The New Undiagnosed
by Brian LeCompte, MD,
A new test has been developed. This test is a fluorescent antibody assay. In
other words, when fluorescent antibodies to Lyme Disease are added to the whole
blood of an individual harboring the bug, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the antibodies attach to these antigens and can be detected by their fluorescence. So far, most of the tests on the American population are positive! Lee Cowden, MD, estimates that a quarter of the US population may be affected. There are very few symptoms where one should not consider Lyme Disease, especially in most chronic illnesses.
Our story begins in Lyme, Connecticut in the early fall of 1975. There was a
mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This was coupled with a
targetoid (bull’s eye) skin rash in about 20% of the patients. The
constellation was recognized as Lyme Disease, thus immortalizing Lyme,
Connecticut. It was not until 1982 that Willy Burgdorfer isolated spirochetes
of the genus Borrelia, similar to the spirochete that causes syphilis, from the
mid-gut of the Ixodes tick that the etiologic agent of Lyme Disease was found.
This troublesome microbe was dubbed Borrelia burgdorferi.
Skip to modern day Houston, Texas. Patricia Salvato, MD and W.T. Harvey, MD,
MS, M.P.H., were puzzled. A huge amount of the patients tested for Lyme with
the new fluorescent antibody technique (FAT) were positive. Many of these
patients had been diagnosed with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis,
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinsonism,
Still’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibomyalgia, chronic fatigue – immune
deficiency, and others. Some had the constellation of symptoms and findings
attributed to classic Lyme, but most did not.
What was going on here? In addition, southeastern Texas and the Houston region
were not known to be an area endemic to Lyme. What they found was startling.
The tick is not the exclusive vector (carrier) of Lyme. It can be carried by
mosquitoes, fleas, and mites. It can be transmitted vertically and
horizontally; that is, since the spirochetes are secreted in body fluids, it
can be transmitted from mother to child via the placenta and in breast milk,
and from partner to partner via sexual contact. Dr. Charles Ray Jones, who is a
pediatric Lyme specialist states that in over 5,000 children that he has
treated, 240 of them have been born with the disease.
In November of 2000, Dr. Gregory Bach presented evidence to the American
Psychiatric Association that showed Bb DNA in human semen identified by the PCR test and confirmed
transmission via sexual contact. If one spouse is Lyme positive, the other
usually is as well. This is not all. There is strong evidence that Bb can be transmitted by casual contact due to its
accumulation in the sweat, tears, and blood. This indicates that it can be
spread via blood transfusion. Recent findings at the University of Wisconsin
show that Lyme can be transmitted to animals orally via contaminated food, thus
there is the possibility of acquiring it as a food infection. As far back as
1995, it was shown that Bb was
present in the breast milk and urine of patients previously diagnosed with Lyme
by the old cumbersome Western Blot and Elisa methods. In 1990, the CDC admitted
that Bb can survive the processing
techniques used to store blood for transfusion!
Jo Ann Whitaker, MD, developed the Rapid Identification of Borrelia
burgdorferi (RIBb) by the
fluorescent antibody technique and has over 2,900 positive results from 46
states including Alaska and Hawaii, and countries such as Brazil, The
Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain,
Switzerland, and the Canary Islands!
The previous testing method utilized the ELISA (Lyme titer) which if positive
was then confirmed with the Western Blot test. This was woefully inaccurate for
a number of reasons. Lyme antibodies must be present on the ELISA test for a
positive result. If the individual was taking any non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, motrin, and advil, this could
cause a false negative result. Steroids can cause a false negative result. Any
antibiotic consumption could cause a false negative result. Therefore, the
patient should be off all over the counter medications and any prescriptions
for at least six months prior to the test in order not to produce a false negative result!
There is more. Bb is a master of disguise. The organism exists in the body in
at least three distinct states: the adult spirochete, which has the shape of a
spiral filament, a cyst, or a Cell Wall Deficient (CWD, hooked rod or elbow)
organism. Cell Wall Deficient organisms escape immune surveillance and hide in
the body without provoking an immune response. Therefore the Elisa and Western
Blot tests which depend upon antibody production are inadequate. Dr. Whitaker’s
results have been confirmed by at least two other testing methods including
culturing the organism from the patients. Dr. Harvey and Dr. Salvato estimate
that 15.5% of the world population could be infected with Bb, affecting up to 1
billion people. Lyme Disease is the fastest growing epidemic in the world.
Lyme Disease is known as borreliosis in the rest of the world. It is recognized
on at least six continents and is epidemic in many countries. Lyme is epidemic
in Bulgaria and since TOA-free Cat’s Claw (uncaria tomentosa) has been made
available to treat it in 2001, it has become the most widely sold alternative
treatment in Bulgaria. It has been used to treat over 100 conditions that have
been diagnosed as other things. These may be misdiagnosed Lyme Disease. We will
return to the treatment of Lyme later. For now let us look at some cases
Case 1: A 42-year-old
woman with six children presented with migraine headaches, memory loss, light
and noise sensitivity, muscle wasting, slurred speech, and difficulty
swallowing. She soon became paralyzed from the neck down. Her husband began to
exhibit some of these findings plus some peculiar to his case. They went from
specialist to specialist and were diagnosed with everything from Grave’s
disease to multiple sclerosis. Finally, a neighbor directed them to a Lyme
literate doctor who diagnosed both with Lyme Disease. Five out of their six
children were also diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Lyme can often show up as ADD,
ADHD, dyslexia, and other educational and social problems. These children had
been put in special educational programs. According to the ELISA and Western
Blot testing, this woman would have been negative for Lyme. Now, after
treatment, she is pursuing her N.D. Degree.
Case 2: A college
student began to have difficulty concentrating and dealing with the subject
matter. The RiBb test showed positive after he had dropped out of school. After
4 months on antibiotics, he was able to resume his studies and a normal life.
Case 3: A 25-year-old
professional golfer became so ill, he was not able to pursue his profession.
After a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
a RiBb was performed and was positive for Lyme. After antibiotic therapy, he
was able to return to his career as a professional golfer.
Case 4: This individual
had long been diagnosed with ALS. The RIBb test was positive for Lyme and no
physician would treat him for Lyme. He deteriorated to the point that he had to
be hospitalized and was placed on life support. When his wife learned of his
impending death and the positive result indicating Lyme Disease, she obtained a
court order directing treatment for Lyme Disease. He recovered, was weaned from
the life support, was discharged to home and gained 32 pounds. He died eight
months later of a heart attack.
It appears that many of the chronic diseases that we have seen blossom in this century and the last may be caused or contributed to by Bb. The list is staggering and includes MS, ALS, Parkinsonism, Still’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue – Immune Deficiency, ADD, ADHD, Parkinsonism, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and over 300 other conditions! Are you beginning to grasp the magnitude of the problem? There is no condition in which Lyme should not be considered. Period.
So, what can we do about it? Recently, a six-month pilot study was completed.
28 patients were suffering from advanced chronic Lyme Disease and there were 14
patients in the control group. The control group as well as the test group all
tested positive for Lyme using the Western Blot blood test. The control group
was treated with conventional antibiotic therapy (doxycycline or Cipro) and at
the end of the study, three were slightly better, three were worse and the rest
showed no change. The
test group was treated with Pentacyclic Chemotype Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat’s
Claw), a naturally occurring herb. At the end of the treatment, 85% of the
patients tested negative
for Bb and 100% reported a dramatic improvement in their condition! Let’s look at that
again. There was 100% improvement and 85% tested negative for the bug that causes Lyme!
Cat’s Claw herb exists as a blend of Pentacyclic Oxindole Alkaloids (POA’s) and
Tetracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids (TOA’s). Both act upon the central nervous
system and the TOA’s can greatly inhibit the positive effects of the POA’s. The
POA’s potentiate the immune response for non-specific and cellular immunity and
modulate the immune system. Austrian studies show that the average Cat’s Claw
product may contain as much as 80% TOA’s and only 1%POA’s.
Cutting edge research shows that Bb can be eliminated when it is in a mature
spirochete form. It can move laterally amongst its three forms, the spirochete,
the spheroblast or L-Form (Cell Wall Deficient Organism), and the cyst. Within
six to eight months most to all the Bb organisms will be released and are
susceptible to being killed by the POA Cat’s Claw. Many of these reside within
the red blood cells. The severity of Lyme Disease is directly related to the
spirochete load, so improvement may be anticipated with reduction of this load.
To be sure, one should continue the POA Cat’s Claw for eight to twelve months
even though clinical improvement is seen way before this. Many years can pass
before a patient infected with Lyme develops symptoms. A 1998 study in
Switzerland showed that only 12.5% of patients positive for Bb had any
symptoms. The latency from time of infection to onset of symptoms may be
five years or more!
Many people who are positive for Lyme are also suffering from concomitant
infections or infestations such as Babesia. Babesia is a protozoal parasitic
infestation, which is usually tick borne. It is similar to malaria and is
especially significant in the elderly, asplenic, and immunocompromised
population, but it is becoming more widespread and severe in the general
population. It may cause hemolytic anemia and undulating fevers among other
symptoms. An effective treatment for Babesia and other concomitant infections
is the herb Artemisinin 100 mg taken twice a day. Artemisinin has been used for
many years around the world against malaria.
It is common for people who are treated for Lyme and concomitant infections to
experience a “Herxheimer Reaction”. This is a big name for a toxic reaction
that occurs from the die off of the organisms resulting in the release of
toxins in the body. The typical Herxheimer Reaction consists of a flu-like
syndrome with fever, body aches, sweats, and horrendous fatigue.
Most people would describe it as the Algiminy Crankenhousen Fall-Apart-Syndrome
if they knew what that was. It is treatable. Water, rest and Chitosan help.
Chitosan is made from Chitin, the main ingredient in crustacean shells. It
binds the toxins and passes them out of the body. Drink at least eight glasses
of pure water per day and take two capsules of Chitosan before one meal daily
for one week working up on a weekly basis until you are taking two capsules before
each meal daily.
In summary, Lyme is the great imitator. It masquerades as many of the chronic diseases we were told had no known cause and no known cure. It is epidemic in the population and it can be treated and cured. For the RIBb test of Dr. Whitaker, contact the Bowen Institute at (727)-937-9077 or visit their website at www.bowen.org. The dose currently used in most centers for the TOA-free POA Cat’s Claw is four capsules three times a day.
This is what the studies have shown cause 85% seroconversion at six months and 100% improvement. Remember, though, that research is ongoing. To obtain the POA Cat’s Claw, visit www.allergyresearchgroup.com or call (800)-545-9960. The artemisinin to treat Babesia and other parasitic concomitant infections can also be obtained from Allergy Research Group.