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New Berlin Mom Given “Life-altering’ Lyme Disease Diagnoses After pregnancy  (Go here for News Video)

New Berlin mom given ‘life-altering’ Lyme Disease diagnoses after pregnancy

“My right knee will hurt and sometimes my right wrist will lock up,” said Mabry.

All her symptoms could be explained away. Mabry was in the middle of writing a children’s book, “Hi It’s me! I have ADHD” and she was about to have her fourth child.

“I said, ‘I’m exhausted because I’m pregnant. My knee hurts because I did too much today,'” said Mabry.

But the reality was much more serious. After her son was born she found out she had Lyme Disease, a bacteria transmitted through tick bites that could lead to swelling of the brain and heart.

“Internally you feel like something is eating away at you. You feel like you have the flu, you just ran a marathon. You’re fatigued. Like right now I’m experiencing hot and cold,” said Mabry.

Her doctor thinks Mabry got it last summer, likely from the forest preserve by her house. And she’s not alone. Since 2004, Lyme Disease has tripled. Latest numbers show Wisconsin ranks fourth in reported cases. Mabry’s diagnosis means daily antibiotic IV treatments.

“It’s life-altering,” said Mabry.

Though there is a chance her pain and other symptoms might never go away.

“I’m generally a positive person. And I am trying so hard to stay positive but when you feel awful so often it’s hard sometimes,” said Mabry.

Experts recommend that you wear long sleeves and pants if you are going to be out in long grass or in wooded areas where ticks are likely to be. They also suggest you use an insect repellant with at least 20 percent DEET.

For more information about how to prevent tick bites, visit the CDC’s website.



There are numerous things about this article that I’m thankful to see:

  1. Many don’t see the tick or rash.  In fact, fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or a rash:
  2. It’s quite normal for patients to blame previous injuries, stress, and other things for their symptoms, only the symptoms progress and worsen.  Never let a doctor discount your symptoms.  Be your own advocate.  Lyme/MSIDS is the great imitator and looks like 300 different diseases.
  3. It is common for pregnancy to worsen symptoms.  While the CDC/IDSA/NIH deny sexual or breast milk transmission, they admit it can infect the placenta and cause possible still-birth.  There is actual science on congenital transfer:  (Two listed below but this link as a gad-load more)

However, there are some things that need to be addressed.

We need “experts” to start acknowledging and factoring in coinfections and that patients are rarely infected with just borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease:  (The actual number is 16 and counting…..)

We desperately need transmission studies on virtually everything.  I’m so tired of hearing “experts” repeat ancient, 30 year old mantras that Lyme is not spread in any other way than the dastardly black legged tick.  There’s just too much evidence to the contrary!

Willy Burgdorfer, the discoverer of Lyme, stated:  “… now we had found a spirochete capable of spreading transplacentally to the organs of the fetus, causing congenital heart disease and possible death of the infant [42] ;  REVIEWS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES • VOL. 8, NO.6· NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1986


“We report the case of a woman who developed Lyme disease during the first trimester of pregnancy. She did not receive antibiotic therapy. Her infant born at 35 weeks gestational age, died of congenital heart disease during the first week of life. Histologic examination of autopsy material showed the Lyme disease spirochete in the spleen, kidneys, and bone marrow. An autopsy of the infant showed widespread congenital cardiovascular abnormalities. … There was no evidence of inflammation …”  Schlesinger PA et al.  Ann Intern Med 1985;103:67-8

As to sexual transmission, Dr. Rawls, OBGYN states it’s possible:

As to sexual, congenital and transmission via breastmilk, Dr. Howenstein states:  “There is compelling evidence that Lyme disease (LD) can be spread by sexual and congenital transfer. One physician has cared for 5000 children with LD: 240 of these children were born with the disease. Dr. Charles Ray Jones, the leading pediatric specialist on Lyme Disease, has found 12 breastfed children who have developed LD. Miscarriage, premature births, stillbirths, birth defects, and transplacental infection of the fetus have all been reported. Studies at the University of Vienna have found Bb in urine and breast milk of LD mothers.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have reported that dairy cattle can be infected with Bb, hence milk could be contaminated. Bb can also be transmitted to lab animals by oral intake such as food.”

Also read:

Researchers need to quit clamoring about climate change and start doing legitimate, current, transmission studies!  “The climate change range expansion model is what the authorities have been using to rationalize how they have done nothing for more than thirty years. It’s a huge cover-up scheme that goes back to the 1980’s. The grandiose scheme was a nefarious plot to let doctors off the hook from having to deal with this debilitating disease. I caught onto it very quickly. Most people have been victims of it ever since.” This quote was given by none other than independent tick researcher, John Scott.


CDC Warns About 7 New Tick Viruses

Is there really a ‘big epidemic’ of tick diseases? CDC warns about 7 new viruses

Experts say we can expect each tick season to be worse than the last.

by Linda Carroll, Updated Source: TODAY

A recent afternoon walk turned into a tick attack for a Massachusetts man.

As community forester Derek Lirange was hiking around the Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Worcester on May 16, he spotted a few ticks on his pants. Within a few more minutes, there were five or six more ticks, followed by more and more. By the end of the hike, he counted 26 ticks.

I hadn’t taken every precaution, such as spraying with insect repellent, but I was wearing long pants and socks,” the 26-year-old told TODAY. “It was a creepy, ongoing discovery.”
Luckily, none had embedded. But the spike of the tick population in the gardens led to the cancellation of a spring walk around the reservoir.
Welcome to the new tick season. No one knows exactly how many ticks are out there, but the skyrocketing cases of tick-borne diseases recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides indirect evidence that the little bloodsuckers are becoming more numerous, said Alfaro Toledo, an assistant professor in the department of entomology at Rutgers University.
“It’s a big epidemic affecting the entire East Coast,” said Toledo. “Witness the spread of the deer tick to the north and west.”


One big factor leading to the so-called tick explosion is the overall warming trend. But there are several factors beyond warming weather driving the rise in tick numbers, experts say. One is the booming numbers of deer and rodents. Deer, which are the preferred hosts of adult ticks, are increasing in numbers, “because basically there are no predators anymore,” Toledo says.

More deer means more female adult ticks go on to lay eggs.

High numbers of rodents also drive the numbers of ticks. After hatching from eggs, tick larvae attach to rodents to feed and, unfortunately for us, pick up diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Once the larvae get their meal of blood, they move on to the next phase of their cycle, the nymph stage, which is when they’re most likely to latch on to a human.
Ticks in the Northeast Rutgers-New Brunswick Center for Vector Biology

Though both nymphs and adults can transmit disease, the nymphs are more likely to do so because of their small size. Adult ticks are big enough to be easy to spot and get rid of before they can pass on diseases like Lyme. Nymphs are much smaller and often attach long enough to transmit disease without our ever spotting them.

And while deer ticks are most likely to be the ones transmitting Lyme and lone star ticks, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, dog ticks and a new invader, the Longhorned tick, can also carry and transmit disease.

Experts used to tell people they’d be safe from tick bites if they kept their lawns mowed and stayed out of wooded areas—and that’s still mostly true for deer ticks. But Lone star ticks and dog ticks, which both can carry diseases and bite humans, are perfectly happy roaming through mowed lawns, said Matt Frye, an entomologist at Cornell University.

Frye says we should just accept that every year now is going to be a bad tick year. That means we should get serious about examining our bodies for ticks. “You should do a tick check every day, like you brush your teeth every day,” he said.
Can you spot the five ticks in the muffin? The CDC caused a panic when it tweeted that ticks can be as small as a poppyseed. CDC

The situation isn’t entirely hopeless. Though there are no real natural enemies of ticks, researchers are working on some ingenious ways of knocking their numbers back. One method currently being tested in communities with high numbers of ticks is to treat rodents with tick-killing substances, Frye said. Boxes baited for the rodents give them a dose of the same tick poison used to protect dogs.

The idea is that if you can lower the numbers of ticks that make it to the nymph stage, fewer people will be infected. That method is still being tested, so it won’t help any of us right now.

In the meantime, if you do spot a tick and want to know what kind it is and whether it’s carrying a disease, you can send it to a lab for testing, said Laura Goodman, an assistant research professor at Cornell.

She suggests you place your tick in a sealed, escape-proof container and ship it to Cornell or one of the other certified labs around the country. One of the best ways to kill the tick, Goodman says, is to place the container in your freezer. The shock from going directly from warm weather to freezing temperatures will be enough to do in your tick, she said. writer Meghan Holohan contributed to this report



Gone are the days of frolicking in the yard in shorts and sandals…..

BTW:  Ticks love wood chips.  They use them like leaf-litter and burrow underneath where it’s moist.  They also love Japanese Barberries as other invasives that harbor moisture at the base where they hang out.

In my yard, there has been a chipmunk invasion in all my landscape beds.  They love the natural rock/boulders that have gaps between them.  They burrow into these gaps and create colonies by tunneling into the dirt.  As they work, they deposit ticks everywhere.  I would avoid using these rocks and wood chips as much as possible and steer toward interlinking stones without gaps, weed barrier, and rock.  (Think Fort Knox)

As much as we love nature, keep it away from your living quarters and spray any suspected areas with an acaracide.  And far more than white-footed mice and deer carry these suckers.  Your neighborhood squirrel, chipmunk, opossum, bird, fox, raccoon, and on and on to infinity are scattering ticks.

I’m thankful they are finally admitting that other ticks are problematic.  I’ve always scratched my head when “experts” keep saying the sole perp is the dastardly black legged tick.  Treat every tick like a land mine.  They all exchange fluids with creatures.  Do the math.

When you do go outside into grass, preferably wear white shoes and socks sprayed with permethrin and tuck your light colored pants that have also been sprayed, into your socks.  Ideally you would have a long sleeved white shirt that has also been sprayed and if you are going underneath any trees, shrubs, overhanging plants, wear a hat that has also been sprayed.

This is war, people!

More ideas:

And while climate issues might affect mosquitoes, they don’t affect ticks, according to independent tick researcher John Scott:
This is an important issue to acknowledge as there are only so many research dollars and we need those dollars going toward things that help sick patients.  Enough’s, enough.



Mosquito Spit Alone May Significantly Alter Your Immune System for Days After a Bite  By Aristos Georgiou, 5/18/18


GettyImages-619207386File photo: A mosquito is seen on a man legs in Yangon, Myanmar, on October 30, 2016. Mosquito saliva contains proteins which may significantly alter our immune system, according to new research.YE AUNG THU/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

blob: (News video here)

When mosquitoes bite you, hundreds of different proteins present in their saliva enter your bloodstream, in addition to any pathogens they may be carrying.

Some of these proteins help the mosquito to suck blood from you. But they may also have more wide-ranging effects, increasing the severity of any diseases that the mosquitos are carrying by causing a significant immune response that can last for days after a bite, according to new research.

In a new study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, scientists from Baylor College of Medicine examined the effects of mosquito bites on human immune cells. To do this they bioengineered mice using human stem cells, which effectively gave the rodents some features of a human immune system. These features included a complete set of human white blood cells, including the so-called ‘T cells’ that fight disease.

The mice were bitten by mosquitoes uninfected with any pathogens in a lab environment. Afterwards, the scientists analyzed any change in the functioning of the humanized immune cells.

They found that the mosquito spit alone produced an immune response involving more types of cells and lasting far longer than expected. In fact, the scientists detected immune cells traveling to the site of the bite up to seven days after it occurred. Furthermore, the immune response was observed in various tissue types, including the blood, skin and bone marrow.

“The biological significance of these changes remains to be determined, but it might explain how some pathogens, such as viruses, can spread through the body in these cells, replicate to higher extents, and even remain in some tissues for far longer than detected in blood,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Previous studies have also indicated that some properties of a mosquito bite, including its saliva, may exacerbate diseases that the insects carry.

For example, mouse experiments have shown that infections caused by a mosquito bite are often more severe than those caused by injecting the same parasite with a needle. However, whether or not the results of previous studies looking into this issue would translate to humans is an open question, as the experiments used bioengineered mice that provide a less accurate model of our immune system in comparison to the mice used in the latest study.

Mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit are a growing public health concern. Around the world, 750,000 people die every year from mosquito-borne diseases—including malaria, dengue, West Nile, Zika and chikungunya.

Treatment options are often limited for these diseases and their incidence is only expected to rise in the next few decades, as the host ranges of multiple mosquito species increase due to climate change.

“Understanding how mosquito saliva interacts with the human immune system not only helps us understand mechanisms of disease pathogenesis but also could provide possibilities for treatments,” the researchers wrote in the study.

“If we know which mosquito saliva components enhance pathogenesis of diseases, we could create a human vaccine to counteract these effects for multiple infections,” they said.



What does this mean for Lyme/MSIDS patients?  According to this study, mosquitoes carry Lyme disease (borrelia):

Here is an excellent read by Dr. Sponaugle on the study:  He explains that the fact mosquitoes bite quickly makes some question their ability to transmit Bb; however, Sponaugle states, “Mosquitoes might have the equipment after all to enable Borrelia spirochetes the ability to survive for the durations necessary to be viable vectors of Lyme disease.”

Reading this current information on the various proteins & other pathogens present in their saliva altering human immune systems certainly screams for more intense study of the potential not only of spreading Bb but of amplifying all pathogens in the mosquito as well as the human.  The combination of tick and mosquito transmission would certainly help explain the far-ranging (world-wide) transmission rates of Lyme/MSIDS.  And, what about the other coinfections?  Much must be done with clear, unbiased studies starting at ground zero.

We need transmission studies more than we need climate studies.  People are dying out here.

For more:

GMO mosquitoes:

Wolbachia as a biocontrol:  Ticks carry worms and transmit them to humans.  Here’s what’s scary about Wolbachia: “Dogs treated for heart worm (D. immitis) have trouble due to the heart worm medication causing Wolbachia to be released into the blood and tissues causing severe Inflammation in pulmonary artery endothelium which may form thrombi and interstitial inflammation. Wolbachia also activates pro inflammatory cytokines.”  Nobody’s talking about what this could do to humans – particularly humans with worms.

GMO Mice:

Regarding tick eradication, controlled burns are 78-98% effective, yet are not huge money makers and isn’t garnering support.  It’s up to We the People to spread the truth:

LD is Spreading at an Alarming Rate – and This is Why

Lyme Disease Is Spreading at an Alarming Rate—and This Is Why

MAY 16, 2018

Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, November 2001

Nine years ago, when Deanna Needell was in grad school at UC Davis, she was beset by stomach pain after a bull’s-eye rash swelled around a bug bite—a telltale sign of Lyme disease. “Because I live in California, where Lyme is less common, none of the doctors I saw early on even mentioned it,” she says. The lapse was costly: Needell developed migraines so impervious to medication that she often wound up in the ER; years later, when she started having muscle spasms, her doctor was concerned she might have ALS. (Left untreated, Lyme bacteria can spread to the muscles, nerves, brain, and heart, triggering debilitating complications.) A friend finally floated the possibility of Lyme, and Needell got tested. After a diagnosis and intermittent courses of antibiotics, most of her symptoms have abated.

Now a mathematician at UCLA with a Ph.D., Needell, 37, is seeking answers in big data. Since receiving a National Science Foundation grant in 2017, she and her colleagues have come up with new ways to comb through’s registry, which houses more than two million data points from 9,000 patient surveys. The ambitious effort aims to uncover patterns of symptoms that could inform testing procedures and lead to more effective, personalized treatments for a disease that presents differently from patient to patient. Already Needell has noticed more women than men in the survey. “Maybe that has to do with gender bias in medicine, or maybe women’s immune systems respond differently to the bacteria. That’s one of many complex issues we’d like to illuminate.”

Transmitted by the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick), native to a swath of the U.S. that spans the Northeast into the Midwest, Lyme is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi—a wily foe that, instead of circulating in the blood, hides in body tissue, where it’s far harder to detect. Traditional blood tests won’t find the bacteria, so labs look for the next best thing: antibodies that show you’ve been exposed. But the approach is hit or miss. According to Brian Fallon, M.D., director of the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University, the current two-step diagnostic process is only 35 to 50 percent accurate early on, when treatment is most successful.

That ambiguity only compounds the suffering, as Porochista Khakpour writes in Sick, a new memoir charting her labyrinthine ordeal with Lyme. “To pinpoint this disease, to define it, in and of itself is something of a labor already,” she says in a fact-filled author’s note, which includes the startling statistic that the “number of outbreaks each year has more than tripled since 1980″—a rate that stands to grow as black-legged ticks continue their alarming territorial expansion. “They’re in at least 30 countries and nearly half of all counties in the U.S.—twice as many as 20 years ago—and there’s compelling evidence that their spread is due, in part, to a warming climate that’s more accommodating to ticks,” says Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change.

As the illness reaches pandemic proportions—with hundreds of thousands of cases in the U.S. annually—innovative efforts are under way to confront and contain it. Fallon’s colleagues at Columbia are homing in on a more sophisticated antibody test to identify eight common tick-borne pathogens; potentially transmitted in a single bite, these other strains can cause additional diseases (like Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Heartland virus, for example) that often confound doctors and complicate treatment of Lyme. Meanwhile, researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County, New York, are trying to stop the spread of Lyme at its source. The Tick Project—their five-year trial involving nearly 1,000 high-risk households—is testing two interventions: a fungal yard spray as well as a tiny bait box that brushes curious rodents with a tick-killing product. Though deer are often associated with the spread of Lyme, “most ticks pick up the bacteria after feeding on white-footed mice,” explains disease ecologist Richard Ostfeld, Ph.D.

MIT scientists have an even more radical proposal: They want to edit the DNA of white-footed mice so they and their offspring are immune to the bacteria—or, better yet, repellent to the bugs themselves. “Either way, it means far fewer infected ticks,” says Kevin Esvelt, Ph.D., an evolutionary engineer, who conceived the initiative. He has approached the island community on Nantucket, where 40 percent of households have been affected by Lyme, about potentially releasing thousands of genetically modified mice there. Implementation would be years into the future—much like the Lyme vaccine, recently granted a fast-track designation by the Food and Drug Administration—but Esvelt is thinking big. “If it’s effective, we might be able to create a modified version that would work for the mainland as well.”



Quit saying Lyme is less common in California.  It’s not:

Regarding gender and Lyme/MSIDS:

Regarding what ticks carry what – seriously unbiased research needs to be done.  If you ask those doing this work about this issue they refer you to ancient studies done 30 years ago.  From what I read, Bb is incredibly tough to study in the lab.  We need new techniques and open minds.  We also need straight answers on other modes of possible transmission (sexual, congenital, via breast milk, other insects and ticks).  Little work has been done in this area and the work that has been done has largely been ignored.

Again, this spreading plague has ZIPPO to do with the climate.  Ticks are marvelous ecoadaptors and will be the last living thing on planet earth.  Focus on the REAL issues, please!

The coinfection issue is paramount & requires serious research and consideration – which isn’t being done.  Mainstream medicine still considers this a Mono illness.  (The actual number is 16 and counting)

There’s a whole lot more involved than the white-footed mouse.  And GMO mice open up a Pandora’s Box of possible unimaginable consequences: as well as other another bio-control currently being used:

What I want to know is why nobody’s talking about controlled burns which are 98% effective!

NY Medical College & the 21st Century Plague

New York Medical College and the 21st Century Plague

Carl Tuttle
Hudson, NH
MAY 14, 2018 — Please see the latest email thread below addressed to the president and chairs of New York Medical College who have refused to acknowledge the concerns identified in these letters. Please continue to read past the 19 references.


The primary focus of this petition has been to expose the deception and scientific misconduct while highlighting the fact that Lyme is life-threatening/life-altering ruining lives worldwide while public health officials follow what has been deceitfully established here in the United States.

All information provided is in the public domain available for use in future litigation

The evidence is overwhelming that Lyme disease is capable of death and disability as most data is easily accessed through Pubmed by an astute fifth grader.

If Lyme disease was classified as life-altering/life threatening as it truly is and elevated to Highest Alert in the same category as AIDS then we would get the funding needed to finance a Manhattan Project.

For nearly four decades Lyme is simply seen as a low-risk and non-urgent health issue.

What was the motivation for downplaying the severity of Lyme disease?

The rush to create a vaccine for Lyme led to the mishandling of the disease as laboratory testing was manipulated (Dearborn) to insure the vaccinated would test seronegative. All evidence points to those who were involved in the vaccine debacle. The vaccine by the way caused the same debilitating effects as the disease itself as identified in the class action lawsuit below. For the record, LYMErix was not withdrawn from the market due to slow sales.

Stephen A. Sheller, Esquire
Albert J. Brooks, Jr., Esquire


Important background on Lyme vaccine controversy

The Vaccine Connection: Lyme Gets a Business Model
By Pamela Weintraub:

Please read the following comment by Dr. Rosalie Greenberg in response to Dr. Bransfield’s recent article:

Aggressiveness, violence, homicidality, homicide, and Lyme disease

Letters to the president of New York Medical College:

———- Original Message ———-
From: Carl Tuttle
Date: May 6, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Subject: New York Medical College and the 21st Century Plague

May 6, 2018

New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd
Valhalla, NY 10595
Attn: Alan Kadish, M.D., President

Re: New York Medical College and the 21st Century Plague

Dr. Kadish,

It was once thought that the Black Plague (mid-1300s) was transmitted by the bite of a flea that acquired the pathogen from infected rats. This rat-flea theory may be in question but transmission regardless is believed to have been vector borne [1].

There is no question whatsoever that Lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick.

Lyme disease is capable of producing sudden death with no warning signs; [2,3,4] heart damage requiring transplant, [5] paralysis with seizures, [6] lymphoma [7] and persistent infection after antibiotic treatment [8,9,10,11,12] along with congenital transmission [13] and ability to create wheelchair bound patients [14] yet there are no Public Service Announcements informing the public that you could become horribly disabled or die from Lyme disease.

I ask you Dr. Kadish, “Why do you think there are no Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) describing the severity of Lyme disease?”

Please be advised that a racketeering lawsuit (RICO) has been filed in the United States by the law firm SHRADER & ASSOCIATES, LLP naming Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College and six other academics.

The court document can be found at the following link:

A worldwide community of physicians has been influenced by the ongoing disinformation campaign aimed at promoting the idea that Lyme is little more than a nuisance disease (Aches and pains of daily living) as health agencies across the globe are blindly following what has been deceitfully established here in the U.S. (New York Medical College)

We are dealing with a life-altering/life-threatening infection with faulty/misleading antibody tests, inadequate treatment, no medical training and absolutely no disease control.

A plague denied; essentially classifying this disease as a low-risk and non-urgent health risk.

Lyme disease is spreading across the globe through migratory birds with no continental boundaries destroying lives, ending careers, causing death and disability while leaving victims in financial ruin.

Through an elaborate racketeering scheme the disease has been downplayed because it became “too expensive to treat” as outlined in the SHRADER & ASSOCIATES, LLP court document.

Wormser of NYMC has been identified as a kingpin for disseminating the disinformation globally.

Here is just one example of the negative influence Dr. Wormser has had on the global scientific/medical community while promoting his bias against persistent infection:


In 2001 Prof. Gerold Stanek, MD (Medical University of Vienna) clearly reported persistent Borrelia infection in a 64 year-old patient despite treatment with four courses of ceftriaxone. [15]

When publishing a paper in 2012 [16] with co-author Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College, Stanek claimed:

“Most manifestations of Lyme borreliosis will resolve spontaneously without treatment.”

In 2014 Stanek published the following paper promoting antibiotic treatment in a patient requiring a pacemaker after Lyme caused complete heart block. And this is a nuisance disease?

Lyme Borreliosis (Book Chapter)
Stupica, D.a, Stanek, G.b, Strle, F.a
a Department of Infectious Diseases, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
b Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria


A 49-year-old male, living in a Lyme borreliosis (LB) endemic region, noticed an erythematous skin rash about 10 days after a bite that in the next 2 weeks evolved to a ring-like skin lesion with diameters of 18×9. Cm, i.e., presenting as typical erythema migrans (EM). The lesion disappeared spontaneously in 5 weeks; however, in the following 2 months the patient developed radicular pains, complete heart block that required insertion of transient heart pacemaker, and knee arthritis. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed lymphocytic pleocytosis. High levels of serum and CSF borrelial IgG antibodies and intrathecal production of the specific antibodies were ascertained, and treatment with ceftriaxone 2. G OD intravenously for 14 days was initiated. The patient regained his physical capacity, radicular chest pain and knee swelling declined, and heart conduction abnormalities resolved. The pacemaker was removed during antibiotic treatment, and the patient’s further course was uneventful. The patient had all major manifestations of LB, which could have been prevented if EM had been recognized and properly treated. However, instead of antibiotic treatment, the physician who saw the patient at the time of EM ordered tests for the presence of borrelial antibodies, and misinterpreted negative serology as an indication against antibiotic treatment.LB is the most frequent tick-transmitted illness on the Northern Hemisphere. It is caused by certain species of Lyme borreliae. In the present report, epidemiology, etiology, mode of transmission, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this emerging disease with increasing incidence are discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

A recent pilot study of twelve patients from Canada were culture positive for Borrelia infection (genital secretions, skin and blood) even after multiple years on antibiotics so there was no relief from current antimicrobials. Some of these patients had taken as many as eleven different types of antibiotics.

Persistent Borrelia Infection in Patients with Ongoing Symptoms of Lyme Disease (2018)

We have lost nearly four decades to Wormser’s racketeering scheme where the focus was to discredit the sick and disabled (while suppressing evidence of chronic disease) as opposed to finding a new approach for treating persistent infection from a pathogen known to cause immune suppression.

“Spirochetes disseminate to the lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen and brain within a week of infection [17] . Lymph node germinal centers, where B cells are supposed to mature and be assigned an immune system function, are rendered incompetent” [18]

Now the rest of the world is suffering.

Might I remind you Dr. Kadish, as president of New York Medical College, you are 100% responsible for Wormser’s scientific misconduct which continues to this day.

As spokesperson for the 55,000 individuals calling for a congressional investigation into the mishandling of Lyme disease [19] , I ask that you stop Dr. Wormser from publishing his junk science and remove him from his position of influence over the student population of New York Medical College.


Carl Tuttle
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH

Cc: Nicholas S. Janiga, Esq., Chief Counsel NYMC

New York Medical College Guiding Values:

Aptitude for Patient Care – The best reasons for providing patient care shouldn’t be a big paycheck. A strong desire to help people and the ability to provide exceptional care comprise the key traits every medical and health service professional should possess. Some of these things can be taught, but we find that NYMC students self-select our school because they truly wish to make a difference in people’s lives.

References: (Please read them)

1. Maybe Rats Aren’t to Blame for the Black Death

2. Cardiac Tropism of Borrelia burgdorferi: An Autopsy Study of Sudden Cardiac Death Associated with Lyme Carditis. (March 2016)


“Fatal Lyme carditis caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi rarely is identified. Here, we describe the pathologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular findings of five case patients.”

3 CDC Case Study #1: Three Sudden Cardiac Deaths Associated with Lyme Carditis:

4. CDC Case Study #2: A case report of a 17-year old male with fatal Lyme carditis

5. Professor Neil Spector: Duke physician uses near-death experience to encourage patient self-advocacy  Dr Neil Spector from Duke University required a heart transplant after his Lyme disease went undiagnosed for four years.

6. Nashua Mom in the ‘Lyme Light’ on Katie Couric Show  Fifth-grade teacher Kelly Downing was paralyzed from the neck down and interviewed by Katie Couric.

7. Infection by Borrelia burgdorferi and cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (Cancer)  Specific DNA sequences of Borrelia burgdorferi were identified in cutaneous lesions from 9 patients (follicle center lymphoma: 3/20; immunocytoma: 3/4; marginal zone B-cell lymphoma: 2/20; diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: 1/6).

8. Application of Nanotrap technology for high sensitivity measurement of urinary outer surface protein A carboxyl-terminus domain in early stage Lyme borreliosis.  41 of 100 patients under surveillance for persistent LB in an endemic area were positive for urinary OspA protein after antibiotic treatment.

9. Culture evidence of Lyme disease in antibiotic treated patients living in the Southeast.  Rudenko and colleagues reported culture confirmation of chronic Lyme disease in 24 patients in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. All had undergone previous antibiotic treatment.

10. DNA sequencing diagnosis of off-season spirochetemia with low bacterial density in Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi infections.  Faulty/misleading antibody tests landed a sixteen year old male in a psychiatric ward when his lab results did not meet the CDC’s strict criteria for positive results. His Western blot had only four of the required five IgG bands. Subsequent DNA sequencing identified a spirochetemia in this patient’s blood so his psychiatric issues were a result of neurologic Lyme disease misdiagnosed by antiquated/misleading serology. This patient was previously treated with antibiotics.

11. Granulomatous hepatitis associated with chronic Borrelia burgdorferi infection: a case report  The patient had active, systemic Borrelia burgdorferi infection and consequent Lyme hepatitis, despite antibiotic therapy.

12. Scotty Shelton and Persistent Infection in Saginaw MN  “Scotty’s brain (cerebral cortex) was positive for Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia myamotoi, his testicle is positive for Bb. We are now testing other tissues. Seven years of antibiotics and 3.5 years of natural treatments (along with antibiotics) and he was highly highly positive.”

13. Congenital Transmission of Lyme/TBD

14. Wheelchair-Bound Girl Calls Blessing By Pope Francis ‘Most Precious Moment Of My Life’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 12-year-old girl who has been confined to a wheelchair since being diagnosed with Lyme disease said meeting Pope Francis as he arrived in New York Thursday was “the most precious moment of my life.”

15. Isolation and polymerase chain reaction typing of Borrelia afzelii from a skin lesion in a seronegative patient with generalized ulcerating bullous lichen sclerosus et atrophicus. (2001) Breier F1, Khanakah G, Stanek G, Kunz G, Aberer E, Schmidt B, Tappeiner G.

16. Lyme borreliosis. (2012)
Stanek G1, Wormser GP, Gray J, Strle F.

Gerold Stanek published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2001 reporting that:  “Borrelia [the Lyme disease bacteria] may possibly be able to remain dormant in certain tissue compartments”

17. Lymphoadenopathy during Lyme Borreliosis Is Caused by Spirochete Migration-Induced Specific B Cell Activation (2011)
Stefan S. Tunev, Christine J. Hastey, Emir Hodzic, Sunlian Feng, Stephen W. Barthold, Nicole Baumgarth

18. Suppression of Long-Lived Humoral Immunity Following Borrelia burgdorferi Infection (2015)
Rebecca A. Elsner, Christine J. Hastey, Kimberly J. Olsen, Nicole Baumgarth

19. Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

Letter to the Academic Chairs of New York Medical College:

——— Original Message ———-
From: Carl Tuttle
Date: May 8, 2018 at 7:52 AM
Subject: Fwd: New York Medical College and the 21st Century Plague

To the Academic Chairs of New York Medical College;
Please see the letter below and supporting references addressed to Alan Kadish MD, President of NYMC.

Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College has played a pivotal role in the mishandling of a disease destroying lives all across America as he continues to spread the disinformation which has misguided an entire medical community.

“Last September, France became the first country to release a national plan to address tick-borne diseases like Lyme. It ranges from ramped-up surveillance of ticks and infections to better treatment protocols and diagnostic tests.”

Marisol Touraine Launches National Plan to Combat Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Diseases


Marisol Touraine said: “This plan aims to avoid the feeling of abandonment and the therapeutic wandering faced by Lyme patients. It helps to better understand the disease, to treat patients more effectively and to mobilize all available tools to prevent the disease. ”


It is time for New York Medical College to recognize that Wormser is toxic to the advancement of the knowledge and treatment of Lyme disease which has been misclassified and downplayed as a low-risk and non-urgent health issue.

Might I remind everyone reading this email; you or a loved one is a single tick bite away from experiencing this travesty.

Carl Tuttle
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH

2nd letter to the president of New York Medical College:

——— Original Message ———-
From: Carl Tuttle
Date: May 9, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: Fwd: New York Medical College and the 21st Century Plague

Dr. Kadish,

Please see the attached list of “Deaths From Lyme Disease” compiled from scientific literature by John D. Scott, Research Scientist dated 17 April 2018.

Lyme disease patients have fatal outcomes and deaths are documented in alphabetic order.

If you search through this document you won’t find anything published by Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College. In fact, none of his publications refer to these outcomes as Wormser has had a career long history of downplaying the severity of Lyme disease as identified in the racketeering lawsuit.

You have to ask the question Dr. Kadish:

“What is Wormser’s motivation for downplaying the severity of Lyme disease?”

Furthermore, congenital transmission of Lyme disease has been documented as well but you won’t find any references to this mode of transmission in Wormser’s publications. (See attached list of references)

There is a refusal to recognize that untreated/undertreated Lyme evolves into an entirely different disease similar to untreated strep throat which, as you know progresses to rheumatic fever causing irreversible heart damage.

What happens to the Lyme patient who went months, years or decades before obtaining a diagnosis? Patient experience is describing a disease that is destroying lives, ending careers, causing death and disability while leaving victims in financial ruin.

It is this stage of disease that Wormser refuses to recognize as he has spent a career discrediting the sick and disabled as we have seen in the Lancet article where he is a coauthor; Antiscience and ethical concerns associated with advocacy of Lyme disease. Six of the seven defendants named in the racketeering lawsuit are coauthors of this disgraceful article.

Once again I want to remind you Dr. Kadish that as president of NYMC you are 100% responsible for Wormser’s scientific misconduct.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Tuttle
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH

Cc: Nicholas S. Janiga, Esq., Chief Counsel NYMC
Academic Chairs of New York Medical College








Lyme Disease Has Arrived. Why Hasn’t a Reliable Treatment?

Until we know better how to diagnose and cure, we must do battle with ticks.  GETTY IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

Mary Beth Pfeiffer, an investigative journalist from New York State, is author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change.

Like soldiers in an advancing front, blacklegged ticks are today marching across Canada armed chiefly, but not solely, with a pathogen that indiscriminately sickens and disables: Lyme disease.

In 1990, ticks that carried the infection were found only in Long Point in far southern Ontario. But hitched to birds and enabled by a warmer climate, these blood-sucking arachnids have found a new and rich frontier across vast tracts of the country. They are in Ontario’s provincial parks, in Quebec’s Montérégie region, where temperatures have risen 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1970, along Manitoba’s Lake of the Woods, and in many parts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

Climate change did not cause this scourge but it is surely abetting it. In Canada, white-footed mice that infect baby ticks when they take their first blood meal are also moving north, further setting the stage for the disease to grow.


The upshot: Canada is well into an epidemic that has exploded in the United States since the disease emerged in a small coastal town in Connecticut in the late 1970s. Today, these ticks reside in half of the continental United States’ 3,000 counties, twice the number of two decades ago. Evidence suggests that “case numbers will increase rapidly in the coming years in Canada as I. scapularis” – the blacklegged tick – “invades the most heavily populated southern parts of Canada,” according to a 2015 article in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Of paramount concern amid this invasion is that the standard treatment for Lyme disease used in Canada and other countries – a short course of antibiotics – leaves a significant share of patients ill for weeks, months and sometimes years. This treatment is based on care guidelines developed in the United States that new research suggests are flawed. Until the medical establishment stops denying a problem exists, more people will suffer.

In the United States, authorities estimate that reported Lyme disease cases – 36,000 in 2016 – are one-10th of the actual number. Canada’s official disease count, which grew nearly sevenfold from 144 in 2009 to 992 in 2016, is also likely far below the real number. In a recent visit to Nova Scotia, the hardest-hit province, I frequently encountered people in restaurants and shops who shared stories of Lyme disease, suggesting the disease is more common than the 326 cases reported in 2016.

At this crucial juncture, Canadians would do well to learn from the mistakes of the U.S. model of Lyme disease care, which has cost patients dearly in delayed diagnoses and inadequate treatments. Since 2000, when the first treatment guidelines were issued in the United States, Lyme disease has been framed as an infection that is straightforward to both diagnose and treat. It is not.

Science has repeatedly found that the standard Lyme test fails to diagnose many infections – especially early in the disease, but later as well – leading to illness that is more difficult to treat. Moreover, some 10 per cent to 20 per cent of treated patients go on to suffer what American medicine calls “posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome,” a condition called “severe” in a recent Johns Hopkins University study. Symptoms may include muscle, bone and joint pain, memory and sleep disorders, fatigue, depression and neurological problems including numbness and tingling in hands and feet.

Beyond its early rash and flu-like symptoms, Lyme disease has also been linked to problems of balance, sight and cognition, facial palsy, meningitis, arthritic symptoms and, when the pathogen invades heart tissue, Lyme carditis.

In Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and many other countries with Lyme disease, the U.S. guidelines have set the standard for – have essentially dictated – management of this epidemic. Yet, at least 20 scientific publications since 2012 have reported that the way Lyme disease is treated, with 10 to 28 days of antibiotics, may not be working. The pathogen survived in infected monkeys and mice and in test tubes when exposed to an array of antibiotics used in people.

Mainstream medicine has been slow to acknowledge and accept these new findings, clinging to dogma that a bottle of antibiotics cures. Extended antibiotic courses don’t always resolve advanced cases of Lyme disease. The problem is that medicine rejects the notion that Lyme lingers, so has done little to find treatments that work.

In research for a book on the global spread of ticks, I met patients who travelled across oceans and borders in search of care for intractable Lyme disease. I spoke to a woman from Thunder Bay, Ont., who drove 14 hours to bring her son to a doctor in New York State. Others included a British man who flew to California, a young Swedish woman who went to England and a Dutch woman who went to Belgium.

These are the patients whose tests failed to diagnose them; who did not get or see the variable reddish rash that signals infection; or who were inadequately treated. To be sure, a significant share of early treated patients recover. These are the patients around whom the dogma of Lyme treatment has been fashioned.

But thousands of other patients in hundreds of Lyme disease support groups around the world are testament to the failure of a faulty model of care. Canada should listen to them.

Medicine does not have a handle on this epidemic. What is controlling it now, to a far greater extent, are the environmental forces wrought by human influence over the planet.

As temperatures rise, ticks have moved poleward – into Scandinavia, Russia, China, even Siberia and Australia. There and here, they lurk where children play and outdoor laborers work and hikers brush against the edges of trails.


Until we know better how to diagnose and cure, we must do battle with ticks. Be vigilant to check our children after spending time outdoors; avoid tall grasses and leaf litter, and even consider chemical repellents and clothing treatments. We must recognize our role in enabling an eight-legged menace and a single-celled pathogen that for eons existed quietly in nature but that today wreak havoc for many.



A few things to ponder:

  • Ticks have been all over the place for decades but authorities have refused to believe & recognize it.  Sick patients & the doctors who dare to treat them are the proof in the pudding, but these sick people have repeatedly been denied diagnosis and treatment by mainstream medicine based on ancient, faulty testing and faulty maps supposedly showing where ticks are.

Ticks are all over the place:  This expose’ by Pam Weintraub shows Dr. Masters has been screaming bloody murder about a Lyme-like illness in the South for decades.  Crickets…..  It’s in Arkansas….crickets.  A Lyme-like illness is in Australia……crickets.  It’s clearly in the Southern Hemisphere…..crickets.

As you can clearly see, this is about WAY MORE than testing and treatment.  It’s a collective disgrace that makes Pandora’s Box look like a cookie jar.

Time to roll up the sleeves and get to work because there’s a lot to do.


Lyme & Other TBI’s – 3rd Rocky Mountain Forum – May 19, 2018