New Borrelia Bacterium Isolated – and we are supposed to be surprised?
Just when some of us may be questioning what we have come to believe about our illness, doubting the diagnosis, wondering if the naysayers and “specialists” are really correct and we are way off track in our desire to get well, a new article has been posted in the New England Journal of Medicine stating what many of us, and some good scientists and doctors have believed for some time: Bb is not the only culprit in the Borrelia family that is causing Lyme disease.
A new bacterium in the Borellia family has been found and isolated, Borrelia miyamotoi. It is genetically related to the same species of Borrelia that has been detected in all tick species that are vectors of Lyme disease.
I’m sure we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this. It goes to show that what Lyme sufferers and some who have been studying the disease for years have been saying: The present testing protocols are inadequate and often completely useless.
Lyme disease is certainly one of the most controversial diseases of the 21st century. In many places, doctors are completely uneducated in the clinical presentation of the disease, including, but not limited to, the EMS or “bulls-eye” rash.
For this reason, Lyme is often missed or misdiagnosed in the early stages, making it a very difficult disease to treat as it gains a pernicious grasp in the human body.
by Dave Cottrell
It is important in our zeal to feel well, again, to keep our options open.
If there is one thing I have discovered in my own quest for recovery, it is the tendency of many to perhaps too quickly decide they have Lyme disease and that anyone who disagrees is part of a conspiracy to bury the entire Lyme controversy.
Only recently, I have been handed a very good piece of scholarship in the form of a primer for medical practitioners on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which those who have studied it believe may sometimes be caused by Lyme disease, while other times, active Lyme disease may indeed be the problem. Thanks to their work, people suffering with the symptoms of Lyme disease and armed with this primer, may be able to get a Western Blot ordered by their MDs.
However, the work also points out the possibility that the symptoms you are suffering from may not be an active Burrelia burgdorferi infection. Do you want to get well? Don’t shut the door on other possibilities.
I am a Lyme Disease sufferer. I was a very healthy man at almost 48, an outdoorsman, very active, and literally able to out walk and out work most men half my age. I worked long days and could still run by the end of the day. When I was first being checked out for this, my doctor said that I was healthier than most twenty year olds.
English: This photograph depicts a white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, which is a wild rodent reservoir host of ticks, which are known to carry the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, responsible for Lyme disease. During their larval stage, Ixodidae, or “hard ticks” feed on small mammals, particularly the white-footed mouse, which serves as the primary reservoir for B. burgdorferi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is how a kid feels when his mom and sister are sick. It breaks my heart, as I think about what my own children have gone through, seeing their healthy, very active, outdoorsman dad get sicker and sicker with a disease that could have been cured a long time ago with a proper, timely diagnosis and treatment.
It is VERY important to be diagnosed quickly if you are bitten by a Bb (Burrelia Burdorferi=Lyme) infected tick. If you go on the proper antibiotics within the first couple of months, they will get rid of any Bb or co-infections, but once they get a foothold, they are very difficult to get rid of. Continue reading →
I had just finished watching the documentary, Under Our Skin, on the Knowledge Network website.
As a diagnosed Lyme sufferer, diagnosed by a retired doctor who is one of the most respected and highly sought out speakers on Lyme Disease in the world, yet still refused the treatment that could cure me, this film did not offer much hope. It only served to underscore the huge problem this disease is for those unlucky enough to have it anywhere in the developed world. Continue reading →