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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 work 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 motiva...
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
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
 
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! 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
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! Lyme Disease Remission and Alzheimers
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! Lyme and Covid-19 Vaccine
October 15, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal
Living in the Present While Worrying About the Future
October 6, 2020
by Jennifer Crystal