The study was a joint effort by a team of scientists which included dermatologists, molecular biologists, microbiologists, internists, and family practitioners. The most revealing aspect of the study, in my opinion, is the fact I mentioned earlier: one of the heterosexual couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their genital secretions. “The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne.
A North Carolina State University researcher has discovered that Bartonella (a common Lyme co-infection) can be passed to unborn babies, causing chronic infections and possibly birth defects. Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt and his research group tested blood and tissue samples taken over a period of years from a mother, father and son who had suffered chronic illnesses for over a decade. Autopsy samples from their daughter–the son’s twin who died shortly after birth–contained DNA evidence of B. henselae and B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffi infection, which was also found in the other members of the family. Breitschwerdt’s research appears online in the April 14 Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
You can read a transcript of one of Breitschwerdt’s interviews on Bartonella here.
Multiple strains of Lyme?
In 2002, W.T. Harvey, an MD from Houston began finding large numbers of chronically ill Borrelia burgdorferi PCR- and seropositive patients in the area around his home and practice. Houston, Texas is declared a zoonotically ‘non-endemic’ area, so he set out to understand just how this epidemic was occurring. W.T. Harvey had no competing financial interest (as the CDC and IDSA do) and received no grants when writing his study on Lyme.
“In order to understand this finding prior to sufficient data availability, we chose to examine critically the currently accepted but troublesome ‘Lyme disease’ concepts,” Harvey’s study reads. “Our method was to analyze each foundation ‘Lyme disease’ premise within the context of available medical and veterinary literature, then to reconstruct the disease model consistent with the preponderance of that data. We find the present conceptualization of the illness seriously truncated, with a high likelihood of two distinct but connected forms of human B. burgdorferi infection. The yet-unrecognized form appears to have a broader clinical presentation, wider geographic distribution, and vastly greater prevalence. We conclude that ‘Lyme disease’ currently acknowledges only its zoonosis arm and is a limited conceptualization of a far more pervasive and unrecognized infection state that must be considered a global epidemic.”
Could you have Lyme from your pets?
Suzy Cohen of suzycohen.com is a registered pharmacist and best-selling author. When she graduated from pharmacy school in 1989, she believed that medication was the answer to helping patients get healthy. When that didn’t always work, she began to do some serious research. In one article addressing the truth about Lyme, she writes:
Borrelia spirochetes have been found in the urine of infected dogs, among several other animals. Studies on mice have found that the spirochetes in urine remained viable for 18-24 hours and concluded that “Urine may provide a method for contact non-tick transmission of B. burgdorferi in natural rodent populations particularly during periods of nesting and/or breeding.” Evidence for direct contact transmission has been demonstrated in mice. These findings suggest that further research is needed to evaluate alternate methods of Lyme transmission, such as by the urine of infected animals to humans.
Lyme Facts You Need To Know
1) Only 1 in 2 patients develop the classical bull’s eye rash when infected by a tick.
2) 64% of patients with Lyme Disease do not remember being bitten by a tick.
3) Patients who receive the disease through sexual transmission will have no bull’s eye rash due to the lack of tick bite.
4) Most ticks carry multiple disease-causing pathogens known as co-infections. A tick can host up to 30 different pathogens.
5) Co-infections do not respond to the “standard” treatment of Lyme with antibiotics.
6) Lyme disease can cause over 300 different symptoms.
7) Lyme disease is more epidemic than AIDS, West Nile, and Avian Flu combined.
8) Lyme disease bacterium can survive the suggested 2-4 week antibiotic treatment. The treatment does not guarantee eradication of all Lyme disease pathogens.
9) Lyme evades destruction by antibiotics and subverts the adaptive immune system. Large scale patient surveys show that short term treatment fails for over 90% of patients with Chronic Lyme disease.
10) There are 12 strains of Borrelia that are known to cause Lyme Disease, and standard serology only tests for ONE.
Sources for these facts are listed in order at the bottom of this.
Conclusion and How to Learn More:
“Lyme is one of the many microbes that has entered our system. And I feel as a physician that things are getting to a degree that’s serious. We’re watching other mammals die out and just think, ‘well, I’m glad it’s not me.’ However, as our environment becomes increasingly polluted, so do our bodies. And then we grow bugs [parasites, pathogens] in us that are not compatible with human life anymore.” – Dr. Klinghardt, MD, ‘Under Our Skin’ (2008).
As Dr. Klinghardt said, this is getting serious. Or as Dr. Harvey put it, this is an epidemic. These patients, along with solid science, are being purposefully ignored because IDSA panelists have been bribed and bought.
Could you have Lyme? I suspect I might after a series of flea bites in 2011, and I’m almost positive my mother has had it for a long time. However, this is no shock to me. Like Dr. Klinghardt stated above, Lyme is one of the many microbes that has entered our system. We are all exposed to pathogens and parasites on a daily basis, and are never taught anything about them. I’m on my third parasite cleanse and still passing worms. Children who have recovered from ‘the symptoms of’ autism (which is caused by pathogens and parasites) using Kerri Rivera and Andreas Kalcker’s protocol have passed worms as long as 40 inches. As soon as the worms start to die and come out of hiding, these children finally have relief and hope. What else are we housing that we don’t know about? Why is all of this information ignored?
Lyme presents itself in symptoms often misdiagnosed as Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s, Colitis, Encephalitis, Fibromyalgia, Fifth’s Disease, Arthritis, Cystitis, IBS, Lupus, Prostatitis, Psychiatric Disorders (bipolar, depression), Sjogren’s Syndrome, sleep disorders, thyroid disease, and more. This is a long list, and the number of people who go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed altogether is staggering. As I said, Lyme and hundreds of other pathogens and parasites have taken up residence in our bodies. We have improved our hygiene but increased our autointoxication (toxifying ourselves via GMO/poisonous processed foods, overeating, fluoride in water, poor health habits, etc.) and environmental intoxication (plastic, pollution, personal care products, and so much more). In my next post I’ll address possible alternative medicine Lyme cures, and I have a parasite cleanse e-book in the works so that we can all begin to get these critters out of our system. While the book is in progress, check out my older post on parasite cleansing.