Lyme Disease: It’s in Oregon

Lyme Disease and its treatment

Bio T Messinger 1Lyme disease affects more than 300,000 people in the United States, costs $1.3 billion to treat each year, is the sixth most common reported infectious disease in the United States, can go undiagnosed for years and wreak havoc on people’s lives. It is named after Lyme, Conn., where it was first discovered 40 years ago.

Lyme disease, contracted through bites from a black footed deer tick and caused by the Borrelia burgdoferi bacteria, was once thought of as a disease only contracted in the Northeastern region of the United States. However with the spread of housing into once rural areas, the overabundance of deer and white footed mice (another carrier of the deer tick) and climate change Lyme disease has spread throughout the country and throughout the world. We need to be aware that one can contract Lyme in Oregon.

Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. speaks with Dr. Tom Messinger on Healthwatch about Lyme disease and its treatment. Dr Messinger practices naturopathic medicine in Portland, Oregon, specializing in the treatment of Lyme and chronic Lyme disease. Prior to becoming an N.D.,he was an RN for 23 years and spent most of his career working in inner city Emergency Rooms.

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Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She has been in the field of Asian medicine for the past 30 years, teaching, speaking and working with thousands of people to give them the resources, skills and tools they seek to improve the quality of their health and lives. Ellen is the author of the well respected book, Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She is on faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

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