September 26-27, 2020
NEGLECTED INFECTIONS AND GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES IN PATIENTS WITH LATE / PERSISTENT / CHRONIC VECTOR-BORNE INFECTIONS
Novel Testing Approaches – Phelix Phage-based Test
- Among positive ticks, 60% were for B. miyamotoi.
- Testing on over 2,000 humans (mainly late stage/chronic patients) showed 30% negative results and 70% positive, among which over 60% indicated the presence of specific Borrelia miyamotoi phages.
The authors state:
With respect to the obtained results, a question raised: are we searching for the wrong culprit with Lyme-disease testing?
The slides also go through Tularemia and Yersinia. (Please see link for results). The authors state it’s important to test for these pathogens as they contribute to the overall burden on the immune system.
Then there’s a large section devoted to gastrointestinal issues with a chart showing various symptoms caused by 8 different tick-borne diseases.
The number of patients presenting with such symptoms is probably reaching epidemic proportions. Testing for gastrointestinal problems need to be included.
Tests are listed followed by a section on Leaky Gut. The important finding regarding 3 years of testing Leaky Gut was – 63.87% patients had increased levels.
The two greatest findings:
- Searching for actual bacterial presence using phage-based testing might pacify the debate and controversies on testing choices and late/chronic stage patients. Current Lyme testing will not pick up Borrelia miyamotoi, which may explain why many patients are not being diagnosed.
- The overall high failure rate of therapies for vector-borne infections, especially in late/persistent/chronic patients, underscores the necessity to fully investigate different concurrent infections (including opportunistic infections) along with resulting gastrointestinal and immune dysregulations.