Monday, August 31, 2015

All about Bacteria's an educational site that a member of one of our Lyme support groups found. If you are curious about bacteria and how they work, what they do, and the different classes of bacteria, you may want to read or at least scan this. There are lots of interesting drawings and photos of bacteria, including corkscrew-type (spirochete), such as Borrelia burgdorferi, the primary cause of Lyme disease.

Click this link to read more:


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lyme Disease May Linger for 1 in 5 Because of "Persisters" - Scientific American

This is big! We are gaining ground here. A new article in Scientific American explaining a possible cause of chronic Lyme disease could be a breakthrough in the effort to explain long-term post-treatment disability. It could certainly have ramifications in terms of increased private insurance coverage, qualifying for SSDI, and perhaps development of better diagnosis and treatment methods. 

Note that this study was done in-vitro (in the laboratory) not in-vivo (in the body). It will need to be replicated in the human body after the bacteria have invaded and compromised the immune system. However, this current new study is still an important finding, and the fact that it is appearing in well-respected and widely-read journal is significant.

The last couple of months have marked a real turnaround in media coverage and scientific findings about Lyme disease and tickborne infections. I've been following the news about Lyme for almost a decade. I do think we are reaching critical mass. Please send this link around. 


Lyme Disease May Linger for 1 in 5 Because of "Persisters"

A new theory about long-lasting Lyme disease symptoms suggests treatment options

Lyme disease is a truly intractable puzzle. Scientists used to consider the tick-borne infection easy to conquer: patients, diagnosed by their bull's-eye rash, could be cured with a weeks-long course of antibiotics. But in recent decades the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has realized that up to one in five Lyme patients exhibits persistent debilitating symptoms such as fatigue and pain, known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and no one understands why. The problem is growing. The incidence of Lyme in the U.S. has increased by about 70 percent over the past decade. Today experts estimate that at least 300,000 people in the U.S. are infected every year; in areas in the Northeast, more than half of adult black-legged ticks carry the Lyme bacterial spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. Although the issue is far from settled, new research lends support to the controversial notion that the disease lingers because these bacteria evade antibiotics—and that timing drug treatments differently could eliminate some persistent infections.
These ideas stem from the observation of a few rogue bacterial cells. Kim Lewis, director of the antimicrobial discovery center at Northeastern University, and his colleagues grew B. burgdorferi in the laboratory, treated them with various antibiotics and found that whereas most of the bacteria died within the first day, a small percentage—called persister cells—managed to survive the drug onslaught. Scientists first discovered persister cells in 1944 in Staphylococcus aureus, the agent of staph infections, and Lewis and others have observed them in other species of bacteria, too—but the observations that B. burgdorferi also form persisters is new.
"These are some of the most robust persisters we've seen," says Lewis, whose results were published online in May inAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. "Over days, in the presence of antibiotic, their numbers don't decline." Researchers at Johns Hopkins University similarly identified B. burgdorferi persister cells this past spring...

Read the rest of the story:

A colorized micrograph of a black-legged tick, which can carry up to five diseases.


EMF Safety FAQ's - edited

(Sorry. I posted this yesterday, seriously unedited. So much for dictating a blog post into an iPhone while lying in bed with a backache eand expecting it to be somewhere close to publishable. It should read better now, though not Pulitzer material.)

Many people worry about electromagnetic radiation or electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). This is especially true of people who have chronic illness, as many of us have tried conventional cures through the medical establishment and yet we and our doctors have come up empty-handed, continuing to suffer. and continue to suffer. It's logical that we then begin to look elsewhere for potential causes or contributing factors at least, factors that, by themselves, may not pose a hazard but acting in concert with one another can push someone over the edge, if you will, into a state of significantly poor health. We may be coasting along just OK, well enough, and as well as most of the people around us who complain to about feeling mediocre. We begin to take that as the normal operating state of the average 21st-Century human. We all do this. We look around and talk to our friends and ask them how they're doing and we compare our feeling of health (or lack thereof) to theirs, and assume this is the human condition. Societal and medical commentators tell us we're all doing too much, we're all overtired, we eat poorly, we've overweight and undernourished. Even if we feel lousy, we might even take pride in the fact that we work too hard. That's a particularly American boast. "Sorry I haven't called you, I've been so busy…" The Protestant work ethic is hard to ignore.

When we come down with some kind of a chronic illness and our first line of attack, whatever it is, (such as a short course of antibiotics, a few days in bed or a vacation) doesn't bring us back to our previous state of health we may go through with a brief fit of anxiety and blame the doctor. After that, though, the time comes when we realize we're on our own and we better start looking around. We read some websites like Wrong Diagnosis or Dr. so-and-so (for example dr. Weil or Dr. Mercola) and start doing some medical self-education. You come across a lot of ideas that sound weird, strange and unbelievable. Some of them are. There is a huge sea of medical misinformation out there along with perhaps equal amounts of truth. Over time, with some diligence we may learn how to tease apart the wheat from the chaff.

For many people, cruising the Web may be the first time that they've heard how much diet affects health, for example. Or that we don't sleep enough on average to stay healthy. Or, that amalgam fillings in teeth have mercury in them which is highly toxic and maybe should be removed. Or, that a sedentary lifestyle gives rise to heart disease, or eating high-glycemic foods can lead to diabetes. The list goes on.

After doing a bit of study, it's not uncommon to become a tad paranoid, if you will (although that is an psychological term with a specific meaning but I use it colloquially here) about the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Communications Commission and more.) Suddenly, the average consumer who used to trust the family doctor is at a loss as to why they or their loved one is not getting better after treatment by their doctor or local hospital, clinic, etc. 

Once the search for regaining one's health begins, an area of discussion that typically arises is that of the dreaded EMFs (electromagnetic fields). I say dreaded only because opinions, debate and discussion about things that are invisible in the environment seem to capture the attention of those with great imaginations. Discussing EMFs can be a bit like talking about spirits or astrology or chemtrails. (Try googling chemtrails and you're in for some interesting reading.)

Lest you think I'm making taking sides already, I'm not. I'm just pointing out that we chronic disease patients become desperate and thus willing to suspend disbelief perhaps a bit too easily, because we are looking for relief. We're willing to try unconventional avenues of treatment and will consider modifying our lives (and even our worldviews) if we have to, in order to regain our health.

We even start making deals with God in the middle of our sleepless nights. "Dear God, OK, yeah, It' me. Yeah, I know. I never pray, so why am I starting now? Looks kinda suspicious. Well, I am in terrible, freaking pain that I can't make go away. I've lost my mental capacities that made it possible for me to earn a living. I'm annoying and rageful towards my friends. My spouse left me and took the kids, and I can't pay the rent much less my medical bills. So, I surrender. Hey, I'll even go to church…"

But, as the saying goes, God helps those who help themselves. That aphorism can be interpreted many different ways, but I'll just say it's one of those crossroads that many diagnosed with Lyme disease get to. Not that we have a corner (pun not intended) on the suffering market, but there is a moment of recognition and of taking stock when we realize that you either get back in the saddle and start self-advocating and doing some research, or you just sit down and wait to die. In my life there is a fair bit of both, sort of oscillating between the two, with a smattering of 'ho, hum, life goes on' tossed in for good measure.

Over time, after the shock of diagnosis settles down and we start the long march back to health (we hope) many of us become medical sleuths out of necessity. We also become willing to think 'outside the box.' That doesn't mean logic is thrown to the wind but I can say that without a doubt, I've tried modalities of healing that I normally would not have bothered with in the past. Biophoton, frequency specific microcurrent, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, hands on healers, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, even Big Pharma intravenous drugs through central lines that go right into my heart.

We start reading about nutrition. As I mentioned above, we begin to learn about the serious consequences of food choices, where we live, exposure to chemicals, the dental fillings in our mouths, relationship issues, traumatic experiences that may need to be revisited and processed. We read about the water we drink, the local air quality, allergies, leaky-gut syndrome, MTHFR gene mutations, methylation cycles, and so much more.

So for the last few days because my doctor brought it up, I'm once again researching EMFs. I actually have researched this before and written about it in a computer industry magazine, PC WEEK, many years ago, back when I was a professional journalist. So, it has been interesting revisiting the topic.

As I began re-researching this topic, I came across this link to the official government stance on the situation with EMFs and human health. I'll leave it at that for the time being. It's a long article but I found it useful which is why am posting it. If you are concerned (and/or confused) about EMFs and wonder what, when, how, and who, and you at least want to know the basics so you can have a reasonably-educated discussion with someone about them, this is a good place to start.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ouch! Volunteers Get Tick Bites for Science

We all know that some ticks bite, but just how eager certain species are to feed on humans, and how quickly people react to their bites, is less clear in some cases. A new study attempted to answer these questions for the lone star tick, by having the bugs feed on the arms of volunteers.

Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) are common in the Southern United States, although they are also found in the Eastern and South-Central U.S., and they are known to bite people. But until now, no study had examined their bites in a laboratory setting, where researchers can be sure that the bites came from a lone star tick, and can control how long the ticks feed, said study researcher Jerome Goddard, an entomologist at Mississippi State University.

An image of ticks inside a bottle cap that was attached to volunteers' arms

In the new study, 10 people — including Goddard and his wife — volunteered to let the ticks feed on them for 15 ....

Read the rest of the article:

More ticks carrying babesiosis parasite, raising risk of serious illness

Published August 28. 2015 7:11PM
Updated August 29. 2015 1:06PM

By Judy Benson

Before last month, 73-year-old Albert Patalano had never heard of babesiosis.

Now, he's eager to let others know about this dangerous tick-borne illness — not as common as Lyme disease, but potentially far more serious.

"People should be aware," the Waterford resident said Friday, now well on his way to full recovery after a near-fatal bout with the infection that began in mid-July.

Randall Nelson, chief epidemiologist for the state Department of Public Health, noted that while the number of babesiosis cases statewide has fluctuated from year to year, the decadelong trend shows an increase.

In 2013, there were 248 cases reported, and 170 last year.

The majority of cases, he noted, are in New London County, although there have been growing numbers in other parts of the state, as well.

The number of cases thus far in 2015 is not yet available.

"We have seen a geographic spread, as well as an increase in overall transmission," Nelson said Friday.

Kirby Stafford, chief entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said it appears that a greater percentage of black-legged ticks, the same type that carry Lyme disease bacterium, are carrying babesia microti, the microscopic parasite that causes babesiosis.

The experiment station's most recent results show about 13 percent of ticks tested carry babesia, said Goudarz Molaei, research scientist there.

Results from an earlier batch of tests this year showed 3.6 percent of ticks statewide, and about 6 percent in New London County, carried the parasite.

Before this year, the experiment station's tick testing program only tested for Lyme bacterium, so "we have no baseline," Stafford noted.

It was expanded this year to include Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the bacterium that causes anaplasmosis — also called ehrlichia — and babesia.

Of the three infections, babesiosis (pronounced bab-EE-zee-o-sis) is potentially the most serious.

"Lyme is not a fatal disease, but babesiosis can kill you," Stafford said Thursday.

On July 12, Patalano was feeling feverish and went to his regular primary care doctor. Though he had no visible marks from a tick bite, the doctor tested him for Lyme disease.

Before he heard back about the results, however, his symptoms worsened, so his wife, Janet, took him to the emergency department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.

There, doctors had his blood checked for both for Lyme and babesiosis. It turns out he was infected with both the Lyme disease bacterium and the protozoa that causes babesiosis.

"I don't know how I got the tick bite," Patalano said. "I had no marks. But the next thing I know, they were helicoptering me to Yale-New Haven Hospital."

Patalano said he lost consciousness for three days, and when he woke up at Yale he found he had been intubated and put on a ventilator.

After two weeks at Yale, where his treatment included intravenous antibiotics, he was discharged to a rehabilitation facility, where he spent the next week and a half before returning home.

"My kidneys had started to fail," he recalled.

"I had to learn how to walk again," he said, "I'm walking well now."

Dr. Deirdre Cronin, emergency department physician at L+M, said she and other doctors there are routinely testing for babesiosis as well as Lyme disease whenever they suspect a patient has a tick-borne illness.

There's definitely been an increase (in babesiosis cases) over the last five years," she said. "It can be quite severe, especially in people who are immune-compromised or don't have a spleen."

Symptoms can range from mild-to-moderate fatigue, fever and overall not feeling well, to people "saying they feel awful, like they've been hit by a truck," she said.

The parasite infects red blood cells, sometimes causing severe anemia.

"It can cause a lot of destruction in a hurry," said Nelson, the state epidemiologist.

Most people, Cronin said, don't have to be hospitalized, recovering after a few weeks on antibiotics and other medications, usually some combination of quinine, clindamycin, atovaquone and azithromycin.

Cronin noted that doxycycline, the antibiotic usually prescribed for Lyme and ehrlichia, does not combat the babesiosis bug.

"This is an intracellular parasite, like the one that causes malaria," she said. "It's New England's version of malaria."

She advised patients being tested for Lyme disease to ask their doctors to also test them for babesiosis.

"Bringing it up to their physician is a good idea," she said. "It is diagnosed by a simple blood test."

Dr. Paqui Motyl, medical director of urgent care for The William W. Backus Hospital, said she and other doctors are testing for babesiosis more often.

"Especially when I see a patient coming in with cyclical drenching sweats," she said, noting that that is also a telltale symptom of malaria.

She also orders tests for babesiosis whenever a patient has anemia.

She noted that the infection is most dangerous for people over 50, those without spleens or who have had cancer treatments or are taking other medications that suppress their immune systems.

"It's a good thing to be screened for it," she said.

Stafford said the main reservoir of the parasite is white-footed mice. A tick bites an infected mouse, then bites a human and transmits it to the person.

Nelson said the growing risk of getting babesiosis is another reason people should take precautions such as using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing when outdoors.

"The bottom line from a public health perspective is that we have to prevent tick bites the best we can," he said.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scientific evidence that Alzheimer's results from brain infection

There is scientific evidence that cases of Alzheimer's which are not genetically determined are caused by bacterial infection of the brain.  This comes from the neurologist J. Miklossy, and you may wish to read this brief summary before looking at the article itself (a link to the article is provided farther down in this message):

1. An average of 90% of autopsied Alzheimer's disease (AD) patient brains are found to be infected with pathogenic spirochetal bacteria. Lyme bacteria are found in 25% (this is 13 times higher than in the control population) of autopsied Alzheimer's brains. The mouth is another source of pathogenic spriochetes, and they can migrate from that location to the brain. Such bacteria are found in 93.7% of autopsied AD brains, but are found in only 33.3% of non-AD brains.  These percentages produce a statistically significant difference between the AD and normal populations.  

2. Lyme disease and syphilis are both caused by spirochetal (motile cork screw shaped) bacteria.

3. Syphilis is known to cause dementia. Also, Lyme disease (an infection by the spirochetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted to humans by tick bite) is known to be capable of causing severe cognitive impairment.

4. The bacterial infection described above is co-located with the Alzheimer's plaques.

5. The A-Beta protein which accumulates in Alzheimer's brains is an anti-microbial protein (i.e. it can kill bacteria). This (along with #4 above) suggests that its proliferation may be a physiological  response to infection.

6. When mammalian neural cells are cultured with added Lyme bacteria, the characteristic pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (i.e plaque build-up, fibrils, etc.) are found to occur.

(Source for the above: Alzheimer's disease - a neurospirochetosis. Analysis of the evidence following Koch's and Hill's criteria. Miklossy J. Journal of  Neuroinflammation. 2011; 8: 90. Published online 2011 August 4. doi: 10.1186/1742-2094-8-90 PMCID: PMC3171359)

There are two dramatic bar charts from the article comparing the incidence of bacterial infection between the AD and non-AD subjects:

The entire article can be found at:

One final resource comes from  the American pathologist Dr. Alan MacDonald, who discovered Lyme bacteria in the brains of Alzheimer patients, and has created 3 video presentations (total viewing time is about 80 minutes): (Preview)(Preview)  (Preview) (Preview)(Preview) (Preview)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sexual transmission of Lyme disease - latest study

At our latest Lyme support meetings, people brought up the question of whether sexual transmission of Lyme disease between humans was a known fact or not. The discussion was limited to Bb (Borrelia), not the many coinfections that often accompany Borrelia. I received notice of this publication today. This is a site that invites papers to be reviewed by peers. It's educational to see how the process works. There are peer reviewers and 'referees' who will moderate if necessary, should the peer reviews appear biased or otherwise out of line. In any case, there are many reference citations here (at the bottom of the web page if you click through) and there is more discussion of the study left as comments. You can see the number of peer reviews, how many other scientists agree / approve the study and findings, and how many opposed, etc. This paper is the combined work of Raphael Stricker and Eva Sapi, et al. Most long-term Lyme disease patients have heard these names. 


Culture and identification of Borrelia spirochetes in human vaginal and seminal secretions 


Background: Recent reports indicate that more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed yearly in the USA. Preliminary clinical, epidemiological and immunological studies suggest that infection with the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) could be transferred from person to person via intimate human contact without a tick vector. Failure to detect viable Borrelia spirochetes in vaginal and seminal secretions would argue against this hypothesis.
Methods: Patients with and without a history of Lyme disease were selected for the study after informed consent was obtained. Serological testing for Bb was performed on all subjects. Semen or vaginal secretions were inoculated into BSK-H medium and cultured for four weeks. Examination of genital cultures and culture concentrates for the presence of spirochetes was performed using light and darkfield microscopy, and spirochete concentrates were subjected to Dieterle silver staining, anti-Bb immunohistochemical staining, molecular hybridization and PCR analysis for further characterization. Immunohistochemical and molecular testing was performed in three independent laboratories in a blinded fashion. Positive and negative controls were included in all experiments.

Results: Control subjects who were asymptomatic and seronegative for Bb had no detectable spirochetes in genital secretions by PCR analysis. In contrast, spirochetes were observed in cultures of genital secretions from 11 of 13 subjects diagnosed with Lyme disease, and motile spirochetes were detected in genital culture concentrates from 12 of 13 Lyme disease patients using light and darkfield microscopy. Morphological features of spirochetes were confirmed by Dieterle silver staining and immunohistochemical staining of culture concentrates. Molecular hybridization and PCR testing confirmed that the spirochetes isolated from semen and vaginal secretions were strains of Borrelia, and all cultures were negative for treponemal spirochetes. PCR sequencing of cultured spirochetes from three couples having unprotected sex indicated that two couples had identical strains of Bb sensu stricto in their semen and vaginal secretions, while the third couple had identical strains of B. hermsii detected in their genital secretions.
Conclusions: The culture of viable Borrelia spirochetes in genital secretions suggests that Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person. Further studies are needed to evaluate this hypothesis.         

See the entire paper here:

Is Lyme disease sexually transmissable?

This question comes up regularly at Lyme support meetings and nobody ever seems to quite know the answer. As far as I am aware, the links here will take you to the current state of the art on this topic as of this writing which is August 26, 2015:

Here's the press release:
Here's the editorial:

Nine risk factors for Alzheimer's

Reprinted from a newsletter called:

Aging and Parkinson's and Me

Aging and Parkinson's and Me

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 08:57 AM PDT
An article published online last week in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry describes nine risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The data from this study suggests that these nine factors contribute to two thirds of all AD cases worldwide.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Social Security Disability (SSDI & SSI) for Lyme Disease

Important rating, everybody with Lyme disease! You may have been turned down for SSDI already but this article details the specifics you need to understand and comply with in order to succeed. I applied for SSDI and I'm now getting a healthy check every month. With the right knowledge maybe you can, too.


Social Security Disability (SSDI & SSI) for Lyme Disease

Whether you can get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits based on Lyme disease depends on how severe your symptoms are. 

by Lorraine Netter, Contributing Author
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that you get through the bite of a deer tick (black-legged tick). Due to the particular nature of Lyme disease, with its exacerbations and remissions, individuals who have Lyme disease can face an uphill challenge when they attempt to pursue either Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI disability benefits. 

Disabling Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The effects of Lyme disease on individuals vary greatly, but Lyme disease generally shows up in three stages; each stage has progressively worse symptoms if untreated.
Stage one begins within days to weeks of being bitten. Infected individuals suffer flu-like symptoms that can include a headache, body ache, and overall feeling of being ill. Many individuals also experience a bull's eye rash around the site where they were bite.
Read the rest of the story, which lists all of the hoops you need to jump through to qualify for SSDI when you have Lyme disease:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

EWG's Guide to Bug Repellents

West Nile virus, carried by mosquitoes, infected more than 5,674 Americans last year and 286 of them died, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2013C).  

The incidence of Lyme disease, spread by ticks, has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with 24,364 confirmed cases recorded in 2011 (CDC 2013A, CDC 2013B).
Both these illnesses, and other pest-borne diseases, can have serious and occasionally life-altering consequences.   Many experts expect to see more cases in the future as the warming climate expands the habitat of species that spread pathogens.
Yet many people are understandably concerned about the possible drawbacks of common repellents such as DEET.  At EWG, we certainly were. So we spent 18 months digging into the question: what are the safest and most effective ways to prevent bug bites and the diseases they may transmit? 

Read the rest of the story:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tiny parasites spread by ticks are sneaking into the US blood supply

image.jpg (969×726)Babesia is a terrible disease, similar to malaria, that can attack the brain. These
tiny parasites normally spread by ticks are increasingly sneaking into the US blood supply. Blood banks beginning to screen by questionnaire. 

Dr Richard Horowitz and Rick Ostfeld, PhD were responsible for identifying babesia's presence in Dutchess County, NY. After that, New York State Department of Health validated its inland presence in the state. Last summer (2014) a woman in Ulster Co. N,Y. died from babesia. It is a serious problem in the blood supply - read this article.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Global Warming May Spread Lyme Disease

Here's an article from

Global Warming May Spread Lyme Disease

Scientists tackle the difficult problem of how climate change aids the spread of the tick-borne disease.

© 2015 Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

How a Tick Bite Can Lead to Limb Amputations

This is a terrible story. It's not about Lyme (borreliosis) bacteria, but it IS about a tick-borne infection (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and what can happen if not treated quickly.


by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer   |   August 14, 2015 04:03pm ET

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lyme related legislation getting more attention.

A few weeks ago in Manchester Senator Kelly Ayotte re-emphasized the need for more awareness of Lyme Disease and the need to fight against it, reinforcing her sponsorship of related bipartisan legislation...

More at the link below. 

Senator Blumenthal and Senator Ayotte sponsored S.1503, The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Education, and Research Act of 2015

This bill will increase public awareness of, and strengthen efforts to, combat tick-borne diseases which are a significant and escalating threat to public health. Passage of this bi-partisan bill will help ensure that the necessary resources are dedicated to fighting tick-borne diseases. If you have not done so already, please co-sponsor this important legislation and work to get the bill enacted into law.

Let your voice be heard by using this easy to use automated message encouraging your U.S. Senators to support S.1503 by just clicking on this link:



Monday, August 17, 2015

IDSA annual conference protest

The IDSA is holding its annual conference in San Diego this October, and, the MayDay Project, and the San Diego Lyme Disease Support Group are teaming up to hold a protest there. 

If you are at all in a position to come, we strongly urge you to do so. This will be the fourth IDSA conference in as many years where there has been a significant protest, and we want to continue to build on that momentum. The more people that show up, the more likely the press will take notice.
Events will take place in front of the San Diego Convention Center, October 9th – 10th. The protest will start Friday, October 9th at 9:00 am, and end at 3:00 pm. There will be a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor victims of Lyme disease, from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm. We will be protesting again on Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The iSpot Lyme test .... discussion

Here's a claim about a new Lyme test, followed by a discussion between two other testing lab reps I saw on a web site:

iSpot Lyme™ allows for better diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment when paired with Western Blot
iSpot Lyme is a new testing methodology that complements Western Blot, because it measures something completely different: T cell response to four specific Lyme antigens. Unlike antibody production, T cell response kicks in just 4–6 days after infection. As a result, iSpot Lyme allows for earlier detection than Western Blot. iSpot Lyme can also identify how active the disease is—and therefore how well your treatment is working. Use both, and you can finally get a much clearer picture.
Q: I didn't know we had a test to monitor Lyme treatment failure or success?
Can this company make these claims?
It sounds very much like a Lymphocyte Transformation test - an EliSpot test such as produced by the AID company in Germany.  They have Borrelia EliSpot test kits.  It measures the amount of Interferon-gamma produced by the Lymphocytes when incubated in the presence of Borrelia antigens.
Not always as simple and clear cut as it sounds.

-Australian Biologics

A: Correct. But if they claim they can measure an active infection on T-cells, it sounds like the Melisa test. The Melisa measures directly the proliferation of T-lymfocyts to lymfoblasts if exposed to Borrelia antigen. Advantage, you can check the morphology, that's not possible with EliSpot.  Has less false positives as EliSpot. But indeed, you must have the skills to perform it right.

-CEO Medical Lab 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How Bowel Bacteria Affect the Brain

This is a radio show you can stream off of the Internet. 

The ecological relationships of our bowel bacteria have a profound impact on inflammation, which in turn affects many organ systems including the brain.

This Week's Guest:

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is an Associated Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award.

Dr. Perlmutter has written seven books, including The New York Times best-seller Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar–Your Brain's Silent Killers. His new book is Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life.

Click to play

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fair reporting in the Chicago Tribune, finally

Nothing new in this article, but it is good to see balanced reporting appearing in a major news source. 

The above is a major improvement over a Trib article that was nothing more than propaganda and which appeared in the paper five years ago:


Promising drug for Parkinson's disease: Study supports fast track to clinical trials