I mistakenly reported that Dr. Alan MacDonald had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – a horrific irony that saddened all of the Lyme community.
I am happy to say that although he was actually diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia (and was not given long to live), he miraculously recovered and is back to his research and helping the medical community unravel the mysteries of Borrelia around the world.
For those of you who don’t know his story, Dr. Alan MacDonald was a pathologist in South Hampton in the 70’s who developed a method for diagnosing spirochetes in vitro using a dark-field microscope. He was known far and wide for his generosity helping other researchers to review blood work while devoting hours to researching Borrelia on top of his responsibilities at the hospital.
Dr. MacDonald gravitated to the exceptional work being done by a fellow pathologist Dr. Paul Duray whose contribution to understanding Borrelia is immeasurable. During his illustrious career, Dr. Duray expanded the number of types of Lyme disease to include:
- Lyme disease related to Parkinson’s disease,
- Lyme disease related to infections within the uterus, some resulting in fetal deaths,
- Lyme disease related to various muscle diseases,
- Lyme disease related to fasciitis which causes inflammation of the fascia, which is the connective tissue surrounding muscles, blood vessels and nerves,
- Lyme disease related to cystitis,
- Lyme disease related to the sometimes fatal cases of ARDS (Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome),
- Lyme disease related to acute inflammation of the spleen sometimes fatal,
- Lyme disease causing hepatitis,
- published many landmark manuscripts which redefined and enlarged the medical and scientific understanding of Lyme disease and resulting symptoms.
- and much, much more.
Dr. MacDonald has set up a grant in his dear friend and mentor’s honor to fund the study of Borrelia and its potential causal effect on MS.
Thankfully, the world continues to benefit from the genius of Dr. Mac Donald with the disappearance of his ailment. Watch one of his more recent presentations below:
Alan MacDonald, PhD; The Biology of Lyme Disease: An Expert’s Perspective: http://youtu.be/r8tESJVvM88
Some more history on Dr. MacDonald’s early years that you may not know, is that he had an immense role in discovering the ways that Borrelia infected humans d and the effect of Borrelia on stillborn and SID babies (that were loaded with spirochetes in each case).
After a long hiatus in Texas, Dr. MacDonald returned to Long Island where he gathered evidence to show 70% of Alzheimer’s brains were loaded with Lyme disease. Dr. MacDonald remains active in research and the invention of research tools that have been immeasurable in their contribution to helping doctors and scientists understand the disease better. See: http://lymediseaseresource.com/wordpress/new-probe-shows-lyme-as-a-cause-of-multiple-sclerosis-victims/