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Lyme Disease: Spreading across Canada – The Nature of Things with David Suzuki

“It’s official. A March 2012 study confirmed that the tick that spreads lyme disease has been infiltrating Canada for the past 20 years.

Despite this many Canadians still tell tales of years of misdiagnosis and mistreatment as doctors tell them that it just isn’t possible to contract lyme disease in this country.”

Watch prevues with Many of those interviewed for this episode that will air October 10th, 2013 on CBC’s The Nature of Things, with David Suzuki

(scroll down on each of the video clip screens to access other video clips from this episode)

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2408817951/ Dr. Stephen Barthold

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2408817958/ Dr. Sam Donta

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2408817952/ Dr. Eric Chan

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2408817950/ Dr. Maureen McShane

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2401291356/  Reid

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2401291358/ Ali

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2401291355/ Peter

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2401291354/ Daryl

https://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/Extras/ID/2401291357/ Dana




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  1. I tried to contact David several years ago but he was too busy at that time to take it on I am so glad that he has!!!

  2. Lyme awareness needs to get to the public by whatever means. So long as the information is accurate.
    Until a person gets a diagnosis and can find treatment for Lyme, it is so unfortunate that the suffering and even death happens because of the lack of knowledge about this disease.

  3. I’m just glad to see this being reported by a reliable source in Canada, just diagnosed 3weeks ago, but misdiagnosed with MS 12 years ago!!

  4. I started with a Lyme literate naturopath last week. I get my blood drawn early this week for testing at an American lab because Canadian testing for Lyme is basically worthless. Again I must or at least my blood must go to the states to be tested. Why can’t I be taken care of in my own country where I pay taxes. I help support our health care system why can’t is help take care of me.

  5. David Suzuki did an excellent job reporting on this disease. In the report they mention that after people with the disease are treated with antibiotics they can no longer find the bacteria in their blood samples yet symptoms persist. Even though the bacteria is gone could its original presence have triggered something else in the body whereby the immune system is attacking itself ? As a result, researchers may be looking for the wrong thing ??!! Just a thought.

  6. Hi,

    It was mentioned that there is no evidence of the organism in the blood, but that in no way means it isn’t elsewhere in the body. It has been shown in all animal studies that it goes into other tissue once it disseminates. If they were to look in collagen tissue for example, they would often find the bacteria thriving quite well.

    Actually there are many scientists looking for the auto-immune process that at present is theory. As with most inflammatory illnesses there is likely an auto-immune component to it but it does in no way negate the fact that active live bacteria are still present after short term antibiotics.

  7. Great show, long overdue. Yes Ticks and Lym Disease is a growing problem.
    A note Lyme Disease has been in Ontario for more than 20 years. It was called back in 1989 Parry Sound Tick. With the plentfull number of deer and the white footed mouse being the principal carrier.

    The question that needs to be addressed is the number of infected Canadians from our Blood suppy.

    We just do not have a test in Canada for the many strains of bateria. Many have died. As well many Farmers have died, misdiagnosed.

  8. I caught Lyme disease from a tear!!! Yes I’m serious about that, I am living proof that Lyme is definitely transferred in bodily fluids. I know it was from a tear because the person that I was meeting has Lyme disease and I did a little research before meeting her and the government medical sites say the Lyme is only spread by tick bits and NOT spread from person to person. So I thought I had no risk in meeting her. She wiped her tear from her eye while we were eating supper and then she touched my phone. Anyways I ended up getting Lyme disease, Bartonella, and Mycoplasma! I checked myself into the emergency room just 1 week after and the Doctor wouldn’t believe me and wouldn’t prescribe me antibiotics. So anyways I after seeing 7 Doctors and giving them my big long list of symptoms that took 45 minute Doctor appointments I said well I met a woman with Lyme disease and caught it from her. They still wouldn’t believe me, I tried to get a referral to an infectious disease specialist but instead I got a referral to a psychiatrist. Anyways, I flew myself to the States because I realized I was going nowhere fast with these Doctors and even telling them exactly what is wrong with me to make it easy for them to diagnose it and they still wouldn’t even give me a simple antibiotic prescription. Luckily I was given a 6 month prescription of minocycline from a Dermatologist for acne that I didn’t use a year back and the prescription was not expired. But I knew I had to treat this before it becomes Chronic Lyme Disease but it was already 2 months after coming in contact with her tear. So I flew myself to the states, and behold!!! A diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Bartonella, and Mycoplasma! I was right all along. Anyways my point is, if I would have known Lyme disease was contagious before meeting her this likely would not have happened! 50% of people with Lyme disease did not get any rash. I think that says a lot right there.

  9. I have not had an accurate diagnosis yet, but I am in the process of getting the sample kits from IGeneX labs in California. All that I know is that for a few years I had fatigue problems and strange soreness in my tendons and ligaments. A year ago it became significantly worse and has not gone away for one minute. It started in my neck, knees, and right shoulder. Then one morning I woke up and it was in my left shoulder but my right shoulder felt a little better…no I am not crazy. It now effects every tendon and ligament in my body: Knees, elbow, neck, wrists, hands/fingers (really bad), feet, and jaw. The chronic fatigue never eases off, I am about 7% my normal energy.
    I suspect Borreliosis. I may have had Lyme 20 years ago when in NFLD, I got a bad flu with a red rash on my belly. I was given antibiotics for 2 weeks and got better. I don’t think I was diagnosed with Lyme at the time. It went away but here I am now at 45 years old in this predicament. I was playing hockey and beach volleyball regularly 2 years ago and now I can’t get the lid off a bottle of water.
    Hoping to get a proper diagnosis soon…

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