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Lyme Disease Survey. Posted 4/3/13

Lyme disease is in Australia let know one tell you otherwise. Lyme Disease is a very mimicking disease and as such it needs to be distinguished from other conditions such as Sarcoidosis, Lupus, Parkinson's, RA, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Psychiatric Illness, Multiple Sclerosis, CFS and many other autoimmune diseases. I have personal experience in this as I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 1985 and have just proven by DNA testing using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology that I have Borrelia in both my urine and blood. I also know of two others in the same circumstances along with many pending confirmation. I also have no knowledge of ever being bitten by a tick.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology has the ability to detect certain pathogenic and opportunistic micro-organisms present in blood, urine and tissue. PCR, whether in a single assay or multiple assay (multiplex PCR) has allowed single detection or simultaneous detection and differentiation of multiple species of organisms in which the level of sensitivity and specificity is still unmatched by any other laboratory procedures. 

Pathogenic organisms that can be tested:

  • Borrelia species
  • Mycoplasma species.
  • Mycoplasma fermentans
  • Chlamydia species.
For more information follow this link or contact Australian Biologic Testing Services Fayworth House Suite 605, 6th Floor 379 - 383 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. 
Phone: 02 9283 0807 

"Persistent Infection With Lyme Disease" Dr Phil

"Faces of Lyme, Our Children"

Rest In Peace Fellow Lyme Friends with Classical Music

Under Our Skin


Oh Jeremy McNulty from NSW Health - Director of communicable diseases - Are you living in another country. How can you possibly say these things with such so overwhelming evidence. 

How do you think your comments affect those of us that are affected and some are suffering so badly. You could have structured your comments so differently. 

Shame on you for making those suffering look like they are making all this up. You are unethical and definitely very, very wrong. How do you sleep at night. I sincerely hope your family and friends do not ever contract this disease. Although I am sure then your response will be a little different.

Australian Lyme Crimes of the 21st Century

Do you have a 21st Century Lyme Crime Story to share? If so please send your story to support@sarcoidosisaustralia.com and we will compile them into a book or document. 
This information has been sourced from the Karl McManus Foundation http://www.karlmcmanusfoundation.org.au/lyme-information/what-is-lyme-disease
What is Lyme Disease

Borreliosis (Lyme/Lyme-like disease) is one the fastest growing infectious diseases in the world – faster than AIDS in some countries.

It is transmitted by a tick bite? In humans it is caused by at least three different strains of the Borrelia bacteria. In the USA, the predominant strain is Borrelia burgdorferi, while in Europe it is B. garinii and B. afzelii. Other strains include B. valarisiana, B. lusitanae, in Asia B. japonica and B. miyamotoi.

Although Lyme disease has been named after the town Lyme in Connecticut, where this disease was first identified in 1975, borreliosis (Lyme/Lyme-like disease) as an infectious disease was identified in Europe back in the early 1920's. The diversity of borreliosis symptoms – skin problems, arthritis, neurological, cardiac, ophthalmological – were already characterised.

Because of the complexity of symptoms Borreliosis has acquired many other names in Europe. Bannwarth’s syndrome for neurological symptoms, chronic lymphocytic meningitis, poly meningoradiculitis, erythema migrans rash etc (see above- this is only present in 20% of people who go on to develop Lyme Disease)

So Lyme is an old disease, not a new disease.

Borrelia – the bacteria that causes Lyme disease – is a very clever pathogen. It has characteristics similar to protozoa. It is the only bacteria with 21 plasmids, 12 straight, and 9 are circular. These plasmids code for active genes, pseudogenes and phages (bacterial virus) which can be used for survive and flourish in the host.

Most hospitals have enough problems trying to keep golden staph infection under control. And Staphylococcus aureus – the bacterium that causes the infection – has only one plasmid. So imagine the plasmid power you are fighting against with Borrelia bacteria.

Borrelia also has the unique ability to release blebs. These are DNA material enclosed in a membrane that is pinched off from the bacterial membrane. The real role of blebs is not clear but it has been postulated that blebs may cause the inflammatory response in the body and tissue damage. Alternatively, blebs are also seen to confuse the immune system so there is no immune response to Borrelia antigens.

Borrelia reproduces very slowly. The common penicillin-based antibiotics kill bacteria with a cell wall, when the bacteria are dividing. However, Borrelia can slow its reproduction time to once a month in vivo or to 48 hourly in vitro. This is unlike strep throat bacteria which reproduce every 20 minutes. Strep bacteria need to be treated for 480 life cycles.

To treat Borrelia bacteria for 480 life cycles you need to take antibiotics for 2.5 years minimum in order to get the infection under control.

The treatment of neuroborreliosis is even more complicated as many antibiotics penetration into the central nervous system (CNS) is limited, so the treatment time for neuroborreliosis would be more than 3 years. This is not unlike mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in the CNS. The treatment regimen for TB in the CNS involves more than 3 years of antibiotics.

Another trick Borrelia have up their sleeve in order to overcome the hostile environment, they encounter in their host, is to change from the spirochete shape to cell wall deficient L form (intracellular form) or to the cyst form.

The existence of the intracellular form of Borrelia explains why blood tests for antibodies for Borrelia in chronic infections are negative even when the bacteria are present.


This ability to change forms means, to kill Borrelia properly three types of antibiotics that target the three different cell forms are needed.

There are similarities between Borreliosis (Lyme/Lyme-like disease) and syphilis. in that they are both caused by spirochete bacterium, are both contagious diseases and can potentially be spread sexually, in utero and via blood transfusions.

Borreliosis is a public health issue.

Furthermore, as the bacteria divide very slowly the development of clinical symptoms are not evident until months or many years later. Because of this latency the symptoms are not attributed to Borrelia infection or to the tick bite.

Advanced Living Radio: Ken Lesser interviews Dr. Patricia Gerbarg about Lyme Disease Prevention, Diagnosis, and Recovery from Persistent Post-Lyme Symptoms

Lyme Disease Australia Podcast - ABC

ILADS is The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society

Here is the main link to the society http://www.ilads.org

A key Board member of ILADS is Joseph Burruscano MD a physician. He is the author of "Advanced topics in Lyme disease" The 2008 edition is available free on the net at ILADS

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An online interview on how to overcome depression and thoughts of suicide. Hosted By Andrea R. Garrison. Click on the "play" arrow in the player below to listen. You can adjust the volume by clicking on the bars on the right side of the player.

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Garth Nicolson, Ph.D ILADS 2011 Presentation part 1 of 2

Garth Nicolson, Ph.D ILADS 2011 Presentation part 1 of 2

Garth Nicolson, Ph.D ILADS 2011 Presentation part 2 of 2

Garth Nicolson, Ph.D ILADS 2011 Presentation part 2 of 2

Lyme Disease Symptoms - Part 1 - Excerpt from God Science by PJ Langhoff

Lyme Disease Symptoms - Part 1 - Excerpt from God Science by PJ Langhoff

Lyme Disease Symptoms - Part 2 - Excerpt from God Science book by PJ Langhoff

Lyme Disease Symptoms - Part 2 - Excerpt from God Science book by PJ Langhoff

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease


Lyme Disease, Cure It Now

Patty talks with Kathleen Zabawa on how she is living effectively with Lyme disease.

Learn how to diagnose and treat this inf


Tips for spotting the early signs and s

The Debate Over Chronic Lyme Disease

  Not all doctors agree that chronic Lyme disease is a real illness.

The Dangers of Lyme Disease

Summer is the prime time for contracting the disease.

Lyme Disease 101 - Dr Steve Harris and Dr Lynda Williams

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Lyme Disease 101 - Dr. Steve Harris and Dr. Lynda Williams

Dr. Steven Harris and Dr. Lynda Williams discuses the many Lyme Disease symptoms affecting the brain, nerves, eyes, joints, and heart beat, antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease, vaccine, diagnosis and bacterial effects of Lyme Disease, ELISA and Western blot blood tests, the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete, harmful bacterias and tick borne diseases, human pathogens, Lyme disease research, children with Lyme Disease, the comorbidities of Lyme Disease, Bell's palsy, Chlamydia, Bartonella, ILADS, the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society. Video produced by Buck Stoval, Cable Consumer News and Partners in Education

By: KVMR 89.5 FM

Lawmakers challenged with Lyme Disease

                               Story link: wtnh.com

Lawmakers challenged with Lyme Disease

Hartford (WTNH) - Connecticut has long been known as ground zero for Lyme Disease. Now, state lawmakers are taking the controversy surrounding Lyme Disease treatment head on. Over the years there has been a lot of debate over how patients are diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease. A bill to protect doctors and help patients could ease that frustration driving many out of state for treatment.

By: WTNH TV

NBC TODAY examines psychiatric manifesta

NBC TODAY examines psychiatric 

manifestations of Lyme disease

The man charged with murdering the paster reportedly suffered from Lyme disease. Dr. Brian Fallon, head of the Columbia University Medical Center's Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Center, has described psychiatric manifestations of Lyme diease in th early 1990's. Brian Fallon, had described psychiatric manifestations in his recently published National Institutes of Health (NIH) trials. "Many of my Lyme disease patients experience anxiety, panic, rage, and depression during their illness," according to Dr. Daniel Cameron, President, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

By: NBC Today Show

Under Our Skin - Lyme Disease Documentary Trailer

One of the most controversial illnesses in the history of medicine, Lyme disease may be the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States. Yet each year thousands are misdiagnosed - many of them told that their symptoms are "all in their head." This upcoming documentary investigates the shocking human, medical, and political dimensions of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic destroying countless numbers of lives. A case study of the dangers of the confluence of money and medicine, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of our healthcare system and its inability to cope with a biological terror under our skin.

By: Open Eye Pictures

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 1 - Patients Ab

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 1 - Patients Abandoned

Many Lyme disease patients go undiagnosed. For more information visit www.underourskin.com

By: Open Eye Pictures

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 2 - The Perfect

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 2 - The Perfect Storm

Deregulation has led to a climate in which science favors profits over medical necessity. For more information visit www.underourskin.com

By: Open Eye Pictures

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 3

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 3 - The Price of Misdiagnosis

For more information visit www.underourskin.com

By: Open Eye Pictures

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 4

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 4 - Physicians Under Attack

Physicians risk losing their licenses when treating Lyme disease. For more information visit www.underourskin.com

By: Open Eye Pictures

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 5

Under Our Skin - Excerpt 5 - Lyme Journey

Dana struggles with Lyme disease while on tour with U2. For more information visit www.underourskin.com

By: Open Eye Pictures

CNN News coverage of UNDER OUR SKIN

CNN News coverage of UNDER OUR SKIN

News coverage of UNDER OUR SKIN broadcast nationally on CNN on July 7, 2008. Interview with Mandy Hughes.

By: CNN News

NBC4 News coverage of UNDER OUR SKIN FROM NBC4 NEWS WASHINGTON DC JUNE 23, 2008 News coverage of UNDER OUR SKIN at the Silverdocs Film Festival. Broadcast on NBC's DC Area affiliate on June 16, 2008.

Medline Plus - Tutorials about Lyme Disease

American Lyme Disease Foundation's Educational Videos


Title of Video File Size File Format Duration Video Quality
Proper Tick Removal 5.34MB Windows Media 1 min 27 sec High
Proper Tick Removal 1.60MB Windows Media 1 min 4 sec Medium
Anatomy of a Tickbite 3.64MB Windows Media 53 seconds High
Anatomy of a Tickbite 1.37MB Windows Media 53 seconds Medium
Documentary - Nature Bites Back 67.9MB Windows Media 21 min 47 seconds Medium
Educational Video 67.9MB Windows Media 21 min 47 seconds Medium

 


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