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I Hope You Learned a Few New Things About Lyme Disease

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Blog |

I hope by now you have learned a few things about Lyme disease that you didn’t know thirty days ago. I hope you carry this information forward in case you find yourself infected or you hear from a friend who has a myriad of mysterious symptoms who can’t seem to get an accurate diagnosis. I am happy to speak with anyone regarding this disease. Please feel free to email me at Sharon@sharonrainey.com. Please consider purchasing our book, Lyme Savvy: Treatment Insights for Lyme Patients and Practitioners. Share...

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Multiple Sclerosis Can Actually be Lyme Disease – Case Study

Posted on May 29, 2017 in Blog |

From Galaxy Diagnostics John (age 53) – Multiple Sclerosis As a small animal veterinarian, John had daily contact with animals for more than 30 years. Starting in late 2004, he suffered numerous progressive neurological symptoms, debilitating enough that after being a runner for years, he faced the possibility of being wheelchair bound. His hands became numb, and he was constantly fighting fatigue. The buildup of symptoms over months prevented him from maintaining his practice and had him seeking medical help. John consulted with numerous physicians and was ultimately diagnosed with Multiple (MS), for which there is no identified cause or cure. Physicians began to administer interferon treatment. The treatment may have helped, but John was still concerned. He knew, as a veterinarian, he had been exposed to numerous pathogens, and the MS diagnosis did not explain all of his symptoms. John tested positive for Bartonella henselae. John was placed on a multi-drug oral antibiotic regime that lasted over a year. Progress was not immediate, but over the course of months, John regained significant use of his legs, had dramatically increased energy and saw a reduction of the neurological symptoms. John’s quality of life improved to the point he was able to increase his work hours. Share...

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The Emotionality of Lyme Disease

Posted on May 27, 2017 in Blog |

It has been an uncomfortable month for me. I have spent each day trying to educate everyone around me about Lyme disease, about Bartonella, about chronic infections. I have tried to educate and let people know about the devastation of this set of deadly diseases. I look through pictures and realize who is gone, who died, who is too weak to participate, who has given up. My aunt Betty died in 2002 from a pulmonary embolism – she was too weak from the Lyme disease to walk, so she was wheelchair bound. She died instantly. Two years ago, while attending a Lyme rally in Arlington, I had a pulmonary embolism and didn’t know it. It was another week before I finally saw a vascular surgeon who sent me to the Emergency Room immediately. By then, the DVT (deep vein thrombosis) was from my ankle all the way up to my groin into my femoral vein. My shortness of breath that I had for two weeks was pulmonary emboli that just hadn’t killed me like they did Aunt Betty. A few months ago, I had the same shortness of breath and bloodwork revealed I had survived another DVT. Maybe I’m having a bit of survivor’s guilt. I don’t know why so many incredible loving souls have died and I remain here. I hold onto the thought that God says my work here is not complete yet, so He keeps me around to finish my job. My job isn’t just to educate you about Lyme. My job here is to love each soul as God loves us. We are all part of one great energy source that IS L O V E. I didn’t learn this until my father’s death on March 25, 2016. It took 26 days and nights of miraculous, amazing conversations, and immeasurable love with my Dad to get me to realize some of God’s gifts to my soul, to my relationships. I am grateful to have this opportunity to tell you my experience, strength, and hope in conquering Lyme disease. But I am even more grateful for the love shared among those I have opened up to...

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Can Bartonella Be a Bigger Issue than Lyme Disease?

Posted on May 26, 2017 in Blog |

The following is an excerpt written by Dr. B. Robert Mozayeni in our book Lyme Savvy: Treatment Insights for Lyme Patients and Practitioners Can Bartonella be One of the Biggest Global HEALTH Problems? Typically, the medical profession has believed that in human mammals Bartonella is only an issue in the immunosuppressed. In our published case series of 296 patients we found evidence of Bartonella in about 62 percent of patients who thought they had chronic Lyme Disease. All mammals can carry Bartonella. It has even been found in whales. Although Bartonella has been found in all mammals, all of the attention has been directed to rats, bats and cats. Many veterinarians and physicians believe Bartonella is a significant global public health microbe. Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt believes that Bartonella is a big global health problem and at this point in time, it is not fully recognized as such. Bartonella could turn out to be an important co-factor in some forms of immune suppression, including HIV and Malaria. Some very recent strains of Bartonella have been found in AIDS patients. Dr. Barbara Koehler at UCSF discovered a strain of Bartonella that was named after her, Bartonella koehlerae, in an AIDS patient. Our group published the first eight cases of Bartonella in immuno-competent patients. There are a lot of people with Bartonella out there who think they have Lyme Disease, so the term Lyme Disease has become way too broad. It has become the term that the popular, in the vernacular, describes everything that is not understood – it is what I call #Lyme Disease. Because that thinking – that logic – lives on the Internet, the definition of Lyme Disease keeps expanding. On the other hand, scientists try to keep their definitions pretty tight so they can have logical discussions and move the science forward. So they come up with a concept, narrowly define it and give it a name so that they can talk about it and then move it forward. With the rise of the self-taught citizen scientists and the availability of information on the Internet, there is no logical process to guide a scientific discourse leading to an...

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POTS, Fibromyalgia and Lyme – Case Study

Posted on May 25, 2017 in Blog |

From Galaxy Diagnostics: Lauren (age 34) – Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Lauren was working as an emergency veterinarian in Washington, DC. In 2004, she received a cat bite during an examination. Within a single day, the bite became infected. Lauren was hospitalized and given IV antibiotics. While in the emergency room, she began to feel dizziness and developed blurred vision. Lauren assumed it was from exhaustion but was still feeling symptoms after three or four days. Lauren was placed on oral antibiotics and returned to work. During the next few weeks, her symptoms worsened. Her vertigo increased and she grew increasingly tired and weak. She was unable to stand for long periods of time and had to stop performing surgery because her vision was too poor. Her increasing dizziness reached the point that she could no longer drive to work. She also started having trouble focusing and had problems with her short-term memory. Within three months, Laura had to stop working completely. Lauren saw more than 20 physicians including the Mayo Clinic in 2006 where she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and dysautonomia, specifically POTS (Postural Orthostatic tachycardia Syndrome). POTS is a chronic illness that is characterized by the body’s inability to make the necessary adjustments to counteract gravity when standing up. Patients experience tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), constant headaches, dizziness, weakness and extreme fatigue. Essentially, this meant that a single movement like standing up could cause her heart to beat so fast she could pass out. Drug treatments were helping, but Lauren was still very disabled. From 2006-2009, she was essentially wheelchair bound and could not leave her house. In 2009, after three years of POTS treatment and six years of being disabled, Lauren went on antibiotic treatment for over a year and saw slow improvement in her symptoms. Lauren is now able to drive and go out of the house without assistance. Her energy level is higher and she has regained some independence. She still suffers from blurred vision, some aches and pains, but she is hugely improved today compared to the same point a year ago. She remains optimistic she will be able to resume a normal...

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