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Preventing lyme & other tick-borne diseases
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191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm.
Foreword / by Richard Horowitz, MD -- Introduction -- Ticks -- Lyme and tick-borne diseases -- Tick control and tick bite prevention -- Herbal prophylaxis for lyme and tick-borne disease -- After a tick bite: what to do -- Acute tick-borne disease treatment -- Looking ahead.
Alexis Chesney offers a comprehensive strategy for reducing exposure to disease-causing organisms and boosting the effectiveness of standard treatment protocols. --


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Disease-carrying ticks are found in all 50 states in the U.S. and, as their numbers rise and their ranges increase, so, too, do cases of tick-borne illnesses. Alexis Chesney, a naturopathic physician specializing in the treatment of diseases transmitted through tick bites, offers a comprehensive strategy for reducing exposure to disease-causing organisms and boosting the effectiveness of standard treatment protocols. With an overview of the tick species present in the U.S. and profiles of Lyme and other top diagnosed tick-borne diseases, including anaplasmosis and babesiosis, this guide gives concerned readers and medical professionals alike a deeper understanding of how tick populations -- and associated illnesses -- spread, and how to combat them naturally. In addition to covering landscape-management methods for dramatically reducing tick populations around the home, Chesney outlines prophylactic herbal tinctures that provide an additional layer of protection against tick-borne illnesses -- an important strategy for those living in high-risk regions, especially in the event of an undetected bite. Chesney also provides options for treating acute tick-borne diseases, if symptoms develop, as well as herbs that can be used in combination with antibiotics to augment their efficacy.

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Library Journal Review

Lyme disease and a host of other tick-borne illnesses impact millions in the United States, with several states reporting increased numbers of cases in the last few years. Lyme disease, and the debilitating conditions associated with it, is difficult to detect and treat, which makes this book by naturopathic physician and acupuncturist Chesney especially important. Included are descriptions of different kinds of ticks, their habitats, and the types of pathogens they carry and transmit. Chesney thoroughly explains preventative measures against the disease, such as pharmaceuticals and herbal tinctures (specific to geography and the local tick populations), including dosages for children. Most important, the author covers what to do after you are bitten and what to look for beyond the tell-tale bull's-eye rash. A chart that suggests blood tests for specific tick-borne pathogens is alone worth the price of admission. Also included are suggestions on how to find a Lyme-literate physician. VERDICT Outdoor enthusiasts, parents, pet owners, and those interested in natural medicine will gain valuable practical advice from well-organized, well-written book.--Janet Tapper, formerly with Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR

Table of Contents

Richard Horowitz, MD
Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 Ticksp. 16
Species in North Americap. 18
Blacklegged Tick (aka Deer Tick)
Western Blacklegged Tick (aka Western Deer Tick)
American Dog Tick
Lone Star Tick
Brown Dog Tick
Gulf Coast Tick
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Ornithodoros Tick
Asian Longhorned Tick
Tick Identificationp. 28
The Tick Life Cyclep. 29
Chapter 2 Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseasep. 32
Lyme Diseasep. 36
Anaplasmosisp. 44
Babesiosisp. 45
Ehrlichiosisp. 47
Rickettsial Spotted Fever Groupp. 48
Tularemiap. 52
Powassan Virusp. 53
Heartland Virusp. 54
Tick-Borne Relapsing Feverp. 55
Colorado Tick Feverp. 57
Southern Tick-Associated Rash illnessp. 58
Bartonellosisp. 59
Tick Paralysisp. 60
Chapter 3 Tick Control and Tick Bite Preventionp. 62
Reducing the Tick Populationp. 64
Personal Tick Bite Prevention Strategiesp. 77
Chapter 4 Herbal Prophylaxis for Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseasep. 82
Why Prophylaxis?p. 84
Prophylaxis for High-Risk Populationsp. 86
The Prophylactic Tick Bite Formulasp. 89
Make Your Own Tick Bite Prophylactic Tincturep. 100
Key Herbs and an Enzyme: Profilesp. 107
Chapter 5 After a Tick Bite: What to Dop. 122
Attachmentp. 124
Step 1p. 126
Sthp 2 Apply First Aidp. 128
Step 3 Have the Tick Tested for Pathogensp. 129
Step 4 Begin the Herbal Prophylactic Protocolp. 130
Step 5 Watch for Symptomsp. 132
STSP 6 Get Tested [Maybe]p. 135
Chapter 6 Acute Tick-Borne Disease Treatmentp. 144
What to Do If You Develop Symptomsp. 146
Beginning Treatment for Acute Tick-Borne Diseasep. 147
Acute Lyme Disease Treatmentp. 148
Acute Anaplasmosis Treatmentp. 150
Acute Babesiosis Treatmentp. 151
Acute Ehrlichiosis Treatmentp. 152
Acute Rickettsial Spotted Fever Group Treatmentp. 153
Acute Heartland Virus Treatmentp. 154
Acute Powassan Virus Treatmentp. 155
Acute Heartland Virus Treatmentp. 156
Acute Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Treatmentp. 157
Acute Colorado Tick Fever Treatmentp. 158
Acute STAR! Treatmentp. 158
Acute Bartonellosis Treatmentp. 159
Pharmaceutical Antimicrobialsp. 161
Finding a Lyme-Literate Practitionerp. 163
Looking Aheadp. 166
Acknowledgmentsp. 167
Appendix: Quick Reference Chartsp. 170
Glossaryp. 174
Notesp. 176
Resourcesp. 180
Indexp. 186