This debilitating disease is surging
Warm weather means it's time to get outside again -- but be careful about where you go and what you do, because there's something else out there taking advantage of the sunnier climate.
Ticks are back, and experts are warning they could be more active this year than ever before -- and that could mean an absolute explosion in Lyme disease.
But don't blame the ticks.
While the bugs that spread Lyme are called deer ticks, they also love rodents -- and thanks to several years of mild winters, the mice population is booming in many parts of the country.
That's giving the ticks a chance to spread farther, faster than ever... which is bad news, when you consider how rapidly it's already spread.
Once confined to the Northeast, Lyme has moved rapidly into the upper Midwest, along the entire Atlantic coast, throughout the Southeast, and even across to the West coast.
But the biggest problem with the disease isn't just the rapid spread.
It's that most doctors STILL have no clue how to detect it!
Since you can't treat what you can't find, many Americans are suffering from debilitating "mystery" ailments that are really just Lyme disease in disguise.
Those of us in holistic medicine noticed the trend years ago and have had great success treating Lyme patients. But instead of being thanked for our efforts, we've been attacked by the mainstream, which had claimed Lyme is rare.
But two years ago, they finally admitted they were wrong. The CDC even announced that Lyme disease is actually TEN TIMES more common than they had thought.
One reason is that the test most mainstream doctors use is notoriously unreliable. Another is that many people don't even see the bugs, much less realize they've suffered a tick bite -- and experts warn that could be an even bigger problem in the coming season.
That surging rodent population I just mentioned is now carrying tick nymphs, which are smaller and even tougher to see but just as effective at spreading Lyme.
So, this spring, be sure to get out and enjoy the great outdoors -- but practice tick safety. Stay out of tall grass and weeds, wear long pants tucked into your socks, and stick to light-colored clothes so the ticks will be easier to spot if they get onto you.
And if you've been suffering from a debilitating ailment that your own doc has been unable to treat or diagnose, get yourself checked out for Lyme -- even if you haven't noticed any bugs or bites.