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Diet and Cookbook Used to Treat Chronic Lyme

I love reading the stories of men and women who, when put in a difficult situation, not only make the best of it, but try to help others. Such is the case of Laura Piazza. Laura Piazza, a professional photographer, was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She began researching and learning about the illness when she came across the idea of the Lyme Inflammation Diet(R) as developed by Dr. Kenneth Singleton. From there, her mother and she joined forces to create Recipes for Repair, a cookbook that aims to help men and women with chronic Lyme disease.

Tick Bite

When ticks bite, they release saliva in the symptom that can transmit disease, like Lyme disease

The Lyme Inflammation Diet(R) aims to decrease inflammation that often occurs with Lyme through choosing and eating nutritious foods. It is made up of four phases where different foods are introduced back into the system. When Laura started the diet she asked her mother, Gail, for help creating healthy, yet delicious meals that followed Dr. Singleton’s plan. A home economics consultant and recipe developer, Gail created filling and yummy meals that made her daughter feel better. “By eliminating foods that I’m sensitive to, I’ve seen some symptoms get better and others go away completely,” says Laura “While no diet can cure a chronic illness, it can certainly help by bringing down the inflammation levels in your body.” Source.

She and Laura then decided to take it to the next step and create a cookbook to help those suffering from Lyme disease. Laura and Gail worked alongside Dr. Singleton and his wife to create Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook.

I first learned of this cookbook through a book review that sparked my interest (you know how we are always learning about tick-borne diseases at Mosquito Squad). I’ll be honest and didn’t think I would find anything I liked in the 8 free recipes they offer on their website, but I was wrong. Everything looks delicious and not that difficult or time-consuming to make (if it takes over an hour, I’m not making it). And the reviews are great! Here are just a few things people are saying:

“My FAVORITE cookbook which has helped me change my diet and feel better!”

“This book is informative and easy to process. The recipes look and taste delicious. These are meals you are able to serve to your entire family and they wouldn’t know they were on any type of diet!”

“I noticed after just a week that I felt better. And now, my GI problems have subsided, I don’t itch intensely all over and my joint pain has decreased so much.”

You can read more about Recipes for Repair and its authors on their website at

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New Drug for Chronic Lyme – FDA to decide to move forward with testing

Small tick on finger

The tick is a vector of many illnesses and disease, so small yet so dangerous.

With such a mild winter and warm spring, mosquitoes and ticks are already out and about, and biting. There has been an influx of news regarding ticks this year and the diseases they may carry, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. According to the Wall Street Journal “between 1992 and 2010, reported cases of Lyme doubled, to nearly 23,000 and there were another 7,600 probable cases in 210, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But CDC officials say the true incidence of Lyme may be three times higher.”

The high rate of tick activity so far in 2012 has experts predicting an increase in Lyme disease. Lyme disease, transmitted through a tick bite, can cause nausea, fatigue, joint pain and headaches. If caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics, but if it goes untreated it can cause more serious ailments including shooting pains, dizziness, chronic fatigue and heart palpitations.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, doctors are still debating whether chronic Lyme disease exists and if it does, the best ways to treat it. As the conversation continues as to its validity, some researchers are moving forward and looking for a cure for chronic Lyme.

Over the last two and half years, Dr. Newell-Rogers, a professor at Texas A&M, and Viral Genetics have been testing a new drug that could be prescribed for chronic Lyme disease. Their findings and a proposal for a clinical trial were recently submitted to the FDA for consideration. Time for Lyme, an organization that focuses on the research of tick-borne illnesses, has financed the pre-clinical research. “At present, there is no recognized treatment for Lyme once it has developed into its chronic, long-term state,” says Peter Wild, executive director of Time for Lyme. “We are hopeful that Dr. Newell-Roger’s work will provide the solution that long-term Lyme disease sufferers have been hoping for, for decades.” Read more about the study here.

As the FDA decides on whether or not to move forward with Dr. Newell-Roger’s trial, it is important that we all protect ourselves from ticks in a year that they are expected to be VERY prevalent. Here are some tips:

  • Reduce tick exposure through landscaping. Ticks live in moist, shady areas, so separate your outdoor living spaces from their habitats using gravel or wood-chip borders. Mow tall grasses and don’t position playgrounds along the wooded areas.
  • Treat your pets. Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses can harm your pets as well. Ask your veterinarian about tick medications.
  • Dress appropriately. Wearing loose-fitting, long sleeved and long legged clothing will reduce your chance for tick bites.
  • Check your body for ticks. It’s important to check yourself thoroughly for ticks after being outside. Pay special attention to feet, ankles, behind the knees and armpits.
  • Remove ticks promptly. If you see a tick on you, make sure to remove it promptly and place it in a plastic bag in case it needs to be tested for Lyme.

If you have a problem with ticks in your yard, you may need professional treatment. Mosquito Squad’s tick control service helps fight Lyme by killing ticks before they can bite you. To learn more, please visit our website or contact your local Mosquito Squad office.

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