Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Pop star Justin Bieber announced this week that he was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. Apparently, he has been battling it for the past year, but doctors just recently figured out what was wrong with him.
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On Wednesday the 25-year-old Canadian native posted to his Instagram account that he’s also been fighting chronic mono and dealing with depression. Bieber said that his health issues have impacted his “skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”
Bieber said he’ll be sharing more about Lyme in his upcoming YouTube docu-series, Justin Bieber: Seasons beginning January 27.
“These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!! It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP.”
Bieber’s wife, Hailey asked those who were minimizing the severity of Lyme to educate themselves.
Singer Avril Lavigne has dealt with her own Lyme diagnosis since around 2014. Since then she has been a Lyme advocate and started The Avril Lavigne Foundation which supports people with Lyme, serious illness, and other disabilities. Thursday she shared the following to her Instagram,
“Today @JustinBieber shared that he has Lyme disease. There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life.”
Lavigne also reached out to the Biebers on social media…
Justin Bieber’s Net Worth
As a teenager, he was already a multi-millionaire. And, according to insider.com, the Biebs brings in a whopping $80 million per year. Much of this is from his concerts. And don’t forget the documentaries, endorsements, and last but not least… his music.
All total, JB is reportedly worth $265 million.
which leads me to…
The Ugly Truth About Justin Bieber And Lyme
If a celebrity like Justin Bieber, who makes a whopping $80 million per year and has access to all the doctors and resources money can buy, goes a year struggling with serious health problems, undiagnosed…imagine what it’s like for the average person who is dealing with this devastating disease. On an average paycheck. Or none at all because they are too sick to work.
This is what happened to me when I had to resign from my teaching job after become so sick with untreated Lyme and tularemia that I could barely walk and was bedridden for months. And this is what is happening to hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
According to globallymealliance.org, Lyme is a debilitating disease that affects an estimated 427,00 new cases in the U.S. each year. And, per a new study by scientists at Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) and Brown University, by the year 2020,
“more than two million people in the United States could suffer profound disability from post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLD)”BMC Public Health
- a cure for Lyme
- more accurate Lyme testing
- more Lyme and tick-borne disease research
- effective Lyme treatments
- medical insurance coverage for Lyme testing and treatments (because many of the tests and treatments are not covered)
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How You Can Protect Yourself From Lyme
The best ways to prevent Lyme disease (and other tick-borne diseases) is prevention. Here are some tips to help protect you and your loved ones.
- Avoid tick habitats. They love piles of leaves, grass, bushes, and logs. If you’re going for a hike be sure to stay on the cleared trail and away from grasslands.
- Dress to protect your body and make ticks easy to spot. Wear socks, long pants tucked into tall boots, long sleeves, and light-colored clothes.
- Spray your exposed skin and shoes with tick repellant. DEET, lemon eucalyptus oil, and picaridin have been proven most effective against ticks.
- Check yourself and your children for ticks. Pay close attention to the warmest parts of the body because this is where ticks tend to migrate. Armpits, back of knees, belly button, scalp, groin, etc.
- Take a shower as soon as you come inside and feel for any bumps that could be embedded ticks.
- Throw your clothes in a hot dryer for 10 to 15 minutes before washing them to kill hidden ticks.
- Don’t forget to check your pets for ticks every time they come inside. You can talk to your vet about appropriate tick prevention products.
Additional Lyme Resources
After Justin Bieber shared his Lyme diagnosis earlier this week I read several news articles and noticed there are many things being reported as facts that are dangerously false. This is really concerning.
Below are a few more resources to give you quick, research-based information about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
- 16 Facts About Lyme Disease: A National Epidemic
- Symptoms & Stages Of Lyme
- New York Times, This Is Lyme.
- Quick List Of The Most Common Tick-Borne Diseases
- 21 Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease Naturally
- Undiagnosed & Suffering With Lyme Disease: I Felt Like I Was Dying
- Top 10 Ways To Prevent Lyme Disease (And Other Tick-Borne Diseases)
This includes information on how to remove an embedded tick.
Summary – Justin Bieber And Lyme Disease
I’m always saddened when I hear someone is struggling with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. And, although I would never wish this disease on another person, I hope that Justin Bieber’s struggle with Lyme will help shed light on the challenges of living with this disease and bring much-needed awareness.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful and would love it if you could share it with your friends and family.
Do you know anyone with Lyme or tick-borne disease? How are they coping with it? Any thoughts on celebrities and awareness?
Share your thoughts below…I’d love to hear from you!