Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dr. Rau video on Lyme Disease

The Marion Institute presented a biological medicine Lyme event in April of 2010. I just discovered it, 2+ years late :).  If you haven't seen it, you may want to. Dr Rau has a strong German accent, but he's very animated. He is medical director of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. He makes some interesting  points about Lyme disease being the result of a toxic body (due to environment, diet, even preservatives in Rocephin and other abx) rather than from the microbes, per se.  

Bob Cowart

Podcasts about Lyme

Here is the Leila Zachrison talk at the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.  
It's a thorough, compassionate, and very specific talk given to other doctors by a Lyme specialist.  

No matter whether you have a Mac or PC, you can listen or download it for free on iTunes.  
Follow this link. 

"Lyme disease against all odds" 

Part I: #13 
Part II: #10 
Part III: #7
Part IV: #5 

There are also talks on there from Burrascano and Stricker. "Controversies in Lyme Disease Diagnosis" and "Tick Borne Diseases Update" 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center

Here's a valuable resource: Columbia University's Lyme research center. Here you can read about ongoing and upcoming research into Lyme, new testing approaches, and much more. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dr. Joe Jemsek Speaks Out: The Controversy of Lyme Disease and Modern Healthcare

Please take 10 minutes and watch this video. It could change the way you look at healthcare and is a shocking reality of the controversy over Lyme Disease and treatment.

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Thanks to for pointing to this video.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Parkinsons Disease Treatment Options

An excellent and rich page listing resources for those with Parkinson's. Books, diet, exercise, and more. I have just discovered it, after being approached by the site's author to be interviewed.

Lyme and Alzheimer's conections

Some researchers have been wondering whether there might be a connection between Lyme Disease and Alzheimer's Disease. Here is a brief rundown on that research, with a few citations. This comment appeared on the CaliforniaLyme Yahoo group on Aug 10, 2012:

Several connections have been made between Lyme disease and Alzheimer's
disease (AD). Spirochetes have been found in brain tissue of those that
died of AD but not in controls that died of other causes (Miklossy, 1993).
Pieces of Borrelia DNA were found spliced into human DNA in another study
(MacDonald, 2006). Since it is DNA that forms protein strands, this foreign
DNA pieces that were spliced into the human DNA could very well cause the
formation of the tangled proteins that characterize AD. Miklossy (2011)
also found that about 90% of people with AD had spirochetal infections in
their brain. About 25% of these spirochetes were Borrelia, the others were
spirochetes common in dental infections. These are just a few of the
studies that have been done, linking infection of some sort, often
spirochetes, to AD. Other infections join in causing the damage, just like
in Lyme diseasel

MacDonald, (2006). Transfection "junk" DNA - a link to the pathogenesis of
Alzheimer's disease? Medical Hypothesis.
Miklossy, (1993). Alzheimer's disease - A spirochetosis? Neuroreport.
Miklossy, (2011). Alzheimer's disease - a neurospirochetosis. Analysis of
the evidence following Koch's and Hill's criteria. Journal of

Anne Mears, RN, MSN/IH

Monday, August 6, 2012

Proposed Lyme legislation ignored by IDSA

08/06/12 14:24

In July, a Congressional subcommittee met to discuss a Lyme disease bill that is championed by a number of politicians in the Northeast US. The bill urges congress to approve a national strategy and money for research into prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease. A federal strategy would heighten awareness in all public health agencies.

The hope is that when people are sick and infected with Lyme go to their local clinic, they may actually be able to receive medical help from doctors who understand the critical importance of early treatment. As it stands, clinics across the US are staffed by medical professionals who remain largely ignorant of it. Lyme misdiagnoses are rampant and dangerous.

The powerful doctor's group, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, was absent during the meeting and has remained silent about the bill. You may remember that in 2009 the IDSA opposed a similar bill, claiming that it lacked support from the scientific community...

Read the rest of the story on the Lyme Disease Research Database:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Portrait of Bob and his meds

I was digging through my supplies the other day and realized that I wanted to visually document the preposterous amount of supplements, prescription drugs, Chinese medicine, homeopathics, needles, syringes, saline bags, and so on that I have in my Lyme-fighting arsenal. Even I was amazed (and depressed about) how many jars, bottles, vials, tubes, bags, and so forth I have purchased over the years, not to mention that my poor liver and kidneys and other body parts have had to assimilate, break down, and excrete these drugs. All this stuff has cost hundreds of dollars, if not thousands. 

I also thought it would be good for my doctors (and any doctors reading this) to get a sense of what a typical chronic-Lyme disease patient has to deal with over time. 

I decided to organize them outdoors, on top of my defunct hot tub. (A friend Photoshop'ed in the sky, replacing the dead plants and drab redwood wall). Looks kind of goofy, but I did the setup of all the bottles and whatnot there simply because there was good light for a photo, and I don't have another flat surface to put everything on.
It's a full-time job just remembering what to take, and when!
In the lower photo you can see the general layout. The glass vials in the middle are empty Ceftriaxone (AKA Rocephin, an antibiotic) IV bottles, along with tiny ones that were filled with glutathione and phosphatidyl choline, which I take IV to help the liver do its detox job better.  
Rx drugs are on the right, Chinese herbs are just behind the Rocephin bottles and in the little plastic (front, left). Homeopathics are in the dropper bottles behind the Chinese herbs. Just about everything else are supplements (aminos, vitamins, and various herbs, heavy-metal binders, etc). My IV pole with some Rocephin in the bag/line is standing next to me. 

On the back, right are glass vials of seawater from some supposedly-magical source off the coast of France. A homeopath/naturopath sold me those. It's called Quinton water. Supposedly good JuJu in that water, but I didn't notice anything. You have to break off the tip of a glass vial in order to get the Quinton water out. A tad scarey the first couple of times. I was afraid I'd cut myself, not to mention my fear of drinking little glass shards. In the back, middle, are heparin and saline flushes (pre-loaded single-use syringes). You go through a lot of those if you have a PICC or a Port. 

I had forgotten about some of these chapters of my treatment. I'd rather not remember, actually. There have been so many!

A bit more of a close-up to make things more visible.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Treating Lyme with heat

Fire, the Great Purifier
October 31, 2010
By ©Caroline Sojourner

Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease. Parmenides.

Heating the body by various means can bring major relief from the miseries of Lyme. A regular practice of some form of high-temperature therapy will help to keep down the symptoms of Lyme.

Low Body Temperature in Illness

People who are chronically or seriously ill usually have below-normal body temperature. The immune system in a colder body becomes less active. A proper temperature is necessary for herbs and supplements to be effective; it is necessary for the production of enzymes; and it is necessary for the formation of red blood cells....

The rest of the story...