Next month I’ll be visiting great friends on the East Coast. A vacation I’m thoroughly looking forward too, and have earned. As my friends and I excitedly plan our excursions, like sightseeing, hiking and swimming in grand lakes I suddenly remember and blurt out; don’t forget to bring bug repellent spray, specifically for ticks—ticks and Lyme disease beware! My friends giggle at my “worry wart” ways but do take heed of my concern. They know that as a Neurofeedback and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy specialist, I’ve treated numerous people living with the disease, including my sister and cousin, who are completely cured of the disease today. When my patients came to me for help, their symptoms were quite daunting to their everyday lifestyle and health. Among a list of other symptoms, they experienced an overactive nervous system, which caused them a great deal of stress leading to agitation, obsessive-compulsive thoughts and stress-related fear. Lyme disease is something to take very seriously and is more common than most people think.
According to the CDC, 30 thousand cases are reported each year by the state health department and the District of Columbia, keeping in mind this number doesn’t reflect the number of cases that are not reported. This difficult to diagnose disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi and is distributed by infected ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, spiders and other insects. Unfortunately, a person with Lyme disease can experience a wide range of symptoms that can also mimic other illnesses. Early signs of symptoms are fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes. Don’t these symptoms resemble the seasonal flu? This is why it’s extremely important to have your doctor check for Lyme disease when other illnesses are ruled out. If not the disease will worsen over time and a person will experience severe headaches, EM rashes all over the body, severe joint pain and swelling, facial palsy, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, inflammation of the brain, nerve pain, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet and problems with short-term memory.
At Eustache Institute we use a combination of Neurofeedback therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy to treat patients with Lyme disease. Neurofeedback therapy helps regulate a person’s nervous system, heart rate, blood pressure/flow, breathing, skin sweat glands and body temperature. It is well understood that when a person’s stress levels are reduced, it will have valuable effects on the immune system’s ability to fight infections. With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, this treatment is used to tackle the disease with enriched oxygen. Since Lyme disease is microaerophile, thriving in low oxygen environments, this treatment will intensify the blood flow throughout a person’s body, killing the organism by flooding the body with an abundance of oxygen.
Protect yourself from contracting Lyme disease by following these helpful steps below, provided by the Center for disease control (CDC):
1. Apply insect repellent to your body/clothes that have 20 percent or more DEET. 2. If camping or hiking, or doing yard work, please wear long sleeves and pants long enough to tuck into socks. Wear shoes, boots and or sneakers—never wear flip-flops. 3. Check for ticks regularly in the following places: Under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, back of the knees, in and around all head and body hair, between the legs and around the waist. 4. Please note that ticks are tiny. If you spot a tick on your body, pull it out with fine tip tweezers and make sure you get the head of the tic—very important. Save the tick and bring the tick to a doctor immediately. If the tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, you have a less chance of contracting Lyme disease. Immediately see a doctor and bring the tick with you.