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September 7, 2013

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Prevalence of Lyme Disease in the US Is 10-Times Higher Than Previously Reported

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Article By Dr. Mercola

It's now been fairly well-established that chronic inflammation is an underlying factor in most chronic illnesses. Diseases, such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, cardiomyopathy, gastritis, and chronic fatigue, are all turning out to be expressions of chronic infections.

Lyme disease appears to be a major, yet oftentimes hidden, player. This may sound shocking to you, but diagnosing Lyme is very difficult, so the actual number of cases is high relative to reporting.

According to preliminary statistics just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed in the US each year. This is about 10 times higher than the officially reported number of cases, indicating that the disease is being vastly underreported.


"I can tell you, chronic Lyme does exist, and no matter how long you've had it, there is always hope for a full recovery. It baffles me as to how physicians can deny infection when these organisms are stealth and evade detection and standard treatment protocols."

"While many still attribute Lyme transmission exclusively to ticks, the bacteria may also be spread by other insects, including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, and mites."

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Could Boosting Cholesterol Levels Ease Autism?

By William Shaw, PhD

The concept of "good" and "bad" cholesterol is a frequent topic of conversation these days. While diet plays an important role in the formation of cholesterol, the genetic factors involved with the synthesis and transport of cholesterol are what typically predispose an individual to cholesterol-related health problems. Many people are unaware that much of our cholesterol is actually manufactured by our body's own cells. Determining the significance of serum cholesterol values is not as simplistic as some might believe.

"The brain is the most cholesterol rich organ in the body requiring a large amount to sustain the myelin sheath which coats nerve cells and helps conduct electrical impulses. Cholesterol plays a very important role in brain functioning."

"The authors concluded that lower cholesterol levels in adults are associated with poorer performance on cognitive measures, which place high demands on abstract reasoning, attention/concentration, word fluency, and executive functioning."

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"It's possible that too low a cholesterol could be one of several causes of autism affecting a subgroup of children with autism."
— Eugene Arnold, MD, Ohio State University

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Top Ten Common Questions About Special Education

By Dennise Goldberg
Special Education Advisor Blog

1. What is the special education law that can help my child with a disability?
2. What is the benefit of an IEP for my child?
3. What is Special Education & Related Services?
4. How do I go about starting to get tests to see if my child might have special education needs?

Read all 10 common questions

Your child's IEP will end at the earlier of graduation with a diploma or aging out (at 22). At that point, a summary of Performance (SOP) must be generated for all special education students who are leaving school. The SOP outlines the students academic achievement and how they function in activities of daily living. The SOP will also include recommendations about how to assist the students in meeting post school goals. The SOP is not part of the IEP but is a separate document.

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Could Boosting Cholesterol Levels Ease Autism?

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Top Ten Common Questions About Special Education


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