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Lyme Disease’s Scary Connection with Hepatitis

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. June 15, 2015

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If you have chronic hepatitis, Lyme disease might hasten damage to your liver.

Hepatitis-Lyme Link

A little-known, dirty secret of Borrelia burgdorferi, persistent infection with Lyme disease may also cause hepatitis. The second and third phases of Lyme are usually associated with problems in the skin, joint, heart and nervous system. However, experts reporting on several case studies have observed that another sequela of later stage Lyme disease includes liver inflammation. According to Dr. John Bleiweiss, a specialist in Lyme disease, Lyme hepatitis occurs in 15 to 20 percent of patients.

There is no concrete evidence that demonstrates the mechanism behind Lyme hepatitis, but medical researchers have a logical hypothesis. It is known that Borrelia burgdorferi infect various tissues, causing cellular damage, systemic inflammation and confusion in the body’s immune system. As the liver processes toxins circulating through the body in the presence of Lyme disease, the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria and their waste would add an extra burden to the liver’s regular toxin load. This increase in the toxic load is likely to back up in the liver, leading to localized inflammation. Thus, anyone who already had hepatitis is particularly vulnerable to rapid Lyme disease progression and compounded liver injury.

Although Lyme disease has been diagnosed in almost every state in America, most cases reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in the Northeast and upper Midwest. For those living in areas where Lyme is more prevalent, tick bite prevention is an important aspect of being outdoors. Though, for those living in tick-infested areas that already have some type of chronic hepatitis (alcoholic hepatitis, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C), preventing tick bites carries a much greater sense of urgency.

Editor’s Note:

There is an effective tick repellent that is also safe for your liver. 

BioShield™ is an all-natural, highly effective tick repellent that is not toxic to your liver. It contains a combination of potent and carefully selected natural essential oils that protect you while killing ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and bugs  – preventing them from biting you. All these insects produce a neurotransmitter called octopamine that can be blocked with these non-toxic oils. These natural essential oils block octopamine, which shuts down the insect’s central nervous system, killing it instantly. BioShield™ is safe around children and pets.

Protect yourself against Lyme disease and enjoy the outdoors again.

Recommended Reading:Tick Repellent and Lyme Disease Both Stress the Liver

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