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Victim Blaming and Lyme Disease
February 1, 2023
Lyme patients need to learn about victim blaming so they can protect themselves when visiting with their doctor. A friend with long COVID recently saw a physician about memory issues she’s experienced...
2022: Another Milestone Year for GLA
January 30, 2023
Thanks to the generosity of our community, 2022 was another milestone year of achievements for Global Lyme Alliance (GLA)  Watch GLA's Year in Review  
Lyme Disease and Alcohol
January 26, 2023
Can You Drink Alcohol with Lyme Disease? If you are a Lyme disease patient, you may wonder if you’re able to drink alcohol. Can you have a glass of wine with dinner? Do Lyme disease and alcohol mix? T...
Ticks Don’t Die When It’s Cold Outside
January 23, 2023
Do ticks die when it's cold outside? Many think yes, but Paul Killinger of of TickReport has data that says otherwise.  Originally published on Medzulabs.org It’s commonly thought that ticks and other...
Lyme Disease in Dogs: Dog Lyme Disease Life Expectancy
January 13, 2023
Learn about how Lyme disease affects dogs, including the symptoms they experience, potential treatments, and its impact on their life expectancy.   Can Dogs Get Lyme Disease? Yes. Just like humans, do...
Tips for Lyme Patients on How to Approach a Restrictive Diet
January 9, 2023
“I would eat bark for a year if it would save my life” – Yolanda Hadid This quote always spoke to me. It illustrates the desperation to feel better and it also ties in the fact that many Lyme patients...
When You Suspect You Have Lyme, But Your Test Comes Back Negative
January 6, 2023
Lyme disease testing can be unreliable. You should be prepared to ask these five questions to your physician if your tests comes back negative.  For many illnesses, doctors rely on lab tests for diagn...
RSV, COVID, or the Flu? As a Lyme Patient, This Isn’t My First Time Dealing With a Misdiagnosis
December 20, 2022
There is a lot of sickness going around this winter with COVID-19 and RSV. It's important to prioritize your health and advocate for yourself when speaking to your physician about Lyme or any other il...
The Tick-Borne Disease Babesiosis Can Cause Neurological Symptoms
December 20, 2022
Tick-borne infections can result in neurological symptoms, as is the case with babesiosis.  Whenever someone tells me they found a tick bite or got diagnosed with Lyme disease, I always reply, “Make s...
A Woman is Battling Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia as She Fights for Better Health
December 16, 2022
Maria Johnson discusses her battle with Lyme disease, Bartonella, and Babesia and the many obstacles she's faced in her healing journey. The Onset of Symptoms Around the age of 16, I developed a chron...
She's Battling Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasmosis, and PANS. Eileen Clossick is a Warrior.
December 8, 2022
Eileen Clossick opens up about her Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, and Anaplasmosis, and PANS in an effort to help others and spread awareness.  The puzzle pieces are finally starting to come toget...
Chris Meloni Targets Lyme Disease This Giving Tuesday for Global Lyme Alliance
November 29, 2022
The Law & Order TV star partners with Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) to fundraise for the leading Lyme disease research nonprofit Chris Meloni is lending his support to this year's Giving Tuesday, the...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help! Babesiosis, Air Hunger, and Lab Work
November 28, 2022
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. Have you had long term p...
A Fourteen-Year-Old Boy Wrote A Poem About His Mother's Lyme Disease
November 23, 2022
Read a special poem written by the child of a Lyme warrior.  Jessica Devine is a Lyme disease patient advocate, who runs the RISE ABOVE LYME support group on Facebook. She was bitten by a tick over te...
Broadway Star Ashley Loren Secretly Battled Neurologic Lyme Disease Since Childhood — Now, She's Opening Up
November 22, 2022
Ashley Loren is the star of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical and recently gave a speech at the 2022 GLA Global Gala. PEOPLE interviewed her about "the lifelong condition that left her playing 'pre...
What We're Thankful For-Thanksgiving 2022
November 21, 2022
As we approach Thanksgiving, many of us pause to reflect on why we are thankful. Without a doubt, the challenges with Lyme remain—better diagnostics and improved treatments are still sorely needed.  B...
How to Show Someone With an Invisible Illness That You “See” Them
November 17, 2022
Invisible illnesses like Lyme disease are not always detected by your outward appearance. Here are 7 ways that you can show someone with an invisible illness that you “see” them.  
How Does One Treat Lyme & Mold Illness Naturally?  Check Out This  Case Study
November 16, 2022
Hillary Thing is the Clinic Director of the Nourishing Life Health Clinic, which specializes in the treatment of Lyme and complex chronic illness with natural medicine. She is providing a case study t...
A 25 Year Battle Against Lyme, Bartonella, and Biotoxin Illness
November 15, 2022
Though Alexandra was only recently diagnosed with Lyme, Bartonella, and biotoxin illness, her Lyme journey began more than a decade ago. Maybe even more than two decades ago. When I was about eight (w...
A Lyme Diagnosis Saved Dianna Brescia's Vision
November 11, 2022
Dianna Brescia is a GLA mentor who is sharing her Lyme story with the community to help spread awareness.  I am a 33 year old female from New York City who moved to LA to pursue her dream of helping o...
Ask a Lyme Doctor: Q&A with Dr. Tania Dempsey (Part 2)
November 10, 2022
Dr. Tania Dempsey is an expert in chronic disease, autoimmune disorders and mast cell activation syndrome. In this blog, she is answering Lyme related questions that GLA followers submitted via social...
Dear Lyme Warrior ... Help! Herxheimer Reactions, Fatigue, and Healing Without the Use of Antibiotics
November 1, 2022
Every couple months, Lyme Warrior Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Here are her answers to questions she is frequently asked. Do you have a question for Jennifer? Email h...
Clinician Barriers to Providing Care: Why Patients Can't Get the Care They Need
October 31, 2022
Why is it so difficult for Lyme patients to receive proper care at an affordable cost? Lymedisease.org set out to find the answers using their MyLymeData. By Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA for LymeDisease....
Running for a Lyme-Free World
October 28, 2022
Longtime Global Lyme Alliance supporters, Dana and Toni Blanchard are running the 2022 Marathon on behalf of the organization.  We are so grateful to share our experience training for the 2022 NYC Mar...
Watch the Speeches from the GLA Global Gala 22
October 28, 2022
Watch and listen to some of the heartfelt, inspiring, and educational speeches from the GLA Global Gala 2022 Chris Meloni, Nicole Miller, Kelley Flanagan, and Peter Weber were among guests in attendan...
Can Meditation Help Someone With a Chronic Illness?
October 18, 2022
Learn about the positive effects of meditation from an Integrative Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Instructor. We’ve all heard the benefits of meditation, which continues to ...
New Podcast: The Guardian’s Science Weekly Discusses Potential New Lyme Vaccine
October 4, 2022
In recent weeks the Lyme world has been abuzz with news of a potential new Lyme disease vaccine, created and soon to be tested on humans by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotech company Valneva. T...
How This New Integrative Medicine Approach Can Ease the Symptoms of Lyme Disease
September 28, 2022
Our ability to adapt to our environment properly is determined by our neuroimmune system, and science now demonstrates that the nervous system highly controls and coordinates our immune systems. Not b...
It's Almost Time for The GLA Global Gala 2022!
September 28, 2022
GLA is hosting its annual gala on October 13th, 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street. We look forward to seeing you there! Join Global Lyme Alliance for the premier annual fundraising event dedicated to Lyme ...
Sickness Through the Eyes of a Child
September 9, 2022
Suffering from Lyme disease and co-infections is a very different experience for children as opposed to adults. This blog offers a child's perspective on the disease and the impact it has on someone o...
After 20 years of debilitating Lyme Symptoms, Nicole Lavin Makes a Miraculous Recovery
September 9, 2022
After 20 years of miscellaneous, debilitating symptoms and countless ignorant doctors, Nicole Lavin decided to take an active role in her healing journey and saved her life.  How It All Started... My ...
Shania Twain is Opening Up About Her Battle with Lyme Disease in Her New Netflix Documentary
September 1, 2022
Legendary country singer, Shania Twain, released a Netflix documentary this year that discusses her battle with Lyme disease and how it almost ended her career.  “I believe every creator of their own ...
Medical Gaslighting and Lyme Disease
August 31, 2022
Medical gaslighting is a serious issue that patients should be aware of in order to properly advocate for themselves.  To gaslight someone is to manipulate them into questioning their own reality—esse...
Lyme Disease and Sensory Overload
August 22, 2022
Lyme disease can result in sensory overloading, causing patients to develop a sensitivity to both light and sound.  A few years ago, some new friends invited me for a night out at what I thought was g...
25 Specialists for 3 Infections: The Realities of Tick-Borne Disease
August 19, 2022
Devin Wethauser shares her story of fighting Lyme disease, Bartonella, and Babesia in an effort to spread awareness. It all started with the most intense stomach ache I’ve ever had, six days before my...
Lyme Disease and The Effects of Vitamin D
August 16, 2022
Lyme disease can deplete your vitamin D levels–which ironically, are essential in your recovery. Read about the positive effects of Vitamin D and techniques to increase it. While kayaking recently, a ...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help! Lyme Diagnoses, Testing, and Bloodwork.
August 12, 2022
  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. How were you finally d...
What Is Botanical Medicine? Could It Be the Key to Beating Lyme Disease?
August 10, 2022
Originally published on jillcarnahan.com with permission to repost. There’s mounting evidence that botanical treatment strategies, using herbs and extracts from plants, may be a promising way to comba...
The Top 6 Supplements That Can Support Your Lyme Recovery
August 4, 2022
There are six dietary supplements that can enhance your Lyme treatment and have the potential to accelerate your recovery. Learn more about them below. There’s no question that antibiotics and herbal ...
Diagnosing Lyme Disease: The Future of Lyme Lab Tests
July 28, 2022
GLA is leading the charge towards a more accurate and readily available Lyme disease lab test because, early diagnosis = early treatment = better outcomes! Read below to learn about a new Lyme disease...
What It’s Like to Be a Kid Living with Lyme Disease
July 26, 2022
Evie Shurslep, from Larchmont, New York, was first diagnosed at eight-years-old with Lyme and multiple co-infections, including Bartonella, Tick-borne Relapsing Fever, and Babesiosis. Today, she is fi...
When Lyme Disease Takes Away Your Energy
July 21, 2022
Those with Lyme are not lazy or unmotivated. They are suffering from a lack of energy as a result of fighting an invisible illness.  During my long convalescence with Lyme disease, I was close to bedr...
Lack of Respect for Those With Lyme Disease
July 15, 2022
Lyme disease patients deserve to be treated with respect from not only doctors, but also colleagues, friends, and family.  The other day I went for a standard blood draw, something I’ve been doing eve...
Mentoring Patients with Lyme Disease When You’ve ‘Been There’ Before
July 11, 2022
Being sick with a chronic illness like Lyme is challenging. GLA's Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program helps Lyme warriors find support.
Integrating Herbs with Antibiotics for the Best Treatment Outcome for Lyme and other Tick-borne Illnesses
July 7, 2022
2022 has brought a record number of ticks, and with that, ever-increasing cases of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and other tick-borne illnesses.
When Lyme Interrupts Your Life Path
July 5, 2022
Lyme and other tick-borne diseases can change the trajectory of your life, but this perspective is what you need to keep moving forward.  I’m a natural planner. As a child, I’d line up my stuffed anim...
Golf Fundraiser Raises Over $200K for Global Lyme Alliance
June 30, 2022
1st Annual Charity Golf Outing Benefitting Global Lyme Alliance a Major Success Charles Balducci, Vice Chair of Global Lyme Alliance and Managing Director/Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch, almost died ...
Tips for Supporting Gut Health During and After Lyme Treatment – A Patient, Practitioner and Expert’s View
June 29, 2022
Have you had Lyme or another tick-borne illness (TBI)? Or have you ever spoken with someone who suffered from Lyme? If so, you likely also heard about their gut issues like bloating, cramps, diarrhea,...
So, Exactly How Prevalent is Lyme Disease Across the Globe?
June 29, 2022
A recent article written for Today.com went viral after the title stated, "Lyme disease has infected over 14% of world population, new study finds." In this article, GLA's Chief Scientific Officer wil...
GLA Sponsors Virtual Reality Exhibit for the film, “Please, Believe Me,” an Official Selection at Tribeca Festival
June 22, 2022
Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) was a proud sponsor of the Virtual Reality Exhibit for the film “Please, Believe Me,” an Official Selection of the 2022 Tribeca Festival that was held from June 8-19th. Usin...
Lyme and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
June 16, 2022
Many who contract chronic Lyme disease develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the stress, pain, and suffering. For many years after my April 2007 relapse of Lyme and other tick-b...
The Most Helpful Thing in My Lyme Journey
June 14, 2022
The article discusses the one thing that has helped me most in my Lyme journey. Lyme warriors write to me every day to ask what helped me get better. Many of them have been suffering from persistent s...
Melissa's Battle Against Lyme and Bartonella
June 11, 2022
Melissa Mclnerney is sharing her story in order to raise awareness for Lyme disease and Bartonella.  I was bitten by a tick while hiking to Robert Frost’s house in Bennington, Vermont. I found it stuc...
Things I Didn’t Know About Lyme Disease Until I Got It
June 6, 2022
Here is some important information about Lyme disease that I only learned after having contracted it.  Before I was accurately diagnosed with Lyme disease (and other tick-borne infections)—eight years...
Ask a Lyme Doctor: Q&A with Dr. Tania Dempsey
June 2, 2022
Dr. Tania Dempsey is an expert in chronic disease, autoimmune disorders and mast cell activation syndrome. In this blog, she is answering Lyme related questions that GLA followers submitted via social...
Zoe's Battle With Lyme and Bartonella
June 1, 2022
Zoe Schwartz is sharing her Lyme disease and Bartonella story in an effort to spread awareness.  Before Lyme disease and Bartonella, I was a varsity collegiate field hockey player. I was easily able t...
Annmarie’s Story: Lyme and Five Co-infections
May 27, 2022
Annmarie is sharing her story in an effort to raise awareness for Lyme disease, Bartonella, and other co-infections.  After two years of strange, debilitating symptoms, ⁣⁣I was diagnosed with Lyme dis...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help! Tick Bites and Co-Infections
May 27, 2022
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. Now that tick season is ...
Quidel Corporation and GLA partner to Spread Lyme Disease Awareness
May 24, 2022
Global Lyme Alliance is joining forces with Quidel Corporation heighten public awareness around Lyme disease Lyme disease is a growing epidemic, with more than 476,000 reported new cases each year in ...
Caroline's Story
May 23, 2022
Caroline Gajzler is sharing her Lyme disease story in the hopes of spreading awareness during Lyme Disease Awareness Month On June 1, 2020, I woke up to the room spinning, a headache that made me feel...
Sammy's Story: Overlapping Symptoms of ASD, PANS, and Bartonella
May 20, 2022
Debbie Kimberg's son was treated for Bartonella and it cleared most of his symptoms of autism spectrum disorder The material below is provided for information purposes only. The material (a) is not no...
American Society for Microbiology Publishes Minireview, Research Funded by GLA
May 14, 2022
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has over 30,000 members, including researchers, educators, and health professionals. ASM is one of the largest life science societies in the world. The minirevi...
What Do Your Bowel Movements Reveal About Your Health?
May 13, 2022
Making Meaning of Your Movements Before the days of laboratory diagnostics, health practitioners relied on accurately making meaning of the body’s signs, symptoms, and patterns in order to discern how...
The Real World: Lyme & Co-Infections
May 11, 2022
Beth Renov discusses her journey with Lyme disease, Bartonellosis, and co-infections throughout the years - in the hopes of spreading awareness.  I remember being introduced to Lyme Disease from MTV’S...
Bartonella - The Stealth Pathogen That Can Be “Seen” Without a Microscope
May 5, 2022
Rosalie Greenberg, MD, is Board Certified in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This article provides a general overview of the vector-borne illness, Bartonella, and the unique ways it prese...
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Here Are Ways to Get Involved
May 1, 2022
Are you a GLA supporter who wants to help spread awareness during Lyme Disease Awareness Month? Read below! What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a bla...
Lyme Disease in Dogs
April 27, 2022
Tick season is upon us, and that means both you and your pets are at risk for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Dogs are particularly prone to tick bites, because they love to play in places where t...
Is it Lyme or a Co-infection? Knowing the Difference Can Make a Difference
April 26, 2022
In addition to Lyme disease, ticks can transmit a variety of co-infections that make it more difficult to receive an accurate diagnosis and complicate the healing process. As tick populations and Lyme...
Where Am I? Disorientation and Lyme Disease
April 22, 2022
Do you know what it's like to have Lyme disease and suffer from disorientation? It can result in confusion or forgetfulness.  The other night while making dinner, I thought of something I needed to ad...
Nutrition Tips for Neurological Lyme Disease
April 14, 2022
Nutritionist Lindsay Christensen provides instructions on which foods are most beneficial for those with neurological Lyme disease. Research has revealed that the bacteria that causes Lyme disease and...
Dear Lyme Warrior...Help! Self-Image and Memory Loss
April 11, 2022
As a Lyme warrior, how do I love and forgive this new version of myself, even though it’s not who I am at my core? Do you have a question for Jennifer Crystal? Email her at jennifercrystalwriter@gmail...
Patient Story: Andrea Ragona Bonnano
April 1, 2022
Andrea Ragona Bannano shares her Lyme disease story with Global Lyme Alliance. "To those out there: don’t give up on yourself and fight till the very end until you are you again." Two weeks before my ...
Lyme Disease and Bell’s Palsy: New Considerations for Differential Diagnosis
March 28, 2022
Lyme Disease and the Eyes
March 18, 2022
Lyme and other tick-borne diseases can cause many ocular manifestations including double or blurry vision, floaters, conjunctivitis (pink eye), inflammation of several parts of the eye, sensitivity to...
The True Cost of Lyme Treatment
March 9, 2022
Patients with Lyme disease not only suffer from debilitating symptoms, but also have to pay enormous amounts in medical bills. This blog discusses the financial impact of having Lyme on individuals an...
Recovering From Lyme Disease: How to Promote Healing
February 28, 2022
Here are several ways to support one's recovery including following a Lyme diet, detoxing, and listening to your body. If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease, the most pressing question you probab...
Katie Golem's Lyme Journey
February 25, 2022
Katie Golem is sharing her experience with Lyme disease in an effort to spread awareness and support current Lyme patients on their journey to health and wellness.   The Journey My journey begins more...
Lyme Disease Nutrition Tips for Optimal Immune Function
February 18, 2022
Part 2: GLA's Lyme and Nutrition Series. Lindsay Christensen is a Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Functional Health Coach. She's sharing information on what foods are optimal for those living wi...
Dear Lyme Warrior…Help! Lyme disease and Mood Swings, Epstein-Barr Virus, and Body Aches.
February 15, 2022
Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Below she answers some that she’s recently received. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at lymewarri...
Exclusive Interview: Ricky Wysocki, 2x Disc Golf World Champion and Lyme Warrior
February 11, 2022
Ricky Wysocki went from being a top-level pro athlete in his sport to getting Lyme disease to barely being able to walk. The 2x World Champion contracted Lyme disease in 2019 and is currently in remis...
Podcast: Two Much Lyme
February 2, 2022
By Julia Allyn & Madison Pinckney
Author Nicole Bell Shares her Late Husband's Story with Lyme Disease and Alzheimer's
February 1, 2022
Nicole Bell, author of, What Lurks in the Woods: Struggle and Hope in the Midst of Chronic Illness, recounts her late husband's struggle with Lyme disease and Alzheimer's.  Can you briefly summarize y...
Reactivated Infections: A Possible Piece of the Chronic Illness Puzzle
January 28, 2022
Did you know that old infections can get reactivated due to COVID-19 or tick-borne illness? For almost two years now, comparisons have been drawn between long-haul COVID-19 and long-haul tick-borne il...
COVID-19 and Lyme Disease Series: Carmen Payne
January 27, 2022
GLA Contributor, Carmen Payne, discusses her journey with Lyme, co-infections, and COVID-19.  How long have you had Lyme disease? What were/are your symptoms? I have had Lyme + co infections for appro...
Lyme Disease and Fatigue
January 21, 2022
The severity of fatigue that comes with Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses can be difficult to describe because Lyme disease fatigue is a whole different story When I was sick with COVID-19 in 2020, ...
How to Optimize Your Lyme Disease Recovery with Nutrition
January 19, 2022
Lindsay Christensen, MS, CNS, LDN, CKNS is a Clinical Nutritionist at Ascent to Health and ADAPT Certified Functional Health Coach. She's giving advice to Lyme patients on the best food practices that...
Top Blogs of 2021
January 3, 2022
COVID-19 and Lyme Disease Series: Jenifer Helboe
January 2, 2022
  How long have you had Lyme disease? What were/are your symptoms? I first felt off in university when I began having reactions to foods I had been eating my whole life. I didn’t have the energy to co...
Join Us in Defusing the Ticking Lyme Bomb
December 21, 2021
GLA and Intouch group are working together to create an ad campaign that brings awareness to the unknown facts of Lyme disease using outdoor advertising in and around NYC Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is...
GLA Milestones 2021: Giving Means Progress
December 20, 2021
Though 2021 has been difficult in other arenas, it’s brought great strides in the Lyme world. Thanks to generous support from donors, GLA has awarded over $13 million for Lyme and tick-borne disease r...
What it Means for a Patient to be Heard
December 15, 2021
A friend experiencing unusual fatigue finally went to see a doctor recently. “I was so nervous,” she told me. “I was afraid he wouldn’t believe me.”
Global Lyme Alliance Interview with Ross Douthat, New York Times Columnist and Author of "The Deep Places"
December 3, 2021
Adjunct Therapies That Have Helped with My Tick-Borne Illnesses
November 30, 2021
Jen Crystal discusses the adjunct therapies that helped her in her Lyme disease journey. Patients write to me every day asking what helped me achieve remission from tick-borne illness. I wish there wa...
Hygromycin A—What’s Next?
November 24, 2021
An exciting new finding for a potential treatment gives hope to Lyme disease patients, as it may prevent cases of post-treatment and chronic Lyme disease. So, when can patients actually use it? Hope r...
Tess Williams Runs the TCS NYC Marathon for GLA
November 23, 2021
One week ago, I completed the NYC Marathon on behalf of the Global Lyme Alliance! I am honored and humbled to be able to represent this amazing organization in such a personally meaningful way.
COVID-19 and Lyme Disease Series: Nell Taliercio
November 19, 2021
How Does Having Lyme Disease Affect Your Relationships?
November 8, 2021
Countless Lyme disease patients have asked me, has Lyme disease affected your relationships?
Why Isn’t My Lyme Disease Treatment Covered by Insurance?
November 2, 2021
You’re sick. You’re tired. Your body aches. You’ve spent months or years going from doctor to doctor, many of whom insist your symptoms are psychosomatic, or minimize them by calling it stress. Perhap...
COVID-19 and Lyme Disease Series: Christa Nannos
October 22, 2021
How long have you had Lyme disease? What were/are your symptoms?
Hygromycin A May Prevent Cases of Post-Treatment and Chronic Lyme Disease
October 19, 2021
Point of view on "a selective antibiotic for Lyme disease." Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterial spirochete, causes Lyme disease. Doxycycline, amoxicillin, and ceftriaxone are broad-spectrum antibiotics ...