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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:47 AM

Yay, Warm Snow-Free Winters! Exploding Michigan Deer Tick Population Enjoyed It, Too.

Blacklegged ticks Ė formerly known as deer ticks - are historically rare in the Lower Peninsula. But over the past decade, thatís been changing.

Erik Foster is a medical entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health. Heís been studying the tick population as itís been moving north along the western Michigan shoreline.

ďItís been so rapid, anecdotal reports say within the last five years of these ticks moving in and just really flourishing. Because of the habitat, because of the amount of hosts they have to feed on.Ē

He says the Lake Michigan shoreline is good habitat for ticks. Foster says because the winter was so mild, more mice and chipmunks survived. Those animals are hosts for ticks... and that means more ticks made it through the winter too. He says deer and birds are also hosts for ticks and they're transporting the insects north.

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Reply Yay, Warm Snow-Free Winters! Exploding Michigan Deer Tick Population Enjoyed It, Too. (Original post)
hatrack Jun 2012 OP
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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:51 AM

1. They're exploding here in Ottawa too.

Our dog picked one up in the middle of the city last week.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:35 AM

2. wonder if IDSA will deny this too, since they think Lyme is hype

The Infectious Diseases Society of America in an official statement referred to patients who claim to have chronic lyme disease as simply dealing with the "aches and pains of everyday living."

Thanks, IDSA!

Thank God there's an international movement to raise awareness and promote research and better treatment for this disease, which several European researchers believe is actually the cause of MS. Tests of MS patients vs. controls have found rates of Lyme infection from 70 to 100% (the 100% was using the very latest technologies.) Research from the 20s and 30s was already onto the bacterial theory of MS etiology, but it's gotten squashed. Odd, because late Lyme and MS are indistinguishable on MRI and are symptomatically very similar.

But antibiotic treatment for MS would put make a huge dent in pharma profits, and we wouldn't want that. . .

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Response to zazen (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:39 PM

4. If you had a father like mine

...who IS blaming congestive heart failure, edema, pain from gallstones, completely arthritic hip joints and being 80 years old and the accompanying issues on Lyme disease, which he doesn't have, and never has had, even though he had years or antibiotic treatment from quacks, while refusing all medical advice and treatment for what he DOES have....

you wouldn't be so quick to scoff about the Lyme disease hype. It's a very common ploy to avoid dealing with one's real medical conditions among the mentally not-all-there, who believe that a pill will eliminate the need for surgery, lifestyle changes, and exercise.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 11:46 AM

5. I know a seropositive person

suffering from the extremes of IDSA. If they weren't so extreme, then people who actually need more than three weeks of doxy could get help without being left to doctors who either have to operate beneath the radar OR the fringe MDs and other practitioners to whom seropositive symptomatic people go when the medical establishment doesn't believe them.

ME/CFIDS now has clinical proof as well, at least in terms of post-exertional fatigue, but was dismissed for years as an excuse for not working or hypochondria.

This sort of thing makes it soooo much worse. It's no wonder people will ask for an MS diagnosis for identical symptoms, because then suddenly they get insurance coverage and are believed by friends, coworkers and relatives rather than having their spirit further eroded while suffering physically.

If there were more funding for evidence-based research, folks like your Dad would no more be able to claim this than they could any other disease.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:35 PM

3. Considering the size of the deer population

(and I'm talking in the City of Ann Arbor proper) I'm not surprised. It's not like we are going to be running the deer through a dip for ticks, either.

That's okay, another year of Governor Snyder, and we'll be harvesting all that deer to stay alive...

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