Dear Pharmacist: On Facebook, you said people catch Lyme disease from their pets, which tote ticks. That’s how I got Lyme, and I have Bartonella too. I found out because of you, and it explained my symptoms of joint pain, confusion, memory loss and seizures. I owe my life to you! I love you, don’t take that the wrong way. — D.C., Des Moines, Iowa
Answer: Thank you, D.C. Lyme is is the fastest growing epidemic in the United States. It’s been a focus for me ever since my first column which sparked thousands of “atta girl” emails from 27 countries. Few medical journalists tackle Lyme because it’s extremely controversial. You see, some physicians don’t believe chronic lyme exists, and there’s a huge divide about treatment protocols. So while the docs are busy arguing about whether it’s real, and how long to treat patients, most Lymies are misdiagnosed. They bounce from doctor to doctor, suffer beyond belief and some die. Others want to.
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