Every year, some 300,000 people, especially those, who hike in nature or whose dogs frolic in deer-popular wooded areas come down with a host of strange ailments such as fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, memory loss, depression, sleep disturbances, chest pain, blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, and more. They have the debilitating Lyme disease, which is known as The Great Pretender, because its symptoms mimic many diseases and conditions.
Every year since summer 2008, when I was unknowingly Bitten in the City by a disease-carrying tick, I’ve been really ticked off and determined to spread important information about this alarming disease.
No one is immune. Indeed, Lyme’s victims include many celebrities, including pop star Avril Lavigne (see video below); actors Richard Gere, Ashley Olsen, Parker Posey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”); and authors Rebecca Wells (“Ya-Ya” novels), and Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”), Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”).
Other well-known people stricken by Lyme disease include former President George W. Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki.
Likewise, singers Debbie Gibson. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oats) and Pete Seeger; and athletes such as golfer Tim Simpson and baseball player Pete Harnisch (New York Mets) also are Lyme sufferers.
Recently, Tom Nicoli, world renowned hypnotist and motivational speaker, shared with Facebook friends about his challenges with Lyme disease, too.
Now, it’s urgent that you get educated and alarmed by this insidious disease. First, I invite you to listen to Avril’s Lyme fight. (See video below.) Next, I invite you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus show, during which you’ll learn about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of one of the fastest spreading diseases in the U.S. (more prolific than AIDS). And it’s caused by a tick bite you may never know you’ve had.
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