There are so many theories that are stated as facts by medical doctors or journalists who don’t take the time to read the pathology from the scientists (medical and licensed professionals).
I surmise that the medical doctors state what fits with their belief system and what they have been taught in medical school. They are just too busy following their profession to dig deeper.
So, what do you think?
True or False? Lyme disease causes many fatalities every year.
TRUE! There is no method for calculating how many people have died from Lyme disease MSIDS, however we can extrapolate that the number is growing every year,
Lyme carditis was the first listed cause of death by Lyme, but researchers have known for decades that spirochetes congregate in the soft tissue of the heart imitating other heart conditions but without the supporting diagnosis because doctors are not trained to look for Borrelia when examining heart attack victims.
In 2013, three young men died of Lyme carditis who didn’t even know they had Lyme (see http://lymediseaseresource.com/wordpress/people-are-dying-from-lyme-who-dont-know-they-have-it/)
According to CDC in 2013 the top causes of death are:
- Heart disease: 611,105
- Cancer: 584,881
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
- Diabetes: 75,578
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (kidney failure): 47,112
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149
Other than cancer and accidents, any of these “causes”can be due to Borrelia. Who knows how many of these deaths were actually caused by Lyme disease?
Alzheimer’s for instance, thanks to Dr. Alan MacDonald’s study of Alzheimer’s brains, we learned that 70% of the brains taken from people declared dead due to Alzheimer’s disease were actually caused by Borrelia burgdorferi.
The work of Dr. Elisabeth Aberer and Dr. Paul H. Duray (below) illustrates that spirochetes in controlled Laboratory conditions, often show profiles which are not spiral, but indeed may show the profile of “curved rods” and many other shapes.
Lack of awareness of this peer reviewed manuscript is an extreme disadvantage to formulating a correct issue Pathology diagnosis of Borrelia infection in tissue . The Molecular studies in this case of heart valve tissue which was surgically removed, rigorously confirm that the DNA of Borrelia burgdorferi group Sl (B. Afzeli) was resident in the diseased heart valve tissues.
Perhaps the easiest number to track of Lyme related deaths are due to suicide when friends, family, spouses and doctors abandon the depressed patient who may have suffered for years being labeled as a hypochondriac or worse.
True or False? To get infected with Lyme disease a tick must be attached to you for 24 – 48 hours.
FALSE! Spirochetes have been found in the saliva of ticks which is exposed to the host within minutes of being bitten. The original study that the CDC based this information on was the length of time it took Borrelia to infect rabbits, not people. Research studies that support this.
True or False? Lyme disease can be cured with two – three weeks of antibiotics.
FALSE: According to The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, there has never in been one study that proves absolutely – even in the simplest way – that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures Lyme disease, especially in chronic infections. However there are hundreds of studies in medical literature around the world that show evidence of Borrelia persisting in spite of antibiotic treatments, especially if they are not strong enough or for long enough duration.
It takes Borrelia spirochetes 21 – 28 days to reproduce and antibiotics function by preventing bacteria from reproducing so at the very least one would need 2 cycles of growth to ensure that all the bacteria have been eliminated. Most bacteria grows much faster and succumbs to antibiotics much faster accordingly.
Unfortunately most medical doctors follow the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA not ILADS) recommended 2 week course of 100 mg doxycycline in all cases which is not supported by current research and clinical evidence. This problem has resulted in many thousands of unresolved cases of Lyme disease MSIDS which should have been cured in the first month.
The return of symptoms indicates the continued presence of Lyme disease MSIDS and the need for further treatment. And once a case of Lyme disease MSIDS becomes chronic, many months or even years of antibiotics may be required. Dr. Joe Burrascano recommends 3 months symptom free before discontinuing antibiotics.
True or false? If you have a bulls-eye rash, you might not have Lyme disease.
TRUE! There are only four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body, and not all of the species that infected the skin invaded the rest of the body. There were also some species that invaded the body while not causing a rash. The experiment is detailed in “Cure Unknown” by Pamela Weintraub. That means a more reliable way to diagnose Lyme disease is clinically (by symptoms), flu in the spring, summer or fall, or joint pain that moves around.
That also means that a huge percentage of people who apparently were cured by a short dose of antibiotics may not have ever been infected with the four most invasive strains which would negate all of the studies done using a bulls-eye rash as one of the determining factors for infection.
True or False: Lyme disease is transmitted sexually.
TRUE! A study published in January 2014 in the January issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine suggests that Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted. Borrelia, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease MSIDS is a cousin of Syphilis so it is hardly surprising that it would also be transmitted sexually. In fact Borrelia has been found in all of the bodily fluids.
The present study was a collaborative effort by an international team of scientists. In addition to Middelveen, a veterinary microbiologist from Canada, researchers included molecular biologists Jennie Burke, Augustin Franco and Yean Wang and dermatologist Peter Mayne from Australia working with molecular biologists Eva Sapi and Cheryl Bandoski, family practitioner Hilary Schlinger and internist Raphael Stricker from the United States. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11506441.htm
Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the study presented in Carmel. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”
In the study, researchers tested semen samples and vaginal secretions from three groups of patients: control subjects without evidence of Lyme disease, random subjects who tested positive for Lyme disease, and married heterosexual couples engaging in unprotected sex who tested positive for the disease.
As expected, all of the control subjects tested negative for Borrelia burgdorferi in semen samples or vaginal secretions. In contrast, all women with Lyme disease tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi in vaginal secretions, while about half of the men with Lyme disease tested positive for the Lyme spirochete in semen samples. Furthermore, one of the heterosexual couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their genital secretions.
“The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne.
“We don’t yet understand why women with Lyme disease have consistently positive vaginal secretions, whilst semen samples are more variable. Obviously there is more work to be done here.”
Dr. Stricker pointed to the unknown risks of contracting Lyme disease raised by the study.
“There is always some risk of getting Lyme disease from a tickbite in the woods,” he said. “But there may be a bigger risk of getting Lyme disease in the bedroom.”
True or False? If you don’t see a tick bite, or haven’t been walking in rural woods or fields you most likely do not have Lyme disease.
FALSE! About 50 – 70 percent of Lyme victims do not remember being bitten.
Also, as stated above, there are only four out of twenty species studied from Shelter Island that can leave the skin and infect the rest of the body.
Baby ticks and juvenile ticks are smaller than a poppy seed or pin head and exposure is very easy to miss. Ticks in any stage secrete a chemical agent that numbs the skin and makes the bite unnoticeable.
University of California-Berkeley published research in 2004 in which researchers sat on logs throughout the state for five minutes at a time and 30 percent of the time there was tick exposure on close examination.
After an infected tick bite, flu-like symptoms can appear right away or within a few weeks, or the infection can go dormant for months. They can even appear years later, depending on a person’s immune function, general health and other stressors, infections or toxic exposures all of which contribute to “total body load.”
We also now know that the spirochete has a cyst form that is very resistant to changes in temperature, oxygen, pH, and most antimicrobial drugs. These cysts are even hidden from the immune system. As such the cyst form can morph back into the spirochete form if favorable conditions occur later, and this is postulated to be the reason that some people have relapses of symptoms and the infection.
True or False? If you don’t see a bulls-eye rash or EM (erythema migrans) you most likely do not have Lyme disease.
FALSE! Only about 38 percent of individuals ever exhibit a bulls-eye rash.
True or False? You can only get one type or “species” of Lyme disease from one tick.
FALSE! As further research revealed, some ticks were found to carry up to a dozen different species of Borrelia and so the relapsing fever associated with these different types of ticks may or may not be associated with the dozens of other symptoms associated with Lyme disease.
True or False? A strong immune system will eradicate Lyme disease.
FALSE! Spirochetes are a bacteria that evade the immune system. A strong immune system will help slow down the spread of Borrelia, but just like it’s cousin syphilis, Borrelia must be killed with organic or pharmaceutical treatments.
Researchers have found in lab animals and in patients with extremely strong immune system that Borrelia will successfully invade and wear down the immune system.
For details on how this occurs see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3636972/
True or False: Lyme disease is passed in pregnancy from mother to child.
True! Scientists have long suspected that the spiral-shaped Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgoferi, can be passed in utero, since other “spirochetes” – most notably the syphilis bacteria – are known to be transmitted in the womb, causing a range of birth defects.
Ruth Kriz, a Washington, D.C.-based nurse practitioner who specializes in a painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis, which can be caused by tick-borne infections, including Lyme, says that she, too, has seen cases of Lyme that have been passed mother-to-child. She is not surprised that studies have been inconclusive. Kriz noticed that when a woman is first infected with Lyme, her immune system may mount a robust response that protects the fetus if she becomes pregnant. But over time, as the disease takes its toll, her immune system weakens, and symptoms begin to manifest and become worse.
“I’ve seen women who were infected long before they were pregnant and I’ve checked their children – the first-born is in good shape, but the third-born is badly infected,” Kriz said. “I’ve seen it in several families.”
True or False? A tick larvae must eat a blood meal from an infected animal before it is capable of transmitting Lyme disease.
FALSE! B. burgdorferi and B. miyamotoi have been found in tick larvae before having a blood meal. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877959X12000672, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1215469)
Krause, D. (2013, January 17). Human Borrelia miyamotoi Infection in the United States — NEJM. Retrieved December 1, 2014, from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1215469
Lindsay Rollend,, Durland Fish, James E. Childs . (2012, June 19). Transovarial transmission of Borrelia spirochetes by Ixodes scapularis: A summary of the literature and recent observations. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
Marianne Middelveen, Jennie Burke, Augustin Franco, Yean Wang, Peter Mayne, Eva Sapi, Cheryl Bandoski, Hilary Schlinger, Raphael Stricker. (2014, Jan 25). Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted, Study Suggests. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2014, from http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11506441.htm