Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Recent in: Miscellaneous

Lyme disease in North America for 20,000 years

Lyme bacteria settled in North America far earlier than we thought While the Lyme disease outbreak in people dates back only about 40 years, the bacterium that causes this disease has called North America home for more than 20,000 years, according to a study published in August in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The epidemic began when a set of strange Continues →

‘Every season is tick season’: Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk [bitten while xmas tree hunting]

[CanLyme Note: Ticks are active in temperatures of minus 4 degrees Celsius and above] November 22, 2017 by Marina von Stackelberg CBCNEWS People have ‘let their guard down’ and aren’t checking for ticks as weather cools, says zoologist   Laurenne Schiller loves taking her dog Cousteau for walks along Halifax trails as the weather cools. But even after the first dusting Continues →

Towards a Better Understanding of the Brain and Body Interaction

“It is all in your head”. An assessment that is all too familiar to many patients with little understood emergent diseases such as ME, PANS or Lyme. Together with the rise of complex chronic illnesses caused by stealth pathogens, we witness a rise of the invention of so-called ‘somatic disorders’. This is of concern to both patients, who are often declared to Continues →

New research shows risk for Lyme borreliosis in cities is much the same as in forested areas.

[CanLyme note: This should be done in Canadian cities] Published Nov. 21, 2017 Parasites and Vectors Ticks and the city – are there any differences between city parks and natural forests in terms of tick abundance and prevalence of spirochaetes? Abstract Background Ixodes ricinus ticks are commonly encountered in either natural or urban areas, contributing to Lyme disease agents Borreliella [(Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato)] spp. Continues →

Lyme Disease Patients File Federal Antitrust Suit Against Infectious Disease Specialists & Health Insurers

Nov 15th, Last Friday, 28 patients filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Infectious Diseases Society of America, eight health insurance companies, and seven medical doctors, Courthouse News reported yesterday, “because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured with a month of antibiotics.” Contrary to the often-reported claim that Lyme disease Continues →

Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme

[CanLyme note: Canada is only a few hour flight for our many migratory birds who come from Maine (and all of USA) to Canada carrying these infected ticks to our parks, school yards and our back yards.] November 13th, 2017 The illness produces more severe symptoms than Lyme disease and is more difficult to detect; reported cases surged from 52 five Continues →

How does Lyme disease spread? The answer may lie in the hearts of grouse

University of New Brunswick forestry students ask hunters to collect bird hearts for disease study Shane Fowler, CBC News November 6th, 2017 A Fredericton lab is on the hunt for bird hearts. Contact Joe Nocera at UNB joe.nocera@unb.ca 1 506 447 3214. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are hoping hunters will bring in hearts of game birds that could allow Continues →

Lyme bug stronger than antibiotics in animals and test tubes. Now study people.

[CanLyme note: This article supports the Canadian patient’s request of federal and provincial governments to stop blatantly endorsing the Infectious Disease Society of America and the United States Center for Disease Control. They refuse open discussion and evaluation of their policy while condemning tens of thousands to a lifetime of hell, or sadly, in too many cases needless death.] November 2nd, Continues →

Selective Essential Oils from Spice or Culinary Herbs Have High Activity against Stationary Phase and Biofilm Borrelia burgdorferi

Front. Med., 11 October 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2017.00169 Jie Feng, Shuo Zhang, Wanliang Shi, Nevena Zubcevik, Judith Miklossy, Ying Zhang Although the majority of patients with acute Lyme disease can be cured with the standard 2–4 week antibiotic treatment, about 10–20% of patients continue suffering from chronic symptoms described as posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome. While the cause for this is debated, one Continues →

MacLean’s magazine: How the new impatient patient is disrupting medicine

Patient activists have never been as vocal. But are they truly being heard? Anne Kingston October 21, 2017In late August, Sue Faber and Jennifer Kravis hauled close to 150 pounds of documents and scientific research into a Health Canada office in Ottawa. The two women, co-founders of Lyme-patient advocacy group LymeHope, had been granted a 15-minute audience with then federal Continues →

Oakville, ON: Lyme disease panel discussion to take place Nov. 3, 2017

Encourage your physician to attend!!   Speakers will be… Dr. Ralph Hawkins, Internal Medicine specialist, Calgary, AB Dr. Tim Cook, Internal Medicine specialist, Toronto, ON Melanie Wills, PhD, scientist and lead researcher at the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector Borne Diseases Research Lab, University of Guelph. Sue Faber R.N, BSc.N and Jennifer Kravis B.A,LL.B. Co-founders of LymeHope. When:  Friday, November 3, 2017 Continues →

Researcher says tick-borne disease Borrelia has grown exponentially in Finland

October 5th, 2017 New research finds that ticks are not only becoming more common in Finland but incidents of the tick-borne disease Borrelia – also known as Lyme disease – has grown exponentially in the past 20 years. A new study by a doctoral student found that one-in-six ticks in Finland now carry the disease. Read article