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Vermont Lyme Sufferer Fights to Get Disability – Gets Nadda  (TV News Story Here)

By: Staci DaSilva 

Posted: Feb 27, 2018


BROOKLINE, Vt. – Pat Horrigan, 56, of Brookline, Vt., says he’s too sick to work. The federal government thinks he’s not sick enough to receive disability benefits.

“You don’t want to end up like me,” warned Horrigan.

In 2014, he started feeling ill.

“I was burning up. I had a real bad flu, or at least that’s what I was feeling like,” he said. “Couldn’t get my temperature down, throwing up, couldn’t hardly walk, couldn’t hardly do anything. I was just immobile on the couch.”

It wasn’t normal behavior for a Navy veteran with a lengthy resume of active jobs: from fire chief, to soccer coach to electrician.

“I’m a 110% everything I do, 10-12 hour days,” he said.

Despite never having the typical “bulls eye” rash associated with a tick-borne disease, Horrigan was tested for and diagnosed with lyme disease. He thinks he might have been bit while working on a farm baling hay.

In the four years since, he’s endured a legal battle to get what his doctors and counselors tell him he deserves.

“She said ‘let’s get you started getting disability.’ and I’m like ‘really? I didn’t know I even qualified.’ ‘Are you kidding me? Yea, you qualify and you’re a vet. Let’s see what we can do,” he remembers of a conversation early in his journey.

For the past several years, he has fought to get federal disability benefits.

He and his lawyer have continually been denied, appeal after appeal.

“John said ‘most of my clients are lucky to have one letter for a doctor. You’ve got four or five. This is like a slam dunk. You’ve got everything you need,’” he said of his lawyer’s view.

His latest motion has been pending in U.S. District Court in Vermont since September.

In the meantime, Horrigan’s been out of work and without an income. His wife went back to work as a nurse.

They moved into a corner of their daughter’s house in Brookline, Vt.

He thinks federal judges see the word “lyme” and immediately reject his claims.

“You’re sick. People stub their toes and they get disability. Something’s gotta change. They got to realize lyme is serious if you’ve got it as bad as we have it,” he said.


“To date, there’s just no evidence to suggest people have an ongoing infection like that,” said Bradley Tompkins, infectious disease epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health.

He, along with much of the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says “chronic lyme disease” does not exist, or at least, is up for debate.

Most people diagnosed with lyme disease see their symptoms disappearance after treatment.

There is a recognized, yet rare (10-20% of patients), syndrome called Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome that causes sustained symptoms for months, or up to a few years.

“It could be some sort of autoimmune response to the initial infection,” explained Tompkins. “There’s again, no evidence that there’s live bacteria that’s causing an illness and causing an infection. But there could be debris left over from the bacteria that is triggering your immune system to cause joint pain and joint swelling. So that’s what a lot of researchers are looking into now.”


“The CDC-infectious disease board have real conflicts when it comes to their potential findings on lyme disease,” said Lt. Gov. Dave Zuckerman (P/D – Vt.).

For Lt. Gov. Zuckerman, it’s personal. His wife, Rachel Nevitt, was diagnosed with lyme disease at least 6 years ago.

“She’s still only about half the person she was when I married her,” he said. “It is mentally debilitating. It is physically debilitating. It really changes your ability to function in society.”

He says it’s frustrating to hear health officials deny something he can see with his own eyes.

“Highly respected institutions, research institutions, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and others, have researchers that are really looking into this epidemic and finding that some of the research done and some of the findings done from the 90s and early 2000s is really outdated,” he said. “They’re finding a lot more instances where the lyme bacteria can survive with many of the antibacterial treatments and have ways to survive it and persist.”

Zuckerman says the onus is on the federal government to help people like his wife and Horrigan.

He adds that he pitched an idea to Governor Phil Scott (R – Vt.) last summer.

“Why don’t we work with private donors to endow a research chair at UVM Medical Center. Put UVM Medical Center in there with Johns Hopkins and Stanford, in the lyme research world, really put a bullseye for lack of a better term, on Vermont and say ‘we have a cutting edge, academic medical institution here looking at what the real issues are’ because it’s widespread in Vermont, throughout New England and the northeast,” he said.

But Pat Horrigan doesn’t have time for research. He wants change now.

“I’m blazing a trail for folks behind me because in a way I think that I am. It’s crazy. We’re sick. We need help,” he said.

This comes as lyme disease is on the rise in the region.

According to Tompkins, the Department of Health is still working through its data from 2017.

He says his department did more investigations last year than ever before, so he wouldn’t be surprised if the results show 2017 had the highest number of lyme disease cases, or close to the highest number, ever.



And so it goes, round and round.  Can’t get disability for Lyme because they say there’s no proof of infection.

But there is…..

700 peer-review studies showing persistence:  Generation of antibiotic-tolerant “persister cells” in some pathogen populations [116-118]. “If you look at major medical microbiology and infectious disease textbooks, they state that after 4 weeks you can’t find the Lyme bacteria anymore. Therefore Lyme is then categorised as ‘post infectious’. But I get back to the point I’ve made before: if you can’t culture it, you cannot know anything about its viability. You do not have a organism specific test (culture or PCR), that guides your ‘test of cure’. How do you say that a bacteria is killed, when you couldn’t grow and measure it in the first place?” “One of the rules of infectious diseases medicine is that once you stop treatment and the patient stays better, they are cured. When they get worse, the infection has returned and they have relapse of infection and need repeat treatment. My ID colleagues live by that rule with most other infections, but not with Lyme.”




Transplacental Transmission & Fetal Damage With Lyme Disease


The two sides of the coin in pregnancy and LYME DISEASE

Hello friends of the network DERMAGIC EXPRESS, I bring you today another topic for what I call the “SAGA” on LYME DISEASE, in this case the controversial issue of TRANSPLACENTAL TRANSMISSION AND FETAL DAMAGE AND DEATH in pregnant women and infected with the feared BORRELIA BURGDORFERI.

I have found numerous references; most claim that BORRELIA in pregnant women with LYME DISEASE traverses the placenta and reaches the fetus and can cause multi organic damage, including the death of the same, intrauterine or a few hours or days after birth. Other authors say that this is false.

The CDC (Center of Control of Infectious Diseases) affirms that if the pregnant woman with LYME does her treatment, the child will be born healthy and recommends the use of the antibiotic AMOXICILLIN, because DOXYCYCLINE can cause damage to the developing fetus. The question here is what would happen if the BORRELIA species is resistant to AMOXICILLIN? Or the antibiotic to which BORRELIA is sensitive cannot be indicated because it would harm the fetus?

BORRELIA BURGDORFERI was discovered in 1982 by the aforementioned Willy Burgdorfer, the causal agent of the ERYTHEMA MIGRANS or LYME DISEASE, and only 1 year later the first study in 1983 described that it is suspected that this ESPIROCHETE can cross the placenta and infect the fetus, study published by Shirts SR, Brown MS, and Bobitt JR. under the name of “Listeriosis and borreliosis as causes of antepartum fever”. (8)

Later in the year 1985 Schlesinger PA, Duray PH, Burke BA, Steere AC, Stillman MT published a paper called “Maternal-fetal transmission of the spirochete of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi” where they report a case of a woman who developed LYME DISEASE and did not receive treatment with antibiotics. The child was born at 35 weeks of pregnancy and died of congenital heart disease the first week of life. The autopsy revealed the LYME ESPIROCHETE in the SPLEEN, KIDNEYS AND BONE MARROW. (2)

Later, the same WILLY BURGDORFER the discoverer and “father” of the ESPIROCHETE BORRELIA, who along with Dr. Alan Mc Donald and Jorge Benach PhD, published in the year 1987 (31 years ago) a work they called “stillbirth following maternal LYME DISEASE.” and I quote from the conclusions of these scientists: (24.)

“… Two cases of transplacental transmission of the BORRELIA BURGDORFERI were found associated with fetal death and congenital malformations, different anomalies were detected in each case …”

“… We recommend that pathologists study the tissues of stillborn fetuses in search of BORRELIA BURGDORFERI especially those with cardiac anomalies, and clinical doctors investigate the exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy to BORRELIA BURGDORFERI and in these cases determine if cardiac organogenesis is complete by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy”

“… We believe that there is enough evidence to alert women living in endemic areas of LYME DISEASE and doctors to recognize the early signs and symptoms of the disease and to start treatment with PENICILLIN at the same dose of SYPHILIS as used in pregnant women in the first trimester, regardless of the results of the laboratory tests … “

Another study that is worth noting is the one made by the MEDLINE database updated for the year of July 2012, the last revision of November 2012 of 88 journal articles from the PUBMED database, which I summarize as follows:

Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Lyme Disease


1.) Mothers with active Lyme Disease,Treated: 14.6% of the pregnancies with sequelae,
2.) Untreated: 66.7% of the pregnancies with sequelae,
3.) Unknown as to treatment: 30.3% with sequelae.
4.) Specific adverse outcomes included: cardiac 22.7%, neurologic 15.2%, orthopedic 12.1%, ophthalmic 4.5%, genitourinary 10.6%, miscellaneous anomalies 12.1%, 2nd trimester demise 12.1%. Highest rate of adverse outcome (72.7%) in women with infection acquired prior to or during first trimester.)

Now I will put a summary of the most frequent clinical manifestations described in the studies of children born to mothers with LYME disease, LYME positive


1.) LOW GRADE FEVER: 59% -60%
5.) ABDOMINAL PAIN: 20-29%
7.) NAUSEA: 23%
15.) VERTIGO: 30%
20.) ANXIETY: 21%
21.) ANGER OR RAGE: 23%
23.) IRRITABILITY: 54% -80%
25.) DEPRESSION: 13%
27.) PHOTOPHOBIA: 40-43%
46.) AUTISM.

There are numerous studies showing a clear EVIDENCE that the BORRELIA BURGDORGFERI in pregnant women is able to cross the placenta and infect the fetus. I could get tired here of giving you the description of each of them. But I will give you ALL the BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES that I found from the year 1983 until the year 2017, first the ones I found and then a chronology of ALL of them.

I close this issue which is HIGHLY DISCUSSED TODAY, with a post by Angélica Johansson, a great fighter against THIS PLAGUE that I found in my LINKEDIN network about the future of the planet and the LYME DISEASE … I quote:

“…”1 million people are predicted to get infected with Lyme disease in the USA in 2018. Given the same incidence rate of Lyme disease in Europe as in the USA, then 2.4 million people will get infected with Lyme disease in Europe in 2018. In the USA by 2050, 55.7 million people (12% of the population) will have been infected with Lyme disease. In Europe by 2050, 134.9 million people (17% of the population) will have been infected with Lyme disease. Most of these infections will, unfortunately, become chronic.  

The estimated treatment cost for acute and chronic Lyme disease for 2018 for the USA is somewhere between 4.8 billion USD and 9.6 billion USD and for Europe somewhere between 10.1 billion EUR and 20.1 billion EUR. If governments do not finance IV treatment with antibiotics for chronic Lyme disease, then the estimated government cost for chronic Lyme disease for 2018 for the USA is 10.1 billion USD and in Europe 20.1 billion EUR.

If governments in the USA and Europe want to minimize future costs and maximize future revenues, then they should pay for IV antibiotic treatment up to a year even if the estimated cure rate is as low as 25%. The cost for governments of having chronic Lyme patients sick in perpetuity is very large….”

But what you see every day is a fight between IDSA and ILADS, CDC and others on the subject of whether it is a simple tick bite and you take an antibiotic and you cure or that it is a disease of difficult diagnosis and high cost of treatment. Between believers and non-believers to summarize. The truth is that it is spreading all over the world in leaps and bounds.

And if you have doubts that this ESPIROCHETE may or may not harm the fetus of pregnant women, cause birth defects, and many other consequences including, stillborn babies, read this “MOUNTAIN” of references that I leave here.

   Approx. 25 Min.

Sue Faber, RN and Co-Founder of LymeHope speaks to pregnancy and Gestational Lyme at the LymeHope Education Event, Oakville, Ontario on November 3, 2017.  Published on Jan 18, 2017

Dr. Elena Frid, a board-certified NYC neurologist and specialist in Lyme disease & other vector-borne diseases, discusses congenital Lyme disease.  

**Comment**  In reference to Dr. Frid’s comment that congenital Lyme is rare, I would disagree.  We have not been keeping track of numbers and there are probably way more than is being acknowledged.

CONCLUSION: BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, not only transmitted by the tick bite, is TRANSMITTED by sexual contact, fluids and can also colonize the fetus of pregnant women if there is no effective treatment able to eradicate it during the same. And it is not exclusive to the Northern Hemisphere. The BORRELIA is also in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greetings to all.

Dr. José Lapenta.

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1987. Lavoie PE, Lattner BP, Duray PH, Barbour AG, Johnson HC. Culture positive seronegative transplacental Lyme borreliosis infant mortality. (1987) Arthritis Rheum, 30(4), 3(Suppl):S50.

1988 Weber K; Bratzke HJ, Neubert U, Wilske B, Duray PH. (1988) Borrelia burgdorferi in a newborn despite oral penicillin for Lyme borreliosis during pregnancy. Pediatr Infect Dis J, 7:286-9.

1988 Carlomagno G, Luksa V, Candussi G, et al. (1988) Lyme Borrelia positive serology associated with spontaneous abortion in an endemic Italian area. Acta Eur Fertil 19(5), 279-81.

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