Scientists seem to have opened Pandora’s box with the discovery of Lyme disease. We now know ticks were present millions of years ago and that Borrelia spirochetes have been infecting humans for thousands of years. This book examines the findings of leading researchers in this battle between Lyme disease and Medicine. When Pandora spilled the ills from her box (or if you are a purist, her jar), something remained behind, and that was hope. And the goal of this book, Inside Lyme, is to capitalize on hope.order your copy
Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses might make themselves known with the appearance of a circular rash with a spot in the center (commonly called a bull’s eye rash) and a bout of flu-like illness. The patient may recall being bitten by a tick in the recent past. If he or she sees a doctor promptly, antibiotics are prescribed and the infection has the best chance of clearing. But many patients don’t connect those early symptoms, or may not have them, and the disease appears to resolve on its own. Too often though, in a month, a year, or several years, the disease reappears with far more serious complications. These include severe arthritis, fatigue, heart disease, neuropathy, depression, and cognitive deficiencies that mimic dementia. Lyme complications often then become chronic, particularly if they’re undertreated or treated too late.
This book has lead me to understand that Lyme disease is not just in the United States but is also located all over the world. There have been immense amount of research and studies done with over 500 candidates who were doing a hike and out of all 500 personals everyone collected about 535 ticks off their bodies. It is really shocking to know that we cannot underestimate the places we live or vacation. We never know where tick (nymphs or larva’s) lie.
It is amazing to know that “patients with Lyme Disease have presented with neuropsychiatric symptoms” such as bipolar disorders, panic attacks, depression and dementia. However, this does not limit children who are also affected greatly by Lyme Disease. From reading this book you understand that they also suffer from “forgetfulness, declining school performance, headache or fatigue.
If you want to understand the complexity of Lyme disease and the broad range of illnesses it can cause then this book is a must read. Dr. Cameron takes an in-depth look at studies exploring everything from novel ways of tracking ticks to the explosion and dangers of newly emerging tick-borne diseases.
Dr. Cameron is a truly compassionate doctor who understands Lyme disease patients. It was refreshing to read a book that summarizes in an easy-to-understand manner topics that are important to both patients and physicians.
There is so much conflicting information printed about Lyme disease and other infections transmitted by ticks, it is nice to finally have a book that presents information that is supported by scientific studies.