Thank you, you're helping me understand the underlying issues with lyme treatment.
1. Bb, as a spirochete, may or may not be classified as a bactieria, depending on which system is used.
2. Treponema pallidum is syphilis, which is also a spirochete. I found the following information interesting:
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often been called “the great imitator” because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.
Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterize the secondary stage. This stage typically starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body. The rash usually does not cause itching....In addition to rashes, symptoms of secondary syphilis may include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue. The signs and symptoms of secondary syphilis will resolve with or without treatment, but without treatment, the infection will progress to the latent and possibly late stages of disease.
The latent (hidden) stage of syphilis begins when primary and secondary symptoms disappear. Without treatment, the infected person will continue to have syphilis even though there are no signs or symptoms; infection remains in the body. This latent stage can last for years. The late stages of syphilis can develop in about 15% of people who have not been treated for syphilis, and can appear 10 – 20 years after infection was first acquired. In the late stages of syphilis, the disease may subsequently damage the internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. Signs and symptoms of the late stage of syphilis include difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, gradual blindness, and dementia. This damage may be serious enough to cause death.
Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. A single intramuscular injection of penicillin, an antibiotic, will cure a person who has had syphilis for less than a year. Additional doses are needed to treat someone who has had syphilis for longer than a year. For people who are allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics are available to treat syphilis. There are no home remedies or over-the-counter drugs that will cure syphilis. Treatment will kill the syphilis bacterium and prevent further damage, but it will not repair damage already done.
3. I find it interesting that syphilis and now lyme are referred to as the great immitator, they both, I believe are caused by spirochetes and have very diffuse symptoms.
4. I noticed at the CDC website, that they refer to flagyl as an antibiotic, while you, and I'm sure many others, reject this type of classification, with, no doubt reasonable and well reasoned arguments. You shared part of it with us. I wasn't quite clear about your response to cyst busters regarding whether or not you think that that class of meds, whatever they should or shouldn't be called, is effective against Bb in the cyst "stage."
Anyway, I have lots more reading to do.
Thanks again Nick, and thank's Cavie for helping me understand.