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   Posted 7/1/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
A quick FYI for those that might be interested.   Last week I was at a scientific conference in the Netherlands dealing with a parasitic infection called Toxoplasma.   For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it belongs to a class of parasites called apicomplexa.  Other apicomplexa include plasmodium (the cause of malaria), crytosporium, and babesia.  Interestingly, there was some 'noise' about babesia as an emerging infectious agent.   I think it is a good sign that the scientific community is becoming more aware of babesia (and other tick-borne microbes).  Hopefully this will lead to more research and better treatment options in the future.  

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   Posted 7/1/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
That's Great! Thanks for posting this.
2003 symptoms started;panic attacks,anxiety,heightened senses.
2007 Diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008 symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009 Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Currently on 1000mg Amoxicillian(Will up that dosage to 2000mg),Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements

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   Posted 7/1/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really intersting to me...because prior to my mom getting pregnant with me, she lost a child because she became infected with Toxoplasmosis, Toxic Shock Syndrome, Legionnaire's Disease, and a Staph Infection. I was born 12 months after this, and we have always wondered if what's wrong with me could have been passed from her...but I was healthy until I was I wondered if something was dormant. I have researched Toxoplasmosis but didn't think I really fit for it.
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Biaxin 1000mg/day, Pulsing Flagyl 500mg/day 1 Week Every Month

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   Posted 7/1/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   

needshelp, thanks for letting us know.  I think parts of Europe are more accepting of tick-borne diseases than many parts of the US.  I know from personal experience that in some cases Babesiosis can be one tough nut to crack.

It is encouraging that it was discussed at this conference!

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