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 improved understanding of the problem.

Instead what you get on the Internet and in popular discussion is a maelstrom of confusion and anxiety mixed with an occasional nugget of incredibly valuable information if you can recognize it as you wade through all the blogs of suffering, confused, anxious patients.