Lyme disease a big misconception

A misleading scientific understanding 

When addressing the issue of tick spread diseases, today’s understanding, influences us to believe in the existence of only one transmissible disease: Lyme. Most doctors are vastly misinformed about the reality, and wrongfully believe all symptoms linked to infections by ticks, are Lyme Borreliosis, while in reality ticks can transmit many more. 

In some cases, scientists can identify the possibility of co-infections, but often leave the patient in doubt. It is essential to underline the undeniable existence of other infections transmitted by ticks to human organisms. In fact, frequently when analyzing blood samples of patients suspected of tick caused infections, mixed infections are observed. “The same germ, or the same association of germs can transmit different diseases, just as equally as different germs can cause the same disease” Book by Dr. Cécile Jadin page 134. It is therefore wrong to believe borrelia is the only germ transmissible disease by ticks. 

Figure 6 - Poor health condition statistics , Lyme stats 2018

The tick bite 

When you are bitten by a tick, there are different possible hypothesis to consider. First, you must remember that not all tick bites carry infectious germs. It is therefore essential to closely follow the evolution of the tick bite, but most importantly the general health of the concerned individual. There are three possibilities:

 

  1. The individual develops a red halo around the bite (erythema migrants) , which generally indicates the infection of Lyme borreliosis.

  2. The individual does not develop this erythematic migrants and does not develop an immediate reaction to the bite. However, this under no circumstances signifies this person has not been infected. In fact, even years after the bite, one can develop important symptoms indicating the presence of infectious agents in the body such as Lyme or other tick borne diseases.

  3. The person does not have any reaction to the bite, and is likely to be perfectly healthy.

Figure 7 - The possibility of co-infections, Lyme stats 2018

Possible symptoms for most tick spread diseases

The main, and most significant misconception people have on tick spread diseases, is the solely belief that the only sign of infection is the development of a red sphere around the bite (erythema migrants).

The current medical community and most doctors will generally only test the presence of infection, if the patient has developed an erythema migrant, even though many other symptoms may indicate the presence of tick transmitted germs.

 

  • A flue feeling, followed by physical and mental fatigue,

  • Headaches that do not pass even with the intake of pain killers,

  • Loss of memory,

  • Difficulties to concentrate,

  • Depression (due to the neurotoxins in the body)

  • Night sweat

  • Red eyes and blured vision

  • Sore throat

  • Sensitivity to noise

  • Pain on the right side of the abdomen

  • Muscular and articular pain (swolen articulations)

  • Frequent bruises (due to vascular system fragility)

  • Sensation of cold feet and hands

  • nausea

 

When experiencing such symptoms one does not immediately consider the possibility of an infection related to the tick bite. Frequently, these people will then turn to doctors specialized in the area where the pain is felt (cardiologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, gastro-entorologists, ophthalmologists, etc.) However, these doctors will not be able to resolve the issue, as they will not consider the hypothesis of an infectious disease like Lyme or Rickettsia. Their treatments will therefore be completely ineffective, and in some cases make the symptoms worse. The combination of germs and absence of effective treatment can lead to very relevant variations of Lyme: Chronic diseases. This type of Lyme disease might develop on a longer period, and is often referred to as late staged Lyme disease.

Figure 8 - experienced symptoms of Lyme, CDC 2019

Figure 9 - Impact of suggar on Lyme germs, Lyme stats 2018

Lack of appropriate diagnosis

The major problem with tick-spread diseases, is primarily the inability to detect infections when a patient is not observed with the usual erythema migrants. Most victims of infections are unable to link their symptoms to them previously being bitten by a tick. This demonstrates a clear lack of awareness of the general public and the medical sector, especially regarding chronic and late stages of Lyme disease, typhus and typhus like diseases. Symptoms can be experienced years after infection. 

 

When considering the life of a struggling patient identifying the link between his sudden health deterioration, and a tick bite, his agony will not yet be over. Even if he succeeds in detecting a possible infection caused by the tick, he must find a doctor treating this condition correctly. Currently, this will most likely turn out extremely complicated, as very few doctors show interest in these infections, and do not possess the necessary knowledge for treatment. Even worse, many doctors neglect the existence of these diseases, and discredit all research conducted on the subject. Even with clinical proof, through profound medical experimentation, the majority of them deny all existence of Ricketsia like infections.

 

If you are lucky, you might be find one of the few competent doctors able to enlighten your previously seeming “desperate” case. He will listen to your story, to understand your concerns, and will conduct a clinical examination on your state. The examination will frequently reflect: palor, injected eyes, inflamed throat, ganglions, dermatological anomalies and sometimes the disformed articulations of the patient. All these conditions, disregarded and neglected by other doctors, will be considered.

It is then of utmost importance to urgently proceed to a blood test to evaluate the amplitude of the problem. Through this blood test, the patient must examine and test the following: red cell, white blood cells, platelets, iron levels, hepatic function, renal function, and the thyroid function, and auto-immune factors.

Correct diagnosis 

Figure 10 - Image of Borellia germ

Figure 11 - Comparison Ebola and Lyme, Lyme stats 2018

Different tick born infections 

One of the first mistakes doctors make, is to look for only one specific type of germ in the blood, mainly Lyme borreliosis. However, Lyme borreliosis, is just one of the 4 Borreliosis types transmissible by ticks. Not only can ticks transmit borreliosis, they can transmit all the following:

  • 3 different types of rickettsia (Prowazeki, Mooseri, Conori)

  • Chlamydia Pneumoniae

  • ChlamydiaTrachomatous

  • Chlamydia Psittacine

  • Toxoplasmosis

  • Q-fever (Coxiella Burnetti)    

  • Bilharzia

  • H pylori

  • Brucella

  • Bartonella

  • Mycoplasma Pneumoniae

Numerous scientists consider that these germs are currently inexistant and belong to the past. However, like stressed by Dr. Jadin, “microbes belong to a living world of consistent evolution and not a static one”. It is therefore foolish to believe a disease will disappear and never come back, because it will simply make people forget its existence during a temporary “hibernation”,progressively mutate, and then come back in a different form which people are unable to identify. 

Mixed infections 

It is scary to consider the possible singular/mixed infection of these germs, while doctors persist on trying to solely find Lyme Borreliosis.  Worse, if your symptoms occur months or years after the tick bite, for many reasons, they won't even consider to treat Lyme disease.

Every good doctor knows an accurate diagnosis is the base and starting point to cure any patient. Yet currently diagnosis are nowhere close to sufficiently accurate if trying to resolve the problem of tick spread diseases. Especially because no treatment can be set in place, if no diagnosis can prove the infection is present in the human organism. 

For example, if one goes from the principle that a tick could only have transferred Lyme disease, he will not prescribe the same treatments than for mixed infections.

It is therefore clear that these blood tests should be appropriately adapted, to succeed in conducting accurate diagnosis. Indeed, most of the blood test used nowadays to detect Lyme disease or Rickettsia have low specificity and sensitivity, making them very unreliable.

Scientists are still left with the question "how to solve this outbreaking epidemic?" Many are unsure on where to start, because current examination methods are too unprecise to tell where infections are located, and how to treat them. Nowadays the treatment protocol of most doctors after a tick bite with erythema migrants, or a positive blood test on Lyme Borreliosis , is three weeks of antibiotics. This short term treatments have been proven to be inefficinet in 20 to 30% of cases for early staged Lyme, and for over 50% in late staged Lyme.

Hope

Where many see misery and helplessness, we see hope. Because problems can lead to solutions if we make the necessary steps. Tick spread diseases still have a long way to go before patients can consistently access successful treatments. However, it is important to notice the efforts of those who have dedicated their lives to understand the problems of others, like Dr. Jadin and her father JB. Jadin before her. They succeeded in understanding the fundamentals on tick borne diseases and observed a clear failure with the approach other physicians took. Thanks to their perseverance, we can now tell with certitude that ticks spread not only one infectious disease, but dozens of others, and that to successfully cure patients from infections we have to consider all possible options. It is now a question of informing the public about what tick spread diseases truly are. Not just referring to Lyme disease, but all the other diseases that can be caused by a simple tick bite.

Figure 12 - Csts vc research for Lyme, Lyme stats 2018