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yanivnaced
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Watching right now.
Last 3 days he had a fever of 103, and I was thinking to myself "Lyme" for sure.

Today he revealed he was just diagnosed with anaplasmosis (I think ehrlichia).
He said he was bitten by a tick. Living in CT who know how many times.

Anybody with a flu in the summer should be suspicious.

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Wow! Sorry for him and I hope he gets the right treatment but I do hope this results in more Lyme awareness.
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That's a shame. Wishing the best for him.

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He contracted lyme in the past few years. Got standard treatment I think. He was always making fun of lyme patients. I know he made some people mad but I don't remember exactly what he has said as I didn't pay much attention to him.

I can't say for sure that he ever had lyme before because I never verified it.

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So he revealed on his show that he was recently diagnosed with anaplasmosis? Interesting.
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I think he used to have a character Tick boy or a giant tick...back when he was on NBC [Smile]

He also did a lyme spoof a few years ago in which he had a fake lyme book and doctor on the show supposedly. It aggravated a lot of people. A clip is on You Tube somewhere...

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He had the shingles in 03 in his eyes. He missed a

lot of work. Do you think it is possible he tested

seronegative because of a cross reaction?

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He had also had a quad bypass. Hopefully, this won't attack the heart.
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Well surely the station knows about Igenex.

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interesting as i personally saw him making fun of folks bitten by TICKS!

don't count on station having any accurate info!

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It was interesting he was showing an enlarged poster of something that looked like a Fry lab smear. He was actually showing how the anaplasma was attached or inside his blood cells. He seemed in a light mood but wasn't joking about the thing at all.

He said the past few days he felt worse than the bypass or the shingles.

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quote:
He also did a lyme spoof a few years ago in which he had a fake lyme book and doctor on the show supposedly.

This one?

Letterman clip from 7/17/06

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Would be fantastic to finally have a celebrity come out with accurate lyme knowledge in the media, especially from a personal, patient perspective.

Not from what the infectious disease MD's tell the world. We need the truth, that testing needs to be accurate, and funded as this is more widespread than AIDS, and causes more chronic conditions and long term affects for our society and unborn children.

He would do America a service to spread the word. Can someone contact him?

We need to be heard, and a celebrity, like Letterman would be credible, in our society that looks at celebrities as gods.

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Did he actually admit he had lyme or did he think the anaplasmosis was something unrelated?

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quote:
Originally posted by tick battler:
Did he actually admit he had lyme or did he think the anaplasmosis was something unrelated?

tickbattler

Well he never actually admitted he had Lyme, but said that the ticks are the same ones that can cause Lyme.

I'm thinking he went to a general doctor or Infections Disease moron who did not want to run a Lyme WB but wants to test for everything else, which revealed anaplasmosis.

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Here's the segment where he talks about it (his Anaplasmosis infection):

Late Show with David Letterman - Adam Sandler PART 2 - July/30/2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0qO6DkbHmg


It starts at around the 5 minutes, 5 seconds mark (5:05).

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Thank you for posting, nenet. I am sort of torn about his presentation. He was jovial yet serious. I hope that tactic works to enlighten people.

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I saw this last night...

he was comparing it to having shingles and heart surgery.......far worse then either...
..........and he wished it was the swine flu....

[Smile] mtree

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Thanks for posting this yanivnaced, and also thanks for the added links everyone.

I think we need to be a bit careful about calling this 'Lyme' when in fact, he is not admitting to having Bb, but instead is admitting to having an infection of Anaplasmosis.

These are not one in the same.

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Anaplasmosis

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis (HGA) is caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is contracted with the bite of infected ticks (Amblyomma americanum, Ixodes pacificus, Ixodes scapularis, Ixodes spinipalpis and Ixodes Dermacentor variabilis). It has also been documented to transmit congenitally, through blood transfusion and through direct contact with blood or respiratory secretions.

Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE) is caused by the bacterium Ehrlichia ewingii. It is typically contracted with the bite of infected ticks (Amblyomma americanum, Amblyomma maculatum, Ixodes scapularis, Ixodes Dermacentor variabilis and Rhipicephalus sanguineus), however, it has also been transmitted through contact with blood of fresh venison.

The Fatality rate is 2-5%.


Nosocomial Transmission of Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis in China.
Lijuan Zhang, MD, PhD et al.
JAMA. 2008;300(19):2263-2270.


Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis During Pregnancy: Case Series and Literature Review.
Dhand A, Nadelman R et al.
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2007;45:589-593.


Anaplasma phagocytophilum Transmitted Through Blood Transfusion
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, October 24, 2008
MMWR 57(42);1145-1148


Exposure to deer blood may be a cause of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis.
Bakken JS, Krueth J, Lund T, Malkovitch D, Asanovich K, Dumler JS.
Clin Infect Dis 1996; 23:198.


The human ehrlichioses in the United States.1999.
McQuiston, J. H., C. D. Paddock, R. C. Holman, and J. E. Childs.
Emerg. Infect. Dis. 5:635-642
(Fatality rate)

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Maybe now he won't make fun and joke about Lyme disease. He's had it before and acted like it was a joke.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
Maybe now he won't make fun and joke about Lyme disease. He's had it before and acted like it was a joke.

I hope he won't joke about it either. It is never nice or productive to make fun of another person's poor health.

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In the photo of the white cells, he is pointing to the nucleus and saying that it is the "parasite" that is infecting them.

What he is pointing to is not the bacteria. The bacteria can be seen as the samll thing scatered around the cells.

Ugh! At least get it right!

I am sure they checked for Lyme as well, right?...

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quote:
Originally posted by kitty9309:
I am sure they checked for Lyme as well, right?...

Oh, I'm sure they gave him a perfectly good ELISA test. Maybe even a follow-up WB. IF it was positive, they probably detemined it was a "false positive."

Once they determined it was a negative or "false positive", they probably ignored the warning from the CDC not to exclude a Lyme diagnosis via a Lyme test.

(just to be clear I am being a little facetious here [Wink] )

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Anyone notice the link no longer works?

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I just finished watching the link and it was ok.

I did have it in pause mode for a few hours, but it picked right back up where he AGAIN pointed the the cell nucleus and called it the "parasite".

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Ok, I just tried to pull it back up.

Taken off due to terms of use violation.

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quote:
Originally posted by nenet:

(just to be clear I am being a little facetious here [Wink] ) [/QB]

LOL, I meant the same thing when I said I am sure they tested him for Lyme.
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huh????

how come we can't watch it???

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imho David Letterman is a jerk, don't count on him being any kind of advocate.
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He talked about having a tick attached last summer. This isn't the first time he has taken a serious approach to lyme.

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WHAT terms of use violation? Lots of his other stuff is there .....

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i have no idea; just block copied what was on screen when i went there ??
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What goes around, comes around.

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Actually, if he can't advocate for us, and he clearly can't, he could at least STOP giviing bogus stats that put others into MORE danger....like saying only 1/200 ticks carry Lyme disease.

I also don't see him as someone who easily takes to admitting his mistakes, so even if he falls flat out with Lyme, he'd rather die quietly than admit his mistake, much less apologize.

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So be it then.

It would be nice if he listened more and spoke less, but his own outcome will be based on his personality flaws.

Maybe others in his social circles will be more wise and learn....he can just be the carrier.

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Sometimes I find myself almost wishing that people

that mock or play down this disease get it. I know

that is a horrible thing to say and something that

I wouldn't typically wish on anyone, but sometimes

that's how I feel.

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Not got a lot of sympathy for someone with a track record like him, for joking about others' diseases. Don't know which one it is, but either anaplasma or ehrlichia can kill people pretty fast. Anaplasma used to be called ehrlichia too. And I guess the tick that got him might only have had one pathogen, but am willing to bet he got more than one. Better start planning your retirement, Dave.
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Haha, thats a good one. I saw the stupid clips of him chastising lyme victims, 1 in 200 ticks infected? Well guess what jerk, you're one of the lucky ones. What could possibly be the purpose of dogging Lyme patients by a washed up comedian in need of material? Lettermans got a mean streak in him and a tendency to kick people when they are down. Well, I hope he suffers greatly.
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quote:
Originally posted by luvs2ride:
What goes around, comes around.

Yes it does....

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I am sorry that anyone gets any tick borne disease, however, in my wild dreams, I take a vial of happy ticks to congress and a few special hospitals. But I snap back to reality and control my urge and realize that I would be unwilling to do time for these IDiots..
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Well, at least we are all in agreement about this guy.

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Im going to watch the show just to see if I can see signs of sickness. Problem is Conan is funnier. OK, Conan dialogue, Letterman LYme
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I think the u-tube thing was probably because CBS owns the rights to the show.

CBS's link to the show

Seems like Dave's been off for a couple of weeks. They've been playing re-runs.

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Cmon Dave, we need a high profile martyr whether you collapse on stage or come to grips with the fact that Shakespeare just kicked you in the tuts and that your big mouth just cannot say a tactful thing.

Someone who so viciously and publicly belittled those with Lyme would be a perfect advocate for the cause in a heroic way, but quite frankly Dave, you're a mean guy, preferring to kick people when they're down so I would prefer you play the martyr - you know what that means right?

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