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Discover Magazine Nails it Again! The Confounding Debate Over Lyme Disease in the South

The debilitating tick-borne disease is well-documented north of the Mason-Dixon line, but does it exist beyond that?

By Wendy Orent (on Twitter @WendyOrent)|Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“Clark has spent years all over the South crawling through underbrush and kicking up leaf litter to collect ticks that transmit infections. Despite innumerable tick bites, Clark never had a medical problem until the day he dragged for ticks in the town of Fayetteville, a suburb south of Atlanta.

Clark was giving a talk on Lyme disease at a gathering of the Dougherty County Medical Society in Albany, Ga., where he met Fayetteville resident Liz Schmitz, president of the Georgia Lyme Disease Association. When he heard how many people from Schmitz’s town had been sickened after tick bites, he agreed to come up and investigate.

As Clark dragged for ticks with a white flannel cloth on a pole, hungry, aggressive lone star females with their distinctive white spots seemed to burst out. In less than an hour, he had collected hundreds of adults and younger nymphs. He remembers one practically leaping from the cloth onto his finger. And that, Clark guesses, is when a lone star tick nestled in his hair. When Clark found it several days later, it had already deposited its bacterial load into his body.”

Read this article in it’s entirety at Discover Magazine online.

Tick testing in the south.

Tick testing in the south. gets it right! Lyme Disease Community Blows the Whistle on Corruption Within the CDC!

Lyme Disease Community

Blows the Whistle on Corruption

Within the CDC:

An article from

Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:05By Jessica BernsteinTruthout | Op-Ed

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that rather than 30,000 new cases

of Lyme disease each year in the United States, there are likely 300,000. What the CDC failed to explain is why it’s taken them so long to acknowledge that Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions.

The Lyme disease community has been battling for years to get the CDC to admit that Lyme disease is a mass public health crisis. Meanwhile, the CDC itself has been informally saying since 2004 that Lyme disease is probably 6 to 12 times more prevalent than the reported cases. Why then have they suddenly decided to formally acknowledge these higher rates?…”

Read the entire article here at!  It will blow your socks off and explain every aspect of the corruption that is ever present in the very government entities we rely on.

Genoa AR 8-2-13


Lyme Myths Busted!!

Meet Logan…..he’s been walking the Appalachian trail for weeks now to raise Lyme Disease Awareness. This video is, by far, one of the best so far. He is debunking the mainline myths about Lyme disease and describes it in a way that is very easy to understand.

Follow Logan’s journey here:

Putting Tick-Borne Illness on the Map: An Interactive Map for Plotting Cases of Lyme

From Discover magazine.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Lyme disease is 10 times more prevalent than previously reported, with some 300,000 sufferers across the U.S. As a result, more true Lyme cases should be recognized in the Northeast, Midwest and West. But much of the United States, including the Southeast, has been left out of the equation despite emerging evidence that Lyme or a Lyme-like infection may be present there as well.

Plot where you think you encountered an infected tick and in 100 words or less, tell us about your experience (or your pet’s experience) with tick-borne illness, including any diagnosis, symptoms and what kind of tick it was. For the full story on Lyme and Lyme-like infection in the U.S., visit

Go to the interactive map here:  > Tell Us Your Story*

*Stories will appear a day or two after posting and are subject to editing. We reserve the right to use your comments in related stories.

News From the North Texas Lyme Group!

Message from Dr. Michael Allen, Ph.D.:

I am the director of the Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. I am requesting your help in spreading the following message. Our lab is supported by the state of Texas to test any and all ticks found on Texas citizens for the presence of several disease-causing organisms including the Lyme spirochete and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia bacteria. This service is FREE OF CHARGE to Texas citizens for ticks found on their person (not pets). To use this service, ticks must be submitted to the TX Dept. of State Health Services. Information and submittal forms can be found at the following site: preliminary analysis of the tick species, the sample will be sent to us for pathogen DNA testing. In general, results should be back in less than a week. Your involvement on this page suggests you more than most understand the importance of this service. Please take a moment to share this information with your friends and loved ones.

Tick Submission and Testing Instructions and Form

Infectious Disease Control UnitMail Code: 1960 PO BOX 149347 – Austin, TX 78714-93471100 West 49th Street, Suite T801Austin, TX 78714

Tick Submission and Testing Instructions and Form
Infectious Disease Control UnitMail Code: 1960 PO BOX 149347 – Austin, TX 78714-93471100 West 49th Street, Suite T801Austin, TX 78714

Discover magazine investigates controversy over Lyme disease in the Southern U.S.

From Discover Magazine, September 25, 2013.

“As national awareness and confirmed diagnoses of Lyme disease grows, Discover magazine is releasing a sustained, deep investigation of the science and politics surrounding the disease. TICKED: The Battle Over Lyme in the South is the result of a three-year

Lyme-coverinvestigation of the controversy over Lyme disease diagnosis in the Southern United States, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recognize the disease — but a growing number of scientists and physicians do.

Thousands of people in the South have reported Lyme-like symptoms and debilitating illness after exposure to ticks. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in devastating neurological and cardiac complications and difficult-to-treat pain and fatigue. Earlier this year, the CDC announced that Lyme disease was ten times more prevalent than previously reported, with as many as 300,000 sufferers across the U.S. But not all suspected Lyme cases and regions are accounted for. The CDC recognizes the disease in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic States, in the Midwest, and even in California and Oregon, but not in the Southern U.S., where the controversy over Lyme disease has reached a fever pitch.

While patients elsewhere are far more likely to get diagnosed and treated in the early stages of the disease, sufferers of possible tick-borne illnesses in the South are left guessing at what is wrong and how to treat it. The issue is critical not only because of all of the unexplained illnesses in the South, but also because new tick-borne bacteria could be agents of disease nation- and worldwide.

TICKED examines the complex ecology of the Southern states, including a host of ticks t

hat some researchers contend may be spreading a Lyme-like disease, if not Lyme itself. The story also dives into the fierce debate now brewing between scientists over how tick-borne illness is transmitted, detected and defined.

TICKED is the second installment of Discover In-Depth, a new longform e-single series from Discover magazine. It is available at, via the Discover app and on Amazon, for $1.99. To request a PDF for review, please contact Allie Curry at”

About Wendy Orent:
Wendy Orent, Ph.D., is an anthropologist based in Atlanta who writes about nasty diseases, whether they’re natural outbreaks or biological weapons threats. Orent’s favorite preoccupation is the evolution of infectious disease and understanding how animal diseases evolve to become human threats. A teacher of science journalism at Emory University, she is author of Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World’s Most Dangerous Disease and co-author of Biowarrior: Inside the Soviet/Russian Biological War Machine. Her articles have appeared in Discover, the L.A. Times, the Washington PostThe New RepublicProtoNatural History Magazine, among other publications.

Katie Couric Will Feature Story on Lyme Disease in Future Episode of ‘Katie’. She Wants Our Stories!

A post on Katie Couric’s Facebook page has drawn the attention of thousands of Lyme Disease sufferers and given hope to many of us who yearn for the truth to be told.

Dated September 3, 2013, Katie posted:
“After hearing from so many of you, we’re talking about Lyme disease on a future episode of Katie. Do you have or have you had Lyme disease? What are/were your symptoms? What do most people misunderstand about Lyme? Share your story with me below & you may be featured on the show.”

Friends, if you have a Facebook account, please go to her page and post your story or contact her studio directly. This is our chance to be heard.

The link to her Facebook page is here:

CDC Finally Admits: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported!

CDC Finally Admits: Lyme disease rates 10 times higher than previously reported!

In a press release dated August 19, 2013, the CDC preliminary estimates indicate that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000., NOT 20,000 to 30,000 as previously reported.

The CDC states that most Lyme disease cases are reported to the CDC through national surveillance and are concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of cases in 13 states.  What they are not telling us is that the “national surveillance” criteria is different for southern states.

Although Texas reports a few Lyme cases annually, the state of Arkansas’ Health Department does not collect statistics on Lyme Disease, claiming “ticks in Arkansas don’t carry Lyme”.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The report from the CDC is a step in the right direction, but they clearly leave a preconceived idea that reported cases of Lyme Disease are centralized to only the Northeastern states.  I challenge you to visit the hundreds of news media outlets who have posted this new CDC announcement and tell them the WHOLE truth; not the half-truth we get from the CDC.

Lyme Disease is alive and well in all 50 states of the U.S. with more cases than we can fathom.  It’s just not being reported for southern states.

Read other articles here:

CBS News

FOX News



No Lyme in Arkansas?……Think again!

No Lyme in Arkansas?......Think again!

We are sharing a photo taken today of an 11 year old male with a definite bulls eye rash. The family lives in Southwest Arkansas.

Now, how can a state health department deny the existence of something as plain as this? They can say, “That’s not a bulls eye..”

The child was bitten by a tick and developed this ring at the site of the tick bite. I challenge anyone to take this posting and send it to the Arkansas State Health Department and ask them “Is there Lyme in Arkansas?”

They will vehemently deny it.

Support Group Meet-ups in Early Stages of Planning

Dear Friends,

I have been extremely negligent in providing face to face meetings locally.  Two years ago, I attempted to form a lasting group that met each week.  Unfortunately, this did not turn out as planned.  Participation was low (as some are too sick to attend) and the amount of time and energy it took was not productive enough to produce to the results we needed.  At that time, I decided to become a “cyber presence”.

Though we’ve helped many people, a personal “one on one” local gathering has not occurred, with the exception of our float entry for the Four States Fair Parade.  I’ve had many family issues that have interfered with organizing a new support group and my motivation has been suppressed.  I remain steadfast in my endeavor to continue to raise awareness about the dangers of tick borne diseases but have felt like I was flying solo.  For this reason, my local efforts have waned.

I want you all to know that I want a regular support group to begin but I need your help!  I have contact information on approximately forty individuals in this area who have reached out to me at one time or another seeking answers and referrals.

I will begin my efforts to reach out to each and every one of before September 1st, 2013. The time has come to get in action and get loud.

Thank you all for subscribing to the website and I hope to see many of you very soon.