1.What is Lyme Disease 
2.The Lyme Rash
3.What are Co-infections 
4.Ticks -Transmission
5. Lyme in Children 
6. Lyme  in Canada
7. Diagnosis for Lyme 
8. Treatments for Lyme 
9. Taking Action 
10. Symptoms 
11.Lyme Prevention
12.Test Results
13.The Bb Bacteria
15. Herxheimer Reaction
16.The Politics of Lyme 

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1.Clinical diagnosis
2.There are no reliable tests for Lyme disease
3.The ELISA test
4.The Western blot test
5.False Negatives
6.Are all testing labs the same?
7.Ordering a Western Blot and Co-infection Tests outside of Canada
8. Live Cell Analysis -Dark Field Microscopy 
9. Challenging the bacteria's (cutting through the chase)
10. Vaccine for Lyme disease?
11. Does having Lyme disease once, immune me from any more infected tick bites?
12. My Experience with IDS MD
*Understanding Western Blot Test Results

The diagnosis is clinical, not the blood test!

"There is no such thing as Lyme disease".  2015 this lie is still being proclaimed out of the mouths of those controlled by big the powers that be.  See how all this intertwines with what has been known since 1911 and what stems the troubles a patient needs to go through to get a diagnosis.

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Enter: Multiple sclerosis is Lyme disease: Anatomy of a cover-up


A person suffering from Lyme Disease most always
looks deceptively well.

Whether it is emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual exercise, 
it is to improve the quality of
life...not the quantity.~louiseJ

Diagnosis for Lyme Disease 
and CoInfections

1.Medically a Clinical diagnosis is the only diagnosis for Lyme disease 

(A clinical diagnosis is based on the medical history, listening to all of the patients symptoms, doing blood tests to eliminate other diseases and doing a physical examination of the patient.)

Medical textbooks and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) emphasize that Lyme disease is to be a  clinical diagnosis, if you want to be treated medically!

Public Health Canada say, “The diagnosis of Lyme disease should be made after evaluation of a patient's symptoms and the risk of exposure to infected ticks. Blood tests may be administered in conjunction with clinical diagnosis to demonstrate the presence of antibodies to the bacteria. It should be stressed that the results of blood tests cannot be interpreted in the absence of appropriate clinical information (i.e., symptoms of infection).” This is necessary if you want to be treated medically.

A doctor is to examine the patient for typical Lyme disease signs, listen to the patient’s history and description of his or her symptoms and use this information to make a determination.  Blood tests are usually done at the same time, but cannot be relied upon.

*** Unfortunately maybe only 1% or less of medical doctors in most countries are equipped to give a Clinical Diagnoses. Lyme is a very complex illness.
2.There are no reliable or clear tests for Lyme disease:
*  As per Public Health Notifiable Disease Management Guidelines, the two-tier confirmation of Lyme disease  for  surveillance stats purposes, fails to detect up to 90% of cases and does not distinguish between acute, chronic, or resolved infection.

*  According to expert MD's who have treated thousands of Lyme disease patients there are no reliable tests for Lyme disease, at this time. 

* Live Cell Analysis Using Dark Field Microscopy also say there is no clear diagnoses even when you see spirochetes  Used in some countries by MD's and ND's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_QO3QEr5W4

* The spirochetes do not linger in the blood stream. They live within cells.
* At present there are a few Lab blood tests available, but all have problems. The blood test typically used by most Canadian family doctors is called an ELISA.

Take Note: Some local health boards forbid medical doctors to use antibiotics until they have a positive blood test and then are limited to amount of antibiotics they can prescribe. Some insurances do not pay for "Lyme" antibiotics!

3.ELISA (or Lyme titer)test:
The Elisa Test means nothing if it is negative, and it rarely indicates infection if it is performed too early after the tick bite. 

Patients in later stages of Lyme disease seldom have a positive ELISA test, possibly because they have ceased to produce the antibodies the test looks for. 

Many working with Lyme patients believe that the ELISA test is only about 30-60% accurate. The ELISA test is not based on the specific Lyme bacteria strain that is most useful for accurate diagnosis. 

While a positive ELISA test is a reasonably reliable indication of infection, a negative test is useless. (Positive may indicate that the bacteria happened to be in the blood at the moment the blood was drawn and as well tests have returned false positives.) A screening test should have at least 95% sensitivity and the ELISA misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease,therefore as a first step of the screening it has been and still is unreliable.

As of 2008, this testing protocol is still being used by many M.D.'s as the sole diagnosis for Lyme disease. 
As of 2015: 

  • enzyme immunoassay (EIA) screening test
  • confirmatory Western blot test (if the EIA is positive or equivocal)
The Western blot (may be more accurate) but, it is rarely given unless the Elisa was returned positive. These MD's follow guidelines that were created, long ago, before it was realized that Lyme is a clinical diagnoses and blood tests were not reliable.
4.The Western blot test:
The Western blot for Lyme disease often shows infection when an ELISA test does not. 

Even if the test results are not positive by these present standards, any positive Lyme-specific “bands” are useful indicators of infection, but in Canada if ELISA is negative then the Western Blot is not performed. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control have set a criteria for considering a Western blot test as positive for Lyme disease. 

This criteria, which Canadian Public Health Notifiable Disease Management uses, was established for surveillance and statistical analysis of the spread of the disease and were not intended to guide doctors in their diagnosis and treatment. This criteria is very strict and misses many people in Lyme disease surveillance and thus the provincial statistics are unbelievably low. 

Canadian medical doctors who use only the Public Health Notifiable Disease Management Guidelines for surveillance to diagnose or decide whether or not to treat leave many, many infected patients without a diagnosis and therefore these patients are denied of medical treatment that would stop the progression of this disease. The CDC justify this by saying they want to prevent people from getting antibiotic treatment if they do not have Lyme disease. 

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5.False Negatives:
Even if the lab blood test results are not positive, any positive Lyme-specific “bands” are useful indicators of Borrelia infection. 
6. Are all testing labs the same?
No, they are not. Some labs have made special efforts to focus on tick borne disease testing and use procedures that make their tests more reliable and sensitive to Lyme disease and its co infections. 

If you want to be tested it is important to choose one of these Labs and make sure it is also one that returns detailed information of the results to your doctor as opposed to the ones that return results of only a simple “positive” or a simple “negative”. 

Unfortunately as of 2009 we have no specialized Lab in Canada. 

Canadians having a gut feeling they are lyme infected, but have had a “negative” ELISA (therefore received no treatment), sometime believe if they could just prove to their doctor that they do have Lyme that their doctor will give them treatment. And so, they invest, out of their own pockets, in an expensive, out of country test at a specialized lab to have the Western blot. They believe that if their doctor could just see the results on a paper, that this would convince their family doctor to give them treatment...  but this will not happen.  Few Canadian medical doctors acknowledge out of country tick borne test results and others prefer to stay clear of treating Lyme disease completely.    They will give you many lame reasons why they cannot treat you. When I look back at my MD experiences, most insults from them were fear based and others, I truly believe, were completely ignorant about diseases caused by ticks, and as well, numerous suffered from tunnel vision. Most people will see an average of eleven medical doctors before getting a Medical diagnoses.

Update 2015: Cut through the chase. Save yourself from the insults and frustration. Save from being prescribed inaccurately and from being sent to repeated tests that cannot return the presence of zoonotic infections. Save your money. Shorten the deterioration of your health by the progressive damage from the infections. Stop the insanity of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Begin eradication as quickly as possible and get rid of this nightmare within two years.  Eradicate all without having a name for the infections. 

7.Ordering a Western Blot and Co-infection Tests outside of Canada (read coInfections )
1. * You must pay out of your own pocket for these blood tests sent out of country. I got mine here.
2. After receiving the kit from the lab, bring the Requisition Form (from the test kit) to your MD. He or she will sign it and put their office address on the form. (This is where the lab will return results.)
3. Take the Requisition Form (completed with your personal info), to your local lab along with your Test Kit.
4. They will draw the blood, package it and take care of the shipping.
5. You will require a Credit card to pay for the shipping and the local lab test.
6. The out of country lab will charge you the fees for their services and the shipping charges.
7. Your MD will receive the results, or you will, depending on the lab.
8. Go to your MD to get your results, but your MD will probably not know how to interpret it, unless your MD is Lyme Literate. The average MD will be glad to copy it and give it to you to get it off their hands.
9. Now you need to find a Lyme Literate doctor to interpret it. The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation may be able to help you find someone who can help you or here.

Understanding Western Blot Test Results 

8. Live Cell Analysis Using Dark Field Microscopy 
Blood analysis that may show the presence of spirochetes, or Protozoa, or Bartonella, or fungus and other is Live Cell Analysis Using Dark Field Microscopy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_QO3QEr5W4
9. ** Cut through the chase! 
Challenge the bacteria's  so you will know if  you have an indication of a bacteria, protozoa, rickettsia, virus or fungus inside of you.  It is actually easy to conduct your own challenge if you have an eradicating agent that targets all of these at one time. You will most always get a Herxheimer reaction within a few days or a month if any infection or fungus is present in you. Once you know you can immediately begin treatment with this same eradicating agent.
10.Vaccine for Lyme disease???
There isn't a vaccine available for Lyme disease at this time 2009. There was one vaccine licensed by the Health Protection Branch for use in Canada, but shortly thereafter the manufacturer took that vaccine off the market. Evidence indicated that people with a certain gene might develop an auto immune arthritic disease from the vaccine.The only way to avoid contracting Lyme disease is to avoid ticks and the other blood sucking insects, and other.
11.If I have had Lyme disease once, am I then immune from any more infected tick bites?
No. You can get Lyme and other tick borne diseases every time you get a new tick bite. Some Lyme MD's and people with chronic Lyme have observed that each subsequent infection makes symptoms more severe and treatment more difficult. 
12. My Experience with the IDS MD:
After waiting many weeks to get in to see this Infectious Disease Specialist; I showed him the paper of the results of the Elisa,that had returned negative. He said it was impossible to get Lyme in Red Deer (2008)because there was no Lyme in Alberta. I wanted him to listen to my symptoms, but, as I started to list a few symptoms he cut me off and said, "There is no Lyme in Alberta". I tried again to have him listen to my symptoms so I could get a clinical diagnoses and again he cuts me off, repeats,"You do not have Lyme disease. There is no Lyme in Alberta." and the third time he repeated this he simply walked away and left me to swallow all my hope for getting better. He did not want to even take a peak at my symptoms list and history that I had written down. I left with added anger at having been stifled once again, at having been once again treated as an insignificant, at not having been listened to...once again...by one more MD.

Since then, I have discovered that this insulting behavior has been practiced on many others in numerous countries around the world. 

~ Take what you want and leave the rest!~

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