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Suzy Cohen: If you think Lyme disease is rough, meet Babesia!

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 8:25 am

Would you tell a friend or colleague that you thought they had an infection that is almost impossible to cure?

This is what happened to me while driving to a conference in Orlando, Fla., with a colleague who has been suffering with strange and uncomfortable symptoms for many years. Her doctors all continue to misdiagnose her. She shared symptoms which I recognized as hallmark of a protozoal, parasitic infection called Babesia. It infects your blood cells and almost never do conventional docs detect it.

Pressure, pressure. I knew what was wrong with her. I can spot Babesia very quickly because my husband has had it for over 20 years.

Tell or don’t tell?

Babesia is contracted from bug bites, usually ticks. During the ride, she had a “hot flash” so severe, it fogged my window. She had been told to “not worry” about this, that “it’s just menopause,” which she went through 4 years ago. I’m encapsulating a 30 minute conversation into this little article. She shared many other symptoms (and FYI she has allowed me to share her story).

Babesia causes an array of symptoms that change over time. Due to space considerations, I must exclude other common symptoms and treatments for Babesia. For that reason, I’ve written a more comprehensive version of this article on Lyme and Babesia. To receive that, sign up for my newsletter at SuzyCohen.com. Here are some hallmark symptoms:

Sweats. You might just get forehead droplets, or drench your clothes. This is not a hot flash! The sweats happen anytime, especially at night.

Headaches. Often these occur in the frontal region, or behind the eye and you might get diagnosed with a “sinus headache” but it’s not.

Air hunger. Seriously frightening, you think you are dying. Often misdiagnosed as a “panic attack” or “asthma.” It may also show up as shortness of breath, or frequent yawning.

Thermal dysregulation. It’s like you can’t get comfortable, you’re simultaneously hot, clammy and cold.

Deja vu.

Insomnia.

Heart palpitations.

Feeling drunk — termed “Babesia drunkenness” or severe brain fog.

Neuropathy.

Visual disturbances and blurry vision.

Tests for Babesia rarely catch it because the species aren’t all detectable. Only the best doctors can spot this, and offer you a treatment protocol based upon your symptoms and your history. Have you been exposed to ticks through your pets, picnics or camping trips? They don’t rely on blood tests.

I don’t know of a way to completely eradicate this stealth organism, but I can tell you this: It’s much easier to get better if you know you have it!

— If you’re dismissed with “menopause” or “hot flashes” you are given hormones which don’t eliminate the sweats.

— If you are given albuterol for “asthma” it won’t help that much. Scary.

— Sleep drugs prescribed for insomnia just make you feel like a zombie.

— Heart palpitations? No medication will put your heart back into perfect rhythm for long. And pacemakers mask the underlying infection.

You can treat all these symptoms palliatively all you want, but you will find that they are very unresponsive. The discomfort continues. So please make it your goal to reduce Babesia load, and open detoxification pathways. Doing this will allow you to enjoy many years of happiness, comfort and a good life.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more information about Suzy Cohen, visit her website at www.suzycohen.com.

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