The Fourth Provocative Finding: Across America in every Lyme Disease Support Group, there is at least one recovering patient who was once diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Yet the medical community refuses to take a serious look at this connection and has failed to dedicate a single taxpayer dollar to investigate a possible link. This is even harder to understand when you do some digging and find that prior to WWII over fifty published studies linked MS to the presence of spirochetes in the brain. This pathology-based research started in 1911 in both England and Germany but stopped abruptly due to the war.
Dr. Gabriel Steiner had clearly shown that in about one in every ten brain-autopsies he could find spirochetes using his own silver-stain. We still use Steiner’s stain today to detect spirochetes, but for some reason we don’t acknowledge his discovery of spirochetes being associated with Multiple Sclerosis.
I myself had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. When it turned out to be Lyme disease I remained curious about other MS patients. So in 1994 I designed and implemented the Lyme-Endemic Area Multiple Sclerosis treatment study in Pine County, Minnesota.
I screened several dozen MS patients for Lyme disease. Anyone who was positive got treated, but our study only took the MS patients that were seronegative (antibody negative) for Lyme disease. The idea was that Lyme was being missed because the tests were poor, so we wanted only seronegative patients.
We then treated all 26 patients for three months with antibiotics. The results were not spectacular. Eight patients had some positive response to antibiotics, and three of them seroconverted showing us that they did in fact have Lyme disease. But the fact is that the patient recovery was only fair was disheartening and disappointing.
However one patient continued on amoxicillin for 15 months after our study ended and she had a nearly full recovery and was able to go back to work. Perhaps our treatment period was too short?
Still I felt we were missing something. While we had a 30 % positive response rate it was disappointing to me. Later in 1998 I attended a Lyme conference where Patricia Coyle of SUNY had nearly identical results in a group of 47 MS patients from New York area (a highly endemic area for Lyme disease). She had 15 of 47 respond and all showed Borrelia proteins in their spinal fluid. Honestly I expected more and better responses. The response by the medical community was completely nil. No one cared!
Then Alan found another missing piece of the puzzle. After ordering ten CSF (spinal fluid) samples from the Boulder, Colorado bank, he was focusing his microscope at low power and saw something at fourfold magnification. When he stained the slide and went to 10x he found something that had been invisible to labs for decades. All the patients had a parasite in their spinal fluid. Alan found nematode worms!