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New Information on Post Lyme Syndrome

A new study done at Johns Hopkins with the help of Stanford University researchers sheds some light on why some people with Lyme disease respond well to antibiotics and others seem to persist with symptoms even after treatment (Immune system research may help predict who gets long term complications from Lyme Disease, Science Daily, April 16, 2014).  Their goal seems to be to determine how to both predict and treat those who, based on certain inflammatory immune markers, are most likely to develop chronic symptoms.  One additionally interesting point made by one of the researchers is the possibility that the liver is a site of infection in Lyme disease.  To me, that would suggest, possibly, that those with weak liver function would be more susceptible to chronic symptoms.  That somewhat overlaps with Dr. Shoemaker's work (, which suggests that the symptoms in Lyme might relate to the inability to excrete the various neurotoxins produced, which he suggests is primarily through bile secretion and excretion (which of course involves the liver and gallbladder).  That also seems to match a situation I've heard suggested in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory in which "liver or gallbladder heat" is often found in those with Lyme Disease and also those with chronic inflammation.   
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