Strain-based immunity? This news article highlights results from a study exploring whether people exposed to a particular strain of Lyme disease are immune to that strain for any length of time. The news article gives a nice layman's summary of the research article. The main result is that it seems statistically more likely that the… Continue reading Strain-based immunity?
Evidence of a distinct post-treatment condition in humans makes Discover's top 100 “At least now we know we’re not just speculating about the differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and post-treatment Lyme.” ----- EDIT: I posted this before reading the original article (sorry!) and misunderstood the Discover article. There are "biomarkers" that persist post treatment, but… Continue reading Evidence of a distinct post-treatment condition in humans makes Discover’s top 100
I've mentioned before that Yoga is a key part of my health maintenance and relapse protocols. Today I happened upon an article that may explain why I find Yoga so beneficial: It directly effects the production of compounds that enhance the immune system. Here's a quote from an article in Salon discussing the study: "The researchers… Continue reading One more reason for doing Yoga
I've decided it's time for an (admittedly tongue in cheek) exploration of my emotional reaction to relapse. Tongue in cheek not only because I'm comparing to a very well known model normally called "The five stages of grief" but also because the evidence suggests that that model is a poor representation of what really happens to… Continue reading The four stages of relapse
A recent study (2012) proved the persistence of Bb (Lyme) in Rhesus Monkeys. The researchers waited 27 weeks after infection in their first experiment, which is all I'll discuss here, and then tested with multiple methods. The Eliza declined in treated animals, which might be interpreted to say treatment worked. However, in fact, spirochetal DNA… Continue reading Strong Evidence of Lyme Persistence in Monkeys
I have spent the past two weeks exploring what it means to work with Lyme disease from a new perspective. I've blogged before about why I think it's valuable to view Lyme disease through the lense of disability. I've also blogged extensively about work and Lyme disease. However, I've never really put the two together.… Continue reading Disability Accommodations?
I've mentioned once or twice on this blog that I'm starting to do research in Lyme disease. I had presented very early versions of this work at ILADS 2009 (in an open forum) but Sunday was my first opportunity to present it formally, in the context of a research workshop called the Workshop on Interactive… Continue reading Patient Stories