Did any of you get to see this show?
EPISODE 4 of 6: Masters of Disguise
Premiering Wednesday, July 22, at 9 PM e/p
Parasites are ruthless, single-minded and above all devious. To become the most prolific life forms in the world takes a degree of cunning that others can only marvel at. Meet the most deceptive parasites on the planet, the "Masters of Disguise."
Teenager Mallorie Greiner has Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasite that's intent on eating her cornea. Doctors are bewildered at first because her symptoms look just like herpes. Runner Rick DiMichele is struck down with a debilitating disease. Initially, doctors think it's cancer, then malaria; eventually, they discover he has a tick-borne disease called Babesiosis. And not until he's staring death in the face do Mohammed Meah's doctors find the real cause of his problem: a parasitic worm called Strongyloides that's been lurking undetected in his small intestine and living off the steroids he was taking to combat his colitis.
I think it was the first one Acanthamoeba that they talked about it being able to change into a "cyst" form to evade detection. Sound familiar?
The second one was on Babesiosis which was why I was watching in the first place, was really interesting. It mentions on their website that it "CAN" be passed thru blood transfusions and from Mother to baby. Interesting....
The 3rd and last was a parasitic worm called Strongyloides which could go undetected for many years (60?) until the patient was given steroids then it really hit the fan.
Hope you got to see it, if not I'm sure it will re-air.
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day 5 months
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol stopped Zhang's after 6 months symptoms returned. Started Buhner's protocol May 2009
Post Edited (KO-LD) : 7/23/2009 9:07:12 PM (GMT-6)