Note: This post follows a two-part series on Low-Dose Naltrexone that began here.
The spirochete. Interestingly, this stealthy, corkscrew-shaped little bacteria is the culprit of both syphilis and Lyme disease.
Since I was quite certain I hadn’t somehow missed syphilis in the ridiculously comprehensive batteries of tests I had endured, an obvious process of elimination pointed to Lyme disease.
And so had several other factors, all completely discounted by every single doctor I had seen over the past several years–including testing “borderline” positive for Lyme disease in my very first round of tests!
Just an anomaly, they would all say. Lyme Disease doesn’t even exist in this part of the country, they maintained.
Au contraire, mon frère… throughout my downright obsessive research, I learned that couldn’t be further from the truth. Lyme Disease is not only found near Lyme, Conn., as nearly every doctor had told me.
Lyme Disease is everywhere. In fact, it’s the fastest-growing infectious and vector-borne disease in the U.S., by and far outpacing media darlings like West Nile and even… AIDS.
We’re talking pandemic status, people.
Why, then, isn’t it all over the news, like every other scary disease in the world? Have I really had Lyme Disease this whole, miserable time? And, did that mean that I could get better, after being told by every single, doctor I had seen that I needed to come to terms with my wheelchair-bound destiny?! And what about the millions of other people worldwide, diagnosed with MS and other autoimmune diseases–many of whom are wheelchair-bound. Could it be that they really had Lyme Disease, too?
If this were true, really, really, true, I had a lifetime ahead of me to answer all of these questions, not only to sate my own journalistic curiosity but also to get the message out to the world.
First order of business, however, was to find a Lyme-Literate MD (LLMD), and stat. After much more Googling, I happened across yet another curious piece of information: One of the world’s foremost Lyme disease specialists was not found on the East Coast: He was right here in good ol’ Missouri–Dr. Charles Crist.
Alicia McGarry’s journalistic endeavors began at The Chicago Tribune before her passion for all things Kansas City called her back to her roots. She has written for KC Magazine, The Kansas City Star and LakehomesKC and offers her unique perspective on holistic wellness each month for the readers of Good Health KC.