Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What Lyme Disease Spirochetes look like up close:



The Muppets on Lyme Disease:



Lyme Disease in British Columbia Canada (report on Lyme often misdiagnosed):



The Lyme Threat in the UK, England and Wales:



The making fun a Lyme Disease patient, the music video:



Justine Ackroyd talks with Gordon Astley (BBC Radio Interview):



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actionlyme.org's scientific fraud video list of links, click here

Just one of the frauds and cover-ups regarding Lyme Disease, report to the FDA a .pdf, click here



"Psychiatric Mumbo Jumbo" Kathleen Dickson talks about the abuse of the sick by those in the Mental Health Field.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The State of Vermont and the State of New York ought to sue the State of
Connecticut. They could easily win. I could help them by demonstrating what
evidence the State of CT had, in particular, what evidence AG Richard Blumenthal
and his staff had, and what they did with it.


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Subject: Europe could sue Connecticut, too....Re: The State of Vermont and the State of New York ought to sue the State of CT.
Date: Friday, October 06, 2006 10:01:47 [View Source]

Europe could sue Connecticut, too.... The State of Vermont and the State of New
York ought to sue the State of Connecticut. They could easily win.

Here is UCONN's Henry Feder using Czech children as guinea pigs.
They knew there was none of that kind of OspA in Europe and that the Yale
LYMErix vaccine would do them no good.

Here is the proof that they knew there was none of that kind of OspA in Europe:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=PureSearch&db=pubmed&details_t
erm=8106763%5BUID%5D


Europe could join the lawsuit against the State of Connecticut.

1: J Pediatr. 1999 Nov;135(5):575-9.Click here to read Links

Comment in:
J Pediatr. 1999 Nov;135(5):539-41.
J Pediatr. 2001 Apr;138(4):609-10.

Immunogenicity of a recombinant Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein A
vaccine against Lyme disease in children.

* Feder HM Jr,
* Beran J,
* Van Hoecke C,
* Abraham B,
* De Clercq N,
* Buscarino C,
* Parenti DL.

Department of Family Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center,
Farmington, Connecticut 06030-1406, USA.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A recombinant lipoprotein vaccine against Lyme
disease, containing 30 microg of Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein A
(OspA) with aluminum adjuvant, has been shown in a large US field trial of
subjects >/=15 years of age to offer 76% efficacy against clinical Lyme disease
after 3 injections given at 0, 1, and 12 months. Lyme disease is also an
important problem in children; thus, OspA vaccine trials in children are needed.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety and immunogenicity of 2
different doses of lipoprotein OspA with aluminum adjuvant vaccine in healthy
children 5 to 15 years of age in a double-blind, randomized study. STUDY DESIGN:
In a double-blind study, 250 children from the ***Czech Republic*** were
randomly assigned to receive 15 microg or 30 microg of OspA vaccine at 0, 1, and
2 months. Serum samples, obtained before vaccination and 1 month after the
second and third doses, were analyzed for antiOspA antibody. Sol
icited and unsolicited symptoms were collected from diary cards. RESULTS: Local
pain at the injection site was reported by approximately 76% of the 250
children. Headaches (after 5% to 18% of the injections) and malaise (after 2% to
16% of the injections) were the most frequently reported general symptoms. Local
and generalized symptoms were not different between the 15 microg and 30 microg
groups, and all symptoms resolved within 4 days. Both doses were highly
immunogenic, with the 30 microg dose eliciting higher antibody levels.
Seroconversion occurred in 99% of the 250 children. CONCLUSIONS: The OspA
vaccine against Lyme disease was well tolerated and highly immunogenic in
children.
PMID: 10547245 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


The State of Vermont and the State of New York ought to sue the State of
Connecticut. They could easily win. I could help them by demonstrating what
evidence the State of CT had, in particular, what evidence AG Richard Blumenthal
and his staff had, and what they did with it.

Kathleen M. Dickson
ActionLyme.org


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Subject: [SpinLyme] Lyme disease often misdiagnosed - NY
Date: Thursday, October 05, 2006 23:51:19 [View Source]

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From Glen Falls Post Star

October 3, 2006

Lyme disease often misdiagnosed
By ERIN DEMUTH
edemuth@poststar.com

Growing up, she was a real ball of fire. She camped, hiked and loved the
outdoors. Mountains were her biggest toy and her best adventure.

Today, at 32, much has changed for Laura Zeller of Lake George. Lyme
disease, and the deer ticks that infected her as a teen, keep her from
enjoying her
cherished mountains, and even well-groomed lawns, with the same carefree
abandon that drove her up high peaks and into ecology in college.

"I usually stick to pavement. If there's a barbecue in someone's
backyard and I
have to walk across the grass, I won't go," Zeller said.
"It's just too risky."

To compensate, Zeller spends her time outside on wide trails or on the
water. On the water, after all, she doesn't have to
worry about
blood-sucking, eight-legged ticks burying their heads in her skin.

Support for patients
In an effort to help Zeller and individuals like her, Bonnie Hoag is
starting a Lyme disease support group that's meeting for the first time
this month.

She was inspired to start the group, she said, "because of the
prevalence of the sickness in our community, and because of my own
struggle with Lyme disease."

Hoag, who is the co-founder of Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and
School in the Washington County hamlet of Shushan, hopes to facilitate
healing through three avenues.

The first is storytelling, which she feels can help Lyme disease
patients cope by relating to one another.

The second is
what Hoag calls guided visualization.

"It's like a meditation that allows us to focus on our bodies and
healing," she explained.
The third and last avenue of healing Hoag hopes to develop
is
information-sharing.

"One goal is to talk about what we all have learned, either from our own
research, or our own experiences," Hoag said.

This is important, she added, because so many of the people she's spoken
with have felt that their physicians didn't understand the disease well
enough to treat or even diagnose it.

Medical background
Patricia Belden, Warren County Public Health's communicable disease
coordinator, admits that identifying a case of Lyme disease can be
tricky.

"If patients really don't have any idea they've been bitten (by ticks),
I can see where a doctor might think it was a virus," she said, adding
that initial symptoms of Lyme, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia
burgdorferi, can be
similar to the flu.

"But," Belden continued, "virus symptoms usually dissipate - Lyme will
not."

Indeed, if left untreated, Lyme disease can cause seriously alarming
health
problems.

"The most common symptom would be the bull's-eye rash, or sometimes
multiple rashes appear," Belden explained. "During the early stages,
fever and sore muscles are common."

"Sometimes you also have Bell's palsy - facial paralysis," she
continued. "The most severe symptoms like this may not appear until
weeks or months or years later."

Once Lyme disease is properly diagnosed - normally through a blood test
- the physician-recommended treatment is a regiment of antibiotics.

"Usually, there's full recovery," Belden said.

Lyme stories
Depending of the severity of the infection, and the length of time it
goes untreated, however, the possibility of full recovery may be
compromised, a Center for Disease Control Web
site said.

This fact is something Zeller knows only too well. She waited until 1997
- roughly eight years after she was infected around age 17 - for a
proper diagnosis.

"That
entire time, I was told I had chronic muscle fatigue, fibromyalgia
- you name it," Zeller said, adding that during her decade-long search
for answers, her health deteriorated so much that she missed her senior
year of high school. She was home-schooled that year, and spent many
college semesters afterward struggling with the effect the illness was
having on her ability to learn.

"It affects your brain, your cognition. You're walking around in a fog,"
Zeller said.

When she did graduate from college, the illness had such a hold on her
body that she couldn't work and was forced to rely on disability
benefits.

Zeller blames this not only on Lyme disease, but on the co-infections
associated with it.

"Ticks carry more than just
Lyme disease," she said. "You can catch
things that will kill you!"

Zeller herself had three co-infections, one of which was ehrlichiosis, a
condition that the Center for Disease
Control's Web site said is so
severe that as many as half of all infected patients require
hospitalization.

To get well, Zeller was treated with long-term antibiotics that
addressed each infection.
For one year, she had a port in her chest where the medication was fed
intravenously into her body. After that was removed, she spent another
four years on oral antibiotics.

"It took me five years to get well," Zeller said, adding that only in
the past year and a half has she stopped taking oral medication in favor
of weekly antibiotic injections to control the remaining bacteria in her
body.

"I'm very close to being able to work again," she said. "I've been
disabled for almost seven years."

Glendon White of Greenwich, who has
been in contact with Hoag about her
support group, is also on the road to recovery after enduring a living
nightmare for nearly six months.

In late June, the farm fuel deliverer
noticed a little red welt that
started the whole ordeal.

"I had got what I thought was a fly bite and it just itched terrible. A
week later, it got red and spread," White recalled. "Then I began to
really get pain. It was awful - shoulders, neck, back. Awful."

During the course of the next few days, the 67-year-old's condition
worsened and brought on muscles cramps that spurred his wife, Betty, to
rush him to the emergency room.
The doctors there sent him home with a diagnosis of severe muscle
spasms.

"Now it's eight days later and it's getting worse," White said. "I
couldn't get to the doctor so I went back to the ER, and by that time I
had Bell's palsy."

This time in the emergency room, the hospital ran blood tests that,
four
or five days later by White's count, revealed he had Lyme disease.

On Aug. 4, after weeks of injected and oral antibiotics, White, like
Zeller, was placed on intravenous drugs to
fight his infection.

The IV delivering medication into his chest was removed about a month
later, and while he feels much better now and no longer has Bell's
palsy, White's not been able to return to work, and he's developed a
mysterious pain in his chest doctors are currently trying to unravel.

"The pain is really nasty and they're attributing it to post-Lyme
disease syndrome," White said.

For his part, White has no doubt the disease is to blame.

"I'd be pretty certain of that because I've been terribly healthy all my
life," he said.

Mary Ellen Gottlieb, a Vermont resident, also led a healthy life.

"In the summer of 2003, I was bitten by quite a few ticks," she said. "I
thought they were spiders because they were
so tiny - I thought they
were spiders until I saw one engorged.

"Three months later, in October, I felt kinda weak and dizzy like I had
the flu. I was so sick I called my mother and I said,
'There's something
wrong with me.' I felt like I had an allergic reaction or had been
drugged."

Because the bacteria transmitted by the ticks affected her cognition to
a large degree,

Gottlieb said she was misdiagnosed with a psychiatric problem.

It wasn't until April of this year, after three years of being treated
for mental instability, that the real problem was uncovered with a blood
test.

Gottlieb is on a regiment of oral and intravenous antibiotics. The IV
feeding the drugs into her body will be removed when her doctor feels
her immune system is strong enough.

"I feel much better," Gottlieb said. "I'm really happy I found this
doctor. He's just been really wonderful."

Lyme Resources
Shushan
Support Group
First Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.
Where: Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School
Info: Call Bonnie Hoag at 854-7764
Register: By Tuesday, Oct. 10

International Lyme
and Associated Diseases Society
Online: http://www.ilads.org/
Phone: (301) 263-1080

Lyme Disease Association
Online: http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/
Phone: (888) 366-6611

New York State Department of Health
Online: http://www.health.state.ny.us/
Phone: (866) 881-2809

Center for Disease Control
Online: http://www.cdc.gov/
Phone: (800) 311-3435

By the Numbers
Saratoga County 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Lyme Cases 69 42 11 15 15 11
Warren County
2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Lyme Cases 12 9 0 1 3 0
Washington County 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Lyme Cases 22 17 5 1 0 1
New York State 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
2000
Lyme Cases 4846 4744 5179 5476 4020 4152
Source: Claire Pospisil, New York State Department of Health

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 1:42:00 PM  

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