Lyme Spirochetes in the Myelin Sheath of Brain Nerve Cells

A close look at Lyme bacteria in the myelin sheath

Mainstream science teaches that Multiple Sclerosis is caused by immune cells attacking the myelin sheath of nerve cells in the central nervous system, as if it is the enemy. But what if our immune cells are attacking a foreign invader inside the myelin sheath, causing injury to it and surrounding nerve cells as they try to defend the body? 

The scientific discovery of Lyme bacteria in the myelin sheath of those with MS supports this theory and has huge implications for how MS should be treated.

Story at a Glance

  • Over the last 100 years, many studies have reported finding spirochetes in the central nervous system (CNS) of MS patients.
  • The Lyme spirochete and syphilis spirochete are part of the same family of bacteria. Many of the neurological symptoms caused by the syphilis spirochete in the CNS, are identical to MS symptoms.
  • Pathologist Dr Alan MacDonald stated, “Since spirochetes are the cause of neurodegenerative disease in syphilis, could it be that the Lyme spirochete is wholly or partially responsible for the neurologic degenerative diseases like ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that we face in this century ?”
  • Dr. Alan McDonald has provided evidence that the Lyme spirochete is present in the CNS of MS patients.
  • Lyme expert Dr. Klinghardt has reported that at least 90% of his MS patients test positive for the Lyme spirochete.
  • The National MS Society states that Lyme disease patients and MS patients can have many of the same symptoms, may have the same MRIs and lumbar puncture abnormalities, and they can both have antibodies against Borrelia, the Lyme spirochete. They state that the only difference between MS and Lyme is that when Lyme patients use antibiotics early on, they may recover while MS patients do not improve with the use of antibiotics.

Their last statement is not accurate. Many people diagnosed with Lyme disease do not recover with the use of antibiotics, which is similar to the experience of MS patients.

• The Mayo Clinic states that untreated Lyme disease can spread to other parts of the body for several months to years after infection, causing arthritis and nervous system problems.

• Dr. Alan MacDonald’s discovery of Borrelia spirochetes embedded in the myelin sheath of nerves cells in the brain (see Pam’s video slide images) helps to explain why injury to nerve cells in the CNS of MS patients occurs. The injury is likely the result of immune cells doing their job: protecting the body from pathogens.

The immense evidence that Borrelia, the bacterial spirochete that causes Lyme Disease, is one of the main infections that causes the neurological symptoms in MS is compelling. Further research is needed to determine how many MS patients have chronic Lyme infections, but practitioners should be looking for chronic Lyme infections in their MS patients now. Effective treatment of chronic Lyme will only improve the health of their patients.



(**Correction on Pam’s last slide in the video: the captions on the last slide below the images are reversed. The image to the left shows fragments of the Borrelia spirochete in the myelin of a brain neuron while the image on the right shows an intact Borrelia spirochete is in the myelin sheath of a brain neuron.)

In 2006, Dr. Alan MacDonald published his discovery of Borrelia spirochetes embedded in the myelin sheath of nerves cells in the brain. His finding is important because it helps to explain why immune cells might cause injury to nerve cells in the central nervous system in MS and other neurological diseases.

In autoimmune disease, it is speculated that T and B immune cells attack the myelin sheath of neurons in the central nervous system, as if it were the enemy. It is assumed that the immune system is not functioning properly and therefore all the current treatments for MS have been developed to suppress parts of the immune system.

The immune system protects the body from disease-causing microbes such as parasites, bacteria, viruses, and fungi and the toxic chemicals produced by the microbes. If immune cells are causing damage to nerve cells, it would make sense to first look for possible infections located on or in the inflamed nerve cells instead of assuming that the immune cells have just gone awry.

There is a large and ever-growing body of science supporting the fact that MS patients are in a state of dysbiosis. They have a too many disease-causing microbes and a lack of health- promoting microbes in their body.

Why is this being ignored by our standard of care whose focus is solely on suppressing the immune response instead of seeking the pathogens that cause the immune response in MS patients?

A Review of the Link Between MS and Lyme Disease

On our Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Disease research page  you will find a list of MS-spirochete references that date back to 1911 and are published in prestigious journals such as the Lancet.

From 1909 – 1950s many researchers considered MS to be caused by a spirochete because of similarity between the symptoms of MS and the symptoms and diseases caused by other spirochetes.

Some of the Studies Listed on Our Website Include:

1917 Spirochetes the Cause of MS

1918 Simmering Spirochetes in MS by Darkfield Microscopy

1922 MS Spirochetes in Animal Model

1922 Spirochetes in the CSF of MS Patients

1928 Spirochetes in the Human Brain of MS Patients

1932 The question of silver cells as proof of the spirochetal theory of disseminated sclerosis.

1933 Spirochetes in the CSF of MS Patients

1939 Spirochete-like formations in MS

1948 Spirochetes within the Ventricle Fluid of Monkeys Inoculated from Human MS

1952 Acute Plaques in MS and The Pathogenic Role of Spirochetes as the Etiological Factor

In the 1950s, the researcher Steiner found spirochetes in the brain lesions of autopsied MS patients.

In 1957, Time Magazine reported that a Philadelphia bacteriologist successfully cultivated a spirochete microbe which she found in the spinal fluid of MS patients. She believed that multiple sclerosis is caused by the spirochete and early attack on it should lead to a cure or alleviation of the disease. She reported that 59 of her 76 cases (78%) off MS cerebral spinal fluid (CFS) samples grew spirochetes while 100% of the healthy controls CFS did not grow spirochetes.

Dr. Alan MacDonald’s discovery of Lyme infected filarial worms in the central nervous system (CNS) of all MS patients tested

Dr. Alan MacDonald found many small filarial roundworms in the CNS of 10 out of 10 MS patients that were tested. Fluorescent green dye that is attracted to the DNA of Borrelia (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) was abundant in these worms. Therefore, these small roundworms carry Borrelia into the CNS and infect the central nervous system with this Lyme spirochete.

About Borrelia

Borrelia is a bacterium in the same family as the bacteria syphilis. They are both spirochetes. Lyme expert Dr. Klinghardt has reported that at least 90% of his MS patients test positive for Borrelia.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that has three stages of infection: primary, secondary and tertiary stages. The tertiary stage of syphilis can affect many different organ systems including the brain and nervous system causing neurosyphilis.

Symptoms of Neurosyphilis:

  • Severe headaches
  • Muscle weakness and/or trouble with muscle movements, spasticity
  • Trouble focusing, confusion, personality change, dementia, problems with memory, thinking and/or decision making
  • changes in vision, blindness
  • hearing loss, tinnitus
  • dizziness or vertigo
  • paralysis

Many of symptoms of neurosyphilis are the same symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

From the National MS Society Website

“Lyme disease can cause delayed neurologic symptoms similar to those seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) such as weakness, blurred vision caused by optic neuritis, dysesthesias (sensations of itching, burning, stabbing pain, or “pins and needles”), confusion and cognitive dysfunction, and fatigue. Lyme disease symptoms may also have a relapsing-remitting course. In addition, Lyme disease occasionally produces other abnormalities that are similar to those seen in MS, including positive findings on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain and analysis of the CSF.

These similarities in symptoms and test results have led some people with MS to seek testing for the presence of antibodies to Borrelia, to determine if their neurologic symptoms are the result of Lyme disease or truly MS. The distinction is important because Lyme disease, especially when treated early, often responds to antibiotic therapy, whereas MS does not.”

From the Mayo Clinic Website

“Untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of your body for several months to years after infection, causing arthritis and nervous system problems… Visit your doctor even if signs and symptoms disappear — the absence of symptoms doesn’t mean the disease is gone. Untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of your body for several months to years after infection, causing arthritis and nervous system problems. ”

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Alzheimer’s disease Braak Stage progressions: Re-examined and redefined as Borrelia infection transmission through neural circuits. 2007. Dr Alan MacDonald

Dr Alan MacDonald Lecture of Lyme Infested Filarial Worms in MS Patients

Lyme and MS Studies

Lyme Disease. The Mayo Clinic

Lyme Disease. The National MS Society

Under Our Skin Documentary


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