In 2005, there were 89 reported cases of Lyme disease in Iowa, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
One of those 89 was my husband, Wayne.
Finding a doctor who knew how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease proved challenging. In fact, we drove six hours round trip to see a Harvard-trained medical doctor who immediately diagnosed and provided treatment for my husband.
Six months later, Wayne was pain free. A follow-up blood test indicated he had no trace of the disease.
My husband was extremely fortunate.
According to the CDC, Lyme disease is spread through the bite of a blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis or Ixodes pacificus) that is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi.
Iowa Cases On the Rise
While Iowa isn’t considered a hotbed for the disease, infections here are rising. In 2015, the CDC reported 130 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Iowa and 188 “probable” cases.
Those are only reported cases. First a doctor must know the correct tests to order to accurately diagnose Lyme disease before it can be reported. But finding doctors to diagnose and treat the disease is increasingly difficult in Iowa. IowaLymeLaw.org reports that’s because doctors who treat chronic Lyme disease in Iowa risk losing their medical license due to CDC guidelines that only address acute forms of the disease.
I’m extremely hopeful that will change. Recently the Iowa legislature voted to let Iowa doctors prescribe more aggressive treatment for Lyme disease than is currently allowed by the state’s Board of Medicine, according to radioiowa.com. However, this does not solve the situation for chronic Lyme’s patients, but it is a start for change.
Fortunately, one of my clients was able to find a doctor who gave her a blood test for Lyme disease after she was bitten by a tick while gardening in spring 2015. That quick diagnosis and subsequent treatment with antibiotics reduced and gradually eliminated her acute symptoms.
She came to me with lingering complications of the disease that hampered her lifestyle and threatened to damage her organs. She was experiencing poor appetite, weight loss, upper gastric pain, extreme fatigue, numbness, dizziness and unsteadiness on her feet. Using natural remedies, including whole-food supplements, meditation, prayer and dietary changes, she was symptom-free after six months and has remained so ever since.
#1 Tip for Avoiding Lyme Disease
So how do you keep from contracting Lyme disease? Prevention is the key. Use a tick repellent to keep ticks off of you. But please, do not use DEET. This highly toxic insect repellent has actually been proven to be a poor tick repellent. Instead, I highly recommend this do-it-yourself tested natural tick repellant spray, seen below and in this Natural Tick Repellent Guide (PDF). Make sure to use very pure, high quality essential oils, such as doTERRA or Young Living brands.
Mix the following in a 5-ounce (min.) spray bottle:
- Half glass of distilled water
- 20 drops of lemongrass oil
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil
Shake well and spray on your shoes and clothing before you go outside.
Let Me Help
Are you or a loved one dealing with Lyme disease? I’m here to help. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 319-631-0824.
- I highly recommend, “Unveiling Lyme Disease: Is This What’s Behind Your Chronic Illness?” by my Canadian colleague Lisa Dennys.
- I also recommend, “How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease” by Dr. Richard Horowitz, who is known for his pioneering work in Lyme disease. I’ve heard Dr. Horowitz speak numerous times at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference in New York City. Both books are excellent resources.