Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lyme Disease: Listen To The Lizard King

All hail the western fence lizard!

A protein in their blood kills the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Western black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) carry the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, in their guts, which they can transfer to a human after biting and remaining attached for 24 to 48 hours. But a tick that sucks the blood of a fence lizard is cleansed of Borrelia, and its bite reduced to nothing more than a nuisance.

No telling how many of the little guys researchers will have to juice or blender to find a cure for humans. In the meantime, let's put HBOT to the test. (And don't forget to check out our our new Lyme disease page to learn more and to use our HyperbaricLink Evidence Index.)

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