Asheville, NC (PRWEB) April 14, 2008
Alan MacDonald, MD, talks about his research into the link between Lyme disease and Alzheimer's in the audio series 'Interviews with Experts,' on the Lyme Disease Research Database. Lyme is sometimes misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's, as the two diseases share common symptoms. Recent research also includes the discovery of biofilms, another of the stealth forms taken by the Lyme bacteria. The interview series provides medical experts an online platform for reaching people affected by Lyme.
Read the interview transcript.
Dr. MacDonald discusses his research in a well-documented case study at Stony Brook Hospital, which showed spirochetal DNA in the brain tissue of a man who was diagnosed with Lyme and eventually succumbed to Alzheimer's disease, therefore "connecting the link between Lyme disease and Alzheimer's in some patients," he says.
He also describes the recent discovery of biofilms, which hide and protect colonies of spirochetes. Biofilms are one of the various stealth forms taken by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria to evade antibiotics.
"It helps to understand that a group of spirochetes with the DNA and the potential to cause disease can exist without having a single spiral form at all, but they have other diverse forms as they unite into a colony to survive under adverse conditions," says Dr. MacDonald, who will present a summary of his research into biofilms at the 3rd Annual Lyme Disease Symposium at New Haven University, Connecticut on May 17.
The 'Interviews with Experts' series, available online at the Lyme Disease Research Database, provides health experts with a platform for reaching patients and others affected by the disease. In other interviews, renowned physician and medical researcher Dr. Lee Cowden discusses his Lyme protocol, and master herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner talks about the politics of Lyme and his book, Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Borreliosis and its Coinfections.
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