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Welcome back but it wasn't close to this Jim young was completely healthy and starting.
-- wonderful family when he was given a devastating diagnosis of -- -- or Lou Gehrig's disease.
It wasn't -- about two years later that he realized.
That was a missed diagnosis.
-- was really making him six was actually chronic Lyme Disease.
Which she is still battling today Lyme Disease.
Is something a lot of people don't know much about and it's that peak season for -- tell you get it from ticks.
So here to tell us what you need -- protect your family is doctor here coastal.
She is Jim's wife is a -- back -- the author of miracles for daddy and an associate professor of biology.
Welcome thank you so much my goodness how's your house.
He's a hanging in there but I'll have to tell you he's really struggling here it's been a hard battle for us over the course of many years how bad is -- form right now.
Right now he is unable to walk on his own he's unable to breathe on his own.
And most people just are flabbergasted when they realize this -- all from a tick bite or in his case probably many tick bite.
And Lyme Disease named after lyme Connecticut as I remember -- reference diagnose this this problem.
I you know I think people say Lyme Disease -- can get over that pretty easily that is absolutely not right what is it exactly is lime disease.
Right so ticks will carry a bacteria.
And the bacteria can it be inserted into the body when the -- -- on the hosts and that bacteria can.
-- OK if you catch it early with two to four weeks of antibiotics but -- it goes undetected and that's when you have problems of the bacteria of course can undergo finer things in clone themselves.
Then they can hide insists.
They can put bio film over themselves so that it fools your immune system so your immune system doesn't realize there's a.
Problem feel a lot of people get it when it -- camp -- you know what -- fall of the tree into their hair.
Your husband got a -- it looked like golf right that's right here golf course many times comes back with them.
Tick bites from the golf course even just in our backyard and we live in just a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina has not always just in your hair -- -- anywhere in your body actually my mother and I was walking her dog the other day and she came back and have one behind turned me.
From just -- -- was breaking down some of the -- you would pop one on the screen there and people's you know it's it's easy to diagnose well what -- this misdiagnosis.
That's a myth that this.
Very much sense -- part of the problem.
Is that there are in the United States over a hundred strains of the -- bacteria worldwide this 300 strains.
And you have a -- a -- test that most physicians rely on that isn't very sensitive.
And it's based only on one of those strains.
And there's different kinds of tests the one that most physicians will give folks is called in the -- -- and it's not very sensitive.
And then there's other tests the western -- is better but most people don't -- that -- and even that has problems well -- the -- has chronic -- but you know I've heard people say there's no such thing as chronic -- that's right I could not.
Disagree more if you go into the scientific literature you find since the 1980s.
Good documented research showing that there is such a thing as -- -- so for example with the dog.
And the mouse model they have many studies showing that.
Come after three to six months of antibiotics.
-- line is still present you -- those animals and humans they have shown there was kind of -- real well known case in the scientific world from I think it was 1994 maybe 1990 -- there's about a 165.
Blind patients who after six months of oral antibiotics still had -- conditions and they relapsed into their problem.
Because named after one Connecticut not horse but this job that's why I'm so happy you're here I was that that these ticks that carry it.
Are mostly in the northeastern part of the United States but you tell me.
There are cases of Lyme Disease and all fifty states.
Fifty state the last couple why do you -- the let's I didn't want the other thing that's amazing is that.
Scientists are beginning to realize that the problem is so bad.
Four times as likely.
Or four times of prevalent I should say as HIV and giving more and more difficult to diagnose and with all of those sort of -- -- property and all these new little development area.
It brings you closer with deer and mice mice to really great and fragmented environments and that's the problem.
Here's another one important if you don't have -- -- well I don't have a rash I don't have Lyme Disease that is a myth too so remember that so what -- you do.
Give us a couple of tips to keep ourselves safe.
Well the first thing that's really important is at any time you go outside do you have little tick check and it's just you know -- enhancing your hair -- hands of your body.
Just know your body well enough to realize you know that's not a -- because these tips can be exceptionally small but you're right you have to look because you -- -- -- your hair eaten away at your -- genuine feeling that's right.
And that I get behind your knees usually places where you sweat a lot so where -- Sox meet your body where your waist band meets your body.
Behind your ears -- -- let us very much yes they tend to be attracted to.
Folks who tend to be mosquitoes factors are magnets will also -- Probably more prone to -- where James Byrd who had a doctor thank you please give our student okay I really -- it definitely thank -- doctor they look.
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