Dr Richard Horowitz on TV – May 6, 2015

The Lyme disease debate:

Can the condition be chronic?

Dr. Manny recently sat down with New York Times best selling author of “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” to sort out the facts.

Q: Why is [Lyme disease] a chronic disease? How is it evolving in this country?

A: The problem is that ticks are now coming out even three weeks earlier with these global warming changes. So we have patients now coming in with tick bites, people are moving into urban areas, they’re getting these bites, the nymphs are very small, you may not see them … the ticks are containing not just Lyme disease, but other bacteria [including] parasites like babesia, which is a malaria-like illness. So with one tick bite, you can get multiple organisms all at the same time, and many people get chronically ill from this.

Q: What is it that’s creating the epidemic?

A: It’s because of the deer, but also the white-footed mouse, chipmunks, raccoons, foxes, moles, voles, the ticks are now even on birds. The reason it’s a worldwide epidemic is the ticks get on birds and they go to Canada, they go to China. When I was in China and I was speaking with their CDC … they told me privately 6 percent of the Chinese population had been diagnosed with Lyme.

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