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Connecting ~ Learning ~ Healing 2nd Annual Event Recordings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] May 2021: Connecting~Learning~Healing Virtual Event Recordings The 2nd annual “Connecting~Learning~Healing”  2-day virtual event was held in partnership with Colorado Lyme & TBD Support group on May 22 & 23 20121. Experts in the field of Lyme & other TBD diagnosis and treatment presented on day one which included Dr. Kenneth Liegner. Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr. Jill Carnahan was unable to present in person, but her pre recorded presentation is provided below. We rounded out day two with the exceptional motivational speaker and advocate, Col. Nicole Malachowski. Day 1 Recordings may be viewed here. Dr. Kenneth Liegner: Disulfiram in the Treatment of Lyme Disease & Babesiosis: First 3 years’ Experience in One Medical Practice Dr. Burrascano: "Tick-Borne Diseases- Latest Advancements in Testing" Day 2 Recording may be viewed here. Col. Nicole Malachowski:...

Governor Polis Proclaims May as Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month in Colorado!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thank you Governor Polis! Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, has signed a proclamation for Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month for May, 2021! In this era of COVID-19, prevention and recognition of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases/conditions is even more critical. As the distribution and prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases continues to increase at a national level…so must awareness! Though Colorado is widely considered a “low incidence” state,  we are home to a growing number of people that have been infected by Lyme and/or other tick-borne diseases here in Colorado, and from travel throughout the United States and the world. Human Lyme cases reported to the CDC in 2019 for Colorado were an all time high and a growing number of patients are living with debilitating symptoms...

Connecting ~ Learning ~ Healing: Virtual Event

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] May 2021: Connecting~Learning~Healing Virtual Event In partnership with Colorado Lyme & TBD Support group, we are promoting May Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Awareness month with our second annual "Connecting~Learning~Healing"  2-day virtual event. We are honored to host three experts in the field of Lyme & other TBD diagnosis and treatment: Dr. Jill Carnahan, Dr. Kenneth Liegner, and Dr. Joseph Burrascano, as well as exceptional motivational speaker and advocate, Col. Nicole Malachowski. Join us for each of these informative presentations with ample opportunity for questions and answers! This virtual event is FREE to attend, however space is limited and registration is required. You may register for one or both days. Register early for the event: Day 1 Registration Day 2 Registration Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Jill Carnahans' talk will be a...

one little bite

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_7500" align="alignright" width="300"] Monica White, President/Co-Founder of COTBDAA[/caption] one little bite "one little bite" is a video short that was produced by Monica White, COTBDAA Co-founder/President, in a storytelling workshop hosted by Chaffee County Public Health. This video short debuted last night alongside other powerful stories of resilience produced by adult and youth members of Chaffee County. This is a story about one person, one family, whose lives were forever changed by the bite of a tick. Though presentation of this story may be unique, the theme of the story is a common thread weaved into the stories of hundreds of thousands of people across the US and throughout the world that have been infected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. "Everyone has a story. A story that...

We Are Chaffee-Stories of Resilience

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Join COTBDAA President, Monica White, and fellow Chaffee County community members for the virtual "Dinner & a Movie" event hosted by We Are Chaffee on February 25th at 6:00 pm. This event presents a series of video shorts and introduction of local storytellers including local youth voices sharing their stories about resilience. Plus be the first to see the new video montage highlighting local voices that introduce us to the new We Are Chaffee initiative. Registration is open and the first 100 registrants will be receive dinner from a local restaurant on us! Or choose to donate to the Chaffee County Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund. ​Unfortunately, dinner is sold-out but you can still join for the free movie event. Visit the "We are Chaffee" website to register here! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Center for Lyme Action Virtual Lyme DC Fly-In: 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_7832" align="alignleft" width="243"] Center for Lyme Action 2020 DC Fly-in, Colorado Advocates: Monica White, Col. Nicole Malachowski, Olivia Goodreau, Holiday Goodreau, Dr. Heather Szerlong[/caption] COTBDAA President, Monica White will be again be joining other advocates from from across the United States for the 2021 Center for Lyme Action's Virtual Lyme Fly-in on February 23 & 24th. Colorado advocates will be meeting with DC staff of their elected Representatives and Senators to advocate for increases in federal funding for Lyme disease. Advocacy efforts last year resulted in a 65%  increase in Federal funding for Lyme disease. For more on Center for Lyme Action activities visit here. For more on advocacy efforts visit here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Why Protect Your Pets and Livestock?

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Why Protect your Pets and Livestock? Cats, dogs, horses and cattle are susceptible to many tick-borne infections that can make them very ill or even result in death. Tularemia, Q Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesioisis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme, Bartonella, Tick Paralysis, and others may impact the health of your pets or livestock and may increase your risk of infections as well. As these animals spend more time off the beaten path, exposure to tick habitat and contact with other wildlife increases potential exposure to tick-borne diseases. Increases Human Exposure Pets and livestock may also increase your risk of certain infections through carrying ticks into your home or barn, or for some diseases, through direct contact with blood, saliva, feces, scratches or bites. Working closely with animals through...

The Problem With Single Dose Doxycycline For Tick Bites

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Problem With Single Dose Doxycycline For Tick Bites Many people wonder what to do when they are bitten by a tick. Some may call their doctor and get a prescription for up to 200mg of doxycycline, the antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease. This protocol was reinforced by a recent article in the Journal of Emergency Medicine recommending it as a prophylactic for people bitten by a black-legged tick in areas where the rate of ticks infected with Lyme bacteria is greater than 20%. Several problems that suggest this single dose of doxycycline may not be the best prophylactic for Lyme disease: The recommendation is based on bad science. The study claimed to show the effectiveness of single dose of doxycycline to prevent Lyme disease. The study actually shows...

2020 Governor's proclamation

May proclaimed Lyme and Other TBD Awareness Month in Colorado!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, has signed a proclamation for Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month in May, 2020! In this era of COVID-19, prevention and recognition of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is even more critical. As the distribution and prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases continues to increase at a national level…so must awareness! Though Colorado is considered a “low incidence” state,  we are home to a growing number of people that have been infected by Lyme and/or other tick-borne diseases here in Colorado and from travel throughout the United States and the world. People, pets, and livestock and wildlife are all susceptible to many of the infections that can be acquired through the bite of a tick.  The sooner a tick-borne disease is...

#GivingTuesdayNow-Give the Gift of Awareness!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]May 5th, Give the Gift of Awareness! #GivingTuesdayNow: is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has created increased challenges for everyone this year. With warming weather, more people are spending more time outdoors and unfortunately, ticks are not social distancing. Many initial tick-borne disease symptoms are flu-like and may not be readily recognized, especially in light of similar symptoms found with COVID-19 infection.  Access to medical care providers experienced with diagnosing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases has always been challenging, and now more than ever in many communities. with warming weather, more people are spending time outdoors, and tick are NOT social distancing. With an...