees, etc.. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully.

Teachers can find more facts and information on blacklegged ticks to share with their kids at the official NPMA website.

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Lyme Disease Slideshow: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks typically get the bacterium by biting infected animals, like deer and mice. Most people who get tick bites do not get Lyme disease. Not all ticks are infected, and the risk for contracting the disease increases the longer the tick is attached to the body.

Symptoms: Early Stage

Within one to four weeks of being bitten by an infected tick, most people will experience some symptoms of Lyme disease. A circular, expanding rash (called erythema migrans) at the site of the bite develops in about 70%-80% of cases. Some people report flu-like symptoms at this stage, including fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, and muscle aches.

Symptoms: As the Infection Spreads

If the disease is not detected and treated in its early stages, it can extend to more areas of the body, affecting the joints, heart, and nervous system (after several weeks to months after the initial bite). Additional rashes may occur, and there may be intermittent periods of pain and weakness in the arms or legs. Facial-muscle paralysis (Bell’s palsy), headaches, and poor memory are other symptoms at this stage, along with a rapid heartbeat and some loss of control of facial muscles.
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Symptoms: Late-Stage Disease

This is the most serious stage of the disease, when treatment was either not successful or never started (usually occurring many months after the initial bite). Joint inflammation (arthritis), typically in the knees, becomes apparent, and may become chronic. The nervous system can develop abnormal sensation because of disease of peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy), and confusion. Heart problems are less common, but can include inflammation of the heart muscle and an irregular beat.

Do All Ticks Transmit Lyme Disease?

No. In the northeastern and north-central U.S., the black-legged tick (or deer tick) transmits Lyme disease. In the Pacific coastal U.S., the disease is spread by the western black-legged tick. Other major tick species found in the U.S., including the lone star tick and the dog tick, have NOT been shown to transmit the Lyme disease bacterium. But beware: Lyme disease has been reported in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

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How Lyme Disease is NOT Spread

You can’t catch Lyme disease by being around an infected person. And although pets can become infected by a tick, they cannot transmit the disease to humans unless an infected tick falls off the animal and then bites a person. Insects such as mosquitoes, flies, or fleas cannot spread the disease to humans either. These insects can carry the borrelia, however, according to the CDC, there is no credible evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted through air, food, water, or from the bites of mosquitoes, flies, fleas, or lice. Only infected ticks have that honor.

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Doctors can diagnose the disease through physical findings such as a «bull’s-eye» rash along with a history of symptoms. But not everyone has the rash, and not everyone can recall being bitten. Special blood tests can be taken three to four weeks after suspected contact to confirm the diagnosis. Other tests, such as a spinal tap or skin biopsy, may be done to help diagnose or rule out other conditions.

Treating Lyme Disease

Most Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics, particularly when the infection is diagnosed and treated early. В Later stages might require longer-term, intravenous antibiotics.

Is There a Lyme Disease Vaccine?

Currently, there is no human vaccine for Lyme disease. A vaccine was developed years ago for use in high-risk areas, but it is no longer available.В

Illustrated here: Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.

Preventing Lyme Disease

Avoid tick bites whenever possible by staying clear of grassy or wooded areas, especially May to July. Cover your body head-to-toe when entering possible tick-infested areas. Apply an insect repellent containing DEET directly to your skin. Insect repellents containing permethrin can be applied to clothes to kill ticks on contact, but never apply to the skin. When coming in from outdoors inspect your body thoroughly for ticks; do the same for pets. Wash your skin and scalp to knock off any ticks that are only loosely attached.

How to Remove a Tick

В If you have a tick, it is important to remove it properly. Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the part of the tick that’s closest to your skin — you want to grab the head, not the belly. Slowly pull the tick straight out, without twisting it. Wash the bite site with soap and warm water. Throw the dead tick into the trash. Do not use a lit match, nail polish, petroleum jelly, or other topical agents in an attempt to remove a tick.

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Tick Pictures on Dogs and Humans

Dog tick sucking the inside of a dog’s ear

Ticks that spent a day or more sucking the blood of a dog before being removed

Dog tick right after it was pulled off the dog’s ear. Notice the chunk of dog’s skin which is still in the tick’s mouth.

Dog ticks crawling on human skin

Top: Dog tick full of blood after it has been sucking for a few days. Bottom: Dog tick with an empty belly.

Close-up shot of the almost-full dog tick. Notice the skin is still in its mouth after it was pulled off the dog.

Ixodes pacificus (Western black-legged tick) sometimes called Lyme ticks

Tick taken off of a dog in BC, Canada—ticks numb the skin and then drink and grow a big blood belly.

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Asian Ticks (Mysteriously) Turned Up On A New Jersey Sheep

The tick Haemaphysalis longicornis. Tadhgh Rainey hide caption

The tick Haemaphysalis longicornis.

How did a tick that’s native to East Asia make it to rural New Jersey?

That’s the question puzzling researchers. The backstory involves a panicky sheep owner, tick-covered humans and a pair of pants stuck in the freezer.

The tick in question is Haemaphysalis longicornis — also known as the longhorned tick or bush tick.

It can reproduce by essentially cloning itself, allowing it to multiply quickly. It feeds on the blood of a variety of mammals, including people. In China, it has been linked to the spread of SFTS virus, described in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report as «an emerging hemorrhagic fever.»

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The tick story starts last August. A resident of Hunterdon County, N.J., went to a county office because she had been shearing her sheep and noticed she was getting ticks on her arms, explains Tadhgh Rainey, the report’s lead author and the division head of the Hunterdon County division of health.

«What she didn’t know was her entire clothing, pants and everything, they were covered in ticks,» Rainey says. Those ticks were in the larval stage — smaller than 0.03 inches and tough to spot.

«Basically, they look like a speck of dirt,» Rainey says. «And if you look really closely, you’ll see those specks of dirt start to move a little bit.»

«I get this call from my assistant and he said, ‘We’ve got a resident here who showed up covered in ticks; she’s panicking; now we’re panicking and her pants are in our freezer,'» Rainey says. (Freezing, he explains, is one of the best ways to kill ticks.)

At first, Rainey assumed the parasites were deer ticks, a native species common in the area. But the sheer number of ticks on the resident’s clothing — more than 1,000 — surprised him. Usually, finding 20 to 50 larval deer ticks in that situation would be «quite a bit,» he says. What’s more, under the microscope, they didn’t look like deer ticks.

Rainey later went to the paddock where the sheep lived to collect ticks.

«Within two minutes, we’re covered in ticks,» he says. «Numbers I had never seen before — just sort of stunning.»

A close-up of the New Jersey sheep’s ear, infested with an East Asian tick. Tadhgh Rainey hide caption

A close-up of the New Jersey sheep’s ear, infested with an East Asian tick.

Investigators found hundreds on the sheep and collected nearly 1,000 more from the 1-acre paddock.

The tick has previously been found in the U.S. on large animals in quarantine, including a horse in New Jersey in the 1960s, says Andrea Egizi, the senior author of the paper, which was published last week in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Egizi is a research scientist with the Monmouth County Tick-Borne Disease Lab and a visiting professor in the entomology department at Rutgers University.

But this is the first time all life stages of this species (larvae, nymphs and adults) have been found on an unquarantined animal in the U.S.

Now here’s the thing: This sheep had definitely not visited Asia. As the paper notes, it had no «travel history.» So how did it pick up the ticks?

«There were no other domestic animals on that property, so it’s a really big mystery exactly how it got there,» says Egizi.

One or more ticks could have hitched a ride into the U.S. on a large animal such as a horse or a cow, or even on a dog or a person, Rainey says.

The sheep’s owner gave it a chemical wash to rid it of ticks. In a follow-up visit in November, the tick team didn’t find any ticks on it. County workers treated the property with chemicals and cut the high grass, Rainey says. By late November, they couldn’t find any ticks either on the sheep or in the paddock.

But that doesn’t mean they’re gone.

«It is possible that they were all killed, but we also don’t know if, before the property was treated, they were spread out of that property by wild animals,» Egizi says.

Then again, maybe the weather did them in.

«There are some populations [of this tick] that are less cold-tolerant, so there is a possibility that the winter killed them,» Egizi says.

The ticks face another challenge: The elderly sheep has died, so their only known host won’t be around anymore.

But they could also be the ultimate survivors. «These invasive species are notorious for having survival strategies that outwit us at every corner,» Rainey says.

This spring, the researchers plan to go back to the site to look for any ticks that might have survived the winter and chemical treatments.

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And if the longhorned ticks made it? They could pose a threat to livestock. If enough ticks feed on one animal, they can cause such severe blood loss that the host dies.

What’s less certain is whether people should be worried (aside from the obvious OMG factor of being covered in ticks).

Ticks generally don’t transmit diseases from person to person. Instead, they pick up a disease from an infected animal and can pass it to a person they feed on. Some native tick species in the U.S. can transmit Lyme disease and other diseases. But tick specialists aren’t too concerned about the longhorned tick. Even though it has been implicated in disease transmission in countries like China and Japan, Egizi says, «It would be a question of whether they could transmit our local pathogens, which we don’t know.»

Meanwhile, tick specialists are in awe of the whole story. Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., called the discovery of the tick «serendipitous.»

«I wonder how often this kind of thing happens, but it goes undetected,» he says. «We don’t really have a systematic national capability to go around looking for invasive ticks from exotic places. They might be occurring, and we’ll never find out until it’s too late.»

Courtney Columbus is a multimedia journalist who covers science, global health and consumer health. She has contributed to the Arizona Republic and Arizona PBS. Contact her @cmcolumbus11

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