One of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the world, Lyme disease is a growing health problem for many nations, especially in the northern hemisphere. Ever since the Dr. Rath Research Institute started its scientific work on the natural treatment of this condition, my colleagues and I have found it puzzling that a bacterium with such widespread and devastating consequences as Borrelia could somehow have escaped the serious attention of medical researchers for more than a century. While a German physician, Alfred Buchwald, was the first to document the disease in a study in 1883, albeit essentially describing it as a chronic inflammation of the skin, the Lyme disease syndrome as we now understand it was not officially recognized until 1975 when a cluster of cases was identified in the United States. Even today, it remains the case that conventional medicine has no reliably effective treatment for the illness. Significantly, therefore, evidence suggests that the 1975 outbreak, which occurred in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, may be linked to biological warfare experiments being carried out nearby by the U.S. government at the time.
Although Pasteur, Koch, and others identified the causes of most common infectious diseases over a century ago, the cause of Lyme disease – so the ‘official’ story goes – was not identified until 1982. In findings published in the journal Science
which received international media attention
at the time, Willy Burgdorfer and colleagues reported that a newly discovered species of bacteria of the Borrelia genus may be the cause of the disease.
Lyme disease takes its name from the town of Lyme, Connecticut
, a small, rural community of just over two thousand people. As the State of Connecticut’s official website tells
the story, the history of Lyme disease began in 1975 when a cluster of children and adults residing in the town experienced uncommon arthritic symptoms. A circular letter
sent by the State of Connecticut Department of Health’s Commissioner at the time, Douglas S. Lloyd M.D., describes how the disease was “characterized by usually short and mild but often recurrent attacks of pain and swelling in a few large joints, especially knees, with longer intervening periods of no symptoms at all
Lloyd added that “almost half the patients had only joint symptoms, others had fever, headaches, weakness and a skin rash as well
.” Significantly, he also noted that: “One quarter of the patients had an unusual skin lesion before the onset of joint symptoms
.” He concluded that: “The seasonal and geographic distribution of cases and the association with a skin lesion suggest that a virus carried by a biting insect may be responsible for this disease
Thus goes the official history of Lyme Disease. But as stated earlier, this version of the story fails to answer the decisive question as to how a pathogen of such significance could have escaped the serious attention of medical researchers for so long. For anyone seeking the answer to this question, there are several important facts that cannot be ignored.