Good day to you,?

Spring is here, however the beauty of nature has not been as appreciated as we are grappling with our new reality, wherever it may be.

This in the country, however are enjoying the extra time in nature, hiking trails or grassy fields and forest trails. Yet, it is here that ticks also hang out and look for their next host – or meal.

In this time of the Corona virus, and Covid-19, it is important to be aware that Lyme disease symptoms and Corona virus symptoms can appear similar. Less than 50% of individuals who get sick with Lyme disease ever see a tick, or get a rash.

Protect yourself and dress accordingly – and check for ticks.

With the Corona virus, many test positive but did not have symptoms, and many have symptoms but no access to testing. As such be aware of the following symptoms as they can be Lyme or a Corona virus infection:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Sore Throat
  3. Fever
  4. Headache
  5. Achy joints, sore muscles
  6. GI upset
  7. Sweats
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Dizzyness, confusion

So be aware of the above when you are out in nature. Use prevention to ward off ticks , and mosquitoes too. Check for ticks on a regular basis, and your pets too.

Stay safe out there, ticks do not practice social isolation!?

If you wish to host a LYME DISEASE PREVENTION seminar via ZOOM, ?please contact me.?

Be well, Rika




June and July are peak months for tick bites, yet ticks are around all year. Some survive the winter months, and thus one must be vigilant with tick checks. This year, we are experiencing a mild winter in the NE. This is alarming as ticks do not die in a milder climate, and we can actually get a tick bite during outdoor activities. The white-footed mice, major tick carriers, are running around outside, and squeeze into basements of our homes. Be cautious when discarding mouse traps with a ‘victim.’

Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient’s county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel, and ticks travel. This creates a dynamic situation with many opportunities for exposure to Lyme disease for each individual. Just today Justin Bieber announced that he has been sick with Lyme disease (and mono).

According to information from the Global Lyme Alliance: One tick bit can transfer up to 15 infections. This can include Lyme disease, but also other bacteria, parasites and viruses. Transfer of certain infections can happen within 10 minutes, e.g. the Powassan virus, while other infections take longer to be transmitted.

The longer a tick is attached, the greater the risk of acquiring multiple infections.?

As a health practitioner knowledgeable about the above, I suggest to consider botanical or homeopathic supplementation as prophylaxis against other potential pathogens when prescribed short-term Doxycycline for an acute tick bite. This could include, e.g. Artesminin, or Cryptolepsis for parasitic co-infections, or Houytunia for symptoms associated with a Bartonella infection.

In an acute setting, antibiotic treatment is the first line of treatment for Lyme disease.

So while you are out and about in the winter months, especially the unseasonably warmer winter months, consider using a (natural and non-toxic) tick-repellent when going hiking or playing in natural grasses. Better be safe than sorry.

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Here is a little snippet about me – just for you…

“My continuous studies opened my eyes to how I could support my clients from a personalized nutritional, holistic, and functional paradigm. All along, I was staying abreast of cutting-edge information regarding chronic Lyme, vec- tor-borne infections, biotoxins, and environmental medicine. In the meantime, I have been honored to collaborate with various medical professionals, including Lyme-literate medical doctors.
Through the years, I have dealt with my own health challenges, including multiple skin cancer surgeries, physical injuries, and family illness. I was also faced with the devastating and very sudden loss of my mom in 2014.

While supporting clients with chronic Lyme from a nutritional and clinical perspective (not treating the disease), I felt compelled to write this comprehen- sive book. It is not just about the illness; it is about the terrain. Many symptoms can be caused by vector-borne infections, yet our daily nutritional and lifestyle choices, plus environmental toxin exposures, can harm and provoke the body too. I have witnessed grateful clients who have more energy, can tolerate more foods, and have become more empowered through the process of learning how they can use food to help themselves heal. This has given renewed hope and joy to lives that were involved in an ongoing struggle for many years.
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