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Old 12-23-2011, 08:24 AM #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Don't discount Lyme

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Originally Posted by NotALS! View Post
Since we don't know how ALS starts, could it be possible it all begins with Lyme or coinfection? Could these pathogens be the cause of all autoimmune diseases?
Unlikely.

Lyme disease is primarily found in temperate regions across the Northern Hemisphere of the globe.

Accordingly, if lyme was the cause then countries in the northern hemisphere would have a higher incidence of ALS.

There is probably not enough statistical data for most tropical areas.

However I could not find any evidence of lyme being present in New Zealand and it is questionable whether there are any confirmed cases in Australia, and the incidence of ALS in both countries is comparable to the North.

So lyme cannot be the common factor.

I'm also of the same opinion as Barbie.
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