Lyme disease specialists will gather for what will be an unveiling of new forms of diagnosis and treatment.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and, as ever, Lyme disease cases feature in the news.
Doctors and physicians from around the world are coming together for the ground-breaking London Conference which is organised by UK-based, AONM (Academy of Nutritional Medicine).
The theme of the Conference is Chronic Illness Uncovered: Lyme Disease, Viral Pathogens, Morgellons, Mould & More. However, the title underplays the prevalence and reality of Lyme disease in Britain today.
At the turn of the century there were only around 250 reported cases of Lyme disease in the UK each year, but now the NHS says the figure is closer to 3,000 and some charities claim the actual number could be as high as 45,000. The Academy of Nutritional Medicine (AONM) suspects the numbers are far higher than this.
Many people with early-stage Lyme disease develop a distinctive circular rash at the site of the tick bite, usually around 3-30 days after being bitten. This is known as erythema migrans and it’s often described as looking like a bull’s-eye on a dart board. However, around one in three people with Lyme disease won’t develop this rash. Some people with Lyme disease also experience flu-like symptoms in the early stages, such as tiredness (fatigue), muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, a high temperature (fever), chills and neck stiffness.
Lyme disease can affect everyone – the very young to old and from every walk of life. High-profile sufferers of Lyme disease include: 11 members of Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell’s family, Debbie Gibson, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Osbourne and Ray Mears.
At the forthcoming London Conference, PROFESSOR LEONA GILBERT (Finland) will showcase the most up-to-date testing technologies, including TickPlex – the new antibody screening test that’s introduced this month (AONM). A research team led by Associate Professor Dr. Gilbert at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland has studied chronic diseases and morphological variants of borrelia – leading to some exciting discoveries.
JOSEPH JEMSEK(USA) via live video-link will outline the reasons behind resistance to treatment:
Lyme patients too often find themselves fighting a battle on multiple fronts: they suffer from a disease that debilitates the mind and ravages the body, and are confronted by an entrenched medical establishment that holds its own self-interests above the wellbeing of patients, marginalising and denigrating the disease afflicting these patients. It’s little wonder then that hopelessness prevails as our patients remain lost and progressively disconnected, until not even a shred of their being exists any longer.
In early 1983, Dr. Jemsek diagnosed the first case of HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County, and subsequently devoted his practice to HIV care until 2006. Now, the Jemsek Specialty Clinic’s facility in Washington DC is exclusively devoted to the care of patients with Lyme Borreliosis Complex. (Talk: Major Reasons for Lyme Borreliosis Complex (LBC) Treatment Resistance or Relapse.)
JESS P. ARMINE(USA) will speak via live video-link on C.I.R.S & Brain Inflammation. Dr. Armine constantly researches the latest findings in genetics and functional medicine.
GINGER (VIRGINIA) SAVELY(USA) Dr. Savely, a world-renowned expert in the illness, will discuss in detail the symptoms of Morgellons Disease, objective findings, theories on its etiology as well as treatment options available. Dr. Savely is considered to be one of the top experts in the United States on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases and Morgellons disease. Dr. Savely has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients and over 900 Morgellons disease patients since she began specialising in these diseases in 2003. Patients come to her Washington, DC office from all over the world.
Dr. Savely was one of the first people in the US to advocate for Morgellons disease and to assert that the disease was not psychiatric, but infectious in nature.
ARMIN SCHWARZBACH(Germany) discusses Tick-Borne Diseases and Viruses in Cancer and Unexplained Syndromes. Over the course of 20 years, Dr. Schwarzbach has tested more than 20,000 patients for different tick-borne diseases and multiple infections.
Hi Dr Armin, Dr Jess and other medics. The uks medical service is not doing good. Myself and my family and many many others are all rotting with mould illness and morgellons…..there are also many others deteriorating from lyme and the many other diseases linked. I believe given the chance many doctors could learn from us if we were allowed to be used as test subjects and listened to. Instead we are bullied into being told we are depressed and pushed to not return for any more g.p appointments. Morgellons doesnt show in routine nhs bloods yet we are all most definately very very physically unwell. This effects us neurogically the same as lyme, but does not show up as spirochetes. Yet given the chance of fresh microscopic blood tests and urine tests, with a present micrologist, instead of a machine that only detects what it is programmed to find. When blood is taken from a morgellons patient we are lucky for it not to congeal has it is full of solid particles of whatever these living organisms are. The fibres are only what these microbiotic organisms attach to or attract in order to attach onto hosts quicker and easier. These organisms are present everywhere and whilst egnorance is bliss, this will become unavoidable for all in time. As always the sensetive people become infected first and foremost. The uk are in big trouble. We are a small island and many many areas and environments are already contaminated. Sewerage and water supply is a big contaminant. Egnorance towards toxic mould environments and the damaging effects. The list is endless. I was infected through my cat attracting microorganisms from rats, this looked like particles that flickered jumped and lived like flees but could mainly be felt rather than seen. These organisms can live in the air materials everywhere for months even years without a host. They do not die at boiling point. When frozen they thaw out and come back to life. Please tell me what chance do my family have of ridding these things. We have aged and are practically dying in the space of 18months. I have no doubt morgellons is something to do with fungus and that i have enough of that living off me. My immunity is shot. I speak on behalf of many thousands. Please help….thankyou. It seems these organisms are more intelligent than much of our health service. The orgsnisms are so strong within a few hours of taking something they become resistant. Animals are picking these things up and usual flee and worm treatments do not resist them. A neighbours sick animals infected my home my cat and the whole of my family. The Rspca has never even heard of morgellons. Please once again help me to help my family to help the uk in order to help the world. I cannot even afford to use Steve Beddingfields protocol. This man and many of us should be listened to and invited to a university to work together to find a cure. I fear for my child and everyone elses. She is practically autistic due to this from a grade a private scholorship student. I cannot work she cannot attend school. These organisms also become more active around any energy source. When hosting these things we attract all insects and constantly reaccuringly become bitten. Please can you contact me and help me and my family. Our environment is deeply contaminated also amd we need serious and fast care and help specialist around morgellons. This is no doubt infectious, it waits to attack the body when immunity is lowered. What needs to be realised is that mental health problems which are connected to physical pain have an underlying physical cause. Microbiotic illness is the route cause of many neurolical illness. My family has a list of 40 physical symptoms. We do not speak about them to each other but when other family members have conplained with issues and visuably noticable issues are the same. For example increased number of moles we all have which multiplied by 4 times in a few days. This is one symptom that cannot be blamed on mental helsth. We all have grey hair, beirds numbness neuroligical pain. Floating fibres digestion issues high blood pressure, heavy infestation in the chest throat sinuses infact everywhere