Lyme disease is the fastest growing and most prevalent vector-borne disease in North America and Europe and continues to infect people in every country spreading around the world with frightening speed and intensity.
As most people are aware, one of the biggest problems for the doctors trying to stop this epidemic is that there is not currently a 100% accurate diagnostic test available, and due to heated debate regarding the behavior of the bacteria once a human is infected and appropriate treatment, the sick continue to get sicker as the number of new cases climbs each year.
Although there are several notable projects addressing these problems, in Europe, a very unique project is underway that should give everyone hope for better diagnostic resources in the future. HILYSENS, a 2 year R+D project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) under Research for the Benefit of the SMEs was officially started on November 1st, 2010. The Kick-off Meeting was held in Barcelona on November 8th, hosted by AROMICS at the PCB and has continued to attract grants and donations to this important project. Continue reading
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A group of clever researchers from Cornell have studied the anti-neural antibody reactivity in the brain of patients who have “Post Lyme Disease Syndrome” as compared to healthy people who have recovered from Lyme disease (and a control group of healthy people who have not had Lyme disease) in an effort to analyze the immune system abnormalities with respect to lingering symptoms, and mechanical evidence of possible permanent damage to the brain and/or clues to treatment in the future.
“Post Lyme Disease Syndrome” is the politically correct diagnosis for a patient suffering with Lyme symptoms who has been treated in accordance with the “IDSA Guidelines.” Continue reading
Bee Venom Therapy – or “BVT” is the therapeutic application of honeybee venom, through live bee stings, to bring relief and healing for various spinal, neural, joint, or musculo-skeletal ailments.
This treatment is not to be confused with oral products which have a very small therapeutic benefit, but actual venom which can also be administered by injection and homeopathic – with each treatment weaker than the one listed first. Continue reading
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Lyme Disease sufferers need to be aware that having mercury poisoning and Lyme Disease at the same time can be a confusing, frustrating,scary experience.
We have ample evidence of the many ways in which we contract Lyme disease – and many ways which seem obvious but are very controversial.
Mercury poisoning is a different type of infection, and the methods for contracting mercury poisoning are incredibly varied.
Perhaps the top ways in which we are poisoned by mercury is from dental fillings Continue reading
I received an astounding email from a long-time LDR member last fall claiming that three (3) deer ticks had been found in her garage in Texas! I thought, “…just when you think things can’t get any stranger…” Well, my friend explained the circumstances and how she had cleverly thought to find a lab to mail the ticks to in order to find out what kind they were and if they had spirochetes. As luck would have it, the ticks made their way eventually to Dr. Esteve-Gassent. Imagine their surprise when the specimins weren’t lone star ticks after all! Continue reading
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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
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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Tagged IDSA, lyme, treatment
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
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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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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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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Tagged CDC, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, lyme, XMRV