Treating chronic Lyme disease led to a practice

July 23rd, 2014

MINONG, Wis. – In August of 2013 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, to much fanfare, the number of “reported” cases of Lyme disease each year, approximately 30,000, is 10 times less than the “estimated number of actual cases,” 300,000.

The CDC announcement was a shocking revelation for some but not for others … like Rebecca Keith, a family nurse practitioner at Keith Family Wellness in the village of Minong, Wis., which relocated from Cable, Wis., in January.

Not surprised, Keith said, because Lyme disease is difficult to test, with research showing it fails from 34 to 70 percent of the time (coming up negative when the disease is actually present), and some people have Lyme disease without the classical symptoms of a red bullseye rash on the skin, flu-like symptoms, lack of energy, and headaches, to name a few.

Click here to read the entire article by Frank Zufall, Spooner Advocate, posted by UpNorthExplorer.com.

Research Finds No Improvement In Mercury Levels In Northern Wisconsin Lakes

July 22nd, 2014

An update to a map with fish mercury advisories in the Ceded Territories of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota shows that not much has changed.

In all, 446 lakes have been tested in recent years by the tribes and Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. GLIFWC environmental biologist Sara Moses said of those lakes, 324 have been color-coded with walleye eating advisories.

“We didn’t see a lot of changes,” said Moses. “We have almost 450 lakes on the maps and of those we only had changes in the color or the consumption advice for nine different lakes.”

Four of those lakes had more mercury in the walleye, and five had less. She said mercury levels in the Great Lakes region had been declining since the 1970s until recently, when there was an uptick.

Click here to read the entire article by Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio.