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Medical community failing Lyme patients, Calgary doctor says

Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizien, May 16th, 2016 Canada’s medical establishment came under pressure at a national conference into Lyme disease Monday, with a Calgary doctor suggesting treatment of some patients contravenes the Canadian Medical Association’s code of ethics. “We, as the medical community in Canada, are failing our patients,” said Dr. Ralph Hawkins, a Calgary physician who acknowledged his views Continues →

Eradication of Biofilm-Like Microcolony Structures of Borrelia burgdorferi by Daunomycin and Daptomycin but not Mitomycin C in Combination with Doxycycline and Cefuroxime

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.00062  10 February 2016 Lyme disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States and Europe. While the majority of Lyme disease patients can resolve their symptoms if treated promptly, 10–20% of patients suffer from prolonged symptoms Continues →

The Need for Clinical Judgment in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease

Abstract Clinical practice guidelines are increasing in number. Unfortunately, when scientific evidence is uncertain, limited, or evolving, as is often the case, conflict often arises between guideline committees and practicing physicians, who bear the direct responsibility for the care of individual patients. The 2006 Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines for Lyme disease, which have limited scientific support, could, if Continues →

Unravelling the mystery of Lyme disease: Why Canada needs to do more

Rian Michelsen is a rising star. Fifteen years ago, he was the toddler who burst out from behind the curtains singing Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas. As a young boy, he played the lead role in Oliver in his birthplace of Bermuda, before moving with his family to Toronto five years ago. Now, as a 17 year-old high school student, he’s Continues →

The association between infectious burden and Parkinson’s disease: A case-control study

Abstract   Introduction The etiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the association between common pathogenic infections and PD. Methods Antibody titers to common infectious pathogens including cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1), Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), Chlamydophila pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) andHelicobacter pylori (H. pylori) were measured by Continues →

Press Release: CROSS CANADA BIKE RIDE FOR LYME DISEASE

St. CATHARINES, ON – APRIL 15, 2015 – At sunrise on May 11, 2015, Niagara natives, 22 year old Daniel Corso and his long time friend Tanner Cookson will begin their 8000 km bike ride across Canada to bring awareness to, and raise money for, Lyme disease. The ride begins in Victoria, BC at the Terry Fox “Mile 0” mark Continues →

Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases: global challenges in the context of a public health threat

Christian Perronne  c.perronne@rpc.aphp.fr Lyme disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by ticks, was initially considered a recent, rare and regional occurrence. We now have evidence that very similar bacteria infected humans in Europe during the ice age (Keller et al.,2012). Evidence-based data are scarce therefore many aspects of the disease remain controversial (Auwaerter et al.,2011; Lee and Vielmeyer, 2011; Perronne,2012), but in 2013 the Centers Continues →

TOUCHED BY LYME: CDC fires another salvo against “chronic Lyme”

[CanLyme note: There are no human tests for many of the borrelia species of bacteria that cause Lyme disease, yet they have perhaps convinced this poor gentleman he did not have Lyme disease. There is nothing in what they have reported that would rule out Lyme disease… so why is a government agency so willing to mislead the public? So Continues →

Listen to testimony of Elizabeth May, MP, Jim Wilson, CanLyme, and Nicole Bottles, patient as they speak to the federal government of Canada’s Health Committe on Bill C-442 the National Lyme Disease Strategy Act

This is a private member’s Bill put before parliament that looks like it will pass into law as a result of all party support.  A private member’s Bill can only ask for limited action.  It cannot ask government to commit money for example.  This Bill was written to be the best it could be within given limitations.  Once amendments are Continues →

Lyme Disease more prevalent than BC Govt is letting on

 A Kamloops couple whose daughters contracted Lyme disease says the BC Government and the medical community continue to downplay the relevance of the disease in the province. Niki and John Bone say they are shocked to learn other families struggle with finding the proper diagnosis.We recently featured the Hrychiw family whose two boys were forced to receive treatment in Florida.The Continues →