Approx. 20 Min

Lyme & Reason: Battles & Breakthroughs Against Lyme Disease – Dr. Horowitz

Published on Sep 5, 2018

It’s a battle that has been raging for decades – the battle against Lyme Disease. Over the years, progress has been made against this dreaded tick-borne illness. But with breakthroughs come even more barriers.

Watch this early peek at a new Fox 5 News special on the fight that could be signaling a new chapter in the ongoing bout against Lyme.

This interview is with Dr. Horowitiz



Independent Tick researcher, John Scott, says climate change has NADDA to do with tick movement and the spread of tick borne illness:  Warm winters are actually lethal to I. scapularis (black-legged) ticks. In fact, overwinter survival dropped to 33% when the snow melted. Scott offers that yearly bidirectional, songbird migration in spring and fall is behind tick expansion and that the climate change model actually reflects migratory flight not warmer futuristic temperatures.

Scott’s in-house tick studies have shown that black-legged ticks require 14 hours of daylight to molt. If ticks can’t molt, they can’t move on to their next life-cycle. Photoperiod is innate and can not be altered by the climate. He states:

“The hypothesis that I. scapularis ticks will expand further north in the Prairie Provinces because of climate change is not only unscientific, but deceiving.”

Another problem with the climate change models is they overlook the fact that deer ticks were established in northwestern Ontario, southern Manitoba and were already in central Canada prior to 1970. What they predict to happen in the future has already happened in Canada. Their oversight caused a skewed rate of tick expansion and a miscalculation of northward projected movement.

“For blacklegged ticks, climate change is an apocryphal issue. -John Scott

Again, the reason this is important is research ear marked with the moniker of climate change takes precious research dollars away from extremely important areas such as effective tests & treatments, as well as answering the question of persistence of the organism and the complexity of potential coinfections and the effects of all of this on the human body.  We need to know more about how all of this affects the immune system and continuing symptoms.  We need insurance coverage and so many important research issues answered.  Climate change is a red herring.