September 23, 2013

Lyme Disease, Part 2

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Lyme disease is escalating to epidemic proportions here in the United States. There is much controversy surrounding it. Too many people are still being told it is all in their head. Each year thousands of people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. There are many establishment doctors that still do not believe chronic Lyme exists. There are those who still believe that only ticks can infect a person, and those who do not believe you can get the disease, even if you actually see an imbedded tick and get it out, within 24-36 hours.

So where does the truth lie? Well, here are some of the things the experts on Lyme are putting forth.

Lyme can be contracted from many sources: ticks, mosquitos, spiders, fleas, and mites, to name a few. This is probably why so few people with Lyme recall a tick bite. There is also increasing evidence that Lyme disease may be transmitted sexually and congenitally. That is somewhat controversial at this point, but the evidence is mounting.

Long term antibiotics to treat Lyme disease are a significant controversy at the moment. Generally speaking, if you know you have been bitten by a tick and are showing some symptoms, an initial protocol of not more than three days, with an antibiotic such as doxycycline or others may be necessary. But those with lingering symptoms for months and years rarely show any benefit or recover with months of long term use. Some people say they need the antibiotics just to function. This may have some validity. The reason being that scientists have found that as the bacteria is killed off it may leave protein residues behind, causing long term symptoms. Another study from Tufts University suggests bacteria can indeed survive, at least in animal studies, and that this weakened bacteria might still cause problems. There are no studies that show long term (as in months to years) of antibiotic use is of any value to healing a person.

The other problem with long term antibiotics is that it leaves an already immune compromised body open to a myriad of co-infections with fungus, parasites, viral, and other bacterial infections. Because antibiotics reduce all bacteria, good and bad, it wreaks havoc on one of your immune systems primary defenses, your gut bacteria. They say that 80 percent of your immune response occurs in the gut. If you kill off the good bacteria with long term antibiotics…you get the point.

Another new theory of Borrelia infection is that it is very much like the syphilis spirochete. Both can take different forms in your body depending on what conditions are present. They have a cystic form, granular form, and cell wall deficient form, and they invade different tissues from nerve cells to brain cells to joint fluids of the body, and even white blood cells.

Dr. Alan MacDonald, MD., has been studying the similarities between Lyme and syphilis for thirty years. He found the DNA of Borrelia in seven of ten brain specimens from people who died of Alzheimer’s. The DNA of Borrelia was fused with human DNA, in one molecule! Syphilis does the exact same thing to the nervous system, causing the psychiatric form of syphilis.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, and expert on Lyme, says he has never had a single patient that was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, or MS who tested negative for Borrelia. Could Lyme disease be a common link?

Next time, we’ll talk about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease. We’ll discuss conventional treatment and new types of treatment that seem to have some promise.