New Borrelia Bacterium Isolated



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.

Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi

Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (Photo credit: NIAID)

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.

See the full New England Journal of Medicine article here: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1215469

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Lyme Disease: Politics, Old Boys and Misery

  – by Dave Cottrell – 

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-foote...

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)

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The Real Pandemic of the 21st Century?

by Dave Cottrell
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