In addition to transmission of Lyme Disease by a tick bite, it is the norm to also have other bacterial infections
transmitted by the tick bite at the same time. Some of these coinfections include Babesia, Erlichia, Mycoplasma fermentens,
Bartonella, and other coinfections.
Lyme Disease or Borreliosis, as it is now being called, affects mental/physical functioning in many ways. The following description includes some of the more
typical features of neuropsychiatric Lyme disease.
Cognitive effects: complaints of slowed thinking, attentional problems including: distractibility, difficulty multi-tasking,
inability to complete tasks, shortened attention span, difficulty tracking or shifting mental set, memory problems, difficulty
retrieving previously known information, decreased ability to store short term information forgetting where one one is going,
verbal fluency problems, word-finding difficulties, stuttering, symptoms of dementia, brain lesions.
Emotional effects include but are not limited to: irritability,
lowered frustration tolerance, mood swings, quick to anger and rage (sometimes known as "Lyme rages"), panic attacks, manic
episodes, tics, obsessive thinking, compulsive behavior, paranoia.
Physical effects: Bell's Palsey, numbness and tingling
in arms or other areas, sleep disturbances, muscle pain, fatigue, fevers, night sweats, optic nerve problems, hypersensitivity
to sounds and light, joint inflammation, synovitis, endocrine dysfunctions, autoimmune disease, heart problems, to name a
A vaccine was developed and used in the past against Lyme Disease. Unfortunately the drug
company that developed the vaccination called Lymerix (Lipoprotein Outer Surface A Vaccine), did not warn doctors administering
the vaccination, that individuals should be tested for the DR4 gene before administering the vaccine. DR4
individuals would develop an autoimmune disease directly caused by the vaccine. DR4 individuals have an identical protein
sequence in some tissues such as joint and synovial tissue, to the Lyme vaccine antigens. Antibodies formed by
the body in response to Lymerix would then attack those tissues. The vaccine was taken off the market because of this.
Approximately 25% of the population has the DR4 gene.
Individuals who find out they have Lyme might find that DR testing could be useful in the outcome
of their disease.
Rather than attempt to discuss all possible causes, recent research, and treatment protocols,
the following links provide information on treatments that have show some success. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments, various
IV treatments, antibiotics, herbal treatments, etc. are disscussed in the following links.
http://www.drcharlescrist.com/borreliosis.htm Dr. Crist is a Family Practice medical doctor whose primary focus is on patients with borreliosis
(Lyme Disease). This web site is designed to shed light on this very complex and serious illness. Dr. Crist practices
in Springfield, Missouri.
Arizona, Lyme Education Awareness Program, is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public charity founded in 2005 by Tina J. Garcia.
L.E.A.P.'s Mission is to provide education and awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections and hopes to provide
significant financial assistance to patients so they can obtain treatment of their choice. Tina is a chronic Lyme patient
and advocate who hopes to alleviate some of the suffering associated with these debilitating infections.
Tina and her husband recently lit a torch in front of the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.
The torch was lit in honor of Lyme patients and two Lyme-treating physicians who are being prosecuted for Lyme-treatment-related
issues, Drs. Jones and Jemsek. They kept the torch lit for 1800 miles from Atlanta to Mesa, Arizona. L.E.A.P.
is accepting donations on their website for the 1800 miles travelled.
http://www.hbotreatment.com/lyme.htm?gclid=CI-e38uhoo4CFRPNggodKhA3ZA Refers to Fife's study detailing treatment with hyperbaric
oxygen, done at Texas A & M University
Lyme Disease/Chronic Illness Support
Group, League City/Clear Lake/NASA Area, Texas
email group facillitator for information: firstname.lastname@example.org