1.What is Lyme Disease 
2.The Lyme Rash
3.What are Co-infections 
4.Ticks -Transmission
5. Lyme in Children 
6. Lyme  in Canada
7. Diagnosis for Lyme 
8. Treatments for Lyme 
9. Taking Action 
10. Symptoms 
11.Lyme Prevention
12.Test Results
13.The Bb Bacteria
15. Herxheimer Reaction
16.The Politics of Lyme 

"There is no Lyme in Canada..blah, blah, blah"... False!False!
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1.  Which provinces are free of infected ticks?
2.  Some reasons why so few people are recorded as having Lyme disease on provincial web site statistics
3.  Be alert. Be aware. Be careful. Lyme has been found in every Canadian province.
4.  Do migrating birds fly in your province?
5.  Don't be foolish like I was!
6.  Today is March 20th, 2010

Canada -Lyme

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Characteristics of

Disorders of the nervous system have been found in 15–40% of late-stage (tertiary) Lyme infected people.
When Lyme disease affects the brain, it is often referred to as Lyme neuroborreliosis or Lyme encephalopathy. 

Unfortunately, only a small percentage of these infected people  will be properly diagnosed as having Lyme disease.
Neuroborreliosis can mimic virtually any type of encephalopathy or psychiatric disorder and is often compared to neurosyphilis. 
Both are caused by spirochetes, are multi-systemic, 
and can affect an infected person neurologically, producing cognitive dysfunction and 
organic psychiatric illness. 
Such symptoms may be dormant,
only surfacing years later.

Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria is 
multi-systemic meaning 
any system in the body
can be affected
and will therefore manifest symptoms 
associated with any system or organ.

There are over
sixteen identified co- infections.
numerous strains of B burgdorferi bacteria
Many Lyme symptoms are parallel to the co-infection symptoms.

It is rare to find two people with 
identical symptoms and reactions
to this infection. 

Borelliosis infection mimics over
three hundred diseases
and syndromes.

The host body will continue to manifest symptoms 
for as long as the bacteria remains 
in the body.

The spirochetes die-off creates
that create flu like symptoms. 

When the infection is active in the host body
the bacteria ultimately affects 
physically and cognitively

A person suffering from Lyme Disease most always 
looks deceptively well.

The words
"strange", " odd",  "peculiar",  "queer",  "weird", and "it makes no sense"
become  part of the B burgdorferi bacteria
infected persons' vocabulary as they relate their symptoms.

The infected person may have 
few  or more than fifty
active symptoms
all at one time.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease (Neuroborreliosis)
- fade and flare up.

- Symptoms go
dormant and new ones appear 
and old ones awaken again, 
but sometimes not with as much drama 
as on their previous show.

-Symptoms are 
ever-changing in quality and intensity.

come and go spontaneously
often temporarily resolving in a matter of minutes,
hours or days.

wax and wane
during the course of minutes, hours, 
days,  months and years constantly cropping new 
and bizarre symptoms.

-Symptoms can seem to all be
asleep, or just a few symptoms can be active
and then suddenly the sleeping giant awakens 
and most every symptom rear their ugly heads ,
all at one time. 

There  appears to be no  rhyme nor reason for the receding symptoms, nor the  sudden activation of symptoms.

It is not really cyclical, but certainly acts 
like flares and for some unknown reason the seasons or full moons seem to awaken symptoms.

 Lyme disease is unlike any other diseases 
which has a specific list of symptoms that are always there and /or progress to a specific list of symptoms.

This disease is filled with much bizarrness, 
not only with the symptoms disease itself 
but with everything and everyone that surrounds it. 

It makes for good 
spiritual growth fodder (that's for sure) 
and it test's one's sanity!



Borelliosis infection
mimics over
three hundred diseases
and syndromes.

Every human being either adds or subtracts from the happiness 
of those with whom he come's in contact. -unknown


Tick-free Provinces in Canada???

1.Which provinces are free of infected ticks?

None. The Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria has been found in every Canadian province either in humans, in animals, on birds, in pets, and on grasses. Few, infected people, with Lyme disease, have never been recorded as a provincial or Canadian Lyme disease statistic. 
Human beings or pets have contracted Lyme in every province of Canada and were never counted as an official statistic!
2.Some reasons why so few people are recorded as having Lyme disease on provincial web sites statistics: 
  • The reporting criteria is flawed and insist on positive blood tests (which can be inaccurate whether they are false positive or false negative.
  • Canadian governments proclaim it is rare to find Lyme in their provinces and some say none exists.
  • The provinces were not keeping records in the past and today they are not keeping accurate statistics or doing any surveillance. 
  • The government surveillance programs are non existent or few and cover very few acres. As well, they are not done annually or every spring when migrating birds are bringing in Lyme infected ticks from across the border where Lyme disease is more prevalent. 
  • The criteria for qualifying as a provincial statistic is very,very narrow e.g. If lab tests are not done in Canadian Labs they are not acknowledged by the province. 
  • There are no specialized labs for zoonotic disease in Canada. 
  • There exists a lack of expertise for giving a clinical diagnoses of Lyme disease. 
  • Canadian MD's are told by the governments that there is no Lyme in the province, therefore most MD's continue to misdiagnose Lyme as one of the mimic diseases when it is actually Lyme or other zoonotic infections.
  • Most medical clinics work on a system of five minute appointments and of not dealing with more the two or three symptoms per visit. The practice immediately fails the Lyme infected patient as the MD can never have all the facts necessary to make a clinical diagnoses.  
  • The College of Physicians in Canada follow the example of their American counterparts persecuting their fellows if they treat Lyme, or they treat with other then pharmaceuticals, causing a physician fear of losing their licenses.  
  • People with Lyme get treated with natural remedies and therefore are not recorded as Lyme statistics unless it comes out of a medical doctors office. 
There is much congestion in place to block information about Lyme disease;  Infectious Disease Doctors in USA claim it does not exist long term and somehow have huge influence on Canadian IDS doctors the so called experts of zoonotic infections repeating same lies. The governments rely on these specialized doctors to guide them about zoonotic diseases so incorrect information is given to governments and to medical doctors and probably to the teaching colleges. A doctor must pay out of their own pocket to study the basics of Lyme disease and when they do take Lyme patience their health boards insist on in country lab tests that are flawed and then forbid their doctors treating with antibiotic treatment from just doing a medical diagnoses. The doctors treating Lyme patients with other then pharmaceuticals are threatened with loss of license by their colleges if they do other then pharmaceuticals. This is some of the blocks to  Lyme disease being done purposefully or by those in the system who want to retain their professions and must remain loyal to the whims of the powers that be. 

 Click here for :  Investigation of Genotypes of Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes scapularis Ticks Collected during Surveillance in Canada

3.Be alert. Be aware. Be careful. Lyme has been found in every Canadian province,either in humans, in animals, on birds, in pets, and on grasses, but not necessarily through the "official" methods of government surveillance, nevertheless infected ticks may be present in your grasses. 
  • Lyme infected people have identified the exact province they were in when they, or their pet, were in after their health turned sour (whether they saw their rash or not) and later found out they were infected with the Bb bacteria. This has happened in every province over the past thirty or more years.
  • Since many of these infected people had to seek help elsewhere or were treated by Naturopathic doctors or eradicated the infections on their own they therefore were never counted as a provincial statistics of Lyme Disease. 
  • Throughout the past fifty years, or more, Canadians, most especially campers, hikers, and forestry workers have been bitten by sick ticks whether it was called Lyme disease or still just called, “sick from a tick bite.” Ticks have always been present in nature, but of course they do not always feed on infected animals. They are there whether they are infected or not, seen or unseen.
  • The statistic numbers of people who have contracted Lyme disease within Canada are unbelievably low, especially as to compare to our neighbors immediately across the border to the South.
4.Do migrating birds fly in your province?
ICanadaf so, take note...infected and non-infected ticks and some cyst form of the ticks have been found on migrating birds. If these birds drop an egg filled female tick or a male and female tick they will start their own colony in the area where they have landed. Now if one of those hungry ticks senses movement as you come walking by it will put its front legs up and may attach itself to your leg and start climbing to find its nice warm meal so it can survive. It only takes one bite from one infected tick to change your life!

Bird-tick-pathogen study

For more info on birds and ticks in Canada : In Yahoo Search engine type in : Ixodid Acari  Ixodidae canada  It will help you to be aware for yourself, as well to help others when they display Lyme disease symptoms. 

Next time you read or hear that there is no Lyme Disease in Canada, speak up. 

Lyme disease must NOT be considered to be rare or non-existent in Canada simply because the officially published numbers from surveillance are very, very low or because Medical doctors in your province tell you it is impossible to get Lyme disease where you live. Sick ticks do exist in every province. It is a part of nature. They bite in spite of published official statistics.

5.Don't be foolish like I was 
*When I first started my research, for my many symptoms, I was led to Lyme Disease, so... I went to the Alberta Gov't web site and it said the people who had Lyme disease in the province had contracted Lyme disease elsewhere or in other countries. "There have been nine cases of Lyme disease reported in Alberta since 1998. All cases were associated with travel outside of the province."  There was also something about it being too cold in Canada for ticks to survive... that it was impossible to have infected ticks here. And the Health Canada Federal Government web site repeated similar.."RARE". So...I naively believed that. I did not question it. I trusted that people's elected Governments would not lead people astray on such a debilitating disease. I was WRONG to believe that.

For years and years, while trying to find answers to what had afflicted me, my research always took me to Lyme, but I would skip over it, did not read it, because "This peasant blindly believed it was impossible to have Lyme here in Alberta, Canada" (I had not been out of the province when it had all started.)Then in late November of 2007, after months of strange debilitating headaches, I ran across a person, on the Internet, who described these headaches to a T. She had found out she had Lyme disease and encouraged anyone suffering from this type of headaches to be open to learning about Lyme Disease. 
That is what it took for me to go look at what Lyme Disease was... and BINGO! For the first time all my symptoms fit. I had found the answer to the mystery. I was so excited as I figured treatment was now just around the corner. (Not!) (Note: I was looking at one of those "medical type web sites" the ones that tell you that Lyme is no big deal...that just two weeks of antibiotics will cure you.. and so,I thought that would be all I would need and finally the infection would all be gone!)

In time, I learned more about Lyme disease. The more personal stories I read by Lyme infected people, it was all too familiar for me, I even remembered the strange "ring worm" rash I had had around 1997. Now... I was very angry about the Alberta Government and Regional Health Boards web sites that posted such misguiding and false information for their people.  I very soon wrote them a letter telling them it was false information, etc. Within four months more knowledgeable information was posted on the Regional Health board and the Gov't web site. I felt somewhat satisfied that newly infected people would now be aware that it was possible to get Lyme in Alberta and therefore get treatment more quickly.

6.Now today is March 20th, 2010. I went to the Alberta Gov't web site and here is what I found:
This is a quote: "Lyme bacteria have not been found yet in Alberta but Lyme disease is being reported with increasing frequency and geographic range throughout Canada and the United States." 
   Since 2008 the Regional Health boards have been dismantled. Now the new board, that controls all of Alberta, has chosen to post less informative information for its people. I also went back to the Canadian Gov't web site and they too have less to inform with as to compare to what they had in 2008. 

Both send the message that Lyme infected tick bites and the disease is no big deal, that it is rare to get Lyme on this country's soil, that if you happen to get it.. oh well, just a few weeks of antibiotics will cure you!!!!

What is all that misinformation about? Is it because it may hurt the tourist economy? Is it because cured Lyme disease would take away income for the medical industry? Is it ignorance? What?? I understand Lyme disease is a big study, this does not absolve representatives of the people from taking the time to become informed so they can tell the truth about Lyme disease, rather than publish uninformed trivia. 

Do your own Research HereYAHOO
*Quote:I. scapularis ticks were collected from companion animals and humans by veterinary clinics and medical clinics from Alberta to Newfoundland in Canada between 2005 and 2007 as part of the national passive surveillance system....
* A rabbit was hit by a vehicle on a road through a wooded area just outside the city limits of Grande Prairie in Alberta on 21 June, 1994. The injured rabbit was taken by the driver to the Grande Prairie Animal Hospital for treatment. The veterinarian judged the injuries to be fatal and euthanized the animal. 

During the examination of the animal, six ticks of "varying sizes" were found on the face and neck area. The veterinarian put the ticks in a plastic pill box along with a piece of moistened cotton and sent them to the Provincial Laboratory in Vancouver for identification and testing for the presence of Lyme spirochetes.

There were four engorged female and two engorged nymphal Haemaphysalis leporispalustris ticks. Each tick was sterilized and their gut tissues were cultured separately in BSK medium with antibiotics on 24 June. Cultures were examined 5 days later and motile spirochetes were found in one of the adult female tick cultures. Dead spirochetes were seen in three other adult female tick guts and one of the nymphal tick cultures.

Antisera to B. burgdorferi were tested against this isolate and found to be positive by indirect immunofluorescence assay. It is concluded that the spirochete isolated from the rabbit tick H. leporispalustris in Alberta is indeed B. burgdorferi, the etiologic agent of Lyme disease (LD) and is identical to the spirochetes isolated in British Columbia (1,2).
* Two such patients, one of whom may have been infected by an unknown tick bite in Calgary, Alberta, in 1986. This patient developed a multi-systemic disease following a tick bite in his backyard.

*A species of tick new to Alberta has tested positive for Lyme disease.

* CBC; Alberta Health and Wellness announced Thursday that ticks found on two dogs near Edmonton have tested positive for the bacteria that cause the disease. Read more: 

* In fact, our research team reported in the Journal of Parasitology (2005), Ixodes pacificus nymphs on a Wilson's warbler collected May 31, 2002 at Calgary.

* This information published to the web on June 15, 2009. The Food Safety and Animal Health Division of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are conducting a survey to determine the presence and distribution of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease to pets. "Since 2007, a number of Ixodes spp. ticks recovered in Alberta have tested positive for B. burgdorferi."

* by ExpressNews Staff. Daniel Fitzgerald shows off one of the many ticks being collected from all over Alberta. 

* (May 22, 2008) - Edmonton - A University of Alberta researcher is on the trail of tiny hangers-on this summer. "Last year, Alberta researchers found a species of tick that's rarely reported here, and there was also a case of a tick found carrying Lyme disease," he said. " So, that got our interest going

* Parks workers may have Lyme disease Thursday, 15 June 2006 - 12:00am  Six Parks Canada employees who worked on a tick study last year are all showing symptoms similar to Lyme disease.

* Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA has written a book on Lyme in Canada.

* Friday, October 5, 2007 Fort McMurray Today 
Fort McMurray BY MATTHEW HEINDL, TODAY STAFF See part 2  Sheila Callan suffered for 18 years of her life with Lyme disease, though doctors failed to diagnose it, even after the infamous bulls-eye rash appeared on her face. Doctors were told that there is no Lyme disease in Alberta, and still believe this today, even as the bacteria appears more often. 

*This one says,"Small numbers of I pacificus and I scapularis, presumably carried by migratory birds, have been found in Alberta." http://www.cfp.ca/cgi/reprint/54/10/1381

* Summary of what is posted here:http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/lyme-disease.html
•Lyme disease can be serious but rarely is fatal in humans. 
•The bacteria has not been found yet in Alberta but could appear here in the future. (FALSE)
•Lyme disease is treated readily in humans if identified early. (Not in Canada, and if so which doctor? They believe there is no such thing in Canada.And the Government tell them there is no Lyme..or is very rare.)
•If you see a growing red rash 10 to 12 days after being bitten by a tick, see a doctor. (Which ones? Dare to name them.)
•Travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, and children may be at risk during the summer but simple precautions can reduce the risk. 
(What are simple precautions?)

If you want to believe that there are no infected ticks in Alberta, Canada, please just go on the Lyme disease forums and listen to how Canadians, infected by Lyme, have had their health, their relationships, and their finances devastated.

Canadians have been led to believe that only a medical doctor can help us, so we flock to empty wells when it comes to Lyme disease. Rather then being directed directly to a Lyme literate Naturopathic doctor we are told our symptoms are in our heads, we are shamed, we are sent to a psychiatrist, sedated and drugged or diagnosed with something we do not have.

 Believe me... There ARE Lyme infected ticks in Alberta and many, many others will tell you in the rest of Canada, also! 
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