The Unkillable Curse!
Shall we go back to basics and address the unkillable-ness of relapsing fever spirochetes? This is an issue that inevitably is raised in the long-term antibiotics debate. IDSA say the spirochetes are 100% killed (except in about 20% of curious cases) after a short course of antibiotics. ILADS say you may need to be on antibiotics for years. Well, if you’ve been following me, you know by now that it’s not really about the spirochetes, but the trashed immune system from the constantly-shed OspA, plus subsequent reactivation of herpesviruses and their resultant chronic, ugly, deadly sequelae. Lyme disease goes far beyond either a bacterial infection, or the “arthritic knee” definition put forth by Steere and his soon-to-be soap-on-a-rope chain gang.
But back to the point of this post: it was established practically in ancient times that borreliae cannot be killed. They go into cyst form when under attack. This, coupled…
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