Dr. Charles Ray Jones – Rock Star
From left, Sherry Sievewright, Wisconsin Lyme Network, Dr. Charles Ray Jones, Alicia Cashman, Madison Lyme Support Group
Dr. Charles Ray Jones specializes in treating Lyme/MSIDS patients. He has treated over 12,000 children with Lyme/MSIDS, and spoke recently at the Chicago ILADS convention.
Here is the executive summary of his presentation:
- Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) can be transmitted via ticks, gestationally, breast milk, and semen (yes, that means sexually). While there isn’t a large NIH double-blind study, clinically LLMD’s are finding infected couples. For more data on animals: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/02/24/pcos-lyme-my-story/ (Scroll down to info on sexual transmission)
- Gustafason & Burgess demonstrated gestational Bb infection in dogs. Of the inoculated bitches, 80% became infected who then birthed mostly infected pups.1
- A retrospective study showed 480 children with gestational Lyme/MSIDS. Diagnosis was based on clinical physical and history. 3
- About 10% of Dr. Jones’ patients are infected gestationally.
- Two cases of in vitro fertilization caused embryonic infection.
- Mothers not treated resulted in 50% gestational transmission compared to mothers treated with 1 antibiotic resulting in a 25% transmission. 70% of infected mothers reported a difficult pregnancy. ALL children improved with appropriate antibiotic treatment.
- Antibiotic treatment for Pregnant mothers:
- Amoxil 1000mg every 8 hours
- Ceftin 500 mg every 12 hours
- Omnicef 300 mg-600mg twice daily
- Mepron 750mg twice daily
- Zithromax 500mg twice daily
- Other options for those who can not tolerate oral antibiotics:
- Bicillin 1.2 million units IM 1-3 times weekly
- Ceftiaxone 2 gms IV daily
- Cefotaxime 6 gms daily either continuous infusions or 2gms IV every 8 hours
- Top 6 gestational Lyme symptoms:
- 90% low muscle tone (delays in motor skills, excess flexibility, drooling)
- 80% irritability (impulsive, risky behavior, interrupts, anger/mood swings)
- 72% fatigue
- 69% pain
- 60% low grade fevers with pale skin & dark circles under eyes
- 50% painful joints with stiffness & decreased range of motion
- Coinfection rate found in study.3
- 30% Bartonella
- 20% Babesia
- 7% Strep
- 6% Ehrlichiosis
- 5% Leptospirosis
- Male Child Case Study Findings. Daily fevers between 101-102 degrees with severe joint pain, could not process stimuli, and poor muscle control. Mother was infected with Bb during pregnancy and child had numerous tick bites. Was initially diagnosed with a virus and was told he’d “grow out of it.” Grandparents in desperation hired a priest to exorcise him. Within 3 months of a clinical diagnosis of Bb (Western Blot positive) and multiple TBI’s (Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma) and appropriate antibiotic treatment, he was doing well in school & athletics, and improved on all perimeters. Treatment is ongoing.
- Gestational treatment options:
- Combination of penicillin, cephalosporins, macrocodes, atovaquone (tetracycline, doxycyline & minocycline not usually used in those under 8)
- A 1995 study by Gardner showed 15% abnormal babies in treated mothers vs 67% of abnormal babies in mothers not treated.4
- A 1989 study by MacDonald showed the following Lyme infection outcomes during pregnancy.5
- fluid in the brain
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- blood infection
- Fetal death
- cardiovascular system anomalies
- growth retardation
- respiratory distress
- excess of bilirubin in the blood
- Gustafson, J.M., E.C Burgess, et al.(1993). “Intrauterine transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi in dogs. “Am J Vet Res 54(6): 882-890
- Xiao, J., et al. 2011. “How Different Strains of Parasite Infection Affect Behavior Differently”. Infection and Immunity. March 2011 . Quoted in science daily, March 22, 2011.
- Jones, Charles Ray, Smith, Harold, Gibb, Edina and Johnson, Lorraine JD, MBA, “Gestational Lyme Disease Case Studies of 102 Live Births, Lyme Times, 2005”.
- Gardner, T. (1995). Lyme disease. Infectious disease of the fetus and newborn infant. J. S Remington and J.O Klein. Philadelphia, Saunders. Chapter 11:447- 528.
- MacDonald, A.B. (1989) “Gestational Lyme Borreliosis. Implications for the fetus. “Rheum Dis Clin North Amer 15(4): 657-677.
- Goldenberg, R.L and C. Thompson (2003) “The infectious origin of stillbirth”. Am J Obstet Gynecol 189(#): 861-873.
More on Pregnancy with Lyme/MSIDS:
https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/children/ Great read on Lyme/MSIDS in children.
https://www.lymedisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Image15-Jones-ABT.pdf “Rationale for Prolonged Antibiotic Therapy in Treating Lyme Disease.” By Charles Ray Jones, M.D.