Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Interview with Morton Laane  on blood microscopy for visualising Lyme Disease spirochetes.

Story at-a-glance 
✓ The retired biologists Morten Laane and Ivar Mysterud were subject to heated debates in the Norwegian media last year due to their use of microscopy as a tool to examine blood from people who have become chronically ill following tick bites. 
✓ In this interview Morten Laane deepens central aspects around microscopy. In the previous interview Ivar Mysterud presents his view of the criticism. 
✓ The microscopy methods used have deep historical roots, however, are now considerably improved for detailed observations and digital recordings of bacteria and parasites which reside in red blood cells. 
✓ Everyone can easily look through a microscope; however, it demands great and time-consuming work and experience to become decent at microscopy. An understanding of the mechanisms of the microscope is required, and the person executing the microscopy needs to possess interdisciplinary experience when interpreting what is observed in the specimens. 
✓ Studying the presence of microorganisms in blood is thus demanding. 
✓ In comparison to other test methods, microscopy shows the immediate situation in a specimen. 
✓ Laane rejects the criticism that they have not observed real spirochetes (spiral-formed bacteria) and co-infections in the blood of patients sick after tick bites. The structures are not protein fragments from blood cells during decomposition, by some called pseudo spirochetes. He has techniques to distinguish beyond any doubt the difference between spirochetes and pseudo spirochetes and has filmed spirochetes that actively move in and out of red blood cells. Laane also finds it incorrect to call anything pseudo spirochetes and he challenges the argument from opponents suggesting that general basic concepts of blood microbiology may be wrong. 
✓ Laane is equally strong in his persuasion that microscopy is an invaluable tool for studying blood of people who have become chronically sick after tick bites. The results from a new, ongoing research project might indeed become useful for this group of patients.

The above is taken from - English translation of article in Helsemagasinet VOF no. 6/2014 This is a translation of an interview published in September 2014 in Helsemagasinet vitenskap & fornuft (VOF; see www.vof.no) no. 6/2014 on pages 78–81. It directly follows an interview with Ivar Mysterud on pages 74–77 in the same issue. It is translated by Iver Mysterud and slightly edited in cooperation with Morten Laane to better fit 

Go to the main article for a more detailed read - 

'Some of your critics have objected that you do not see spirochetes in the microscope; however, instead observe protein fragments from blood cells during decomposition or other artifacts, by some called pseudo spirochetes. What is your comment to such arguments? 
– Protein fragments from blood cells during decomposition do not move in and out of red blood cells in orderly patterns, Laane answers – the movements we observe are typical for living structures. – We study living organisms and have filmed spirochetes when they move out of and into red blood cells. The objection concerning pseudo spirochetes is misunderstood and irrelevant, he continues.

Earlier post on Morton Laane's work 

Prof Laane paper http://phys.org/news/2013-06-classic-microscopy-reveals-borrelia-bacteria.html#jCp

Prof Morton Laane paper go to the bottom of this link for access to the full paper http://www.biomedicalreports.org/index.php?journal=bbr&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=98 

Video of Borrelia in the blood and what looks like borrelia from red blood cells http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxSHL9xGCgo


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