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#3350 - 04/19/08 03:34 PM Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast
BryanRosner Administrator
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Registered: 11/08/06
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Loc: Mountains of Northern CA
Lyme disease is an east coast disease, right? Thats what we're all taught. Since I am on a vacation in Monterey, CA (on the central ocean coast of california) this week with my family, I decided to spend a few minutes in the hotel room doing some research and making a wonderful video for you. Let's see about the truth regarding Lyme disease in California.

The Centers for Disease Control present Lyme disease statistics in terms of Lyme disease cases per 100,000 people. To give you an idea of the cases of Lyme on the east coast, here is a brief chart:

Incidence 2006*





Connecticut



51.0





Delaware



56.5





DC



10.7





Florida



0.2





Georgia



0.1





Maine



25.6





Maryland



22.2





Massachusetts



22.2





Michigan



0.5





Minnesota



17.7





Mississippi



0.1





New Jersey



27.9





New York



23.1





Pennsylvania



26.1





Rhode Island



28.8





Vermont



16.8





Virginia



4.7





Washington



0.1





West Virginia



1.5





Wisconsin



26.4





Wyoming



0.2



As you can see, the incidence hovers around 10-20, maybe 30, cases of Lyme per 100,000 on the east coast (please excuse the non-east coast states that got mixed in there - I didn't want to waste precious vacation time being a perfectionist on the blog post).

So, given that "Lyme disease is an east coast disease," you would expect that the cases of Lyme in California would be much less, right? Well, in some parts of the state this is true. However, in other parts, you will note that cases of Lyme are indeed quite high in parts of California.



When my wife and I first got our whippet puppy, we went to the coast of California and after walking around in the grass for a few minutes, the dog had about 40 ticks on her. And remember - whippets are VERY short haired dogs, very clean dogs, and this was only 5 minutes in the grass. You tell me - are you concerned about California? Make up your own mind!

Here's the map:

Lyme Disease in Monterey, California, Statistics

FIGURE 5.
Lyme disease incidence per 100,000 person-years by zip code in California, 1993–2005. Wow! Parts of california with incidence of 20-50? That looks like the east coast, doesn't it? And even a few places with incidence of greater than 50? Well, all I can say is that I DO live in California and I am scared!

Signing off from Monterey,

Bryan Rosner


Edited by BryanRosner (04/19/08 03:36 PM)
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#3746 - 07/05/08 08:37 PM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: BryanRosner]
Jeani
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Registered: 06/28/08
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Loc: Central Valley, CA
Bryan,
Where did you get this map, It isn't referenced. I want to show it to a couple of doctors.

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#3748 - 07/06/08 03:03 AM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: Jeani]
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The study was done by Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley. Here is the full text. You can see the California map about 1/2 way down the page:

http://www.ajtmh.org/cgi/content/full/75/4/669
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#3983 - 10/08/08 01:46 AM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: BryanRosner]
kam7
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Registered: 10/08/08
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We had several of us come down sick at work around the same time with the same bizarre symptoms.

I know that two of the others were dx with fibro brought on by stress at work and valley fever and then cfs.

They received workmens' comp and CALPERS Disability.

I am living on SSI of $637 a month.

I do have a workman's comp pending for the past 7 years.

I will be seeing a workman's comp doc in Santa Monica on the 27th of this month if I can figure out how to get there health wise and financially.

I was finally dx with lyme disease after seeing over 35 specialist in CA and 18 months.

Lyme hit me hard. I was not able to get up and take a shower, take the dishes out of the dishwasher, make a cup of coffee, walk, etc.

I was told I had CFS or fibro by a few docs and there was nothing that could be done and learn to live with it.

I am having trouble staying focused this am.

I recently had an appt with a gyn. When I told him I thought I got lyme disease at work he said but isn't that something you get from a deer tick. Were you outdoors?

I worked as a teacher in a low level men's prison.

I had a student/inmate show me a bite with a ring around it on his leg shortly before I found a bite with a ring arouond it on my arm.

I told him it most likely was a spider bite and medical could not do anything. He asked to go to medical anyway. I called and they told me to send him right over.

Which surprised me as I have had students that were very sick and I was told they would have to wait until after class.

They treated him with abx.

When I got my bite, I just hoped if it was a spider bite and I was going to get sick I would wait until the weekend as I had a lot going on at work.

Now, I am wondering how I can get pass the closed minds of a doctor who is most likely not lyme literate for the workman's comp appt.

Do, you have some data that I could bring to show this person that it is possible that I got lyme at work?

I worked at Avenal State Prison in the middle of no where.

WE also had two yards shut down after I came down sick due to rashes and fevers.

It was thought it was from the wild cats at work. One of the ladies who was acting warden at times and supervisor for the ed department told me they still have a wild cat problem at work.

bartonella.

She is the one who was dx with fibro brought on by stress at work and is not willing to step out of the insurance box and look into lyme disease.

either is the other lady.

they are both doing better than i am.

ok my vision is going and so is my brain. i am typing this as i lie down in bed as i can no longer sit upright at the computer.

any help you can give me for this appointment is appreciated.

the last time i went for an appt for work i saw a doctor for about 5 or 10 min and she was completely closed to talking to me as to why i thought this was work related, and why lyme disease, etc.

she just closed her mind to me. i was down for months afterwards.

it took a lot for me to get from az to ca and then a friend in ca took the day off work to drive me to the apartment.

i took angel flight over.

i got sick on the plane and am not sure how i am going to get to ca this tim.

my email address is kam004@aol.com

i have an attorney but find that they are much not help. i had to knock on a lot of doors just to get an attorney to represent me. most did not want to take the case or told me it was too late in the process or that i needed an attorney from fresno county since the case is in fresno. the attorney i have now did not tell me any of those things adn is not in fresno county.

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#4012 - 11/03/08 03:12 PM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: BryanRosner]
OC_gal
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Registered: 11/03/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Orange County, California
Bryan, I've just purchased your two books (Rife and the 10 best lyme treatments). I've just started the Rife book and became curious about the author (you.) I saw the video you made in Monterey and you mentioned an increase of Lyme in Orange County. I couldn't find any other info as to a more specifc area that lyme diseases is increasing. Since I live in Orange County, California, I am particulary curious about this - expecially since most of the doctors I have been to look at me like I'm crazy, even though they can see swelling in my joints and positive IGENEX lyme test results.

So, if you know where I can obtain more specific orange county info, please provide the link. Thank you, OC Gal

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#4013 - 11/03/08 05:37 PM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: OC_gal]
BryanRosner Administrator
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 268
Loc: Mountains of Northern CA
If you look at the hot spot on the map above, you'll see a red patch right near (just to the south of) orange county. I didn't look closely at the map when making the video and I just approximated the location of the red blotch to be orange county, although it may be a few miles away. Additionally, that map is fairly old and I suspect actual numbers today are greater. Sorry I don't have more precise info.
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#4016 - 11/04/08 06:12 PM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: BryanRosner]
OC_gal
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Registered: 11/03/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Orange County, California
Thanks for your reply. I think that the area that is red is probably acutally in North San Diego county, in the area of Camp Pendleton. (Where Marines train before they go off on their missions, generally in IRAQ and other awful places.) That might make sense because that particular area (that is, Camp Pendelton) draws people from all over the country who could very well have been infected in their home states, where lyme is more prominent.

Anyway, I intend to discuss some issues in your book with my LLMD this weekend. I hope he is supportive of my use of Rife machines. I'm still not exactly clear as to the diffenrent elements or infections of lyme, spirochettes is one, babesia is another, but not being a science major, and always being a bug hater I'm kind of grossed out when I read too deeply into this. But I do want to get cured, if that is possible, so I'm trying to set aside my distress if it will help me understand this and feel better.

Also, I wonder if somewhere on this board there is someone who would be able to help me understand the IGENEX test results alogn with the doctor's report.? If so, could you please point me to the right place?

Thanks so much for what you are doing for those of us who are scared to death of these parasites and want to get well to get on with our lives.

OC_Gal

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#4017 - 11/04/08 06:20 PM Re: Lyme cases in California rival that of East Coast [Re: OC_gal]
BryanRosner Administrator
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 268
Loc: Mountains of Northern CA
This is a blog post from a few days ago that discussed various testing approaches, from an LLMD in Maryland:

http://lymemd.blogspot.com/2008/11/cost-effective-testing.html
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