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Excerpted from Natural News: (08/27/2015)
For some, early treatment with antibiotics is effective. For others and for those in the late stages of infection, antibiotics may be ineffective for the following reasons:
- Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has a corkscrew shape that allows it to bore deep into tissues and cartilage (including the brain and nervous system), safely out of reach of most antibiotics.
- Borrelia burgdorferi can give up its corkscrew shape and convert to a form that is able to live inside cells (“intracellular”) where again, antibiotics have less reach.
- Borrelia burgdorferi, along with other similar microbes, can form dormant cysts that are completely resistant to antibiotics; the harder you hit it, the more resistant it becomes.
- Borrelia burgdorferi is usually accompanied and aided by co-infections of other stealth microbes that also live inside cells.
Antibiotic resistance occurs at a high rate with these types of microbes. An antibiotic is one single chemical substance. Bacteria, such as Borrelia (and also its co-infections), respond slowly to antibiotics and have more time to develop resistance to the antibiotic. In other words, the longer they can hang on, the more likely they are to become completely antibiotic resistant. Using multiple antibiotics at once seems to accelerate this process and alternating antibiotics doesn’t seem to help. Resistant bacteria become even more entrenched.
Antibiotics destroy the normal flora (friendly bacteria) in the gut and skin, causing bacterial imbalance and a host of other symptoms in the body. Most importantly, use of antibiotics suppresses immune function, which may present the greatest hurdle to recovery—you cannot get well without optimal immune function.
Borrelia burgdorferi can exist in biofilms, which are protected colonies of microbes that form on a surface (such as plaque on your teeth), but what role this plays in Lyme disease is controversial. The symptom profile of Lyme disease suggests that it is not a biofilm disease and that biofilms are not a big factor in overcoming Lyme.
Anyone who has spoken to a person who has had Lyme disease (LD) or is still suffering from the disease is generally taken aback by how paranoid they are of the outdoors. They are generally militant about tick protection and overly cautious about grassy areas. So much so, you would think that they would be afraid to leave their house without being fully encapsulated in a suit of latex, or more appropriately referred to as a ProphylaTICK.
This paranoia is not without merit. Since the 80’s, the threat of contracting LD has been significantly underplayed. The warnings that Lyme advocates have preached have, for the most part, been dismissed as unproven scientifically. But, as the years go by, researchers are slowly confirming many of the warnings Lymies have been preaching all along. These include:
- Birds are the culprit, more so than deer, for bringing ticks into a region thus making any area vulnerable to LD;
- Negative LD tests and/or the absence of a bulls-eye rash are inconclusive as to determining that you do not have LD;
- The length of antibiotic treatment necessary for an individual depends on the individual and how long the individual has been infected prior to treatment;
- U.S. LD cases are grossly underreported and may be more than ten times higher than the official reported number of new cases (I.e. 30,000 annually);
- Ticks, other than the Deer Ticks, can also transmit LD;
- The majority of ticks carry LD-like illnesses so all tick bites should be suspect;
- LD can be transmitted to a fetus during pregnancy.
As time goes by, we can expect additional Lymie warnings to be confirmed. We can either take a few extra precautions now or face the devastating consequences. After all, in the world of ticks, paranoia doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you.
Stay vigilant, stay safe.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A specialized medical diagnostic reference laboratory has spent the last several years collecting more than 2,000 ticks and studying tick-borne illnesses with some surprising results.
Coppe Laboratories of Waukesha, just west of Milwaukee, had contributions from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource and private citizens to collect the ticks.
The goal of the research was focused on determining what percentage of ticks carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease and what other organisms might be present. The testing revealed that not only the borrelia bacteria (Lyme disease) was present in many of the ticks, but the powassan/deer tick virus infected some as well.
Of special note, in certain “hyper-endemic” regions of northwest Wisconsin, more than half the ticks were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria and powassan was present in a large number.
Wisconsin has the highest incidence of tick-borne diseases in the Midwest, but the northeast region of the United States ranks highest overall.
“Results of this study show that the ticks across Wisconsin have the potential for transmitting multiple infectious agents in a single bite,” said Dr. Konstance Knox, chief executive officer of Coppe Labs.
“The powassan virus is an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States, but its cousin the tick-borne encephalitis virus, has long been recognized to cause significant illness in Europe.”
Powassan virus can infect within 15 minutes of the tick bite.
Excerpted from WBUR: (0\6/12/2015)
From the Northeast to the Midwest and beyond, it’s high season for Lyme disease. An estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the spreading, tickborne disease every year. Most can be successfully treated with antibiotics, but for some, symptoms persist for months and even years — pain, fatigue, arthritis.
For me, Lyme disease news tends to range from horrifying — stories of insidious, life-ruining symptoms — to just depressing, like recent speculation that New England’s massive snowfall this winter may have insulated ticks and helped them survive.
So, though it’s still extremely early research, I was gladdened by a report just out from Northeastern University that a prominent germ-fighting scientist may have found a new way to kill off Lyme disease bacteria even when it persists after antibiotics. In test tubes, at least.
Prof. Kim Lewis, chief of Northeastern’s Antimicrobial Discovery Center, made a big splash just this January in the journal Nature with the discovery of a potent new antibiotic.
Now, he reports finding not a new compound but a new anti-Lyme timing regime for dosing of antibiotics.
“We decided, ‘OK, let’s look at, what are the potential vulnerabilities of this seemingly invincible pathogen?” he says. “It has all these strengths, but what are its vulnerabilities?”
Excerpted from HealthlineNews: (0\5/08/2015)
Lyme disease outbreaks are already being reported this spring, and experts say there’s a long way to go before we grasp the scope and impact of this serious tick-borne illness.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Neil Spector began experiencing odd symptoms.
At times, his heart would beat 200 times a minute. He also suffered crippling fatigue and had “brain fog” so intense he once gave a lecture and had no recollection of it.
Blood tests showed his body was producing high levels of antibodies, but specialists couldn’t determine what was triggering his immune system’s response.
“It said my body was mounting a defense against something,” Spector told Healthline. “They just kept chalking it up to stress.”
More symptoms began appearing — slow heartbeat, arthritis pain, and burning in his heels — but experts dismissed Spector’s theory that they could be signs of Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne infection in humans.
Spector’s symptoms began right after he moved from Boston to Miami, but Lyme disease is uncommon in Florida. Spector said he doesn’t remember ever having the trademark bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease.
Spector, an associate professor of oncology at the Duke University School of Medicine, had no formal training in Lyme disease, but that changed as he searched for an explanation for his symptoms.
“Unfortunately, I had to learn more about the disease than I ever cared to know,” he said. “I could have dropped dead at any moment. During that time, I developed two cancer drugs and traveled the world.”
Initial tests gave false-positive results, but later tests confirmed that Spector’s symptoms were caused by Lyme disease. He was given an aggressive course of intravenous antibiotics for three months.
“I don’t think I have Lyme disease anymore, but the damage to my heart was already done by the time I was diagnosed,” he said.
By 2009, only 10 percent of Spector’s heart was functioning and he underwent a life-saving heart transplant. He recently completed his second half marathon in six months, and detailed his story in the book, “Gone in a Heartbeat: a Physician’s Search for True Healing.”
Spector urges patients to be their own best advocates, just as he did as a medical insider.
“I just don’t think we understand chronic Lyme disease, and the only people suffering are the patients. Nothing in medicine is black and white,” he said. “There’s a significant portion of patients who fall through the cracks of the medical system.”
Excerpted from CBS New York: (0\4/08/2015)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn’t have a treatment or a cure.
“The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained.
Dr. Cameron is the President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He said that if bitten by an infected tick you can get the virus within a matter of minutes, and while the symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, they are more severe.