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Lyme Disease History

   We've all heard about the Black Plague epidemic of the 1300s that wiped out approximately one quarter of the world's population. The plague ravaged across many European cities due to unsanitary conditions and an overpopulation of rodents. In our modern highly educated society, we don't have to fear a situation like that ever developing again, or do we?

   In the early 1970s doctors in southwestern Connecticut struggled with hundreds of new cases of "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis" in young children, but the cause of this crippling disease always remained a mystery. Then in 1975, a sudden increase in cases in the small town of Lyme, Connecticut caused doctors to launch an investigation into finding a cause for this epidemic. Doctors first noticed that most of the cases were occurring in children who played near wooded areas. The next thing they noticed was that most of the children had developed a rash prior to the onset of symptoms. Further examination of their blood revealed an unidentified spirochete bacterium.

   It was soon determined that in all cases, the children had been bitten by a tick just prior to the development of the disease and that a rash had formed in a bullseye pattern around the site of the tick bite. Apparently all the chidren had been infected with this disease by ticks. The specific tick identified was the Eastern Deer Tick, a tick commonly hosted by Whitetail Deer. Lyme disease is caused by a species of microbes known as "spirochetes" that includes diseases like Syphilis and Leptospirosis which do not kill their victims immediately but instead lie dormant within the body in a pimple or pustule for an extended period, slowly damaging body organs over time.

   Lyme Disease was mistakenly labelled as "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis" for many years because doctors failed to take note of significant changes taking place in the natural environment in southwestern Connecticut. New York City animal activists who had moved into southwestern Connecticut from nearby New York City were campaigning against deer hunting in Connecticut, and caused an overpopulation of Whitetail Deer in southwestern Connecticut. As deer populations increased, nature stepped in to decrease deer numbers by way of the natural mechanism of disease. Soon Lyme Disease was quickly spreading throughout the deer herds, and also through the human population by the bite of the common deer tick.

   As a New England outdoorsman, I was fishing one day in a wooded area when I heard what sounded like a young girl screaming at the top of her lungs. I ran toward the sound and came upon the scene of a young deer fawn under attack by a pack of coydogs that were ripping out its intestines while it was still alive. Its mother was standing only a few yards away, listening to her fawn's screams, but she was not able to help the fawn. As a deer hunter I always make quick kills so the animal does not suffer unduly. And animal rights activists should take note that deer hunters do not kill deer fawns.

   In spite of vast improvements in the medical technologies, many of our modern medical professionals have still failed to recognize the necessary role that natural disease mechanisms play in God's perfectly balanced ecosystem. If you are a medical professional and want to know more about what purpose disease serves in God's natural world, click the link below to order your book by Edward Oliver.





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