Another informational blog from Bad Lyme Attitude Blog!
I learned something new this week. This little thing we like to call “chronic Lyme” that’s actually post-sepsis syndrome (according to the NIH), is also called “immunoparalysis.” And the really great thing about that is, the research goes back to at least 1980 and ties in “endotoxin tolerance,” which is what happens when your immune system is shut off by the OspA or other fungal-type antigen, and doesn’t recognize (and therefore doesn’t fight) fungal antigens any more.
CDC Officer Alan Barbour was the dude who said OspA “overwhelms” the immune system,when describing what antigenic variation in spirochetes does to humans (US Patent6,719,983). This is a term you want to remember in case you hear it again: “overwhelmed” immune system means: “turned off.” “Turned off” is the complete opposite of an “inflammatory” or “autoimmune disease.”
Here is a handy graphic I created to further illustrate what’s going on:
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