Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Babesia-like Organism

Here's something I didn't know about, and haven't read before. I am aware of BLOs, which are Bartonella-like Organisms. I was unaware of Babesia-like Organisms, such as WA1. 

This abstract is on PubMed. The entire paper is available if you click through. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995. Not new news but informative, nonethless. 

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1.Infection with a babesia-like organism in northern California.
Persing DH, Herwaldt BL, Glaser C, Lane RS, Thomford JW, Mathiesen D, Krause PJ, Phillip DF, Conrad PA.
N Engl J Med. 1995 Feb 2;332(5):298-303.
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Lyme Disease in Washington State (and more)

Here's a page about Lyme in Washington State. There are also many links on the page, down at bottom, pointing to coverage of numerous Lyme issues.


The Ecology of Disease

Here's an interesting and somewhat worrisome article about the ecology of infectious diseases, including Lyme.
From the NY Times, first printed July 14, 2012
...And Lyme disease, the East Coast scourge, [Correction: Lyme is found in all 48 contiguous states -Bob] is very much a product of human changes to the environment: the reduction and fragmentation of large contiguous forests. Development chased off predators — wolves, foxes, owls and hawks. That has resulted in a fivefold increase in white-footed mice, which are great “reservoirs” for the Lyme bacteria, probably because they have poor immune systems. And they are terrible groomers. When possums or gray squirrels groom, they remove 90 percent of the larval ticks that spread the disease, while mice kill just half. “So mice are producing huge numbers of infected nymphs,” says the Lyme disease researcher Richard Ostfeld.
“When we do things in an ecosystem that erode biodiversity — we chop forests into bits or replace habitat with agricultural fields — we tend to get rid of species that serve a protective role,” Dr. Ostfeld told me. “There are a few species that are reservoirs and a lot of species that are not. The ones we encourage are the ones that play reservoir roles.”
Dr. Ostfeld has seen two emerging diseases — babesiosis and anaplasmosis — that affect humans in the ticks he studies, and he has raised the alarm about the possibility of their spread.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Scientists create new compounds that could slow progression of Parkinson's


Posted on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:28 PM

Subject: Scientists create new compounds that could slow progression of Parkinson's

In an early-stage breakthrough, a team of Northwestern University scientists has developed a new family of compounds that could slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

'View Under Our Skin' for free

Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease

Dr Mercola's site is offering the film viewing (entire movie) for free. 

The Producers of this film are allowing a FULL and FREE Viewing on Mercola.com! Please show your support by purchasing a copy of this film! Quantities are limited! Click HERE to purchase Under Our Skin for only $19!

By Dr. Mercola

Unrelenting pain. Headaches, muscle aches, swollen joints, rashes. Loss of coordination and muscle spasms. Intermittent paralysis. Cycles of disabling symptoms that persist for years, causing ceaseless suffering and frustration for patients and their families.

This is the picture of chronic Lyme disease. And yet, many physicians tell their patients there is "no such thing," referring them to psychiatrists, misdiagnosing them, or even accusing them of fabricating an illness or simply seeking attention.

An award-winning documentary called "Under Our Skin" exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time.

Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told their symptoms are all in their heads. This film brings into focus a troubling picture of a health care system that is far too willing to put profits ahead of patients.

Click below to see the film and read the article.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Institute of Medicine Lyme Talks

Here is a talk by Leila Zachrison 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, PC, iPhone or iPad, you can listen or download them for free on iTunes. 

"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 LymeDisease Diagnosis" and "Tick Borne Diseases Update"

Thanks to Angela Arthur for this tip. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My interview with Adyashanti on YouTube reaches almost 10,000 views

I filmed and edited an interview with spiritual teacher Adyashanti in 2002 and posted it a couple of years ago. It's about two hours in length. Once in a while I look to see how many views it has had. I was surprised today to see that there have been almost 10,000. A few months ago it was just 5,000. I guess Adya is becoming quite popular. Here's the link.