Extended Resources for Lyme Disease Goes Under The MicroscopeHelke Ferrie May 1, 2012
H. Ferrie, ed. Ending Denial – The Lyme Disease Epidemic: A Canadian Public Health Disaster, Kos 2010. This book covers the politics, history, science, and proven therapies for Lyme disease in the context of the Canadian situation. All proceeds go to Lyme Action Group: $20 plus shipping and tax, call 519-927-1049
P. Weintraub, Cure Unknown – Inside the Lyme Epidemic, St. Martin’s, revised and updated edition 2009
For reliable testing and treatments contact www.ILADS.org
The treatment protocol for pregnant Lyme patients was developed by Dr. Charles Ray Jones whose work can be found by Googling his name and on International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society’s website. His presentation on this issue at the ILADS Annual Lyme Disease Conference held in Toronto in October 2011 can be ordered on a DVD for about $40 (all the other conference presentations on Lyme disease are included on the disk) through contact@ILADSupport.org
The response from the Hon. D. Matthews to the petition supported by 3.5 million Ontarians can be sent by request from author Helke Ferrie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To see the report on vector-borne disease programs for York Region, download Report No 4 of Community and Health Services Committee, April 19, 2012.
Information on the successful class action by Australian workers with regard to Lyme disease, see the news item from February 2012 at https://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/latest/article/-/12972227/lyme-diseas.
To get information on the status of the bill H.R. 2557 before the US Congress on Lyme, go here.
At www.parliament.uk go to Hansard of January 25, 2012 in which you will find the question put forth by the Countess of Mar of the House of Lords, one of the most influential UK politicians, about the biological warfare basis of the current Lyme spirochetes, as well as questions about EMF and related issues.
The article on how Lyme disease is spread throughout Canada by migrating song birds was published in the Journal of Parasitology, February 2012, vol. 98, no 1. The February 23, 2012 issue has an article by Steven E. Schutzer et al. entitled “Distinct Cerebrospinal Fluid …” showing that Chronic Lyme disease is not the same as Chronic Fatigue syndrome.
On January 12, 2012 PLoS Medicine published an article by M.E. Embers et al showing that Chronic Lyme appears in animals, specifically Rhesus Macaques treated for Lyme and relapsing into the chronic phase. PLoS is a free open-access medical journal.
The international journal Future Neurology on March 12, 2011 had in Vol. 6, No. 2 an article discussing the problems with testing for Lyme – issues ignored by Health Canada and the Ontario government.
The journal Applied Environmental Microbiology published on March 18, 2011, an article by Health Canada’s N.H. Ogden et al., showing results of surveillance efforts on Lyme-causing vectors in Canada.
The Journal of Bacteriology published in February 2011, vol. 193 No 4, features an article by S.E. Schutzer et al., with information on whole-genome sequencing of the Lyme-causing spirochete. This also gives an overview of how prevalent this disease is throughout the world. The genome sequencing shows how adapted this pathogen is to all environments throughout the world.
The article by infectious disease doctors at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital and universities in Ottawa and Manitoba on the inadequacy of Lyme testing in Canada was published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology in December 2010 under the title “A Twist On Lyme” by N. Makhani et al. Ironically, this is the journal that also published the 2009 guidelines for testing for Lyme in Canada which process is mandated in Canada and which Ontario blindly continues to accept regardless of the mounting evidence on its uselessness.
Lyme Disease: The Perfect Storm in Huffington Post’s April 2012 posting summarizes the latest developments in North America with regard to the dramatic increase in Lyme-disease vectors, the ticks that spread the infection, the midl winter of 2011-2012 and the fact that new Lyme-causing bacteria have been discovered recently.
The source explaining why the Ontario Lyme test (ELISA plus Western blot confirmatory test) provides mostly false negatives can be found on the website of ILADS under “Basic Information”. The explanation for why the truly diagnostic bands 31 and 34 are excluded, ensuring no Lyme can be detected is provided there as well. ILADS.org has information on the tests that are reliable and the new, fast blood test by Advanced Laboratory Services (www.advanced-lab.com) that has been approved in the US recently but is not available in Canada. The science publication on this is found at Burbelo et al. Rapid, Simple, Quantitative, and Highly Sensitive Antibody Detection for Lyme Disease. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 2010; 17 (6): 904ff
Information on the recently discovered new Lyme-causing spirochetal bacterium identified by D. Fish and now called Borrellia miyamotoi can be found on the website of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt (Google for interviews with him too). Especially detailed is the interview on Dr. Mercola’s website. You can download his entire PowerPoint lecture on Lyme from the internet that way too.
Helke Ferrie is a medical science writer with a master's degree in physical anthropology. Her specialty lies in investigative research into ethical issues in medicine and the politics of health. She started her investigative journalism career in the mid-1990s, looking at issues of medicine and environment. She has been a regular contributor to Vitality Magazine ever since. Helke has also authored several books on various subjects including: "Ending Denial: The Lyme Disease Epidemic", "What Part of No! Don't They Understand: Rescuing Food and Medicine from Government Abuse", and "The Earth's Gift to Medicine". Here are links to some of her works: http://old.vitalitymagazine.com/book-reviews/review/the-earths-gift-to-medicine/ https://www.amazon.ca/Ending-Denial-Updated-2013-Epidemic/dp/0988243733 https://thebovine.wordpress.com/tag/helkie-ferrie/ https://www.riverwashbooks.com/product/17162/What-Part-of-No-Dont-They-Understand-Rescuing-Food-and-Medicine-from-Government-Abuse---a-Manifesto-Ferrie-Helkie Helke has also been a regular contributor for the Vitality Magazine. Links to few of her articles: https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-tyranny-of-government-protection/ https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/success-story-how-i-recovered-from-lyme-disease-and-hypothyroidism/ https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/getting-the-lead-out/ Helke Ferrie now lives a retired life and can be reached at email@example.com