Go-To Lyme Drugs Don’t Always Kill The Bug, At Least For Some
Huffington Post, July 15, 2016:
by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Nearly a generation of medical dogma on Lyme disease may be slowly unraveling as new test tube research shows that antibiotics long endorsed as curative do not kill what scientists call “persister” cells — and may even promote their growth.
The corkscrew Lyme spirochete, known as Borrelia burgdorferi, had been shown in previous research to hide beneath slimy shields called biofilms and shape-shift into “round bodies,” persisters that survive lethal drugs and may repopulate later. READ MORE.
Mary Beth Pfeiffer is a long-time investigative journalist who is writing a book on the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Follow her on Twitter: @marybethpf