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Podcast: The Science & History of Lyme – Pam Weintraub

Episode 57: The Science and History of Lyme Disease  Go here for Podcast.

Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by journalist and author Pamela Weintraub, who discusses the science and history of Lyme disease.Pamela is health and psychology editor at Aeon, a website that covers science, health, culture and “big ideas.” She’s also former senior editor of Discover Magazine and is the author of “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic.”

When Pamela learned that her oldest son tested positive for Lyme disease, she thought she had found an answer to the symptoms that had been plaguing her family for years. But her nightmare had just begun. Almost everything about Lyme disease turned out to be deeply controversial, from the microbe causing the infection, to the length and type of treatment and the kind of practitioner needed.

On one side of the fight, the scientists who first studied Lyme describe a disease transmitted by a deer tick that is hard to catch but easy to cure no matter how advanced the case. On the other side, rebel doctors insist that Lyme and a soup of “co-infections” cause a complicated spectrum of illness often dramatically different – and far more difficult to treat – than the original researchers claim.

Instead of just swollen knees and a rash, patients can experience exhaustion, disabling pain, and a “Lyme fog” that leaves them dazed and confused. As patients struggle for answers, once-treatable infections become chronic.

Pamela’s book is a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease. Pamela sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. The most comprehensive book ever written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, “Cure Unknown” exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic and the vulnerability we all share.



Weintraub’s book, “Cure Unknown, Inside the Lyme Epidemic,” is as relevant today as when it was written.  Little has changed, in fact, which is quite sad considering it’s 11 years old!

She not only writes of her own experience with her entire family which was infected, but the whole saga and all the key players.  If you want to understand the sordid history behind this madness, this is The Book.

Counterpoint: Hitting the Wall of Denial With Chronic Lyme

COUNTERPOINT: Hitting the wall of denial with chronic Lyme

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, retweeted a tweet that called into question the existence of chronic Lyme disease. - The Canadian Press
Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, retweeted a tweet that called into question the existence of chronic Lyme disease. – The Canadian Press

First, do no harm. This is a maxim of medicine.

Over the past few weeks, I have watched, listened to and read some of the most unprofessional, non-evidence-based, vitriolic, untrue and demeaning garbage about Lyme disease and patients who suffer from it. My friend, fellow patient advocate and author of The Cancer Olympics, Robin McGee, remarked to me on this sorry affair:

“How discouraging for all patient advocates, when those in power cheer on the silencers.”

First there was a retweet by our chief medical officer, Dr. Robert Strang, of a post from the questionable website. Then there were musings by law student Andrea MacGregor, in a Feb. 2 Counterpoint, “ ‘Chronic Lyme’ movement hazardous to health.

In my opinion, these had one purpose, and one purpose only — and that was to stir up anti-Lyme-patient sentiment among the public and health-care professionals. It’s a defence mechanism — because they are wrong, and they have realized that the scientific evidence against their arguments is irrefutable.

Dr. Strang has since released a prepared statement that indicated he cared about misinformation, that he did not realize that his retweet would cause such an outcry, and that he’d be more careful with his future social media posts. But he didn’t care enough to tweet any apology, nor state that if he could, he’d remove his retweet.

As for Ms. MacGregor, she did make a few common-sense points about some marketers and businesses taking advantage of vulnerable and desperately ill patients. Other than that, she presented no evidence whatsoever with regard to the scientifically accepted fact of chronic Lyme disease.

Denial has serious consequences.

In late summer 2018, a coroner’s office in Quebec and a separate Canadian laboratory both confirmed that the body of a young man, who had died by suicide — because, his mother told a Quebec media outlet, he could no longer endure the pain and suffering of his illness — was infected with the Lyme bacterium. He had sought help for Lyme disease for years from many Canadian doctors, only to be told there was nothing wrong, and that it was all in his head. He received no help. Dead. Aged 27!

Chronic Lyme disease, properly called late disseminated Lyme disease, is a well-documented and established medical and scientific fact. This stage of the disease is nothing like early acute localized Lyme disease. Late-stage Lyme disease is a highly dangerous, debilitating and life-changing illness caused by the spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. There is no debate about chronic Lyme disease, at least not in the scientific field. Just denial by a few doctors — the chronic Lyme deniers.

What Dr. Strang and Dr. Todd Hatchette, chief microbiologist for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, fail to tell you is that there are over 700 peer-reviewed and published scientific and medical articles that clearly demonstrate the persistence of infection of Lyme disease, sometimes even after treatment with short courses of antibiotics.

All health-care professionals and the general public should be made aware of the latest non-human primate studies recently published in two esteemed and peer-reviewed science and medical journals, PLOSONE and American Journal of Pathology, written by Embers and colleagues (January 2012 and March 2018, respectively), from Tulane National Primate Research Center, Tulane University Health Sciences. These studies unequivocally demonstrate persistence of the Lyme disease bacterium in body tissues and organs, even after the standard courses of antibiotics.

Rhesus macaque monkeys (which are very close to us genetically) were infected with the Lyme disease bacteria and the disease was allowed to progress to the late disseminated stage (the chronic stage). The monkeys were then treated with the standard 28-day course of doxycycline — the primary antibiotic of choice for Lyme disease treatment. Several months after treatment had ended, the monkeys were euthanized and necropsies carried out.

Lyme disease spirochetes were found in the brains and hearts of these treated monkeys, and in the peripheral nerves of an untreated macaque. Despite negative blood tests, these monkeys were positive by DNA tests, and the spirochete bacteria could be seen with specialized microscopes.

The Embers studies also validate the recent published findings of “persister cells,” after treatment with antibiotics, by Lewis et al, from Northeastern University, and of Zhang and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lewis demonstrated that some Lyme disease bacteria are “persisters”— they are alive but lie dormant. Since antibiotics only attack actively functioning bacteria, these persisters escape the killing activity of the drugs. Once the antibiotics have been flushed from the system, the bacteria “wake up,” can begin dividing again, and infection is, again, imminent.

The work of Caballo and his team at New York Medical College, the very place from where the IDSA Lyme guidelines originate, also supports the above researchers. In his article, published in Environmental Microbiology in 2017, Caballo described “sleeper cells” of Lyme bacteria capable of changing shape and hiding in the body (a great defence mechanism, by the way) while the patient is taking antibiotics. These bacteria then reappear in their original form when the coast is clear — i.e., when there are no longer antibiotics in the bloodstream — thereby “persisting” after treatment with antibiotics.

All of these recent studies confirm what many other researchers already knew. For example, Dr. Russell Johnson from the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the U.S. government, stated, back in 1986, when he filed research evidence to the U.S. Patent Office for the Lyme vaccine (U.S. Patent 4,721,617), the following:

“The chronic forms of the disease such as arthritis (joint involvement), acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (skin involvement), and Bannwart’s (sic) syndrome (neurological involvement) may last for months to years and are associated with the persistence of the spirochete. A case of maternal-fetal transmission of B. burgdorferi resulting in neonatal death has been reported... The infection may be treated at any time with antibiotics such as penicillin, erythromycin, tetracycline, and ceftriaxone. Once infection has occurred, however, the drugs may not purge the host of the spirochete but may only act to control the chronic forms of the disease. Complications such as arthritis and fatigue may continue for several years after diagnosis and treatment.”

What part of all of this conclusive evidence do Drs. Strang, Hatchette and Co. not understand or “believe”? There’s nothing to not believe — it’s not a religion; it’s science! And you either accept it or you don’t. Denial doesn’t make it not exist. And resorting to anti-scientific statements and unprofessional tactics of retweets won’t make the truth or the facts go away. Drs. Strang and Hatchette are wrong. Again.

All of this is reminiscent of what happened with the tainted blood scandal in the 1980s, and many parallels can be drawn with the current CBC mini-series, Unspeakable. Back then, continued denial of the problem of HIV in the blood system by some leaders in the medical establishment and government officials resulted in ruined lives and many deaths.

Make no mistake: harm is being done.

One can see, if one reads the literature, that the truth of — and the evidence for — chronic Lyme disease is scientifically credible, conclusive, undeniable, irrefutable fact. Period.

Jane Bailey lives in Wolfville. She has science and education diplomas and is a member of The Royal Society for Public Health.


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Lyme is ‘All in Your Head’ – A Wake-up Call to Mental Health Professionals

Lyme is ‘All in Your Head’ – A Wake-up Call to Mental Health Professionals

Every day, in doctors’ offices across the US—as well as in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Australia, Sweden, in 80 countries and on every continent—chronic Lyme disease sufferers are being told that their debilitating, destructive, multi-systemic illness is nothing more than a small nuisance condition that is really just ‘all in their head’.

For more than forty years, mainstream medicine has kept chronic Lyme disease in the shadows. The disease itself, as well as the political machinations of this disease, plunges sufferers down a complicated, confusing, and terrifying abyss—a black hole of personal anguish, conflicting medical views, widespread corruption, and unrelenting health care navigation.

Today, chronic Lyme disease has reached pandemic proportions, with a grossly underreported 300,000 cases in the US alone, and millions suffering worldwide. This is a critical time for mental health professionals to step up for the sake of millions who are chronically ill, infirm and medically abandoned.

As mainstream medicine continues to turn its back, invalidating, denying, ignoring and even mocking the sufferers of this very real chronic illness, the mental health profession has a moral and ethical obligation to create a system of care for those who are sick and dying, who are without medical support and are left to struggle entirely on their own. What we desperately need is a wake-up call to psychiatrists and all mental health care providers, asking you to become educated about this infectious disease and be aware that it must be used as a differential diagnosis.

How have I come to know this Lyme world so intimately?

For more than four years now I have been immersed in the land of chronic Lyme, driven by my adult son’s illness. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto, Canada where I support chronic Lyme sufferers firsthand. And I am the author of the newly released book Lyme Madness: Rescuing My Son Down the Rabbit Hole of Chronic Lyme Disease.

We entered ‘Lymeland’ in October of 2012, when we were forced to go on a long, terrifying and overwhelming medical odyssey starting with a grueling 18-month journey into the offices of 20 medical specialists in NYC, each of whom missed my son’s diagnosis altogether. This hero’s journey required us to navigate my son’s declining health issues entirely on our own. We were forced to do our own research and use our intuition, determine the diagnosis for ourselves, and then traverse the slippery slope of this foreign land—an upside down, inside out, mad world where most doctors are not there to support you save for a handful of ‘believers’. On this expedition, just like all Lyme sufferers and caregivers, we were forced to become our own microbiologist, neurologist, immunologist, gastroenterologist, infectious disease specialist and so on, in order to map out a treatment plan, all without a GPS.

Our story is by no means unique. Most chronic Lyme sufferers are ill for months, years or even decades before they come to understand the root cause of their dis-ease. Most sufferers consult with a multitude of doctors only to have to figure it out for themselves.

So this has now become part two of my mission: to educate my colleagues about the devastating neuropsychiatric, bio/psycho/social, and physical effects of this illness.

When patients present with intractable depression, intractable anxiety, and a myriad of other symptoms, mental health professionals must consider that infectious disease can potentially be a root cause. It’s not enough to only consider childhood trauma when assessing mental health. And it’s no longer acceptable or appropriate to make a bee line to the prescription pad as the first line of defense. First, the potential underlying mechanisms of neurological inflammation, immunosuppression, and infectious disease need to be more widely considered.

Chronic Lyme disease is a neurological, bacteria driven, multisystem, immunosuppressive, post sepsis illness. And it’s a disease that for more than forty years has been kept in the shadows by mainstream medicine, forcing sufferers to go it alone and navigate this life-altering illness without adequate support. Many are losing their health, their livelihoods, their relationships, their homes, and their dignity.

Yes, it’s true. Chronic Lyme disease is, in fact, in your head. But not in the way that doctors intend that to mean. Contrary to medical consensus, chronic Lyme disease is not a made-up illness. It is NOT a case of malingering, Munchausen, hypochondria, laziness, or “craziness.”

Chronic Lyme disease is all in your head because it is primarily a neurological disease, wreaking havoc on your brain and your nervous system—as well as your heart, your liver, your kidneys, and so many other organs. Lyme disease patients can, and most often do, experience anxiety, depression, panic attacks, rage, attention problems, short-term memory loss, personality changes, mood swings, and learning disabilities.

Chronic Lyme sufferers can also experience detachment, dissociation, depersonalization, psychotic episodes, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As with any cognitive impairment, chronic Lyme sufferers may have trouble keeping track of their daily tasks, they may lose things easily, including words and objects, they may have trouble retrieving information, forget appointments, and struggle with holding a conversation.

Sufferers are desperate for mental health professionals (along with all other medical specialists) to understand Lyme so that they will know to consider it as a potential differential diagnosis before plying a patient with psychotropic meds that may make matters worse. There have been so many Lyme sufferers misdiagnosed as bipolar or schizophrenic and then institutionalized when, in actual fact, the patient who has been committed to a psych ward is suffering from Lyme encephalitis.

Suicidal ideation and completed suicides are not uncommon among Lyme sufferers. I understand why this is the case, having personally witnessed the intolerable suffering of those who have wanted to end their lives. I have also read plenty of stories about those who have taken their own lives as a result of Lyme—stories that are heartbreaking and tragic, and perhaps could have been prevented.

There are a number of reasons why people commit suicide. And chronic Lyme is the perfect storm. It’s a disease that matches up with so many reasons for not being able to see a way out of the darkness. It is clear to me how and why chronic Lyme sufferers, in particular, so often succumb to this disease by their own hand.

Anxiety and depression are commonly experienced neurological symptoms of Lyme. After all, with Lyme, the brain is inflamed and therefore subject to all sorts of neurological imbalances. This, compounded by the lack of (and often outright negation of) medical attention, can lead to discouragement, fear, helplessness, frustration, loss, grief, loneliness, and, at times, little hope for recovery. When an illness is chronic and there is unrelenting suffering and inadequate relief from the myriad of debilitating symptoms, anxiety and depression can become even more pronounced.

Lyme depression is often intractable—that is, resistant to treatment. Lyme can also affect the endocrine system, potentially creating mood disorders. The collection of symptoms—including brain fog, headaches, fevers, joint pain, nerve pain, shakiness, instability, dizziness, vision and auditory disturbances, hallucinations, seizures, paralysis, and more—experienced day in and day out, can wear you down, making even the most resilient warriors eventually want out.

Lyme sufferers are socially isolated, medically denied, crying out for help, and no one is listening. Family and friends don’t know how to help. Some loved ones all but abandon the Lyme sufferer because they get fed up with the constant complaining and limitations. As doctors are showing Lyme sufferers the door, it becomes more and more difficult for loved ones to understand and support those with Lyme. Lyme sufferers feel like a burden. They can lose their independence, their livelihoods, and their ability to function. They feel like they’re losing their minds at times. They live with constant brain fog and cognitive limitations, making every task far more difficult. They get worn down by the chronic pain and illness, by the fear, the inactivity, and the inability to plan or have anything to look forward to.

Lyme sufferers have to face loss every day. Loss of health, loss of the person they once were, loss of independence, loss of dreams and goals, loss of missed opportunities, loss of the life they once had, loss of an identity, loss of self-esteem, loss of loved ones who abandon them, loss of hope, loss of finances, loss of employment, and loss of a future. Lyme sufferers are victimized many times over—by the disease itself, by doctors who turn their backs, by family and friends who roll their eyes and walk away, by insurers who refuse coverage, and by a medical system that negates the very existence of this disease.

I would give anything to un-learn, un-know and un-see the ugly and devious underbelly of mainstream medicine and all of its political machinations. And I would of course give anything to see my son fully recover from this life-altering illness. We continue to work at it every single day.

Please know that chronic Lyme disease is about so much more than ticks and bulls-eye rashes—which only 20% of sufferers ever get to see as proof positive of their disease. Chronic Lyme is the new B-cell AIDS. And if that’s not madness enough, it is also known as “the New Great Imitator,” mimicking more than 350 medical conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and more. If only chronic Lyme disease were just about ticks and rashes. Those were simpler times when we thought this was the case.

If all that I’ve shared about this disease is overwhelming, confusing or frightening, you will understand why I’ve called my book LYME MADNESS. There is no other way to describe this journey that we’ve been forced to take. And as a therapist, an empath, and now a Lyme advocate, I know that it’s my calling to tell this cautionary tale—to be one of many voices out there working to wake up the world to what is happening.

Make no mistake: healing from chronic Lyme is a complex, multilayered, do-it-yourself guessing game, with a daily and sometimes hourly hyperfocus on what is causing the symptoms and how best to address them. And while my son has some very good non-mainstream doctors on board to help him heal, the constant shifts in his health require us to continue to be our own sleuths, researchers, doctors, and diagnosticians at all times.

Several years later, we are still searching and filing away new ideas as my son’s various symptoms wax and wane. Without question, this process is expensive and draining, as it requires throwing all kinds of stuff against the wall to see what may or may not stick. If the medical system would just do its job, the job that it’s supposed to do by training and by the very meaning of the Hippocratic oath, then perhaps this journey could be a little less do-it-yourself with a lot more certainty.

My hope is that the blaming and the discrediting of millions of patients worldwide ends now and that mainstream medicine starts to do its job and stops sick-shaming the sufferer with the statement that “it’s all in your head.”

As Dr. Kenneth B. Liegner, a US Lyme-Literate MD, one shining light in a small community of doctors who support and treat Lyme sufferers, says:

“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government, and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease. This has resulted in needless suffering of many individuals who deteriorate and sometimes die for lack of timely application of treatment or denial of treatment beyond some arbitrary duration.”

He has also generously reminded me,

“If it were not for mothers, we would be nowhere with Lyme disease. It is MOTHERS, concerned about their families, their children, that have sparked ALL progress in this field!”

That’s because mothers know that when our kids are suffering—even our adult kids—we must trust that it is not necessarily all in their head. Mental health professionals must trust this too.
Lori Dennis, MA, RP is a Registered Psychotherapist in Private Practice in Toronto, Canada and author of the newly released book LYME MADNESS: Rescuing My Son Down the Rabbit Hole of Chronic Lyme Disease.


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Wisconsin Lyme Workshop in March

Learn about Lyme Workshop

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases continue to rise in our area. Hear from experts in this field, who will share evidenced-based information and education on this rapidly growing health concern. Whether you are looking for prevention tips or are suffering the effects of a tick-borne disease, this day is for you. Please join us as we discuss the number one vector-borne disease in the United States.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 Time: 9am to 4pm

Location: Black River Beach Neighborhood Center 1433 Rose Street, La Crosse, WI

Cost per Participant: $10
*Gluten Free/Dairy Free lunch is included.

To register for this workshop, please visit our City of La Crosse Parks & Recreation website at or, call 608-789-8640.
**Registration Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019

Guest Experts Include:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Maloney
Rebecca Keith, Family Nurse Practitioner
Phillip Pratt, Coppe Laboratories
Erika Schlick, IIN Certified Health Coach Cookbook Author & Blogger

This event is supported by the Wisconsin Lyme Network and the Minnesota Lyme Association. Workshop Presenters:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Maloney is the President of Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education, a non-profit organization providing online and live evidence-based continuing medical education programming and materials on tick-borne diseases for physicians and other healthcare professionals. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and its affiliated Family Medicine residency.

Dr. Maloney also acts as a consultant to government agencies and private organizations. She recently served on the Pathogenesis, Transmission and Treatment subcommittee of the federally mandated Tick-borne Diseases Working group. She frequently speaks to the general public on tick-borne diseases, emphasizing the need for primary and secondary prevention.

Rebecca Keith, Family Nurse Practitioner

Keith obtained both her undergrad and graduate degrees from the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Having spent most of her life in Wisconsin and actively enjoying the outdoors, ticks and insects are no strangers to her. Rebecca began paying more attention to Lyme and co- infections by 2008. After experiencing success in treating patients she opened her practice in 2010. Rebecca primarily sees patients in Minong, WI. Rebecca is a member of ILADS,, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She utilizes integrative medical approaches in treating Lyme and the multi system dysfunction which accompanies it.

Erika Schlick, IIN Certified Health Coach | Cookbook Author and Blogger

Erika Schlick is a Certified Health Coach and Author of the Wandering Palate which features 28 days of travel inspired paleo meals to make it easy to stay on track and eat healthy. She herself was affected by Lyme in 2012 and was diagnosed in 2014. After 3 years of treatment, she has been in remission for over 2 years and has made it her life mission to help others affected by Lyme.

She is also the voice behind The Trail To Health ( ) which is a health and wellness blog documenting her journey with Lyme disease and everything she learned about health along the way.

Phillip Pratt, Coppe Laboratories

Coppe Laboratories is dedicated to discovering and providing diagnostic and treatment solutions for illnesses caused by infectious agents. We offer quality diagnostic testing that exceeds regulatory expectations and provides clear answers with actionable results. We strive to eliminate barriers experienced by physicians and patients in the diagnosis and management of disease through scientific research and innovative diagnostic assays. Coppe Laboratories uses their scientific expertise to transform novel procedures routinely used in the research setting into high-complexity, CLIA-certified diagnostic tests. This work, in conjunction with groundbreaking research and development, makes Coppe Laboratories a leading provider of diagnostic tests for arthropod-borne disease, women’s health and transplant.



The CDC is a Captured Agency

The CDC is a “Captured Agency”

FEB 14, 2019 — 

The letter below is a follow-up to earlier correspondence regarding wasteful government spending by the CDC. Previously posted here:

———- Original Message ———-
Cc: (79 undisclosed recipients)
Date: February 14, 2019 at 1:49 PM
Subject: The CDC is a “Captured Agency”

On Feb 9, 2019 Carl Tuttle Wrote: “Wormser’s study was funded directly from the US Centers for Disease Control……Funding: RO1 CK 000152 which appears to be an open checkbook…..”

Efficacy of a 14-day course of amoxicillin for patients with erythema migrans.
Feb 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Attn: ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health

Dr. Giroir,

The US Centers for Disease Control continues to waste taxpayer dollars on Dr. Gary Wormser’s frivolous junk science which over the years has negatively influenced the response to this runaway plague.

You have received numerous emails with scientific reference after reference, testimony after testimony of how Lyme disease is destroying lives nationwide yet you remain silent to every one of my inquiries.  

There is absolutely no question whatsoever that the CDC is a captured agency controlled by the con artists exploiting the system under government protection.

Regulatory Capture

According to Wikipedia:

Regulatory capture is a form of government failure which occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.[1] When regulatory capture occurs, the interests of firms or political groups are prioritized over the interests of the public, leading to a net loss for society. Government agencies suffering regulatory capture are called “captured agencies”.

Your silence Dr. Giroir is a vote of no confidence.

Carl Tuttle
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH


For more: The racketeering scheme to downplay the severity of Lyme disease as identified in the RICO lawsuit should be addressed and documented by the TBD Working Group and not ignored as if this crime does not exist otherwise it will be business as usual at the Centers for Disease Control and we’ll have another thirty years of failure to properly diagnose, treat and control this life-altering infection.  (complete convoluted history about Lymerix found in this link)  In 2012, when the CDC revised the official case number of new Lyme disease infections per year from 30,000 to over 300,000 new Lyme––overnight, those of us in the know understood that they were getting the public ready to accept this upcoming vaccine with open arms and a sense of relief. In other words, scare the public just enough to make them open to wanting this product without causing mass panic nationwide or worldwide. And without having to explain their denial to date.  Did you know that the LYMERIX vaccine caused 640 emergency room visits, 34 life threatening reactions, 77 hospitalizations, 198 disabilities, and 6 deaths? In a vile cesspool of conflicts of interest are university patent holders, drug companies, and the FDA itself as another patent holder. It generated 40 million dollars before it was yanked. (2008, Drymon)



Study Shows Ticks PCR Positive for Bartonella and Two Strains of Borrelia

Regional prevalences of Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia bissettiae, and Bartonella henselae in Ixodes affinis, Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis in the USA


The objective of this work was to determine the prevalence of Borrelia and Bartonella species in Ixodes spp. ticks collected from 16 USA states. Genus PCR amplification and sequence analysis of Bartonella and Borrelia16SsRNA-23SsRNA intergenic regions were performed on DNA extracted from 929 questing adult ticks (671 Ixodes scapularis, 155 Ixodes affinis, and 103 Ixodes pacificus).

Overall, 129/929 (13.9%) Ixodes ticks were PCR positive for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, 48/929 (5.1%) for B. bissettiae whereas 23/929 (2.5%) were PCR positive for a Bartonella henselae. Borrelia bissettiae or B. burgdorferi s.s. and B. henselae co-infections were found in I. affinis from North Carolina at a rate of 4.5%; in a single I. scapularis from Minnesota, but not in I. pacificus. For both bacterial genera, PCR positive rates were highly variable depending on geographic location and tick species, with Ixodes affinis (n = 155) collected from North Carolina, being the tick species with the highest prevalence’s for both Borrelia spp. (63.2%) and B. henselae (10.3%). Based on the results of this and other published studies, improved understanding of the enzootic cycle, transmission dynamics, and vector competence of Ixodes species (especially I. affinis) for transmission of Borrelia spp. and B. henselae should be a public health research priority.



One of the most understated studies yet.  Research on transmission and vector competence is screaming to be done – especially for Bartonella as mainstream medicine still thinks it’s a simple disease caused by the scratch of a cat that only affects immunocompromised people.  They also insist the black-legged tick is the sole perp for Lyme.  Both of these tenets are being shattered on a daily basis.  A 1.5-year-old girl who was seen in hospital for the sparing use of her left arm when crawling.  Tested positively for Bartonella henselae.  Case of a 53-year-old healthy man, presenting with confusion.  Serology confirmed Bartonella henselae infection.  Healthy 10 year old girl had coexisting transverse myelitis and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) related to infection with Bartonella henselae.  A 3-year-old female with a recent history of typical CSD involving lymph nodes who developed osteomyelitis of the skull.  Overall, 1,265 ticks consisting of 27 tick species belonging to four genera were collected.  Of the 18 tick species tested, 15 species (83%) were positive for Bbsl and, of these infected ticks, 6 species bite humans.

Two ticks species known to be transmitters of disease (I. affinis and I. minor) were transported into Canada and are actually more important vectors of Bbsl in the southeastern U.S. than the blacklegged tick.






Mitral Valve Endocarditis: A Supposed Rare Manifestation of Lyme Disease

Mitral Valve Endocarditis: A rare Manifestation of Lyme Disease.

Haddad O, et al. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019.


Valvular involvement in Lyme disease is rare. Confirmation of Borrelia species as the causative agent by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) was done in a few cases in Europe and the US. We describe a case of mitral regurgitation with a preoperative diagnosis of myxomatous mitral valve degeneration. During surgery, the surgeon suspected infective rather than degenerative; etiology; tissue cultures were negative. However, universal bacterial PCR on explanted valve tissue detected Borrelia burgdorferiDeoxyribonucleic Acid(DNA). If a surgeon suspects infective endocarditis at the time surgery, appropriate specimens should be sent for histopathology, culture, and PCR.



If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times:  researchers need to obstain from using the word “rare” in anything they write about MSIDS.  Nobody has a clue about numbers.  Testing misses over half of all cases and this study is a perfect example in that it proves tissue cultures can be negative yet a person can still be infected with Lyme.  Lyme experts have talked about seronegativity for decades yet mainstream medicine continues to deny it exists.  This must change.

Lyme/MSIDS causes all sorts of heart issues:

Does this look rare to you?