Fighting Chronic Lyme Disease

New Stanford Study Finds Lyme Infected Ticks Widespread in San Francisco Bay Area

(Published by the Stanford News Service, Feb 18 2014)

ticks questing on grass

Researchers found ticks infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and a newly identified human pathogen in nearly every Bay Area park they examined. Photo Credit: Ervic Aquino

“A Stanford study has found that ticks infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and a newly identified human pathogen are widespread in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

“(the study) to be published in the March issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Disease details how researchers (…) found the bacterium Borrelia miyamotoi, as well as B. burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, in ticks they sampled throughout the area.”

“The researchers were surprised to find ticks infected with one or both bacteria in nearly every park they examined.”

“The research results are ‘an important step toward dispelling the perception that you cannot acquire Lyme disease in California.'”

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Kudos to Stanford for publishing these findings and alert Bay area residents of the risk of exposure to Lyme in a part of the country long-presumed unaffected by these pathogens according to conventional medical mindsets. I pray this latest effort marks the beginning of a new path for this fine academic institution on the subject of Lyme disease… a new direction that will benefit their community with more accurate and up-to-date knowledge and practices. To date, they have gained a rather poor reputation in matters of Lyme education and treatment, as their medical establishment keeps perpetuating the simplistic beliefs about disease transmission endorsed by the IDSA, while their clinics implement inadequate testing methods for Lyme and co-infections which have left many suffering patients misdiagnosed.

"In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of Chronic Lyme Disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine."
Kenneth B. Liegner, MD
Board Certified Internist + training in Pathology and Critical Care Medicine / NY