bran new study, just published https://rawlsmd.com/health-articles/new-proof-that-lyme-is-polymicrobial-what-it-means-for-you
In the study, researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland tested 432 blood samples for 17 microbes from individuals suspected of having Lyme disease.
The Researchers Results and Conclusions:
Across the board in all categories — including acutely ill participants and those classified as negative for Lyme — 65% of blood samples tested positive for two or more microbes, and many samples tested positive for a spectrum of microbes.
72% of CDC negative samples were positive for persistent forms of at least one species of Borrelia, and 95% of PTLDS samples were positive for Borrelia-persistent forms.
They strongly called into question the CDC’s current guidelines for managing Lyme disease.
Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that Lyme disease is typically a polymicrobial illness. They speculate that infection with multiple tick-borne microbes increases the microbial burden of the body and disrupts immune system functions. Disruption of immune system functions allows tick-borne microbes and other opportunistic microbes to thrive, thus creating a cycle of immune dysfunction and chronic misery. How they arrived at these conclusions, however, was not well defined.
The list of tick-borne microbes tested for included three species of Borrelia, both acute and chronic persistent forms:
Other tick-borne microbes included:
Tick-borne encephalitis virus
In comparison, most providers in the U.S. typically test for only Borrelia burgdorferi, and providers in Europe will generally test for the other species of Borrelia commonly found in Europe. Coinfections are not included in routine Lyme testing.
The researchers recognized that many people with Lyme disease can chronically harbor non-tick-borne opportunistic microbes, which can also contribute to illness; therefore they included the following microbes in their testing as well:
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
Human parvovirus B19