Archives for tick-borne infections

Healthy Options 6/1/16

Host & producer: Rhonda Feiman, L.Ac.
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections

Key Discussion Points:
a) How can we protect ourselves against tick bites and possible tick-borne illnesses?
b) What is a tick check and how often should we perform them?
c) What type of clothing should we wear for tick protection?
d) What repellants should we apply before venturing out into the great outdoors?
4) What is the safest way to remove an embedded tick, and should we save the tick after we remove it?
5) Can a tick transmit disease if it hasn’t been embedded for many hours, or isn’t engorged?
6) What are the signs and symptoms of tick-borne infections, and what should we do if we have those symptoms?

A) Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians, and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She currently participates on the State of Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, and is a member of the Maine Medical Association, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and serves as a medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine. Dr. Szantyr has lectured on Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, to professional and community groups throughout New England, and has given testimony before the Maine Legislature concerning Lyme disease in the State of Maine.
B) Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN is a founding member and board member of MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to awareness and prevention through education and advocacy. She facilitates support groups for people with Lyme, both in-person in Maine, and online, and she is also an advocate for patients with Lyme disease. She has traveled extensively with Dr. Szantyr, educating medical personnel -and the public- about Lyme disease.

Call In Program: no
Political Broadcast: no

Websites of interest:

ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)

Lyme Disease Association (About Lyme —great pictures of ticks and rashes) (Formerly CALDA)

Tick Encounter Resource Center

Insectshield sells permethrin-treated clothing, blankets, hats, etc, or will dip your own clothing, uniforms, etc. Will last the life of the garment.

Dog Not Gone is a Maine company using goods made in the USA makes dog and horse vests that are permethrin treated. They are also making people vests, hats, and gaiters.