Thursday, June 18, 2015

Recent Lyme News, Research, Politics, Stories, and Resources

A Highly Expressed Human Protein, Apolipoprotein B-100, Serves as an Autoantigen in a Subgroup of Patients with Lyme Disease (Journal of Infectious Diseases)

A Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Mycoplasma Infectious Diseases (Elsevier, Personalized Medicine Universe)

A Short-term Borrelia burgdorferi Infection Model Identifies Tissue Tropisms and Bloodstream Survival Conferred by Adhesion Proteins  (Society for Microbiology, Infection and Immunity)

A Study on the Association Between Infectious Burden and Alzheimer's Disease (PubMed, from European Journal of Neurology)

Abundance and Infection Rates of Ixodes scapularis Nymphs Collected from Residential properties in Lyme Disease Endemic Areas in Connecticut, Maryland, and New York (Journal of Vector Ecology)

Bartonella clarridgeiae Bacteremia Detected in Asymptomatic Blood Donor  (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Awards Grant to Harvard Medical School Researchers for Development of an Accurate Test for Lyme Disease (Bay Area Lyme)

Borrelia burgdorferi, the Causative Agent of Lyme Disease, Forms Drug-Resistant Persister Cells  (American Society for Microbiology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
and an article on this research:
Researchers' Discovery May ExplainDifficulty inTreating Lyme Disease (News@NorthEastern)

Borrelia miyamotoi Disease in the Northeast United States: A Case Series (Annals of Internal Medicine)
and here's an article about this research:
New Tickborne Infection, More Common Than Once Believed, Circulating in Northeastern US (Forbes)

Characterizations of Individual Mouse Red Blood Cells Parasitized by Babesia microti Using 3-D Holographic Microscopy (Nature)

Climate Change Influences on the Annual Onset of Lyme Disease in the United States (Elsevier. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases)

Comprehensive Serological Profiling of Human Populations Using a Synthetic Human Virome  (Science)
and an article about this new test:
This Blood Scan Reveals Every Virus That's Ever Infected You (Popular Science)

Damage of Collagen and Elastic Fibres by Borrelia burgdorferi - Known and New Clinical Histopathological Aspects (The Open Neurology Journal)

Did Bartonella henselae Contribute to the Deaths of Two Veterinarians? (Parasites and Vectors)

Does Mindfulness Improve Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Pain?  Systematic Review and Meta-analysis ( - from the British Journal of General Practice)

High Doses of Biotin in Chronic Cases of Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study (PubMed, from Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders)
and a similar study:
Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Responds to Biotin (EMax Health)

Identification of New Compounds with High Activity Against Stationary Phase Borrelia burgdorferi from the NCI Compound Collection (Emerging Microbes and Infections)

Increasing Evidence Points to Inflammation as Source of Nervous System Manifestations of Lyme Disease (Science Daily article, sourced from Elsevier Health Sciences)

Infections and Cardiovascular Disease:  Is Bartonella henselae Contributing to this Matter?  (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

K-State Scientists will Breed Ticks to Slow the Spread of Diseases  (Kansas City Star)

Mitochondrial "Collateral Damage" Thanks to Big Pharma (Global Research)

Mycoplasma pneumonia Associated with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia:  Case Report and Literature Review (Pub Med, from Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases)

New Monies for Lyme Research Under Defence Health Program (Lyme Disease Association)

Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Adult Female Ticks (Ixodes scapulars), Wisconsin 2010-2013(Journal of Vector Ecology)

Season is an Unreliable Predictor of Lyme Neuroborreliosis (Danish Medical Journal)

The Association Between Infectious Burden and Parkinson's Disease:  A Case-Control Study  (Parkinsonism and Related Disorders)

The Use of Low-Dose Naltrexone as a Novel Anti-inflammatory Treatment for Chronic Pain (Clinical Rheumatology)


Alternative Lyme Disease Treatment Bill Clears Maine Senate (Bangor Daily News)

Antibiotics Resistance Solutions Initiative (Centers for Disease Control)

Blumenthal, Ayotte, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Lyme Disease Prevention, Education and Research, Following Lyme Awareness Month

Committee Transcripts:  Standing Committee on Social Policy - 2015-Jun-01 - Bill 27, Provincial Framework and Action Plan concerning Emerging Vector-BorneDiseases Act, 2015 (Legislative Assembly of Ontario)

Disabled, Chronically Ill Americans to Occupy the United States Dept of Justice (USDOJ) from June 1 2015 to July 4, 2015 (ME Advocacy)

House Boosting Programs to Assist Lyme Patients (Congressman Chris Smith, NJ)

Lyme Disease is 'Definitely Spreading' in Canada, Warns Expert (CTV News)
and here's CanLyme's Jim Wilson responding to some misinformation in the above interview:

Lyme, The Ties that Bind (Archived from May 2013) (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Robert F Kennedy Jr Takes on Big Pharma and the Vaccine Industry (Off the Grid)

Template Letter to Send to Your MP - contact for copy

The Federal Government of Canada NOT Acting in Good Faith So Far on Bill C-442 (CanLyme)

AUDIO:  Show 996: Mystery and Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis (Interview of Neil Spector, MD, on The People's Pharmacy) 

Beginning Lyme Treatment:  LDI, Des Bio, and Detox (Intoxicated on Life Blog)

Feeling Myself:  Kathleen Hanna Gets Back to Work (Pitchfork)

Increased Risk for Lyme Disease as More Ticks Move to NFLD.  (CBC Newfoundland)

Local Woman Tells Nightmare of Lyme Disease (The Squamish Chief)

LymeLight Foundation's 3rd Annual Ryde for Lyme

Lyme Seizures:  Will They Go Away?  (Hope to Health Blog)

Make Sure You Avoid These Illnesses After Enjoying Summer Activities Outdoors (Winnipeg Free Press)

New Storyhorse Theatre Presents Local's Lives as Docudrama (Rural Intelligence)

Only Two or Three Years to Live, What to do, Right Now? (Ottawa Citizen)

Supreme Court of Canada Throws Out Law Against Medical Marijuana Edibles (CKNW)

The Perfect Thing My Doctor Said About My Life with Chronic Illness (Huffington Post)

This is What Lyme Disease Feels Like (Huffington Post)

Walking Together to Beat Lyme Disease (Niagara This Week)

UCONN Grad Slowed by Lyme Disease Writes a Children's Book with Her Mom (The Courant)

Cyclists Take on Lyme Disease as They Cycle Across Canada (CHEX TV)

Lyme Disease Cross-Canada Trek Coming to Peterborough (My Kawartha)

Ride For Lyme - The Adelaine Project  (Donate, Get Involved, LiveTrack, Our Mission)

Ride for Lyme Facebook Page - read the daily dedications and see photos of their trip across Canada


12 'Live More' Lessons (from 

Adrenal Health Teleclass Series (Free)

AUDIO:  New Treatments for Methylation and Chronic Illness (Alan Vinitsky, MD, with host Neil Nathan, MD) 

Children's Lyme Disease Network

Dave Asprey and Ritchie Shoemaker:  A Brainstorming Session on Furthering the Science on Mold Toxins  (Paradigm Change)

Eliminating Ammonia Toxicity in Lyme Disease, MS, ALS, Autism and Parkinson's (Dr David Jernigan, Hansa Center)

Fat, Tired and Inflamed?  Could it be Your Thyroid?  (Dr Mark Hyman)

Free Tick Testing at Mount Allison University

Natural Anti-Biofilm Agents (The Science of Nutrition)

Neural Prolotherapy - An Effective Pain Therapy (May 2015) (Jeff Harris, ND, Townsend Letter)

Some Helpful Links from Dr Liz Zubek for People Applying for Disability
1)  RAND Health Medical Outcomes Study: A standardized questionnaire useful to determine degree of disability in many areas. 
2)  RAND Scoring Sheets:
3)  RAND Comparison Scores:
4)  Scoring Sheets for the Revised Canadian ME/CFS Case Definition 
5)  ME De Paul Symptom Questionnaire
6)  Fibromyalgia Criteria American College of Rheumatology 2010
7)  Clinical Working Case Definition for ME/CFS
8)  Activity Logs

Success Treating Lyme Disease Naturally without Antibiotic Drugs (Health Impact News)

The Treat Lyme Book (Dr Marty Ross - $20 subscription includes ongoing updated and new articles)

Tick Encounter Resource Center (Rhode Island University)

Tick Removal Kits Available from CanLyme (or from Merina if you're in the Victoria area) Price is $15 (no tax or shipping charges)

VIDEO:  Pat Smith, "The State of Lyme Disease", June 2 2015

VIDEO:  Dr Richard Horowitz, "Why Can't I Get Better", June 2, 2015  

VIDEO:  TickLES Educational Video  (for kids from

Webinar:  Conversations with Marty Ross, MD, June 4 and 11, 2015

What Your Doctor Should Have Ordered Instead of Those Drugs! (Suzy Cohen, RPh)


June 28:  Victoria Lyme Disease Awareness & Support Group Meeting: near Hillside Mall, Contact for details

July 6:  Strength Within FREE Music Session - 130 - 330 pm in the Cook Street Activity Centre  (380 Cook Street)

October 15 - 18:  ILADS Fundamentals Course and Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale(Registration is now open)

October 17-18:  Neurovascular Connections - Vancouver 2015

DISCLAIMER:  We are not doctors and as such, do not offer any medical advice.  Please discuss any potential changes to your treatment protocol with your doctor.