Posted 4/6/2020 8:14 AM (GMT -6)
I think this controversy is actually really interesting and important. Honestly, I think a lot of us do have PTLDS (grrrr) in the sense that active infections are not the problem anymore, and that hyper-reactivity, mitochondrial damage, demyelination, autoimmune disease, and other forms of damage and hard-to-correct imbalance are the current culprits. But I'm not going to use that term because it triggers all of us who have seen dismissive, ignorant doctors!
I think that Girlie and WBF are both right about what DNA ConneXions senses in its tests, and I would elaborate on Girlie's points to add that you might have a plethora of infections in your system - things your body may never have had symptoms of, things your immune system dealt with long ago, things that are dormant, etc. - but they are not necessarily causing symptoms now. But of course it can be hard to tell for sure, which is why most people try antimicrobial treatment!
I tested positive for Babesia divergens, too, and (I mentioned this in a different thread) I never had symptoms of it aside from an air hunger herx when I treated Babesia with rife. Never tested positive for other Babesias. No other symptoms except for low ferritin (although never anemia) which can mean plenty of other things, too.
As for transmission routes for these pathogens, I think there is a great deal that people don't know. Like if you look most places online, then you find the extremely outdated information that Lyme transmission only happens from ticks and that it takes them being attached for 24 hours to transmit the bacteria; we know this is completely untrue, and scientists have known this for many years, but the misinformation persists. So when you look up a little-known pathogen online, take whatever you find with a grain of salt.
I also tested positive for Bartonella bacilliformis. This one has an 80% fatality rate (worse than Ebola) and is only transmitted by sand flies in the highlands of Peru and Bolivia. I've never been to Peru or Bolivia, but I know that I have had this because I had its distinctive skin growths - https://www.cdc.gov/bartonella/symptoms/index.html
I have a lot of Bartonella symptoms, and have been scratched and bitten by countless cats in my life (including plenty of strays), but somehow I've never tested positive for Bartonella henselae.
I tested positive (through LabCorp) for Borrelia hermsii, which is a tick-borne relapsing fever, and I never had the known symptoms of that, either. One wonders if the symptoms when it's an acute infection are all that's known (a relapsing fever) and the symptoms when it's chronic are what I'm dealing with, you know? Like what if my system was strong enough to keep the bacteria in check when I contracted it, but over time a weakened system allowed them to cause inflammation and other issues that may look quite different from the acute infection.