Innovative NanoTrap Could Diagnose Lyme Disease Earlier and More Accurately

Innovative NanoTrap Could Diagnose Lyme Disease Earlier and More Accurately

George Mason University (in Fairfield Virginia) has a motto – “Where Innovation is Tradition.”

During this radical technological revolution, it is inspiring to see this top-tier university keeping pace with the fierce competition in the medical field with a recent press release that is so exciting I almost hesitate to share it. Continue reading

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Is Lyme Disease Fatal?

Is Lyme Disease Fatal?

Is Lyme disease fatal? Yes, of course it is.

Before you panic, just because you feel like you are dying right now doesn’t mean that your Lyme disease is going to put you in the grave anytime soon. However, Lyme disease can infect any and/or all of your organs – most dangerously your heart and brain. Continue reading

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More Scientific Evidence Validates Chronic Lyme Disease

More Scientific Evidence Validates Chronic Lyme Disease

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) collaborated with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to discover around 3,000 proteins in the spinal fluids of people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease.

“We discovered that both diseases – chronic fatigue syndrome and post-treatment neurological Lyme disease – are central nervous system disorders,” said Steven Schutzer, professor of medicine at UMDNJ. “They have their own characteristic set of spinal fluid proteins that lets us distinguish one from the other.” Continue reading

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The Myth of the Deer Tick and How You Get Lyme Disease

The Myth of the Deer Tick and How You Get Lyme Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Lyme disease is passed to humans by the bite of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks in the eastern United States) and western black-legged ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.

However, that is just not true. Continue reading

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It Could Be Worse: Chagas

It Could Be Worse: Chagas

Chagas, or the “Kissing Bug” appears to be on the rise.  For those of us with chronic Lyme disease, which many consider incurable once it has been in the body for a certain length of time, Chagas is also incurable unless it is treated at the onset like Borrelia burgdorferi.  Unlike, Bb, Chagas is a parasite that enters the host after the bug bite is itched – usually on the face (which is why it is called the “Kissing Bug”) but the fatalities are alarming. Continue reading

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Antibiotics: A Dirty Word or Miracle Cure for Chronic Lyme Disease?

Antibiotics: A Dirty Word or Miracle Cure for Chronic Lyme Disease?

Antibiotics have been hailed as the super cure in their vaulted past, but over the years, as people have begun to die and suffer terrible side effects due to over-use, and still others who become sick from even a small amount of antibiotics, there is a new wave of bad publicity towards antibiotics, and rightly so when taken casually.

But for those of us with chronic Lyme disease, the risks involved with taking antibiotics – for years even- are absolutely worth it.  Many will admit to thinking that death is not a punishment compared to the hell we live with each day. Continue reading

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Heather’s Battle with Mesothelioma

Heather's Battle with Mesothelioma

I can’t speak for you, but I know that I get so focused on Lyme disease that I forget about the millions of other people who suffer from unknown, poorly understood or misunderstood diseases – some of them very different but the pain and suffering is the same. 

I am glad Heather agreed to share her story with us and hope that there are more of you out there who will have the corage to share your story.  No judgement here – just love and support.  Heather writes… Continue reading

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There is no Lyme in Canada except for…

There is no Lyme in Canada except for...

There is no Lyme in Canada except for several strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia miyamotoi,and even Borrelia Kurtenbachii.ABSTRACT Published in the American Society for Microbiology in AEM magazine May 2012 Issue.

Written by Nicolas Ogden for the State of Canada Zoonoses Division, Centre for Food-Borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Public Health Agency of Canada. Continue reading

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Phage Therapy For Chronic Lyme Disease? Part Two

Phage Therapy For Chronic Lyme Disease? Part Two

For those who are interested in how phage therapy could be a superior treatment for chronic Lyme disease, it is exciting to note that statistically infectious diseases are cured more efficiently in current studies than antibiotics in the same infections.

It is important to note that phage therapy does not work well when there are multiple infections involved, but it is fascinating nonetheless. Continue reading

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Phage Therapy For Chronic Lyme Disease? Part One

Phage Therapy For Chronic Lyme Disease? Part One

What is Phage Therapy? Although Eli Lilly (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the US) promoted phage therapy commercially until antibiotics became popular and now it is virtually unknown in the United States. However, phage therapy has been practiced successfully in Russia and other parts of the world for ninety years.

The following information was provided by Professor Zemphira Alavidze, PhD, Head of Laboratory Phage Morphology and Biology at the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Morphology, and Virology which is a part of the Georgian Academy of Sciences in the Republic of Georgia. Continue reading

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Please Help Me – I Have Lyme Disease and I Want to Kill Myself!

Please Help Me – I Have Lyme Disease and I Want to Kill Myself!

When I first considered writing a book about Lyme disease, I realized that based on the hundreds of emails I receive, I would need to include a chapter on suicide.

It is not a pleasant topic, and many suffering with chronic Lyme disease spend hours fantasizing about the end to all pain and suffering versus the hope to get their life back. Yet the seriousness and intensity of such thoughts cause most to “clam-up” on the subject which isolates them even more. Continue reading

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Original Rife Machine for Chronic Lyme Disease

Original Rife Machine for Chronic Lyme Disease

Dr. Rife claimed back in the 1930′s that his technology would successfully kill thousands of cultures of organisms, including almost all kinds of disease known to mankind.

Organisms from tuberculosis, cancer, sarcoma, the tumor resembling cancer but not so mortal as it; streptococcus infection, typhoid fever, staphylococcus infection and two forms of leprosy were among many which the scientist reported are killed by the waves. He said that his laboratory experiments indicated that the method could be used successfully and safely, in organisms at work in living tissues. Continue reading

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New Lyme Disease Acknowledged

New Lyme Disease Acknowledged

The miyamotoi spirochete was discovered in Japan in 1995. It was at first believed to be limited to those islands. It then began appearing elsewhere in the Pacific including California and other western states in America.

In 2001, Dr. Fish found it in about 2 percent of the deer ticks in the Northeast and Upper Midwest and proved that mice could pick it up from tick bites.

In spite of all this evidence, researchers could not find grant money to research the new strain in order to find out whether or not it caused disease or not (some strains of spirochetes cause no more than a rash, some apparently do not cause any illness, and of course some like Borrelia burgdoferi are virulent and potentially lethal.) Continue reading

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Do I Have Babesia?

Do I Have Babesia?

A Common Emerging Stealth Infection by Dr. James Schaller

Below are examples of signs, symptoms and indirect ways to help increase the diagnosis of Babesia.   An examination of public genetic databases shows well over thirty-five species exist, many of which have variants.

Please note that an unknown percentage of people infected have no symptoms, at least for many years. Continue reading

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Does Radioactive EMF Contribute to Chronic Lyme Disease?

Does Radioactive EMF Contribute to Chronic Lyme Disease?

If you had the time to listen to the fascinating interview presented on this blog last week between Dr. Mercola, Dr. Klinghardt and chronic Lyme disease, you may have heard Dr. Klinghardt’s assessment of the ultimate havoc that radioactive EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields) have on our health.

Today, every person on the planet is enveloped in radioactive electromagnetic field (EMF) pollution. Continue reading

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Fight IDSA Stranglehold on Meaningful Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease

Fight IDSA Stranglehold on Meaningful Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease

This is a letter from Paul Mall, Lyme awareness activist in the Boston area.  He has been keeping tabs on the continuing war being waged on the IDSA over their guidelines and murky conflict of interest amongst IDSA board members, as well as their utter disregard of new information that affects Lyme and the treatment of Lyme.

He writes about a planned protest coming up in Boston: Continue reading

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Dr. Eva Sapi Forges Ahead With Exciting New Lyme Cultures

Dr. Eva Sapi Forges Ahead With Exciting New Lyme Cultures

CALDA printed the following information in their blog recently.  The article, “HARDSCIENCEONLYME: Lyme Culture Made Easy, Antibiotic Effectiveness, and Mechanisms of Persistence” written by CALDA’s President Lorraine Johnson can also be found on CALDA’s new website http://www.lymedisease.org/:

Dr. Eva Sapi and colleagues have published an important study today, “Evaluation of in-vitro antibiotic susceptibility of different morphological forms of Borrelia burgdorferi”.  I have included the link to the article, which is available free of charge at Dove Press, at the end of this post and encourage you to read it.  Continue reading

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Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish

I think that we can all relate to this!  A fellow Lyme-sufferer from a Lyme forum allowed me to reprint this very touching essay.

Hi to all of my friends and family,

I am writing this e-mail because today is my birthday. I am very ill in bed today. It is okay. I am okay. I have my hard days with this illness. I want to tell a little bit of my story of my journey in the last 2 years. Continue reading

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Lyme Boost – Moose Dying In Maine from Ticks

Lyme Boost – Moose Dying In Maine from Ticks

In a vast section of the Maine Wilderness there were one hundred and forty-two (142) moose found dead according to a recent article in the Bangor Daily News (December 2, 2011). These apparently healthy moose are found dead covered with ticks which points to the astronomical increase in tick population, and fuels the raging epidemic of Lyme disease and other potentially fatal tick born diseases. (Article link at end of post)

The moose were unmarked and dead for no apparent reason other than the fact that they were completely covered in ticks.   Their natural predators will not eat the moose in this condition,but the ticks will.   The ticks fill their bellies and hop off to breed more – up to three thousand youngsters each. Continue reading

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XMRV: Will The Baby Be Thrown Out With The Bath Water

XMRV: Will The Baby Be Thrown Out With The Bath Water

In 2009, “Science Magazine” published a newly released paper from Whittemore Peterson Institute about the existence of XMRV, (which stands for xenotropic murine leukemia virus related virus,) which looked to be a causative agent in CFS, Fibromyalgia, Prostate Cancer and several other neuro-immune disorders.

The race was on.

All around the world there were doors opened for research scientists to apply this remarkable discovery and try to find better diagnostic tools, better treatment and of course – the great career maker – finding a cure. Continue reading

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Why Is My Child So Sick? Chronic Lyme Disease, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Poison?

Why Is My Child So Sick? Chronic Lyme Disease, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Poison?

As much as I hate being sick, I continually give thanks that my children are all healthy. Given the choice, I think it is quite safe to say that most parents would trade places and take on any illness or disease to keep their children from suffering.

So what do you do when you find out your child is sick – especially with a painful, chronic,and difficult to treat disease such Chronic Lyme Disease?

Certainly it is more common these days for children to be diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or Autism, but the frightening evidence emerging from research labs across the country is that there appears to be a connection between these diseases and Lyme, and in fact may be even caused by Lyme. Continue reading

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URGENT NEWS: HGRV (XMRV) Likely Involved With Chronic Lyme Disease

URGENT NEWS: HGRV (XMRV) Likely Involved With Chronic Lyme Disease

The first symposium on the third known human retrovirus, XMRV, was recently held in Reno Nevada at Whittemore Peterson. Feeling the need to share this important news, Dr. Burrascano sent the following message: Continue reading

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The Miracle of 5-year old Italian Aloe Arborescens and Honey

The Miracle of 5-year old Italian Aloe Arborescens and Honey

 This blog post comes from my personal research as I am trying to determine the best decision to make for my ravaged neurological system, depleted immunoglobulins, and in general my sub-normal immune system. My LLD, Dr. Katz, is a brilliant Neurologist who leaves nothing to chance, and one of the hard parts of his job is to determine the delicate balance that needs to be restored in each client. “IVIG is not a Lyme treatment,” he emphasizes to each Lyme sufferer.

But we all can see the seduction for chronic sufferers who have been so very ill and in such terrible pain. Will this be the answer? Continue reading

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Successful Mapping of the Genetic Blueprint of 13 Strains of Lyme Disease

Successful Mapping of the Genetic Blueprint of 13 Strains of Lyme Disease

Dr. Luft at Stony Brook University Medical Center is once again on the forefront of exciting and meaningful new discoveries regarding Lyme disease that may actually change the face of our hopeless battlefield between modern medicine and the spirochete Borellia burgdorferi.

In addition to Dr. Luft, co-authors of “Whole Genome Sequences of Thirteen Isolates of Borrelia burgdorferi” include: Dr. Steven E. Schutzer, Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett and Dr. Emmanuel F. Mongodin of the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland; Dr. Sherwood R. Casjens, Department of Pathology, University of Utah Medical School; Dr. Wei-Gang Qiu, Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and Dr. John J. Dunn, Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

According to “Newswise”, the finding is crucial to advancing research on Lyme disease, the most frequent tick-borne infection in North America and Europe, and may lead to better diagnostics and a vaccine. Dr. Luft presented the research results at an October 11 meeting in Washington, D.C., at the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more about the incredible importance of this achievement – the study is reported in the early online edition of the Journal of Bacteriology at http://jb.asm.org, and Long Island’s “Newsday” (picture compliments of Newsday photos)

The first complete genome sequence of one strain of B. burgdorferi more than 10 years ago has helped researchers understand the pathogenesis of the disease. However, this understanding was limited with only a single genome sequence on one strain completed. By determining all genome sequences of B. burgdorferi, the researchers are providing a foundation for novel detection of Lyme disease, diagnostic approaches and prevention strategies. The timing is critical, as disease occurrence has become widespread over the past decade throughout the United States and part of Europe.

“By characterizing every gene in the Lyme disease agents family, we have a blueprint of every possible characteristic of the organism,” says Dr. Luft, senior author on the study. “This is the building block to developing more accurate and effective diagnostic tests, therapeutic agents and vaccines.

“We are depositing the millions of nucleotides that we have sequenced in the public database so that this valuable information will help to further enhance our research and that of other Lyme disease investigators.”

Dr. Luft and colleagues point out in the study that improved diagnostics are needed because the best clinical sign of Lyme disease, the erythema migrans skin rash, does not always occur in patients. In addition, diagnostic assays and vaccines developed before their blueprint of the entire genome of B. burdorferi have had less than satisfactory results.

“A driving force for doing this project was the observation that certain forms of the bacteria can be more invasive than others,” adds Dr. Steven E. Schutzer, lead author, and Professor of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. “We wanted to find out why and how to identify this property.”

Originally posted October 12, 2010

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Some Win Big & Some Lose Big On Marshall Protocol

Some Win Big & Some Lose Big On Marshall Protocol

I repeatedly try to reassure those who have failed on one or many protocols that it may just be the unique mixture of diseases and immune response, and/or immune strength.

It is devastating as this reader will tell you after her most recent commitment to Marshall Protocol. Meet Mindy who has suffered unbearably. Continue reading

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