Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is primarily transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes (“hard ticks”). Lyme disease can also come from infected mice, horses, dogs, cattle, birds and rodents. It is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.Clinical manifestations of Lyme disease are divided into three stages: 1. Flu-like symptoms and a bulls-eye type of skin rash (erythema migrans). 2. Weeks or months later, Bell’s palsy or meningitis-type of neurologic symptoms develop. 3. Months to years later, arthritis develops. Symptoms get progressively worse if the cause of the disease is not eliminated.Physicians usually prescribe antibiotics such as doxycycline, ceftriaxone, or amoxicillin. These seem to be fairly effective against Lyme disease if given within the first two weeks of infection, but the efficacy may diminish over time due to the progressive nature of the disease.Ticks feed once during each of their three stages of life: larval ticks feed in late summer, nymphs in the following spring, and adults during the fall. Most human infections occur during the summer months. Under laboratory conditions the tick was required to feed for 24-36 hours or longer to transmit infections. This means that a human must have the infected tick feeding on them for two days in order to get infected. So the first line of defense against Lyme disease is to spread structured silver gel on high-risk areas of the skin on a daily basis. This daily surveillance should prevent the tick from infecting the skin for a 36-hour period.If you think you have been bitten by a tick within the past two weeks, drink two ounces of liquid structured silver a day and apply gel to the bite four times a day for two weeks.If you have Lyme disease, drink two ounces of structured silver liquid twice a day and apply gel to affected or sore areas twice a day. Continue this for three months, then reduce the dose by half for a month and return to full dose for a month and continue as long as needed. The reason to alternate high and low doses is because the bacterium drills down into muscle and hides from treatment, but rises up out of the muscle when not attacked so a high dose can be more effective a month later.Note: Some people who have a difficult case of Lyme disease may want to drink eight ounces of structured silver at one time to initiate this treatment.For prevention of Lyme disease, drink two teaspoons of structured silver liquid twice a day and apply structured silver gel twice a day.