Welcome to the Howard County Lyme Awareness Group’s website. We are located in Howard County, Maryland. This page will provide you with information about our upcoming events and with resources to learn more about Lyme disease. If you find a great link or article or have questions, email us at LymeAware1@gmail.com . Read a bit about my own story at http://usmwf.usmd.edu/article1012.pdf .

Demystifying Herbal Medicine for Lyme Disease – Guest Presenter at our Support Meeting April 22nd

Come out and join us at our next support group meeting to be held on Sunday, April 22nd from 3 – 4:30 pm in Columbia. Our meetings are always FREE and open to people suffering from Lyme and other Tick Borne illnesses, their family members, and those who support them.

TOPIC:  Demystifying Herbal Medicine for Lyme Disease

DESCRIPTION: Since the time man has walked the planet, herbs have been used for healing.  Herbs can enhance healing in many ways.  They can enhance health as an addition to the diet or in the form of medicinal extracts in capsule, tincture or powder.   Get familiar with 5 key herbs that enhance healing from Lyme disease.  Learn potential herb-drug interactions and how to purchase safe, quality supplements.

We are fortunate enough to have guest presenter, Rebecca Snow, a local nutritionist, herbalist and educator. Rebecca has been specializing in Chronic Lyme Disease since 2004.  Currently she practices in Catonsville, MD at the Avalon Yoga and Wellness Center. Visit her site at www.rebeccasnow.com .

Rebecca was the founding director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she worked for 10 years in a variety of roles as faculty, clinic supervisor and administrator.

She holds a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from MUIH and has completed coursework at the Dreamtime Center for Herbal Studies. She also completed an International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) preceptorship. She is a Certified Nutritional Specialist through the American College of Nutrition, a licensed nutritionist in the State of Maryland, a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.

REGISTER:For address information and to let the group know you plan to attend, please email LymeAware1@gmail.com .

Promise of a new test!

A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens.
Read more about it here: https://www.lymedisease.org/serochip-tbd-testing-columbia/

Boy & Girl Scout Resources


Signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease – handout

How to properly remove a tick and what to do if bitten – valuable information/link

Lyme Disease Quick Facts Infographic – link


Prevention flyer for scouts – flyer

How to apply Permethrin to your clothes – video on youtube

Permethrin: Safe for humans and has been used by the US Military for years in treating soldier’s uniforms. Encouraged to treat all clothing but especially boots, sneakers, socks, backpacks, bags, and even tents (will not compromise rain permeability). A spray treatment lasts through six washings or six weeks! Can purchase at REI, Walmart, and on Amazon.com .

Another option: send your clothes away to be treated by InsectShield – EPA-registered to last through 70 launderings—the expected lifetime of a garment.

Protect your yard – we are finding ticks everywhere, but you can do something about it- visit TickEncounter Resource Center


Repellents vs. Insecticides: What to Use

Be Tick Smart booklet


Permethrin General Fact Sheet

Lyme Disease Myths and Facts

Tick Bite Comic Strip

Tick Bustr Patch Program GSCBergen County NJ


Study of children with Lyme and high rate of knee arthritis – article here

Kids and Lyme: How it Affects Their Learning – document by Sandy Berenbaum, LCSW

Children with Lyme and other tick-borne illness – link to information about getting help for your child regarding school issues


www.LymeDisease.org – National website on Lyme Disease with fantastic articles and resources

www.ILADS.org  – International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society- doctor driven site

www.MarylandLyme.org – Maryland-focused site on Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses

www.TickEncounter.org – the TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) is located at the University of Rhode Island. TickEncounter is the outreach arm of a multi-pronged approach to “solving the tick problem” both locally, nationally, and around the globe. (Great Resource here for Tick Testing).


Watch award winning documentary on Lyme Disease – free on VEOH entitled, “Under Our Skin” – extremely eye opening!


LYME EVENT: Lyme Detoxing and How to Prepare for Winter


When: Sunday, October 9th, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: VitaScript Compunding Pharmacy

            6345 Woodside Court, Suite 102, Columbia, MD 21046

Please join us for a fantastic presentation by Pharmacist, Dr. Lynn Shumake, M.S., P.D., as he will discuss the role of detox as a method of “Fall cleaning” to improve the digestive/immune system for the forthcoming Winter Season. He’ll cover detoxing as a cleaning up the diet and the role of nutrients and the use of botanicals that can assist in optimizing the immune system and reducing inflammation. Dr. Shumake will also talk about the various methods that Lyme patients in particular may use; discuss individual supplements/herbal combinations, their effectiveness, dosing and typical costs. It’s FREE to attend as usual.


Our regular October Lyme support group meeting will take place at the VitaScript Pharmacy.

Lyme Support Group Meeting & Speaker- Oct. 9th

PLEASE HOLD THIS DATE: We are confirming a speaker, Dr. Lynn Shumake, who will discuss detoxing and preparing our bodies and immune systems for winter. (I’m not sure yet, if the event will be at my home or at another location – updates will follow.)

Our next scheduled Howard County Lyme Support Group meeting will be held on Sunday, October 9th from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at my home in Columbia, MD. If interested in attending, please RSVP and I will send you my address. Everyone is welcome!


Re-watch Dr. Kathy Spreen Informational Lyme Webinar

If you are new to the site or just need a refresher course on Lyme, symptoms, prevention, and treatment, please watch the webinar our group put on last year with Dr. Kathy Spreen.

It’s also located on the bar to the right.