Kevin made great strides fighting Lyme and the co-infections that occur with Lyme Disease. It was quite an ordeal but the results are worth it and Kevin was then able to focus on his battle with ALS.
Removing the Lyme took a great deal of effort and there is much discussion in the medical community about this disease. Identifying Lyme Disease early is extremely important. So be informed and be aware. Especially if you live, work, or play close to areas that have a higher incidence of this disease.
Please share this page with anyone you know who can benefit from the information. – Kevin
Some useful links:
A link that is very informative for the layman is: http://autoimmunityresearch.org/lyme-disease/
From the website www.mercola.com~
Lyme disease was first recognized in the United States in 1975, after a mysterious outbreak of arthritis near Lyme, Connecticut. It wasn’t until 1982 that the spirochete that causes Lyme was identified. It was subsequently named Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), in honor of pioneer researcher Willy Burgdorfer, Ph.D.
The book “Lab 257” suggests that Bb is an escaped man-made US military bio-warfare organism (just likemyoplasma incognitus and HHV 6).
Making the Diagnosis
It appears that many patients with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, autism, joint arthritis, chronic fatigue, sarcoidosis, and even cancer, are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. But is the infection causing the illness or is it an opportunistic infection simply occurring in people weakened by other illnesses?
According to CDC statistics, reported cases of Lyme disease rose by nearly 38 percent between 2007 and 2008.
Some are now questioning whether Lyme disease might in fact be a silent epidemic.
Millions of people who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome and other degenerative diseases could actually have Lyme disease causing or contributing to their condition.
Traditional Signs and Symptoms
Traditionally, signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- A skin rash, often resembling a bulls-eye
- Muscle pain
- Stiff neck
- Swelling of your knees and other large joints
However, as discussed by Dr. Klinghardt above, there are numerous other symptoms not traditionally considered as signs of Lyme disease; everything from sciatica to chronic TMJ problems, adrenal fatigue, GERD, and other seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Unfortunately, many still believe Lyme disease is tick-borne only, which as it turns out, is incorrect. It can also be transmitted by other insects, including fleas, mosquitoes and mites — and by human-to-human contact. So whether or not you’ve ever been bitten by a tick might not matter.
The Elusive Nature of Lyme Disease
Lyme can disseminate through your body with remarkable speed. In its classic spirochete form, the bacteria can contract like a spring and twist to propel itself forward. It can travel through your blood vessel walls as well as your connective tissue. (Because of its spring-like movement, it can actually swim better in tissue than in blood.)
Studies have shown that less than a week after being infected, the Lyme spirochete can be deeply embedded inside your tendons, muscle, heart, and brain. It invades tissue, replicates, and then destroys its host cell as it emerges. Sometimes the cell wall can collapse around the bacterium, forming a cloaking device that allows it to evade detection by many tests and by your body’s immune system.
Why Drugs Don’t Work for This Mystery Illness
Adding further complexity, the Lyme spirochete (Bb) is pleomorphic, meaning it can radically change form, from spirochete to round cell wall deficient (CWD) forms, and back again!
This is partly why the conventional antibiotic treatments rarely work.
The problem is that a CWD organism does not have a fixed exterior membrane presenting information — a target — that would allow your immune system or drugs to attack it. This feature also effectively deters detection through many medical tests.
Additionally, because Bb is pleomorphic, you can’t expect any one antibiotic to be effective. Bacteria share genetic material with one another, so the offspring of the next bug can have a new genetic sequence that can resist the antibiotic just given.
Lyme disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose and frequently even harder to treat. But as Dr. Klinghardt mentioned, drugs are rarely the way to go.
Another case in point: in 1999, SmithKline Beecham was sued over their Lyme disease vaccine as it turned out to cause an incurable form of autoimmune arthritis, and in many cases produced symptoms worse than those of the illness. SmithKline stopped producing the vaccine three years later, citing “insufficient consumer demand.”
Thankfully, experts like Dr. Klinghardt, who has dedicated over a decade to this disease, are finding gentler, safer, non-toxic alternatives so that you, or anyone you know who may be affected with Lyme disease, can finally take control of your health and return to living a pain free existence.