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Chronic Lyme Disease, Tick Borne Illness, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Allergies, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Autism, Gastrointestinal Disease, and other complex medical issues.

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New Study Finds Lyme Bacteria Survive a 28-day Course of Antibiotics When Treated Four Months After Infection by Tick Bite

Risk of Tick Bites in Tall Grass

Risk of Tick Bites in Tall Grass

All subjects treated with antibiotics were found to have some level of infection 7–12 months post treatment.

Despite testing negative by antibody tests for Lyme disease, two of 10 subjects were still infected with Lyme bacteria in heart and bladder.

Lyme bacteria which persist are still viable.

Portola Valley, California, Dec. 13, 2017 — Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease research in the US, today announced results of two papers published in the peer-reviewed journals PLOS ONE (read full paper) and American Journal of Pathology (read full paper), that seem to support claims of lingering symptoms reported by many patients who have already received antibiotic treatment for the disease.

Based on a single, extensive study of Lyme disease designed by Tulane University researchers, the study employed multiple methods to evaluate the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, before and after antibiotic treatment in primates. The study also measured the antibody immune response to the bacteria both pre- and post- treatment, as this is how current diagnostics typically evaluate Lyme disease in humans.

The data show that living B. burgdorferi spirochetes were found in ticks that fed upon the primates and in multiple organs after treatment with 28 days of oral doxycycline. The results also indicated that the immune response to the bacteria varied widely in both treated and untreated subjects.

“It is apparent from these data that B. burgdorferi bacteria, which have had time to adapt to their host, have the ability to escape immune recognition, tolerate the antibiotic doxycycline and invade vital organs such as the brain and heart,” said lead author Monica Embers, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine.

“In this study, we were able to observe the existence of microscopic disease and low numbers of bacteria, which would be difficult to see in humans but could possibly be the cause of the variable and nonspecific symptoms that are characteristic of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. Although current antibiotic regimens may cure most patients who are treated early, if the infection is allowed to progress, the 28-day treatment may be insufficient, based on these findings,” Embers said.

The findings also demonstrated:

  • All subjects treated with antibiotics were found to have some level of infection 7-12 months post treatment.
  • Despite testing negative by antibody tests for Lyme disease, two of 10 subjects were still infected with Lyme bacteria in heart and bladder.
  • Lyme bacteria which persist are still viable.

To better elucidate previous animal studies demonstrating that some B. burgdorferi bacteria survive antibiotics, the study explored Lyme disease infection in rhesus macaque primates treated with antibiotics and a control group who were also infected but not treated. This species has been shown to demonstrate a progression of Lyme disease most similar to humans, particularly related to erythema migrans, carditis, arthritis, and neuropathy of the peripheral and central nervous systems.

“Clearly, some medical practices governing diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease should be reconsidered in light of this study. This study shows that we must reevaluate the current paradigm of antibody response tests for diagnosis and move away from the one size fits all approach to Lyme treatment,” said Wendy Adams, Research Grant Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation. “Every day, patients with Lyme disease are told their symptoms cannot be caused by Lyme, because they test negative on antibody tests or because they have received a single course of antibiotics. More research and funding are imperative.”

In the study, ticks carrying B. burgdorferi spirochetes fed on ten primates. Four months post infection, half of the primates (five) received the antibiotic doxycycline orally for 28 days at a proportional dose to that used in human treatment. Five subjects were treated with placebo and all ten were evaluated by more than five different diagnostic methods to characterize any remaining infection. The researchers used several important techniques, including xenodiagnoses, to determine if the spirochete bacteria persisted.

The results show:

Few subjects displayed a rash. Although all subjects were infected, only one of the 10 displayed a rash with central clearing, the classical “bulls-eye” rash. The subject that developed this rash, interestingly, never mounted an immune response to five borrelia antigens throughout the study period, prior to and following treatment.

Organs may be infected even if antibody tests are negative. One subject which tested negative for B. burgdorferi by skin biopsy cultures, PCR and in vivo cultures, was found to have B. burgdorferi infecting the heart. Another untreated subject, who was ultimately shown to have residual Lyme bacteria in the bladder, showed a decrease in immune response over the course of infection, with a negative xenodiagnosis test in the late stage, which would signal that the animal self-cured.

Intact spirochetes were found in three of five treated and four of five untreated subjects based on xenodiagnosis results 12 months after the tick bite.

Immune responses to B. burgdorferi varied greatly post-treatment, with one subjects antibody levels dropping to pre-bite levels for three antigens while another subject experienced elevated antibodies for the same antigens throughout the study period. This is significant because it demonstrates that subjects infected with the same strain of B. burgdorferi may have different immune responses to the same antigen. And, because humans, like primates, are genetically diverse, it underscores that testing antibody responses may be inherently unreliable as a singular diagnostic modality for Lyme disease.

Widespread and variable microscopic disease was observed in all infected subjects, despite antibiotic treatment. Compared to uninfected subjects of the same age, infected subjects in this study (treated and untreated) demonstrated Inflammation in and around the heart, in skeletal muscles, joints, and the protective sheath that covers the brain, and near peripheral nerves.
Rare, but intact B. burgdorferi spirochetes were found in the tissues of both the treated and untreated subjects. In two subjects treated with doxycycline, multiple Lyme bacteria were observed in the brain tissue. Others organs in which the spirochetes were observed included the heart, joints, bladder, skeletal muscle and adjacent to peripheral nerves.

Variable manifestations, diverse seroreactivity and post-treatment persistence in non-human primates exposed to Borrelia burgdorferi by tick feeding

Late Disseminated Lyme Disease: Associated Pathology and Spirochete Persistence Posttreatment in Rhesus Macaques

About Lyme disease
One of the most common infectious diseases in the country, Lyme disease is a potentially disabling infection caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick to people and pets. If caught early, most cases of Lyme disease can be effectively treated, but it is commonly misdiagnosed due to lack of awareness and unreliable diagnostic tests. There are about 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year, according to statistics released in 2015 by the CDC. As a result of the difficulty in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, as many as one million Americans may be suffering from the impact of its debilitating long-term symptoms and complications, according to Bay Area Lyme Foundation estimates.

About Bay Area Lyme Foundation
Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a national organization committed to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, is the leading public foundation sponsor of innovative Lyme disease research in the US. A 501c3 non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley, Bay Area Lyme collaborates with world-class scientists and institutions to accelerate medical breakthroughs for Lyme disease. It is also dedicated to providing reliable, fact-based information so that prevention and the importance of early treatment are common knowledge. A pivotal donation from The Laure L STEM Fund covers all overhead costs and allows for 100% of all donor contributions to Bay Area Lyme Foundation to go directly to research and prevention programs. For more information about Lyme disease or to get involved, visit www.bayarealyme.org or call us at 650-530-2439.

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UNREST – Watch Free on PBS Website

 

15 great documentaries are in contention for an Oscar but only one was directed from bed. See how Jen Brea, with creativity, tenacity and tech, made the breakthrough doc UNREST.  Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and meet others coping with this often-devastating and little-understood condition in this intimate documentary.

Watch Free on PBS website.

Not in the US? Here are all the ways to watch: http://unrest.film/watch

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UNREST – Independent Film about CFS/ME Tonight on PBS – in the running for an Oscar!

 

15 great documentaries are in contention for an Oscar but only one was directed from bed. See how Jen Brea, with creativity, tenacity and tech, made the breakthrough doc UNREST *tonight*, Jan 8th, on PBS. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/tv-schedule/#schedule-local

To watch locally in the San Francisco Bay Area:

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Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and meet others coping with this often-devastating and little-understood condition in this intimate documentary.

UPCOMING BROADCASTS:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 — 10:00pm
  • KQED 9: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 — 4:00am
  • KQED World: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 — 5:30pm
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 11, 2018 — 6:30am
  • KQED World: Thu, Jan 11, 2018 — 12:30pm
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 — 9:00am

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Interview with Michelle Perro, MD – What’s Making Our Children Sick?

Michelle Perro, MDAccording to the CDC, one out of two children in our country now has a chronic disorder. There is an epidemic of Autism Spectrum Disorder in our country, with one in 43 boys being affected, and one in 68 children overall. In addition, one in five children is obese, and one in eight has asthma (one in six African-American children). Children are also showing record levels of autoimmune disorders. Children with chronic stomach-ache or constipation are now so common that parents don’t even think of it as a problem any more. Learning challenges such as ADD and ADHD have become commonplace household names.

Want to find out what you can do to help our children? Michelle Perro, MD, has been researching and working clinically with children now for 37 years, and she has some ideas for you. Dr. Perro has been a tireless advocate concerning the role of GM food and their associated pesticides and their effect on children’s health. Listen to her interview in the podcast linked below, and order her new book, “What’s Making Our Children Sick?“, coming January 2018.
What's Making Our Children Sick?

Carol Grieve, of Food Integrity Now, interviews Michelle Perro, MD

PODCAST: PLAY IN NEW WINDOW | DOWNLOAD (DURATION: 49:21 — 22.6MB)

Find out more about “What’s Making Our Children Sick?”
Pre-order the book!

 

Chronic disorders among American children have reached epidemic levels. Hundreds of thousands of parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health. Food Integrity Now spoke with Dr. Michelle Perro, Pediatrician and co-author of What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It. This book is a radical rethinking of the relationships between our children’s food, medicine and health in this timeframe. Dr. Perro offers first-hand and well-researched information about what is making our children sick and provides solutions that could help turn around this epidemic. Her information is both practical and scientific and is a must read for parents, doctors or anyone who wants to improve their health and the health of their children.

Food Integrity Now is funded by your donations, if you can please donate here!

Carol Grieve of Food Integrity Now

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New Findings: Non-GMO Eaters Recover from Obesity, Anxiety, and Chronic Diseases

If you’ve been wondering if you really need to switch to non-GMO foods, a new peer-reviewed article may change your mind—and your life. View a powerful and informative video interview of Michelle Perro, MD, a top pediatrician who witnesses in her practice every day the same type of health improvements reported in the survey.

*The links mentioned in the video are listed below. You can also see them on this page, and sign up there to get advance notice about the new video that will be premiered soon, as well as the ebook offered. 

*Find out more about Michelle Perro, MD and her book “What’s Making Our Children Sick?” due out in January 2018.The book is available for pre-order now!

A new article, “Survey Reports Improved Health After Avoiding Genetically Modified Foods,” focuses on a survey conducted by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) of more than 3250 people who switched to a largely non-GMO diet and reported improvements in 28 health conditions. An astonishing 85% of respondents reported improvements in their “digestive problems,” the ailment most commonly cited. Of these respondents, 80% said their digestive issues were “significantly improved”, “nearly gone”, or “completely recovered”.

Remarkably, at least half the respondents also reported recovery from fatigue, obesity, brain fog, food allergies, and anxiety or depression. Access the article with the complete list of conditions that improved.

What is it about GMOs that may be damaging our health? The article, peer-reviewed and published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, lays out the known side effects, ranging from increased allergens and toxins in the food to high residues of Roundup® herbicide. (see more about the dangers of Roundup.) Most GMOs are designed to withstand heavy doses of Roundup, which, according to the World Health Organization, is a known carcinogen. Jeffrey M. Smith, the article’s author, cites evidence of many other serious health dangers of this popular herbicide as well as of GMOs.

Simply eating non-GMO isn’t always sufficient to protect your help, says Smith, since many non-GMO crops are also doused with Roundup just before harvest.

Find out how to protect yourself and your family. View either the easy-to-read summary or the scientific, peer-reviewed article itself.

Make sure to watch or record the Jeffrey Smith interview on The Doctors on Wednesday, October 8- we need high numbers to let the media networks know that glyphosate harm is a MAINSTREAM issue.

Notice courtesy of Moms across America

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Monsanto’s Roundup: Could the foods you eat or the weed killer you use give you cancer?

Don’t miss Jeffrey Smith and others, on The Doctors TV Show this Wednesday. The subject is “Monsanto’s Roundup: Could the foods you eat or the weed killer you use give you cancer?”

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On Wednesday, November 8th, the national TV show The Doctors will spend an entire hour-long episode discussing the controversy around Monsanto and its herbicide, Roundup.

Could the foods you eat or the weed killer you use give you cancer? In a Doctors’ exclusive, they discuss a lawsuit claiming the most widely-used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, led to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in an alleged victim. Hear from the attorney in the case and the widow of a farmer who claims agricultural chemicals cut his life short. Find out why chemical companies say they stand by the safety of their product. The Doctors help you sort through the science and offer practical solutions starting in the grocery store!

The show’s guests include:
Jeffrey Smith, bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs, and an expert on the ways Monsanto manipulates science to cover-up health impacts.

Brent Wisner, a lead attorney in federal litigation against Monsanto, in which thousands claim that exposure to Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The litigation forced Monsanto to release documents, emails, and texts, which, according to Wisner’s firm, “tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate [the main ingredient in Roundup].”

Teri McCall, a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Teri’s husband Jack, accompanied by the family dog Duke, regularly sprayed Roundup around their farm. Jack died of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while Duke died of lymphoma.

Jeffrey Smith, the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, first appeared on The Doctors in 2015, after the World Health Organization’s expert committee made the determination that Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate probably causes cancer. In that show, he faced off against Donna Farmer, Monsanto’s senior toxicologist, who dismissed the herbicide’s link to cancer saying, “I mean this very honestly, I am extremely highly confident in this product.” But according to Monsanto’s secret documents, says Smith, Farmer was far from confident in private.

To find the time and station in your city, go to http://photos.thedoctorstv.com/when-its-on/.

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The Role of Dysbiosis and Chronic Infections on Cognitive and Psychological Health – Nafysa Parpia

This podcast is part of the Collective Insights Podcast series through the Neurohacker Collective. In this podcast, Daniel Schmachtenberger interviews Nafysa Parpia, ND about the role of the gut in illness and health. You can see a full transcript of the podcast on the Neurohacker webpage. You can also listen to the full podcast series by subscribing.

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“Functional and integrative medicine that is heart centered guides how I treat my patients with complex chronic illness. Biochemical imbalances, epigenetic expression, toxin exposure, microbial exposure and emotional imbalance are often key in unraveling the mystery of and treating chronic illness. Each of these aspects is different for each patient. Thus, with compassionate listening and cutting edge laboratory tests, I can create treatment plans that are highly individualistic and healing.” – Nafysa Parpia, ND

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How to Manage Chronic Stress from Natural Disasters

Twig’s StressLess Series for Getting Through Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

Twig on a respite following the firestorm around his homestead – 2014.

Now with the urgency of the fires somewhat behind us, we have to find ways to move to the next phase, to keep from becoming trapped in the stress cycle. As usual, one of our patients had a great resource, and sent us a link to this podcast series, from Anthony Twig Wheeler, a therapist who lived through the Washington fires in 2014. He produced a series of podcasts on how stress, especially chronic, long lasting stress, such as that from recovering from a major fire event, affects the body. He also gives a series of things you can do to interrupt the unnecessary stress response that we can get locked into. I posted it on our Facebook page a few days ago, but want to bring it up again so everyone gets a chance to take advantage.

The podcasts are free, each are only 5-25 minutes long, and are intended to be listened to over days, so that you can put into play each tip that he gives. I have been listening to them since we got the suggestion, and am finding them incredibly helpful. Some of the things about the stress response I knew, some I was not aware of. Either way, the simple, practical, often physical actions to take have been deeply helpful for me, and I want to be sure everyone has a chance to use them. I find just playing one of the talks when I get stressed helps remind me to let go, and actually doing what he suggests takes it even further. If you find they help you, let Twig know. [Read more…]

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See UNREST – Free tickets for medical professionals, scientists, and those working in healthcare

Thanks to the generous support of the donors, the Unrest team is offering FREE tickets to medical professionals, researchers, and anyone working in healthcare to select screenings of the Sundance award-winning film Unrest, playing in the Bay Area this weekend. Invite your doctor, nurse, or favorite researcher and help us spread the word!

Learn more: https://www.unrest.film/bay-area-health-outreach-program

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Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.”

It’s an intimate, artful and unflinching look at severe chronic illness and ultimately, a study on love and compassion. It invites scientists to ask new questions and medical providers to reflect how they can best support patients and caregivers grappling with any lifelong illness for which there are no clear answers.

Learn more: https://www.unrest.film/bay-area-health-outreach-program

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Eric Gordon, MD on Using the Molekule Air Purifier in Our Office

Patients at GMA are uniquely sensitive to many things, and odors, scents, and air pollution are often one of the biggest issues they deal with. Though we have searched for air purifiers that helped our patients, we never had one that we were truly satisfied with. Until now.

We first heard about Molekule Air Purification from our patients. It almost sounded too good to be true. We found the PECO units do not filter, absorb, or block toxins in the air. The PECO technology literally takes the toxins apart, down to the molecular level. PECO is an innovative technology that utilizes free radicals—the same radicals used to kill cancer cells—to oxidize pollutants. By using nanotechnology, PECO is able to destroy pollutants 1000 times smaller than traditional HEPA filters (0.1 nanometers versus 300 nanometers). Toxins are broken down into carbon dioxide, water, and trace elements.

Our most sensitive staff, along with several who participated in Molekule’s beta study, all had notable positive results.

Find out more about Molekule.

Learn about the special on Molekule for GMA patients and friends.