May 2016 Focus of the Month


                                                                                                    May 2016            

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Lyme is called “The Great Imitator,” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. Patients with Lyme disease are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression.  It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year, however many experts believe the true number of cases is much higher. Symptoms of early Lyme disease may present as a flu-like illness (fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea and joint pain). Some patients have a rash or Bell’s palsy (facial drooping).  Although a rash shaped like a bull’s-eye is considered characteristic of Lyme disease; many people develop a different kind of Lyme rash or none at all.

When detected in its early stage, Lyme disease is treatable with an appropriate course of antibiotic therapy. If undetected and untreated, the disease progresses into its late stages, becoming chronic. Treatment for Chronic Lyme disease is prolonged and complex. Patients often require years of intensive conventional and alternative therapies to fight the infection, recover immune function, and gain strength. Prevent Lyme disease by wearing repellent, checking for ticks daily, showering after being outdoors, and calling your doctor if you develop a fever or rash.


 Mini-Meditation Sessions

· Take a break from your busy mind and experience stillness.

· Reduce anxiety and relax your mind and body

· Improve your memory and concentration

· Enhance your overall mental health

Take 15 minutes to experience the benefits of meditation and recharge                                                                              your mind, body and spirit! Come to the WMRMC Chapel, 2nd Floor.


Wednesday, May 11 at 12pm

                                    Friday, May 20 at 9am

                                    Thursday, May 26 at 3:30pm


                                    Walk-ins welcome. Call Jen at 240-964-8417 for details.