It’s no mystery to most of the people reading this email that mold and Lyme are two of the most important root causes of chronic complex illness. So when a mold patient unexpectedly gets a tick bite, the panic button can get hit. This year my office has been receiving more phone calls and emails than I ever remember asking, “I just found a tick on me. What do I do?”
Like many things in life, being prepared with a solution before an event occurs tends to produce the best outcome with the least amount of wear and tear on the nervous system.
1. Have a way of removing the tick efficiently and quickly. The O’Tom Tick Twister is a handy device that can quickly twist it out.
2. Be prepared to send the tick to a lab which can identify Lyme species and coinfections for your region of the US.
3. Prophylactic Treatment: The current IDSA approved recommendation for a known tick bite is one dose of doxycycline. No one in the Lyme community seriously thinks that is sufficient. If you want to do antibiotics consider at least 21 days of doxycycline. However, many patients prefer not to add more potential GI and mitochondrial issues to their symptoms list and favor herbal approaches. This is why it is so important to have information about the tick that bit you, to make the safest and most effective decision.
4. Herbal Prophylactic Treatments:
5. Books: To learn more about methods of preventing tick bites, as well as more extensive herbal treatments, I highly recommend purchasing one or both of these books:
6. Of course, prevention of a tick bite is the absolute best way to prevent chronic Lyme. Most people living in tick endemic regions are familiar with light colored clothing treated with permethrin, as well as tucking your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants.
7. And for perhaps the easiest solution of all, consider purchasing the natural solution Tick Preparedness Kit by Dr. Chesney.Have a great summer enjoying the outdoors, but take a little time now to prevent the panic of finding a tick on your body. Best regards, Mary Ackerley, MD, MD(H), ABIHM
It’s important to remember that Lyme has been found in every state in the US. There are plenty of people in Arizona who have acquired Lyme when camping out in the state.
Lunch Hour with Dr. Mary: Finding Your Roadmap
Dr. Mary will be starting a monthly group Zoom meeting entitled Lunch Hour with Dr. Mary, focusing on the journey into wellness. This will be an ongoing live interaction & discussion of the multiple modalities that can support your path on the return to greater health. The first module will be focused on Finding Your Roadmap & learning to read it. Let’s look at the map together & reset your GPS.
Stay tuned for further details on this series in upcoming newsletters!