What is Lyme Disease?
“Lyme disease (LD) is a multi-system bacterial infection caused by a the spirochete Borrelia burgdoferi (Bb). The pathogen was named in honor of the discoverer and a founding board member of the Lyme Disease Foundation, Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, MD (hon). Research has proven that the bacterium that causes Lyme disease has been in the U.S. for over 100 years. These spirochetes are maintained in nature in the bodies of wild animals and is transmitted from one animal to another through the bite of an infective tick. Humans and pets are incidental hosts to ticks. The body does not maintain a natural immunity to the disease. Thus, a person can be re-infected with the disease on subsequent tick bites.” Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (Closed 5/1/12).
Lyme Disease Association* (LD Doctor Referrals)
Lyme Disease Foundation (Closed as of 5/1/12)
Lyme Disease Network* (features Joseph J Burrascano JR., M.D. diagnosis & treatment protocols)
“The Scientific Controversy: There has been a long-standing controversy in the medical community as to whether or not Lyme disease is easily diagnosed, treated and cured. One group states that diagnosis is easy and that Lyme is almost always cured with 4 weeks of antibiotics. If the patient is still sick after those 4 weeks, this group claims that either the patient was incorrectly diagnosed, that the continuing symptoms are psychosomatic, or that the patient now suffers from an autoimmune problem which was caused by the original Lyme infection — and that there is no treatment for this auto-immune problem.
The other side of the controversy is supported by chronic Lyme patients and the physicians who treat us. We contend that the persistence of Lyme disease symptoms beyond the 4 week treatment is due to the persistence of the Lyme disease bacterial infection and/or to the presence of co-infection. We attest to the fact that we do much better when treated beyond those 4 weeks of antibiotic treatment. Our subjective experience is supported by a body of peer reviewed scientific research.
Since there is no definitive test to show when someone has Lyme disease and/or is cured of it, since our symptoms persist past the standard four week treatment, and since we have significant scientific literature supporting that the Lyme bacterium can survive this standard treatment, we protest any attempt by the OPMC to repress the right of physicians to treat chronic Lyme disease patients according to their best clinical judgment which has been informed by the scientific literature.” CanLyme Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
CT Lyme doctor protection bill passes unanimously. May 29, 2009
Attorney General’s Investigation Reveals Flawed Lyme Disease Guideline Process, IDSA Agrees to Reassess Guidelines, Install Independent Arbiter. May 1, 2008
2011 IDA Research Award – Dr. David Martz. Read more and watch his video from our banquet. Dr. Martz was diagnosed with ALS, but found out out he had Lyme. He did extensive research based on this connection in some cases. He is now retired. Creek Trail Medical Clinic, Inc in Colorado Springs, CO is continuing his work.
But They LOOK So Good! – The Paradox of Feeling Bad, but Looking Good.
The Complexities of Lyme Disease by Thomas M. Grier, MS
Late and Chronic Lyme Disease: Symptom Overlap with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
Notes and Observations on Cell-Wall Deficient Forms by Thomas Grier, MS (article web address no longer known).
Sex and Lyme Disease by Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Why Are We Still Sick? by Thomas Grier, MS
Will There Ever Be An Accurate Test for Lyme Disease? by Thomas Grier, MS
Dr. Robert Bransfield, psychiatrist, presented on the behavior changes of people who become infected with Lyme on February 28, 2006 at the Jackson Municipal Building. Read several of his documents here!
Aggression and Lyme Disease by Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Lyme Disease, Depression and Suicide by Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Lyme Neuroborreliosis Research Program (magnetic resonance spectroscopy)
Microbes and Mental Illness by Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Spirochetes on the Brain by Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Palo Alto, California
North American Laboratory
New Britain, CT
New Jersey Laboratories
New Brunswick, NJ
Tick Research Laboratory
Kingston, Rhode Island
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