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Boothbay Harbor Man Recovering From Near Fatal Lyme Disease Infection

Boothbay Harbor man recovering from near fatal Lyme disease infection

Andrew Hawke contracted rare tick-borne illness
Mon, 08/10/2020 – 3:30pm

July 15 began as a difficult day for Andrew Hawke, a 23-year-old Boothbay Harbor lobsterman. He woke up around 6:30 a.m. and complained about being “extremely tired.” He sat beside his bed and shortly afterwards went unconscious and collapsed. His girlfriend called 9-1-1 and, after a brief observation, paramedics determined something “funky” was going on in his heart. Paramedics transported him to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick so he’d be close to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Hawke’s mother, Stephanie Hawke.

At the hospital, doctors believed the mysterious illness should be attributed to Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S. and is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and, rarely, Borrelia  mayoni. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and nervous system.  (See link for article)



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Stephanie Hawke remembers hearing about a 17-year-old Massachusetts male who died of Lyme carditis recently while mowing his lawn.

Dr. Neil Spector wrote about his heart issues with Lyme in his book “Gone in a Heartbeat”:

Unfortunately Spector passed recently:

I find it interesting that our ‘authorities’ are trigger happy with numbers and are often wrong.  Since the beginning of time they’ve been wrong about Lyme/MSIDS and they continue to downplay it with words like “rare” when nobody’s counting and testing misses over half of all cases.  So many patients go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  I assure you that many die of heart conditions caused by tick-borne illness that are falling through the cracks.

For more:  Here a doctor, after his son collapsed into unconsciousness with a heart rate of 35/minute, admits that a “cavalier attitude towards Lyme infection is misplaced.”

Here a study identifies 189 children with Lyme carditis:

Lyme; however, isn’t the only tick-borne illness that can infect the heart:

Lyme advocate, Phyllis Mervine, makes a case that autopsies should be performed on those with unexpected, sudden death:


In his talk, a young doctor from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) described three cases where young people had died suddenly and had donated tissues to a tissue bank for possible transplantation. Testing at the tissue bank showed inflammation in tissue from their hearts, suggestive of Lyme carditis. Further tests were positive for infection with the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease.

“Authorities’ continue to downplay the seriousness of Lyme/MSIDS by repeatedly telling us it’s rare.

Bartonella Endocarditis in Elderly Patient

Published: July 30, 2020


We report an 85-year-old white man admitted to the emergency department of the University of Campinas with fever of undetermined origin (FUO) who received antibiotics previously. Initially, the hypothesis was pneumonia. He presented a drug reaction misdiagnosed as staphylococcal desquamation. The follow-up confirmed that prolonged fever was caused by bacterial endocarditis by transthoracic echocardiogram that showed vegetation in the aortic valve. Bartonella henselae etiology was confirmed by PCR.

This case reinforces the difficulty of diagnosing Bartonella sp. infection; this etiology must be considered even in patients with negative serology. The criteria for the diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis should contemplate a molecular positivity investigation for Bartonella spp, such as PCR in blood or serum samples as a major Duke criterion, even if with titers lower than 1 to 800.


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It doesn’t appear to me that endocarditis caused by Bartonella is rare.

History of Lyme Disease As a Predictor of Atrial Fibrillation

. 2020 Jun 1;125(11):1651-1654.

doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.03.003.Epub 2020 Mar 13.

History of Lyme Disease as a Predictor of Atrial Fibrillation

PMID: 32279835

DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.03.003


In many cases, atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a history of cardiac inflammation. One of the potential pathogens responsible for atrial inflammation might be Borrelia burgdorferi – a pathogen involved in Lyme carditis. This study aimed to assess whether the serological history of Borrelia infection was associated with the risk of AF. The study included 113 AF patients and 109 patients in sinus rhythm. All patients underwent a clinical evaluation, echocardiography and had their blood taken for the assessment of anti-Borrelia IgG antibodies. Patients with AF compared with the non-AF group had more often serological signs of Borrelia infection (34.5% vs 6.4%; p <0.0001). The multivariate analysis showed that positive results for anti-Borrelia IgG antibodies were a strong independent predictor of AF (odds ratio 8.21; 95% confidence interval 3.08 to 21.88; p < 0.0001).

In conclusion, presented data show that exposure to Borrelia spp. infection is associated with an increased risk of AF. Whether the early treatment of Lyme disease lowers the risk of AF development remains to be explored.



Imagine what the real numbers look like…..

They used blood tests as the foundation of the study and we know these tests miss anywhere from 70-86% of cases.

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Cavalier Attitude Towards Lyme Infection is Misplaced


man with lyme infection looking up in woods

Some medical professionals and their patients have dismissed Lyme disease, believing the prevalence and potential damage a Lyme infection can cause is over-exaggerated. But what happens if your family is directly affected? A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania shares his story “Lemons and Lyme” in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

“One day, when traveling in California for a meeting, I received a call informing me that one of my sons, then aged 39, had been walking his dog when he collapsed into unconsciousness with a heart rate of 35/minute and had been taken to a local hospital,” writes Plotkin.¹ A Lyme infection was suspected.

His son was diagnosed immediately by a cardiologist familiar with Lyme disease.

“My son Alec received a pacemaker and, of course, an intravenous antibiotic,” writes Plotkin. “Fortunately, he has recovered, but his experience convinced me that a cavalier attitude towards Lyme infection is misplaced.”


“An aspect of Alec’s case is instructive in that he was not exposed in the woods or someplace where ticks are an obvious hazard but within sight of his own house.

Some people don’t get Lyme disease until they GET Lyme disease.

  1. Plotkin SA. Lemons and Lyme. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018;7(4):267-269



I’m thankful this medical professional had the cajoles to admit this.  In time, the treatment of Lyme/MSIDS will get the proper attention it deserves – if only due to the fact it is going to affect so many people it will become undeniable.  

Another important point is that this man’s son was treated with IV antibiotics – a treatment that has been put unfairly under the microscope and bad-mouthed by “authorities”:  In short, the CDC cherry-picked 5 cases that had poor outcomes using IV therapy and then wrote a paper scaring the bejesus out of doctors. They clearly wanted to send a strong message to doctors that this therapy is unsafe.

What’s interesting about the MMWR paper is that one of the authors, a CDC epidemiologist, allegedly solicited IDSA doctors for evidence of harm from IV antibiotic treatments, essentially bribing them by offering co-authorship of the report if anecdotes were used. No such solicitation was made for IV treatment success stories.  There has been hot debate on Lyme treatments for decades. The MMWR paper is only one example of bias which is embedded within the CDC. There are many success stories using IV therapy by a Wisconsin Doctor and IDSA founder who disagreed with his colleagues on how to treat Lyme disease.

How many patients would have died without this life-saving therapy?  God only knows, but “authorities” are up to their old tricks with COVID-19 as well – badmouthing any treatment that competes financially with their own (they do this with testing too):

There are many who would profit from this treatment but due to this biased paper and the propaganda it promotes, most doctors are scared to death to treat patients with IV antibiotics. This is just another great example of how doctors who treat Lyme patients have been singled out and crucified on the Lyme crucible and how politics has driven science.

But wait!  This is happening to doctors who speak out on the COVID-19 narrative as well:  Dr. Jensen, also a senator, now finds himself a subject of a state medical board investigation after he spoke out on how hospitals are essentially being bribed to code deaths COVID-19:

This type of censorship seems to be the new normal.

For a great read on chronic Lyme:

Some people are so biased they couldn’t hear truth if it slapped them in the face. They don’t care if there’s a back-story of corruption – if all the research has been rigged for a predetermined outcome.  All they believe in is placebo-controlled, randomized trials in black and white.  Unfortunately, regarding Lyme/MSIDS, those too have been corrupted by “scientists” with conflicts of interest that reads like a rap sheet:

And recently, regarding COVID-19, we’ve learned that in fact scientists can be flat-out wrong, have conflicts of interest, AND lie:

Regarding research on Lyme treatment, many crucial nuances that will determine outcome – just like with COVID treatment, are not followed in study parameters – which will purposely give a poor outcome:

Hopefully, these facts are enlightening you to the fact that authorities and science are not to be solely trusted.  Both are being used right now to sway people – rather than remaining objective.

Question everything and run things by your practitioner(s) who is/are working on the front-line. Get numerous opinions and then use your God-given brain to make decisions.


Lyme Carditis Symptoms May Go Undiagnosed in Mexico


man having heart problem from Lyme carditis symptoms

Lyme carditis symptoms can be a serious complication of Lyme disease. While the condition is well-recognized in the United States, officials in Mexico are reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease in their country. In a letter entitled “Advanced AV-block: Is it time to consider Lyme carditis as a differential diagnosis in Mexico?” physicians describe the challenges of proving that a patient has Lyme carditis. [1]

The authors highlight the case of a 23-year-old woman who presented to their hospital “with a chief complaint of dyspnea and chest pain and was found to have a third degree AV-block on the electrocardiogram (ECG).”
A temporary pacemaker was implanted. And after an exhaustive work-up for other causes, the woman was eventually tested for Lyme disease. While Lyme carditis symptoms can be difficult to recognized, test results were positive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two-tier Western blot criteria.
Unfortunately, despite a three-week course of intravenous ceftriaxone, the woman required a permanent pacemaker. “At 3-month follow-up, she was still dependent on pacing,” writes Carrizales-Sepulveda and colleagues.
They argue that the woman lived in an endemic region and had visited the hospital with complaints consistent with Lyme carditis symptoms four weeks earlier. The authors cite the CDC, pointing out that “a region can be considered as endemic for [Lyme disease] if: at least two confirmed cases have been previously acquired or in which established populations of a known tick vector are infected with B. burgdorferi.”

Officials reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease exists in Mexico. CLICK TO TWEET

However, the medical community in Mexico has been reluctant to acknowledge Lyme disease as a possible cause of the woman’s heart block. Officials argue “there is no convincing evidence that Borrelia burgdorferi is present in Mexico.”READ MORE: Which treatment guidelines should you follow for Lyme carditis?

Despite such resistance, Carrizales-Sepulveda and colleagues report “a seroprevalence of 6.2% for the Northeast region of Mexico and 3.4% for Mexico City, using a two-tier approach with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western blot (WB) as recommended.”

Unfortunately, these results were dismissed as false positives, the authors write.

Furthermore, their Lyme carditis diagnosis was questioned with officials suggesting “the advanced AV-block that our patient presented had another cause that was not thoroughly investigated,” Carrizales-Sepulveda explains.

The authors recommend that Lyme carditis be considered as a possible diagnosis for patients living in Mexico.

“We agree that in our country other causes should be ruled-out first, however, there is no reason to leave out [Lyme carditis] as a diagnosis,” they write.

“[Lyme disease] in our country might be under looked, underdiagnosed, and underreported.”

  1. Carrizales-Sepulveda EF, Jimenez-Castillo RA, Vera-Pineda R. Advanced AV-block: Is it time to consider Lyme carditis as a differential diagnosis in Mexico? J Electrocardiol. 2020.



We are indebted to Dr. Lapenta, a South American doctor, who has written on Lyme in the Southern Hemisphere and numerous other issues with tick-borne illness.

Thankfully, there is doctor training going on for tick-borne illness going on in South America.

It’s up to us to tell others that Lyme disease is everywhere. 

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