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I have a friend who has a 20? Young son who has started acting strangely and I'm wondering if Lyme could ever be misdiagnosed as bipolar or schizophrenic ?? I hate to look at everything thru Lyme colored glasses, but I'm wondering if I should suggest the Igenex test fr this family?

I remember hearing a vague story of one of our famous LLMD, treating some young boy in a psychiatric hospital and found out he had Lyme instead..does anyone remember that story??

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Most people, including doctors, are not going to believe you if you say an infection causes bipolar or schizophrenia. But, they definitely do!

And, there are plenty of Pubmed articles showing a correlation between Toxoplasmosis and Schizophrenia.

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Could be all tied together with HPU/KPU...

"Some estimate the incidence of KPU to be 40-70% in SCHIZOPHRENIA;

50% in autism;

30% in ADHD; and

40-80% in alcoholism and substance abuse.

Dr. K has found the incidence of HPU in
LYME disease to be 80% or higher;

in patients with heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, cadmium, and others) over 75%;

and in children with autism over 80%.

** edited to remove doctor's name **

[ 04-15-2017, 09:49 AM: Message edited by: sixgoofykids ]

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My son with Lyme disease became bipolar overnight after a flu seemed to tip his immune system over the edge. He was diagnosed with PANS. He has an autoimmune reaction in his brain as shown on the Cunningham panel.

He did IVIG and it helped his psych issues.

Things are never dull. After 3 fighting Lyme, 2 are in remission. Youngest is still sick, age 22. He has new diagnosed Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

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I remember hearing that story. Was it from Under Our Skin, or Cure Unknown (can't remember)? Lyme changes many things in the body, even nutrient absorption. I agree with Lookup, it could be KPU. So many have it. It could even be bart related.

I remember reading something that said schizophrenia could be caused due to a lack of a B vitamin. I think it was niacin (can't remember). Ah, just googled and found something else on it:

Deficiencies in vitamins/minerals seem like they might be the reason. Also possible methylation issues (methylated B vitamins necessary, or detox issues).

--Keep an open mind about everything. Also, remember to visit ACTIVISM (we can change things together).

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Old school schitzo tx was high dose niacin which is antispirochetal .my sis was dx bi polar it was 2 types of borrelia and erlichia


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I was told by a top LLMD that there was a girl in a psych hospital who, it turned out, had Lyme all along. He treated her for Lyme and she improved.

Here is an excellent article by the top LL Psychiatrist about Lyme and the brain:

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Hi, When used to go to FM big group got together.

I noticed almost 1/3 were dxed bipolar.

Now I am sure most of group really had Lyme disease now that I look back. My best friend has every sign of Lyme still insists she just has FM

She is from upstate N.Y. Huge Lyme area. Also really bad knees, unexplained rashes will not clear up, etc. On massive pain med. I have tried to tell her to look into.

Then again I have been sick for 30yrs. Getting worse so go figure. Guess makes no difference.

Hugggsss, to all in need.

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A bit more technical, but pay close attention to the mention of IDO which is strongly linked to autoimmune: 2016

The data suggest that autoimmune processes precede onset of schizophrenia,

but also non-affective psychosis and bipolar disorder.

Yes, there are ways to lower IDO.

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