There was no sign of infection at hours 24 to 48 after the initial bite. At 72 hours, 31 percent of the mice tested positive for Lyme Disease. After the ticks fell off, completing their feeding cycle, 57 percent of the mice tested positive for Lyme Disease. 
Lars Eisen, PhD, DCD research entomologist, and senior author of the study said, “Our findings underscore the importance of finding and removing ticks as soon as possible after they bite.”
 
Ticks like warm sheltered areas, which means they will be more likely in the armpit, behind the ear, in the groin or waistband area. Ticks climb up from the ground or fall on to the person from a tree, landing where they may. 
Some say save the tick in a zip top bag to get it tested if Lyme Disease ever appears. Frankly, I think this is a waste of time. Time is of the essence, why wait for a lab, who may or may not be testing appropriately? It’s OK to get started, you are not at the mercy of someone else. 
Doing a tick check every evening, at a minimum, is best. Ticks are most active during their breeding seasons, Spring and Fall. The Spring is the most active time to see ticks feeding. 
Blot the area where the tick was attached with rubbing alcohol or tea tree oil immediately after removing the tick. 
Watch for symptoms such as fever, aches, pains,  flu-like symptoms and a bull’s-eye rash. If they appear, treat. If you’re highly concerned, it does’t hurt to increase probiotic foods and do a round of homeopathy for Lyme Disease. It is not necessary to experience symptoms to treat for a potential Lyme infection. Putting your health in your own hands is empowering. Not all cases of Lyme Disease present with any of or all of these symptoms. Again, not all cases of Lyme Disease present with a bulls-eye rash or any sort of rash. 
Taking the homeopathic remedy for Lyme is said to be most effective and can be used for any age. The Banerji Protocol for Lyme is Ledum palustre 200C. Having this remedy on hand, sitting on a shelf, just in case, is wise, wise, wise. It is shelf stable forever. Taking Ledum, according to the Banerjis is done by taking one dose every three hours on day one. One dose is four tablets. Then for the next week, take a dose two times each day. Then for the following month, take a dose twice weekly. Then for the next month, take a dose once each week. Some people who have had Lyme Disease for years, unknowingly, while suffering immensely, extend the first day treatment for a week, with enormous results. The rest of the protocol is done the same. Having many bottles of Ledum on hand is peace of mind that is incomparable. If it’s the wrong remedy, it’s just not going to work. 
Taking Lyme Disease herbs is potentially supportive to a struggling system. If Lyme Disease does not exist, taking these herbs will do no harm. It’s an error that shows no ill effect. Click here for a combination pack of anti Lyme herbal support. Having these Lyme Disease herbs on hand, if needed, is wise. 
Adding building and protective foods such as probiotic foods, in the highest doses tolerated, can potentially build the system, making it unpleasant for bacteria and parasites. Click here to learn how to make kraut juice at home. Click here to lean the symptoms of too much. Click here to learn how to make Liposomal C, which is often used to flush out free radicals. Taking one to two tablespoons every hour is used effectively by some. 
Starting an iodine protocol is said to be most effective as no bacteria or parasite thrives in the presence of iodine. Click here to read more. Click here for iodine used for Lyme.
 
Seed ticks are very small and difficult to remove. Fully engorged, they are about the size of a strawberry seed. Placing packing tape over the area of embedded seed ticks, and pulling it off, is the best way to remove hard to see seed ticks. 
Don’t stress over it, stress and worry can cause more damage than we think. Put it out of your hands, into the One who controls the situation. Doing our best is all you can do. Even if a person has contracted Lyme Disease, and has been in a Lyme state, doing the above listed things are most supportive. Adding a rebuilding protocol, such as GAPS, is undeniably powerful. 
This author has been living with Lyme successfully for over 8 years. To see a CDC graph showing the recent numbers on tick bites and Lyme, click here. 
 
*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]