yes, treponema pallidum (the organism that causes syphilis) and the borrelias are both spirochetes, even though they are genetically VERY different (but much closer to each other than to other bacteria). This limited similarity is enough for causing many similarities in the diseases that these organisms cause, and the challenges they present to medical science (compared to most other infections). My neurologist (who also is a psychiatrist) got interested in Lyme because of the similar psychiatric symptoms he encountered with some patients that were later found to have lyme; it looked a lot like (late stage) syphilis.minitails2 wrote: 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.
like with the taxonomy, there are no universally accepted definitions here, and the trouble is that just like the word 'bacteria', 'antibiotic' is sometimes used in a very broad, loosely-defined sense.minitails2 wrote: 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.
I have my doubts about the Bb-cyst-busting effect of flagyl etc. (although I have taken the stuff myself). The few scientific articles to support this are not very convincing IMHO (mostly in vitro experiments, and most information comes from just two researchers while others express their doubt about these findings). And just like some scientists think certain antibiotics can cause Bb to go into the (harder to kill) cyst form, maybe the cyst-busters have other unpleasant side effects. There is very little we know for sure about these other Bb incarnations (cyst, CWD and maybe some of the other weird stuff you can see in blood microscopy).