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Know More About Lyme

Editor, Naples Daily News

As your recent feature on a pilates instructor experience, Lyme disease lives in Florida. It is only getting diagnosed after many years of fruitless medical evaluations.

Florida ticks can carry Lyme and all counties have positive cases. Unfortunately, many physicians diagnose based only on severe symptoms, a "bulls eye rash" or dubious lab tests. Research shows all are limited. Positive blood samples sent to national labs repeatedly are found "negative", and Lyme has over 10 different rashes or marks. It can present with hundreds of possible symptoms, according to Columbia researcher, Dr. Brian Fallon.

A local medical doctor, Dr. James Schaller, has recently authored a book entitled, "Mold Warriors: Fighting America's Hidden Health Threat." It discusses Lyme toxins. His Web site, www.personalconsult.com, has 60 articles on Lyme, which might prevent others experiencing the pilates instructor's horrible suffering.

Dr. Schaller mentions new research from NIH showing 4-week treatment is often limited. He also offers a very rare picture collection of Lyme cysts; "walnut-like" forms resistant to most antibiotics. Finally, material on Lyme co-infections is offered—tick infections typically not even tested for in SW FL.

How good is Florida Lyme awareness? The CDC sent a letter to some FL veterinarians reporting that Northeastern U.S. mulch contained poppy-seed sized deer ticks, and that dogs and cats should be evaluated. So our Veterinarians are on the look out. I just wish my neighbors and friends would be treated as well as the animals.

Marge Fasone

North Naples

AN ABREVIATED VERSION OF THIS LETTER WAS PUBLISHED APPROXIMATELY ON 1/23/05.

THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS FEATURE DISCUSSED A PILATES INSTRUCTOR WHO WAS FLOWN OUT OF SW FLORIDA TO BE TREATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF ILADS, A PROGRESSIVE LYME ORGANIZATION THAT OPPOSES THE IDEA CHRONIC LYME IS DEAD WITH A FEW WEEKS OF ANTIBIOTICS.

ILADS HAS MANY PUBLICATIONS AND INCREASINGLY IS ATTRACTING SOLID DOCTORS FED UP WITH SLOPPY LYME CARE ... A FEW WEEKS OF ANTIBIOTICS WHICH RELEASE BIOTOXINS, OR MIGHT OFFER GREAT RELIEF FOR MONTHS OR YEARS -- ONLY TO ALLOW INFECTIOUS WALNUT-LIKE CYSTS TO OPEN UP AND REINFECT A PERSON YEARS LATER.

ILADS HAS MANY PUBLICATIONS AND INCREASINGLY IS ATTRACTING SOLID DOCTORS FED UP WITH SLOPPY LYME CARE. "SLOPPY CARE" INCLUDES NOT MERELY GIVING A FEW WEEKS OF ANTIBIOTICS AND RELEASING LYME TOXINS WITH NOTHING TO MOP THEM UP. A SHORT USE OF ANTIBIOTICS WILL NOT KILL THE INFECTIOUS WALNUT-LIKE CYSTS. SO THEY WILL OPEN UP AND REINFECT A PERSON MONTHS OR YEARS LATER.



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