Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stevia shown to kill off Borellia (Lyme) biofilms - as effective as multiple antibiotics

Eva Sapi study finds stevia effective to eliminate biofilms, spirochetes and persisters. Note that in addition to other methods, they actually used darkfield microcroscopy to count the numbers of remaining biofilms after treatment with the different methods.
"In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of whole leaf Stevia extract against B. burgdorferi spirochetes, persisters, and biofilm forms in vitro. The susceptibility of the different forms was evaluated by various quantitative techniques in addition to different microscopy methods. The effectiveness of Stevia was compared to doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin, and their combinations. Our results demonstrated that Stevia had significant effect in eliminating B. burgdorferi spirochetes and persisters. " 
Different manufacturers of stevia extract were also compared. The one that had the strongest effect is NutraMedix. 
The therapeutic dose is 7 drops per day. Start with 3 and work up slowly.
It can be purchased $9.07 (1 oz) from Nature's Trust (free shipping)
Herbs for the Cowden Protocol can also be purchased from them.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Bacteria Species that Causes Lyme Disease Discovered

Medical News | 
February 9, 2016

New Bacteria Species that Causes Lyme Disease Discovered

By Kelly Young

Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Scientists report the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) in the upper Midwest of the U.S. that causes a unique presentation of Lyme disease. Their findings appear in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Researchers screened over 100,000 clinical samples for the presence of B. burgdorferi bacteria, which causes Lyme disease. Of these, six were flagged as a unique species, which they called B. mayonii. Roughly 20 ticks also tested positive for this bacterium. 

The researchers examined medical records and found that patients infected with B. mayonii experienced nausea, vomiting, diffuse macular rashes, and elevated levels of bacteria in the blood, in addition to symptoms typically associated with B. burgdorferi infection (e.g., headache, neck pain). Three patients also experienced neurologic symptoms, including confused speech, profound somnolence, and visual difficulties. All lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or North Dakota.

Commentators conclude: "Interestingly, candidatus B. mayonii was only detected in specimens obtained during 2012–14, although the sample collection dates back to 2003. This suggests that candidatus B. mayonii is a newly-emerged genospecies."

The CDC says that patients infected with B. mayonii should test positive for Lyme disease with current tests.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

physiology and evolution of spirochetes

Friday, February 5, 2016

Popular antibiotics to carry new warning about retinal detachment

If you have been treating Lyme and its co-infections for a while, you may already know about the possibility of tendon rupture that can be caused by taking Cipro and other antibiotics in the Fluoroquinolone family of drugs. I used Cipro (ciprofloxacin) myself for a bit. However, I wasn't aware of a correlation between this family of antibiotics and retinal detachment. Take a look at this article if you are taking one of these drugs as a part of your treatment plan:
  • ciprofloxacin
  •  levofloxacin
  • moxifloxacin
  • norfloxacin
  • ofloxacin

The Vancouver Sun newspaper, Feb 3, 2016

"... Subsequent studies have revealed other disturbing outcomes. A 2014 study by Etminan published in the journal Neurology linked the drugs to cases of permanent nerve damage, while a Taiwanese study published late last year found a link to aortic aneurysm.

Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin — are a greater risk to patients than other classes of antibiotics because of the severity of their side effects, said Etmanin.

"What makes this worrisome is when a drug is very prevalent — in the U.S. there are maybe 40 million prescriptions each year — even rare events can lead to tens of thousands of people developing retinal detachment or neuropathy," said Etmanin."

Read the full article, from the The Vancouver Sun newspaper, Feb 3, 2016:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Zika virus news roundup

What do Zika, Ebola and Lyme have in common?

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What do Zika, Ebola and Lyme have in common?

Zika, Ebola and Lyme disease are emerging infectious diseases that have spread from animals to humans. 

What else do they have in common? And what public health tools used in Zika and Ebola could help prevent, detect, and treat Lyme?  

Hard-earned "Lyme education" shouldn't go to waste

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"I've learned a lot about what works for me through years of treatment. And I don't want all this 'education' to go to waste. That's why I've signed up for MyLymeData." READ MORE.

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