Lyme Disease and Polysaccharides
Lyme Disease is an illness that is spread most often by deer ticks and has a range of symptoms from mild to, if left untreated, severe. Those living in grassy, woody areas are more likely to be infected because of the presence of deer ticks in those areas. The name comes from the town of Lyme, Connecticut where, in 1977, many of the children were showing signs of arthritis.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Body Aches
- Joint Pain/Swelling
- Temporary Paralysis
- Eye Inflammation
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Skin Issues
Untreated Lyme Disease can pose potential long term chronic health problems. Arthritis, memory and issues with paralysis are some of the complications with advanced, untreated Lyme Disease. One complication with Lyme Disease is that it can appear to be over 350 different illnesses. Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can have many of the same symptoms making the diagnosis difficult.
Causes of Lyme Disease
- It is thought that in areas where Lyme Disease is prevalent, more than 50 percent of all deer ticks carry the bacteria that can produce Lyme Disease. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi is the cause of Lyme Disease.
- A bite from a deer tick that is infected itself may release the bacteria into your skin where it eventually makes its way into your bloodstream. It does, however, take more than just a bit from an infected tick. The tick must be feeding off of your blood in order to transmit the disease. This means that the tick must be attached to your skin and been feeding for a time period of about 36 to 48 hours.
- More recent studies have shown that the tick is not the only carrier and spreader of Lyme Disease. Fleas and mosquitoes along with other biting insects can spread the disease. It can also be spread by humans through bodily fluids, though ticks are the number one carrier.
- You can become at risk for Lyme Disease if you live in and spend time in grassy, wooded areas. Deer ticks inhabit these areas and lie in wait for an animal or human to come by. They attach themselves to their hosts and begin to feed off of their blood. If you have exposed skin, it will be easier for the ticks to attach themselves to you. Ticks generally like to attach to creased areas of the body such as the armpit, the back of the knee or the groin among others, though they are best hidden in your hair.
- If your dog or cat plays in these same areas, they should be checked regularly. If you find a fat tick feeding on you or your pets, you may be at risk for Lyme Disease. Checking yourself regularly and removing ticks quickly can lower your risk for acquiring Lyme Disease. A quickly removed tick is unlikely to give you or your pets Lyme Disease.
Polysaccharides are your immune system's best friend. Polysaccharides and wellness go hand in hand. Your body has an almost magical ability to heal itself when attacked from outside bacteria and viruses. The key to this ability to heal and regenerate is a strong immune system supported by a good diet. In recent years it has come to the forefront of nutrition that a good diet means the addition of polysaccharides. Polysaccharidess are naturally occurring and though they are not necessary for daily survival, they are a key component of a good diet and strong immune system.
A balanced diet containing your recommended fruits and vegetables will help you get the proper amount of polysaccharides, but many experts are beginning to recommend polysaccharides supplements to be taken on a daily basis. Taken like a multivitamin, these supplements will provide you with the necessary daily intake of polysaccharides to help your body fight off outside toxins the natural way.