The Research Area of this Website..
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This page is intended to be the backbone of this website: the repository of all of the supporting scientific journal research. The major sections of the Library are:
The Stacks ....The workhorse section of this page. The place where the researched journal articles are found. I list it at the top because I personally believe it is the most important.
The Periodicals Room....Links to homepages of the various lyme periodicals or other interesting newsletters.
The Reference Room ....Links to other lyme or sites or information, or other sites of interest. This would be the area to continue your search for other lyme information, pictures of bull's eye rashes, ticks, etc.
This portion of the website holds the completed research from various medical journal articles. In the attempt to bring some order to the list (desiring to list each article only once, with no duplication) I have grouped these articles into two main groups: by subject and by product, with some natural groupings below these. The entire set of groupings are arbitrary and of my own choice, but does help to bring some order to the list. For additional clarity, in some articles I have added some cross-keywords (in parenthesis).
- Antioxidants in general
- Antibacterials, natural
- Lyme and Military
- Lyme and "Other-than-tick" Transmission
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Colloidal Silver
- Pycnogenol (or proanthocyanidin)
Articles by content...
Antioxidants in general
Lyme and Military
Lyme and "Other-than-tick" Transmission
Articles by product type...
Colloidal Silver -- The entire group of articles below cautions against the use of colloidal silver (even though this is a product I have taken, and still occasionally take in very small doses). I remember as a result of a college lab experiment, the temporary experience of argyria. The blue/gray color of the skin is not a pretty sight... and it is normally permanent!! (The picture in this link and its accompanying article say it best.)
The whole controvery of the issue seems to center around that the risk is related to the quantity ingested -- and whether or not it's true that silver ingestion is cumulative. (Another known triggering risk is exposure to sunlight.) Those who are advocates of colloidal silver use believe that the "modern" methods of silver production (electro-colloidal) produce particles that are far smaller than in previous times. And, the belief goes, these particles are readily excreted through the kidneys — not building up in the tissues as previous suspected.
In the time since I've first posted this information here, I've come to change my opinion as to the degree of potential danger. And I want to publish this here. In the two year intervening period, I've known a lot of people who have taken dosages that are far higher, and for far longer than would have triggered the argyria condition. Now, this, by itself doesn't demostrate that argyria hasn't recently occured. This would assume that if someone did acquire argyria, that he'd report it openly. Unlikely. Nonetheless, I believe that I would've heard something by this time. Therefore, the assertion is probably correct, that "modern" electro-colloidal silver is safe.
However, there still remains the possibility that it is not. And ultimately this must become the responsibility of the one who makes that choice to take it or not. In the end, and for this reason, I still leave all of the initial research that I 'd found listed below, to help one make a more informed decision. You will note that most of the articles are from several years back (supporting the thesis that it was the "older" colloidal silver that was dangerous.)
For your information, however, I once had figured by molecular weights (from the article below, Silver-blue nails) that, at the dosage recommended of one teaspoon per day, one would reach this cumulative argyria level at three years duration (using a 20ppm solution).
The prudent would still be cautious.
In all fairness, the articles below have at least some positive things to say about silver. Kinda.
In sum, silver probably works, but needs to be used with extreme caution.
Pycnogenol (or proanthocyanidin) -- These following are all compelling articles!
The Periodicals Room
Initially, this was to have been a listing of links to medical periodicals; but I personally don't believe anyone read them. Correct me if I'm wrong. So... this has become a listing of links to lyme periodicals, or other medical periodicals that I have considered worthwhile. (Send me the listings of your favorite lyme periodicals.)
The Reference Room
A listing of other lyme sites, and other links to relevant or fascinating web sites.
- Lyme Disease Network --An excellent resource site, with very good pictures of lyme (bulls-eye) rashes.
(and others -- send us your favorite links)
Other Relevant or Interesting Sites:
- PubMed (formerly MEDLINE) -- the National Institute of Health searchable medical database. PubMed is the database of medical research and peer-journal articles from around the world. --The definitive source for a researcher.
- Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Tick Borne Illnesses, 2008. This is the excellent "Guidelines" recommendations by Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., M.D..
- Wilson's Syndrome -- This one is a recommendation to read, alhough the original information I'd read is long gone from the link I had. And I deeply regret not coping it. This is a fascinating account of a syndrome (and treatment) that sounds very related to lyme. And regardless of whichever is causative, I think these two issues are related. The link given is not to the home page, but to a FAQ page.
From the website:
Denis Wilson, MD developed the concept of Wilson 's Temperature Syndrome in 1988 after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature, yet who had normal blood tests. He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued.