ME or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

ME or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, aka CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and maybe, “It’s all in your head…”)

ME is the acronym for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a mouthful for anyone, never mind those who have the disease or perhaps one of its precursors, Lyme disease.

Like many who have discovered they have Lyme disease, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by an Infectious Disease specialist. (I originally wrote much of this article in 2012.  Little has changed.)

The specialist ignored most of my symptoms and either would not or could not answer some of the questions I gave him in response to his diagnosis, like, “Why, if it’s CFS, am I still getting sicker?  Why did antibiotics bring a great improvement after one month, and why, after being on antibiotics for six months, did I begin to get sick again within two months of going off them?”

Royal Free Hospital in London

His quick reply about antibiotics was that it was a placebo effect, or in other words, it’s all in my mind,  because my mind is telling me the antibiotics are working, I feel better on them, and when I go off, my mind tells me I’m getting sick, again.

This reply was without knowing me, without knowing my nature, my natural skepticism about any kind of treatment, in fact, without doing any kind of proper assessment of what my experience with antibiotics really was.  He should see just how healthy it feels to be on antibiotics for a while!  Not!! …Continue Reading

Chronic Lyme Disease in 2017

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Chronic Lyme Disease in 2017 – has anything really changed?

Chronic Lyme Disease in 2017, unfortunately, is still chronic and at least for some, still incurable.

I may be one of those.

Part of the problem is still denial by the IDSA (Infectious Disease Standards Association), who have dug in and refuse to accept modern science.  The IDSA creates the protocols that almost all the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in the Western World follow, which in turn are the protocols they expect the doctors and practitioners they license to follow.Chronic Lyme Disease in 2017

So strictly do the colleges adhere to these protocols, which the IDSA now call “guidelines,” that many good doctors in Canada, the USA, Australia and others have had to face censure, fines and even losing their licenses, only because they have dared to treat sick people with evidence-based medicine that often improves their health. …Continue Reading

Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics (Preclinical Study)

 

 

By: Sayer Ji, Founder

This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2016

Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogens
Lyme disease is exceedingly difficult to treat, due to its well-known shape-shifting (pleomorphic) abilities, with conventional antibiotics often failing to produce a long-term cure. Could the commonly used natural plant Stevia provide a safer, and more effective means to combat this increasingly prevalent infection?

A promising new preclinical study has revealed that whole stevia leaf extract possesses exceptional antibiotic activity against the exceedingly difficult to treat pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease. The study found,  …Continue Reading

ILADS Guidelines Going Mainstream

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

ILADS Guidelines Going Mainstream – now listed on National Guidelines Website

ILADS guidelines are finally going mainstream.  They have now been listed on the National Guidelines website for doctors and healthcare providers around the country (USA, so far), meaning they are being recognized as trustworthy.

ILADS Guidelines going mainstream

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following article from ILADS is very good news for all those with Lyme disease and their loved ones (and frustrated healthcare providers).

ILADS treatment guidelines are now listed on the National Guidelines Clearinghouse Website.

(Sept 21, 2015) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur annually in the US. ILADS guidelines, Evidence Assessments and Guideline Recommendations in Lyme disease: The Clinical Management of Known Tick Bites, Erythema Migrans Rashes and Persistent Disease” bring the latest scientific evidence to bear on the management of the illness. ILADS is proud to announce their guidelines are now available on the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) website.  —– more —–

For Media Inquiries:
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
Barbara Buchman
lymedocs@ilads.org
301-263-1080

 

 

The Cowden Protocol

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The Cowden Protocol for Lyme and Associated Diseases

The Cowden Protocol is something I am asked about from time to time by some of the fine people who call looking for treatment.   They often know a bit about what it is, but also want to know if it works.

What is the Cowden Protocol?

First of all, the name came from the person who created it, William Lee Cowden, MD.  The protocol, or treatment regimen, was developed to treat late stage Borreliosis (often called Lyme disease) and associated diseases (common coinfections).

Rather than go into great and unnecessary detail here, I will provide a direct link to a description of the protocol, HERE.  While the temptation may be great, as I can understand from being desperate for anything that offered any hope of recovery, don’t try to buy any products on that page.  You can get them for a 25% discount on their other site, which I will give you the link to later in this article.

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Biofilm

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Biofilm and Lyme Disease

by Dave Cottrell

Biofilm in Lyme disease, first discovered by Dr. Alan B. MacDonald, has horrible implications for Lyme disease sufferers.

Dr. MacDonald, a hospital forensic pathologist, has studied Alzheimers and Dementia for most of his life.  In his quest for answers, he decided to look for Lyme disease, specifically the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, in the brains of patients who had died with Alzheimers.

Dr, MacDonald’s reasoning was that Borrelia is an organism that is very similar to Syphilis, which has long been known to cause dementia when left untreated.  What he discovered shocked him.  In seven out of ten separate brain samples from the Harvard Brain bank, he discovered both Borrelia spirochetes and cysts in high numbers.  What REALLY caused the Dementia and eventual death of these patients?

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Chronic Lyme Disease is a Fact

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Chronic Lyme Disease is a Fact, but most doctors don’t know that

by Dave Cottrell

Chronic Lyme Disease  is a fact that has been proven by very good science, yet it is still being denied by the IDSA.

Most GOOD doctors don’t realize that Lyme disease even exists in their area, because they are told by their own regulating body that it doesn’t.

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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Lyme Disease Much Higher Than Previously Reported

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Lyme Disease in the US (and Canada) Is Under reported by a Factor of 10

by Dave Cottrell

Lyme disease is very seriously under reported in North America.   According to an article by Dr. Mercola, the prevalence of Lyme disease in the United States is ten times greater than what is being reported.

English: National Lyme disease risk map with 4...

English: National Lyme disease risk map with 4 categories of risk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s natural to assume that the same is true for Canada, as there are no known border barriers to prevent ticks and other vectors from entering the country!  Due to long term denial of the existence of Lyme disease in Canada, which is finally slowly being accepted as a fact, reporting in this country may be substantially lower than even in the US.

(For an example of how ridiculous the current accepted risk area for Lyme disease is in North America, see the map image on this page.  Some go so far as to show the entire contiguous US and Alaska as being endemic for Lyme disease, while leaving out Canada, entirely!!  Did these ticks forget their passports??)

Lyme disease is a very serious infection that, if left untreated, can cripple and even kill its human hosts.  Furthermore, it may be even more widespread than even those who speak out loudest about it realize.

According to Dr. Mercola,  “It’s worth noting that while many still attribute Lyme transmission exclusively to ticks, Dr. Deitrich Klinghardt, one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, warns that the bacteria can also be spread by other insects, including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, and mites. This may be the reason so few Lyme sufferers recall being bitten by a tick. The other reason of course, is that you don’t feel the bite, and usually don’t see the tick!”

For the full article by Dr. Mercola, go to:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/04/lyme-disease.aspx

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Less is Better

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Less is Better, an excerpt from an article of the same title by Dave Cottrell, on http://www.bogdanfiedur.info

“My grandfather and his family were supposed to be on board the Titanic.  My great grandfather was a cabinet maker and architect, educated at the University of Edinburgh.  He loved all things modern, and was extremely excited about taking his family on the greatest ship every built, as he moved his young family to Canada.   His children also were excited, as they had spent much time reading about this great ship and all the modern technology being put into it.

“But only a few weeks before the ship was scheduled to leave, word came to them from White Star Lines that the Titanic would not be ready on schedule.  It was going to be a few weeks late.  They gave them the option of traveling on schedule on an older, much smaller ship (and with a discount) or waiting the extra time for the new ship.”

Less is better!  If my great grandparents had been better off, there would have been no hurry for them to make the trip, no incentive to save money, and likely, no one writing this article, today!  Full article here:   http://www.bogdanfiedur.info/less-is-better/

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News, Events & Blogs

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

News, Events & Blogs from LymeDisease.org

News, events & blogs from Lymedisease.org;  please give them your support and spread the word.

News, events & blogs brought to you from Lymedisease.org, who are dedicated to helping all of us who suffer with this debilitating disease and its co-infections.  Please check them out and share their URL with friends around the world.  The more we get the word out, the better chance everyone has of getting help and treatment.

lymedisease.org/news/?utm_source=thanksgiving+2013&utm_campaign=T-giving&utm_medium=email

news, events, blogs

 

Thanksgiving in the Lyme world for 2013

The latest news from Dr. Charles Ray Jones – please give this dear man all your support.

Woodlands, Nymphs and their Significant Others,” an article on the biology of Lyme disease

A re-cap on the Massachusetts hearing on Lyme insurance bill

“Touched by Lyme,” by a guest blogger

Lyme community buys microscope for Dr. Eva Sapi’s research

“Real Housewife” tweets that she is back in the hospital

Much, much more.  Please give your support and encouragement to LymeDisease.org.  This organization is doing a tremendous amount for all of us, especially in bringing us up-to-date on all the news that effects us so much.

May God bless you.

Dave Cottrell
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