Is Lyme the Co-infection for Bartonella?

People who are sick with Lyme disease and treating the disease for years with antibiotics and/or alternative treatments – sometimes with a single protocol and sometimes using several protocols at once – are beginning to wonder, “…maybe I don’t have Lyme, maybe it is something else.”

The   problem continues to rest with inadequate testing for a clear diagnosis. Researchers in Italy and subsequently in the UK have recently (October and November 2011) published findings that demonstrate Bartonella heslslae transferring DNA to human endothelial cells. Endothelial cells are the thin layer of cells that line the interior of blood vessels.   It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to consider the impact of this information with respect to the neurological aspect of our disease(s).

According to Dr. James Schaller (who actively researches and collaborates with doctors from around the world), Bartonella is far more common than Lyme and is spread not only by ticks but by just about every other biting insect you can think of.   He writes in his soon-to-be-published textbook on human infections spread by flea and ticks:

Bartonella is no footnote and is more common than Lyme.  Many years ago when I first got involved in the super specialty of tick and flea infection medicine, no one took Bartonella seriously.  It was presented as an easy to kill infection, and of no real concern.  It was rarely discussed at infection medicine meetings, in guidelines or infection textbooks.   (I noticed the same thing after publishing four books on Babesia – the parasite books I purchased only had two pages on this serious infection).

When I published the most recent book on Bartonella, it showed that Bartonella did not have two or three skin patterns, but vast numbers.   This was a fully new and massively expanded diagnostic tool based on reading the world literature and examining heavily infected patients.   I was also surprised that no one was looking for the chemicals altered by the presence of Bartonella and the dynamic of these chemicals when both Babesia and Bartonella are present.   You can read this in the latter sections of my textbook, Babesia 2009 Update.

This year a new human Bartonella species was added to the over thirty five Bartonella species publically published in Genetic Data banks.   It was discovered and highlighted by the talented veterinarian researcher Edward Breitschwerdt.   He has said things more clearly than the ideas I was pondering in 2005, while doing most of my Bartonella book reading.  

Dr. Breitscwerdt has said simply, but with devastating and highly useful clarity that Bartonella testing is terrible, the treatments are poor, it is typically found on the outside of red blood cells, and the current research on Bartonella is pathetic (referencing one study at NIH.)

 If this was not enough, he said in 2011 Bartonella is carried by more vectors than any infection on the earth.”   So it is hardly a backdoor “eco-infection.”  Indeed, this month Bartonella was literally shown to alter human DNA.   The implications of this possibility are staggering, and may support what I reported six years ago “Bartonella is not killed simply or easily.   My appeal is simple: treating it like a footnote infection is outdated and harmful.

The symptoms of Bartonella are very similar to Lyme but may include other more specific symptoms such as swollen lymph glands, sore throat, painful soles of feet especially in the morning and hyperacusis (sharp pain from sound).   See more on Bartonella.

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