Here is a list of quotes from the article, Chronic Lyme diseaes: A dubious diagnosis, that throw doubt on the existence of Lyme disease:
- "There is little good evidence that Lyme disease exists."
- "Raxlen had been accused of telling a woman dying of Lou Gehrig's disease that she had chronic Lyme disease, an illness that might not even exist."
- "Strong evidence isn't on their side."
- "There is no better example than the world of chronic Lyme, a disease that might not exist..."
Now here is a list of quotes from that same article that claim a short round of antibiotics cures Lyme.
- "The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes, swollen joints and inflamed nerves, and usually is curable with a round of antibiotics."
- "...there is "no convincing biologic evidence" for a Lyme infection that persists and continues to sicken despite the recommended treatment, usually a few weeks of antibiotics."
- “These results challenge prevailing dogma about [the] effectiveness of antibiotics for eliminating
B. burgdorferi infection, and therefore further work is critically needed.”
- "Here, borrelial isolates obtained from five patients with erythema migrans (EM) before the start of antibiotic therapy and again after the conclusion of treatment were investigated. … Our study substantiates borrelial persistence in some EM patients at the site of the infectious lesion despite antibiotic treatment over a reasonable time period. Borrelial persistence, however, was not caused by increasing MICs or minimal borreliacidal concentrations in these isolates. Therefore, resistance mechanisms other than acquired resistance to antimicrobial agents should be considered in patients with LB resistant to treatment.” (This is a long one, and kind of technical. What it means here at the end is, the Lyme spirochete did not become drug resistant. It persisted in spite of antibiotic therapy for some other reason. We now know that round-body forms and biofilm formation contribute to persistence.)
- "Of 165 patients treated for disseminated Lyme borreliosis with three months or more of antibiotics (including a minimum of two weeks of ceftriaxone), 32 had treatment failure. At follow-up, 13 patients with clinical relapse were PCR or culture positive (10 PCR positive, 1 culture positive, 2 PCR and culture positive). In this study, culture or PCR-based evidence for the presence of live spirochetes was obtained in more than 40% of the patients with relapsed disease....We conclude that the treatment of Lyme borreliosis with appropriate antibiotics for even more than 3 months may not always eradicate the spirochete.”
**If you have Lyme, I greatly urge you to actually read these two documents. Not only are they are great resources for combating unsubstantiated claims like the ones quoted from the article written by Trine Tsouderos, but for someone with Lyme disease, who constantly deals with judgment and disbelief, reading excerpts from medical journals and actual scientific studies that prove the existence of chronic Lyme and it's persistence can be cathartic!