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Bizarre Symptoms – MSIDS

I frequently get questions on the varied and bizarre symptoms with MSIDS (or Lyme with friends).  One of the most challenging thing with this illness is understanding the manifestations and to know you aren’t crazy!  I remember in the early days searching tirelessly to identify with others undergoing the same madness.  In my quest to get answers I stumbled upon a very informative and helpful website.

The following is used with permission by Chris, the author of “Tired of Lyme believes the most important and critical factor a person with Lyme Disease needs in order to heal is education. Never stop asking questions and never stop learning about the infection. Tired of Lyme will continue to play its part to the best of its ability in the lives of those who request and demand it.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Thank you Chris, for your tireless efforts, and for making your lemons into lemonade and then for passing it around and sharing it with all of us.


The Eyes

“When it comes to infiltrating and disrupting the physical functions of the human body by Lyme Disease, the eyes are no exception. The spirochetes of Lyme Disease do congregate in specific parts of the eyes, and when they do, inflammation occurs. An individual’s eye and vision symptoms will depend on what physical part or parts of the eyes the spirochetes invade and gather in. Not only is the function of the eye (i.e., the vision) distorted, but the physical eye itself manifests unnerving symptoms. It’s important to remember that because the human eye contains many complex components, a person may be subjected to not just one or two symptoms of the eye or vision, but many.

The eye is probably the most relied upon sense of the human body. Its function allows us to perceive our physical world in great detail without any true effort on our part.

Those with Lyme experience first hand the bizarre visual disturbances Borrelia has on this truly remarkable piece of evolution. The good news is that as treatment progresses, the bizarre eyes symptoms caused by the bacteria’s presence will exponentially get better.

Light sensitivity


Almost everyone that has Lyme Disease has experienced a light sensitivity at one point or another. The symptom speaks for itself in that a person can’t visually tolerate bright lights. Even when driving during a cloudy day, a person may feel the need to wear sunglasses.

Driving at night can be harsh as even if the opposing car doesn’t have their high beams on, the direction of their lights shine directly in the line of a person’s sight.

Cloudy or foggy vision


This symptom is quite common. A person with Lyme will feel as if they’re visually “in a cloud” or a fog. The symptom itself manifests after sleeping or during a period of herxing. They may find as they try to focus on an object in the distance, it will appear blurry or difficult to interpret, even though the object could once be perceived clearly.

Height or depth instability


This is an unusual symptom that only can be experienced at a place of high altitude. When in a high-rise building or even just a few hundred feet from the ground, looking down creates a feel of “instability”. The ground appears to move up and down but in reality there seems to be a flaw in the eye’s ability to properly focus. The eyes can’t confidently relay to the brain how far up a person is from the ground, thus creating an unstable feeling.

Image Delay

This symptom you’d expect from an advanced movie editing software. It’s not too common but it does happen. As a person focuses on a specific object, there appears to be a delay or double image of the object when it moves. The eye perceives the object’s original and new location at the same time, creating a ghost-like perception of the object.

Moving Object illusion


Here is a symptom that occurs in those without Lyme Disease but is easily corrected by an ability otherwise handicapped in the vision of those with Lyme. In being the right distance from a moving object, the brain can’t determine whether it [the brain] or the object it’s focusing on is moving.

The brain normally picks up the stationary objects surrounding the moving object to determine that the object is in fact moving, and not itself. In those with Lyme, even with stationary objects in the same vision as a moving object, the brain has a hard time determining whether it [the brain] or the object is moving.



This is by far the most common visual disturbance of the eye. A person with Lyme Disease may see in their vision dots, lines, or streaks that range in colors from blue, green, yellow, or red.

The symptom itself seems to be most apparent after the eye is exposed to bright light, even if for just a split second. After turning away from an object of focus in bright light, a colored silhouette of that object may appear in a person’s vision.

Phantom Image


This symptom appears to have been taken out of a horror movie. As a person turns their head, a shadow or phantom image appears for a split second in the corner of their eye. They turn back to where the shadow was perceived, only to find it was an illusion. The shadow itself, as real in the flesh as it appeared, was generated by the eye and doesn’t exist outside of it. The eye fooled itself.

Textual bombardment


Reading a paragraph consisting of more than 2 or 3 lines, or closely compacted sentences, is incredibly difficult for some with Lyme Disease. When reading, the eyes focus on the specific text the brain will interpret for quick comprehension. Some people with Lyme that attempt to read a large body of text will find that their eyes simply can’t focus on the specific text in their vision. When reading, it almost appears as if every other word besides the focused one is attempting to enter the focal point of the eye, creating a textual bombardment.

Reading slow gives the eyes a chance to focus appropriately on the desired text, but even still, a person may feel the large body of text is just simply too overwhelming for current focal capabilities. The inability to comprehend text itself is no visual symptom, but it goes hand in hand with this one.”

For more information on how MSIDS affects the eye go to:  There are numerous studies and more information on how the coinfections are involved.


The Ears

“Hearing is probably the second most relied upon sense of the human body for interacting with the world. It’s the primary sense that has evolved to not only better serve our ability to communicate with others, but to also provide a defense mechanism against possible threats.

Much like the eyes, the ears can also become directly affected by Lyme Disease and its coinfections, specifically Bartonella. Some hearing symptoms are unique to the circumstances of an individual’s infection, and some symptoms are quite common among those infected with Lyme or other possible coinfections. Some symptoms become exacerbated during a herxheimer reaction, while others may manifest but once during the whole ordeal. As the bacteria disturbs the nerves within the ear, inflammation will commence, which many times happens to be the sole cause for many hearing problems, and not always the bacteria itself.

Robot voice
An interesting, but also incredibly unnerving hearing symptom of Lyme Disease. The voices from others, as well as the voice of the person who has Lyme Disease, may sound like a robot’s voice. The words another person utters are distorted within the ear, and the person with Lyme perceives them as almost robotic-like. The words appear to the ears as broken.


More commonly referred to and known as “ringing in the ear”, it’s probably one of the most common hearing symptoms of Lyme Disease. If you’ve ever been exposed to unreasonably loud music, or any sound that becomes overwhelming to the ear, you more than likely experienced a ringing in the ear depending on how loud the sound was. In the beginning stages of Lyme Disease, the ringing is nearly constant and never seems to fade. However, as treatment begins and progresses, the ringing in the ear become less noticeable and frequent. The ringing itself may even be exclusive to just one ear, as opposed to both, reflecting the course and location of the infection. Loud noises can definitely enhance the ringing and make it more prominent.

The aliens are calling


This symptoms appears to be just an extended version of tinnitus. When this symptom occurs, it’s completely by random chance, with no loud sounds being the culprit or cause. The symptom has two parts, but lasts for just a few minutes. When the symptom begins, a person will feel as if a hand is slowly covering their ear. As this strange symptom progresses, a ringing in the ear become louder and more prominent. The symptom itself is best described as “The aliens are calling” ,or “I can hear their radio waves”, because the person humorously believes they’ve become more susceptible to what would be considered by humans as alien communication transmissions.

Hearing sensitivity


Just as with light sensitivity, a person’s hearing may at times become increasingly sensitive to sound. Even the sounds that were once not considered to be excessive before, are now too excessive for the ears. The sensitivity is usually short-lived and not a constant bothersome symptom, but there are extreme cases where a person’s hearing can become and remain extremely sensitive. It’s best to avoid noises that irritate hearing for the time being, even if they were once never considered to be excessively loud.

Hearing loss


Being the complete opposite of hearing sensitivity, this symptom is exactly as it sounds. A person’s ability to hear may weaken and become less acute during a battle with Lyme Disease. There may be bursts of hearing loss in which a person’s hearing may be normal one day, and the next day they’re having trouble hearing. Such an indication of hearing loss from Lyme Disease includes turning music up, and never feeling the level of sound is satisfying enough to the ears.

Bug in the ear



One of the more frightening, but interesting ear symptoms of Lyme Disease is the delusion of a bug crawling around in one’s ear. Though there really exists no bug in the person’s ear, crackling/buzzing sounds and tingling sensations yield the illusion that there is. The symptom itself is so deceiving that the person experiencing it may refuse to believe that a bug is not burrowing in their ear canal. They will be adamantly persistent about the presence of a bug, but in reality, there is nothing there! The denial to accept this truth may stem from our brain’s innate, but sometimes flawed ability to interpret specific sounds as either threats or non-threats. If this symptom is really bugging you, pun intended, it wouldn’t hurt to have someone such as a doctor peer into your ear to calm your nerves. This symptom is usually short-lived.

Buzzing noise
Usually all ambient noise has to be reduced in order to experience this symptom. Those with Lyme Disease may hear a perpetual, but faint buzzing or humming noise when all other noise activity surrounding them has ceased. While similar to the “bug in the ear” symptom in regards to the type of sound produced, this symptom can last for an extended period of time. And unlike the bug in the ear symptom where ambient noise need not be reduced to experience it, a quiet room or environment will usually be what is needed to allow a person to be conscious of this symptom.

Remedies & solutions
Hearing Loss – Essential oils such as lavender or helichrysum may help restore hearing loss. Rub the oil behind the ear, especially towards the bottom, the front parallel to your side burns, and in the cup of the ear; never put an oil directly into the ear canal.
Tinnitus – The essential oil peppermint has been found to temporarily relieve ringing in the ears. Apply in the same manner as the oil(s) above.
Hearing Sensitivity – If you find your ears have become incredibly sensitive, purchase ear plugs; especially if you intend to expose yourself to noises that were considered loud even before you had Lyme Disease.”


Neurological Sensations
“Our sense of touch, or ability to feel, is a direct result of the nervous system. We are constantly in physical contact with something, but we’re not always conscious of what it is we are in fact touching. When we become conscious of what has come in contact with our nervous system, we then discern for our own records the characteristics of that sensational experience. The brain remembers if what we felt was soft or hard; cold or hot; painful or pleasant; and even how we felt during the experience so as to dictate and influence how we will approach the same experience in the future.

But the nervous system doesn’t have to touch anything for it to be provoked, at least externally. The bacteria responsible for Chronic Lyme Disease, and even some of its coinfections such as Bartonella, can hijack the nervous system and create strange and unusual sensations normally felt from an external influence. The effect of these bacteria on the nervous system is such that a person may need to consciously remind themselves that what is causing their bizarre neurological sensations is internal; not external even though the brain has been programmed to assume this to be.

Below are just a few example of the strange neurological sensations a person with Chronic Lyme Disease may experience throughout their ordeal.

Tingling sensations are also commonly referred to as “pins and needles”, and for good reason. The sensation itself has been described as if a person was being pricked with sharp pins and needles. A person can feel the sensations at random locations throughout the body consecutively within a short period of time, or in a localized region of the body. The symptom itself can even give the illusion that something external has come in contact with the skin, such as a bug. A notable cause of this sensation to localize in the extremities, such as the hands or feet, is a deep breath.


A neurological sensation that makes prominent to the conscious mind the affected areas of the body. A region of the body will feel numb on its own, but the physical contact from say a hand can be felt. The sensation has been described as the complete opposite of the what an amputee may feel with a phantom limb. Amputees may feel a limb is still attached even though the limb itself is gone. A person that experiences a numb sensation feels as if the region or part of the body is gone even though it still remains.


This is one of the symptoms where the brain assumes the cause of sensation to originate from an external source. The sensation is most commonly, and immediately deduced as a bug crawling on the skin, even before visual verification. It isn’t uncommon either to instinctively swat at the area of the symptom as to remove the crawling bug that doesn’t exist. Much like the tingling sensation, crawling sensations can occur at random locations throughout the body, but also in a localized region which will be brought up a little later.

Buzzing or vibrating
Most people know what a vibrating cell phone feels like in their pocket, which is why this symptom is commonly described as one. This sensation can give the illusion that a person is receiving a phone call from a vibrating cell phone embedded just underneath the skin. But it isn’t just a localized region to where this strange sensation can occur, as the whole body can become what is described as one giant vibrating cell phone. A whole body vibration or buzzing sensation has been found to occur during the original manifestation stage of Chronic Lyme Disease, but to never occur again.

Freezing or burning

Depending on how severe this symptom is, it can be referred to as just a cold or hot sensation, or a freezing or burning sensation. When a person feels a freezing sensation, it is localized and feels much like an ice-cube resting upon the skin. A burning sensation gives the illusion that a specific part of the body is on fire, or entirely too close to an extreme source of heat. Don’t confuse these symptoms with a constantly cold or hot body, which are said to be caused by a compromised endocrine system or candida overgrowth, rather than neurological disruption.

The ant dance



A sub-symptom of crawling sensations, the ant dance is a localized sensation that ants are crawling just under, or on the surface of the skin. In more detail, the symptom can be described as ants crawling around in a confined area of the skin no more than a couple of inches in diameter. It’s similar to taking a paper cup, removing the bottom so it becomes a cylinder, then placing the cup on the skin with ants inside. The symptom itself is more rare than its fellow neurological sensations, but still causes the same creepy feeling that something is crawling around; or at least that’s how the brain has been programmed to respond.

Pain medical images
The most loathed of all the neurological sensations is pain. The level of pain a person with Chronic Lyme Disease experiences can be very mild and last for just a day, or can be excruciatingly severe and last for days. This neurological sensation is located much deeper than the others, in that the muscles, joints, bones, and organs become affected. If you’re dealing with pain from Chronic Lyme Disease, you may be able to find a pain relieving method here – methods generously submitted by those who have endured.”

New Tick Born Disease (Health Alert)

It Looks Like Lyme, Acts Like Lyme, But It’s Not Lyme… New Tick born disease.

Read more at Maryland Lyme’s site.  Link below.

The Bartonella Checklist: COPYRIGHTED 2011 JAMES SCHALLER, MD version 11.


The Bartonella Checklist

Increasing Suspicion of This Emerging Stealth Infection

1.. Insomnia [If profound fatigue this might not apply].

2.. Current anxiety that was not present at age ten.

3.. Current anxiety or depression not present at twenty years old.

4.. Knee-jerk emotional responses worse than past decades and worsening.

5.. Unusual discomfort on the soles of your feet

6.. A temperature under 98.3 in a sick person. A temperature under 99.0 if Lyme disease or Babesia is present

7.. Puffy tissue on insole or any part of ankles

8.. Depression

9.. Depression that is not fully controlled. [Improvement of mood is not successful in depression treatment].

10.. Gingivitis or bleeding during flossing

11.. Anxiety is poorly controlled with average dosing

12.. Depression is poorly controlled by reasonable medication trials

13.. Sleep medicines work poorly at routine dosing

14.. Rage worse with time

15.. Irritability worse with time

16.. IL-6 is very low

17.. IL-1B is very low

18.. TNF-a is in lower 10% of normal range

19.. Any skin markings or growths greater than most people

20.. Blood vessels or color on skin greater than most people

21.. Impatience > in personality when compared to ten years ago. [in a child, any can be any irritability]

22.. Cursing or hostile speech that is worse over time.

23.. One or more medical problems with unclear cause(s) and “idiopathic. ”

24.. Red papules of any size.

25.. Skin tags including ones removed by dermatologist or shaved off.

26.. Unusual blood vessels of any kind including inside organs such as bladder or intestinal walls

27.. Any skin finding in excess of 95% of most humans

28.. Skin findings showing increased blood vessels of any size

29.. Skin findings showing increased tissue formation that is increased over the flatness of surface skin.

30.. Skin showing blood vessels that are too large or too many for the location of the blood vessels, e.g., surface thigh and calf skin with very thick surface blood vessels. Or legs, upper arms or shoulders have explosions of many fine blood vessels.

31.. Increased addictions that are more resistant to recovery than average.

32.. Increased impulsivity in contrast to past years or past decades.

33.. Burning skin sensations [this may have many causes].

34.. Itching without a clear cause and which is hard to control and remove

35.. Skin erosion without a clear cause such as a fire or chemical burn.

36.. Minor cuts or scratches which heal slowly.

37.. After a surgery, you heal very slowly.

38.. You have two tick or flea infections with two positive tick or flea borne viruses, bacteria or protozoa. [Bartonella has >30 published species in public genetic databases and has more vectors than possibly any infection in the world. Therefore, the presence of other infections such as tick borne viruses, bacteria or protozoa, should raise suspicion.

39.. Exposure to cats and dogs in excess of very incidental rare contact.

40.. The patient’s mother is suspicious for Bartonella based on newer direct and indirect testing.

41.. A sibling, father, spouse of child with any tick or flea-borne infection who shared a residence or vacation with proximity to brush.

42.. Exposure to outdoor environments with brush, wild grasses, wild streams, golf courses or woods.

43.. Outdoor expose in locations such as brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods which happened without the use of DEET or without very high off- gassing essential oils on exposed skin areas.

44.. The outdoor exposures such as brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods which occurred without permethrin on shoes, socks and all clothing.

45.. Clear exposure to lice, fleas or ticks. [Bartonella is carried by a huge number of carriers, but for now, the % that carry Bartonella is not known. Further, the capacity to detect all new species in the vectors or in humans infected, does not exist or is not routinely available in direct testing of all human infectious Bartonella organisms in both large or specialty labs].

46.. Stretch marks in eccentric locations, e.g., arms, upper side under armpit, around armpit or on the back.

47.. Stretch marks filled with red, pink, purple or dark blue color.

Certainty claims or criticism about Bartonella positions without reading at least parts of 1,000 articles is confusing. How this is this possible with new Bartonella findings and understandings each month? There are also new species genetically sequences to show uniqueness almost every month in public databases. In this spirit, this scale is meant to merely increase suspicion of Bartonella, which is a super stealth infection that takes perhaps fifty days to grow out on some bacteria growth plates, and floats in the blood as it lowers fevers. It also clearly suppresses some key immune system fighting chemicals. Cure claims are made without the use of indirect testing markedly documented in superior journals, but which are not used by immensely busy clinicians working full-time.

Dr. Schaller is the author of 29 books and 27 top journal articles. His publications address issues in at least twelve fields of medicine. He has the most recent textbooks on Bartonella. He has published on Bartonella under the supervision of the former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and his entries on multiple tick and flea borne infections, including Bartonella [along with Babesia and Lyme disease] were published in a respected infection textbook endorsed by the NIH Director of Infectious Disease. He has approximately six texts on tick and flea-borne infections based on his markedly unique full-time reading and study practice, which is not limited to either finite traditional or integrative progressive medicine. Since he has a medical license he has been able to sort through many truth claims by ordering lab testing. He does not follow truth claims without indirect testing laboratory proof. He has read full-time on these emerging problems for many years.


This form cannot be altered if it is printed or posted in any manner without written permission. Posting in a critical negative evaluation is forbidden. Printing to assist in diagnostic reflections is encouraged, as long as no line is redacted or altered including these final paragraphs. Dr. Schaller does not claim this is a flawless or final form, and defers all diagnostic decisions to your licensed health professional.



The Babesia Checklist: COPYRIGHTED 2011 JAMES SCHALLER, MD, MAR version 20.

The Babesia Checklist

Improving Detection of A Common Emerging Stealth Infection

Below are examples of signs, symptoms and indirect ways to help increase suspicion of the presence of Babesia. An examination of public genetic databases shows well over thirty-five species exist, many of which have variants.

Please note that an unknown percentage of people infected have no symptoms, at least for many years.

This checklist is not meant to be used as a definitive tool to diagnose Babesia. I would suggest no definitive 100% or even 98% sensitive tool exists.

My goal is merely to decrease illness resulting from false negative patients, i.e., people who are positive but do not show up positive on a basic direct test.

Indeed, it is not uncommon for a patient with Babesia to present with a negative test result over ten times, regardless of the lab, and then to show up positive on DNA testing when exposed to two or three protozoa treatments for three days, or to have positive antibody testing six weeks after a similar provocation trial.

I do not oppose or endorse such approaches, but feel it necessary to mention that this has happened with “malaria” prevention treatment. Additionally, there have been instances in which the use of herbs, such as artesunate, for cancer prevention, has resulted in an unintended outcome: the conversion of a Babesia titer from negative to positive.

The path to expertise with Babesia is not simply to read a summary article or guidebook (of which I have authored four on the topic of Babesia). Nor is expertise acquired by viewing the sickest 1% of patients as the “norm” in Babesia diagnosis.

If someone seeks expert knowledge of the infection, it begins by reading the entire world Pub Med literature over a few years, then utilizing that knowledge by focusing on this infection for over five years.

In summary, how can any certain Babesia position exist, when new species that infect humans are routinely emerging, and for which there is not even a direct test-regardless of sensitivity?

Please circle any symptom that may have applied to you within the last ten years:

1) I react to any derivative of Artemisia (Sweet Wormwood). *Note: the reaction does not need to last more than a day and any immediate stomachaches or loose stool do not apply.

2) I react to a malaria drug. (It requires profound wisdom for a clinician to distinguish between a side effect and a reaction caused by an effective Babesia treatment. For example, insomnia caused by the synthetic drug Larium is meaningless, since Larium has this as a side effect in uninfected patients. But fatigue and a severe headache resulting from a teaspoon of Mepron on day one are very suspicious symptoms for a known protozoan like Babesia or Malaria or other similar infections that are newly identified genetically) .

3) Headaches with no clear cause

4) Headaches that are hard to control

5) Weight gain in clear excess of diet and exercise

6) Weight loss with reasonable eating and average exercise

7) Fatigue in excess of most people in the same age range

8 )  Fatigue that produces need for sleep in excess of 8 ½ hours daily

9) Fatigue with ongoing insomnia [consider the possibility of both Bartonella and Babesia in this case]

10) Absolute Eosinophils in the low or high range [this is not definitive in any manner, but is a useful tool]

11) A percentage of Eosinophils in low range or high normal range

12) Very high Eosinophils [rare with Babesia, but other findings suggest other possible causes]

13) Mood changes with any herb or drug that kills protozoa like Babesia, with the exception of Larium

14) Shortness of breath [no clear asthma, pneumonia, COPD or other common cause]

15) Swelling in limbs and parts of body

16) Night sweats

17) Excessive perspiration during normal daily activity

18) Hot flashes in a normal room temperature

19) A poor appetite

20) Intermittent fever

21) Chills

22) A high fever

23) A high fever in excess of three days

24) Slowed thinking

25) Listlessness

26) A normal or low VEGF lab result in the presence of Bartonella

27) A TNF-a in excess of 1.0 in the presence of Bartonella

28) A CD57 or CD57/8 level that drops right after the start of a Babesia treatment, or which falls steadily with ongoing treatment

29) Pets, farm animals or local relatives with ANY tick borne virus, bacteria or protozoa

30) Excess breast tissue in a man or boy

31) Decreased appetite

32) Severe chest wall pains

33) Random stabbing pains

34) Any enhanced sense: sensitivity to light, touch, smells or sound

35) Family, friends or others report you look tired or foggy

36) You have received blood from another person

37) Muscle aches or joint aches/pain, especially worse after use of a protozoa killing medicine such as proquanil, Alinia, ativoquone, clindamycin, or one of many new emerging progressive natural medicine or synthetic malaria drug treatments

38) Nausea or vomiting

39) Hemolytic anemia with lab positive blood products in your urine

40) Dark urine [this is rarer than some articles intimate]

41) An enlarged liver (which sits under your right rib cage)

42) An enlarged spleen (under your left rib cage). This is falsely believed to be a common human sign; actually it is very rare.

43) A yellow hue on eyes, hands and skin (jaundice) with no other clear cause.

44) Exposure to outdoor cats and dogs in excess of very rare incidental contact.

45) The patient’s mother is suspected of having Babesia, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasma, Lyme or Bartonella based on newer direct and indirect testing.

46) A sibling, father, spouse or child with any tick borne infection who shared a residence or vacation with proximity to brush (wooded area).

47) Exposure to outdoor environments with brush, wild grasses, wild streams, golf courses or woods.

48) Outdoor exposure in locations such as brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods which took place without the use of DEET or without very high off- gassing essential oils on exposed skin areas.

49) Enlarged lymph nodes (but also in Lyme, Bartonella, other infections, high inflammation, tumors and other diseases)

50) After Babesia treatment with clear protozoa killing agents used also to kill malaria, IL-6 moves from very low to an increased level.

51) After Babesia treatment with clear protozoa killing agents used also to kill malaria, IL-1B moves from very low to an increased level.

52) Brain troubles such as trouble keeping up with past routine life demands, lateness due to trouble with motivation and organization, and trouble with concentration [Any of these would be a positive]

53) Memory troubles [this is not specific to one infection or one disease process. For example, exposure to indoor mold’s biological chemicals can decrease memory within an hour depending on the species mix]

54) Profound psychiatric illnesses [this is not limited to a single infection]

55) Daytime sleep urgency despite nighttime sleep

56) Waves of generalized itching [this infection and inflammation sign is not limited just to Babesia].

57) Spike of a fever over 100.5 after a possible tick bite.

58) Insomnia after taking a malaria killing herb or drug

59) Anxiety and/or depression after taking a malaria killing herb or drug

60) Rage or temporary personality regression right after use of a malaria killing herb or medication

61) Excess fat in lower belly area that is in excess of lifestyle and activity.

62) Lumps or other types of tissue collection with no clear cause [Other tick and flea-borne infections can also cause these growths]

63) One or more medical problems with unclear cause(s), with changing or contradictory diagnoses, or which are eventually called “idiopathic. ”

64) Psychiatric label(s) given for all of your troubles or a child or relative’s troubles when clear medical problems exist as shown by abnormal laboratory results (only if wide testing is done which includes inflammation and anti-inflammation chemicals, hormones, nutrient levels, and other immune system chemicals).

65) You have two tick or flea infections with two positive tick or flea borne viruses, bacteria or protozoa. The presence of other infections such as tick borne viruses or bacteria raises suspicion of a Babesia infection.

66) Your clinician understands the use of indirect testing and feels your lab pattern is suggestive of the presence of Babesia. This involves more than an ECP spike.

67) Since direct testing for Babesia by any lab misses many human species and is of variable reliability, and the common presence of Bartonella suppresses some antibody tests, a positive or “indeterminate” is likely a positive.

68) No blood smear will be positive for Babesia unless you have a profoundly massive number of infected red blood cells which is rare. No blood smear should be considered negative unless it has been examined for thirty minutes. While a 2-3 minute exam of large white blood cells may be fully sufficient to identify cancers and other diseases, a search for over eighty Babesia red blood cell presentations under 1000x, as found in my Hematology Forms of Babesia Book, requires at least thirty minutes, which requires private contracting with a microbiologist or pathologist or a favor from a lab director. Please appreciate that stains help define whether a substance is what it appears to be.

69) Outdoor exposures to areas such as brush, wild grasses, wild streams or woods, which occurred without permethrin on shoes, socks and all clothing.

70) Have you had clear exposure to ticks in your current or past homes?

71) Have you had clear exposure to ticks during vacations or other travels?

____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _

Babesia is an emerging infection. Any certainty claims or criticism about Babesia positions without reading at least parts of 1,500 articles is premature certainty. Again, new Babesia species are emerging every one to four months. Indeed, even a new protozoan has been found that looks like Babesia under a high powered microscope. But when it is genetically sequenced it is not Babesia or immature malaria, which can look similar. It is a new infection.

Therefore, since this is a new emerging illness, this scale is meant to merely increase awareness of Babesia, an infection that can kill patients of any age. Writings in the past fifteen years have either seen Babesia as a mere “co-infection” or a footnote of a spirochete infection [Lyme]. Anything that can hide for a couple of decades, and then possibly kill you with a clot or by other means, is not a casual infection.

Babesia cure claims should be made with the use of indirect testing birthed from extracts of superior journals read over five years. Currently, these many indirect well-established lab test patterns are not used or understood by immensely busy clinicians working full-time. While this is fully understandable, I hope it may change in the coming decade.

Dr. Schaller is the author of 29 books and 27 top journal articles. His publications address issues in at least twelve fields of medicine.

He has published the most recent four textbooks on Babesia.

He has published on Babesia as a cancer primer under the supervision of the former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and his entries on multiple tick and flea borne infections, including Babesia [along with Bartonella and Lyme disease], were published in a respected infection textbook endorsed by the NIH Director of Infectious Disease.

Dr. Schaller has produced six texts on tick and flea-borne infections based on his markedly unique full-time reading and study practice, which is not limited to either finite traditional or integrative progressive medicine. With a physician’s medical license, he has been able to sort through many truth claims by ordering lab testing. He does not casually follow the dozens of yearly truth claims, without indirect testing laboratory proof. He has read full-time on these emerging problems for many years. He is rated a TOP and BEST physician. One of these award ratings is based on physician peer ratings.


This form may not be altered if it is printed or posted, in any manner, without written permission. Posting a critical or negative evaluation is forbidden. Printing to assist in diagnostic reflections is encouraged, as long as no line is redacted or altered, including these final paragraphs. Dr. Schaller does not claim that this is a flawless or final form, and defers all diagnostic decisions to your licensed health professional.

Burrascanno’s Guidelines

Here’s a link to Dr. Burrascano’s Guidelines.