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Lyme disease was first documented in the United States in 1975. The organism that causes Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick. Lyme disease is named for the town in Connecticut where some of the first cases occurred in the United States. Lyme disease cases have since been documented in about 43 states, with over 15,000 cases reported annually between 1998 and 2004. Over 153,000 total cases were reported in the United States between 1993 and 2002. During 2002, 23,763 Lyme disease cases were reported, making this the peak year. During 2003-2005, 64,382 cases were reported. During the year of 2007, 27,444 cases of Lyme disease were reported, yeilding a national average of 9.1 cases per 100.000 persons. Several cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Florida as well, corresponding to approximately 40 cases per year.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the bacteria and spread it when feeding.
Margaret R. Anderson, a research associate at Pfizer Chemicals in Groton, which publishes a pamphlet on Lyme disease, said as the incidence increases, so does the public's interest in the disease. Last year, Pfizer gave out its entire printing of 35,000 pamphlets, she said, and this year the company is printing 50,000 more.
''We don't push any product in the pamphlet, and we don't allow it to be used for commercial purposes, even our own,'' Mrs. Anderson said. ''There are many people here at Pfizer who have had Lyme disease, and many more who are at risk, so it's certainly in the company's interest to keep our employees and their families informed.''
I knew I had been exposed to genetically engineered viruses that were human infectious agents. They had given me the name of it, but that doesn't tell us anything. I went back to OSHA and told them that the name of a virus is not the identity of a virus. With a genetically engineered virus, each one is custom-made, and you can name it whatever you want to name it. So I went to OSHA and Pfizer and told them they needed to give me the genetic code so we could see what was in the virus and figure out why I was falling into paralysis. It took OSHA around a year to make a ruling-it went from Hartford to Boston to Washington D.C.-and they ruled that protection of trade secrets supersedes my right to get any genetic information on this virus.
The lentivirus which McClain was exposed is a retrovirus. This means its genetic code is in the form of RNA rather than DNA. The RNA is in a "coat" which enables it to attach to a broad spectrum of mammalian cells and become engulfed in the cell. As described by the late brilliant Nobel-prize winning molecular geneticist Howard Temin, the virus has a gene (called reverse transcriptase or RET) which enables it to go backwards in the genetic paradigm. Normally, the DNA code for a gene creates an RNA message which directs the formation of the protein specified by the gene. RET makes it possible to go backwards, making DNA from the RNA. The viral DNA can then be inserted into the DNA of the chromosomes. New gene insertion with long term effects becomes possible, depending on what the virus has been designed to do. The gene therapy possibilities are intoxicating to drug companies and biomedical research. We can expect increased intensity in this field in the near future.
The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi was identified in the USA in 1982, and was connected to an epidemic of arthritis among children in the small town Lyme a few years earlier. It was known that the bacterium was transmitted by ticks. In Europe there were observations that connected tick bites to the occurrence of the characteristic dermatological conditions EM and ACA, but the fact that this newly discovered spirochete was the causative agent of illness was new, also in Europe. Several scientists took interest in this new spirochete, and Dr. Bozsik was one of the first to engage in the field. He was the first to suggest the term Lyme Borreliosis, this was accepted and immediately taken into use.
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
reply to post by beezzer
This woman, Kathleen Dickson, is a whistleblower against Pfizer (where she worked). She claims that the vaccine LymeRix (a Pfizer invention) causes a "Lyme-like" disease. You can do a search on either her name or "Lyme Pfizer" to find (really hard-to-hear) smoking-gun video presentations. Here's her LinkedIn site:
Kathleen DIckson (LinkedIn)
This "imitator" disease may be what your acquaintance was referring to....
ETA: Apparently there's also a PDF of her testimony, but I can't find it. It led to a 404 at the only link I found....
Oh. I think I fixed my link.edit on 5/25/2013 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by beezzer
He could offer no proof other than what he had heard.
Originally posted by frazzle
reply to post by beezzer
Saw this thread and logged in to say that I just ran across an article today linking Lyme to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Lupus and a host of other ailments. The study, oddly enough, shows testosterone to be helpful, even for women.
Side note, Jesse Ventura did one of his Tru TV conspiracy shows on Plum Island and Lyme.
Fibromyalgia IS NOT caused by Lyme.
Fibro is found world wide, lyme is not.
lyme disease has many of the same symptoms of fibro but IS NOT fibro.
Fibro is just as common in Australia as its in the US but there is no proven native cases of Lyme in Australia.
The very few cases of Lyme confirmed in Australia were people that had traveled to Lyme areas in the US or other countries with lyme ticks.