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Lyme Facts: Did You Know?

Ronald Stram, M.D. Sunday, May 06, 2018
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Lyme "Did You Know" facts.

Dr. Stram continues on the Lyme disease lecture circuit at the Southern Tier Lyme Support conference (held at Binghamton University on May 5, 2018) for physicians and patients. As presented at the lecture - below, please find some "Did You Know?" facts about Lyme.


  • Awareness is the best intervention to decrease Lyme activity even better than protective clothing;
  • The percentage of detection is much higher in organs of inoculated mice than from samples of blood: Less than 2% of detection from blood versus 35% in bladder, 28% from heart, 30% from lung, and 50% in brain. This further supports not being able to use blood samples reliably which is what we find with current testing in humans;
  • 54% of all cases are found in NY, NJ and PA;
  • There is significant more tick activity surrounding the circumference of suburban homes than was found deeper in forests where predators are prevalent. Mice and other infected rodents are protected from their natural predators surrounding these human suburban environments. Are we less safe in our own backyard?
  • Unlike other strains of Borrelia, Miyamotoi, which is on the rise, is transferred from adult female to her eggs, which can be as many as 3,000. They are born with the disease already without needing to become infected from their first blood meal of an infected host, such as the white footed mouse;
  • Up to 37 known Borrelia species can be found in our bodies from a tick bite;
  • Borrelia burgdorferi has the ability to change its surface proteins thereby initiating a new IgM response as if it were an new infection and disrupting the formation of our long term IgG immunity. This supports our inability to clear infection and sustain chronic disease symptoms, and causes problematic evaluation of testing.

To learn more from the Southern Tier Lyme Support Conference, CLICK HERE.