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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…

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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…

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Health Care Costs, Utilization and Patterns of Care following Lyme Disease [1.3 billion USD]

[CanLyme note: This study has limitations as noted therein and does not include cost of taxpayer funded disability income payments to the chronically ill, loss of taxable income from those who are unable to work, loss of productivity in the employment sector, along with other indirect costs to society and the taxpayer.  It also does…

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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),…

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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…

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Tick Paralysis in a Snowshoe Hare by Ixodes pacificus Ticks in British Columbia, Canada

J Veter Sci MedAugust 2014 Volume 2 Issue 2 August 29, 2014 AbstractWe provide the first reported case of tick paralysis in a wildlife animal caused by the western blacklegged tick, Ixodes pacificus Cooley & Kohls. Six I. pacificus females and one male were collected from a feral Snowshoe Hare roaming the coastal area of southwestern British Columbia, Canada….

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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…

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Canada: Elizabeth May’s National Lyme Disease Strategy Act passes second reading in House of Commons

OTTAWA – Bill C-442, the National Lyme Disease Strategy Act, passed second reading in the House of Commons yesterday evening and has now been sent to the House Standing Committee on Health for further study. Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada first introduced this bill…

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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…

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MacLean’s magazine – The truth about Lyme disease

 Lyme disease can masquerade as MS, ALS, even dementia and its numbers are growing tenfold. So why is Canada lagging behind in treating and diagnosing it? by Anne Kingston  [March 2014] For decades, Gabriel Magnotta, the well-known Ontario wine-industry firebrand, went hunting with a group of friends. These expeditions took them into the wilds of…

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Canadian Medical Association endorses Elizabeth May’s Bill C-442, for a National Lyme Disease Strategy

On Thursday, February 27th, 2014 Elizabeth May’s office received a letter from the Canadian Medical Assocation president, Louis Hugo Francescutti, throwing their support behind Bill C-442. Earlier the College of Family Physicians of Canada had thrown their support behind the Bill as well. The Bill will be up for 1st reading and debate on Monday,…

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Listen to the striking interviews of Canadian microbiologist Marianne Middelveen, Dr. Rafael Stricker and as well, Andy Abrahams Wilson, producer of the award winning documentary, Under Our Skin.

Listen to KPFA Flashpoints radio host, Dennis Bernstein, interview Canadian microbiologist Marianne Middelveen, and Dr. Ray Stricker discuss their research indicating Lyme Disease may be a sexually transmitted disease, not unlike it’s cousin, syphilis, another spirochaetal bacteria.  Andy Abrahams Wilson speaks about the creation of his documentary ‘Under Our Skin’, that was shortlisted for an…

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Call for a “Manhattan Project” to Combat the Epidemic

 Citation: Stricker RB, Johnson L (2014) Lyme Disease: Call for a “Manhattan Project” to Combat the Epidemic. PLoS Pathog 10(1): e1003796.            doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003796 Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the world today. Until recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an average of only 30,000 cases of Lyme disease per year…

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Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted, Study Suggests

From study author Marianne Middelveen: Motile spirochetes identified as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto were cultured from vaginal and seminal secretions and that supports other evidence that there could be sexual transmission. We are at the early stages of investigation and there is a lot more that we have to learn. We are doing a larger study…