https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/health/tick-report-hhs-bn/index.html?utm_campaign=Nov+17+RMD+newsletter%3A+Proof+that+Lyme+is+Polymicrobial+%5B  (News Video within Link – approx 6 Min)

Exploding tick population — and illnesses they bring — worries government

Source: CNN Business

On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee sounded the alarm on Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses saying they have become “a serious and growing threat to public health.” The finding, presented in a report to congress, recommends surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures for tackling the problem.

At least 20 known medical conditions can result from tick bites; the most common, Lyme disease, affects an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. Meanwhile, doctors and researchers continue to discover new illnesses linked to the crawling bugs.
The committee, known as the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, was established under the 21st Century Cures Act (2016) and is tasked with proposing how to rein in this public health problem.
“As tick populations continue to grow and infected ticks expand geographically, the threat to human health intensifies,” the working group wrote. To highlight the necessity to act, the report includes stories from patients, including Ruben Lee Sims.

‘Untreated patients can lose everything’

Sims, a Vietnam veteran who in 1977 was recognized by the US Air Force as the “top enlisted management analyst of the year,” had his life derailed several years later by tick bites.

Ruben Lee Sims is a Lyme disease advocate.

Unable to diagnose Lyme disease, the military discharged Sims in 1984, labeling him a hypochondriac whose pain was caused by psychological factors. A year later, a non-military doctor also failed to deliver a diagnosis. Though the doctor suspected Lyme disease, Sims had never traveled to New England, where the disease is prevalent, so the tick-borne disease was crossed off the list of possibilities.
“I was misdiagnosed for over three decades and left untreated for Lyme disease,” Sims told the report’s authors.
Today, that’s no longer true. Better equipped to diagnose tick-borne disease, the VA has confirmed Sims’ pain as a symptom of Lyme disease, and with appropriate treatment, he no longer has symptoms.
Untreated patients can lose everything, as I did, and become part of the unemployed, under-employed, disabled, and homeless populations,” Sims said in the report.
These days, he shares his story to help others who may be affected by tick-borne illnesses.
Most Lyme patients who are treated early can fully recover, yet up to 20% experience persistent symptoms — some disabling. Immediate symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a distinctive ring rash. Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, and shooting pains in the hands or feet are among the longer-term symptoms in patients with chronic illness.

The spread of Lyme disease

Lyme disease cases have doubled since 2004, according to the report. Meanwhile, its geographic prevalence has grown: The number of counties considered to have high incidence of the disease has increased by more than 300% in the northeastern states and by nearly 250% in North Central states, the report states.
“The geographic range of Lyme disease cases has expanded since its first appearance in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975 and has consistently spread northward, southward, and westward,” the report says.
The working group suggests this spread may be due, at least in part, “to ecological changes taking place in North America since the middle of the 20th century, including habitat and climate changes.”
Though less common on the West coast, Lyme disease is an important concern there, as are other diseases that result from tick bites, the report states. Despite hundreds of thousands of estimated cases, only about 35,000 are reported each year to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lyme disease is transmitted by infected deer ticks. Infected blacklegged ticks, Western blacklegged ticks and lone star ticks also frequently transmit illness in the United States.
Tick-borne diseases can be difficult to diagnose. Tests are not always accurate, and health care providers may not know how to use them. Additionally, patients may have not just one but two or more tick-borne illnesses at the same time.
The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group’s recommendations include improving early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, strengthening national surveillance and developing new treatment options for treating acute and persistent illness.
“For decades, tick-borne diseases have increased at an alarming rate,” the committee concluded. “The continued spread of ticks, the discovery of new tick-borne pathogens, and the spreading outbreak of human disease is a near certainty.”

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**Comment**

  1. Stating emphatically that being misdiagnosed is “no longer true,” is a flat-out inaccuracy.  People continue to be misdiagnosed at an alarming rate.  They are also still told they are making it all up or just wanting attention.  The bullying and abuse of patients continues on unabated and MUST END.  Current CDC 2-tiered testing misses half of all cases.
  2. As to 20% experiencing persistent symptoms – experts truly have NO IDEA at all regarding numbers.  They are completely taking a stab in the dark. If they can go from 30,000 cases of Lyme a year to over 400,000, we really can’t trust them on numbers at all.  Inaccurate testing doesn’t help either.
  3. The symptoms listed in this article are just the tip of the ice-berg.  Some people’s main symptoms are psychological – which didn’t even get a mention.  This is not just a disease of aches and pains – although there’s plenty of that too!
  4. The Working Group needs to cease and desist on the climate change issue.  It’s been debunked entirely by a PhD independent tick researcher:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/11/07/ticks-on-the-move-due-to-migrating-birds-and-photoperiod-not-climate-change/.  Please know that the any further research with the moniker climate change will NOT help patients one iota.
  5. Regarding the news video, I write about Kevin Esvelt’s GMO Mice here:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/06/21/first-frankenbugs-now-frankinmice/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/11/new-england-scientists-explore-new-method-for-eradicating-lyme-disease/  This article also explains CRISPR, the method used to genetically modify the mice.

Another point to stress is that the CRISPR gene-editing technology (tinkering with genes) has been shown to create unintended mutations. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/06/13/crispr-gene-editing-dangers.aspx? This article shows 100 deletions and insertions and more than 1,500 unintended single-nucleotide mutations occurred .

OOPS.

Geneticist and virologist Jonathan Latham, Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and editor of Independent Science News, has spoken out about the fallacy of industry talking points in the past.

“So far, it is technically not possible to make a single (and only a single) genetic change to a genome using CRISPR and be sure one has done so,” Latham reportedly explained. This feat may not even be possible biologically; one small change to genome can inevitably lead to a host of other, unanticipated changes. https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-14-scientists-warn-genetic-editing-of-humans-with-crispr-technology-may-lead-to-cancer.html#

In fact, experts say that CRISPR could cause hundreds of unintended DNA alterations.

While it all seems neat and tidy on paper and in a cool colored video, what happens in the wild could be an entirely different matter. Releasing GMO mosquitoes to supposedly eradicate Zika has shown many undesirable effects.  I wrote about that when it all went down: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/02/12/wolbachia-laced-mosquitoes-being-released-why-lyme-msids-patients-might-be-negatively-affected/ (This link shows an important dog study you need to read about as well) Take away: in dogs, Wolbachia released into the blood stream causes wide-spread inflammation, something Lyme/MSIDS patients already struggle with.

Then there’s the issue of pathogen enhancement.

According to a study by Penn State, mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile – which will then be transmitted to humans.

“This is the first study to demonstrate that Wolbachia can enhance a human pathogen in a mosquito,“ one researcher said. “The results suggest that caution should be used when releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes into nature to control vector-borne diseases of humans.” “Multiple studies suggest that Wolbachia may enhance some Plasmodium parasites in mosquitoes, thus increasing the frequency of malaria transmission to rodents and birds,” he said. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140710141628.htm

This article states CRISPR has the potential to cause cancer in a whole generation of humans: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-14-scientists-warn-genetic-editing-of-humans-with-crispr-technology-may-lead-to-cancer.html# (Excerpt below)
Emma Haapaniemi, a co-author of the Karolinska Institute study, explained why this is such a concerning find.

“By picking cells that have successfully repaired the damaged gene we intended to fix, we might inadvertently also pick cells without functional p53.” Dysfunctional p53 is a major cancer risk; nearly half of ovarian and colorectal cancers can be connected to a disruption in p53. Many other types of cancer, like lung, pancreatic, stomach, liver and breast cancers, can also be attributed to p53 problems.

“If transplanted into a patient, as in gene therapy for inherited diseases, such cells could give rise to cancer, raising concerns for the safety of CRISPR-based gene therapies,” Haapaniemi added.

On top of those difficulties, scientists do not know how all of this will affect ecosystems and are unclear if the gene drives could spread to closely related species.
Noam Prywes, PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard, claims that CRISPR/Cas-9-based gene drives will

“add a twist – introducing one gene drive after another to correct unforeseen consequences as they are discovered,” and that “decisions by researchers would become permanently written into the genomes of entire wild populations.”

He also adds that there are alternative ways to wipe out local populations of mosquitoes carrying disease that are much safer.

In this same vein, David Burwitz of Tel Aviv University, feels that gene drive research should be classified to prevent weapon development, and he’s not alone.
http://nextstageprep.com/gene-drivesthis-next-weapon-mass-destruction/ In theory, a terrorist could create a handful of insects with a gene for making a toxin, and power it with a gene drive. Pretty soon, all of these insects would make the toxin, and every insect bite would be lethal. However, according to Austin Burt, who proposed the theoretical method for making gene drives, the gene drives only work in sexually reproducing species, unlike the vast majority of genetically engineered microbes which produce asexually and they’ve only been shown to work for one generation – so far.

According to a study by an independent Canadian tick researcher, there’s been an inordinate amount of stress placed on mice, when there are plenty of other reservoirs: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/08/13/study-shows-lyme-not-propelled-by-climate-change/ Scott has shown that there are established populations of deer ticks in Manitoba as well as in insular, hyper-endemic Corkscrew Island, yet both are devoid of white-footed mice. He points out that there are numerous reservoir hosts that must be considered including other mammals, birds, and reptiles. For decades we’ve been told it’s the mice. Yet a real problem in the West and South are reptiles like skinks and lizards: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/12/03/biologists-at-sf-state-dig-into-ticks-and-ld/, https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/25/the-confounding-geography-of-lyme-disease-in-the-u-s/