As you may or may not know, the Lyme spirochete is a cousin of Syphilis, the dreaded sexually transmitted disease that has been around for centuries and is still active today amongst sexually active people who don’t – or don’t know how – to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Although the date of origin is hotly disputed amongst scholars, there is no doubt that the symptoms of the disease are very similar to Lyme disease.
The term “Herxheimer” was discovered and named after the German dermatologist who first documented the severe flare up of symptoms that can actually be life threatening in certain cases (of Syphilis and Lyme disease.)
Like Lyme, the symptoms of Syphilis are many, and diverse. It has also been called “The Great Imitator” due to the difficulty medical practitioners have had through time in accurately diagnosing the disease and for many centuries, difficulties treating the disease.
Like Lyme, Syphilis can be contracted and lie dormant for weeks, months and even years before showing symptoms.
Like Lyme, Syphilis can be actively growing in major organs, soft tissue, eye fluids, brain and bones before revealing itself causing blindness, pain and fatalities.
Like Lyme, Syphilis caused many suicides due to the difficulties of diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Like Lyme, Syphilis can be transferred through the umbilical cord to unborn children causing death in the womb, SID (sudden infant death), deformities and disease in the resulting child.
Like Lyme, Syphilis was known to cause “ General paresis,” otherwise known as general term for the insane when not one particular cause can be identified – a severe manifestation of the disease in advanced condition.
Insanity and/or psychotic breaks are a severe manifestation of neuro-Syphilis and neuro-Lyme. Unfortunately, these severe and chronic manifestations are harder to cure.
Like Lyme, Syphilis was known to cause chronic or degenerative dementia which ultimately resulted in death amongst those with neuro-Syphilis in as little as 2–3 years. This statistic can’t be compared to neuro-Lyme due to the problems with accurate diagnosis and the absence of medical investigation at this time with neuro-Lyme.
Like Lyme, Syphilis show progressive personality changes, memory loss, and poor judgment. They also result in depression and/or manic behavior.
Mood swings, anxiety, confusion and uncharacteristic rage are also symptoms of both diseases.
Like Lyme, Syphilis is treated with antibiotics.
So how was Syphilis treated before antibiotics?
There are historical references to many bizarre and horrific treatments in the distant past, the most notable, I think, was the deliberate infection of malaria to kill the spirochetes with the extremely high heat of malaria fever. The patient was then treated for the malaria with quinine which was preferable to the tortures of chronic and deeply rooted Syphilis – and Lyme disease.
It is true, there are people today that follow the same path to treat their disease with deliberate malaria infection, and do so without regret. When I first read of this treatment for Lyme disease I was horrified and could not understand. Now, years later, I completely understand!
Another treatment that was showing great promise as a possible cure for Syphilis before the advent of the discovery and mass production of penicillin was Betaine HCL. To read more about using HCL to fight Lyme download the free ebook' "Lyme Combat V"
It is not surprising that new evidence has been studied and evaluated as a promising healing agent for Lyme disease.