Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dr. Burrascano in Ridgefield CT

Dr. Joseph Burrascano and Dr. Eva Sapi spoke in Ridgefield, CT on May 22, 2012. Here is a video of Dr. Burrascano speaking on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. This talk is especially important as he speaks of lyme culture testing and the new culture test being done at Advanced Laboratories in Sharon Hill, PA. If we are lucky, the talk by Eva Sapi will also be put online. This free event was sponsored by the Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force.

I particularly identify with Dr. Burrascano's belief that this is a two-pronged fight. One to kill the pathogen, the second to promote the immune system. It is good to see Dr. Burrascano speak so strongly and clearly about supportive measures for lyme disease. These include gut ecology support, methylation support (RVK), mitochondrial support, and diet, among other things. (Personally I do not get the exercise thing.) Most doctors do not pay a whole lot of attention to these matters, preferring instead to just giving the striker drugs. Often the patients suffer very much from this and have to stop treatment. I prefer the clinical experience of Dr. Dale Guyer that tends towards preparing the patient for drug treatments in the very same way as articulated by Dr. Burrascano (if not even more pronounced and in depth). Dr. Guyer has the right ideas in approaching these illnesses.

Someone should tell Dr. Burrascano about MAF 314.


  1. I asked it before, I'll ask it again: Someone selling tests? Haven't we been there? Haven't we learned anything?

    1. The Advanced Lab test is different to anything else that has ever been available - it's based on Dr Alan MacDonald's invaluable work with culturing Borrelia spirochetes (the book "Cure Unknown" does a great job of explaining this). The other tests out there are antibody tests, which rely on there being an intact immune system. Conversely, a culture is growing the actual bacteria, and they send you a picture of the spirochetes grown from your own blood. Insurance companies can deny long-term treatment based on Western Blots, but it's much harder to deny a positive culture. Dr Burrascano believes the culture test will be a game-changer in Lyme politics, and that helps all of us.

  2. Tony, I'm curious, are you questioning the validity of this test? Or the ethics of selling a test that can help people? Because if you're questioning the validity, I did this Lyme culture and came up positive (even though my CFS started with a clear case of mononucleosis). I'm now on antibiotics, and although I've only been on them for 6 weeks, I've seen some (though not huge) changes for the better. My opinion is that this can't be anything but good, and with time it will become cheaper and more accessible to the public. But those are just my 2cents.

    Consuegra, thank you so much for all your very educational posts!

  3. If I recall correctly, Ridgefield was the site of an epidemic of what might have been M.E.

    On Hyde's list as 1956, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA, An epidemic of neuromyasthenia.\_epidemic.html

    It was at a biology laboratory. The papers on the epidemic are sketchy on what they were studying other than bacteria. I would like to know more.

    Shelokov and others wrote about it.

    Was that mentioned? (Cannot follow the sound; transcript of important parts if one exists would be awesome.)

  4. Many antibiotics are also immune modulators. Gaining a benefit from them is not always the result of killing off a bacteria. They may be moving the Immune system in a beneficial direction to the patient. Just an FYI

  5. Antibiotics work 13 times better if you exercise enough to get winded and open up ALL your capillaries!

  6. @DolceVita: Lyme can lay dormant for up to 14 years. Your mono could have been what brought the Lyme out.