Controlling the Lyme Disease Epidemic  4/7/2017

Approx. 17 Min (If you would rather read the transcript, go to link above, scroll down past “segment guest info” and click on “segment transcript.”

Audio interview with Dr. Felicia Keesing, Associate Professor of Biology at Bard College and Dr. John Aucott, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Lyme Disease Research Center at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


*Many don’t get the rash.

*Dr. Keesing wrongly states that as long as you get the tick off within a couple days, you are OK.
Transmission Time:  Only one study done on Mice.  At 24 hours every tick had transmitted to the mice; however, in the video found in link above, microbiologist Holly Ahern explains how this information has been inappropriately used for the widely held belief that if you pull a tick off before 24 hours you won’t get infected.  No human studies have been done and animal studies have proven that transmission can occur in under 16 hours and it occurs frequently in under 24 hours.  

Bob Giguere of IGeneX states a case by Dr. Jones of a little girl who went outside to play about 8:30a.m. and came inside at 10:30 with an attached tick above her right eye.  By 2 o’clock, she had developed the facial palsy.  At the hospital she was told it couldn’t be Lyme as the tick hadn’t been attached long enough.  They offered a neuro-consult…..
By 4pm she couldn’t walk or talk.  Dr. Jones met the family in his office on a Saturday, gave her an intramuscular injection of antibiotics and within 2 hours the palsy was gone.  He continued her treatment for approximately 4 weeks.

*Lyme has been around for a long time.

While this is true and borrelia was found in Ice Man’s brain,, and even in a fossil,, we need to remember that Willy Burgdorfer was a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board investigating insect vectored diseases in the time period leading up to the Lyme epidemic in the 70’s in Connecticut that is now invading every state and country in the world.  “Despite the intimate association of B. burgdorferi and I. scapularis, the population structure, evolutionary history, and historical biogeography of the pathogen are all contrary to its arthropod vector.”

*We’ve led to increases in Lyme Disease due to landscaping.

While this is somewhat true, I don’t think we can solely blame landscaping for an epidemic in the 70’s that has spread worldwide.  The million dollar question of course is why was there an epidemic in Connecticut in the first place? If you really want to go there, read Lab 257, Operation Paperclip, and The Belarus Secret for some ideas.


*Aucott feels Lyme is moving to places it’s never been before and doctors aren’t educated and prepared for it.

*Standard treatment is antibiotics but a small subset have persisting symptoms.

I want to know who came up with the numbers for those with persisting symptoms.  Every single person I work with is in that category and there’s a ton of us!  I don’t believe for one minute that only 10-20% of us have persisting symptoms.  Those of us in this group never made the stringent and faulty CDC reporting criteria to begin with!

*Blood tests don’t measure the organism but antibodies so we cannot remeasure the infection to see if it’s gone.

*Borrelia is a very tough organism that can’t be grown and cultured in a lab. 


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