Lyme’s disease may have deeper consequences
Excerpted from the Hibbing Daily Tribune : (04/12/2017)
HIBBING — St. Louis and Itasca counties are in the highest risk zones for tick borne disease in the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
In St. Louis County there are been nearly 900 confirmed cases of Lyme’s disease since 2000.
The number of Lyme disease cases has been increasing dramatically since the 1990s, the MDH points out. A variety of factors — including increasing physician awareness, increasing infection rates in ticks and expanding tick distribution — may have led to this trend.
Typically, Lyme’s disease diagnosis and research is based on blood tests that look at the body’s antibody response to the infection
Yet, according to Thomas Grier, a microbiologist based in Duluth, blood tests may be missing the full extent of the Lyme disease infection.
Grier, who since 1997 has been studying the brains of dementia and Lyme disease patients, has found a startling relationship between the bacteria present in Lyme’s disease and the bacteria present in dementia.
For Grier this research proves a possible infectious component to dementia that is directly related to Lyme disease.