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    Old 03-05-2005, 04:49 AM   #1
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    Lightbulb Western Blot Bands description

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    Western Blot Bands description:

    9 cross-reactive for Borrellia
    12 specific for Bb
    18 unknown
    20 cross-reactive for Borrellia
    21 unknown
    22 specific for Bb, probably really the 23/25 band
    23-25 outer surface protein C (OspC), specific for Bb
    28 unknown
    30 unknown; probably an outer surface protein; common in European and
    one California strain
    31 outer surface protein A (OspA), specific for Bb
    34 outer surface protein B (OspB); specific for Bb
    35 specific for Bb
    37 specific for Bb
    38 cross-reactive for Bb
    39 is a major protein of Bb flagellin; specific for Bb
    41 flagellin protein of all spirochetes; this is usually the first to appear after a Bb infection and is specific for all Borrellia
    45 cross-reactive for all Borellia (sometimes people with Lyme who have
    this band positive also have the co-infection Ehrlichiosis)
    50 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
    55 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
    57 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
    58 unknown but may be a heat-shock Bb protein
    60 cross reactive for all Borrellia
    66 cross-reactive for all Borrelia, common in all bacteria
    83 specific antigen for the Lyme bacterium, probably a cytoplasmic membrane
    93 unknown, probably the same protein in band 83, just migrates differently in some patients

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    Old 03-05-2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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    re: Some Lyme Disease Information

    The following link gives a wealth of info on not only the IgG and IgM Western blots, but why and when to use them, and author's opinions on much more concerning current status of testing, disease, etc.

    [url]http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/wb.html[/url]

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    Old 03-05-2005, 05:57 PM   #4
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    Lyme Disease Information

    I correspond with people from all over who have Lyme Disease and other tickborne illnesses. Lyme Disease is known as the great imitator because its symptoms mimic those of many other diseases. Many people who have Lyme, were first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MS, ALS or other diseases. They suffered for years and then found out that they have Lyme Disease. Like the other diseases mentioned, tickborne illnesses are extremely debilitating on many levels. Prompt and proper treatment greatly reduces the possibility of long-term complications; however, many people go undiagnosed for long periods of time and the disease becomes very chronic. I am hoping this post may help.

    Lyme Disease is a multi-system bacterial infection caused from the bite of an infected tick. It is the second fastest-growing infectious disease in the United States after AIDS. This is very significant, yet little is being done to educate people about its seriousness and prevalence. Many people who are bitten do not know it because ticks are tiny and they inject a numbing agent so you cannot feel them. Lyme Disease is difficult to diagnose because no test is completely reliable. As a result, it is grossly underreported. Many people have it and do not know it. Often, doctors falsely believe that Lyme exists only in the northeast, when in fact it has been reported in every state.

    Below is a Lyme Disease symptom list:

    SYMPTOM CHECK LIST

    Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
    Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
    Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
    Unexplained hair loss
    Swollen glands
    Sore throat
    Testicular pain/pelvic pain
    Unexplained menstrual irregularity
    Unexplained milk production: breast pain
    Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
    Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
    Upset stomach
    Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
    Chest pain or rib soreness
    Shortness of breath, cough
    Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
    Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
    Joint pain or swelling
    Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
    Muscle pain or cramps
    Twitching of the face or other muscles
    Headache
    Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
    Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
    Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
    Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
    Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
    lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
    Lightheadedness, wooziness
    Tremor
    Confusion, difficulty in thinking
    Difficulty with concentration, reading
    Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
    Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
    Difficulty with speech or writing
    Mood swings, irritability, depression
    Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
    Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol


    Ticks can also transmit several serious co-infections:

    --Babesiosis is similar to malaria. It is caused by a protozoa that invades, infects and kills the red blood cells. Symptoms include chills, sweats, fatigue, headache, weakness, muscle aches and pains, dizziness and heart palpitations.

    --Ehrlichiosis is an infection caused by a rickettsiae (a bacterial parasite) that invades and infects the white blood cells. There are two types of Ehrlichiosis--HME and HGE. Symptoms include fever, malaise, headaches, chills, sweating, severe muscle aches and pains, nonproductive cough, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

    --Bartonella is also known as cat scratch fever and has recently been attributed to tick transmission

    Many people who have Lyme Disease have one or more of the co-infections. These illnesses are treatable with high-dose antibiotics. It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor because many doctors do not understand these illnesses and treat them with outdated protocols. A bullseye rash is a definite sign of Lyme Disease, but only about 50% of people who have Lyme ever get a rash. If you get a rash, it is a good idea to photograph it for documentation. Place something near it, like a coin or ruler, before photographing to give it size definition. That way you have evidence of it if needed later. Here are a couple of sites where you can see some, not all, examples of Lyme rashes:
    [url="http://www.lyme.org/gallery/rashes.html"]http://www.lyme.org/gallery/rashes.html[/url]
    [url="http://www.dis.strath.ac.uk/vie/LymeEU/images_medical.html"]http://www.dis.strath.ac.uk/vie/LymeEU/images_medical.html[/url]


    The best defense against Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections is prevention and education. There is a wonderful tick repellent you can buy for your clothing at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods section for about $5.00. It is called Repel Perma One. You spray your clothes and let them dry at least 2 hours before wearing (read the label entirely). If a tick even walks on them, it will die instantly. This is for your clothing only. It will last for up to two weeks or through five washings. You will still need a repellant for your skin. Research to determine which products are safe and best for children.

    Wearing light-colored clothing allows ticks to be seen easier. Realize that ticks can be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. Long sleeve shirts and long pants with clothes tucked in properly, reduce the amount of skin exposed. Also wear a hat. When coming inside after outdoor activity, remove your clothes promptly and wash and dry them at the hottest temperatures possible. Check for ticks on yourself, your children, and your pets--including under arms, behind knees, behind ears, on scalp, bellybutton etc.

    If you find a tick, the only safe way to remove it is with tweezers only. Bring tweezers as close to where it is attached to skin as possible, and grasp its mouthparts. Pull the tick straight back. Do not burn it with a match, do not put Vaseline or alcohol on it, and do not remove it with your fingers. Any of these methods will increase your risk of infection. Save it in a Ziploc bag, it can be tested for disease at IgeneX lab in Palo Alto, CA.

    I highly recommend the book "Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner. It gives a lot of information on the disease, symptoms, treatments, tick identification and prevention, managing your property etc. Most bookstores can order it if it is not in stock or you can buy it on-line.

     
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    Old 03-18-2005, 09:21 PM   #5
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    Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)

    The Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx) is a reaction that people who have Lyme can experience when they take antibiotics. Their symptoms may become worse or they may get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are release making them feel sicker. It can be very scary but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Herxes vary individually, but many times people experience them when starting treatment and every three to four weeks.

     
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    Old 09-13-2005, 10:03 AM   #6
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    Thumbs up Evidence-based guidelines for the management of Lyme

    Evidence-based guidelines for the management of Lyme
    disease, from the 'National Guideline Clearinghouse'.
    Both very informative and very encouraging in that it
    is coming from a government source.

    http://www.guideline.gov/

    To access info, you need to type lyme in search window - both very
    informative and very encouraging in that it is coming from a government
    source.

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    Old 01-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
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    re: Some Lyme Disease Information

    Hello i found some confussion when i first started learning about lyme.
    The temperature and different readings USA to Uk.
    Also some measurements for detox baths, i was unsure i would get the correct amounts.

    i hope these bits of info will help newbies and anyone else.


    The average normal temperature is 98.6 F(37 C). However, "normal" varies from person to person. Your temperature will also vary throughout the day, usually being lowest in the early morning and rising as much as 1F (0.6C) in the early evening. Your temperature may also rise by 1F (0.6C) or more if you exercise on a hot day. A woman's body temperature typically varies by 1F (0.6C) or more through her menstrual cycle, peaking around the time of ovulation
    Even in a single individual, body temperature can vary throughout the day by as much as 1 to 2 degrees. It tends to be coolest in the early morning (2am to 4am), and warmest in the late afternoon (4pm to 6pm), even among those who work at night and sleep during the day.

    Volume and Weight Chart

    Volume........ U.S............U.K...........Metric
    1 teaspoon (US).....1/6 ounce........5/6 teaspoon...........4.929 milliliters
    1 tablespoon (US)...0.5 ounce........5/6 tablespoon.........14.79 milliliters

    1 fluid ounce (US).......1 ounce........1.041 ounces.......29.57 milliliters

    1 cup (US)........... 8 ounces ......... 5/6 breakfast cup......236.6 milliliters
    1 pint (US).......... 16 ounces.........5/6 pint...................473.2 milliliters
    1 quart (US).........32 ounces.........5/6 quart.................946.3 milliliters
    1 teaspoon (UK).....1.2 teaspoons......0.2083 ounce........6.16 milliliters
    1 dessert spoon (UK)..2.4 teaspoons...0.4167 ounce.......12.32 milliliters
    1 tablespoon (UK)...1.2 tablespoons... 0.625 ounce......... 18.48 milliliters

    1 fluid ounce (UK).......0.96076 ounce.......1 ounce.....28.4 milliliters

    1 breakfast cup (UK)... ....1.2 cups ...............10 ounces....284 milliliters
    1 pint (UK)........... 1.2 pints..............20 ounces............568 milliliters
    1 quart (UK)......... 1.2 quarts............40 ounces............1.136 liters

    Any problems I can adjust the post and if anyone has any other bits we can add them on.
    Jules xx

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    Old 02-24-2006, 09:52 AM   #8
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    re: Some Lyme Disease Information

    found on m travels, very well explained and to the point.

    Borrelia (Borreliosis, neuroborreliosis; also known as Lyme Disease)Spread primarily though the bite of infected ticks that live on a wide range of mammalian species; secondary human-to-human transmission through semen, breast milk, and possibly in utero
    Bladder dysfunction
    Burning or stabbing sensations
    Cardiac impairment
    Change in bowel function
    Chest pain
    Confusion
    Depression
    Difficulty thinking
    Difficulty with concentration and reading
    Difficulty with speech, writing
    Difficulty finding words; name blocking
    Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
    Disturbed sleep: too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
    Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
    Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
    Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
    Facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)
    Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
    Forgetfulness
    Headache
    Heart block
    Heart murmur
    Heart palpitations
    Heart valve prolapse
    Increased motion sickness
    Irritability
    Irritable bladder
    Joint pain or swelling
    Light headedness
    Mood swings
    Muscle pain or cramps
    Neck creaks & cracks
    Neck stiffness, pain
    Numbness
    Pelvic pain
    Poor attention
    Poor balance
    Poor short-term memory
    Problem absorbing new information
    Pulse skips
    Rib soreness
    Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
    Shooting pains
    Shortness of breath; cough
    Skin hypersensitivity
    Sore throat
    Stiffness of the joints or back
    Swollen glands
    Testicular pain
    Tingling
    Tremor
    Twitching of the face or other muscles
    Unavoidable need to sit or lay down
    Unexplained breast pain
    Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills or flushing
    Unexplained hair loss
    Unexplained menstrual irregularity'
    Unexplained milk production
    Unexplained weight loss / gain
    Upset Stomach or abdominal pain
    Vertigo
    Wooziness

    Babesia
    (Babesiosis)
    Babesia is a protozoan spread by ticks, blood transfusion, and in utero. Despite there being 13 known forms to date, current testing only looks for two of them.
    Air hunger
    Cough
    Fatigue
    Fevers
    Headache
    Hemolysis
    Imbalance without true vertigo
    Mild encephalopathy
    Shaking chills
    Sweats

    Bartonella
    (Bartonellosis
    , also known as cat scratch fever)
    Spread by bites from infected ticks and in utero
    abnormal liver enzymes
    encephalopathy
    endocarditis
    flu-like malaise (I had this upon infection)
    headache
    hemolysis with anemia
    hepatomegaly
    high fever
    immune deficiency
    jaundice ( I have this with antibiotics)
    lymphadenopathy
    myalgias
    myocarditis
    papular or angiomatous rash (upon being infected)
    somnolence
    sore throat
    splenomegaly
    weakened immune response

    Ehrlichia
    (Ehrlichiosis
    )
    Bites from infected ticks
    elevated liver enzymes
    headaches
    myalgias
    ongoing fatigue
    persistent leukopenia
    thrombocytopenia

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