Known as the second great imitator, TBD is due to infection with the spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi with or without concurrent co-infections. It has been labelled one of the most immunosuppressive infectious diseases found in decades. TBD mimics multiple diseases and the body?s immune
response triggers the onset of additional disease, causing frequent misdiagnosis. The current heated legal and medical divide over the definition and diagnosis of Lyme disease causes further harm with long delays in diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Harte?s presentation will focus on the history and epidemiology of Lyme disease, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TBD, and the politics involved in both. Parameters will be presented for designing effective, individualized, multimodality treatments for this multisystem, pleomorphic illness and case histories presented.