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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 thr oughout the years - in the hopes of spreading awareness.  I remember being introduced to Lyme Disease from MTV’...
Bartonella - the Stealth Pathogen that can be “seen” without a Microscope
May 5, 2022
Rosalie Greenberg, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP, is Board Certified in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and maintains a private child and adolescent practice in Summit, New Jersey. In this article, sh...
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...
How to Promote Healing from Lyme Disease
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 ...
GLA's Early Support of Dr. Lise Nigrovic Results in Additional Federal Funding
October 8, 2021
Research costs a lot of money, which is hard to come by. For Lyme disease research, it’s even tougher. Even though the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has raised its spending in this disease area ...
Promising New Lyme Disease Antibiotic May Spare Microbiome
October 6, 2021
An exciting new finding by. Dr. Kim Lewis of Northeastern University gives hope that Lyme disease can be potentially treated without harming the microbiome Why is antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease...
Lyme Disease and Depression
October 6, 2021
“Maybe you’re just depressed.”
COVID-19 and Lyme Disease Series: Cassandra Tutalo
October 5, 2021
Article written by Casey Tutalo
Meet Our Lyme Education Ambassador: Dominic S.
September 28, 2021
Name:  Dominic S.
Dear Lyme Warrior...Help! Lyme Treatment and Dormant Spirochetes
September 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.
Ozone Therapy for Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illness
September 24, 2021
GLA's Chairman, Paul Ross interviews ozone therapy specialist Dr. Robbins, along with a Lyme patient, Charles Toepher who has experience with the treatment Watch the interview:
Fall Tick Season is in Full Swing
September 21, 2021
8 Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Family
Global Lyme Alliance Accomplishments Through the Years: A Letter From Our Chairman Emeritus
September 20, 2021
Over these past 6 years, I have enjoyed the process of building a world class organization as Chairman of The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA). When I first started working with GLA, the US medical and acad...
Remembering Nate
September 9, 2021
The following letter submitted by Samantha Davis is a harrowing account of her husband Nate’s grueling and tragic experience with Lyme disease. Stories like this occur more often than we know, and it ...
Global Lyme Alliance Sets the Groundwork for More Lyme Disease Funding
September 3, 2021
GLA is proud to highlight the recent success of Dr. Nicole Baumgarth of UC-Davis. Together with our supporters, GLA will accelerate Lyme knowledge by funding great evidence-based projects, innovative ...
Meet Our Ambassador: Teja K.
August 26, 2021
 
A Virtual Affair: Lyme Warriors Live
July 29, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Lyme disease fundraising events have been postponed or canceled, including Global Lyme Alliance’s (GLA) second-largest regional fundraiser in Chicago, The SubLyme So...
Lyme Disease and Mental Disorders: It’s Not All in Your Head
July 29, 2021
New Study Analyzes Patient Data Mental disorders are among the most poorly understood symptoms of Lyme disease. Early on, it was recognized that Lyme disease in late stages includes neurologic symptom...
Meet the Researcher: Michael Eriksen Benros, M.D., Ph.D.
July 25, 2021
Michael Eriksen Benros, M.D., Ph.D. is professor and Head of Research at Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. He received a two year grant from GLA for his study: ...
Meet Our Ambassador From Mexico: Daniela Acosta
July 23, 2021
Daniela Acosta is a student, GLA Lyme Education Ambassador, and Peer Mentor from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.  In 2019, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. I wanted to...
Anxiety and Lyme Disease
July 12, 2021
Tick-borne illnesses can not only exacerbate underlying anxiety, but also cause it. I have always been an anxious person. My mother says that as a child, I looked carefully around any new environment,...
Meet the Researcher: Shannon Delaney, M.D.
July 8, 2021
Shannon Delaney, M.D., is Director of Child and Adolescent Evaluation at the Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center, and Assistant Professor, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians ...
The Value of Independence for the Chronically Ill
July 2, 2021
"I needed help with everything: cooking, cleaning, even washing my hair. As medical bills mounted, my savings quickly dwindled, and along with it, my precious independence." When my friend’s son was a...
Dear Lyme Warrior...Help!
June 28, 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.
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! Pulsing Antibiotics, Rashes, and Insomnia
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! Anti-Inflammatory Diets and GLA's Peer to Peer Mentorship Program
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
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 friend in which she...
4 Tips to Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease in the Garden
March 19, 2021
How to garden safely, avoiding ticks and Lyme disease. Read the following article for four tips to protect yourself this spring. In spring and through much of the year, you may find yourself exercisin...
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
Madison Pinckney discusses what it's like to face isolation when healing from Lyme disease. I could be in a room full of people, but still feel alone. I’m trapped inside my head. While I may have made...
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
 
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.
Dreaming of the Past—and the Future
January 25, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
Lyme and the Limbic System
January 19, 2021
By Jennifer Crystal
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! Rheumatoid Arthritis, the CD-57 Test, and the Use of Sleep Medication
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