Everything about Lyme disease is steeped in controversy. Now some doctors are too afraid to treat patient
https://www.ilads.org/everything-about- ... -patients/
January 16, 2019
John D. Scott, M.Sc., Research Scientist (Acarology)The so-called controversy of Lyme disease is simple. On one hand, there is a sea of ignorance within the medical profession, and an ongoing denial by doctors that this tick-borne zoonosis exists. On the other hand, there is a concentration camp full of patients who can’t get prompt diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, the majority of patients become chronic, and can’t go to school or can’t work. The medical establishment refuses to accept the fact that the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, sequesters and hides in deep-seated tissue, such as ligaments, tendons, bone, brain, eye, and scar tissue. This stealth pathogen is persistent in the body, and is hard to treat. Even though persistence was not mentioned, it is the overriding stumbling-block.
Not only are Drs. Hatchette and Moriarty spreading unsubstantiated propaganda about Lyme disease testing, they are victimizing very sick Lyme disease patients.
The article states that ticks must be attached for 36 hours to transmit the bacterium to humans. However, when the salivary glands of ticks are infected, Lyme spirochetes can be transmitted by blacklegged ticks in less than 16 hours. In fact, the Powassan virus (a deadly virus) and Babesia (a malaria-like pathogen) can be transmitted in less than 15 minutes.
Counter to the article, a warmer climate does not facilitate rapid spread of blacklegged ticks in Canada. Our tick research clearly shows that warmer winters hamper the overwinter survival of blacklegged ticks. Without snow cover, a sudden overnight drop in temperature will markedly decrease survival. These ticks are eco-adaptiv, and normally survive temperatures ranging from -44°C to +36°C at Kenora, Ontario. In the winter, they survive in the cool, moist leaf litter under an insulating blanket of snow. In actuality, public awareness and increased tick submissions propel local tick numbers and, biogeographically, wild birds transport ticks to new locations.