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Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Mycoplasma Pneumoniae?

Lyme has increased in visibility lately, with hundreds of thousands of new cases being confirmed every year. However, we still know comparatively little about this potentially devastating disease. We know there are two distinct forms of it, acute and chronic, and we know that the former is easily treatable while the latter is not. We also know that the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread exclusively through tick bites. Most people correctly associate Lyme with tick bites. But comparatively few are aware of the complications that co-infections can cause. Mycoplasma pneumoniae is one of the more prominent co-infections that can infect simultaneously with Lyme disease, and its multi-faced symptoms can be severely debilitating for patients.

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Lyme Disease And The Brain: Everything You Need To Know

Lyme disease was first reported in 1975 in the town of Lyme in Connecticut. It’s a tick-borne illness caused by infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It has a wide range of possible symptoms affecting multiple organ systems. A characteristic circular rash often develops around the site of the tick bite within days or weeks. However, in 20–30% of cases there is no rash, so the disease must be identified by other symptoms.

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Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis?

Lyme disease operates insidiously in many ways. The actual mechanism of the disease, which essentially forces the immune system to attack the body, is one significant way. The base statistics, which are currently estimated to be 300,000 new cases a year, are yet another; it’s assumed that there are far more incidences of Lyme out there, due to underreporting and continued misdiagnosis. A third primary way that Lyme disease acts insidiously is that it rarely infects a patient alone. Through a single tick bite, the Lyme causative Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria can potentially be transmitted. However, many other strains of bacteria also have the potential to be transmitted. These are called Lyme co-infections, and one of the most common is known as anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis.

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What Role Does Sleep Play In Fighting Lyme Disease?

Sleep is an important part of keeping our bodies healthy. We often think of sleep as a total mind and body shutdown, but in reality, that’s not the case. Although our conscious mind switches off, sleep is actually a very active state for us. A lot of processing, strengthening, and restoration occurs while we sleep, although exactly how and why this process works the way it does is still a bit of a mystery to scientists. Physically, our bodies use sleep to repair damaged muscle and tissue and support our immune system. Mentally, all the information we’ve picked up during the course of the day is sorted through and transferred to our long-term memory banks. Sleep is vitally important for patients fighting chronic diseases. One of the most prevalent chronic diseases out there is Lyme disease; so what role does sleep play in fighting Lyme?

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Does Healthy Eating Really Help Battle Chronic Disease?

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to our overall general health. Worldwide incidences of obesity and overweightness are continuing to climb every year in the Western world, and especially in America. This is having an overall detrimental effect on our wellbeing, resulting in higher numbers of heart disease, diabetes, and even mental disorders such as depression. What you choose to put into your body can have a startling effect on your state of mind, as well as your physical health. Healthy eating is also recommended when your body is fighting a chronic disease; these long-term conditions put the body under immense strain, and are often cumulative in effect. There are many different forms of chronic disease out there – can healthy eating really help battle them all?

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