More bad news for those of you who have been bitten by deer ticks. Is there no wonder that treatment only for Lyme may not result in reduction of infection? Is there no wonder why chronic “Lyme’s” is so common?
Why doesn’t the medical community recognize this? Is it no wonder that Lyme’s sufferers frequently pursue alternative medicine that in many cases offers positive results?
Does anyone question why Obamacare and Medicare don’t recognize these alternative treatments despite their results?
The date is 2015 and it is about time that the medical community caught up with the times.
A Lyme Co-infection That Causes Cancer-Like Cells
by Jenna Seaver Posted on February 4, 2015
Theileria microti is a human disease caused by a microscopic parasite very similar to Babsia microti, a common co-infection of Lyme disease, so similar that the classification has been debated amongst scientists for over fifty years.
Not surprisingly, T. microti is transmitted by deer ticks. What IS surprising is that it has not been mentioned as a possible co-infection of Lyme disease even though it can be fatal if it is not diagnosed.
It is a parasitic blood-borne piroplasm and was previously in the taxonomic genus Babesia, as Babesia microti, until the last decade when ribosomal RNA comparisons placed it in the sister genus Theileria. However, in 2012, after the Babesia microti genome was sequenced, it was discovered that Theileria microti does not belong to the either of the established genera – Babesia or Theleria – but instead belongs to a separate genus. Another mystery bug!!
Theleria microti can be transmitted by blood transfusion as well as a tick bite (just like Babesia), and the mortality rate is estimated to be between 3 and 28%. Most severe cases occur in people over the age of 50 years or those who have spleen dysfunction, cancer, HIV or who are on an immunosuppressive therapy.
The majority of patients experience mild to moderate malaria-like symptoms; however, in severe cases, the disease may be associated with respiratory failure, multi-organ system dysfunction and/or coma.
It has long been known from studying the effects of Theileria in cattle that the parasite infects blood cells and somehow causes a cancer-like cellular growth, but the reasons were not understood until recently.
New research was recently presented by Professor J. Weitzman and Professor S. Medjkane along with 9 other researchers from the Sorbonne along with a veterinarian researcher from the Manouba Veterinary School M. Mhadhbi from Tunisia, three US researchers; two from Beth Israel/Harvard University and J.D.DuBerry from Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases at the University of Georgia.
These bright scientists collaborated on a study that was released in the February 2015 issue of Nature magazine regarding this microscopic parasite showing how Theileria actually transforms the cells they invade, and demonstrating the way that these changed cells become cancer-like in their growth.
Worldwide Cancer Research reported on January 25, 2015 that the parasite actually hijacks the cell and transforms it.
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