Mary Beth Pfeiffer author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change and Dr. Frid discuss Lyme disease, symptoms in children, various co-infections we should be all aware and tested for, and best practices for protecting our kids against ticks.
I’m always thankful for publicity about Lyme/MSIDS, but I have to interject about the premise of Pfeiffer’s new book, which I believe to be false. According to independent Canadian tick expert John Scott, the issue of global warming or climate change has absolutely NOTHING to do with our current dilemma. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/08/14/canadian-tick-expert-climate-change-is-not-behind-lyme-disease/
John explains, “This climate change ‘theory’ is all part of a well-planned scheme. Even the ticks are smarter than the people who’ve concocted this thing,” he says.
“Climate change has nothing to do with tick movement. Blacklegged ticks are ecoadaptive, and tolerate wide temperature fluctuations. On hot summer days, these ticks descend into the cool, moist leaf litter and rehydrate. In winter, they descend into the leaf litter, and are comfortable under an insulating blanket of snow. Ticks have antifreeze-like compounds in their bodies, and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. For instance, at Kenora, Ontario, the air temperature peaks at 36°C and dips to –44°C, and blacklegged ticks survive successfully.
“Ticks are marvellous eco-adaptors. They will be the last species on the planet. Do you see how silly this theory of climate change is as a way to rationalize what’s happening. It’s all a red herring to divert your attention,” he explains. “The authorities have been using tick expansion and climate change to get research dollars. Climate change is a popular topic right now, and that is a great source of funding for related research. However, any research on ticks and climate change is inconclusive––in essence, there is no validity. The long-range, futuristic projections and statistical models are bogus science because blacklegged ticks have already been found in northern Canada. In fact, we documented blacklegged ticks on migratory songbirds in northern Alberta dating back to 1998. Any allocation of government funding for ticks and climate change research is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. It will not help Lyme disease patients one iota.”
Scott’s quote above is important for two reasons, 1) he’s independent and doesn’t rely on money making schemes for research 2) this climate change paradigm does absolutely nada to help patients.
There are so many other topics that need to be addressed!
- Is Lyme/MSIDS a STD?
- Is it spread congenitally?
- Is it spread via breast milk?
- Are there other modes of transmission (saliva, urine, etc)?
- Acknowledgment of coinfection interaction & then appropriate treatment.
- Is Lyme/MSIDS persistent/chronic?
- If it’s chronic, appropriate treatment needs to be given.
- Why won’t insurance cover this?
- Why has Lyme/MSIDS been stymied for over 40 years?
- Why do some respond to treatment and others don’t?
- What can we do to curb/eliminate ticks that’s safe for our environment?
- And on, and on to infinity…….