Lyme disease as we know it today started in 1975. The CDC has stated that there were approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme diagnosed per year and this year which is 2018 the CDC now states that there are between 300,000 to 500,000 new cases of Lyme per year. These are cases that have had a positive diagnosis/lab test.
It is a well know fact that the testing procedures that exist for Lyme are inadequate at best. There are many sources of information on Lyme that say the number of cases could be as high as ten times what the CDC reports. (1)
This is a period of 44 years. So pretty much everyone from 1975 is still alive today. This equates to over 12 Million (CDC numbers) people that have this dreaded disease.
Logic dictates that 12 Million people did not get bit by a tick. There must be other ways that a person can contract Lyme other than being bitten by a tick. And not all ticks even carry the Lyme bacteria. Lyme is now present in every continent on the planet. The only common denominator are humans.
Dr. Douglas Wine from the Lyme Laser Centers has put his list in this order of how Lyme is transmitted.
- Birds (Ironically the map of migrating birds is almost identical to that of the highest concentration of Lyme in the USA)
- Domestic animals such as Dogs and Cats
- Black flies and other such insects
- Other animals
Opinions from other Lyme Doctors, Researchers, And Healers
Stephen Buhner, Master Herbalist and Creator of The Buhner Protocol For Lyme
“…studies had found that there was a statistically significant relation between long term sexual contact and Lyme infections in spouses. The spirochetes are excreted through the kidneys and do end up in the sexual organs as a result.” Source, February 2013.
Dr. Marty Ross, M.D., Co-Founder of TreatLyme.Net
“The Lyme infection, borrelia, can be sexually transmitted. However, we do not know the actual rate or chance of transmission. There is limited science around this topic…” Source, March 2015.
Dr. Lee Cowden, M.D., Creator of The Cowden Protocol For Lyme
“Lyme can be transmitted by mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, sex, kissing, and transplacentally.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, 2013.
Dr. Warren Levin, M.D.
“Warren Levin suggested that the incidence is too low to suggest sexual transmission.” (noted by Scott Forsgren) Source, 2012.
Dr. Raphael Stricker, M.D.
“There is circumstantial evidence including sexual transmission and other bodily fluids. Assume it can be transmitted via direct contact from partner. The one without the tick exposure is often not sick but will often test positive. Do not get well until both partners are treated. Person-to-person transmission is very controversial. We may be missing a major venereal disease of this century.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, 2006.
“There is always some risk of getting Lyme disease from a tickbite in the woods. But there may be a bigger risk of getting Lyme disease in the bedroom.” Source, January 2014.
Dr. Andrew Landerman, D.D.S., Biological Lyme Dentist
“They don’t understand that Lyme disease is sexually transmissible and is passed through breast milk as well.” Source, July 2009.
Dr. Dietrich K. Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D.
“Blood transfusions, sexual contact, unpasteurized milk, trans-placental transmission, breast feeding, and food are all potential sources of infection.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, 2014.
“They can likely be transmitted sexually via the urethra.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, January 2006.
“As to sexual transmission, practitioners have seen in numerous cases. Moms can transmit to children during pregnancy. It [Lyme] even seems to be airborne in many cases – coughing, sneezing, eating with the same dishes, etc. may someday be shown to also be factors in transmission.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, June 2012.
Dr. Richard Horowitz, M.D., Author of The Book “How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease”
“This research is strongly suggestive of sexual transmission. Further research is needed however to determine the actual risk of transmission in an infected individual, since couples living in Lyme endemic areas may still have been exposed to the bacterium (and similar strains) through a tick bite.” Source, December 2014.
Dr. Julie Griffith, M.D.
“Acquired Lyme may be via insect bite, sexually transmitted, acquired dyslexia, acquired influenza feeling, joint pain, cervicalgia, and prolonged back pain.” (paraphrased by Scott Forsgren) Source, May 2013.
Dr. Keith Berndtson, M.D., Reviewed By Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. (Mold and Biotoxin Illness Expert)
“If sexual transmission of Lyme disease were common, the prevalence of Lyme disease would be orders of magnitude higher than it already is, based on known transmission by blood-sucking arthropod vectors, yet the epidemiological data on Lyme disease do not support the idea of “sexually transmitted disease.”” Source, March 2014.
“Now they have a study that moves the ball forward on the possibility of sexual transmission of Lyme disease. This article forces us all to contend with what it really means. Are the Borrelia spirochetes cultured from the genital secretions of Lyme disease patients merely viable or are they actually infective and able to establish themselves in a new human host by means of sexual transmission.” Source, circa 2015.
Dr. Ann Corson, M.D., Pediatric Lyme Specialist
“Don’t get tick bites, and don’t have sex with someone who has Lyme. It’s also sexually transmitted just like syphilis is.” Source, September 2016.