Friday, 18 December 2009


"Ineffectiveness of Tigecycline against Persistent Borrelia burgdorferi”.
Dr. Stephen Barthold and Dr. Ben Luft

I was rather dissappointed at first when I read the details of the above study.
I remember Pam Weintraube mentioning in her book Cure Unknown that Tigecycline was a new antibiotic that was found to be more effective than others in treating Lyme. Somewhere else I read that it was thought to be 100x more effective than other antibiotics but can't for the life of me remember where. I recently read the latest Brorson research, not widely available and again Tigecycline was considered to be very effective in treating Lyme.

So initially I was dissappointed to read about this above research but then I thought if nothing else it does add to the growing evidence that Borrelia can persistent even after what is considered to be an effective antibiotic treatment.

Then Phyllis Mervine (the founder of CALDA) kindly pointed me to Lorraine Johnson's post and as usual Lorraine puts things so much more clearly. Recognizing the problem is the first step—Persistence


  1. Nothing about Lyme follows "the rules"
    when I took the meds prescribed by my dentist and told him that after 5 days I felt like a new person as it had not only cleared up the pain in my teeth but in my eyesand had cleared my brain and had also improved my energy level immensley, he said
    How can that be it is not supposed to be able to do that!! Thankfully he agreed with me when I said, I do not care what it is supposed to do or not do . . . It worked so I am not about to complain! Thankfully he left me on it for a further 2 weeks.

    In my mind we can not say what will help us fight Lyme and what will not. It all comes down to what testing they did on the drugs and what they say should or should not work!! If it works use it - if it does not work for you in your personal battle with Lyme then do not use it. Sorry if I sound snitty! Don't mean to

  2. Thank you for your contribution. Not snitty at all.

    My experience was not disimilar in that some antibiotics worked better than others I think it is very much trial and error for many of us. There is nothing simple about Lyme and as ILADS doctors said at the iDSA review presentation lyme is a formidable bug and doctors need humility when dealing with it.

    The World is still waiting for the IDSA to do the right thing and admit that their 2006 Guidelines were too rigid, doctors need the freedom to treat the patient not the test results.