is a Licensed Physical Therapist, with a dual degree in health administration and physical therapy. She has a passion for helping people heal from illness and injury by treating the whole body. She became active in the Lyme community after her daughter was diagnosed with tick-borne diseases in 2013. She now devotes much time to learning about Lyme and related conditions, and sharing that knowledge via social media. Her blog, LymeSci, seeks to help patients understand the science of tick-borne diseases and new developments in research.
Millions of Americans are likely to be bitten by ticks this year. Some of them may know enough to be concerned about Lyme disease. However, the public at large—and many medical professionals—are often oblivious to other dangers posed by ticks. (See my previous discussion of... Read More »
While Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the United States, many other bacteria, parasites and viruses can also be transmitted by ticks. These are generally referred to as “co-infections” of Lyme, since people often have them at the same time as Lyme... Read More »
It’s not difficult to obtain a Lyme awareness proclamation in your local jurisdiction. I followed the steps outlined in this simple guide on “How to do a Lyme awareness proclamation in your region.” Here’s what I did: Since I live in San Luis Obispo County, California, I... Read More »
In December 2016, the American Red Cross published the results of a two-year study into the U.S. blood supply. They were specifically looking for an infectious parasite known as Babesia in donated blood, and they found it in 335 of the samples they tested. Since then, the CDC has... Read More »
I recently attended two of Dr. Ying Zhang’s lectures at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases scientific conference in Philadelphia. Dr. Zhang is a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He... Read More »
Lyme disease is spreading rapidly across the world and is currently the most common tick-borne disease in the United States and Europe. Although the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis can be based upon clinical symptoms, most doctors will rely on commercially available tests kits.... Read More »
In November, I had the pleasure of attending the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) conference, in Philadelphia. Its purpose is to give physicians and scientific researchers from around the world a platform to discuss medical literature, current research,... Read More »