We live in the epicenter of Lyme disease. The ticks that carry Lyme, analasma and babesia are so tiny that it is very difficult to see them. Lucy was positive and treated for Lyme twice. I did have her vaccinated for a few years. Not sure how I feel about the vaccine but she did not get Lyme again. Ruby was symptomatic ( a limp) and was positive for anaplasma when she was less than a year. At that time we used frontline to prevent the ticks. Around here that has stopped working. Since then we have been using the collar which is supposed to last about eight months. I looked into alternative remedies but friends who have tried them did not have good results. If we lived in a place where tick borne illnesses were not epidemic would def consider an alternative. Also I would never not treat Lyme or other tick borne illnesses with anything other than proven antibiotics. I have seen terrible long term consequences in dogs and people and horses who did not get timely treatment. Just my two cents. Oh and yes the ticks are out all year unless we get a long sustained deep freeze. Just pulled two off my horse and we had a blizzard a few days ago....
It is an awful epidemic disease! As I have mentioned, I myself have had the worst symptoms that keep coming back as something different each time (that is what the lyme's spyrochetes do, they hide deep in your tissues, only to re-emerge at a later time). However, the only thing you can do, is to be vigilant about your way of eating , ie. diet, exercise, and keeping toxins from products you use daily at a minimum (this is why I have created certain non-toxic products for people to use).. Keeping your immune system super strong is the next step, through a balanced, clean diet, staying and eating more alkaline foods, the more vigilant I am about eating well and not lapsing on doing what is truly healthy, the more I do not have symptoms emerge every six months to a year as they used to.
Many diseases have become resistant to anti-biotics...Stephen Buhner has written many books on Lyme's, and has an all natural protocol to follow-. It DOES work! Keeping your immune system strong IS the only way to stay healthy. Vaccines truly do not offer any protection to this horriffic disease. Treating Lyme's with an effective alternative course (as outlined in Buhner's book), will not only help the Lyme's, but also make you stronger, NOT weaker, as anti-biotics do (they get rid of all the good bacteria in the gut, and may initially attack the lyme's, but it does NOT effectively kill it...the bacteria is much smarter than that, unfortunately. Like I mentioned I have come out of Lyme's debilitating effects by only using alternative -and actually only 100 years ago, so called "alternative" treatment was normal treatment...I know first hand the medical industry and how medications are there for profit more than truly helping any disease!- we are not "parts", we are a whole person, and unfortunately, the medical people only treat the part that is ailing, and not paying attention to the rest, which may also have plenty to do with how the disease manifests itself.
Homeopathy has worked for over a hundred years or more, and it works similar to vaccines, but in a non- narcotic, much more body friendly way. It stimulates the body's own immune system into gear. We only need to be patient, as this takes time...and a correct, very CLEAN diet will definitely heal. I do understand in today's day and age of convenience and so called medical advances, that it seems easier and "safer" to take anti-biotics (which have been abused and overused, and not necessary for many things)...we need to keep an open mind about so called "alternative" medicine, and let it do its healing.
I have been through this dreaded disease and know it still lurks inside me, but I am on top of the healthiest eating I can, and keep up on taking herbals that are appropriate so my immune system can keep beating the Lyme's at its dirtiest game. I intend to be vigilant with Wyot as well, and his food has become really clean, and he gets lots of exercise and fresh air, and pure mountain water. I do add herbals for a short period of time to boost the immune system, especially after I found the ticks...he also got the appropriate dose of homeopathics for a week.
I apologize if I come on strong, and certainly do not feel people need to agree with me. I only seek to put information out there, that I have come to know through my own experiences.(between my husband and myself, we have had two family members and three very close friends die of cancer needlessly, and sadly, I know that this can be overcome...)
Thanks for listening, and thank you for sharing and posting your own two cents, as that is always appreciated.