The CDC tells us 1 in 150 children have autism and that Lyme disease pops up at the rate of 20,000 reported cases a year. Even mainstream experts agree, however, that cases of Lyme are vastly under-reported.
At the Second Annual Lyme-Autism Connection Conference held June, 2008
in Palm Springs, discussion focused on Lyme-induced autism (LIA).
Several experts suggested that at least 70% of the population has Lyme,
and that it is being passed to children through congenital transmission,
possibly through DNA.
"Most autistic kids have Lyme disease because most docs do not treat for
Lyme first to knock it down enough that the white cell blood count can
mount an attack and give you something to measure," said Dietrich
Klinghardt, MD, PhD. "That is why it is unknown."
According to author and herbalist Stephen Buhner, Lyme bacteria consume
collagen tissues so the infection first goes to joints and then to the
brain where the body has big stores of collagen. That is why research is
showing that 20-30% of children diagnosed with autism, are in fact,
positive for Lyme disease. This would mean that 150,000 - 200,000
autistic children are undiagnosed and untreated for this disease,
hindering the improvement of their autistic symptoms.
"The epidemics of Lyme and autism have gone from mild ripples in the
water to roaring, all-consuming tidal waves, destroying thousands of
lives and tearing apart countless families," said Bryan Rosner and Tami
Duncan, co-authors of the book, The Lyme-Autism Connection.
Our lack of respect for bugs is as much to blame for the epidemics as is human politics.
"One of the most foolish things humans did was to assume that bacteria
were not intelligent," said Buhner. "Bacteria can actually analyze ways
to deactivate an antibiotic and give that info to other bacteria they
encounter. Lyme seeds every part of the body where it has been with
spirochetes. It generates scores of alternate forms of itself to
maximize survival." Lyme is notorious for mutating when hit with
antibiotics, antimicrobials and other attempts to kill it.
Electromagnetic Fields – a Silent but Deadly Force
Various doctors at the LIA conference presented research into what is feeding the bugs. One of the top suspects is electromagnetic fields
(EMF). "Not enough of us are talking about this," said Dr. Klinghardt.
"The body acts like an antenna for ambient electric fields in the home
and these interfere with body functions. Neurons cannot function at
higher than 40 microwatts."
Dr. Klinghardt explained there is a synergistic effect of environmental
pollution and EMF and growth of microbes. "We need oxidation to kill
the bugs but there is too much oxidation where we don't need it, in
healthy cells, because of EMF. Some of the answers are cheap and
effective, but have not clicked yet."
Dr. Lee Cowden stated that EMF can combine with parasites and fungi to create Leaky Gut Syndrome, a common problem in children with autism.
Some parents who caught on early to the EMF issue report success in
removing wireless internet, portable phones, and cell phones from the
house – even turning off the household fuse box at night. Clocks that
plug into the wall often generate significant EMF and can be replaced
with battery operated models. Sleep is the most important time for
healing. EMF disturbs the body's natural sleep rhythms.
There is an EMF shield you can drape over a child's bed like mosquito
netting. And there is an EMF blocking paint, interior and exterior, that
can be used to shield a room or entire house.
The Rise of Genetically Modified Foods
Another top suspect in the Lyme-Autism connection is genetically modified (GM) foods where foreign genes have been spliced into the DNA of these foods to make them herbicide tolerant.
"Many of the top researchers at the FDA know how dangerous GM food is
but they are not permitted to say anything so, officially, the FDA does
nothing to warn us about the potential for serious harm," said Dr. Garry
Gordon. "GM food can help introduce antibiotic resistance and it also
carries a virus than can lead to the development of various 'stealth
infections' which may not be detected on today's standard tests
for infections. This means that although we are all focused on things
like lead or mercury or food sensitivities, even the most astute doctors
are doing little to combat the ever-present infection component
contributing to our current health crisis."
Dr. Gordon explained that we put the farmers into the game of how big
the carrot is, rather than how nutritious the carrot is. "We may have
the calories but we do not have the health," he said. "Mineral
deficiencies cause the body to be more acid. And some of these minerals,
like selenium, really fight mercury."
At the LIA convention, parent Andrea Lalama got a standing ovation for
her investigation into how GM food contributes to autism because of the
the Bt pesticide found in all GM corn. One of her children became
autistic after receiving five vaccines in the same day. "I at first
blamed the vaccines, but I was wrong," she said.
She came to understand the vaccines worsened her son's speech delay problem, turning it into a case of extreme autism.
Lalama channeled her energies into research. She came to see a link
between autism and the pesticide, Bt. "During WWII, Bt spores were
looked at by the Germans," she reported. "They saw crystals inside the
spores that puncture the intestine of the insect and give Leaky Gut. The
bacteria then get out of the intestine. The crystals keep the holes in
the intestine from ever growing back together again and healing."
Bt has been used as a spray pesticide in the USA since 1939. Autism showed up in 1943.
"The Bt pesticide was introduced into genetically modified corn, then
potatoes, then fruits and vegetables," she explained. "In 1995, it was
found in human guts. The metabolic pathways in our kids are corrupt."
Lalama said the increased exposure to Bt modified foods helps explain
the jump in autism rates. "Bt also accounts for the disappearing bees,
bats, and monarch butterflies. Surviving bees have been studied and
found to have lost their ability to communicate with each other. Sounds
just like our kids, yes?"
Her research caused her to discover a supplement called bitter orange
which contains octopamine, a neurotransmitter found in the octopus and
in bees. "We gave it to our kids. In 24 hours, we saw big changes in our
children. A week later we got sentences." Lalama suggests that
octopamine replaces communication abilities taken away by Bt modified
Synergistic Effect of Heavy Metals
Several doctors spoke of a synergistic interplay between metals and
microbes which creates the biofilm that gives Lyme its unique ability to
hide from the immune system.
"Resistant strains of bacteria and yeast produce a polysaccharide matrix
– biofilm – to protect them from the surrounding environment," said Amy
Derksen, ND. "It is essentially a layer containing several heavy
metals that encompasses the organisms we are trying to treat, making it
very difficult to treat without needing doses so high that they would
harm our children. The biofilm also prevents normal flora like
acidophilus from thriving."
Dr. Gordon said that is why detox is an absolute must: "We must lower our total body burden of pathogens to help lower our chronic inflammation, which is holding heavy metals in tissues in spite of using the best chelators."
"It's important to do genetic testing," suggested Dr. Derksen. "Many of
these kids are born with defects of their glutathione and methylation
Looking to the Future
The conference presented a number of different protocols for treating
Lyme and Autism. Some incorporated antibiotics while others relied
primarily on herbs, supplements or machines.
One thing stood out clearly: there is no perfect remedy. But the better shape you are in when you start treatment, the better the outcome will likely be.
Kim Marott of Corona, California, struggled for years to "fix" her
daughter who was seriously debilitated with Lyme. "We tried everything, I
felt I was begging in each doctor's office," she said. "When we found
the Jai machine, it was as if the hand of God had touched her; the
healing was amazingly fast. The humiliation patients face has to end."
Clearly, the epidemics are growing. The LIA conference sounded a warning
bell to stop fixating on fixes and start focusing on the causes.
"We know global warming is driving growth of insects for example," said Dr. Klinghardt.
Environmental pollution, genetically modified foods, and a lack of a
nutrient-rich diet are high-risk factors spreading the epidemic. Getting
America's doctors up to speed is no small challenge. Getting medical
groups and governmental agencies less concerned about politics and more
concerned with delivering solutions is no small challenge.
"It's up to us as parents and professionals to lead the way," said LIA
conference organizer Tami Duncan. "The doctors who enrolled and spoke at
this year's LIA conference are probably a good five years ahead of
their colleagues in their understanding of Lyme and autism. We will
persist because our kids are our future and they need our help."
Next year, LIA's annual conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. LIA
will join with CHOICE, an Arizona organization formed by Linda Heming,
aka "email@example.com." CHOICE lobbies for an unrestricted array of choices in healthcare for patients and doctors.