Letter to John Caudwell

This letter is now closed to signatures and is being submitted to Mr. Caudwell. We would like to thank everyone for their support.

British billionaire John Caudwell, whose whole family has been struck down with Lyme disease, has stated that he is determined to expose the neglected worldwide epidemic of Lyme disease.
He has been responsible for an unprecedented airing of the facts about Lyme and other tick-borne disease in the national press and on TV.
Now he has stated his intention to set up a Lyme charity dedicated to finding a cure.

(To learn more about John Caudwell’s media campaign on Lyme disease, please see the link at the bottom of this page.)

Dr. Alan MacDonald is the world’s leading Lyme Disease researcher. He was the first to identify the cystic form of Borrelia, the first to prove that mother-to-child transmission occurs, and has recently found evidence of  Borrelia in five out of five brain specimens from victims of Alzheimer’s, a disease affecting tens of millions of people.
Please sign the letter urging John Caudwell to support the research initiative recently founded  by Dr MacDonald, the Dr Paul Duray Research Fellowship Endowment.

12 October 2015
Dear Mr. Caudwell,
Thank you for your efforts to galvanise awareness of chronic Lyme disease and the devastation it is causing internationally. We truly hope that you and your loved ones will have your health restored.
With your entire family impacted, you have publicly declared your desire to fund research that will actually make a difference.
We would like to make you aware of the Dr. Paul Duray Research Fellowship Endowment, set up by the world-renowned Lyme disease researcher Dr. Alan B. MacDonald MD, FCAP, FASCP.
The foundation is using the most advanced techniques to establish beyond any doubt the persistence of Borrelia infection and its links with a number of serious chronic diseases.
The late Dr. Paul H. Duray, MD Pathology, discovered laboratory-evidenced links between the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, and a range of serious diseases including Parkinson’s, muscle disease, hepatitis, and fatal adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

The foundation was set up in his memory by his colleague, Dr. MacDonald.
In the mid-1980s, Dr. MacDonald became the first researcher to prove, using pathology techniques, that Lyme disease in an infected mother can cause stillbirths and other tragic outcomes in her baby. 
He was also the first to discover links between Lyme disease and motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) as well as Alzheimer’s disease, over three decades ago.
In July, 2015, using state-of-the-art DNA probe technology, Dr. MacDonald made the shocking finding of Borrelia miyamotoi, a type of “relapsing fever group” bacteria, in 5 out of 5 autopsy brain specimens from victims of Alzheimer’s disease. 
This had never been done before.  It is a remarkable discovery second only to the discovery of Borrelia burgdorferi.
Borrelia miyamotoi is undetectable on any tests currently in use in the UK. It is also undetectable on the testing protocols for Lyme disease recommended by the US public health authorities. These unreliable protocols are used in Europe and throughout the world.
The mission of the Duray foundation is to establish key laboratory evidence of persistence in the brain and elsewhere, including the links between Borrelial bacteria and disease conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, psychiatric syndromes and many more. 
In order to accomplish these goals, the foundation’s leaders will voluntarily train researchers in pathology techniques based on DNA hybridisation, culture, and other “gold-standard” technologies.
Dr.  MacDonald neither patents nor profits from his research. His humanitarian wish is to provide excellent testing, free to all who could benefit from it.
The above-mentioned diseases have no cure as yet. Expanding this research has the potential to save millions of lives. We urge you to consider supporting this ground-breaking research effort.   Thank you.

 Please see:
Yours sincerely,
The Paul Duray Fellowship Ad hoc Committee
supporting Dr. Alan MacDonald’s Research
The Spirochaetal Alzheimer’s Association (SAA)

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