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1.Children and Lyme disease
2.Pregnant and nursing mothers
3.Handling Tick's in Children
4.Did Baby get Lyme from Mom?

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Joni's Story Started at five years old 
 
 

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TICK REMOVAL - PREVENTION




When autism is suspected:
Remove all stressors:
1.Make sure the child is not being exposed to mold spores. Check the house for any source of mold.
2.Assume presence of Vaccination, Radiation, chemical, drugs, PBA's, and metal poisons and remove with with a zeolite.
3.Look closely at all child ingests- eats, drinks, absorbs- soaps, etc.and what is being inhaled in the environment. 
4.Assume Candida fungus or other fungus, protozoa, bacteria, virus, rickettsia, Borrellia, Babesia, Lyme, Bartonella or other zoonotic in the body and do an 80 to 100 day eradication with something natural and safe such as Citrus reticulata.
 
 

Child often has a fungus that has gone into the brain, but unknowingly contracted after birth after inhaling mold spores.
 
 

























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WORD FOOD 
for Mom and Dad's 
for GROWING their CHILD
You must have been practicing.
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I trust You 
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worked today. 
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myself! 
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When confronted with Goliath - sized problem,
which way do you respond: “He’s to big to hit.” or,
like David, “He’s to big to miss.” -unknown

Children and Moms and Lyme Disease, and Bartonella, Babesia and other zoonotic infections




1.Children and zoonotic infections:

Children spend more time outdoors, roll on the ground more and also may not know what areas to avoid playing in..therefore are at greater risk than adults for getting bitten by ticks.
Children's Lyme disease and other zoonotic infections symptoms may be different from that of adults. Initially they have a flu like illness during the spring to fall summer months and may sleep for a day or more. They often complain that light hurts their eyes. Few children develop the bull’s eye rash. Stomach problems are common in children.  With persistent Lyme, Babesia or Bartonella  they tire easily and often do not want to participate in physical activity.  Infected children may suddenly develop cognitive problems; learning disabilities and/or behavior problems that mimic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A change, bladder and fecal problems, a  decreased interest in play. Behavioral changes, such as rebellious and annoying behaviors, such as uncooperativeness, defiance, negativity.  Some children become physically impaired or even disabled. Teenagers may suddenly exhibit psychological problems. Many children of all ages having Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella or any other zoonotic infections  struggle in school.

Unfortunately, only an handful of doctor's are experienced in diagnosing and treating Lyme infection and other zoonotics in children. 
 

2.Pregnant and nursing mothers:
A Lyme, Bartonella,or Babesia infected woman can transmit the infection to her baby before birth. 

Unfortunately, most eradication agents and many antibiotics are unsafe for pregnant or nursing mothers. 

  • As soon as possible after birth, the parent and child should do eradication of these bacteria's. A blood test gives as many false positives as false negatives. If it is known the mother has the infection it may be better to begin gentle natural treatment at at the end of child's first year.
  • What is known as Lyme induced autism is simply neuro Lyme, or  Neuro Babesia what was transmitted to baby from the mother in utero. 
3.What Can be done when a tick has bitten you or your child:
  • Do not handle the tick with bare hands. 
  • Remove tick immediately by pulling it slowly straight out at the same angle it is poked in. 
  • If available use a special tick-removal tool inserting it as close to the skin as possible or put a drinking straw around the tick and slip a strong thread down the outside of the straw and then close to the skin forming a loop around the tick and then gently and slowly pulling up and out on the tick, in the same angle it went in. 
*DO NOT apply alcohol, petroleum jelly, heat, smoke, or any other substance to it. 

*Do NOT squeeze the tick as this can force Lyme bacteria into the human body. Aggravating the tick in any way may cause it to regurgitate. You are infected as soon as an infected tick regurgitates into your blood.

After the tick is removed you can use antiseptic or soap on the site of the tick bite. If you can see the tick under your skin or you tried removing the tick and feel it has broken, see an MD to have it removed.

When the head remains in the body, if it cannot be removed, then the immune system will constantly be using its energy to expel it, as with a sliver or other foreign object. This will deplete immune system. The only home remedy I found that will dissolve a tick body in our body's is Serrapeptase(taken for about six months.)

Helpful link for your children:
http://sites.google.com/site/marylandlyme/children

How it affects children's learning PDF
http://lymedisease.org/resources/children_pdf/berenbaum%20Kids%20and%20Lyme.pdf
 

The following speaks a punch.  I believe it is a necessity to post here.
4."""One Tough Grandma (On Becoming a Grandmother in a Lyme-Endemic Family)
by Ginger Savely, RN, FNP-C
The phone rang early the morning of October 4, 2006, and as I came out of my barely-conscious stupor, I heard the exhausted but exhilarated voice of my eldest daughter softly announce, “You're a grandma!” My first grandchild – a delicate little girl with lots of dark hair, looking just like her mom did when I first held her in my arms some 26 years earlier, marveling at her perfection and overwhelmed by my love for her.

Many feelings run joyfully, inquisitively, and apprehensively through the minds of new mothers and grandmothers – the same thoughts, questions, and concerns that have passed down through the ages as women relive the miracle and splendor of birth. As I soaked up the reality of my new role and the new life that had blessed us, I asked myself: Will my new granddaughter have my daughter's clever wit and strength of mind? Her husband's ingenuity and athletic ability? Will she bear resemblance to me in any way or will she inherit the strong Irish genes of my daughter's father? Will she be calm or impatient? Serious or jovial? Disciplined or free-spirited?

However, for our family, and others like ours, a darker question looms forebodingly in the background. Did the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, the corkscrew-shaped bacteria that infects my daughter and many other members of our family, pass through my daughter's placenta and into this innocent little baby's body, threatening to catch her under-developed immune system off-guard and wreak havoc when least expected?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that there is absolutely no risk of congenitally transferring the borrelia spirochete that causes Lyme disease. Intuitively, this is hard to believe, considering that a genetically much less sophisticated spirochete, Treponema pallidium, the causative agent of syphilis, is well known to pass from mother to child and cause potentially devastating consequences for the infant.

Borrelia bacteria have been isolated in both sperm and breast milk, and those of us who treat chronic Lyme patients have suspected and clinically observed the congenital transfer of the disease, over and over again. The results of congenital Lyme can be mild to devastating: the bacteria may cause almost immediate, acute damage or hide sequestered in the joints, heart, brain or other organs, to appear later in life, when least expected, causing subtle and unsuspecting problems like learning, social or developmental delays, all easily attributable to other causes.

Two years ago, when precious little Payton was born to one of my Lyme patients in Austin, Texas, I witnessed the full potential fury of the bacteria's congenital transfer. Payton was delivered by cesarean section due to a breech (feet first) presentation. From all outward appearances he started life as a healthy little baby boy. But the baby's maternal grandmother picked up on subtle cues that something was not quite right. She alone noticed his unusual lethargy, decreased muscle tone, and unwillingness to focus on faces or track moving objects. On the nineteenth day of Payton’s life, he developed a fever and became very fussy.

Following the pediatrician's protocol, the young parents took their baby immediately to the emergency room. After blood tests and imaging studies, the perplexed doctors were unsure as to why the infant had begun to bleed into his brain, causing him to take a sudden turn for the worse.
Various possibilities were considered, including an arterial-venous malformation in the brain, a stroke, an aneurysm, or possibly even infection. Payton’s grandmother suggested the possibility of a congenital transfer of Lyme disease, since the infant's mom had, by oversight, discontinued her Lyme treatment halfway through the pregnancy.

The neurosurgeon, pediatric neurologist, hospitalist, and pediatrician scoffed at the idea, informing the baby's grandmother that this was unheard of and furthermore impossible. Apparently they were not familiar with the highly regarded textbook, Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant, published by W.B. Saunders in 2001. An entire chapter of more than a hundred pages is devoted to congenital Lyme disease. Written by the pediatric infectious disease specialist, Tessa Gardner, MD, the book describes more than 250 such cases.

A temporary shunt was placed to drain the excess fluid from Payton’s brain. The doctors had highly recommended a permanent shunt, by now convinced of an irreversible condition. But, with fierce tenacity, Payton’s grandmother had pushed for the temporary shunt, unwilling to give up on the notion that a treatable infection, rather than a congenital anomaly, was the culprit for the baby's brain bleed. Her stubborn refusal to accept what the doctors were saying began to create tension between her and her daughter, who was wearily resigned to Payton’s fate and annoyed by her mother's persistence.
Payton’s prognosis was tenuous as the stressful weeks dragged on. The specialists did all they could to keep him alive, while debating the etiology of his condition and the prudent way to proceed. The odds that little Payton would pull through this nightmare were diminishing, and each night his young parents barely slept, fearful that the night would be their baby's last.

At the request of the grandmother, I consulted with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, the nation's leading authority on pediatric Lyme disease, and was assured that Payton’s predicament was a possible presentation for congenital Lyme. Furthermore, he had seen two similar such cases himself, both having benefited from positive outcomes after intravenous antibiotics were administered.
More determined than ever, Payton’s grandmother insisted that the pediatric infectious disease doctor on the case (the one doctor who was not openly antagonistic about the congenital transfer idea) provide her with a test tube of spinal fluid drained from the baby's shunt. Under my orders, she mailed it, along with the baby's already-frozen cord blood, to IGeneX laboratories in Palo Alto, California, for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing.

The PCR test, which looks for actual genetic material of the guilty spirochete, is highly specific (if it's positive, you KNOW it's positive) but not very sensitive (it misses many of the true positives). Dr. Jyotsna Shah, director of IGeneX Laboratories, called me herself with the amazing news that both the spinal fluid and cord blood were positive for borrelia by PCR. Meanwhile, as fate would have it, soon before the test results arrived, the baby developed a staph infection in the brain (a risk of the brain shunt) and was started on three powerful intravenous antibiotics.

Payton’s grandmother informed the hospital doctors of the positive Lyme tests, but by now the baby's miraculous transformation spoke for itself. Within less than twelve hours of the administration of the IV antibiotics, it was evident that the antibiotics were treating more than the newly acquired staph infection.
The baby's initial neurological symptoms cleared. He became alert and responsive with good muscle tone and eye contact. He began to thrive, ready to get on with life as if the previous six weeks had been nothing more than a nightmare. The doctors were bewildered and amazed, having never witnessed such a dramatic transformation in a severely ill newborn.

Reluctantly, a few of the doctors admitted that the borrelia infection was probably the cause of Payton’s near death experience, and that the presence of the bacteria in the cord blood and placenta could only have occurred due to congenital transfer. Apologetic that they had dismissed the grandmother's pleas, these doctors still maintained that this was a “one in a million” case, an event unlikely to be witnessed more than once in a physician's career. Little did they know that those of us who have treated hundreds of Lyme patients witness congenital transfer cases (although perhaps not as dramatic as this one) every day.

That was one tough grandma! Lucky for little Payton, now a healthy, happy two-year old, his grandma was intelligent and intuitive and wouldn't take no for an answer. It takes guts to stand up to an entourage of condescending specialists who represent the conservative doctrinism of the medical establishment! Despite this one, almost-devastating outcome, I have seen many other “Lyme moms” deliver perfectly healthy babies who test negative by PCR at birth and are thriving and developing normally. These moms stayed on antibiotics throughout the pregnancy and were able to tolerate the pregnancy and childbirth remarkably well.

Many Lyme moms, in fact, report feeling better than ever during pregnancy, a phenomenon probably related to the high level of natural killer cells and suppression of inflammation necessary for the body not to reject the pregnancy. The stress of the birth itself, lack of sleep, and rapid hormone decline after the birth can, however, cause Lyme symptoms to flare. Therefore, keeping the mom from “crashing” after childbirth is the main challenge with the childbearing experience for the Lyme mom.

Pregnant women who harbor the Lyme spirochete should consider doing what my daughter did: take baby-friendly antibiotics throughout the pregnancy, arrive at the hospital with IGeneX laboratory test kit in tow, and request collection of cord blood and placental tissue immediately following the birth, to send for PCR testing. Although the test often yields false negative results, a positive test allows for immediate treatment of the infection (providing, of course, a willing collaborating pediatrician can be found).
We do not yet know the results of my new granddaughter's Lyme tests. Even if they are positive, she will be in good company in our family, as many of us deal with some degree of the illness every day. But she is a beautiful little girl, perfect in every way, and we will raise her and love her and, if it comes down to it, teach her to cope with the aches and pains and inconveniences of the family “curse”. Because even if she tests positive for the Lyme bacteria, things could be so much worse. She has all of her fingers and all of her toes. She has her mama's beautiful dark hair and her daddy's intense blue eyes. She has dozens of doting family members surrounding her with their love. And she's got one tough grandma who will stand up for her and take care of her no matter what challenges may come her way.

Post note: Payton’s grandma Laura Barton. She is not only one tough grandma, but also an amazingly warm and generous woman and an irreplaceable friend."       """


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Lyme Disease - Joni's Story Started at five years old
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