The answer is mostly likely no. The organism that causes Lyme disease goes stealth. Find out more about this phenomena by reading the post below.
Lyme Disease is one of the world’s most common and fastest-growing infectious diseases. It is the leading tick borne disease in the United States. This disease came to the forefront in the late ’70′s with an outbreak of puzzling proportions in the wooded areas in and around Lyme, Connecticut, a sleepy town on the coast of Long Island Sound. It’s carried to both animals and people by small deer ticks and/or wood ticks. Either tick can infect people, but it’s usually the wood tick that clings to, bites and transmits the infection to dogs. If undetected and untreated Lyme can cause devastating damage to a dog’s immune system, joints and organs. It’s now considered a major public health threat in large measure because domestic animals, particularly dogs and cats, are frequently the carriers of ticks to humans. Today, there are very few areas in the country that are still considered to be free of the ticks. It’s believed that they’ve been dispersed throughout the country by clinging to birds making their seasonal commutes. Throughout the nations more temperate zones the risk remains high throughout the year. In the northern sections of the country it’s contracted most often in late spring and through summer; the threat diminishes in fall when temperatures drop below freezing for several consecutive days.
The microorganism that causes Lyme disease is Borrelia burgdorferi. This is a spirochete or spiral shaped bacterium. Spirochete bacteria also cause diseases like leptospirosis, leprosy and syphilis. These spirochetes can hide in the tendons, muscle tissue, lymph nodes, brain, joint fluid, heart and nervous tissue in the body, dormant for years. This is the reason that this disease can be so difficult to clear from the body. Scientific research is finding the organism that causes Lyme disease to be a devastating stealth pathogen. A stealth pathogen is one which can go undetected by the immune system as it invades into deeper and deeper systems.
The antibiotics that are used to treat Lyme disease are bacteriostatic. The pathogen is not killed off, rather it is slowed down until the bodies own immune system can handle it better. The Borrelia commonly hides in tissues and remains dormant for years. The immune system begins to search for these invaders and they can move from organ to organ, changing the domain in which they live. As the immune system continues to search out the organism, it can begin to destroy the very tissues in which it hides. Bacteriostatic antibiotics halt or slow the reproduction of bacteria but do not kill them and many antibiotics are extracellular, meaning they cannot enter the cell.
The spirochete bacteria uses its tail for motility. When it reaches its intended tissue, it encysts itself, using the tail to wrap around it. This cyst secretes even more toxins than the spirochete bacteria. It sits in the tissue, resistant to antibiotics, causing chronic problems. If it lodges in the joints, you have the problem of Lyme arthritis. If it lodges in the nervous tissue, you encounter neurological problems. The same is true for our canine friends.
There are specific homeopathic remedies that can help the cells and tissues to recognize the invader and reduce the level of infection.
The next blog will cover …… does every dog who gets bitten by a tick carrying this disease get sick?
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