A non-expert opinion piece
“It’s the water” the smiling spokesperson says on the sign that used to be posted in nearby Watertown, Wisconsin. No kidding, I thought. If you consider what is actually found within most municipal water supplies around the world, you might cringe; that is if you actually know what is in the water. (Most towns provide water quality reports if you ask.)
Having said that, the connections between what lies within the water in our environment, and the little eight-legged critters which live in watersheds and other damp environments should be at least vaguely easy to see. Most people rarely spend time looking closely at their environment, however I am one of those people who actually takes a keen interest in the world around me (and I am not talking about football games or holiday functions).
Many towns add chemicals to their drinking water after it is drawn from wells. Treatments for iron deposits, certain chemicals, and bacterial forms as well as additives including fluorides in many forms, chlorine, and sodium hydroxide to control lead and copper pipe corrosion are “normal” in most water supplies. In addition to the list of “expected” toxicants, some communities also treat for radon (many states including Wisconsin); and agricultural chemicals including persisting organic pollutants (POPs), and industrial solvents and heavy metals. Some of these agents persist in the environment for decades. On top of all of this, endocrine disrupters, benzene from petroleum spills (i.e. Jackson, WI real estate ads which carefully claim certain homes for sale that are not located within the town’s toxic spill site); and pharmaceuticals that people dump down the toilet or drain persist within so-called “clean” drinking water.
I became far more informed during the research phase of one of my books after visiting a local water treatment plant to see “how it is done.” I was shocked to see how “modern” water treatment processes leave much to be desired as far as water purity is concerned. I was also shocked to see how many toxicants are never considered nor addressed during any part of the water treatment process in most communities. Are you still thirsty? No wonder people are moving away from tap water and adding filters of all kinds to their tap and well water sources.
Who is cleaning up the “other” water sources – you know, ground and surface water tables wherein the itty bitty critters including those which transmit Lyme disease live? Perhaps it is a good thing that a.) I spend a lot of time examining the world in which I live because of a disability caused by Lyme ; b.) am able to read, although much of that is done standing or switching between multiple prescriptions since I have difficulty with joints and vision and other issues caused by Lyme; and c.) I actually like to write things that who knows how many people take the time to read when I share them.
Today’s rant involves my notice of a recent publication that seems to support a quasi-hypothetical postulation of mine about which I go into great detail in my book“God Science: The Secret World of Rampant Genetics, Hidden Illness & Biotech Profiteering.” I simply noticed the connections between polluted water sources and the microbes which live therein, including the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi (or Bb for short).
Bb, a tick and “possibly” other arthropod and/or insect-transmitted organisms, wreak havoc within the bodies of animals and humans exposed to same. Most people who are bitten by a tick never know they have been bitten. Those with a strong immune system seem to do a fairly good job of controlling the many tick-borne infections. If lucky, they will never know the level of disability afforded to a growing segment of the “unlucky” population around the world.
The problem is that the tell-tale “classic” symptoms of a Lyme infection which is a bull’s-eye shaped, centrifugally-expanded rash appears in only about one-third of patients.
Other types of rashes can appear, but most patients never have these symptoms. Instead they may suffer a “Summer flu” or a pile of symptoms consisting of joint pains, headaches, vision and digestive problems, fatigue, and general malaise. As the microbes spread throughout the body, the evidence of exactly what is going wrong dissipates. It often lies quietly for a period of weeks, months, and can wax and wane over decades.
The lack of “evidence” at the beginning of infection, such as an attached tick body and carefully documented symptoms (i.e. undeniable photographs of rashes) makes diagnosis of tick-borne infections difficult. This is in part because symptoms vary widely between patients, and in part because there is a group of powerful infectious disease personnel in the public health system whose jobs over the past half century or so seem to have been to vehemently deny the existence of “valid” Lyme disease infections. To them, the clinical picture of Lyme disease and its plethoric menu of co-infections (also variable by patient and geographic region) are only “allowed” to persist within one calendar month or perhaps a week or two more. According to some of these experts, after that time the human body miraculously eliminates these infections with or without the help of antibiotics.
Anyone who does not have documented evidence of Lyme disease supposedly never had the infection in the first place. Otherwise at the end of 30 days, the infections mystically morph into “something else” that becomes some pseudo-autoimmune disorder – a disorder that no expert has been able to define nor prove over the last half century.
Unfortunately, very few people with Lyme disease are quickly and accurately diagnosed; or properly treated with multiple, pulsed antibiotic therapies, which seems to be the best approach to treating the infections at onset. There are other “alternative” therapies that are proving beneficial as well but all are quickly discounted by the scientific sector. However the longer one waits, the more rapidly the infections course throughout the body. Recommendations over the years from the “experts” have stressed the importance of NOT treating, but of rather WAITING to see if a patient has disease.
What are they waiting for? No one knows. Perhaps the thinking comes from the fact that most people do not produce antibodies to these infections until a month or more after infection. Some people never produce antibodies.
Perhaps the wait and see approach is fueled by a realization that the blood tests used to detect Lyme disease antibodies are FREQUENTLY UNABLE to detect them until after a month or more has passed – IF they are able to detect them at all, EVER. Since the mainstream laboratory tests recommended by the US public health experts (i.e. CDC, Infectious Diseases Society of America or IDSA) are unable to detect any Bb strains beyond a very limited number which can be counted upon the fingers of one hand, these tests are failing the public. Bb strains and their variations number in the hundreds. Each one is slightly different, at least different enough that an IDSA scientist owns several special patents which address this very issue.
These differences between individual type strains makes the creation of meaningful laboratory tests as well as human vaccines virtually IMPOSSIBLE (ineffective) using the best of current technologies. Even the patents owned by the experts including those at the CDC for years have echoed the problems of Bb strain differences and the problems with developing human vaccines. From where I sit it is a stretch of the imagination to believe that any human Lyme vaccine(s) would be remotely effective at this juncture or any time in the future (because I have studied the patents which describe the morphology of the organisms).
Perhaps the public health insistence that doctors wait to treat Lyme patients prophylactically (in case) comes from a keen desire to wait to promote a new and upcoming human Lyme disease vaccine. After all, if “no one” has the infection when it hits the market, there is no reason for an upcoming vaccine, is there? I mean if patients have been crying for decades that their illness is being ignored, and the media and public health experts fail to listen to these people, the patient pool for vaccine receipt grows conveniently ever larger, does it not?
In order for any human Lyme vaccine to be effective (if it could be made so, the last vaccine was a flop for reasons so technical they deserve a separate post); scientists would likely have to fabricate artificial proteins based on more than one strain in order to “protect” and to detect only one or two strains (because vaccines require diagnostic tests to see if they work). For the hundreds of Bb strains out there, hundreds of vaccines would have to be fabricated to cover all the type strains. So which vaccine would you choose? Hmm, this is kind of what happened with the last vaccine. It worked only on a limited Bb type strain. That vaccine was yanked from the market amidst swirling lawsuits and manufacturer claims of “poor demand.” Vaccine recipients were “allegedly” left with a treatment-resistant form of arthritis like the kind they were trying to prevent. Oops, the human body is a tad more complex than originally thought…and so is the Bb organism.
I am preparing a post regarding the upcoming second Lyme vaccine attempt at a combo strain slash lab engineered dual-Bb agent. This ungodly lab-created agent appears to be (as best as my non-expert-ness can describe so don’t quote me on this), a version based on a hybrid American Bb strain and a European Bb strain – one that causes ugly and perhaps incurable skin manifestations.
If such a concoction fails, I shudder to think of what a treatment-resistant version of Lyme disease might resemble with the added bonus of the skin manifestations of Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (ACA). This is what the European Bb strain used in the design appears to typically manifest. ACA is also known as “Herxheimer disease” and it is a very different kind of problem than the better known Herxheimer reaction caused by dying Bb spirochetes. In the latter, pro-inflammatory and other nasty chemicals are released in the body during treatment which cause anaphylaxis and other horrible things, but that is another story too.
The quality of “expert” advice regarding the reporting of Lyme disease case numbers and the past and current diagnosis and treatment options for Lyme patients have been argued ad nauseum for decades. Meanwhile the majority of those suffering from Lyme disease and co-infections have been insisting (along with increasing numbers of Lyme-treating physicians or LLMDs), that the sooner a patient is treated for tick-borne diseases, the better the patient fares.
Those who have drawn the short straw with an often years-delayed diagnosis like me, are among hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions who are debilitated and still awaiting proper acknowledgement of valid infections. Strangely enough, when you observe our blood under the microscope, itty bitty critters in the form of spiral-shaped pasta can be seen merrily swimming around in their own private and warmly heated swimming pools. I know this because I have seen these guys since even my blood has been used to help develop cutting-edge laboratory diagnostic tools to detect Lyme infections – lab tests that public health experts continue to defame and criticize even when they work better than public health-recommended tests.
However patients and their doctors appear to be winning this war on Lyme disease. Meanwhile certain experts continue to map out a strategic game plan for the promotion of a second generation human Lyme disease vaccine using an untried formula and an exceedingly brief human trial period under what I would call inadequate long-term observational studies. Most Lyme infections seem to take months to years to develop into full-blown debilitating illnesses which rob patients of quality of life and more frequently their very lives.
Therefore it would stand to reason using common sense that no meaningful studies can be done within the accelerated vaccine development processes routinely observed. How many years does it take to conclusively prove whether a vaccine could be considered even remotely effective? Well the answer may not be one that the patent-holding public health experts and their academic scientist partners want to hear. And they may also not want to hear that any vaccine capable of addressing the hundreds of quickly changing strains of Bb are a huge problem.Look how many years the last Lyme vaccine was allowed to exist before patients began reporting adverse events and forcing public health hearings to alert public health officials that there was “a problem.”
Public health officials/scientists and/or manufacturers may not wish to grasp that the theory of a PASSIVE human Lyme disease vaccine may be a grim fairy-tale. A passive system suggests that humans are supposed to be the delivery vehicle of human-created antibodies which magically transfer into a blood-feeding tick body while they eat. Inside the tick body these antibodies (if they are actually ever made) supposedly also magically prevent the Bb spirochetes from entering our bodies, or else they allow them to enter but only those that are equally and magically killed before entry.
I have better luck with the Wisconsin Lottery. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take my chances with the tap water over a vaccine with such a poorly thought-out design.
For starters, this vaccine design model fails to address the ability of ticks to vomit or poop upon human skin; to transmit other infections; to transmit non-vaccine-targeting Bb strains; and it fails to take into consideration the transmission of previous blood meals onto our very porous skin before or during attachment to our skin. Those are just a few of the problems which come to mind.
What happens to these cases? Perhaps it will take another 60 years before public health officials announce that long depressed Lyme disease case numbers have “suddenly” jumped coincidentally in timing with another soon-to-be-launched 3rd generation human Lyme disease vaccine that just so happens to also have public health department-registered patents.
Let’s skip commentary on the quality of expert advice and return to quality of our water. In my books I spend an eternity talking about chemical and microbial toxicants, and how they wind up in waste waters and consequently within the microbes that live in these environments. I won’t go into an extensive biology lesson at this time. Suffice it to say that everything is thoroughly and regrettably contaminated. What the itty bitty critters are harboring within their buggie bodies is horrific, and I don’t mean just the Bb spirochetes.
Ticks are “dirty” little creatures, although their mothers could probably care less about hygiene. I mean some species actually have their mouth parts way too close to their anal openings. What you will find inside of a tick body, even the experts know well. Decades ago the very scientist after whom the Lyme disease agent is named (Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, an NIH scientist), was studying what lay within the bellies of ticks that had been collected in Montana.
Why is Montana significant? Well from my perspective it is highly important if you consider the industries in the state, including coal and copper for starters. Indeed when you consider the kinds of persisting chemicals including polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and also the microbes that are used to leach industrially important things from the ground, as well as the “necessary” persisting organic pollutants, the idea that waste water and ground water contaminations are major players in the realm of what makes up dirty little microbes and the itty bitty critters which harbor them within their guts is an easy relationship to grasp.
Countless peer-reviewed scientific studies reveal that the uptake of these pollutants into microbes such as algae, spirochetes (ask the CDC about these), animals including fish (and the CDC’s oft-studied turtles and other fauna); and insects and 8-legged arthropods including ticks are hardly negligible. The negative biological effects of these pollutants were beginning to be trumpeted in higher animals as early as Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring (1962 Houghton Mifflin, yes of course I have a copy).
The reason for all of this information gathering is of course to bypass the public health experts and to do what many of them do not have time to do – read a heck of a lot of material from a heck of a lot of different sources and extrapolate as much evidence as is humanly possible, and to report it in a manner that the average human brain can understand – and regrettably, most of us are already affected by these toxic chemicals and microbes ourselves.
What I found most curious when studying the adverse effects of fluorinated (fluoride) pesticides and pollutants, were the varying effects on the human body depending upon which area of the brain or body is infected/affected by these toxic poisons. Not coincidentally, the effects of fluorides upon the human brain and body are wide and devastating. Perhaps this is why fluoride studies were sequestered by atomic energy scientists and public health experts during the dawn of the atomic energy age, and they remain largely sequestered still. Perhaps this is also why the correlations between Lyme disease strains and organic pollutants (in particular those downstream of nuclear plants) seems so curiously intertwined.
This is most curious since the CDC’s web site called the fluorination of America’s water one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. It is also curious to me that the CDC was studying the microbes in the fauna around waste water treatment plants downstream of nuclear facilities. (Sorry another cheap reference to my books, search on Amazon.com)
In my books I carefully detail the history of water pollutants including persisting organic pollutants and microbes and what is found within industrial wastewaters for lots of reasons. I also carefully detail the history of the CDC’s interests in water treatment plants downstream of nuclear plants, and concerns over contaminated fauna and agricultural animals. Some of these treatmen plants are nearby where Lyme disease outbreaks and the beginning history of public water fluoridation intersected. I find it curious that no one else has caught this correlation, but you can read all about this from several of my books.
I also find it interesting that no one has connected the dots between the organofluoride and organochloride insecticides which contain lab-manipulated microbial insecticides. These formulas are used upon and within our foods, food animals (and their drinking water). As I stated in “God Science”, the microbial insecticide “B.t.” (Bacillus thuringiensis) attaches to things (i.e. gluten) and creates holes in things….namely insect/animal/human guts. That “gluten-free” diet may not be entirely gluten’s fault…yes GMO gluten is er, questionable. But so are the B.t. insecticides that are found to be attaching to the gluten proteins….establishing inflammation and holes in gut tissues to be exact. The connections between B.t. and human gut infections have been known at least since the 1970s according to my sources. So would it be so shocking to discover as I postulate in my books, that the Bb agent of Lyme disease may harbor B.t. toxin genes as well as persisting organic pollutants and other GMO formula components?
It is interesting to me why the Bb organism also causes inflammation and cell death in brain cells at the dorsal root ganglia, a part of the brain that controls movement. It is also curious that persisting organic chemicals seem to do the very same thing, at least in rats and lower animals.
It would be interesting of course to comment fully upon whether or not the Bb agent contains (among its microbial passengers), persisting organic pollutants and GMO formula genes, which when introduced into the body tip the toxin scales over the edge. There the combination of toxicants and infections become too much for our already immune-suppressed bodies to handle.
Between the microbial insecticides and the other environmental toxins ticks and their gut microbes contain, is it any wonder if toxic microbes mutate and adapt to their highly toxic environments? Is it any wonder also that Lyme and other chronic disease patients are not “cured” within 30 calendar days?
Is it any wonder also why industry-paid scientists and/or public health experts would feel a sense of responsibility to protect private interests which pay for their top caliber salaries and extensive research portfolios? Is it any wonder why diseases might be concealed as long as necessary to lengthen research interests and to develop vaccines which may or may not benefit the public? Is there any incentive to actually cure disease in our current system when there is so much money to be made for academic laboratories and their industry-paid scientists?
It may be noteworthy that chemical pesticides that were patented by many companies and used industrially and agriculturally wind up in waste waters. It is also important that persisting chemicals from manufacturers such as 3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company St. Paul, MN), just one among many, who have been manufacturing non-stick coatings and other POPs such as PFOAs, also end up in waste waters. Such chemicals are used for everything from automotive, defense, semiconductors, mobile phones, flame retardants, flooring, and cookware to insecticides as well as nuclear plant structures including coatings. Are you aware that even nuclear facilities might be treating their water with chemicals and microbial insecticides? What happens to these types of chemicals and microbes once discharged into waste waters where ticks and other itty bitty critters live?
It is no surprise to me either that a company such as 3M would hold a patent to detect important microbes. These include the Lyme disease spirochete and those important to industries such as coal/oil, aluminum, mining, uranium (nuclear), or POPs – microbes that can be detected from water or urine samples. These microbes are found in environments where mining substrates and/or chemicals are used for all kinds of end products from bauxite/aluminum, fluorides, polymers, surfactants and insecticides to the clay that lines sewage treatment plants and nuclear waste storage facilities. (By the way some clays have leaked nuclear “junk” into the environment near Lyme disease outbreak areas.) But those stories again can be found…you know where.
There is just too much to list here, I could go on for years…perhaps as long as the CDC has failed to acknowledge that human Lyme disease case numbers are (and have long been) actually much higher than the 300,000 supposed “new” case numbers they appear now happy to report in the shadow of an upcoming Lyme vaccine to which they appear to hold important patent interests.
Maybe I can invent a vaccine for the posterior gluteus nerve pain caused by excessive sitting around waiting for someone to acknowledge that Lyme disease is real and people are suffering. Or maybe the pain in my back side is nerve pain caused by sitting excessively long writing about the connections between public health failings and things that are far more obvious to the suffering Lyme patient populations. Whatever the case may be, this whole situation has clearly gotten on my nerves.
If you want the references to this blog, you’re going to have to contact me personally, because I can’t sit here any longer and the holidays will keep me from coming back to this any time soon.
In the end, if you listen to the experts, perhaps all of this stuff is really all in my head…but for now it feels like it is all well within my posterior. And that is just one place that any vaccine is off limits in this particular human body.
Bah humbug to the latest public health claims concerning Lyme vaccines, says I. I’m off to get a cup of tea with my carbon/ionic/RO/other filtered, glass bottled artesian well water that does not have fluoride, chloride, nitrates, nitrites, arsenic, benzene, or a bunch of other chemical nasties. I’ll keep an eye out for itty bitty critters, but I probably won’t be able to see them. I have to get a different pair of glasses to do close work.
So much for holiday cheer.