Friday, April 17, 2015


Lyme disease, do you have it? If you did, you probably wouldn’t know – unless you’re one of the chronic sufferers that have had to visit over 30 doctors to get a proper diagnosis. Lyme disease tests are highly inaccurate, often inconclusive or indicating false negatives.

Why? Because this clever bacteria has found a way to dumb down the immune system and white blood cells so that it’s not detectable until treatment is initiated. To diagnose Lyme properly you must see a “Lyme Literate MD (LLMD),” however, more and more doctors are turning their backs on patients due to sheer fear of losing their practices! Insurance companies and the CDC will do whatever it takes to stop Chronic Lyme Disease from being diagnosed, treated, or widely recognized as an increasingly common issue.

Lyme is considered by the medical field to “only” transmit by way of a tick infected with bacteria. However, the CDC itself admits it is under-reported, and believes there are between 300,000 to half a million new cases each year. That makes Lyme disease almost twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS. Where are all of these new cases coming from? (It’s interesting to note that since Avril Lavigne recently went public with her Chronic Lyme Disease battle, mainstream news outlets like The Daily Mail have been mentioning Lyme can be transmitted by mosquitoes, too!)

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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Art Of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking

By Sharon A Kane
Review By Marjorie Tietjen

Being able to properly digest our food is one of the main factors which determines the state of our health. Some foods are easier to digest than others  and how we prepare our food can make a huge difference in the availability and assimilation of the nutrients from our food. Proper preparation can also destroy toxins which are naturally present in many vegetables and grains. Traditionally our ancestors soaked, sprouted and/or fermented their fruits, beans, grains and vegetables...and sometimes even meat.

Sharon Kane, the author of  The Art Of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking, discovered through food sensitivity testing that she was intolerant to many foods, including gluten. Sharon loved baking sourdough breads but the gluten in the grains and some of the other ingredients in the breads were stressing her system and making her ill. She was advised to avoid these substances. This news of course was very disappointing. However, the author was not discouraged for long. She was determined to create sourdough breads free of many allergens, including eggs, gluten, and dairy so she could again enjoy the taste, comfort and health benefits of properly prepared grains. Sharon experimented for a year with different flours and starters...with many failures...before she finally created a bread that she thought had the properties she desired. The results of her fortitude and persistence has been greater health, several books on traditional food preparation, online instructional videos, and the Gluten Free Sourdough Company that sells the delicious gluten, egg, dairy, soy free products that she has created.

I first bought the Kindle version of The Art Of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking but then decided it would be easier for me to have an actual hard copy to read and refer it is the hard copy that I will be referring to in this review. First of all, to get people aware of the health properties and other positive qualities of the ancient process of sourdough baking...I will include the 6 benefits the author lists on the back of her book.

1. High Digestibility

2. Excellent Taste

3. Nutrient Density

4. Long Shelf life

5. Economical

6. Allergen Friendly

I would also like to include a paragraph from page 21 of the book which describes why soaking and/or the fermenting of grains is so important.

"Soaking foods mimics the early stages of a seed's germination cycle. A fully mature grain plant has plump grain seeds after a long and bounteous season. The grain seeds are essentially little packages of nutrients protected in a hard shell called a seed coat. The seed's mission in life is to reproduce and needs certain conditions to germinate. A grain seed left on the stalk of a spent plant, or on the ground, withstands extremes of temperature and moisture to allow its seed coat to soften and absorb water which facilitates germination. This process allows nutrients to become available to feed the newly germinated sprout until it has its first pair of true leaves and can make food through photosynthesis. When we soak grains before cooking or eating we mimic this process. The nutrients that would have fed the young sprout now become available to us after soaking."

The flours which are included in her recipes are teff, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, brown rice, and coconut. Sharon lists all the ingredients and equipment that you will need to succeed in gluten free sourdough baking. The author's instructions are very clear and detailed and she also includes photos which demonstrate the different steps and what the starters, batters and breads should look like. Sharon uses minimal sweeteners in her recipes and includes a conversion chart so a person can use the sweetener that best suits their needs. In the photo to the right you are shown what a bubbling starter looks like, what the bread looks like when it is rising and what the finished loaf should look like. This is very helpful in being able to gauge one's progress.

Gluten free sourdough baking uses "starters" to help the bread to rise. The book carefully explains the different properties of the various starters and batters so that the baker knows what to look for. The author includes a section on grinding your own flour. On page 43 there is an important chart which shows the amounts of grain, the amounts of flour it will convert to when ground, and then how much starter that amount of flour will create.

In the process of creating the gluten free starters the author noticed that her starters were going "bad" or becoming moldy. Through further research she learned that you can boost these starters with fermented beverages. Sharon tried using water kefir as a starter and that is when things began to turn around providing her with more successes. She refers to the water kefir starters  as "boosted starters." Kombucha tea can also be used as a booster for starters or if you are not dairy sensitive you can use milk kefir or yogurt.

Everyone has different food sensitivities. Sharon has been asked by others to create certain breads for people with specific allergies and as a result she has divided the recipes into sections. Two of these sections are rice based recipes and rice free recipes.

Some of the delicious recipes included in the book are Pancakes, Banana Walnut Muffins, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins, Cranberry Nut Muffins, Buckwheat Buns, Herb Sourdough Bread, Scallion Pepper Bread, Mock Rye Bread, Chia Onion Bread, Multigrain Carob Bread, Teff Carob Coconut Bread, Corn Bread, Dessert Breads, Quinoa 100 Bread ...and much more.

Sourdough gluten free breads are denser with a different "old world" texture and taste to them. I find this to be a positive difference. Sharon's breads are more hearty, nutrient dense, filling, and delicious than typical commercial fluff breads. On  Sharon's website she has many baked items for sale, along with equipment, starter boosters, books and more. I have tried her English muffins, muffin tops, dessert breads and I actually tried one of her mixes as a first step in learning sourdough baking. I found the pumpernickel bread mix to be absolutely delicious! I put off making the bread from this mix because I thought I would fail. However, the whole process went very smoothly and the bread was a success! I was pretty impressed with the organization and directions of the mix itself but I was also pretty proud of myself because I actually succeeded in making sourdough bread! The next step for me will be trying one of the recipes in this book with my water kefir made from my new water kefir grains which I bought from Sharon. The author does not use baking powder, baking soda, or yeast in her recipes, preferring the most natural leavening method possible. Sharon advises people to toast the sourdough breads to get the best flavor and texture. When in a hurry I have eaten her breads untoasted but toasting does seem to improve texture and taste.

The book includes sections on definitions, differences between the various flour starters, refrigerated starters versus starters grown on the counter, feeding your starter, different stages of a starter, a large recipe section with photos, how to make chia gel and what it is used for, how to make pizza dough, conversions, troubleshooting, and where to get ingredients and equipment. Sharon shares her experiences and how she has learned from her failures. I am finding the book to be very thorough, easy to read, and written in an enjoyable manner. Everything she does seems to be very organized and well thought out. I admire this quality because I am definitely not an organized person.

Sharon has written this book to empower others to create healthy food in an economical manner. Too many people are experiencing sensitivities to gluten and other foods , which were once considered to be healthy. We desperately need to figure out the main causes of this predicament but in the meantime we must learn to prepare the foods that we can eat in a manner that releases the most nutrition possible. Our ancestors somehow knew that soaking, sprouting and fermenting not only preserved their foods but made them much more nutritious and digestible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like more control over their own health which offers less dependence on our failing medical system. To purchase Sharon's book and other products, check out her website . Through her persistent experimentation, she has come up with unique products that will help to improve our lives.

Friday, February 27, 2015

PLAGUE: Brought To You With The BEST Of Intentions!

Written By:
Kent Heckenlively

Is there a relationship between the burgeoning epidemic of chronic diseases and the vaccine trials that took place decades ago? Is there a hidden truth that could change the way we treat these diseases?

In the search for the cause of a new disease, scientists become detectives and ask questions that cast a broad net over a field of possibilities.  As I started working with my co-author Dr. Judy Mikovits on our book about the human/mouse retrovirus XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and autism, I wondered about the starting point of these diseases.
From my previous background in autism I knew that the first cases were reported among children born to parents who worked predominately in medical or scientific fields in the 1930s.  The birth-date of the earliest child who would go onto develop autism was September 13, 1931, as reported by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins University in an article he published in 1943. The first recorded outbreak of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) took place in 1934-1935 among 198 doctors and nurses at Los Angeles County Hospital who were working feverishly in the middle of a polio epidemic.

These starting points piqued my interest.  Autism and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) appeared at roughly the same time period and among the families of those involved in scientific and medical pursuits.  How did the finding of a human/mouse retrovirus, XMRV, among chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients by Dr. Mikovits in 2009, and her unpublished research suggesting something similar among children with autism tie together?

Well, it turns out scientists in the 1930s were doing a great deal of experiments passaging dangerous human viruses through mouse tissue to try and weaken the virus.  The first experiment involved the virus which causes yellow fever.  From an article entitled "Vaccination Against Yellow Fever with Immune Serum and Virus Fixed for Mice" and published on May 31, 1932 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine: Moreover, it appeared the yellow fever virus, after many passages through mice, had lost most, but not all of its virulence for monkeys, and probably for man, although retaining its power to immunize.  It was proposed therefore, to test in monkeys the safety and the immunizing power of a vaccine composed of living virus fixed for mice and human immune serum, and if these tests gave satisfactory results, to commence immunizing persons exposed to yellow fever.
In other words, they gave the yellow fever virus to mice, then when that seemed to weaken the virus, they gave it to monkeys. When the vaccine appeared to work on the monkeys, they would give it to humans.

The same article went onto recount how they followed that protocol:  Sixteen persons were vaccinated against yellow fever in this laboratory, the first on May 13, 1931, by the methods developed with monkeys . . . The first person to be vaccinated was admitted to the Hospital of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research through the courtesy of Dr. Rufus Cole and Dr. T. M. Rivers . . . According to Dr. Leo Kanner, the first child to develop autism was born on September 13, 1931, six months after this first experiment at the Rockefeller Institute.
However, this yellow fever vaccine never made it into wide usage because when it was injected into the brains of mice and monkeys, their brains quickly swelled with encephalitis and they died.  The problems with this vaccine were laid out in a presentation made by Dr. G. Stuart to the World Health Organization in 1953.  [T]wo main objections to this vaccine have been voiced, because of the possibility that: (i) the mouse brains employed in its preparation may be contaminated with a virus pathogenic for man although latent in mice . . . or may be the cause of a demyelinating encephalomyelitis; (ii) the use as an antigen of a virus with enhanced neurotropic properties may be followed by serious reactions involving the central nervous system.

A vaccine injected into the bloodstream shouldn't normally cross the blood/brain barrier. But there was a great deal which remained unknown about what might cause the blood/brain barrier to be breached.  Scientists at this time considered it was better to err on the side of caution.
But the use of mouse brains as a medium to weaken a virus was pursued by other doctors, including Dr. Maurice Brodie and Dr. William Park, in their attempt to develop a polio vaccine.  In an article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine on March 1, 1935 by Dr. Brodie he wrote: From these experiments, it appears that of all the ordinary laboratory animals, the mouse should be the best in attempting to produce poliomyelitis, for the virus survives in its brain for a longer time than in that of the guinea pig, rabbit, or rat.

Brodie continued: The passage material was a mixture of 1 part of active virus and 4 parts of a suspension of mouse brain and mouse stem.  The materials from the 24th and 45th passages injected into a series of mice in multiple inoculations, produced no effect in the mice nor did the virus in either of the passages survive for a longer time than in the preliminary experiment . . .
Trials of the Brodie polio vaccine were subsequently conducted in North Carolina, Virginia, and California, including 7,000 children.  Could this vaccine have contained a mouse/human retrovirus caused by the passaging of a virus through mouse biological tissue? The Brodie vaccine was also administered to 300 nurses and physicians from the Los Angeles County Hospital, site of the first outbreak of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 1934-1935.  This early polio vaccine was also given in combination with an immune serum, which used the newly-created mercury derivative, thimerosal, as a preservative.  You might say it was the moment in medical history when the mouse met mercury.

The Brodie vaccine, like the earlier yellow fever vaccine, did not make it into general usage.  It was identified as the cause of polio in some patients and was linked to several deaths.  In a book by Dr. Paul Offit, The Cutter Incident – How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis he recounts how the young Dr. Brodie was traumatized by the failure of his vaccine, had trouble finding work, and eventually died in May of 1939 at the age of thirty-six, a suspected suicide.
The theory that early vaccines might have transferred a newly created retrovirus to human beings is not an idea that originates solely with me or my co-author, Dr. Mikovits.  In January of 2011 an article entitled "Of Mice and Men – On the Origin of XMRV" was published in the well-regarded journal Frontiers in Microbiology.  The authors wrote:  One of the most widely distributed biological products that frequently involved mice or mouse tissue, at least up to recent years, are vaccines, especially vaccines against viruses . . . It is possible that XMRV particles were present in virus stocks cultured in mice or mouse cells for vaccine production, and that the virus was transferred to the human population by vaccination.

I recall being profoundly disturbed when I researched this part of the book.  There were dedicated doctors struggling to understand and stop terrible diseases. But what happens when somebody who is trying to do good, ends up doing something terrible?  How does human nature enter the picture?
It occurred to me as I worked on our book PLAGUE, that those who must have been most intimately involved with these experiments made a decision to keep that knowledge secret at that time.  Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and autism were the bastard children of the fight against other diseases.
And again, when I researched my suspicions I found that there were others who had followed a similar trail.  In her book Osler's Web, the journalist Hillary Johnson (full disclosure – she wrote the foreword to our book) recounted how Canadian researcher Dr. Byron Hyde told her that there had been a settlement of some six million dollars in about 1939 to the 198 doctors and nurses of the Los Angeles County Hospital who came down with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).  A condition of the settlement was that they not discuss the outbreak.

I interviewed Dr. Hyde in 2013.  Hyde recounted to me that the original investigation by Dr. A. G. Gilliam of the 1934-1935 ME/CFS outbreak had been compromised.  Gilliam was forced to take out the section of his report linking this new disease to the Brodie polio vaccine and accompanying immune serum.  Hyde told me, "In the original document he [Gilliam] said it was caused by this immunization and it was a human transfer of infectious material, so it was actually a great experiment.  He had a huge fight with the head of the public health system of the United States and the fight went on for almost six months.  Finally, it was agreed that he would be allowed to publish it, as long as he took out the immunization section-because if you put the immunization in, it would set back all Americans on immunizations for years and cause the death of many, many people.  I think it was the theory then and it still is today.  As a physician you cannot say anything negative about immunizations, even if it's causing problems-and they do."

In a court of law a witness takes the stand, raises a hand, and swears to God to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  In science I know there's a similar obligation to honestly report what has taken place.  It's dangerous to depart from these guidelines, and yet I fear that is exactly what happened decades ago.

We need to know if the attempt to solve the riddles of one disease created more diseases.  We need to follow the truth, no matter where it takes us.  Only if the scientific community is honest about what caused these diseases, can we have any chance of treating them.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A Review Of The Book "PLAGUE"

PLAGUE    BY Kent Heckenlively, JD and Judy Mikovits, PHD 

Not enough people are questioning the current pandemic of emerging degenerative disease. What is causing such an influx of autoimmune disease, different cancers, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ALS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, thyroid problems, Multiple Sclerosis, allergies…etc.? When I was a child in the 50s, it was a rare person who was afflicted with allergies or a chronic illness. Now these diseases are commonplace and it’s almost as if they are being accepted as normal! Well….. this far-reaching plague of chronic illness is far from normal and we had better figure out the causes before the human race becomes extinct. This may not be an exaggeration. Here is a quote from Hillary Johnson who wrote Osler’s Web and the forward to “Plague”. “Any collective memory of just how suddenly and aggressively this disease (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS) emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s, especially in large coastal cities like new York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, recedes with each passing year. Anyone born after, say 1985 or 1990 will be unable to recall a period in their own lives when this scourge was virtually unknown.”

Diet plays a definite role in determining our health. Chemicals in the environment also factor into the equation….. and…. let’s not forget about genetically modified foods. However, the one main area that is basically being overlooked is the role that microbes are playing in the world’s fast deteriorating health. Our medical system does not focus on prevention or cures (despite the claim of all disease charities). Do you know of ANY disease charity that has found a cure for “their” disease? I haven’t come across any. Finding and treating causes of disease is not in the best interest of the medical system. The medical industry profits from chronic illness, not in curing it. This is why we only have drugs that treat the symptoms of disease while the real causes progress under the surface.

The new book “Plague” by Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits may hold some of the answers to these crucial issues. Dr. Judy Mikovits was a respected and prominent molecular biologist who began her career researching cancer. As her research evolved, Mikovits discovered a retrovirus, named XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia related virus), in much of the chronic illness population. XMRV has also been widely found in prostate cancer. This is a startling and important discovery. You would think there would be much discussion and research taking place so that a cure for these chronic illnesses could be found and implemented. Instead Dr. Mikovits’s research has been minimized, discredited and basically buried.

The basic theme of the book “Plague” centers on Judy’s discovery, her work with the chronic illness population, her job at the Whittemore Peterson Institute, her undeserved dismissal and arrest…and the discrediting of her important work. Money, power and vested interests appear to have fueled these actions against Mikovits. People whom she trusted turned against her. However, Mikovits will not be silenced, which is why she and Kent wrote this groundbreaking book. More and more people will be standing beside her as they realize the criminal activity taking place within our government health agencies, which are covertly funded by the drug companies.

The main argument of the scientific community…which formed the basis for the discrediting of Mikovits’s work, was that other scientists could not replicate her work and therefore it was falsely determined that her findings of XMRV in much of the chronic illness population, was due to lab contamination. However, one of the reasons scientists could not duplicate Mikovits’s findings was because they did not follow her protocols. Was this intentional? Mikovits also wrote a paper detailing the reasons why her XMRV findings were not due to lab contamination.

I was particularly interested in one of Mikovits’s research discoveries. Here is a quote from page 172 and 173, which shares this discovery. “ It’s a simple retrovirus, which means its expression, the on and off switch, is controlled by just –-- and we’ve learned this --- it’s unpublished data, by just three things. The response to hormones and the response to inflammatory cytokines. It’s called NF Kappa B element. Cortisol, which is the stress hormone, turns on the virus very rapidly, and continues to have it expressed. So do inflammatory events as caused by other pathogens. And so do hormones like androgens and progesterone, which also make sense with regard to prostate cancer.” I found it extremely interesting that CFS Patients and Lyme disease patients (who also harbor the XMRV virus) often become weaker and sicker when exposed to stress (which releases cortisol, which turns on the virus). The stress can be exercise, concentrated thinking, change in temperature, etc. This may be proof that CFS and “Chronic Lyme Disease” are not just a result of a “weak or malingering personality”, as some so-called experts on CFS profess.

Kent Heckenlively does a superb job of weaving together the many important elements in Mikovits’s riveting story of her suppressed efforts to share her important research findings concerning XMRV. Mikovits is calling for more honesty and openness in the scientific research community. How can we progress in finding causes of the rapidly increasing number of illnesses if only profitable research is allowed? Do we need to privately fund researchers to make sure we can investigate root causes instead of just looking for ways to come up with partial or false causes where only symptomatic treatments are offered? Here are some of the issues that need addressing with further research.

1. How is XMRV transmitted?
2. More real research is needed into what turns XMRV on
3. Is XMRV a main cause of our emerging degenerative diseases, could it work in collaboration with other bacteria and viruses, and/or is one of its main functions to turn off the immune system?

Until scientists are funded for looking into real root causes of disease, we are going to continue to experience a huge increase in disability and mortality. This book needs to be widely read to increase awareness and interest in the XMRV virus. “Plague” contains some technical information which I feel is necessary in order to get across the seriousness of this issue…. but it does not affect the readability for the average person. This book contains all the elements of suspense, corruption, betrayal, fearlessness, and is a definite page-turner. Let’s all come together to support Judy Mikovits in her quest for honesty and openness in scientific research. All of our lives depend on science being implemented for real human progress instead of only for profit. This admonition also holds true for the very people who are complicit in medical corruption. We are ALL affected.


The general inability to be properly tested, diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease has been and still is a very serious situation within the United States and this problem is spreading rapidly across the world. We have been intentionally distracted by the media with diseases which really haven't been posing an actual  problem ......such as SARS, West Nile Virus, Bird Flu, Ebola, etc. Certainly the media creates fear surrounding these disease labels but how much of a reality are they? How many people do you personally know with these diseases compared to people you know of who have been affected by Lyme disease?

There will be more scare diseases foisted on society in the future while the real diseases that are spreading and causing serious disability and sometimes death, are being covered up and allowed to pass through the population. Those of you who are new to this subject would reasonably ask...well....why on earth would our government and/or world powers want a serious disease(s) to pass through the population? There are several possible answers to this question.

1. When you ignore the cause of disease and only treat the symptoms, you perpetuate the disease. While this is obviously harmful for the population, the healthcare industry makes billions of dollars on symptomatic treatments such as pain killers, antidepressants, digestive medicines, neurological medications, chemotherapy, and much more.

2. Patents on specific diseases, microbes, and vaccines can factor into the equation.

3. The current push for a globalized world with global government and a global religion calls for leveling of the playing field and making citizens more dependent on the government.

4. Some people think that perhaps they are trying to reduce the population and the idea that is being encouraged in the alternative media is that acute diseases, such as Ebola, are going to be let loose on the population to accomplish this goal. However......something is not quite right with this prediction. If a large number of the population is killed off suddenly then the drug companies and other factions of the health care industry would lose a huge segment of their income. What makes more sense and what is more profitable is to keep people chronically ill to provide a consistent profit and then perhaps after a while the disease may finally cause death and at the same time lower the number of people who want to claim their social security benefits.

 The above possible reasons for covering up the modes of transmission of Lyme disease, for making it difficult to be diagnosed with Lyme disease, for refusing long term treatment when needed, and for disciplining doctors for treating patients with chronic Lyme....are only possibilities....points that need to be considered and questions that need to be asked. Patients across the world are being refused sufficient treatment and patients who want to be tested are often refused. There are over 300 strains of the Lyme disease bacteria and only a couple of strains are being tested for. Spouses who don't remember tick bites become sick with Lyme disease. Children have been born testing positive for Lyme disease and this fact is being denied. There is also a concern  that breast feeding and blood donations may pass on the germ to others. These statements are not meant to create fear but to raise awareness and to try and stem a serious plague that is fast becoming a real global pandemic. Advocates, Lyme literate doctors, and unbiased researchers have been concerned about these transmission issues for years while Yale University, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Lyme Disease Foundation, and certain Government health agencies have been firmly stating that there is absolutely no evidence of any transmission of the germ (borrelia burgdorferi)...except through a tick bite..... despite their seeming lack of appropriate studies in this area.

  "Anything that is allowed to be openly and aggressively addressed in the news, should be suspected as propaganda being used to manipulate. Likewise, whatever isn't being made public in the mainstream media, is what really needs our attention and investigation." — Marjorie Tietjen

The article and study below suggest that Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted despite the insistence from Government agencies that Lyme disease can only be passed on to others through a tick bite.

Expanded Study Confirms that Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted

Expanded Study Confirms that Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted

International team of scientists led by Union Square Medical Associates finds evidence for sexual transmission.

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Semen culture from a Lyme disease patient showing live Lyme spirochetes (left) next to a sperm cell (right). Dieterle silver stain, 1000x magnification. © Marianne Middelveen, all rights reserved, use
We have taken Lyme disease out of the woods and into the bedroom
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 

An expanded study confirms that Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted. The study was published in the open access journal F1000Research (
Lyme disease is a tickborne infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria known as a spirochete (pronounced spiro’keet). The Lyme spirochete resembles the agent of syphilis, long recognized as the epitome of sexually transmitted diseases. In 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Lyme disease is much more common than previously thought, with over 300,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. That makes Lyme disease almost twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS.
“Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the published study. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”
The current study, which confirms and expands a preliminary report published in The Journal of Investigative Medicine, was a collaborative effort by an international team of scientists. In addition to Middelveen, a veterinary microbiologist from Canada, researchers included molecular biologists Jennie Burke, Agustin Franco and Yean Wang and dermatologist Peter Mayne from Australia working with molecular biologists Eva Sapi, Cheryl Bandoski, Katherine Filush and Arun Timmaraju, nurse-midwife Hilary Schlinger and internist Raphael Stricker from the United States.
In the study, researchers tested semen samples and vaginal secretions from three groups of people: control subjects without evidence of Lyme disease, individual patients who tested positive for Lyme disease, and couples engaging in unprotected sex who tested positive for the disease.
As expected, all of the control subjects tested negative for Borrelia burgdorferi in cultures of semen samples or vaginal secretions. In contrast, twelve of thirteen patients with Lyme disease had positive cultures for Borrelia burgdorferi in their genital secretions. Furthermore, two of the couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their semen and vaginal secretions, while a third couple showed identical strains of a related Borrelia spirochete in their genital secretions.
“The presence of live spirochetes in genital secretions and identical strains in sexually active couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of Lyme disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne, who recently published the first comprehensive study of Lyme disease in Australia. “We need to do more research to determine the risk of sexual transmission of this syphilis-like organism.”
Dr. Stricker pointed to the implications for Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment raised by the study. “We have taken Lyme disease out of the woods and into the bedroom,” he said. “We need to start fighting this runaway epidemic just like HIV/AIDS.”
Reference: F1000Research 2014;3:309 ( Contact information: Jesus Walker Salas, Union Square Medical Associates (mailto:officemanager(at)usmamed(dot)com)
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Caption: Semen culture from a Lyme disease patient showing live Lyme spirochetes (left) next to a sperm cell (right). Dieterle silver stain, 1000x magnification. © Marianne Middelveen, all rights reserved, used with permission.
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Culture and identification of Borrelia spirochetes in human vaginal and seminal secretions [v1; ref status: awaiting peer review,]
Marianne J. Middelveen1, Jennie Burke2, Eva Sapi3, Cheryl Bandoski3, Katherine R. Filush3, Yean Wang2, Agustin Franco2, Arun Timmaraju3, Hilary A. Schlinger1, Peter J. Mayne1, Raphael B. Stricker1


Background: Recent reports indicate that more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed yearly in the USA. Preliminary clinical, epidemiological and immunological studies suggest that infection with the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) could be transferred from person to person via intimate human contact without a tick vector. Detecting viable Borrelia spirochetes in vaginal and seminal secretions would provide evidence to support this hypothesis.
Methods: Patients with and without a history of Lyme disease were selected for the study after informed consent was obtained. Serological testing for Bb was performed on all subjects. Semen or vaginal secretions were inoculated into BSK-H medium and cultured for four weeks. Examination of genital cultures and culture concentrates for the presence of spirochetes was performed using light and darkfield microscopy, and spirochete concentrates were subjected to Dieterle silver staining, anti-Bb immunohistochemical staining, molecular hybridization and PCR analysis for further characterization. Immunohistochemical and molecular testing was performed in three independent laboratories. Positive and negative controls were included in all experiments.
Results: Control subjects who were asymptomatic and seronegative for Bb had no detectable spirochetes in genital secretions by PCR analysis. In contrast, spirochetes were observed in cultures of genital secretions from 11 of 13 subjects diagnosed with Lyme disease, and motile spirochetes were detected in genital culture concentrates from 12 of 13 Lyme disease patients using light and darkfield microscopy. Morphological features of spirochetes were confirmed by Dieterle silver staining and immunohistochemical staining of culture concentrates. Molecular hybridization and PCR testing confirmed that the spirochetes isolated from semen and vaginal secretions were strains of Borrelia, and all cultures were negative for treponemal spirochetes. PCR sequencing of cultured spirochetes from three couples having unprotected sex indicated that two couples had identical strains of Bb sensu stricto in their semen and vaginal secretions, while the third couple had identical strains of B. hermsii detected in their genital secretions.
Conclusions: The culture of viable Borrelia spirochetes in genital secretions suggests that Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Chronic illnesses, in the form of autoimmune disease and other degenerative conditions, are sweeping the country and the world. If Baby Boomers take the time to think about this progressively disastrous situation...they should come to the conclusion that when they were children these diseases were either very rare or did not even exist. Something has changed and we desperately need to discover what that "something" is.

The pharmaceutical based medical system does not appear to be looking for causes of disease and in is becoming increasingly obvious that they are actually preventing causes and cures from being shared with the public. Yes...poor diet, processing of food, depleted soil, and chemicals in the environment are playing a role in this decline in world health, however,  respected scientists have discovered pathogenic microbes that may be playing a central or supportive role in the real plagues we are currently experiencing. Media/ government propaganda is leading us to think that acute diseases , such as Ebola, West Nile Virus, SARS, Anthrax, Swine Flu...etc are our biggest concerns, but in reality it is the slowly disabling diseases, which can eventually even result in cancer, that are our biggest threats. We are being psychologically primed to focus on the "media scare diseases" instead of the real issues.

Through extensive and meticulous research, molecular biologist, Judy Mikovits, discovered a retrovirus present in many Chronic Fatigue patients, Lyme disease patients, Autism patients and also in many other segments of the autoimmune and chronic illness population. Was her research promoted and expanded on by others or was it aborted and covered up? Is disease being allowed to pass through the population for profit and possible population reduction? I think many factors are involved.

 As a result of Mikovits's research and refusal to compromise her values of honesty and integrity, she was jailed and basically stripped of her respected status in molecular biology. This is not just happening to her but to other scientists also. Scientists are afraid to speak out for fear of suffering the retribution that Dr. Mikovits and others have experienced. Sincere intelligent scientists with the real answers to our health problems are being effectively silenced. However, not everyone is afraid to speak out. Dr Judy Mikovits has written a book called "Plague" that documents her incredible story of deception, betrayal, and intrigue, which has tentacles reaching into the highest levels of government.  Devastating disease continues to spread through the world while high officials in government health agencies continue to cover up the real and potential causes of these diseases. More profits are made on chronically ill people than on those who are healthy. Corporations and supposed nonprofit groups are currently meshed with government as documented in "Plague". The first step in correcting this diabolical mess is to learn about the real and deceptive elements involved. Only then can we begin to correct the situation. We desperately need freedom , truth , and honesty reinstated into science if the human race is to survive. I believe that reading the book Plaque, by authors Kent Heckenlively and Dr. Judy Mikovits is an essential step in the right direction. This book should be read by everyone , including those officials who are complicit in this corruption because they are not immune to these diseases and eventually everyone will be affected.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The other day when I was shopping for groceries at Bishop's Orchards in Guilford, Connecticut, I ran into the employees preparing for an Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. I happened to have my camera in the car and ran to get it. I was just in time to capture the icy cold waterfall!  After everyone dried out a bit I walked over to the organizer and few of the employees who worked at Bishops and told them that I thought it was great that they were doing this to try and help people in need ......but then I had to add my concerns. I began by sharing the fact that many people who really have neurological Lyme disease are often misdiagnosed with ALS, M.S., Lupus, Parkinson's, Bipolar Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis....etc. I also asked them if they knew of any charity.....any charity at all.....that has ever found a cure.

 Finding a cure is supposed to be a disease charity's main objective....but so far we only have symptomatic treatments. Nobody could think of any charity that has found a cure for any disease. Many of these disease charities , such as the M.S Society, tends to ignore the studies and patients who try to share their misdiagnosis experiences with these charities. The charities continue to focus on symptomatic treatments....instead of cures and prevention....finding the cause. But...finding a cause does not make money so no one funds research into a cause or into prevention.

Instead, what is taking place is that cures and proper prevention are being suppressed while symptomatic treatments, offered by the drug companies, are the only solutions being given. These drugs never address the cause of the disease. In fact none of these diseases supposedly have any definitive tests, causes or cures. ...but are often thrown into the autoimmune category. After I shared my thoughts, the woman who organized the ice bucket challenge said to me that they were NOT donating to the ALS Foundation but were raising awareness and funds for Amanda's Angels.....a local charity.  It was very encouraging to hear that they were helping someone local and knew that their time, money and effort would be well used. Amanda is a woman who found out she had ALS almost immediately after discovering she was pregnant. Now Amanda may or may not have the Lyme disease spirochete or other germ as the cause of her illness. She has been told that her case of ALS is genetic.

However.....what causes our genes to be aberrant and pass through the generations? Science is discovering that the food we eat and the microbes we come into contact with can change our genetics for better or for worse. So...just because we are told that something is genetic...doesn't mean we cannot improve or cure it if we have the proper information on how to do so. But as I mentioned before the drug companies and the charities do not want cures because this would cause them  both to be out of business. So...what is happening is that our society treats only the symptoms of disease, lets the real cause simmer under the surface and to progress to a more serious state.

My thought is......why don't we improve our fundraising efforts by still having fundraising events but donating the funds to either local people in need or to PRIVATE researchers who are NOT affiliated with drug companies or charities (which are probably just arms of the drug companies). We should have some sort of better communications between patients, activists, and researchers to determine what research is really needed and then fundraisers could be conducted accordingly. Unfortunately this takes more effort than just donating to any charity that has a good story or gimmick.

So...the next time you are asked to donate money to a charity...ask whomever is asking for the money...what specific research will be conducted with this money? Will it really be used for finding a cure or will it be used to keep us all sick while only treating the symptoms? Let's let the charities and the drug companies know how we feel! Perhaps if we stop donating to corporate charities and fund private researchers and local people in need......then things might improve.
Thank you Bishop's Orchard for helping out locally!


Lyme Disease has become a worldwide pandemic. This disease is being undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed around the world. Australia is having a particularly severe problem with the government of Australia denying that Lyme disease even exists in Australia. For some reason the media skips around the severity of this issue and instead focuses on diseases which currently pose no real threat...such as Anthrax, West Nile Virus, SARS, Swine Flu, and even Ebola. Contrary to popular propaganda, acute disease that quickly results in death is not the greatest threat to society. Acute infectious disease is easy to recognize, track, and quarantine which enables health authorities to contain the spread of disease.

A more dangerous and diabolical scenario is........the complete denial of the presence or severity of an infectious disease which is not immediately lethal but that creates disability and further down the road can produce death. Officials have been quoted in government documents as saying that it is more effective to take down a country (destroying its economic fabric) through using disabling agents rather than microbes which quickly kill. It was stated that when a country experiences many disabled people ties up many others in caring for these people and gradually destroys the economy. Drug companies benefit from misdiagnosing disease as autoimmune. So-called autoimmune diseases usually have no known definitive tests, causes or cures....only symptomatic treatments. When only treating the symptoms of disease...the cause of the disease condition goes untreated, simmers and creates more disease in the patient's body, and passes through the population unchecked...which is exactly what is happening. More chronic illness equals more profits for drug companies and more control by governments.

Please read the article below to discover that the Lyme disease pandemic is not just being denied in the United States and Canada but it is reported that Australia is experiencing an even more severe denial and lack of treatment. Citizens are being told that there is no such thing as Lyme disease in Australia despite patients who have positive Lyme serology and DNA tests. Instead of being treated for Lyme disease with antibiotics, citizens are receiving more dangerous drugs which only treat the symptoms of disease labels such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, M.S, Lupus, Parkinson's and many more.........

A False Perception that Lyme Disease is a "Minor Disease".

Recently the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their official Lyme disease statistics. The old statistics indicating that  there are 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the US every year have been replaced by a 10 fold higher figure of 300,000 new cases every year. Some health professionals consider that this figure could be too low by a factor of 10.

Taking the figure of 300,000 diagnosed, this represents about 0.1% of the US
population. In comparison, 0.1% of the Australian population (22m) is approximately 22,000. Of course this is an annual diagnosis figure, so over 10 years it equates to about 220,000 new Lyme disease diagnoses.

There are a number of overseas studies showing that the frequency of serum samples positive for Lyme disease using commercial antibody tests is about 3%. This equates to 660,000 Australians possibly having had contact with Lyme disease organisms.

The causative organism responsible for Lyme disease is generally considered to be a member of the Borrelia bacterial family. Borrelia bacteria were first identified in 1959 in Australia by the CSIRO, and there have been other positive reports since that time. The Queensland Health Department recognized Lyme disease in Australia until the early 1990s. Then mysteriously their policy was revised. Around this time the NSW Health Department provided advice that Lyme disease could not be detected in Australian ticks. It has become the dogma in the psyche of the Australian medical system that Lyme disease does not exist in Australia.

Against this backdrop there have been many Australians diagnosed with Lyme disease by serology tests. Estimates would be around 2,000 positive tests in the last 1-2 years. This means that hundreds of thousands have not even had Lyme tests! Now, rather than using antibody tests it is possible to use DNA tests that specifically identify the bacterial species. Identification of Lyme disease in Australia has been identified by these DNA tests. Thus reputed claims attributed to the Chief Medical Officer and others that there is no evidence for Lyme disease in Australia are scientifically incorrect.

Incorrect claims by medical overseers may be considered unethical. These individuals have moral and legal obligations to present scientifically accurate information to patients.

A bill presented in the NSW Parliament by the Greens Party recognizing Lyme disease in Australia was defeated by the Liberal/National and Labor parties. This must rank as one of the most disgraceful and ignorant acts in Australian history and shames these major parties. Considering the enquiry into childhood abuse then there is an even stronger case for a Royal Commission into the mishandling of Lyme disease, and sufferers of medical negligence should be able to provide their stories. Here again the conspiracy of silence has condemned many innocent Australians, and likewise the irresponsible authorities have chosen to do nothing.

The Australian Government has sacrificed thousands of Australians at Gallipoli, the Somme, Singapore, Vietnam, Iraq and Iran, and celebrates these "achievements'. To this can be added the sacrifice of thousands of Lyme disease sufferers (and other misdiagnosed people). Money is being poured into warplanes ($20-30 billion), Anzac celebrations ($300-600 million) and even a race around the Albert Park duck pond ($30 -50 per year). The amount spent on Lyme disease is a big fat zero. At this point the $6
levy for doctor visits can be considered a fee for non-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of hundreds of thousands of Australians.

A person from New Zealand was bitten by a koala at an Australian nature park. This person subsequently suffered tremendously from Lyme disease, and yet the media triumphantly reports the royal family in the near presence of a koala with the ongoing risk of Lyme disease. Nature parks should be legally responsible for the safety of visitors.

Considerable scientific evidence exists that Lyme disease is "associated or the causative agent" for many diseases. This includes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, autism, arthritis, MS etc. About 90-100% of CFS people in some clinics are Lyme disease positive.  Some Lyme disease sufferers have also been  diagnosed with cancers, and an association between the Lyme bacteria and cancer has been suggested. This association is strengthened by the codiagnosis of Lyme disease and lymphomas.

In summary, Lyme disease is a growing infectious threat in Australia. Medical authorities need to take their collective heads out of the sand and start treating Lyme disease as a serious illness that affects hundreds of thousands of people in Australia.

Dr Ivan Hooper BSC PHD
Down under
Halls Gap

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Connection Between Alzheimer's, Lyme Disease, Cataracts, and Dental Health

                                      AMYLOID PLAQUES IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

First of all, let's establish the connection between Alzheimer's, cataracts, poor dental health (which includes gingivitis,dental cleaning, gum surgery, and root canals), amyloid plaques, oral spirochetes and Lyme spirochetes which may all connect in causing inflammation in the eye and in the brain. It is observed that inflammation from infection causes cataracts and disease of the brain, which includes the amyloid plaques of Alzheimer's disease. This will be a fairly long article with videos, in order to establish these extremely important connections.
Alzheimer's disease, other neuro-degenerative disease, and autoimmune diseases are spreading out of control. In order to stem this tide of sickness and disability, we need to find and treat the ROOT causes instead of only identifying and treating the symptoms. Main stream medicine tells us that they are treating the cause when they prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, etc....which temporarily reduce the inflammation ......But government researchers and the pharmaceutical companies are either innocently or intentionally ignoring the CAUSES of inflammation. Infection with bacteria, fungus, and viruses are obvious causes of inflammation in the brain, the heart, the eye and other parts of the body. By only treating the symptoms of inflammation, instead of treating the cause of inflammation, the medical system creates a market for anti-inflammatory drugs and other drugs which ONLY treat the symptoms. This  practice allows infections to go undiagnosed and untreated and makes the drug companies rich.

While much attention is given to marginal or made up diseases, such as SARS, Swine Flu, West Nile appears that the CDC,  drug companies and other government agencies are intentionally drawing attention away from the serious long term infections which cause Alzheimer's, possibly autoimmune disease, and other neuro-degenerative diseases such as Lupus, M.S, ALS, Fibromyagia, CFS, cataracts...and the list goes on and on. Is anyone noticing that just about everyone in modern society is now sick with one condition or another....conditions which supposedly have no definitive tests, causes, or cures?

The work of Judith Miklossy and Alan McDonald needs to be widely distributed and studied. Judith Miklossy, a Swiss researcher, and Dr. Alan McDonald, an MD and Pathologist, have found  lyme spirochetes and oral spirochetes in the brains of Alzheimer's patients upon autopsy. Here are a  couple links to Miklossy's studies.   and

The work of Alan MacDonald, which coincides with Miklossy's research can be found in the videos at the bottom of this article. The video is in several parts and fairly long but contains vital information.

The following message was written to a group of doctors and researchers who specialize in Lyme disease and the many other infections that ticks can spread. The message is conveying that cataracts can be caused by inflammation and that the microbes that cause this inflammation can also cause dementia. It is thought that cataracts are a good indication that Alzheimer's may develop down the road.

To all;
  Everyone should know the work of Judith Miklossy.  Pubmed it.  Always reference number three.
  The photomicrographs of Alz's brain and those infected by neurospirochetosis are EXACTLY THE SAME. 
  The inflammation from intracellular infection causes the amyloid to accumulate.  This is seen in the eye as a senile cataract.  It was also reported on CBS news last night, as amyloid deposition on the retina, seen 20 years prior to the development of dementia.
  All providers can make eye information, available from the patient's opthalomogist, as a method of tracking long term inflammation treatment, and effects on cataract size changes, as well as the retinal nerve fibrogram.
  Dr. Clem Trempe.......  has found that such treatment of intracellular infection will result in cataract improvement and improvement in cognitive decline.  My review of the records finds improvements in visual acuity about 80 percent of the time.  He also finds 85% positive antibody tests to intracellular infections, with 45% more than a single infection.  (This sounds familiar for those acquainted with the co-infection rate in Lyme.)
  I use information from ILADS to help reverse the cataract decline, as well as the cognitive decline, as Lyme disease is the quintessential, and as far as I can tell, best understood intracellular infection.
  So there is hope.
  We can on our own, individually begin to treat and reverse Alzheimer's. 
  Do not wait for the federal government.
  Do not trust in single interventions.  We know from Lyme that it is best treated with a combined approach.
  Do not stop.  Proceed.  For anyone that wants help in establishing such a clinic, and there are patients who will pay, feel free to reply.
  P. James Seberger, M.D., Ph.D.

Another important factor in the development of dementia may be dental infections and dental work, such as root canals, gingivitis,dental cleaning, and gum surgery , which can create openings in the oral cavity to allow bacteria in the mouth a direct route to the brain, heart, and nervous system. The main point of this article is that bacteria causes inflammation and inflammation causes amyloid plaques which are found in Alzheimer's disease. Also that lyme spirochetes and oral spirochetes (microbes found in the mouth) are two of the probable causes of dementia.

The following are videos concerning the topics above.

The next video is Dr. Nordquist demonstrating the effectiveness of colloidal silver, bleach and then honey with natural herbals on the bacteria in the spaces around the gums. Because it is believed that dementia, heart disease, and other health problems are caused by bacteria in the mouth gaining access to the brain and other parts of the body through dental cleanings or different types of surgeries and root canals, Dr. Nordquist is looking at different methods of cleansing the mouth of bacteria before conducting dental work.

The following book is written by Dr. Nordquist which explains his theories of lyme spirochetes in the mouth and regular oral spirochetes (which have both been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients) perhaps causing Alzheimer's disease. Think of the huge pandemic of Lyme disease and the many other infections that ticks are now passing to humans....and also think of the number of people who have invasive dental procedures, AND the growing number of people with Alzheimer's. These  issues seem to coincide. I believe this is a very important book. My personal lyme story includes gum surgery and a slowly developing and debilitating illness....which after 8 years of suffering was found to be Lyme disease. I don't remember a specific tick bite at the time I became ill but did have many tick bites previous to my gum surgery. When the Lyme disease was treated with long term combination antibiotic therapy....many of my symptoms disappeared, including extreme cognitive issues of concentration, poor memory, and a lack of organizational abilities. I have brain SPECT scans which show the progression and improvement of the Lyme disease in correlation with antibiotic treatment and discontinuation of treatment. The radiologist wrote that the lack of blood flow to certain parts of my brain were consistent with an Alzheimer's brain. So...treating the infection vastly improved my cognitive problems...if seen in elderly people would be labeled as dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Monday, February 3, 2014


Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the modern world. It is becoming very obvious that we need to understand more about it. How is it spread? Can the Lyme disease pathogen be spread from person to person? The CDC doesn't think so but clinical evidence and new studies indicate otherwise.
The statement below in red came from the CDC website.  There are many couples who have both become ill with Lyme disease and due to their exposure circumstances, claim that the disease was  sexually transmitted from one partner to the other. Some Lyme literate doctors treat both sexually active partners when one has a known case of Lyme disease. 

Syphilis is a spirochete as is Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. They both behave in similar ways. The Syphilis pathogen is sexually transmissible so it follows that it is a possibility that Borrelia burgdorferi may also be sexually transmitted....especially due to the fact that this pathogen has been found in vaginal secretions and in the new study below indicates. If this disease is sexually transmitted it does not necessarily mean that the the partner whom the germ was transmitted to will become sick. It all seems to depend on the individual's immune system.

Not enough studies are being done to investigate transmission issues and government agencies seem to be excessively slack with the research in the areas of transmission of Lyme disease through sexual intercourse and from mother to fetus. For more information on transmission of Lyme disease from mother to baby, please go to the bottom of this post.

It seems irresponsible to me for the CDC to claim irrefutably there is no evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person to person. Remember though that the transmission of the pathogen does not necessarily mean that the receiver of the germ will become ill. People can harbor a germ and remain well as long as their body's immune defense is up to par.

 CDC Statement

A passion for organics picture frame"Are there other ways to get Lyme disease?

  • There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from person-to-person. For example, a person cannot get infected from touching, kissing or having sex with a person who has Lyme disease."

The following is a study which shows that it is possible for Lyme disease to be transmitted sexually
"SAVE THE DATE!  7th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference on Morgellons 
March 29th and 30th, 2014  Austin, TX

CONTROL ID: 1848565
CONTACT (NAME ONLY): Raphael Stricker
CURRENT CATEGORY: Infectious Diseases

AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Marianne J. Middelveen1, Cheryl Bandoski2, Jennie Burke3, Eva Sapi2, Peter J. Mayne4, Raphael B. Stricker5
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. Atkins Veterinary Services, Calgary, AB, Canada. 
2. University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, United States. 
3. Australian Biologics, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 
4. Laurieton Medical Centre, Laurieton, NSW, Australia. 
5. CPMC, San Francisco, CA, United States. 
Purpose of Study: Recent reports indicate that more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed yearly in the USA. Previous epidemiological and immunological studies suggest that infection with the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi could be transferred from person to person via intimate human contact without a tick vector (Harvey and Salvato, Med Hypotheses 2003;60:742; Stricker et al, J Investig Med 2004;52:S151). Detecting viable spirochetes in vaginal and seminal secretions would provide additional evidence to support this hypothesis.

Methods Used: Three North American patients with a history of Lyme disease, one male and two female, were selected for the study after informed consent was obtained. Serological testing for B. burgdorferi was performed on all three subjects. Blood and semen or vaginal secretions were used to inoculate BSK-H medium for Borrelia culture. Motile spirochetes were detected in cultures by light and/or darkfield microscopy, and cultured spirochete concentrates were subjected to Dieterle silver staining, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and anti-B. burgdorferi immunohistochemical staining for further characterization. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing was performed by two independent laboratories for specific identification of the cultured isolates. Positive and negative controls for immunohistochemical staining and PCR were performed in all experiments.

Summary of Results: Serum antibodies to B. burgdorferi were detected in all three patients. Motile spirochetes were observed in culture fluid inoculated with blood and genital secretions from the three subjects. Morphological features of spirochetes were confirmed by Dieterle staining, SEM and immunohistochemical staining of culture concentrates. PCR testing confirmed that the spirochetes isolated from blood and genital secretions were strains of B. burgdorferi, and PCR subtyping indicated that the strains were B. burgdorferi sensu stricto.

Conclusions: The culture of viable B. burgdorferi in genital secretions suggests that Lyme disease could be transmitted by intimate contact from person to person."

Journal of Investigative Medicine

For a bit further explanation of this study see

The Infectious Disease Society of America claims that there is no proof that Lyme disease can be transmitted from mother to fetus. Here is an important article that completely refutes this unscientific statement.

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