Meningitis, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease each have a striking, but not well-known connection, and that is Lyme disease. This condition has been found to cause many health problems, and scientists are still discovering new connections every year. Kevin Bacon recently said, “Lyme Disease is a truly national epidemic, and a real health crisis.”
The American Academy of Neurology found a 56-year-old woman who suffered multiple strokes just 18 months after antibiotic administration for early Lyme disease. She presented with facial palsy, which is considered a lack of muscular movement due to nerve damage. They allege that this was the first case reported of stroke caused by Lyme disease within North America. The diagnosis was substantiated as neuroborreliosis.
In light of many other findings, a movement has centered around nationally funded research organizations within the United States.
Many people would like to know if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has underestimated the infectious capacity of this complex organism, which is passed mostly via tick bite. However, it has been reported to be contracted through other ways such as sexual contact—despite a CDC report to the contrary. A study was released in the Journal of Investigative Medicine this year finding that Lyme can be sexually transmitted.
Lyme disease is often cited to be caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria known as a spirochete, which resembles the syphilis spirochete. Both spirochetes have been found to cause dementia. The study was conducted by several researchers and associates of the University of California Los Angeles. The CDC says, however, “there is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted between people.”
There is currently a movement afoot known as Lyme Patients vs the CDC: Class Action Lawsuit and it was assembled for the reasons of stated, and arguable negligence. Activists claim many people are dying from undiagnosed, and misdiagnosed Lyme disease. It is argued that the current testing methods, and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) standards, though recognized by the CDC, are invalid. An attorney is currently being sought.
How Serious the Connection Is
The National Institutes of Health recognize meningitis to be an infection within the brain and or spinal cord, and it is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or a reaction to medications or treatments. Other causes have been found to be rheumatologic in nature, or caused by lupus disease, traumatic injury to the head or spine, and some types of cancer. Though bacterial meningitis is rare, it can be a fatal disease. Lyme is stated to be one of the causes of meningitis, neurological disorders, and stroke.
Many researchers have studied Lyme disease and are amazed at how the various bacteria and strains can be found in one poppy-seed size tick. “Lyme disease is called the Great Imitator for a reason,” and mainly because of all the misdiagnoses and various presentations of the bacterium. Some patients claim to have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before finding out their symptoms were relieved through antibiotic treatment.
One highly renowned pathologist by the name of Dr. Alan MacDonald studied the link between Alzheimer’s and the spirochete seen in Lyme disease ticks and patients.
The mechanism of this condition is considered “tissue tropisms,” and is when bacteria, fungus, or viruses seek out particular parts of the body. Syphilis, the ultimate organ system spirochete, is a cousin to Lyme disease spirochetes, and they are transmitted differently. “Syphilis gets everywhere in the body,” but Lyme disease can range in effects that every specialty could cover, from A to Z.
MacDonald grew Lyme spirochetes from Alzheimer’s brains, which came from the brain banks of George Glenner’s initially. He then sent the report off for publishing, but the journal of the American Medical Association did not want to publish it because it would “provoke public concern, and anxiety.” Instead, they were able to publish his finding in an editor’s letter. His work was titled “Borrelia in the brains of patients dying of Dementia 1986.”
The way he discovered a connection was when he heard the words, “tertiary syphilis.” With that being a spirochete, he sought to discover whether or not there could be a “tertiary lyme,” that would also lead to dementia.
The fear of public panic might be a concern to some authorities, but researchers are continuing to find associations between illnesses and causes that were previously deemed impossible or unlikely by the CDC or other government body. The connection between conditions such as stroke, meningitis, and Alzheimer’s, can be more than just one factor, and one cause like Lyme disease, but with an “open mind one can find the truth.” –Sanjay Gupta
By Lindsey Alexander