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The Director of Developmental Therapeutics at Duke Cancer Institute, Dr. Neil Spector, states that Lyme is the infectious disease equivalent of cancer. He also says that cancer isn’t discussed as one disease anymore, and that Lyme is similar in this aspect in that when you are bitten by a tick, you can get five-ten different infections at the same time. He also finds it ludicrous to call ALL tick-bourne disease, Lyme Disease, and that we don’t call all cancers, Breast Cancer. He feels language to be extremely important because it has a bearing on treatment.
He also finds it ridiculous that doctors and researchers aren’t accepting that LD has persister cells – also similar to cancer, and that we need to understand the molecular biology of the bacteria, in particular the morphing of borrelia, the causative agent of LD, into different shapes.
He feels it’s important to keep an open mind when considering the link between infectious agents and cancer, considering that H. Pylori causes stomach cancer, the HPV virus can cause cervical and head and neck cancers, and that Epstein Barr can cause lymphoma. He feels there should be research money available to study whether Lyme is causative for glioblastoma, the brain cancer that killed Joe Biden’s son.
And lastly, he finds it scientifically ignorant that animals studies are nearly ignored when it comes to tick borne disease, and that if they threw out animal studies in cancer, they’d be nowhere.
“The more people we bring in who haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid, the faster we’ll turn this around.” Dr. Spector
Dr. Spector suffered irreversible heart failure which required a heart transplant due to undiagnosed Lyme Disease. He also had night terrors, burning in his heels, sudden and severe arthritis in his wrist causing profound weakness that was just as quickly erased when he was put on doxycycline for a different reason than Lyme. After being passed like a bad white elephant gift between numerous doctors, he was finally diagnosed when he visited a Lyme Literate Doctor and took a test from Igenex lab, which came back positive. He is the author of Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician’s Search for True Healing, and is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer at Duke University School of Medicine and is the Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Thank you Dr. Spector for being a flaming arrow in the dark.