As many of you know, controversey rages over the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. The two sides in this debate are represented by ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America). The IDSA's position is that Lyme disease is easily treated with 1 month or less of antibiotics and that there is no such entity as Chronic Lyme disease. They feel that the current Lyme testing is accurate and if you have the same symptoms after the last day of a 1 month course of antibiotics....you no longer have Lyme disease but somehow magically it has now changed into depression or a vague autoimmune condition.
ILADS on the other hand realizes that there are certain mechanisms which the Lyme spirochete(Borrelia burgdorferi) utilizes to hide from testing, the immune system and even from antibiotics. The Lyme microbe is pleomorphic(changes form) and it has fairly recently been discovered that this pathogen forms protective biofilm communities. These properties make it possible for Lyme disease to become a chronic relapsing infection.The link below shows a video of a biofilm formation...along with an explanation. If your doctor is hesitant to treat for persistent symptoms of Lyme, perhaps sharing information with him/her concerning these stealth pathogen properties, would cause the doctor to look further into this debate. If the doctor really cares about the patient, he will investigate further.
One of the areas of research is to find natural and or drug treatments which break down this biofilm, which would then release the colonies of borrelia and leave them vulnerable to other agents which would destroy the different forms of this germ.
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