Lyme Disease in Florida

Historically, Lyme disease outbreaks had thought to have been contained in the northeastern part of the US, but it is now recognized that Lyme disease in Florida is becoming a real problem.

Lyme disease was first reported in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1977 when children who lived around or played in wooded areas came down with pains, aches, fever, and a pervasive feeling of illness. The same disease occurs in many parts of Europe and Asia.  Lyme disease is a condition that is spread by deer ticks and possibly mosquitos, and anyone who is bitten by a deer tick has the potential of developing Lyme disease.

New Data on Lyme Disease in Florida

Dr. Kerry Clark, University of North Florida associate professor of public health, and his colleagues have found two species of Lyme disease bacteria previously unknown to infect humans in patients.

These two Lyme disease species, Borrelia americana and Borrelia andersonii, were found in symptomatic patients living in Florida. The commonly found lone star tick, formerly believed by many to be incapable of transmitting Lyme disease, was implicated in some of these cases. Previously, the common belief was that black-legged deer ticks were the only ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and they were only found in the northeastern states. Now Lyme disease in Florida can be linked to the lone star tick.

How to Avoid Getting Lyme Disease in Florida

As a state lucky enough to have good year-round weather, Florida is the perfect place for outdoor activity, whether it’s camping, hiking or walking your dog through the woods.

There are certain areas where you run an increased risk of getting Lyme disease in Florida because they are natural habitat for deer ticks and also mosquitos. These include wooded and bushy areas with high grass. If you have reason to visit these areas, always use a strong insect repellent on your body and your clothes.

Other ways Lyme disease in Florida can be avoided is by wearing long sleeves and long pants and by tucking your pants into your socks. Light colored clothing allows for ticks to be spotted more easily if they attach and when you return home, check your body for ticks. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible. Use fine tweezers and grab the tick as close to your skin as possible. If you are unable to remove it then seek medical attention.

What are Alternative Treatments for Lyme Disease in Florida?

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, our preferred protocol for treating Lyme Disease is ozone therapy. When ozone is used for medical purposes, it is passed through an electrical coil that causes it to split into three atoms (usually, ozone is composed of two different atoms). In this way, ozone it no longer O2 – it becomes O3, and that third atom is what “supercharges” it and makes it effective as a medical treatment.

When ozone is introduced into the body of the person who is suffering from Lyme disease, it increases the blood’s oxygen level. That’s what facilitates healing. The increased oxygen level offers the following benefits:

  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Decreases the level of uric acid in the body
  • De-clogs the blood cells
  • Improves the circulation
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Kills viruses, bacteria and fungi
  • Improves cellular metabolism

When you consider these myriad benefits, you can see that ozone is very helpful to your overall health. It boosts the immune system and works to ease the symptoms of a variety of illnesses, not the least of which is Lyme disease in women.

When treating Lyme disease we usually combine ozone therapy with one or more other modalities. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) and Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (MAS Mat) are both offered to patients who have a lot of pain as part of their symptoms. IV therapy such as Myers’ Cocktails are very beneficial is boosting the immune system back up and Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant which potentiates the Myers’ Cocktail.

Lyme Disease Testimonials

We have been successfully treating Lyme disease for many many years and our treatment protocols and patient testimonials speak to our treatment efficacy.

Where to find Treatment for Lyme Disease in Florida

Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering treatment for all stages of Lyme Disease for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Patients come from all over the state because they simply can’t find clinics offering treatments for Lyme disease in Florida.

We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call the New Patient Scheduler at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request. 

Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

       *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.

 

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