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afterward. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated with two to four weeks of antibiotics, says Dr. Rajlakshmi Krishnamurthy from Boston Medical Center. She and other experts say that such treatment usually prevents the development of the later stages of the disease. The Mayo Clinic’s website explains that more intense forms and treatment of antibiotics (including intravenous) can cause various side effects, including a lower white blood cell count, mild to severe diarrhea, or colonization or infection with other antibiotic resistant organisms unrelated to Lyme. Some experts believe that certain people who get Lyme disease are predisposed to develop an autoimmune response that contributes to their symptoms. Contact your physician or health practitioner immediately if you or your loved

ones see a large bull’s-eye-shaped rash left behind by a tick carrying the Lyme disease bacteria or experience early symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches and headaches. For more information about deer ticks and Lyme disease, I recommend the following websites: www.lymediseaseassociation.org, www.cdc.gov/ticks, www. underourskin.com and www.texaslyme. org/about.htm. Also check out natural resources such as Cellgevity and glutathione to build up your immune system and energy. But be cautious of Lyme treatments with Bismacine, also known as chromacine, which contains high levels of the metal bismuth, which the Mayo Clinic also says to avoid. For a more medical, holistic approach check Sierra Integrative Medical Center (www.SierraIntegrative.com), in Reno, Nevada. ∆

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