Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SLO Farmers Market Booth

Here are Marla and Emily at our first booth. Thanks for your hard work. If you want to help at the booth for any of the next three Thursdays, contact Emily at

Research: Measuring antibiotic effectiveness on Bb, cysts and biofilm

Here's the link to new research results on culturing Bb and testing antibiotics' effectiveness for its various forms. This paragraph summarizes the results:

Results: Doxycycline reduced spirochetal structures ~90% but increased the number of round body forms about twofold. Amoxicillin reduced spirochetal forms by ~85%–90% and round body forms by ~68%, while treatment with metronidazole led to reduction of spirochetal structures by ~90% and round body forms by ~80%. Tigecycline and tinidazole treatment reduced both spirochetal and round body forms by ~80%–90%. When quantitative effects on biofilm-like colonies were evaluated, the five antibiotics reduced formation of these colonies by only 30%–55%. In terms of qualitative effects, only tinidazole reduced viable organisms by ~90%. Following treatment with the other antibiotics, viable organisms were detected in 70%–85% of the biofilm-like colonies.
Please read the full report for more details.

Lyme humor

Here's the link to this cartoon. We've got to laugh, right?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's official. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in SLO County

Tuesday, May 3, the SLO County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Seven members of SLO Lyme participated in the ceremony with the Board of Supervisors. Special thanks to Marla for making this happen and to Supervisor Patterson for sponsoring it.

To view the event, click here to go to the BOS website. Click on year 2011, then click on "Watch" in May 3 meeting link; once the video opens, click on item B-4 to see this segment.