The Biology of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease, simply stated, is a multi-systemic bacterial
infection spread primarily through the bite of an infected tick. But there is nothing simple about
this virulent organism. It's official name is Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), and it was initially
classified with protozoa because it is so unique. Borrelia possesses the largest number of DNA
replicators making it amongst the most complex bacteria in the
world. The "morphic" enigma.
This informational video is a 3d animation describing how Lyme
disease works inside your body. The presentation was produced by Envita Medical Center (I have no financial
interest in promoting their procedures and do not have any information or testimonials on their
treatment. However, they have produced a number of excellent videos that can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvitaMedicalCenter.
To review, Borrelia burgdorferi is a spiral-shaped "spirochete'
when it enters the human blood stream, and uses that active form to quickly disperse throughout the body and
the "tunnel" into soft tissue. This "smart" bacteria will quickly and easily change it's genetic structure
into two other cell forms: the "L" form and the "cyst" form; and will link up in different combinations of
the three forms.
Some of the more frightening aspects of Lyme disease
- Increasing evidence that the bacteria is
spread by biting insects other than ticks
- Increasing evidence that the bacteria can
be transmitted sexually
But perhaps the most frightening
aspect of Lyme disease is the intelligent survival nature of the
- It immediately adjusts its DNA to evade the immune system
of its new host.
- It can “encyst” within one minute when endangered making
it impervious to antibiotics, freezing and thawing.
- In lab studies, the spirochete removed from the test
subject was genetically different from the spirochete that had been initially injected
- It can burrow into any tissue, even blood cells to avoid
detection, but most commonly bile and other harmless microbes or parasites
- It rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier and wreaks
havoc with the central nervous system and glandular functions (see Lyme Symptom
This video is
amazing documentation filmed by Dr. Alan MacDonald showing spirochetes entering and leaving a biofilm and
explaining the phenomena.
Exciting Research happening in 2014:
Dr. John Aucott of Johns Hopkins, who is identifying early
Lyme disease serum markers to help develop tests that will work during the first month of infection.
Dr. Ben Luft of Stony Brook, who is
working to identify which Lyme strains are the most virulent in different geographic regions, because our current
FDA-approved Lyme tests only look for one of 120 known strains, and testing the viability of a new
Dr. Eva Sapi of the
, who has proven the role of biofilms in allowing Borrelia to create persistent illness in vitro, is now testing
her theory in the human body.
Dr. Karen Newell of Texas A, who is
working on a novel genomic strategy for overriding Lyme’s ability to disrupt the immune
Dr. Brian Fallon of
, who is developing new criteria for diagnosing late Lyme.
Dr. Cheryl Koopman of
, who is working to define symptom clusters to aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease.
**Watch Columbia University's power-point presentation
at: www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/nursing/ m8770/2003/infectious%20diseases.ppt