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Gastrointestinal Issues with Lyme Disease
June 21, 2021
When patients consider taking long-term antibiotics for persistent Lyme disease, they need to weigh risks and benefits of treatment. Gastrointestinal risks can include the possibility of a C.diff infe...
The Danger of “Waiting and Seeing” With Lyme Disease
June 14, 2021
When someone finds an engorged tick, their doctor may tell them to “wait and see” if they develop a rash or other symptoms. This approach is downright dangerous. Here’s why.   Though ticks are a year-...
What Helps Improve Cognitive Function for Lyme Patients?
June 2, 2021
  When Lyme disease bacteria ( spirochetes) cross the blood-brain barrier, they can cause myriad neurological impairments and nervous system inflammation. Neurological Lyme disease can manifest as bra...
A Doctor/Patient Interview with Dr. Casey Kelley and Ali Moresco
May 28, 2021
Many of us in the Global Lyme Alliance community know firsthand just how devastating contracting Lyme disease (and co-infections!) can be. In honor of Lyme disease Awareness Month, we are highlighting...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
May 26, 2021
Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at lymewarriorjennifercrystal@gmail.com.   Is it helpful to pulse...
Borrelia miyamotoi: Hiding in Plain Sight?
May 22, 2021
GLA's Director of Research and Science, Dr. Mayla Hsu, discusses findings by Dr. Shannon Delaney, who suggests that Borrelia miyamotoi is an infectious trigger for chronic illness, closely resembling ...
Did You Pull a Tick Off of You? Here’s Why You Should Keep It
May 20, 2021
Ticks can carry multiple disease, including Lyme disease and other co-infections, which is why you should save the tick and send it out for testing.   Recently, a friend texted me a photo of a tick sh...
Ticks and the Diseases They Cause in the U.S.
May 15, 2021
When it comes to transmitting infectious agents to humans, few vectors are as efficient as ticks, the parasitic cousins of spiders. The diversity of pathogens carried by ticks, from bacteria and virus...
The Lyme Diet
May 12, 2021
Tips for what to eat when you have Lyme disease Many patients write to me asking about what is commonly known as “The Lyme Diet.” Since I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I stick to a low-sugar, gl...
5 Reasons Why You Should Care About Lyme Disease
May 4, 2021
"The fact is, everyone should care about Lyme disease. Here are five reasons why." May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Some people may think, “Oh, I already know about Lyme disease. You only have it ...
Lyme Symptoms: Nervous System Inflammation
April 26, 2021
We patients must remember that Lyme is an inflammatory disease. Flare-ups often involve increased inflammation.
Tips for Time Management When Living with Chronic Illness
April 16, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal Time management is not easy for the chronically ill, but these tips have helped me to make my life not just manageable, but also enjoyable. During my acute phase of Lyme disease, b...
The Impatient Patient
April 12, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal When would I get better? Why was I not seeing improvement every day? Recently a friend’s toddler son asked her for a snack. Holding his baby sister, my friend told her son he’d nee...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
April 6, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at lymewarriorjennifercrystal@gmail.com. Why ...
Excessive Thirst and Lyme Disease
March 29, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal One of my earliest symptoms of tick-borne illness was excessive thirst. It was also one of the most prolonged, because it was so readily brushed off. A few weeks after I developed ...
Meet the Researcher - George Aranjuez Ph.D.
March 29, 2021
George Aranjuez, Ph.D. is faculty research associate at University of Central Florida. His postdoctoral research was supported by a Deborah and Mark Blackman-GLA fellowship award. His most recent peer...
Saving Spoons: Not Just of Energy, But of Time
March 22, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal The “Spoon Theory” has become well-known in the chronic illness world. Originally coined by lupus patient Christine Miserandino, the theory stems from a conversation she had with a...
4 Tips to Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease in the Garden
March 19, 2021
By Richard Gillespie In spring and through much of the year, you may find yourself exercising your green thumbs in your garden. The last thing you want is to have a thumb, ankle, or some other body pa...
Corona With a Twist of Lyme Part 5: An Update After My First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
March 15, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal In my “I Have Lyme Disease. Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?” post, I addressed the question many Lyme patients have been asking. These patients are understandably concerned, won...
Beating the Winter Blues
March 8, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal In the best of times, late winter can drag for people. Cabin fever and a longing for sunshine and warmth make us feel like we’re in the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same scen...
Isolation Takes a Toll
March 4, 2021
by Madison Pinckney I could be in a room full of people, but still feel alone. I’m trapped inside my head. While I may have made it to the event, the pain is still there, and it’s the only thing on wh...
Long Haul COVID-19 Brings Attention to Persistent Lyme
March 1, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal This past January, the New York Times published an article entitled “ What if You Never Get Better From Covid-19?”. Many Lyme patients sent it to me in frustration. “This is just l...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
February 22, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
Could You Be Co-infected With Bartonella?
February 18, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
Dendritic Cells: A Possible Pathway to Lyme Autoimmunity?
February 16, 2021
In the Covid-19 pandemic era, survival and recovery are on our minds. It’s become recognized that some patients recover quickly from Covid-19, but others may take months or possibly longer to feel bet...
Meet the Researcher: Maria Gutierrez-Hoffmann, Ph.D.
February 16, 2021
Maria Gutierrez-Hoffmann, Ph.D. is a scientist at the Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Assessment. As a postdoctoral fellow, her Lyme disease research was sup...
I Have Lyme Disease. Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
February 8, 2021
Lyme Disease Incidence: Even Greater Than Thought
February 5, 2021
POV by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA How many people get Lyme disease every year? Precisely determining an annual incidence has been a challenge. Based upon a surveillance r...
Sometimes the Memory is Better Than the Real Thing
February 1, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Spring Warnings: Beware of the Great Imitator
January 29, 2021
Lyme disease had been masquerading as a litany of other health issues for years, until Slater Lawrence finally got wise in time to take back control. by Slater Lawrence
Dreaming of the Past—and the Future
January 25, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Lyme and the Limbic System
January 19, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Podcast: Two Much Lyme
January 12, 2021
By Julia Allyn & Madison Pinckney
Staying the Course When the End is in Sight
January 11, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
COVID-19 Long Haulers, We See You
January 8, 2021
by Kerry J Heckman
Meet the Researcher: Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H.
January 6, 2021
Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers.  Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hos...
Dear Lyme Warrior...Help!
January 4, 2021
by Jennifer Crystal
2020: The Lyme Year in Review
December 29, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
An Innovative Approach To Understanding Pediatric Lyme Disease
December 28, 2020
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
The Holidays: Ways to Participate When You Can’t Be There in Person
December 21, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal As the holidays near and COVID-19 numbers spike, people are scrambling to figure out plans. Should they travel? Can they see family? If not, will the holidays still be the holidays...
How Our Body ‘Sees’ Spirochetes Has Implications for Lyme Disease Severity and Novel Treatments
December 20, 2020
by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
Fundraising During a Pandemic: A Recap of Lyme Warriors Live
December 19, 2020
by Ali Moresco,
Mackenzie’s Lyme Story
December 16, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
The Role of Technology for Lyme Disease Patients
December 14, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Bill's Lyme Story
December 9, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Lyme and Memory Loss
December 7, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Lessons from Lyme: Lockdown Isn’t Forever
November 30, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Victoria's Story
November 30, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Ali's Story
November 24, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Dear Lyme Warrior...Help!
November 23, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Jack's Story
November 18, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Raising Lyme Disease Awareness in Mexico
November 17, 2020
GLA Lyme Education Ambassador, Daniela Acosta was joined by experts for a week-long webinar series addressing Lyme disease in Mexico. Daniela is a student at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico who helpe...
The Similarities Between Post-COVID-19 and Lyme Disease
November 17, 2020
Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. have lingering illness following COVID-19, known as post-Covid “long haulers.” Why do some people recover relatively quickly from Lyme disease and Covid-19, and...
Wondering What to Say to a Lyme Patient? Try These Conversation Starters
November 15, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
When Interpretation of Results Misses the Bull’s-eye
November 14, 2020
by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA
Patient Spotlight: Samantha's Story
November 11, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Candida and Lyme
November 9, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Caregiver Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Maxwell
November 5, 2020
This blog post is part of our People to Highlight Series during our 2020 Year-End Appeal. Each week we’ll be spotlighting a GLA community member who has helped to advance our mission. To support GLA d...
Living With Lyme Disease: The Beauty of Adaptation
November 3, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
What Avril Lavigne's Virtual #FightLyme Concert Taught Me
October 30, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Flu Symptoms: Could It Be Lyme Disease or COVID?
October 27, 2020
Shared symptoms can make it hard to diagnose the aches and pains typically associated with the flu   Heading outside? Especially after months of quarantining, the outdoors provides a much-needed escap...
Ask Dr. Kelley: Cold, Flu & COVID-19
October 26, 2020
Patient-doctor Q&A with tips on how to stay healthy during cold, flu, and COVID season. Interview by Alex Moresco
My Lyme Disease Is In Remission. How Do I Keep It That Way?
October 20, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
October 15, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Living in the Present While Worrying About the Future
October 6, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Breaking Down Lyme Disease and the Blood-Brain Barrier
October 1, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
What Lyme Patients Can Teach Us About the New Normal
September 25, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Lyme Arthritis and Inflammation: Shut It Off!
September 23, 2020
A summary of 3 Lyme arthritis studies and how our immune system can fail to shut off when there’s an infection.   by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
COVID 19: Am I Immune?
September 18, 2020
Does a positive antibody test mean a person is immune and safe from spreading the virus? by Robert Kobre, Chairman, Global Lyme Alliance
Have You Heard of the Tick-Borne Disease Babesiosis?
September 15, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Intravenous Antibiotics for Lyme: Pros, Cons, and the Lived Experience
September 3, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
August 27, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
The need for an alternative to current antibody-based Lyme disease diagnostic tests
August 25, 2020
by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Global Lyme Alliance
Cooling Off When Swimming Isn’t an Option
August 19, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Corona With a Twist of Lyme: Part 4
August 13, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
I Found a Tick on Me, Now What?
August 10, 2020
It’s important to follow these simple tips when you find a tick on you, whether it’s attached or unattached  
Differentiating Between Babesia and COVID-19 Air Hunger
August 5, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet
July 29, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
The Lyme Voices You Didn't Hear at TBDWG Meeting
July 23, 2020
The Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) issued a public request to hear from patients willing to share their stories for its July 8, 2020 meeting. It’s an important part of these meetings, where ...
Overcoming Lyme Disease GI Issues with Kate Farms
July 22, 2020
by Christina Kovacs
Do we need clinical trials, even for long-used drugs?
July 21, 2020
With the need for fast treatment options, for COVID-19 and other diseases, is it necessary to re-approve drugs already approved by the FDA? by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Glob...
Lyme Arthritis: The Antibody Connection
July 20, 2020
by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA
Calculating Risks
July 17, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
July 10, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
You Know Your Body Best
July 7, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Managing Burning Extremities
June 26, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Is the Clinical Trials Process Working?
June 25, 2020
GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer takes an important look at our current clinical trials process. Is it still working? Does it serve patient needs?
The Advantage of Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Progress for Patients
June 23, 2020
GLA’s CEO Scott Santarella shares his insight on how scientific advancements that benefit patients can be accelerated through public-private partnerships, as he witnessed during his previous work in c...
Lyme Patients, Make Your Voice Heard
June 22, 2020
Time-sensitive: Act now to make your voice heard at the national level by submitting your comments to the tick-borne disease working group by June 24th Science shows that chronic Lyme exists. Now it’s...
The Comfort of Solidarity
June 19, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Speaking Up for the Immunocompromised
June 17, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
One Bite Is All It Takes - Lyme Awareness Month Campaign Results
June 16, 2020
GLA’s campaign wrap-up for Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2020
Corona With a Twist of Lyme: Part 3
June 11, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
COVID-19: Is a Vaccine the Answer?
May 29, 2020
Point of View: Looking through the Lyme disease lens in weighing the vaccine and treatment path for COVID-19  
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!
May 28, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
The Importance of Being Vigilant
May 21, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Lyme Disease Research Remains Active During Pandemic
May 16, 2020
GLA-funded researchers are still focused on their Lyme disease research initiatives
What a Difference a Year Makes
May 13, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
PODCAST: In The Lymelight - Lyme Awareness Month
May 6, 2020
IN THE LYMELIGHT: A SHOW ABOUT … WELL … LYME DISEASE by Alex Moresco
Research Sharing: What Can Lyme Disease Learn from Skin Cancer?
May 6, 2020
Is it possible to leverage research findings and treatment options for malignant cancers, like skin cancer, for Lyme disease?