Welcome to Lyme Disease Resource

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the world. Although it is usually easy to treat at the onset, up to 20% of those infected develop a "persister" form of the bacteria which causes "chronic" Lyme disease. Chronic Lyme disease is a form of the disease that can linger for years and cause debilitating symptoms and excruciating pain. Like its cousin Syphilis, Borrelia (Lyme disease) can mimic any disease such as MS, ALS, RA, CFS/ME, Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer's, but unfortunately it is much more difficult to diagnose.  

According to mainstream officials chronic Lyme disease is a misnomer and should correctly be called PTLDS (post treatment Lyme disease syndrome), but doctors are fiercely divided on the cause of lingering symptoms. The Scientific American sums up the medical controversy quite well. In it, a leader of the IDSA and chief of the division of infectious diseases at New York Medical College says, 

“There's been no evidence that this persister phenomenon has any relevance for animals or humans. First, lab studies of B. burgdorferi cannot account for the potential effects of the body's immune system, which might be able to eliminate persisters once the brunt of the infection has cleared. Second, labs have yet to grow B. burgdorferi isolated from people treated with antibiotics, and that raises questions about whether the persisters are even viable and capable of making someone sick." 

This statement flies in the face of over 700 peer-reviewed articles that show irrefutable evidence of persister behavior. Such flagrant lies are not surprising given the heated nature of the disease, and the intractable position prominent doctors have taken on the subject. (“Don’t bother me with the facts, son.”) 

In fact several recent peer-reviewed medical studies by John Hopkins, Stanford and Northeastern, have shown that certain combinations of antibiotics are more effective against  Lyme disease than others. These studies may seem unremarkable but in fact they quietly acknowledge the existence of chronic Lyme disease and the persister phenomenon Wormser denies. 

On the other hand,

"I find it amazing that when you show up at the doctor’s office you are not told that there is a 10 to 20 per­cent chance that your life as you know it has ended,” says Lewis. “Nobody seems to be focusing on the next step: How to pre­vent the sub­se­quent rise of the chronic condition.”

The CDC and the IDSA, the leading agencies responsible for setting a standard of care for the treatment of infectious disease in the US, have staunchly refused to acknowledge that chronic Lyme disease exists, and it will be interesting to see how long it takes for them to change the official position. 

Perhaps this shameful affair can be best understood by the following quote: 

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck (23 April 1858 – 4 October 1947), the originator of modern quantum theories.

This website is a resource for the 20% who have lingering symptoms.

 

   

Jenna Seaver author of lyme disease resource

Jenna in Maui

 

        

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