Lyme Disease and Autism
(2003) Hello from my last day in Connecticut for a month or so! Certainly, this is the epicenter of the epidemic, and I worry about the 100% of + Bowen RiBb tests, too — but not because I think it’s wrong! I think there is a PANDEMIC of Lyme! The Local Newspaper reports that 54% of Wilton families have Lyme, and that’s because it has been diagnosed and reported! There are a lot of people with relatively minor Sx who don’t go to the Dr right away, and who are missed by the standard “screen” of the Elisa test, which is WORTHLESS! [I.E. 50% ACCURATE -- SO FLIP A COIN INSTEAD]. The Quest Lab Western Blot is almost never + by CDC criteria either.
I think it is very difficult to negate a high titer on a ImmunoFluorescent Assay, which is what Bowen is doing. I double check the results via Igenex Lab, and the same blood that is negative at Quest is frequently + at that lab. I see many + IgM WB in chronic untreated cases, which is not what we learned about IgM in school. I think it is like the Early Antigen in EBV — a marker for activity or reactivation.
MY LAST 9 AUTISTIC KIDS HAVE BEEN LYME +, WHICH INCLUDES TWO FROM AZ!!!!
Stay tuned — this is going to be a biggie. Fortunately, not all the patients require prolonged IV therapy, but some do — the pleomorphic organism makes multiple antibiotics important.
I still feel that this is too difficult to defend in court. I have spoken with other doctors who are not willing to label it LYME based on Bowen’s work and will only stick their neck out with other confirmation. Since she apparently almost never reports a negative it makes the value of her test problematic at best.
Thanks for your willingness to try to get to the bottom of things but I deal with John Martin at www.ccid.org and he has very impressive credentials and will find infections you never are diagnosing that are life and death in brains of children.
My associate has valuable data showing heavy metal excretion patterns that are entirely different from what anyone is reporting by using entirely oral chelation. Using Doctor’s Data we believe we can tie this into the total body burden of PATHOGENS and we are not fixated on LYME and we are getting a high level of response in all autistic children, virtually all show very positive responses. I will be showing this data at the International conference on Autism conference on May 15th at 2:45pm and on the 16th at 1pm at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, CA.
So we all need to keep open minds as we try to get to the bottom of complex health issues that have many aspects to them! What about disturbed folic acid metabolism MTHFR polymorphisms ( methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase) that we find in virtually every autistic child? This sets the stage for these children to not be able to handle challenges such as the overly aggressive immunization schedules. These polymorphisms says Dr. Richard Kunin, President of the Orthomolecular Medical Society, are in nearly 80 % of his patients and he is using a highly qualified lab that specialized in testing for these polymorphisms.
Garry F. Gordon, MD,DO,MD(H)
In the Fall 2003 issue of JANA, Dr. Russell Blaylock has written another excellent paper tying together a number of factors and demonstrating the cumulative effect of these influences upon the body. In this particular case, his paper focuses on autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Blaylock raises the issue of improper immune activation, creating an “autotoxic” situation, as compared with the more easily understood “autoimmune” process. In addition, Dr. Blaylock reiterates the role of excitotoxins and inflammatory mediators in autism that he has previously discussed (JANA Vol. 6. No. 1, pg 10 Winter 2003).
Earlier work by Dr. Blaylock describes specific supplements that mitigate excitotoxin effects and might be useful for neurological inflammation, including autism(“Phytonutrients and Metabolic Stimulants as Protection Against Neurodegeneration and Excitotoxicity.” JANA 2 (2000): 30-39.).