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#21 SkunkyAroma

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 04:42 PM

 

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Decarboxylated cannabis oil can cure this terrible disease.  Many folks are afraid of the "high" from Rick Simpson Oil, but as stated in 'Run From The Cure' you can completely avoid any high if you just start very slowly with the oil, increasing the dosage SUPER SLOWLY.  If done correctly, there is no high, only amazing healing.  Cannabis Oil treatment will cure your lyme you really must try it.

 

 

 

 

​Rick states in the above video that cures can be had without any high.  THC is the cure, do not fear it.



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The ‘Swiss Agent’: Long-forgotten research unearths new mystery about Lyme disease

The tick hunter was hopeful he had found the cause of the disabling illness, recently named Lyme disease, that was spreading anxiety through leafy communities east of New York City. At a government lab in Montana, Willy Burgdorfer typed a letter to a colleague, reporting that blood from Lyme patients showed “very strong reactions” on a test for an obscure, tick-borne bacterium. He called it the “Swiss Agent.”

But further studies raised doubts about whether he had the right culprit, and 18 months later, in 1981, Burgdorfer instead pinned Lyme on another microbe. The Swiss Agent test results were forgotten.

Now STAT has obtained those documents, including some discovered in boxes of Burgdorfer’s personal papers found in his garage after his death in 2014. The papers — including letters to collaborators, lab records, and blood test results — indicate that the Swiss Agent was infecting people in Connecticut and Long Island in the late 1970s.

And scientists who worked with Burgdorfer, and reviewed key portions of the documents at STAT’s request, said the bacteria might still be sickening an unknown number of Americans today.

While the evidence is hardly conclusive, patients and doctors might be mistaking under-the-radar Swiss Agent infections for Lyme, the infectious disease specialists said. Or the bacteria could be co-infecting some Lyme patients, exacerbating symptoms and complicating their treatment — and even stoking a bitter debate about whether Lyme often becomes a persistent and serious illness.

Swiss Agent, now called Rickettsia helvetica, is likely not a major health risk in the United States, in part because such bacteria typically respond to antibiotics. Still, several of Burgdorfer’s former colleagues called for infectious disease researchers to mount a search for the bacterium.

Burgdorfer-Letter_treated-1024x576.jpgAfter initial tests, Burgdorfer suspected the Swiss Agent caused Lyme. He shared the strong evidence with a close colleague in Switzerland to see whether he could verify the findings in patients there. Alex Hogan/STAT

“It should be done,” said Jorge Benach, a professor emeritus at Stony Brook University and a coauthor of Burgdorfer’s seminal 1982 paper describing the detection of the Lyme microbe. Public health concerns warrant a new study, Benach said, and with today’s more advanced “weaponry for pathogen discovery, it would make perfect sense.”

Dr. Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Lyme disease program, said that he wasn’t familiar with Rickettsia helvetica, but that “new tick-borne pathogens could certainly be out there.” He cited several found in the years since Lyme’s cause was discovered. Any serious, common co-infection would usually, but not always, be noticed by physicians as a distinct problem in Lyme endemic areas, he said.

In Europe and Asia, Rickettsia helvetica has been recognized as a relatively rare but sometimes serious health threat if untreated. It’s been linked to a handful of sudden deaths from heart disease, as well as facial palsy, deafness, meningitis, chronic muscle weakness, and temporary paralysis. But US laboratories don’t test for the Swiss Agent.

 

STAT was approached with Burgdorfer’s archives by Kris Newby, who is writing a biography of Burgdorfer and produced an award-winning documentary that sympathetically depicts Lyme patients and doctors who challenged the medical establishment over its approach to Lyme diagnosis and treatment.

The documents offer a tantalizing glimpse into how disease detectives tracked down Lyme’s cause — and how potentially significant loose ends can sometimes be dropped by researchers pressed for time and funding or diverted by more promising leads.

 

They show that Burgdorfer intended to look more deeply into the Swiss Agent, which he had discovered in 1978 in Switzerland, but never did. His former colleagues speculate that he set aside this research to focus on identifying the cause of Lyme. When the Swiss Agent turned out to be an unlikely candidate after all, he redeployed his limited time and resources to other prospects.

But the papers suggest that he might have gone to his grave harboring regret that he didn’t follow up on the Swiss Agent findings, as reasonable as the decision was, Benach said.

On the top of a stack of documents in his garage was a mysterious note, penned boldly in red ink in the scientist’s unmistakable handwriting. “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something,” it said. “Then I realized that I am somebody.”

The Lyme wars

Lyme has now become one of the most common infectious diseases in the United States — it’s been found in every state except Hawaii, and is rampant in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. The CDC estimates that 329,000 people are infected annually.

Lyme has also provoked what’s often described as a “war” over diagnosis and treatment. If Rickettsia helvetica is in the United States, some experts consulted by STAT said, unrecognized infections might be one of several factors contributing to the controversy, by creating confusion over the cause of some patients’ illnesses.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the CDC, and many doctors view Lyme as generally easy to diagnose with its characteristic “bulls-eye” rash and pinpoint lab tests, and easy to cure with two-to-four weeks of antibiotics. If the disease is not diagnosed and treated early — in up to 30 percent of cases, there is no rash — patients can develop longer-lasting and more serious symptoms. But most infectious disease doctors say a short course of antibiotics will cure those patients.

But an insurgency of renegade doctors and patients disagrees. They argue that the diagnosis is frequently missed because of poor lab tests and other factors, and that Lyme becomes a chronic condition when untreated or inadequately treated. The patients describe symptoms that include incapacitating “brain fog” and weakness, intense anxiety, severe muscle pain, and paralyzing headaches. Many say that they required treatment with antibiotics lasting months or longer to be cured after years of misery.

Although the few small clinical trials that have examined long-term antibiotic therapy up to 90 days have shown few if any clear benefits, this camp has gained a passionate following, including a cadre of researchers who publish papers supporting this alternative view, and a medical group — the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

The medical establishment mostly views “chronic Lyme” as the product of quack doctors exploiting desperate patients by offering unproven therapies. The patients sometimes need psychiatric care, these experts say, but in any case, chronic physical complaints are not caused by an active Lyme infection. Some state medical boards have gone so far as to revoke licenses of doctors who prescribe long-term antibiotics.

Steere-Letter_treated_v2-1024x576.jpgDr. Allen Steere, then a professor at Yale who first identified Lyme disease in patients, was excited about initial lab tests that strongly suggested that the Swiss Agent was Lyme’s cause. Alex Hogan/STAT
Crop_Burgdorfer_in_the_lab_002-copy-1024Burgdorfer in his lab. Burgdorfer Archives

It’s hard to overstate the animosity that characterizes this clash. A few angry patients have compared establishment Lyme experts — including Dr. Allen Steere, who collaborated with Burgdorfer and has received death threats — to the Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele.

How might the Swiss Agent add fuel to this conflict? Steere, a Massachusetts General Hospital researcher and among the world’s leading Lyme experts, said some patients who believe they have Lyme, but who test negative for the infection, might be suffering from an illness caused by one of several other microbes. Rickettsia helvetica could be among them, he said.

 

Ticks often carry more than one pathogen, so patients can also have co-infections along with Lyme, which frequently begin with similar symptoms, such as fever, neck stiffness, and headaches.

“You can’t tell them apart clinically” in the first several weeks, Steere said. Co-infections can cause “more severe early disease … a phenomenon of the summer, when the tick bites.” Longer term, the confusion would not last because of Lyme’s distinct symptoms, even if the infection were untreated, he added.

Other experts noted that Lyme and Rickettsia helvetica have co-infected patients in Europe. Antibiotics normally cure Rickettsia helvetica infections, but diagnosis can prove difficult because the microbe does not cause a rash. If untreated or inadequately treated, the two infections share overlapping, serious, and sometimes persistent symptoms, according to clinical researchers. These include debilitating fatigue, severe headaches, muscle weakness, meningitis, facial paralysis, and sarcoidosis — a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause lung and skin problems. Numerous studies have linked Rickettsia helvetica to such ailments, although it is not regarded as a major public health peril in Europe.

Andrew Main, who conducted Lyme research at Yale University in collaboration with Steere and Burgdorfer, had Lyme early on, before its cause was discovered, and was among patients who showed evidence of co-infection with the Swiss Agent — a result that was included in Burgdorfer’s papers but that Main knew nothing about until informed by STAT. The positive tests for the Swiss Agent among Lyme patients back then, he said, strongly support the idea that it might be a current threat.

Robert Lane, a University of California, Berkeley, medical entomologist and Lyme expert who worked closely with Burgdorfer, is respected by both sides in the Lyme wars. He said Rickettsia helvetica could be a significant hidden factor that worsens Lyme infections and makes them harder to cure.

“You would want to look at it both ways. Could that organism, if present in some of the Lyme-disease endemic areas, infect people and cause clinical illness on its own, or react in concert with (the microbe that causes Lyme) or some of the other agents,” Lane said. “If you are looking for one or a few agents in a tick, you may be overlooking others that contribute to the disease burden.”

 

Ticks-from-WB-collection-copy-Courtesy-RTicks from Burgdorfer’s archives Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer Archives

 

Finding the Swiss Agent

The man who found Lyme’s cause devoted his career to studying creatures sometimes described as tiny living cesspools, for the infectious stew of microbes ticks carry and transmit while sucking blood from animals or people.

While training for his PhD in his native Basel, Switzerland, Burgdorfer became a preeminent “tick surgeon,” as he called himself — dissecting thousands with eye scalpels and Swiss watchmaker forceps. In 1951 he became a research fellow at the federal Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a remote outpost in Montana’s breathtaking Bitterroot Valley that specializes in infectious agents.

Burgdorfer fell in love with the Bitterroot and with Gertrude Dale See — a secretary and technician at the lab. She won the multilingual scientist’s heart with her ability to speak French. They married and had two sons, and Burgdorfer became a US citizen and permanent lab employee.

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He rose to lead the work on Rickettsia, rod-shaped bacteria spread by ticks that cause ailments such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever — which is sometimes deadly for patients in New England as well as the West. Burgdorfer built a global reputation for his knowledge of Rickettsia and Borrelia — corkscrew-shaped “spirochete” bacteria of the same group as the species known for causing syphilis.

On a trip back to Switzerland in 1978, Burgdorfer and a few colleagues discovered in local ticks the previously unknown Swiss Agent — later named Rickettsia helvetica (from Switzerland’s ancient Latin name, Helvetia). He found the microbe infectious for meadow voles — a small rodent common in Europe and the United States — and deadly to chicken embryos. No one knew then that it also caused illnesses in people.

Burgdorfer returned with samples of infected ticks and Swiss Agent antigen, molecules from the bacterium that can provoke an immune response, for further study. When mixed with blood sera — a part of the blood that doesn’t contain blood cells — the antigen can show whether a person has been infected.

By then, Steere, a young Yale professor, had for several years been aggressively investigating why some of his patients in Lyme, Conn., were reporting serious and strange symptoms of an apparently new illness. He had found “that many patients suffered not only of arthritis, but also of disorders affecting the skin, muscular, cardiac, and nervous systems,” Burgdorfer told his official biographer from the National Institutes of Health in 2001.

Steere asked Burgdorfer to join the hunt for a tick-borne microbe believed to be at the heart of Lyme. He sent samples of his patients’ blood sera to Rocky Mountain Laboratories for analysis.

Lab-test-excerpt_treated-1024x576.jpgBlood sera from Lyme patients showed infection with the Swiss Agent. Results of 64 or greater were considered firm evidence, as this test showed for 6 of 11 patients. The test showed no infections with other Rickettsia. Alex Hogan/STAT

Sera tests showed that at least a dozen Lyme patients had been infected with Swiss Agent, and that at least six others might have been infected. The records did not make clear how many Lyme patients had been tested overall. Burgdorfer told Steere and other colleagues that the results pointed to a potential cause of Lyme.

Steere sensed a breakthrough. “I am excited to pursue further the possibility of a rickettsial etiology of Lyme disease,” he wrote to another researcher.

Burgdorfer was encouraged, in part, because of the test’s specificity: A positive result strongly suggested that the person had been infected with the Swiss Agent and not a different Rickettsia such as the one that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

But when a second test method showed inconsistencies, doubts crept in about whether Swiss Agent was linked to Lyme. About 18 months later, Burgdorfer broke through, providing a rare undisputed fact in what would become the most disputatious of diseases: A spirochete causes Lyme. Years later, the microbe was named in his honor, Borrelia burgdorferi.

But he hadn’t given up on Swiss Agent completely.

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In the lab during this period, Burgdorfer infected US ticks with the Swiss Agent, his lab books show. The records don’t state his experimental goal, but Rocky Mountain Lab scientists often studied which animals and arthropods could be infected with different agents, and thus might be reservoirs or vectors for disease. He also looked for Rickettsia in ticks in Lyme-endemic areas and found dozens of examples, but often neglected to determine the specific rickettsial species.

In December 1981, just a few months after discovering the Lyme spirochete, he wrote to a Swiss colleague who was overseeing a young investigator’s defense of his PhD thesis concerning the Swiss Agent. Burgdorfer suggested this question: “Do you feel that ‘Rickettsia suisse’ is the etiologic agent of (Lyme)? If so, how would you go about proving this?”

Burgdorfer and his colleagues reported their discovery of the cause of Lyme in the journal Science in 1982. In a handwritten draft found among Burgdorfer’s papers, he described identifying Rickettsia in Lyme patients’ sera and ticks, and his efforts to rule out Rickettsia as the cause of Lyme — without naming the Swiss Agent.

But in the final Science article, he made no mention of Rickettsia. Not a word about possibly finding the Swiss Agent in this country has ever been published.

SwissAgent_Slides-1024x576.jpgSlides of the Swiss Agent from Burgdorfer’s files Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer Archives Finishing the hunt

Burgdorfer retired in 1986 at age 60, just a few years after the successful Lyme hunt put him at the pinnacle of his field.

“I started to realize that the research I used to do and was successful in doing has changed its character,” he explained to a National Institutes of Health biographer in 2001. “Molecular and genetic biology have replaced the technologies I was able to apply,” he said. “Since I had no basic training in these fields … I was unable to speak and understand the completely new language.”

Those fluent in the “new language” of molecular biology and genetics will be able to finish Burgdorfer’s work, experts said. If the Swiss Agent is here, they can find it.

The CDC’s Mead said his agency is using molecular techniques to look for evidence of bacteria in 30,000 sera samples from people suspected to have contracted tick-borne illnesses. If Rickettsia helvetica is in some of the samples, it probably will be found, he said. That process will taken several more years to complete.

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who directs the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is hunting for viruses as well as bacteria living in ticks that spread Lyme, partly to understand why antibiotics sometimes fail in apparent Lyme cases.

Lipkin’s group has collected 5,000 ticks from New York and Connecticut. With funding from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, he has so far identified 20 new viruses in these ticks, and is exploring whether they have caused harmful infections in people, using tests that can search for a wide range of tick pathogens in a single sera sample. Eventually, Lipkin said, this process could make the tests affordable on a mass scale.

“Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this,” Lipkin said. “All of this is critical to … finding out why some people respond to antibiotics and some people don’t, and whether or not the antibiotics being used are appropriate, and trying to find ways to link different bacteria and different viruses to different syndromes.”

Lipkin is seeking funds to expand the work to tick-borne bacteria, including Rickettsia.

Asked whether his methods could find evidence of infections with the Swiss Agent, Lipkin replied without hesitation. “The answer is yes,” he said. “If this particular rickettsial species is present, I’m sure we will see it.”

Swiss-Agent-microscopic-photos-3-Photo-bNegatives of microscopic images of the Swiss Agent, from Burgdorfer’s archive Kris Newby/National Archives and Records Administration archives Willy’s last words

After he retired, Burgdorfer sent most of his voluminous personal files to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where they were cataloged for public viewing. Those records contained some Swiss Agent documents. Many more lay untouched for decades in his garage and home office in Hamilton, Mont.

Late in life, Burgdorfer developed Parkinson’s disease and became increasingly infirm. A friend listened to his fears that his garage files might be lost to history. She urged Burgdorfer to contact Ron Lindorf, then an entrepreneur and business professor at Brigham Young University, who had been suggested by colleagues.

Early one morning in June 2014, an agitated Burgdorfer called Lindorf with an urgent request: “Come to Montana and get all my research, my files. I want to put it on the internet so people can see it,” Lindorf recalled him saying.

 

Lindorf was not a professional archivist, but agreed: His children had suffered from serious bouts of Lyme disease, he was eager to help the scientist who discovered Lyme’s cause, and he had the ability to take on the complex job. The next month Lindorf arrived in Hamilton, departing two days later with his SUV packed full of old files. That November, Burgdorfer died.

To better understand the Burgdorfer archive, Lindorf began collaborating with Newby, producer of “Under Our Skin,” the Lyme documentary. She shared the documents with STAT, hoping that an independent report would illuminate a possibly hidden risk for Lyme patients and others.

Lindorf returned to Montana last year to visit Burgdorfer’s second wife. She pointed across the garage to some additional boxes. Inside a cardboard portfolio covered in flowery fabric and closed by a metal clasp, he found more of the Swiss Agent archives, topped by Burgdorfer’s “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something” note.

“It made the hairs on the back of my neck stick up,” Lindorf said. “It felt like Willy talking from the grave.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 03:28 PM

Cannabidiol paste potentially a cure for Lyme disease

 

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A revolutionary new paste called cannabidiol looks promising in the treatment of several illnesses including Lyme disease. Dr. Ernie Murakami presents his findings to Hope residents about the potential benefits of cannabidiol on a plethora of diseases including diabetes.
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Local resident and former Hope practitioner Dr. Ernie Murakami is on the verge of a medical breakthrough that could revolutionize the face of medicine and upset a potentially grossly misdiagnosed population according to his extensive life’s research on Lyme disease.

“The medical profession is being criminally negligent,” said Murakami of misdiagnosis’ being made in relation to the onset of Lyme disease.

An 84 year-old activist who now teaches at a naturopathic facility and is the founder of the Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme Research was once a prisoner in the Japanese-Canadian Internment camps during World War II.

He is no stranger to controversy.

Mild-mannered in his approach — the patriarch, who was disenfranchised by the B.C. medical community spoke passionately about his work during a recent presentation at the Fraser Canyon Hospital to a group about the effects of a relatively new paste on the market known as cannabidiol.

The derivative of marijuana, which is also a vegetable, boasts healing properties equal to traditional methods (antibiotics,) without negative side effects according to Murakami’s early findings.

His preliminary research suggests that cannabidiol, which can be legally purchased at the Green Cross Society of B.C. in Vancouver could potentially be used to treat a variety of illnesses including diabetes, cancer, fibromylagia, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis.

Having treated a vast number of Lyme disease patients and lecturing for over 40 years in the medical community as a specialist in bacteriology and immunology, Dr. Murakami sought treatment for chronic sufferers who experienced symptoms of pain, arthritis, fatigue, depression (with suicide ideation) mental fog and organ failure.

An undiagnosed epidemic of lyme disease in North America is presenting itself in the form of other illnesses and is correlative to the onset of Lyme disease, based on results of Murakami’s work.

Current environmental conditions are providing a healthy breeding ground for the ticks, who do not traditionally survive in cold temperatures. An influx of warm weather during winter months is allowing the pests to flourish and go undetected by their hosts.

This has been denied by the proper authourities as stated by Murakami and may also be linked to dwindling moose populations.

“I once had a patient who suffered from severe depression — the medical community said she was a mental case, but I insisted on doing the tests and we found that her symptoms were the result of Lyme disease (which is contracted through the implantation of a tick),” he said. “The leading cause of death in Lyme disease is suicide — the depression is that bad.”

Conservative in his approach toward marijuana, Murakami was dead against the use of pot smoking, but became interested in the benefits of cannabidiol paste, as it didn’t possess the psychotic effects traditionally induced by marijuana usage.

After discovering he had a brain tumor Murakami used the paste to treat it, after researching a case where cannabidiol dissolved a Glioma tumor. This resulted in its disappearance.

“I thought this was an impossibility, until I saw the MRI reports showing the absolute resolution of the tumor in four months,” he said.

Other anecdotal cases of cannabidiol treating chronic infections, which have been resistant to standard antibiotics have been cited in his preliminary research; suggesting, the possibility that cannabidiol has an antibiotic effect.

Research, which is in its initial stages and involves testing cannabidiol on live spirochetes (infectious Lyme bacteria,) has stood up to preliminary inquiry and provided solid evidence for the necessity to continue with further testing.

“I made them better and I was condemned for it,” said Murakami of the reception of his work by the medical profession and by UBC, where he was a teacher for five years.

 

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 05:26 PM

Here is a link called "Unusual Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Lyme Disease"  it shows how muscles and bones can be displaced and modified by the Lyme bacteria over time.  The common complaint of rib pain with lyme disease has been known to also cause rib dislocation.  Some say the spirochette Lyme bacteria do not like excess oxygen, so it seeks to control breathing through control of the ribs. 

 

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 05:51 PM

Most common symptoms reported by 1000 Patients with persistent borellia infection (Lyme disease): (% of Patients)

 

Fatigue: 96 %

Brain Fog: 87 %

Joint Pain: 78 %

Loss of Balance: 60 %

Headaches: 57 %

Neck Pain: 56 %

Muscle Twitching: 55 %

Insomnia: 52 %

Muscle Weakness: 51 %

Vision Floaters: 48 %

Mood Swings: 47 %

All Over Body Pain: 43 %

Noise Sensitivity: 42 %

Heart Palpitations: 41 %

Light sensitivity: 40 %

Night Sweats: 36 %

Ringing in Ears: 36 %

Deep Bone Pain: 35 %

Low Body Temperature: 35 %

Numbness Hands and Feet: 33 %

Air Hunger: 30 %

Migraines: 30 %

Rib Cage Pain: 30 %

Sensitivity to Smell: 26 %

 

If you have 5 or more of the listed symptoms, there is a very good chance you have Lyme Disease.

 

Remember testing for Lyme disease is only 40 percent accurate and you should be diagnosed clinically based upon your symptoms.



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 02:38 AM

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“Chronic Lyme Disease with people suffering constantly, not in spurts. Many people with Lyme disease may not think cannabis could be one of the more affective long-term medicines to help alleviate symptoms. Cannabis is a safer, more soothing medication that can eliminate pain in all forms.  Medically, cannabis can be used for many reasons.  It fights the aches in your joints and pain throughout your whole body.  The more potent the strain brings on the more potent medication.  This could be the answer to questions about cannabis being an alternative medicine with the people suffering from “Lyme Disease” who are looking for other, more natural methods of healing.  Cannabis can provide the energy needed to make it through the rough days when your symptoms are high.  During the evening it can make lying down and falling asleep a delightful occasion, instead of a frustrating restless one.  After a great night sleep, you could wake up feeling refreshed instead of sore and tired.  In the morning cannabis is an incredible way to help loosen your joints and stiffness from previous nights tossing and turning.  The unfortunate early sunrises when you woke up sick and tired could truly be a thing of the past.  Ingesting cannabis will make your appetite stronger, bringing some much needed nutrition.  Walking instead of limping, around the house brings back pleasant mornings.  Also for the non-smokers you could have a tasty, potent and original edible medication of your choice. Medical cannabis oil not only relieves the symptoms but can actually cure you of this terrible disease with prolonged use, ingesting 60 grams of decarboxylated cannabis oil as quickly as you are able is the natural path to being normal, happy and healthy again, I promise you”

 

Also, for folks with long-term Lyme and antibiotic use, you are now most likely dealing with a systemic candida infection, you're in luck because a long term cannabis oil program will destroy candida as well.  You are on your way to healing, plus looking and feeling 20 years younger.  Cannabis oil is a true miracle for health and well being.



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Posted 27 June 2016 - 06:44 PM

   Fatal tick bite  ​

 

by Jeff Baillon

 

  There's yet another reason to protect yourself from tick bites this summer. Health officials are warning people about a disease that can stop your heart.

 

Steve Stolz noticed something was wrong with his heart while he was walking up a hill. "It should be fine and something doesn't feel right," he remembered thinking.

 

His heart was beating at a much slower rate than normal.  "That was enough of a warning to say we need to go to the emergency room," Stolz added. 

 

Something was messing with the electrical system of his heart and it was something he came across out in the woods. 

 

The same organism attacked the heart of another Minnesota man last year.

 

"Nothing quite added up and so while they were trying to work out what was going on with him, unfortunately he ended up passing away," said Elizabeth Schiffman from the MN Department of Health.

 

That was Minnesota's first documented case of sudden cardiac death linked to the bite of a Lyme-infected tick.

The middle aged man from the Twin Cities had developed a rare condition known as "Lyme carditis".

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Posted 13 July 2016 - 03:11 PM

Please read this article to learn more of the scandal behind Lyme disease: http://owndoc.com/ly...-of-a-cover-up/



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Posted 31 July 2016 - 10:39 PM

  Lyme Encephalopathy: Impact on Quality of Life

B.L. Goldklang (1), S.S. Festa (1), and J.S. Hason (1,2).

Lyme Disease Coalition of New York and Connecticut, Katonah, NY, USA (1); Arthritis Foundation, Long Island, NY, USA (2).

Lyme encephalopathy has been defined in the medical literature as a "mild confusional state" characterized by subtle disturbances in memory, mood, and sleep.1'3 To patients with this syndrome, however, this mild confusional state has a disabling impact on all aspects of daily life: from the ability to maintain full-time employment, relationships, and independence, to the simple capacity for task performance, household maintenance, and the rudimentary abilities to plan, schedule, and organize. For many patients, the simplest activities become difficult, time consuming, or completely impossible to perform.` Other patients are unable to work or attend school for months to years, leading severely curtailed lifestyles and a significantly diminished quality of life.

Although people with Lyme encephalopathy may appear physically well, many are seriously disabled.' The extent of disability is linked to a range of cognitive, sensory, and neuropsychiatric symptoms and syndromes, including but not limited to, short-term memory loss, language processing difficulties, attention deficits, ,extreme sensitivity to sound, light, and movement, insomnia, lability, mood disorder, major depression, anxiety and panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and extreme fatigue.4,842 Irritability escalating to violence has also been observed as a manifestation of Lyme encephalopathy.4'8'13 To put a human face on this complex and poorly understood aspect of Lyme disease, we interviewed adult and pediatric patients with Lyme encephalopathy, particularly focusing on its impact on the patient's quality of life (QOL). For adults, we looked at QOL in terms of vocational functioning (ability to work at or maintain a job), social functioning (ability to sustain relationships, marriages, friendships), mental and physical independence (ability to pursue daily activities ranging from money management to transportation, or shopping without help of others), psychosocial functioning (ability to cope with behavioral and emotional limitations and deficits caused by dysfunctions in mood and personality, severe depression, sleep disturbance, and cognitive impairment), and recreational functioning (ability to maintain hobbies, interests).

For children with Lyme encephalopathy, we looked at QOL in age-appropriate areas of educational progress (ability to attend and complete school) and social functioning (ability to make and maintain friendships). Psychosocial and recreational functioning were also considered, as these areas likewise reflect critical aspects of childhood development. Not surprisingly, children with encephalopathy are hit hardest by its often dramatic (not subtle) mood and psychiatric changes--changes they neither understand nor are frequently able to express or articulate, as many may be too young and have nothing in their experience by which to compare, gauge, or comprehend such changes.14-16

While initial unstructured interviews of encephalopathic patients reveal complaints of memory loss and inability to focus or concentrate, mood swings, fatigue and sleep disturbance, the tremendous impact of these symptoms on daily functioning is not immediately clear. The complaints of patients with encephalopathy may seem "vague" in part because of the patients' difficulties in recalling specific examples and organizing their histories or interviews. In patients presenting with memory and sleep problems, for example, symptoms which may appear vague, are often of profound duration and severity. While everyone from time to time may forget a word or a name, or lose their car keys, patients with Lyme encephalopathy exhibit these types of problems repetitively and with marked frequency many times in a single day.

It should be noted that a complaint remains vague only as long as the clinician allows it to remain vague." And "... what often appears 'vague' to the doctor can be devastating to the patient. "18 Where signs of encephalopathy are persistent and disabling, neurologic, psychiatric, and neuropsychiatric evaluations are essential and invaluable adjunctive aids for the clinician.19-24

ADULTS WITH LYME ENCEPHALOPATHY

Adults with Lyme encephalopathy commonly present with memory and attention problems, language difficulties (including dyslexia, word-finding problems, word misuse and mispronunciation), impaired calculation and reasoning (with number reversal and inability to perform simple math problems, including inability to make change), impaired judgment and problem solving, major to severe depression (with suicidal ideation and attempts), and sleep disturbance (ranging from hypersomnolence to insomnia). Patients' symptom descriptions are dramatic, and, to an attentive and alert clinician, should be readily recognizable. These difficulties can be measured objectively by neuropsychological tests, and studies have shown that significant impairment is not uncommon.5-24

Adults with Lyme encephalopathy describe their problems as an increase in the forgetting of names, conversations, phone numbers, directions, and appointments. Many are highly distractable and misplace objects, forget how to drive their own cars, frequently get lost driving in their own neighborhoods, cannot recall information they've just heard, seen on TV, or read in books or newspapers. Many rely heavily on reminder notes and some have been known to tape Post-it notes to themselves to remind them of tasks in progress. By the time a doctor sees these patients many are totally dependent on family members for assistance with daily errands and meals.

Commonly patients with Lyme encephalopathy are mentally overwhelmed by the simplest of tasks, like composing and mailing a letter or writing a check. Many patients require "lists" for everything from the important to the mundane, highlighting the fact that they are no longer able to multitask (or do more than one task at a time), and can neither plan, schedule, nor prioritize—the given executive functions in individuals with healthy frontal lobes.

Outside the doctor's office, this breakdown in memory and attention translates into major vocational disability, resulting decline in financial status, and severe impact on quality of life.

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on vocational functioning:

• A highly educated financial analyst who had sudden problems with math and dyslexic number reversals, fatigue and concentration, stopped work for fear of making major mistakes.
• A nurse quit her job because she was seriously afraid of giving patients the wrong medications or wrong doses of medication. She also feared giving wrong medications to the wrong patients.
• A building contractor nearly lost his business because he could no longer remember how to cost-estimate jobs, perform accurate measurements, or prepare building drafts.
• A controller stopped work and changed careers when simple bookkeeping became impossible and for the first time this accurate accountant was handing in reports with six-figure mistakes. With extensive training in math and accounting, this individual suddenly found it difficult to make simple change.
• Editors and teachers alike ended their careers when they could no longer remember basic spelling and grammar. The editor, who suddenly had problems distinguishing spellings of homophones like "pear" from "pair" or "there" from "their" or "they're", had a master's degree in English from an ivy league school and was qualified to teach English on a college level.
• A 27-year-old landscaper who could no longer run his own business due to complete confusion and could no longer function independently committed suicide.

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on social functioning:

Problems of memory loss, inattention, and confusion result not only in job loss and consequent decline in financial status but in isolation and social withdrawal that accompany these changes in mental status and standard of living. Numerous patients with Lyme encephalopathy also experience sensory abnormalities such as extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and motion.4'8 These symptoms further isolate patients by keeping them homebound and/or dependent on caregivers for any travel outside of the home. Patients with acute dizziness and sound sensitivity (where a collapsed tolerance to environmental noise can cause physical pain, total distraction from tasks at hand, or make individuals withdraw and retreat to dark, silent locations) particularly tend to lead very restricted lifestyles, seldom even leaving their homes, rarely going to social gatherings or public places.

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on independence:

In addition, memory and attention disturbances may cause numerous driving accidents. Many encephalopathic adults have complained about car accidents, near accidents, and difficulty driving, particularly on highways (with missed exits; inability to remember cars behind them or in their blind spots, etc), or at 4-way intersections where they have to remember instantaneous light signals or "go-ahead" signals of other drivers. One patient, an owner and enthusiast of SAAB automobiles for 20 years suddenly could no longer identify or locate the various switches, dials, and buttons on the car dashboard—a dashboard whose design has changed very little in 20 years. All of these hurdles add up so that ultimately travel is restricted and the Lyme encephalopathic patient is further cut-off from his/her premorbid independence.

With job loss, social withdrawal, an onslaught of unusual and unpredictable sensory abnormalities, and restricted transportation, comes a decline in ability to maintain one's sense of self-esteem. And, as the person with this organic brain condition who "looks well" to the public, but privately continues to intellecutally deteriorate, grows increasingly dependent on others to accomplish the simplest routines and errands, breakdowns subsequently occur in family and social relationships.

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on psychosocial functioning:

Severe depression with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, part of the Lyme encephalopathic picture and not situational in nature, further exacerbate the adult's overall decline in quality of life. Dramatic mood and personality changes ranging from lability and bipolar disorder to violence,g'21 obsessive compulsive disorder,g'11-12 psychosis, and Alzheimer's- and schizophrenia-like dementia9'22'2s-3° (severe and extreme manifestations of neuropsychiatric Lyme encephalopathy which have been extensively documented in the international medical literature), lead to destruction of families and, in less severe cases, erode patients' abilities to provide adequate and effective parenting.31 Fatigue and sleep disturbance (ranging from hypersomnolence to complete insomnia), again, independent of the depression and part of the constellation of Lyme encephalopathy, render patients, especially depressed patients, essentially nonfunctional.

The quality of life, then, for adults with Lyme encephalopathy is one marked by major declines in vocational, social, independent, psychosocial, and recreational functioning, and overall deterioration in cognitive and neuropsychiatric status. Patients who have lost their jobs, standard of living, ability to engage in activities with family and friends, physical and mental independence, and who are grossly immobilized by major depression or bizarre behavioral changes and sleep disturbance, individuals who have little concentration to focus on very much or for very long periods of time, or who can no longer sustain interest in former goals or hobbies, are clearly living from day to day, from minute to minute, neurologically impaired, invisibly disabled, and leading extremely curtailed lives.24

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH LYME ENCEPHALOPATHY

For children and adolescents with Lyme encephalopathy the most frequent complaints, mainly attentional and behavioral in nature, ultimately affect QOL areas of education and social development. Children with Lyme encephalopathy are not able to concentrate or study in school and not able to learn and remember new information. Intense fatigue prohibits students of all ages from keeping up with the pace and volume of schoolwork, staying awake in classes, and making and maintaining friendships. Acute sensitivities to light, sound, and multistimuli also make concentration difficult and can exacerbate personality and mood changes. Behavioral symptoms can range from sudden fussiness and irritability in very young children,15'32 to anger, rage, violence, major depression,9 and obsessive compulsive ritualsl 1-12 in children and adolescents. For example, one premorbidly polite, easy-going 1.3-year-old boy with Lyme encephalopathy exhibited sudden, uncontrollable cursing which resolved soon after antibiotic therapy.

Educational hurdles dramatically affect college-bound adolescents with Lyme encephalopathy as well. This group frequently requires non-standard forms of testing like special time-extended PSATs and SATs. Once in college, these students may flounder due to, heavy work loads and short semester deadlines, or struggle to adapt by scheduling classes around daily rest periods. Numerous college students with this condition however, drop out of school or take many class extensions (in excess of the traditional four-year program) and, again, with the supportive aid of tutoring.

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on education:

Dramatic increases in attention and behaviorial changes cause students to fall behind in school. Aside from the invisible multisystemic symptoms and pain of Lyme disease, these unseen and poorly understood neurologic components cause children and adolescents to miss many school days, sometimes months to years at a time. Often, in-school tutoring is sufficient to carry them through difficult stages of their illness, but more commonly, at-home tutoring becomes necessary." Home-tutoring, which is expensive and, according to one estimate, can cost anywhere between $50 to $65 an hour,33 (and which normally would be paid for by the student's school district) is not universally accepted or implemented across school districts and from state to state.34 In fact, many schools do not cover tutoring for the "intermittently" chronically ill child—the Lyme disease student for example, who can be well one day and drastically sick the next.34 However, new and creative solutions are being experimented with in places like Suffern, New York, where attempts are being made to bring the homebound student into the classroom via video conferencing.3s

Impact of Lyme encephalopathy on social development:

The overall affect of Lyme encephalopathy on QOL for children and adolescents with this condition remains one characterized by disrupted education and resulting isolation, loneliness, and frustration. Unable to keep up with schoolwork or the daily activities of their friends, these individuals are soon forgotten by their peers. It is tragic to see formerly healthy children being raised as isolated invalids. As one Lyme disease children's support group leader explains, "It's as if these children are missing out on their own childhoods....There is a sense that the world is moving on without them."16

Major depression, a frequent presentation of the encephalopathic state (and not primarily situational in nature) complicates the young person's ability to develop normal, adequate coping skills. While adults with Lyme encephalopathy have already acquired years of education, and many years' worth of memories and experiences from which to draw upon for coping with the unusual pain and confusion of this organic condition, young children with Lyme encephalopathy lack this advantage. They are clearly at a loss to articulate or explain to themselves, their parents and families, friends, and most importantly, doctors, what it is that they are going through—what it is that invisibly comes and goes with such ferocity and unpredictability, making their lives something that they cannot begin to explain to anyone who has not experienced this condition. How. do you explain that the teacher talks but it's as if you don't hear any of the information? Or how do you explain your need to wear sunglasses indoors or earplugs at your family dinner table?

Probably the most disturbing aspect of QOL for a child or adolescent with Lyme encephalopathy is that many have been hastily misdiagnosed as having learning disabilities or attention disorders, or worse, hypochondriasis. Their complaints have been repeatedly written off, outright dismissed, or mistakenly attributed to psychiatric or psychologic problems.15'32 Parents of children with this condition are told that their child's problems are psychiatric even though tests have not been done to indicate such types of problems. Symptoms of Lyme encephalopathy may be frequently mistaken for multiple sclerosis, postinfectious encephalopathy of other etiologies, or psychiatric illness.37 This mislabeling can be emotionally devastating for the child and no doubt puts a tremendous strain on the entire family.

Children therefore suffer a similarly compromised quality of life—but a more tragic one in that they are in a situation where they are robbed of the ability to build essential self-esteem and confidence—core elements in normal human development., The impact of Lyme encephalopathy on children is one that strongly affects functional areas of education, interpersonal/social development, psychosocial development, and recreational functioning. A Centers for Disease Control study performed in 1992 in New Jersey revealed an astronomical social and economic impact of Lyme disease in children: Medical cost average $96,000; educational loss for students of at least half a year of school; decline in school performance and disruption of social activities.38 So, whereas adults with this illness, particularly with the more neurologically debilitating aspects of this disease, suffer a decline in vocational functioning and hence total professional QOL, children are most affected in their education, which is, in effect, a preparation and indicator for success in future vocational functioning.

CONCLUSION

It is now strikingly apparent that adults, children, and adolescents with Lyme encephalopathy share a severely compromised quality of life. Even on "good days" when they look and appear well and seem to be functioning up to speed, they continue to live on the fringes of mainstream society, some intensely confused but hiding it as they fight to cling to jobs or to keep up with their education; others quietly disoriented yet trying to remain selfsuff'icient; and the majority cognitively and/or psychiatrically impaired. While not visibly handicapped, these patients are challenged daily by malfunctioning cognitive, sensory, and neuropsychiatric systems which leave many of them living at home—many in their parents' homes—unemployed, functionally dependent, isolated, depressed and suicidal, apathetic and increasingly unemployable.

Many have not been cognitively rehabilitated and continue to cost society millions of dollars in lost productivity and increasing insurance and disability claims. Others continue to cause an increased drain on special, expensive medical and educational resources needed to keep them functioning on a daily basis. Inevitably, a portion of these patients (ones who were originally inadequately treated, misdiagnosed, or simply undiagnosed) will likely pose a further burden to society via the phenomenal cost of long-term psychiatric and mental institutionalization and/or incarceration in jails.13'24 The cost of increased Lyme encephalopathic-related violence and crime is something that has been recently alluded to, yet requires further investigation.4,74,13'214'29 So, while the academic community continues to define Lyme encephalopathy as a "mild confusional state characterized by alterations of memory, mood, and sleep," the patients' experience is one of devastating, phenomenally expensive, invisible disability. Lyme encephalopathy affects all aspects of patients' glnality of life by halting intellectual growth and development, derailing professional and scholarly achievement, and ending futures that might have been promising or full of contribution to the betterment of society. The patients' experience of Lyme encephalopathy is that, in many cases, it is a long-lasting, damaging assault against an individual's total well-being, and one that is ultimately debilitating and unquestionably disabling.

The problem of Lyme encephalopathy is enormous and critical, and something that affects us all. The medical and research community must recognize the significance of this brain condition, its impact on patients' quality of life, and its future implications for society. It must encourage and support research which will advance our understanding and treatment of this serious, complicated, and frequent manifestation of Lyme disease. Special thanks to Cynthia Onorwto, Lyme Disease Patient Advocate, in the preparation of this manuscript. Special thanks to Marian Rissenberg, PhD, Neuropsychologist in private practice, Katonah, NY, for her suggestions. Additional thanks to Martha Agricola, FM', Martha Kramer, Suzanne Sugar, Pat Walsh, and members of the Lynne Disease Coalition of New York and Connecticut for their support and encouragement.



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For folks having severe muscle spacicity issue with Lyme along with muscle weakness and even muscle wasting syndrome, you must fight off your candida as anyone with longtime Lyme has a severe candida infection.  Luckily cannabis oil kills both Lyme spirochettes and also the cancerous Candida fungus.  Eventually strong doses of cannabis oil everyday will unlock your muscles.  If you are anything like me, my muscles were crushing me alive with unimaginable tightness/stiffness.

 

I did find another method that works great for for temporary muscle and joint-pain relief when I was low on cannabis oil for a few months,  it is DMSO and Magnesium chloride flakes.   I pushed the limits and would rub my whole body down with 99% pure DMSO.   I had a spray bottle that was filled with pure distilled or reverse osmosis water and added as many pure magnesium chloride flakes as I could get to dissolve into the water.  Immediate after rubbing down with DMSO I would spray my whole body down with the Magnesium chloride water.  When the DMSO and magnesium meet there is a warm sensation followed by a wave of relaxation of mind and muscles.   Don't get me wrong, the DMSO can feel prickly specially at the 99% concentration, but the muscle pain relief I get from it is worth 20 minutes of very slight stinging on my skin.  In fact I think it is the stinging that is part of the healing process because when I am feeling fine and do the same process there isn't any noticeable stinging at all.

 

Just wanted to pass that on to people that experience severe muscle pain from Lyme.  It also helps greatly with the muscle pain from herxheimer reactions.   Cannabis oil isn't always easy to get to heal yourself fully, so hope this can take some of the pain away until you are able to get a source for quality, tested, decarboxylated cannabis oil. Also, ionic silver water w/peroxide and borax water works to clear the eyes of floaters and imo safe to use with cannabis oil treatment or alone as I have done it myself.... they are all natural!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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