Experts Caution Increased Lyme Disease Risk : Reports Of Possible Tickmageddon On The Rise

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Happy May Day friends!

When I was a girl on May 1st my mom and I would make beautiful May Day baskets. Then we would drive around to deliver them, usually to my grandmother’s houses.

I’d set the basket down by the front door, ring the door bell, and run and hide. It was always fun hiding and watching my sweet grandmas open the door to find the small gift we had left them. My little brother, took part in the action too, probably more interested in the running and hiding if memory serves.

I’m curious if anyone still does this? I have to admit I haven’t continued this tradition with our children. I did it with them a couple of times when they were really little but now they’re grown up.

When I was a girl growing up in Missouri I knew all about May baskets, but I didn’t know about Lyme disease, even though I loved being outdoors and had been bit by ticks several times.

Fortunately, I was healthy until 2012 when I was bit by 2 more ticks and, to make a long story short, have been dealing with the cruel effect of Lyme disease and the damage it’s done to my body ever since.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and I’m planning to share several posts about Lyme this month.

The Media Reports About Lyme Disease Risk

Even if you’re not a news buff you’ve likely seen something about Lyme disease on the news recently.

Many researchers have predicted that 2017 will be the worst ever for new Lyme disease infections. This is likely due to the mild winter and unique climate conditions which makes an enticing environment for ticks.

The volume of news articles and interviews about Lyme is considerable. It’s baffling to me how much is written about Lyme, yet how many people continue to suffer.

We still need to find a cure for all for Lyme. If Lyme is diagnosed and treated appropriately early on it can be eradicated in many cases.

The problem is that for many people this doesn’t happen. Lyme is often misdiagnosed. And once the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi has time to invade your body, it settles into every organ and system, causing untold damage.

Diagnostic tests are notoriously inaccurate. And most treatments are not covered by insurance.

Considering the seriousness of the disease and the massive amount of people affected by it, it is alarming that we’re so far behind. For more on this, keep reading.

The CDC Staying Surprisingly Quiet About Lyme Disease Amidst Widespread Concern

In a recent article on, contributor David Michael Conner said he did a Google search of news including Lyme disease from March 26 to April 26, 2017 and it returned 43 pages of results, which is a lot.

He then compared the results he found to basic facts with HIV and Zika and shared his findings in the following graphs:

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Lyme Disease, HIV and Zika (photo courtesy

Here you can see that Lyme is clearly the most widespread disease of the three, but receives next-to-nothing when it comes to federal funding. And as author, Conner points out,

“The news media, in other words, show a greater acknowledgment of the disease than federal public health agencies. That comes down to the nature of the news, though; …most of the substantive coverage of Lyme comes from local news outlets, and the reason for this is that those outlets reflect the realities of their communities—whereas national news organizations are more likely to report what they are told by federal health authorities are the reporting priorities. This designation is supremely important to keep in mind.”

Conner also mentions that in the past 30 days the CDC, “the agency responsible for protecting the public’s health interests” has tweeted:

  • 20 times about Zika virus
  • 3 times about HIV
  • 2 times about swimming pool urine
  • ZERO times about Lyme disease

If you want to read this article in its entirety I’d urge you to check it out here: What The Media Don’t Tell You About Lyme Disease (But Should).

 The Takeaway

The media has had much to say about Lyme disease recently. And while bringing awareness to Lyme can be a positive things, it’s essential to sift through information for the facts.

Many experts warn the Lyme disease risk may be greater now than ever. And despite the vast media attention and expert warnings, the CDC has remained unusually quiet about Lyme disease. This raises many questions and concerns which need to be investigated further.

Do you know someone with Lyme? Have you noticed Lyme disease in the news recently? 

Please share your thoughts below in the comment section. I love hearing from you!

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