The latest issue of Public Health Alert has several very interesting articles but here are two of particularly interest.
Spirochetes on the Brain
by Dr. Robert C. Bransfield
As a Psychiatrist in a Lyme Endemic area Dr Bransfield has so much to offer.
( I have posted previously about Dr Bransfield, to find posts use the search box in the right hand column or click here then at the top there is a facility to find older posts too.
This is a link to his research related to cases of Autism and Lyme Disease here )
In this article Spirochetes on the Brain Dr Bransfield talks about the role of infections in mental disorders an area where research is currently becoming more involved.
This is a brief but thought provoking article if only the doctors that treat us would find the time to listen and do further reading before dismissing us the patients as inconsequential.
To read the full article click here
An interesting interview with Bransfield can be found through an earlier post here
Lyme is a Brain Disease
by Virginia T. Sherr
Virginia talks about Lyme Borreliosis being a brain disease as well as a multi systemic disease. She reminds us that it is often accompanied by several other tick borne infections that have been identified.
This is just one of many excellent articles Virginia has written on the subject of Lyme Disease and to read this article click here
Virginia finishes with a quote -
*Alan G. Barbour, MD: "These tick-borne infections are notable for multiphasic antigenic variation through DNA recombinations in the case of relapsing fever, the occurrence of chronic arthritis in the case of Lyme disease, and invasion of and persistence in the brain in the case of both diseases." www.ucihs.uci.edu/microbio/
( For anyone who has not yet watched the Institute of Medicine -
A Workshop on the Critical Needs and Gaps in Understanding Prevention, Amelioration, and Resolution of Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases: the Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes -
It is a must watch and is still available here .
It leaves the listener in no doubt as to the complexity of Lyme and other tick borne illnesses showing that in view of this it is far too early to apply restrictive practise guidelines such as the IDSA developed and to which most other countries currently follow)