05/06/2013 12:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Everyone Should Know About Lyme Disease

So far, I've talked to my trusted pal and doctor Kenneth Bock, integrative M.D., about adrenal fatigue and basic supplement recommendations. Today, we're chatting about Lyme disease, which is especially important this time of year whether you live in the Catskill Mountains or Palm Beach.

Recently, I was faced with the seriousness of this condition when my dog Lola was bitten. She's doing well now, but this scary, first-hand experience woke me up to the big health implications of a tiny tick bite. I strongly suggest talking to your veterinarian asap about how you can protect your fur-kid from those little buggers.

Every time I walk through my yard or take a hike I immediately check my skin and Lola's fur and skin for ticks (and I often find a couple on both of us!). This simple precaution prevents what could be a big health issue. And the good news is that there's a lot we can all do to stop Lyme disease before it starts or to treat it effectively. So let's get this tick-busting party started and review what we'll be exploring in today's video.

In this video, we'll answer these questions:

  • What is Lyme disease?
  • How can you identify a tick bite?
  • What are the signs of Lyme disease?
  • What tests should you get if you think you have Lyme disease?
  • How can you treat Lyme disease?
  • What is chronic Lyme disease?
  • What's a positive long-term perspective on living with Lyme disease?

If you'd like to learn more about Lyme disease, check out Dr. Bock's website. And to find out where ticks are most prevalent, take a look at these geographic distribution maps. You might be surprised about their abundance in your neighborhood!

Have you had experience with a tick bite or Lyme disease? Share your insights and experiences in the comments.

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