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lyme in MS and Alzheimers


Posted By: Daystar
Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 8:04 a.m.

The following is a segment from an article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors And Patients. The whole article can be found at the link below.

I copied and pasted the section which I thought is most crucial for the public to know. It concerns the many diseases associated or caused by lyme and related spirochetes.

I thought it was very interesting at the end where the authors speak of the lyme spirochete feeding off of carbohydrates. Many patients with Lyme, CFS, FM, etc will notice that when they eat simple carbohydrates they feel much worse. Their lyme or other disease label becomes more intense. It's almost as if the Lyme germ creates a craving for carbohydrates in those it infects in order to insure it's own survival.


Major Diseases Linked to Lyme Spirochete

Lyme Spirochete Found in the Brain of MS Patients
The causative organism of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, has been found in the brains of many victims of multiple sclerosis (MS). The Antibiotics minocycline, tinidazole, and hydroxychloroquine are reportedly capable of destroying both the spirochetal and cyst form of Bb. Because of this apparent correlation, it is proposed that double-blind clinical trials be performed to confirm this finding.17 (See Listing 5.)

Listing 5: Lyme Disease Linked to Four Major Diseases
Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Systemic Scleroderma and Arthritis

The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi has been found in the brain of many Alzheimer patients. Also in the brain, antigens and genes of Bb have been co-localized with beta-amyloid deposits.
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) has been found in the brain of many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients along with amyloid deposits. MS has been linked to Lyme disease both seasonally and by location.
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi has been found in the blood in systemic scleroderma. Treatment with Antibiotics effective against Bb returned the skin to normal.
Only certain strains of Bb are capable of causing the symptoms of arthritis.
© 2005 BRI

Lyme Spirochete Found in the Brain of Alzheimer Patients
Spirochetes found in the brain of many Alzheimer disease (AD) patients were positively identified as Borrelia burgdorderi, the causative organism of Lyme disease. Borrelia antigens and genes were also co-localized with beta-amyloid deposits in these AD cases.18 (See Listing 5, above.)

Lyme Spirochete Linked to Systemic Scleroderma
A patient confirmed to have systemic scleroderma was also shown to be infected with the Lyme spirochete, Bb. Treatment with Antibiotics known to be effective against Bb returned the skin of this patient to normal within a few weeks.19 (See Listing 5, above.)

Lyme-Induced Arthritis Linked to Various Strains of Bb
It has been noted clinically that some Lyme-induced Arthritis patients are affected by the disease to different degrees. A laboratory study demonstrated that different strains of Bb were capable of activating to various degrees a particular enzyme (matrix metalloproteinase) found in human synoviocytes. These cells are found in the synovial fluid of joints and form some of the substances found in this fluid. Matrix metalloproteinases are proteolytic enzymes capable of degrading most of the proteins in the extracellular matrix. Different strains of Bb activate these proteases to varying degrees, explaining variations seen clinically in the severity of Lyme-induced arthritis. To date, more than 50 strains of Bb have been identified.20 (See Chart 11 and Chart 12.)

Similarity Between DNA Sequences of Brain Tissue and Bb OspA
DNA sequences of Bb outer surface protein A (OspA) compared with a data bank of DNA sequences of human neural tissue yielded three sequences that were identical. The three corresponding Bb peptides were synthesized, and antibodies were induced against them. The antibodies cross-reacted with human neural tissues.

These findings imply that antibodies developed by Lyme disease patients against OspA will also bind to their own neural tissue, representing a form of autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks his own tissues.21 (See Chart 13.)

Carbohydrates Consumed by Lyme Spirochete
An effort to determine which carbohydrates Bb consumes revealed that the organism utilizes the monosaccharides glucose, mannose and N-acetylglucosamine, as well as the disaccharides maltose and chitobiose. A popular treatment for Arthritis includes the administration of chondroitin sulfate and N-acetylglucosamine. If the arthritis is Lyme-induced, N-acetylglucosamine is contraindicated.22 (See Chart 14.)


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