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Lyme Bacteria Hides Inside Parasitic Worms, Causing Chronic Brain Diseases

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WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The examination of autopsied brain tissues from patients who died of serious neurological conditions has revealed that many tick-borne infections, such as Lyme disease, go undiagnosed and untreated. Board-certified pathologist, Alan B. MacDonald, MD, says his research shows "tick infections are not easily detected with routine tests, nor are they easily cured with short courses of antibiotics."
MacDonald will present his findings Thursday on Capitol Hill, in the Rayburn House Office Building, at a forum to explore the scientific, economic, and policy challenges posed by the epidemic of Lyme disease and associated tick-borne illnesses.
MacDonald found three Borrelia pathogens, including B. burgdorferi the causative agent of Lyme disease, thriving inside parasitic nematode worms, worm eggs or larvae in the brain tissue of nineteen deceased patients. These microscopic worms are endosymbionts, meaning the Borrelia bacteria dwell inside the worms. A tick bite delivers the nematode into the human body.
"Both the worms and the Borrelia pathogens can cause devastating brain damage," said MacDonald. "Current tests, like the ELISA and Western blot, do not adequately detect the presence of Borrelia bacteria." MacDonald says his discovery also shows "while patients are wrongly declared free of Lyme and other tick-borne infections, in reality, too often they contract serious neurodegenerative diseases which can kill them."
The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Tissue Bank provided MacDonald with ten specimens from deceased MS patients; all ten specimens showed evidence of Borrelia infected nematodes. Infected worms were also found in five tissue specimens from patients who succumbed to the highly malignant brain tumor Glioblastoma multiforme, the same cancer which took the life of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Ironically, in 1993, Senator Kennedy chaired a hearing of the Labor and Human Resources committee titled: Lyme disease: A Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemma. Finally, four specimens from patients who died from Lewy Body dementia, the same illness which afflicted comedian Robin Williams, also showed the presence of infected nematodes.
MacDonald's work breaks new ground while building on previous studies. In 1984, Lyme pioneer Willy Burgdorfer, Ph.D. wrote of finding nematodes in tick guts. In 2014, University of New Haven researcher Eva Sapi, Ph.D., examined the guts of ticks gathered in southern Connecticut and found 22% of the nymphs and 30% of adult Ixodes ticks carried nematodes in their systems.
MacDonald identified the infected nematodes using a technique known as FISH: Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization which involves using molecular beacon DNA probes. FISH identifies pieces of Borrelia's genetic material which fluoresce under the microscope with a 100% DNA match. Dr. MacDonald, a fellow of the Academy of American Pathologists, conducts his research through the Dr. Paul Duray Research Fellowship Endowment Inc. MacDonald's presentation can be accessed here: https://vimeo.com/166688480.

Dr. Paul H. Duray Research Fellowship Endowment
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Sue Ferrara  
Media Relations  
Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group  
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Source:  By P. Duray. May 19, 2016. Lyme Bacteria Hides Inside Parasitic Worms, Causing Chronic Brain Diseases. PRNewswire.com.

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  1. bettyg says:

    “Finally, four specimens from patients who died from Lewy Body dementia, the same illness which afflicted comedian Robin Williams, also showed the presence of infected nematodes.”

    My late husband, Jack Gordon, Iowa, was the 1st to be discovered with BOTH:

    Borrelia/Lyme disease and LEWY BODY DEMENTIA; this major discovery will be published in 1 of the future scientific medical journals.

    Jack’s brain also revealed Mother’s day weekend the filarial nemotode worm that when cut open had LYME disease inside of it.

    “Herein we present that the Lewy Bodies in DCLBD are in addition immunoreacitve for Borrelia burgdorferi proteins by Immunohistochemistry (IHC) studies using rabbit antibodies against whole cell lysates of pure cultures of Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes…

    “Further, we demonstrate the hybridization of DNA probes specific for the DNA of Borrelia burgdorferi, by Fluorescence In Situ DNA Hybridization (FISH) …

    “These two data sets establish that a heretofore un-imagined linkage exists between chronic (Tertiary) neuroborreliosis in the human brain and the development of Diffuse Cortical Lewy body Dementia…”

    View full report of these two tragic cases, with micrographs, here:

    http://f1000research.com/ posters/5-127

    Thanks for publishing the above information about Dr. Alan MacDonald’s IMPORTANT, major findings in brain autopsies!!

    Betty Gordon, widow, Iowa activist

    1. bettyg says:

      I’ve heard recently of the confusion that Sue Ferrara was representing the Duray Research Foundation in writing the above new release.

      NO, she was representing Bruce Fries new charity, Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group org.

      Sue Ferrara
      Media Relations
      Patient Centered Care Advocacy Group

      Betty Gordon, Iowa

      attendee of above event & know background of BOTH organizations mentioned above 😉

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