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    That video made us both cry. Jesse Ventura's voice and repitition almost did too! Lol. I do like his style though. Dramatized or not, these are serious issues!

    Researching cat's claw and the silver hydrosol... she knew about Carnivora and some of the other stuff, but a lot was new info. Thanks a million, guys!
    You have got to read the book Lab 257. That book changed my life and triggered my true awakening process. It is proof, that lyme did not come from a tick, it came from a test tube. Patents and all.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lab-257-Distur.../dp/0060011416

    In my opinion, a startlingly high percentage of most chronic illness, are Lyme related. there have been so much cover ups done by the us military and medical establishments to keep the truth quiet. The facts also include most physicians that truly can help people get well, have been jailed and/or had their medical license stripped from them. This is a full scale attack on society, with a bio weapon. It has worked very well to keep people sick, drugged, dumb with alzheimers symptoms, and impoverished.

    Yes, my opinion is that there is a deliberate genocidal plan being carried out, and Lyme is a huge part of it. There, I said it out loud. Go ahead throw me in the loony bin, and get it over with.
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    Also, don't underestimate the power of oxygen therapies. Get the best you can afford. Hyperbaric chamber sessions are healing for some patients. You can get intravenous hydrogen peroxide from a naturopath or some MDs, which floods the body with oxygen. Perhaps the best if UV radiation. The blood is drawn out and exposed to Ultra Violet rays. Kills ALL pathogens and is very safe. Cures most everything, cancers too. Not too many practitioners do this anymore, because of the intense scrutiny of the FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration or For a Drugged America). At home you can use an inexpensive ozone machine and drink the oxygen.
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    That video made us both cry. Jesse Ventura's voice and repitition almost did too! Lol. I do like his style though. Dramatized or not, these are serious issues!

    Researching cat's claw and the silver hydrosol... she knew about Carnivora and some of the other stuff, but a lot was new info. Thanks a million, guys!
    You have got to read the book Lab 257. That book changed my life and triggered my true awakening process. It is proof, that lyme did not come from a tick, it came from a test tube. Patents and all.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lab-257-Distur.../dp/0060011416

    In my opinion, a startlingly high percentage of most chronic illness, are Lyme related. there have been so much cover ups done by the us military and medical establishments to keep the truth quiet. The facts also include most physicians that truly can help people get well, have been jailed and/or had their medical license stripped from them. This is a full scale attack on society, with a bio weapon. It has worked very well to keep people sick, drugged, dumb with alzheimers symptoms, and impoverished.

    Yes, my opinion is that there is a deliberate genocidal plan being carried out, and Lyme is a huge part of it. There, I said it out loud. Go ahead throw me in the loony bin, and get it over with.
    I didn't want to share my opinion at first, to cloud judgement. I feel the same way and there is evidence to support...

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    Also, don't underestimate the power of oxygen therapies. Get the best you can afford. Hyperbaric chamber sessions are healing for some patients. You can get intravenous hydrogen peroxide from a naturopath or some MDs, which floods the body with oxygen. Perhaps the best if UV radiation. The blood is drawn out and exposed to Ultra Violet rays. Kills ALL pathogens and is very safe. Cures most everything, cancers too. Not too many practitioners do this anymore, because of the intense scrutiny of the FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration or For a Drugged America). At home you can use an inexpensive ozone machine and drink the oxygen.
    Ahh good info, thanks. I'm going to look into adding some oxygen treatments into the regime...

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    Eastern medicine was the best approach for me. This is, of course after two+ years daily antibiotic treatment by a Western practitioner and Lyme specialist. The following is an abridged version of my story if you care to read it.

    If not, I'll just say that it is an incredibly complicated disease that the medical system turns a ridiculous profit from while ruling out the potentially hundreds of other causes of their patients' symptoms; and with Lyme, how it presents can vary wildly. It's nickname in the medical world is "The Great Imposter" because of this. Intermittent spiking fevers is the only constantly presenting symptom among the infected.

    Also, in the States, the medical world is very divided concerning many factors of this disease from how it is classified to how it should be treated to weather or not it even exists (the chronic form that is).

    In my initial research the tidbit of info that helped me understand the disease best is that the organism is structured like and functions similarly to Syphilis in humans...learning the fact that Syphilis has three stages (the last one being chronic) and having had my own experience with this organism, IMHO that "chronic Lyme" is very real and will soon reach epidemic proportions in the US. The AMA, CDC, and big Pharma however will hide this fact for as long as they can, but I digress...

    After suffering 23+ years from symptoms of chronic Lyme (misdiagnosed for 19 of those years), I had the good fortune to be guided to a "Dr. Quang" in Bennington, VT. He is a Vietnamese monk who practices Chinese/Vietnamese medicine and is also a licensed in acupuncture. He is a lovely, soft spoken man who radiates such beauty and light, it is difficult not to constantly smile while in his presence.

    Anyway, after about 12 weeks of treatment (I would drive to see him every 4-6 weeks at which point he would simply ask me some questions, check my eyes, tongue and pulses) I noticed a profound difference in my symptoms: the brain-fog had lifted, the joint pain was almost completely gone, my memory was improving, and my need for sleep was decreasing. I still had good days and bad days (mostly weather dependent, I found) but there was a significant improvement.

    I continued to go to him for another 3 months when I got reinfected, of all things (I landscape during the warmer months and wore shorts like a fool)! After the initial round of antibiotics (which do work well usually for acute cases) I lost my other job so money was tight and then things really fell apart...my point being that I never got back to him for financial reasons.

    He convinced me that he believed that he could eliminate the spirochette from my system completely which makes me giddy right now just thinking about. . . I hope to get back to him someday soon (having a bought with cancer presently and again, or should I say, as always more financial difficulties) so I may eliminate this nuisance from my soul container.

    One of the the things I had to do prior to treatment with him was sign a form to agree to a small number of things. One of them was to not inquire as to what he was giving me in these little brown bags of dried stems, roots, seeds, and leaves (among who knows what else). I would empty the contents into a glass container (pyrex) with five cups of water, simmer it down to 1/2 a cup, drink 1/2 of that one night and the other the next night prior to bedtime. On the 7th day I drank this powder substance mixed in warm water. Each bag appeared to have a different combination of dried organisms in it and they were numbered so as to be consumed in a specific order.

    I realize you don't live near VT but maybe someone who has Lyme and reads this does and will want more information. They can send me an inquiry here and I would be happy to provide any more information concerning him or his treatment style. Also note, that though I can't afford him right now, I am REALLY, REALLY poor at the moment and his rates are really quite reasonable...again this is IMHO.

    There is a book that has been written about him by his wife (who recently moved back to Vietnam from what I heard). It is called: Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam

    I haven't read it yet but it got excellent reviews on Amazon.


    Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner is an exceptional book on the subject.

    I hope this helps someone...infinite love to us all...gg
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    Eastern medicine was the best approach for me. This is, of course after two+ years daily antibiotic treatment by a Western practitioner and Lyme specialist. The following is an abridged version of my story if you care to read it.

    If not, I'll just say that it is an incredibly complicated disease that the medical system turns a ridiculous profit from while ruling out the potentially hundreds of other causes of their patients' symptoms; and with Lyme, how it presents can vary wildly. It's nickname in the medical world is "The Great Imposter" because of this. Intermittent spiking fevers is the only constantly presenting symptom among the infected.

    Also, in the States, the medical world is very divided concerning many factors of this disease from how it is classified to how it should be treated to weather or not it even exists (the chronic form that is).

    In my initial research the tidbit of info that helped me understand the disease best is that the organism is structured like and functions similarly to Syphilis in humans...learning the fact that Syphilis has three stages (the last one being chronic) and having had my own experience with this organism, IMHO that "chronic Lyme" is very real and will soon reach epidemic proportions in the US. The AMA, CDC, and big Pharma however will hide this fact for as long as they can, but I digress...

    After suffering 23+ years from symptoms of chronic Lyme (misdiagnosed for 19 of those years), I had the good fortune to be guided to a "Dr. Quang" in Bennington, VT. He is a Vietnamese monk who practices Chinese/Vietnamese medicine and is also a licensed in acupuncture. He is a lovely, soft spoken man who radiates such beauty and light, it is difficult not to constantly smile while in his presence.

    Anyway, after about 12 weeks of treatment (I would drive to see him every 4-6 weeks at which point he would simply ask me some questions, check my eyes, tongue and pulses) I noticed a profound difference in my symptoms: the brain-fog had lifted, the joint pain was almost completely gone, my memory was improving, and my need for sleep was decreasing. I still had good days and bad days (mostly weather dependent, I found) but there was a significant improvement.

    I continued to go to him for another 3 months when I got reinfected, of all things (I landscape during the warmer months and wore shorts like a fool)! After the initial round of antibiotics (which do work well usually for acute cases) I lost my other job so money was tight and then things really fell apart...my point being that I never got back to him for financial reasons.

    He convinced me that he believed that he could eliminate the spirochette from my system completely which makes me giddy right now just thinking about. . . I hope to get back to him someday soon (having a bought with cancer presently and again, or should I say, as always more financial difficulties) so I may eliminate this nuisance from my soul container.

    One of the the things I had to do prior to treatment with him was sign a form to agree to a small number of things. One of them was to not inquire as to what he was giving me in these little brown bags of dried stems, roots, seeds, and leaves (among who knows what else). I would empty the contents into a glass container (pyrex) with five cups of water, simmer it down to 1/2 a cup, drink 1/2 of that one night and the other the next night prior to bedtime. On the 7th day I drank this powder substance mixed in warm water. Each bag appeared to have a different combination of dried organisms in it and they were numbered so as to be consumed in a specific order.

    I realize you don't live near VT but maybe someone who has Lyme and reads this does and will want more information. They can send me an inquiry here and I would be happy to provide any more information concerning him or his treatment style. Also note, that though I can't afford him right now, I am REALLY, REALLY poor at the moment and his rates are really quite reasonable...again this is IMHO.

    There is a book that has been written about him by his wife (who recently moved back to Vietnam from what I heard). It is called: Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam

    I haven't read it yet but it got excellent reviews on Amazon.


    Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner is an exceptional book on the subject.

    I hope this helps someone...infinite love to us all...gg
    Of course I care to 'read it'. !!! Thank you so much for sharing. I travel and am open... I would have to look in the man's eyes myself, but I am all for 'alternative' (just a word) medicine. I would be interested in contacting him if you have his info...

    It sounds like you have been through a lot! Never give up! There is something out here better for all of us, and it is coming. I truly beleive that. Life can be so hard sometimes... and it is sad how money, or the illusion thereof is such a driving, and limiting force in society. I hope you receive everything you need, and more, to aid you with your full recovery!

    Thanks for your time, and help.

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    Below is a post I made on this thread: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...wind#post89837


    Quote I had Lyme Disease . .. . . repeat had it. I suffered through years of misdiagnoses and more years of unsuccessful conventional treatment after I was finally diagnosed with Lyme. I finally had the sense to go back to my roots of herbal and homeopathic medicine and successfully treated a deeply embedded Lyme along with 3 other parasitical and/or tick borne bacteria and viruses.

    The process was long and the protocol had to be adjusted as symptoms came and went but I have not relapsed in 10 years and so I feel I finally got rid of it completely.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the enzymes and the herbs that conk mentioned. I feel the main success of my healing though was using a home brewed “Essiac Tea”. To the main four ingredients of this tea I always added Cat’s Claw and then other ingredients would be added to the brew as my symptoms either waned or intensified. Other herbs were used to manage other symptoms and to build the immune system in a very particular way.

    Lyme will deeply embed in your liver and other vital organs and will “hide out” when other more conventional treatments are used and then will manifest even with more aggression when you are at your weakest. The trick is to keep an extremely detoxed system and keeping the “environment” unsuitable for the Lyme for an extended amount of time . . . . this varies with the person and with how deeply it has invaded your system.

    The process is not complicated but it does require a persistent treatment over time. The more time between relapses means you’re winning until (like me) the illness is gone.

    Arrowwind the information you have presented is solid but I have to feel I really need to caution on one aspect. Most (like me) who suffer with Lyme for many years have extremely weakened and delicate body systems. I would caution that products like mms and other heroic treatment be used with great care or not at all. This is where the Essiac Tea came in to my treatment. Yes, I know and have read all the literature and Jim Humble books but I will always stand solid that mms is not for everyone and you pretty much have to have a very strong constitution to use mms and some certain tinctures.

    I hesitate to say this but I have helped others through the process. If there is enough interest I will post a more detailed explanation of the protocol I used. If anything I would like to give those who are suffering with Lyme hope and to say I am an example along with around 18 others I have seen defeat this very nasty illness.
    Lyme is completely curable. I am walking proof, as well as others I helped through the process.

    Essiac Tea was the main ingredient to this success. The tea was tweaked with other herbs during the healing process with Cats Claw and Japanese Knotweed being two of the main additions that are primary in curing Lyme.

    I also feel my lifestyle had much to do with my healing. As a farmer/homesteader I had to force myself to get out of bed and endure the pain to take care of my animals and other daily tasks. The hard physical labor and more importantly the daily interaction with my animals never failed to lift my spirits. My German Shepherd dog (Oakley) never left my side and the horses, goats and even the chickens were also in tuned to whether I was having a good day or difficult day.

    Essiac Tea is not expensive if you purchase just the herbs and brew yourself, I would suggest this company: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ For me, the tea is free because as an herbalist I know how to find those herbs in the wild and even grow some of them. Wild harvesting the herbs (I feel) also contributed to my healing, because getting out in the woods and spending the day harvesting what I needed was very soothing and grounding.

    I also want to mention that it is also critical in curing Lyme that you do take a round of specific antibiotics upon first finding the ‘bull’s eye rash’ from a tick bite. Keeping the infection from ‘taking hold’ within your body systems will keep your healing process quicker. Don’t skip this step and/or try to use ‘natural antibiotics’ . . . . use the specific antibiotics prescribed by your doctor and for the length of time the doctor suggests.

    Lyme is not some conspiracy human exterminating experiment . . . . it is only a specific bacterial, virus, parasitical that nature has brewed up and because of humans invading deeper into forested wild areas have we come in contact with it.

    But rest be assured, that what is found and harmful in Mother Nature she also offers the cure. It is our responsibility to become knowledgeable and then apply the wisdom of that knowledge.

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    Below is a post I made on this thread: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...wind#post89837


    Quote I had Lyme Disease . .. . . repeat had it. I suffered through years of misdiagnoses and more years of unsuccessful conventional treatment after I was finally diagnosed with Lyme. I finally had the sense to go back to my roots of herbal and homeopathic medicine and successfully treated a deeply embedded Lyme along with 3 other parasitical and/or tick borne bacteria and viruses.

    The process was long and the protocol had to be adjusted as symptoms came and went but I have not relapsed in 10 years and so I feel I finally got rid of it completely.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the enzymes and the herbs that conk mentioned. I feel the main success of my healing though was using a home brewed “Essiac Tea”. To the main four ingredients of this tea I always added Cat’s Claw and then other ingredients would be added to the brew as my symptoms either waned or intensified. Other herbs were used to manage other symptoms and to build the immune system in a very particular way.

    Lyme will deeply embed in your liver and other vital organs and will “hide out” when other more conventional treatments are used and then will manifest even with more aggression when you are at your weakest. The trick is to keep an extremely detoxed system and keeping the “environment” unsuitable for the Lyme for an extended amount of time . . . . this varies with the person and with how deeply it has invaded your system.

    The process is not complicated but it does require a persistent treatment over time. The more time between relapses means you’re winning until (like me) the illness is gone.

    Arrowwind the information you have presented is solid but I have to feel I really need to caution on one aspect. Most (like me) who suffer with Lyme for many years have extremely weakened and delicate body systems. I would caution that products like mms and other heroic treatment be used with great care or not at all. This is where the Essiac Tea came in to my treatment. Yes, I know and have read all the literature and Jim Humble books but I will always stand solid that mms is not for everyone and you pretty much have to have a very strong constitution to use mms and some certain tinctures.

    I hesitate to say this but I have helped others through the process. If there is enough interest I will post a more detailed explanation of the protocol I used. If anything I would like to give those who are suffering with Lyme hope and to say I am an example along with around 18 others I have seen defeat this very nasty illness.
    Lyme is completely curable. I am walking proof, as well as others I helped through the process.

    Essiac Tea was the main ingredient to this success. The tea was tweaked with other herbs during the healing process with Cats Claw and Japanese Knotweed being two of the main additions that are primary in curing Lyme.

    I also feel my lifestyle had much to do with my healing. As a farmer/homesteader I had to force myself to get out of bed and endure the pain to take care of my animals and other daily tasks. The hard physical labor and more importantly the daily interaction with my animals never failed to lift my spirits. My German Shepherd dog (Oakley) never left my side and the horses, goats and even the chickens were also in tuned to whether I was having a good day or difficult day.

    Essiac Tea is not expensive if you purchase just the herbs and brew yourself, I would suggest this company: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ For me, the tea is free because as an herbalist I know how to find those herbs in the wild and even grow some of them. Wild harvesting the herbs (I feel) also contributed to my healing, because getting out in the woods and spending the day harvesting what I needed was very soothing and grounding.

    I also want to mention that it is also critical in curing Lyme that you do take a round of specific antibiotics upon first finding the ‘bull’s eye rash’ from a tick bite. Keeping the infection from ‘taking hold’ within your body systems will keep your healing process quicker. Don’t skip this step and/or try to use ‘natural antibiotics’ . . . . use the specific antibiotics prescribed by your doctor and for the length of time the doctor suggests.

    Lyme is not some conspiracy human exterminating experiment . . . . it is only a specific bacterial, virus, parasitical that nature has brewed up and because of humans invading deeper into forested wild areas have we come in contact with it.

    But rest be assured, that what is found and harmful in Mother Nature she also offers the cure. It is our responsibility to become knowledgeable and then apply the wisdom of that knowledge.
    You are dead wrong, saying nature brewed up Lyme disease. It is PATENTED

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    Sidney, I listened to the video specifically trying to see the dates of these patents and I didn’t hear any . . . although I could barely hear her on my tablet.

    I did a quick search and the earliest patent I could find was in the early 90’s. Which makes sense.

    Lyme has been around since the 70’s as a perfectly normal bacterial/viral infection from tick bites. I contracted Lyme in the early 80’s while living in Wisconsin. I am an avid backpacker and spend much of my time outdoors and so getting tick bites is a common occurrence for me. Wisconsin at that time was one of the primary areas for Lyme. I was not diagnosed correctly with Lyme until 1994 and by that time the spirochetes and viruses were deeply imbedded in my body systems.

    I have no doubt that Plum Island scientists were doing biological weapon research with many natural born diseases. But every one of the spirochetes and viruses associated with Lyme is completely naturally occurring. As well as I have no doubt that the enhanced Lyme bacterial made it into the ‘outside’. But do I think it is some insidious conspiracy against humanity . . . No.

    Of course Lyme is patented as is most diseases along with the synthetically altered forms of associated viruses and bacteria. Lots of money here in selling specific antibiotics and vaccines and in order to make those big bucks the ‘product’ has to be patented. . . . . as with MANY naturally occurring diseases and illnesses . .. hell, look at the billions made with the common cold virus. Is this a government plot against humanity too? We can’t cure the common cold and millions of people a year suffer through a bout of the common rhinovirus cold.

    But the bottom line is Lyme is completely curable and without the expensive ‘recommended’ treatments. Although the specific antibiotic treatment upon first discovering the tick bite (I feel) is mandatory in eradicating the disease quickly. It took me a couple years (or more) to completely eliminate it from my body because it was so deeply imbedded.

    One of the biggest elements to overcoming anything in your life is having a positive attitude and outlook and the belief that you are in control (within reason) and responsible for your life. If you have the belief you have an incurable disease and that you are a victim of some sort of insidious government plot then that is the scenario you will live out everyday of your life and this is what you bring into your life and those around you on a daily basis. .

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    I think the important thing is to focus on the solution, NOW. There are 'remedies' if not 'cures' and no matter what happened in the past, the 'govt' (lets not get specific...) is making some serious no no's and they will be fixed, too.


    Thank you so much for your input, everyone!

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    Sidney, I listened to the video specifically trying to see the dates of these patents and I didn’t hear any . . . although I could barely hear her on my tablet.

    I did a quick search and the earliest patent I could find was in the early 90’s. Which makes sense.

    Lyme has been around since the 70’s as a perfectly normal bacterial/viral infection from tick bites. I contracted Lyme in the early 80’s while living in Wisconsin. I am an avid backpacker and spend much of my time outdoors and so getting tick bites is a common occurrence for me. Wisconsin at that time was one of the primary areas for Lyme. I was not diagnosed correctly with Lyme until 1994 and by that time the spirochetes and viruses were deeply imbedded in my body systems.

    I have no doubt that Plum Island scientists were doing biological weapon research with many natural born diseases. But every one of the spirochetes and viruses associated with Lyme is completely naturally occurring. As well as I have no doubt that the enhanced Lyme bacterial made it into the ‘outside’. But do I think it is some insidious conspiracy against humanity . . . No.

    Of course Lyme is patented as is most diseases along with the synthetically altered forms of associated viruses and bacteria. Lots of money here in selling specific antibiotics and vaccines and in order to make those big bucks the ‘product’ has to be patented. . . . . as with MANY naturally occurring diseases and illnesses . .. hell, look at the billions made with the common cold virus. Is this a government plot against humanity too? We can’t cure the common cold and millions of people a year suffer through a bout of the common rhinovirus cold.

    But the bottom line is Lyme is completely curable and without the expensive ‘recommended’ treatments. Although the specific antibiotic treatment upon first discovering the tick bite (I feel) is mandatory in eradicating the disease quickly. It took me a couple years (or more) to completely eliminate it from my body because it was so deeply imbedded.

    One of the biggest elements to overcoming anything in your life is having a positive attitude and outlook and the belief that you are in control (within reason) and responsible for your life. If you have the belief you have an incurable disease and that you are a victim of some sort of insidious government plot then that is the scenario you will live out everyday of your life and this is what you bring into your life and those around you on a daily basis. .
    I really don't mean to argue, I really don't. We can agree to disagree. You cannot patent a naturally occurring substance. period. If it is patented, then it is man made.
    Lyme CAN be cureable. It depends on the individual. It can be managed, if not cured. Some people have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on natural/alternative treatement trying to avoid harmful prescription meds, yes were far beyond the safe diagnosis period for a huge improvement. This disease is not black and white when it comes to treatments or cures. The system is set up in order to make it difficult or impossible to get a proper TEST, for a proper diagnosis. This is a DESIGNED plan, and people need to understand this to avoid wasting their time and money and energy with mainstream doctors. Because they are not lying to us, they have themselves been lied to by their educators (BIG PHARMA).

    Lyme disease IS expensive to have, and treat, and live with. Special foods, special supplements, special doctors, LOTS of sleep. It is simply careless to lump it all into one opinion. I know, I have lived with it for over 25 years, and have been researching ever since, however I was not tested or diagnosed for the first 12 years, so all that time, my bacterial and viral load was multiplying like crazy. Long story short, it is not possible to have a positive attitude every day and I did not bring the disease into my life, it was GIVEN to me and millions of others. I find your "everything is peachy" attitude offensive. I will not post on this thread further, as my attitude it taking a plunge suddenly.

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    Some of the basic lyme tests are not accurate b/c the nanotechnology that is sprayed in chemtrails can give someone a false "positive" reading due to the protein bands they both create. My doctor has been helping people cure lymes..she has great technology and is in alignment with the stuff on this website. Her radio show on blog talk Is 1cellonelight and she is also into the new age materials as well. I have spoken to people who have used her technologies and have cured lymes.

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    Amber discovery indicates Lyme disease is older than human race

    SOURCE: George Poinar, Jr.


    Tick carrying spirochetes

    05/29/2014



    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years – long before any humans walked on Earth.

    The findings were made by researchers from Oregon State University, who studied 15-20 million-year-old amber from the Dominican Republic that offer the oldest fossil evidence ever found of Borrelia, a type of spirochete-like bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. They were published in the journal Historical Biology.

    In a related study, published in Cretaceous Research, OSU scientists announced the first fossil record of Rickettsial-like cells, a bacteria that can cause various types of spotted fever. Those fossils from Myanmar were found in ticks about 100 million years old.

    As summer arrives and millions of people head for the outdoors, it’s worth considering that these tick-borne diseases may be far more common than has been historically appreciated, and they’ve been around for a long, long time.

    “Ticks and the bacteria they carry are very opportunistic,” said George Poinar, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology of the OSU College of Science, and one of the world’s leading experts on plant and animal life forms found preserved in amber. “They are very efficient at maintaining populations of microbes in their tissues, and can infect mammals, birds, reptiles and other animals.

    “In the United States, Europe and Asia, ticks are a more important insect vector of disease than mosquitos,” Poinar said. “They can carry bacteria that cause a wide range of diseases, affect many different animal species, and often are not even understood or recognized by doctors.

    “It’s likely that many ailments in human history for which doctors had no explanation have been caused by tick-borne disease.”

    Lyme disease is a perfect example. It can cause problems with joints, the heart and central nervous system, but researchers didn’t even know it existed until 1975. If recognized early and treated with antibiotics, it can be cured. But it’s often mistaken for other health conditions. And surging deer populations in many areas are causing a rapid increase in Lyme disease – the confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia nearly tripled in 2013 over the previous year.

    The new research shows these problems with tick-borne disease have been around for millions of years.

    Bacteria are an ancient group that date back about 3.6 billion years, almost as old as the planet itself. As soft-bodied organisms they are rarely preserved in the fossil record, but an exception is amber, which begins as a free-flowing tree sap that traps and preserves material in exquisite detail as it slowly turns into a semi-precious mineral.

    A series of four ticks from Dominican amber were analyzed in this study, revealing a large population of spirochete-like cells that most closely resemble those of the present-day Borrelia species. In a separate report, Poinar found cells that resemble Rickettsia bacteria, the cause of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and related illnesses. This is the oldest fossil evidence of ticks associated with such bacteria.

    In 30 years of studying diseases revealed in the fossil record, Poinar has documented the ancient presence of such diseases as malaria, leishmania, and others. Evidence suggests that dinosaurs could have been infected with Rickettsial pathogens.

    Humans have probably been getting diseases, including Lyme disease, from tick-borne bacteria as long as there have been humans, Poinar said. The oldest documented case is the Tyrolean iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found in a glacier in the Italian Alps.

    “Before he was frozen in the glacier, the iceman was probably already in misery from Lyme disease,” Poinar said. “He had a lot of health problems and was really a mess.”
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    Thanks for posting the article, Amzer Zo. I read the article last week but I still remain skeptical of the confirmation of Lyme bacteria in the fossilized ticks. I may be biased because I have Lyme Disease, but it seems more likely that Lyme Disease was created as a weapon against humanity.

    I have seen so many articles coming out lately that try to play off certain big phenomena on this planet as being because of simple evolution. If the PTB are trying everything they can to still make it seem like the pyramid of Giza was made by human slave labor and nothing more, then I cannot take this article as being anything less than the PTB spreading disinformation about Lyme being engineered...
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    Quote Posted by SamwiseTheBrave (here)
    [...]

    .... I may be biased because I have Lyme Disease, but it seems more likely that Lyme Disease was created as a weapon against humanity.

    [...]
    I must admit I had similar thoughts, however, that's disregarding Ötzi, the Iceman:


    Iceman Mummy May Hold Earliest Evidence of Lyme Disease

    Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer | February 28, 2012 12:08pm ET



    Dr. Eduard Egarter-Vigl (left) and Dr. Albert Zink (right) taking a sample from the Iceman in November 2010.
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    The 5,300-year-old ice mummy dubbed Ötzi, discovered in the Eastern Alps about 20 years ago, appears to have had the oldest known case of Lyme disease, new genetic analysis has revealed.

    As part of work on the Iceman's genome — his complete genetic blueprint — scientists found genetic material from the bacterium responsible for the disease, which is spread by ticks and causes a rash and flulike symptoms and can lead to joint, heart and nervous system problems.

    The new analysis also indicates the Iceman was lactose intolerant, predisposed to cardiovascular disease, and most likely had brown eyes and blood type O.

    To sequence the Iceman's genome, researchers took a sample from his hip bone. In it, they looked for not only human DNA — the chemical code that makes up genes — but also for that of other organisms. While they found evidence of other microbes, the Lyme disease bacterium, called Borrelia burgdorferi, was the only one known to cause disease, said Albert Zink, a study researcher and head of the European Institute for Mummies and the Iceman at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) in Italy.

    "Our data point to the earliest documented case of a B. burg­dorferi infection in mankind. To our knowledge, no other case report about borreliosis [Lyme disease] is available for ancient or historic specimens," Zink and colleagues write in an article published on Tuesday (Feb. 28) in the journal Nature Communications.

    Discovering evidence of Borrelia is an "intriguing investigative lead," said Dr. Steven Schutzer, an immunologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School.

    Schutzer is a lead investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded project that has sequenced at least 17 strains of the modern bacterium, and has published 13 of those so far.

    The discovery of the traces of Borrelia within the sample taken from the Iceman still needs to be confirmed, he said. "Now we know what we want to look for, now that we know there is a possibility of that being here, we can do a very targeted approach that looks for Borrelia," Schutzer said.

    Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks in North America and Eurasia. It was first found in the United States in Connecticut in the mid-1970s; a similar disorder had been identified in Europe earlier in the 20th century.

    Schutzer said he is discussing follow-up studies with Zink.

    Previous work had examined genetic material within the Iceman's mitochondria — the energy-producing centers in cells. His mitochondrial DNA,which is inherited through the maternal line, did not reveal any living relatives.

    In this new project, researchers decoded the DNA found within the nuclei of the Iceman's cells, which is inherited from both parents. They found the Iceman belonged to a lineage that is now rare,but still present in some places. [Photos of Iceman Mummy]

    "This means his ancestors came from Europe originally from the East and spread over most or part of Europe," Zink said. "This original population was somehow replaced by other populations, but they remained quite stable in remote areas like Sardinia and Corsica."

    The analysis also indicates the Iceman was lactose intolerant. This isn't surprising, according to Zink. At the time the Iceman lived and died, people were beginning to settle down and become farmers, and the ability for adults to digest milk became an advantage.

    The team also found he had a genetic predisposition for cardiovascular disease, supporting earlier scans showing the buildup of deposits within his arteries. In spite of the health problems from which the roughly 45-year-old Iceman suffered, he appears to have died a violent death. Researchers believe a flint arrowhead, shot into his left shoulder most likely killed him.


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    ... which would mean that blaming TPTB and/or Fort Dietrich for Lyme Disease is a Psy-Op granting them a power they don't have.
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    I have seen the patent for Lyme disease. If this is an engineered weaponized bug, then this article regarding the mummy would indeed be disinformation with the motive to alleviate those who created this awful disease from taking responsibility. As always this is only my opinion. But something stinks about this.

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    Quote Posted by Sidney (here)
    I have seen the patent for Lyme disease. If this is an engineered weaponized bug, then this article regarding the mummy would indeed be disinformation with the motive to alleviate those who created this awful disease from taking responsibility. As always this is only my opinion. But something stinks about this.
    Do you have any link(s)/reference(s) to/for it?

    I am asking because, first, it would be a good thing to have it referenced here in this thread for any readers and, second, if there is a natural spirochete and a human "enhanced" one, then both are true which confuses the issue even more with two Psy-Ops going on.

    On the other hand, "they" are well aware that it couldn't work due to everyone fudging data:

    Quote Posted by Amzer Zo (here)
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    The US Administration has been making many new germs and using the vaccines only for their own use. The HIV virus is a BioWarfare germ which was developed at Fort Detrick.

    ‘Over the past two decades there have been only a handful of other physicians and health professionals who have had the courage to alert the public to evidence that AIDS is man-made (namely Robert Strecker MD, William Campbell Douglass MD, Eva Snead MD, and Leonard G Horowitz DDS)’ and Dr. Alan Cantwell author of Queer Blood. http://dark-truth.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-evidence-hiv-was-man-made-bio.html

    It was tested under the supervision of CIA officer Jim Jones on US blacks, hispanics, and Native Americans at Jonestown British Guiana. I met Jim Jones in the halls of the CIA after that. He did not die in that CIA mass murder atrocity that killed over 900 people. Most were not so well mind controlled as to ‘voluntarily commit suicide on cue’. Please read the book “Was Jonestown a CIA Medical Experiment?" by Robert Meier for more information. HIV did not accidently escape from Fort Detrick; it was intentionally used to target populations, mainly blacks and Third World people. For example, HIV infected units of blood were sent to sickle cell clinics in Africa, put in vaccines used in Africa, India, Thailand, etc. But, infected blood was also wittingly sent by the Shadow govt. to Canada with the intention of infecting that population as well. The Robber Barons only consider the top 500 wealthiest families in the world to be “their own”. In their agenda, they want to allow each of those families to have a million relatives on the face of the earth and wipe out all the other people. That can be done by creating new germs and taking safe vaccines to them, while withholding those vaccines from everyone else. Thus, they have developed a vaccine against HIV which they have taken but hidden from the rest of the world. In my report to Tenet, I stated that this was a crime against humanity which was being perpetuated on a daily basis. After he read my report, I asked him what he was going to do about all those crimes against humanity, as each new germ represented one. He hemmed and hawed and then offered lamely that he was not the one making the decision. I asked him who was. He did not answer that question directly. He said, “Well, you can come with me to the next Presidential briefing in the morning and discuss it with Bush, if you think that it will do any good.”

    I doubted it would do any good, but in the interests of thoroughness I did it anyway. I took with me a large stack of my report. My report was over 225 pages with a couple hundred pages of supporting documents. So, each report was almost a ream worth of paper. I put 10 of them in a box to take with me. Both Cheney and Bush were at that Presidential briefing that morning. And Rice was called into it when I started giving my briefing on the poor quality of the research done at the BioWarfare Labs. At the end of my almost 12 minutes, I concluded with my recommendation that all the labs be closed down.

    Bush, Jr. said to me, “We wanted to know how to make the research more effective. What are your recommendations to do that?”

    I asked him, “More effective in what way?” That was a loaded question because they did not want to come out and say in front of the many foreign bugs likely to be in the Oval Office, “At killing off most of the people in the world so we can have all the resources of the planet for just our own children.” So, there was a brief uncomfortable silence.

    Then Cheney said, “You know what we want. What do we have to do to get the level of science up to be able to accomplish it?”

    I started off on the tangent of how to make the research safe enough to even do and recommended tongue in cheek that it at least be moved off shore to join their investments. Rice laughed at that. The others did not. They wanted the BioWarfare Labs on US soil to be able to claim an accidental release when one was intentional. That suggested to me that Rice was not as close into the loop on the actual agenda as the others.

    Cheney then said to me “Just get to the point and tell us what needs to be done to get the kill ratios up to usable to immobilize a whole population.”

    I said, “Of healthy well fed soldiers or starving villagers?”

    He said, “Assume a healthy population’.

    Then Bush, Jr. added in “What does it take to kill everyone who isn’t vaccinated? Can’t we just use several germs at the same time?”

    Cheney frowned at that because Bush had said more than was wise for plausible deniability. He tried to cover for Bush and added, “In the event of war.”

    I said, “We are in a war now. It is likely that MiddleEasterners have different susceptibility rates than Westerners.”

    Bush, Jr. said, “Well, we want to be able to cover all bases.”

    Tenet rolled his eyes up to the ceiling at Bush’s continued faux pas.

    Rice tried to rescue him this time and said, “This is just theoretical so that we understand all facets of the problem.”

    Bush leapt back in and said, “No, I really need to know in case I decide to launch this globally.”

    Cheney got up and left the room, apparently because Bush had said too much and he didn’t want to be implicated by what else Bush said. But that did not help Cheney because the next thing that Bush, Jr. said was ‘Cheney and I already discussed this before you came this morning and we are of the same mind on it. We want the capacity to wipe out all of the “lesser beings” on the planet.’

    I played dumb and asked him how he defined that.

    He said, “You know, all those who are not members of the CFR already”

    “And their families?” I offered.

    “Well, not all of them,” he said. “You know The List.”

    I handed him a copy of it to make sure that we were talking about the same list. He nodded yes, and repeated “What do we have to do to get down to just those people?”

    I told him that their current plans were not good because the science was so faulty that even if you used multiple germs that those people had already received the vaccines on, that the number of people left alive were likely to overwhelm all defenses and overrun and kill the perpetrators.

    “That means us, doesn’t it?” he asked.

    Rice was shifting uncomfortably in her chair--apparently she knew that that her family was not on that list.

    I said, “Yes. And I don’t think that you can improve the research quality at the Labs without inspiring a culture of honesty in them first.”

    “How do we do that?” he asked.

    “Leadership” I replied. “Model the behavior that you want them to have by being honest.”

    “What about incentives? Cash incentives?”, he asked.

    “You already have such a system in place. The researchers know that they can get an extra $100,000 by creating a new germ. It is not improving the quality of the research, it is only making more germs.”

    “But then we will succeed by having lots of them!” he asserted.

    “No, lots of them are “me too” germs and they can cause the body to develop immunity to many of the other germs in the program.”

    “Then we can imprison all those who don’t do good research, to improve the quality. How long should they be imprisoned for?”

    “I really don’t think that will work either”, I said. “They will get more devious, but not more honest.

    We went around in circles like this for a while. Finally, Tenet said it was getting late.

    Bush ended by saying, “I don’t think my being more honest is a good idea. People would find out the truth. I think that you better explain this to Rockefeller as I sure don’t want to have to. He is going to be very disappointed in you. You are failing to make this work the way we want it to. I don’t think that will be good for your health, if you keep on resisting us in this.”

    Cheney came back in as Tenet and I were about to leave. I gave him, Bush, and Rice copies of my report. I also left a copy for Rumsfeld, the Head of the JCS, and others until I had none left.

    Cheney said, “You expect us to read this?” I said, “The first 5 pages are the executive summary. The rest is to prove what I said in those 5 pages.”

    Bush said, “Oh, I can read that much” and picked his copy back up off the side table he had set it on. Then he said to me vehemently, “This better deliver what I want or you will be sorry when Rockefeller hears of it.”

    Cheney said to Bush, “Don’t worry. We have others to replace her.”

    The next month they had 3 other people review the BioWarfare Lab’s research without first giving them my report. Those 3 people said much the same that I did--the science at the BioWarfare Labs was seriously flawed and untrustworthy.

    Since the Shadow Govt. intends to make new germs to kill off 11 out of every 12 people, without exempting Americans, please inform your friends and neighbors to mobilize to stop. Use non-violent protests like Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us to do. There is still enough time. The poor science at those BioWarfare Labs means that the Shadow Government cannot count on a single of their exclusive vaccines working well to protect them. All they have is Yes men saying they will work. They are poorly tested because they wanted to hide the fact that they have made those germs. What they have is a 3-Stooges type of genocide by germ warfare plan.

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    Read this page, http://rense.com/general63/lyme.htm
    and also read Lab 257 by Michael Christopher Carrol. I saw a government page many many years ago, which had many disease patents listed for bio weaponry. It has since been taken down.

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    There have been several threads on PA regarding Lyme disease.

    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...wind#post89837

    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...2-Lyme-Disease

    The following is a post I have made on those Lyme related threads:

    Quote I had Lyme Disease . .. . . repeat had it. I suffered through years of misdiagnoses and more years of unsuccessful conventional treatment after I was finally diagnosed with Lyme. I finally had the sense to go back to my roots of herbal and homeopathic medicine and successfully treated a deeply embedded Lyme along with 3 other parasitical and/or tick borne bacteria and virus.

    The process was long and the protocol had to be adjusted as symptoms came and went but I have not relapsed in 11 years and so I feel I finally got rid of it completely.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the enzymes and the herbs that conk mentioned. I feel the main success of my healing though was using a home brewed “Essiac Tea”. To the main four ingredients of this tea I always added Cat’s Claw and then other ingredients would be added to the brew as my symptoms either waned or intensified. Other herbs were used to manage other symptoms and to build the immune system in a very particular way.

    Lyme will deeply embed in your liver and other vital organs and will “hide out” when other more conventional treatments are used and then will manifest even with more aggression when you are at your weakest. The trick is to keep an extremely detoxed system and keeping the “environment” unsuitable for the Lyme for an extended amount of time . . . . this varies with the person and with how deeply it has invaded your system.

    The process is not complicated but it does require a persistent treatment over time. The more time between relapses means you’re winning until (like me) the illness is gone.

    Arrowwind the information you have presented is solid but I have to feel I really need to caution on one aspect. Most who suffer with Lyme for many years have extremely weakened and delicate body systems. I would caution that products like mms and other heroic treatment be used with great care or not at all. This is where the Essiac Tea came in to my treatment. Yes, I know and have read all the literature and Jim Humble books but I will always stand solid that mms is not for everyone and you pretty much have to have a very strong constitution to use mms and some certain tinctures and homeopathics.

    I hesitate to say this but I have helped others through the process. If there is enough interest I will post a more detailed explanation of the protocol I used. If anything I would like to give those who are suffering with Lyme hope and to say I am an example along with others I have seen defeat this very nasty illness.
    It is my personal belief that Lyme is a perfectly natural disease, just like many other natural diseases that are deadly and others that can incapacitate one for a lifetime.

    I am living proof (as several others I personally know) that Lyme is curable.

    Can Lyme be synthesized and messed with in a lab to become a biological weapon as many other bacteria and viruses?

    There is no doubt. I still am not convinced Lyme has been weaponized . . . . messed with? Yes, but not released as a biological weapon.

    It is a matter of a simple blood test to determine whether or not you have Lyme and further blood work to determine if it is natural or engineered. This blood work is not cheap and few labs equipped to perform the testing.
    But again as far as I am concerned it does not matter which type one may have, Lyme is rarely, if ever fatal. But, unfortunately very few are determined to do what it takes for the length of time it may take to rid and heal themselves from Lyme (natural or engineered)

    My heart goes out to those who suffer with Lyme but I want to be a voice of encouragement and hope that you can heal yourself from this dis-ease

    The following is an excerpt from Louise L. Hay’s book ‘Heal Your Body’: Problem: Chronic Disease Probable Cause (or belief in one’s self): A refusal to change. Fear of the Future. Not feeling safe New Thought Pattern: I am willing to change and to grow. I now create a safe new future.

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    From Dr Mercola, today:
    Sequel to Award-Winning Film Reveals Hope for Lyme Sufferers


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    Story at-a-glance
    • An estimated 329,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year and the prevalence is rising across the world.
    • Lyme disease is becoming more widely recognized as a real disease, and one that can have chronic consequences, but sufferers still meet plenty of resistance from the medical community and insurers.
    • The film reveals medical collusion and conflicts of interest that keep Lyme patients suffering, but ends on a hopeful note, showing how patients in the prequel have managed to improve their health and reclaim their lives.
    ~~~

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 329,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, although some data suggest it may actually be over 444,000. While exact numbers are difficult to ascertain, what is known is that the prevalence is rising.

    Since Lyme disease became a nationally notifiable condition in 1991, the number of U.S. counties considered at high risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300%. The disease is also expanding rapidly all over the world, as new research presented in April 2019 shows that the outbreaks are creeping steadily into northern countries with less temperate climates.

    Likewise, by the end of 2018 eight northern U.S. states had more Lyme disease cases than southern states like Florida or those with moderate climates like West Virginia and North Carolina. In fact, Pennsylvania was leading the pack with 119,000 cases, according to the CDC.

    Today, Lyme disease is becoming more widely recognized as an actual disease, but sufferers still meet plenty of resistance from the medical community and insurers. In years past, Lyme sufferers were often told their problem was psychiatric; in essence, the symptoms were "all in their head."

    Under Our Skin

    "Under Our Skin 2: Emergence" is a sequel to the award-winning and Academy Award semifinalist documentary "Under Our Skin," which exposed the hidden story of "medical and scientific malfeasance and neglect," as thousands of people with Lyme disease go undiagnosed, or get misdiagnosed each year.

    "Under Our Skin" had a tremendous impact raising awareness among patients, doctors and health authorities alike. Since the film's release in 2014, the CDC has raised its estimated prevalence of Lyme more than 10 times, making it more prevalent than HIV and breast cancer combined in the U.S.

    Even more importantly, scientific hypotheses presented in the film — such as the theory that Lyme organisms may thrive in biofilms, which helps explain why treatment is so difficult and recurrence so common — have now become widely accepted.

    However, despite progress, Lyme patients still face an uphill battle. "Emergence" examines the deepening crisis, as prevalence is rising far faster than the evolution of diagnosis and treatment.

    This article was originally published in 2016, and it's been updated in 2019 in preparation for Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May in the United States. I believe this is the perfect time to share this important film once again, in case you haven't seen it.

    Around the world, controversy around Lyme disease continues to brew, and the film reveals medical collusion and conflicts of interest that keep Lyme patients suffering. The film ends on a hopeful note, however, by showing how patients in the original film have managed to improve their health and reclaim their lives.

    The History of Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease was named after the East Coast town of Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first identified in 1975. By 1977, the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis, also known as the deer tick) was linked to transmission of the disease.

    In November 1981, Willy Burgdorfer, Ph.D., discovered the bacterium responsible for the infection: Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), a relative to the spirochete bacterium that causes syphilis . The bacteria are released into your blood from the infected tick.

    We now know there are about two dozen species of B. burgdorferi with hundreds of strains worldwide, many of which show resistance to antibiotics, with the disease recurring when antibiotics are stopped. New research shows that one reason for this may be that B. burgdorferi form protective biofilms around themselves, enhancing antibiotic resistance.

    While not all the species are human pathogens, part of what makes B. burgdorferi such a formidable foe is its ability to take different forms in your body, depending on the conditions. This clever maneuvering helps it to hide and survive and ultimately to form these biofilms.

    Its corkscrew-shaped form also allows it to burrow into and hide in a variety of your body's tissues, which is why it causes such wide-ranging multisystem involvement.

    Increasing the complexity further, some symptoms may also be due to coinfections triggered by other disease-causing organisms that like to travel with the B. burgdorferi bacterium. Many Lyme patients have one or more of these coinfections, which may or may not respond to any given treatment for B. burgdorferi.

    To learn more about the symptoms and prevention of Lyme disease, make sure to check out the award-winning films "Under Our Skin" and "Under Our Skin 2: Emergence."

    Urban Sprawl Has Contributed to Rising Lyme Prevalence

    Since the late 1970s, the spread of Lyme disease has primarily been blamed on deer. However, more recent evidence suggests rodents like mice and rats are a far more serious threat and the rise in Lyme disease has been traced back to the elimination of natural predators.

    Ticks are not born with the Lyme spirochetes. They pick up the bacteria when feeding on an infected host. Research indicates that white-footed mice infect 75 to 95 percent of larval ticks that feed on them, while deer only infect about 1 percent.

    According to a 1996 study, rats are even more infectious than mice, noting that "the capacity of rats to serve as reservoir hosts for the Lyme disease spirochete, therefore, increases risk of infection among visitors to ... urban parks."

    Another study published the following year also found that Norway rats and black rats were exceptionally effective hosts, infecting nearly all ticks that fed on them.

    The main predators of small rodents like mice and rats are foxes, birds of prey, skunks and snakes. Agricultural and urban sprawl have decimated the habitats of these natural predators of mice and rats, allowing disease-carrying rodent populations to rise unabated.

    Moreover, while snakes and birds of prey like hawks, falcons and owls are losing their natural habitats, the coyote population not only is thriving18 in most states, but is also killing off the only predators of rodents left, namely foxes and cats.

    A study that looked at these factors found that increases in Lyme disease in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. in the past three decades consistently correlated to declines in red fox. It also found that as fox populations decrease and rodents increase, coyotes do not help control small rodent populations because they prefer much larger prey.

    Other Contributing Factors

    Besides mice and rats, and to a lesser degree deer, Lyme can also be spread by other insects besides ticks, including mosquitoes, lice, fleas and mites.

    Complicating matters further, there's yet another tick-borne disease on the loose. Researchers have identified a tick-borne illness that is very similar to Lyme, caused by Borrelia miyamotoi (B. miyamotoi). The CDC describes B. miyamotoi as a distant relative to B. burgdorferi, being more closely related to bacteria that cause tick-borne relapsing fever. This disease is characterized by recurring episodes of fever, headache, nausea and muscle or joint aches.

    This bacterium was first identified in Japanese ticks in 1995. Since then, it's been found in several rodent species (and the ticks that feed on them) in the U.S., as well as in ticks feeding on European red deer, domestic ruminants and white-tailed deer. According to the CDC:
    "Given that B. miyamotoi uses the same vector ticks as B. burgdorferi and that the range of I. scapularis ticks continues to expand, it seems inevitable that the human population will be increasingly exposed to B. miyamotoi."
    What Makes Lyme Disease Such a Challenging Disease?

    Symptoms of Lyme disease typically start out with an expanding rash, which may be followed by fever, fatigue, chills, headaches and achy muscles or joints. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, these symptoms can be easy to overlook, so if you notice the rash, you should see your doctor right away.

    The disease may then progress to muscle spasms, loss of motor coordination and even intermittent paralysis, meningitis or heart problems. For more information on identifying a Lyme disease rash, please see the ALDF website.

    On an interesting side note, a 2014 paper published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology argues that ticks should be reclassified as venomous, as their salivary proteins are similar to those found in scorpion, spider, snake and bee venoms. An estimated 8% of tick species are in fact capable of causing paralysis with a single bite.

    The simplest presentation of Lyme disease is in the orthopedic forms, which tend to affect the larger joints. When the microbes and the associated immune reactions are situated in the connective tissue, the infection presents as a "vague, dispersed pain," which is easily misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia.

    A major challenge with Lyme disease is that its symptoms imitate so many other disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and even Alzheimer's disease, making proper identification difficult and time consuming What's worse, many Lyme sufferers outwardly look quite healthy and their blood work often raises no cause for concern, which is why Lyme disease has also been called "the invisible illness."

    Better Diagnostics for Lyme Are Sorely Needed

    A big problem facing Lyme patients and their treating doctors is the difficulty of reaching a proper diagnosis. Conventional lab tests are unreliable, and one reason for this is because the spirochete has the ability to infect your white blood cells. Lab tests rely on the normal function of white blood cells to produce the antibodies they measure. If your white cells are infected, they don't respond to infection appropriately.

    In order for blood tests to be truly useful, you need to be treated first. Once your immune system begins to respond normally, only then will the antibodies show up. This is called the "Lyme Paradox." You have to be treated before a proper diagnosis can be made.

    That said, I recommend the specialized lab called IGeneX because they offer highly sensitive tests for more outer surface proteins (bands), and can often detect Lyme while standard blood tests cannot. IGeneX also tests for a few strains of coinfections such as Babesia and Ehrlichia.

    Patients and Doctors Fight for Recognition of Chronic Lyme

    As if the difficulties of getting a proper diagnosis and treatment were not enough, Lyme sufferers face additional hurdles when they don't fully recuperate after the initial treatment. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which publishes guidelines for a number of infectious diseases, declared in 2012 that:
    "We sympathize with these patients' suffering, but remain concerned that a diagnosis of so-called 'chronic Lyme disease,' suggesting that active infection is ongoing, is not supported by scientific evidence and, more alarmingly, the treatment of long-term antibiotic therapy will do patients more harm than good."
    As of April 24, 2019, this statement remained on IDSA's official Lyme disease website. IDSA's 2006 clinical practice guidelines for Lyme disease claim that Lyme is easily cured with with 10 to 28 days of antibiotics. However, the references they base this on reflect a clear bias. Of the 400 references they cite, half are based on articles written by their own people.

    After then-Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal opened an ethics investigation on them, an antitrust investigation into IDSA's panel members revealed rampant conflicts of interest. But, unfortunately, such discoveries did not result in positive change, as the IDSA followed up with its own "independent" panel review, which concluded that the IDSA's guidelines were "medically and scientifically" justified and that the authors "did not fail to consider or cite any relevant data."

    As a result, chronic Lyme patients continue having to fight for their right to treatment, as IDSA's guidelines have sweeping impacts on Lyme disease medical care. Insurance companies frequently restrict coverage for long-term treatment based on IDSA's guidelines. Physicians' treatment decisions are also guided by its recommendations.

    Opposing IDSA is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, the members of which argue that many patients suffer long-term consequences and require far longer treatment than recommended by IDSA.

    Acknowledging that the two entities' guidelines conflict, the Institute of Medicine noted that "conflicting guidelines most often arise when evidence is weak, organizations use different assessment schemes or when guideline developers place different values on the benefits and harms of interventions."

    Signs of Slow but Steady Progress

    There are signs of progress though:
    • In 2015, a new Lyme research center attached to the rheumatology division at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was created. Led by Lyme researcher Dr. John Aucott, the research center focuses on biologic disease mechanisms of Lyme and on improving the accuracy of diagnostic tests for it.
    • In February 2016, lymedisease.org reported that the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, "a federal database that provides treatment information to health care professionals and insurance companies," had removed IDSA's treatment guidelines from its website, leaving only ILADS guidelines.

      The IDSA guidelines are also due for revision, although major changes are probably unlikely. On the upside, IDSA reluctantly agreed to include a Lyme patient on its guideline's panel, after being pressured by Lyme disease advocate groups, patients and U.S. Congressmen. As of April 2019, the IDSA reports having three patients with confirmed Lyme disease and one parent of a child with confirmed Lyme disease on its panel.

      However, until the IDSA guidelines are updated — for which there is no known deadline as of yet even though the agency sought public comments for it in 2015 — ILADS treatment guidelines are the only ones listed by National Guidelines Clearinghouse. Instead, the IDSA is choosing a wait-and-see position as they study the concerns brought up in the public commentaries.
    • At the end of June 2016, the Delaware Senate and House passed HB 291, which created an oversight board to educate health care professionals about Lyme disease. In April 2019, the Global Lyme Alliance joined Delaware's Lyme Disease Education Oversight Board to partner in launching an only Lyme disease course for physicians and other health care professionals.
    • On July 31, 2016, the Massachusetts Senate passed the Lyme disease insurance bill (H4491), joining the state's House in overriding their governor's veto of the bill. The new law took effect immediately, calling for mandatory insurance coverage for the long-term treatment of chronic Lyme, setting a precedent for other states to follow.
    • In August 2018 scientists announced that they'd found that two antibiotics, ceftriaxone and vancomycin, cleared the B. burgdorferi infection when the standard antibiotic, doxycycline, did not.
    Take Prevention Seriously

    Considering the difficulty of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, taking preventive measures should be at the top of your list:
    • Avoid tick-infested areas, such as leaf piles around trees. Walk in the middle of trails and avoid brushing against long grasses path edgings. Don't sit on logs or wooden stumps.
    • Considering the high infection rate of rats, you'd be wise to take precautions if you're in an area where rats have been sighted.
    • Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves, to make it easier to see the ticks.
    • Tuck your pants into socks, and wear closed shoes and a hat, especially if venturing out into wooded areas. Also tuck your shirt into your pants.
    • Ticks are very tiny. You want to find and remove them before they bite, so do a thorough tick check upon returning inside, and keep checking for several days following exposure. Also check your bedding for several days following exposure.
    As for using chemical repellents, I do not recommend using them directly on your skin as this will introduce toxins directly into your body. If you use them, spray them on the outside of your clothes and avoid inhaling the spray fumes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list indicating the hourly protection limits for various repellents.

    If you find that a tick has latched onto you, it's very important to remove it properly. For detailed instructions, please see lymedisease.org's tick removal page. Once removed, make sure you save the tick so that it can be tested for presence of pathogenic organisms.
    Last edited by Bill Ryan; 3rd May 2019 at 19:37.

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