Friday, March 9, 2012

Westrn Blots Made Easy [Schaller/Jones]

[Reposted by Amber] Article by:  Dr. James Schaller, M.D.

In my recent past articles I discussed the 11 new human Babesia species, the problem some have removinyLyme’s surface biotoxins, the trouble with having indoor mold while treating tick infections, and I mentioned that Bartonella has 30 ways of damaging the body dangerously and it has 200 symptoms. These were sample reasons for treatment failure.

But I am increasingly meeting smart doctor’s and patients who do not know how to read a Western Blot. This is the test which usually gets you a basic Lyme diagnosis. So let us go over this so you understand why some labs are better than others. And help you make sense of this medical test which is so very confusing.
Strains—Lyme has many varieties and it is amazing that some companies soberly use Lyme strains in their test which are not representative of more than a small region. So this obviously makes the chances of a positive virtually zero. If you are looking for Asian people in Alaska, can we agree you will find few compared to Japan?

Proteins Tested—the numbers on a Western blot such as 18kD merely mean they have identified a piece of the Lyme bug that weighs 18 kilo Daltons. Over the years, labs have become very good at separating out these parts of Lyme. In a quality lab, the Western Blot tests for many proteins and not just a few.
But I would imagine many still feel the source of the eccentric numbers on the Western Blot do not make any sense. The numbers are simply parts of Lyme in the same way you have a nose, mouth, arm, and liver. Some labs only check for the “nose” and others check for up to 13 Lyme parts.

One important feature of a top Lyme lab is the way they get these proteins. One lab grows Lyme for a long period and harvests key proteins as the Lyme modifies itself—just like when you change your outer clothing each day. Other labs do not harvest all these changing outer proteins. And if they have some they are not in equal amounts. Irene ( is the only lab I know which has 13 proteins tested from 2 important strains representative of international Lyme. And amazingly, they have equal amounts of the search proteins.

Valid Results or Nonsense—In order to be licensed in New York State you are sent clear negative samples and clear positive samples of Lyme proteins in blind tubes. IGeneX results have been exceptional and approximately 100% year after year. I have this posted on my site along with the exact results and all of their licenses at In contrast, I have had patients covered in deer ticks or with a classic, grossly obvious, bull’s eye rash, who months after the rash, when seeking treatment, were negative at many labs. Some of these well known labs have dummied down their results and testing because “they were getting to many positives.” The Dr. Jones' Approach to Reading Western Blots:

A Common Sense Position

One of the happiest days of my recent career was when this 78-year-old veteran doctor, beloved all around the USA for his treatment of over 10,000 Lyme-infected children, agreed to treat my children. His reading of Western Blots is not affected by any Big Government agencies. He is not accountable to any lab oversight government entity. And no one at the CDC, FDA or any medical board in the USA has his massive experience in treating Lyme in youth and reading Western Blots. So read below his clear and convincing reasoning on the interpretation of the Western Blot.

Before I offer Dr. Jones's material, let me put in them in context, and share a few basics. First, the Western Blot measures the antibodies your body makes to attack the Lyme infection.

One problem I have found with this is that if a child has the infection at a very young age the Lyme can hide and be missed on rare occasions even with a top lab. In my Babesia textbook, I quote the brilliant Dr. Robert Bransford (page 312--314), who lists 28 ways Lyme hides from the immune system. How do I know these “negative” Western Blot little children had Lyme? I found all the other co-infections. And after treatment, they began to make Lyme antibodies and became positive over time.

Also, it is important to note that like most progressive Lyme experts, Dr. Jones assumes you have a Western Blot from IGeneX, which is an internationally famous, tick-only lab, with full lab certification in every possible state offering a license and also is CLIA and Medicare approved. Other massive cheap national labs process hundreds of types of tests, and millions of patients. They rarely find a positive result even in epidemic counties, in people who have profound and advanced Lyme clinical symptoms.

However, if you have had a Western Blot done at a junk lab, please still glance at the result. Why? Because you may find, as I did with one relative, that one of the antibodies or "bands" was positive. In this relative, the band was a "fingerprint" band. Meaning, Lyme is the only organism that makes the human body make this antibody. The child was positive.

But what is a “fingerprint” band or the important numbers on a Western Blot?
Simply, if you are blindfolded and touch the side of an elephant, you may not be sure it is an elephant–perhaps this is a rhino? This is the 41 band. It is from the flagella’s, the parts inside Lyme that help it move—they get a lot of attention in the body, in the same way a whip snaps and gets attention in the hands of an expert user. However, the 41 antibody is not specific to Lyme, since many organisms have flagella.

Now, what if you touch this same elephant on its tusks or on its long peanut-eating tubular nose? You know it is an elephant. Period. One touch and you are certain, because these parts are very unique to this huge animal. This is Dr. Jones' point. It you see a Western Blot 18 antibody that has a positive, you have Lyme. You do not need to check any other bands, because the 18 antibody is highly specific to Lyme—just like double tusks on an elephant.

What Do the Number of Pluses Mean?

IGeneX gives levels of antibodies. One + means you have some antibody of that type. A single positive is plenty strong, because that is the same level of brightness seen in the positive control run next to your blood test. This means they run a fake sample with all 13 proteins which should show always show up as 13 positives. It helps confirm no error in the testing.

If you have a ++ or a rare +++, this means you have a very large amount of antibody of that type. However, Lyme ruins immune system functioning and the number of positives sometimes goes up with treatment and healing of the immune system. People with no aggressive past Lyme treatment, should be lucky their body has made any antibodies at all, since Lyme is very good at both hiding from the immune system and hindering it.

Also, many people have “IND” or indeterminate findings on an antibody. This means the lab tech is seeing something, but is not ready to call it a clear positive. Consider a positive in the level of a single + to be a sharpie flair black line. I consider the IND to be a black pen line.

In my experience, many of these patients also show high Epstein Barr labs, which means this common infection is not in check and the immune system is very weak. And after we treat the patient, the IND sometimes becomes a clear + which means you now have new and clear antibodies against this part of the Lyme bug. I consider all IND’s as weak positives. This is my opinion.

Currently, IGeneX does not use Dr. Jones' criteria. I have not asked them why. Perhaps because they are accountable to different laboratory regulating agencies and in general the government is perhaps decades behind real-world clinical medicine. Apparently, the government and many insurance companies blindly follow 14 individuals who actually think they can control 800,000 physicians and 300 million Americans.

Charles Ray Jones, M.D.

Quotes Regarding Western Blots

There are nine known [Lyme] Borrelia burgdorferi species specific Western Blot antibodies (bands): 18, 23, 31, 34, 37, 39, 83 and 93.

Only one of these Borrelia burgdorferi genus specific bands is needed to confirm that there is lab evidence of exposure to the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete and can confirm a clinical diagnosis of Lyme disease.

CDC Criteria are Confusing in Real Clinical Settings

CDC Western Blot IgM surveillance criteria includes only two burgdorferi genus species specific antibodies for IgM 23 and 39 and excludes the other seven Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies.

CDC Western Blot IgG surveillance criteria include 18, 23, 30, 37, 39 and 93 and exclude bands 31, 34 and 83.

It does not make sense to exclude any Borrelia burgdorferi genus species-specific antibodies in a Lyme Western Blot, and to include only two of these antibodies in IgM because all the antibodies in IgG were once IgM.

The CDC wrongfully includes five non-specific cross-reacting antibodies in its Western Blot surveillance criteria: 28, 41, 45, 58 and 66. This leads to the possibility of false positive Lyme Western Blots. There can be no false positives if only Borrelia burgdorferi genus species-specific antibodies are considered. One can have a CDC surveillance positive IgG Lyme Western Blot with the five non-specific antibodies without having any Borrelia burgdorferi genus species specific antibodies.

This does not make sense.

The CDC recommends that the Lyme Western Blot be performed only if there is a positive or equivocal Lyme ELISA. In my practice of over 10, 000 children with Lyme disease, 30% with a CDC positive Lyme Western Blot have negative ELISA's. The Lyme ELISA is a poor screening test. An adequate screening test should have false positives, not false negatives.

[Dr. Schaller inserted all bolding in Dr Jones' article above, inserted some spacing and simplified a number of medical terms.]

Dr. Schaller is working with Dr. Jones on a Pediatric Lyme book which is 50% completed. Dr. Schaller is the author of 19 books including: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Babesia, Mold Illness and Mold Remediation Made Simple, The Complete Guide to Artemisinin, When Traditional Medicine Fails, 100 Solutions to Out of Control Youth, Suboxone—Pain Treatment with Addiction Relief. He is currently preparing the most up to date textbook on Bartonella, which he feels is the top vector infection in the world--possibly more common than Lyme. Dr. Schaller has 25 National and International Medical Publications in such journals as JAMA, Medscape, and some of the largest pediatric journals in the world. He was the first to publish a practical cancer cure which blocks a single enzyme for a deadly blood cancer, which has become the standard treatment internationally. He has also designed wholesale nutritional products and published nutrition and herbal purity and potency research.

Dr. Schaller is a strong advocate for looking at many treatments and illness causes as can be seen from his main web site,

Sjögren's Syndrome


  • Sjögren's syndrome is an “Autoimmune" Disease.
  • Sjögren's syndrome involves inflammation of glands and other tissues of the body.
  • About 90% of Sjögren's syndrome patients are female.
  • Sjögren's syndrome can be complicated by infections of the eyes, breathing passages, and mouth.
  • Sjögren's syndrome is typically associated with antibodies against a variety of body tissues (autoantibodies).
  • Diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome can be aided by a saliva-gland biopsy.
  • Treatment of patients with Sjögren's syndrome is directed toward the particular areas of the body that are involved and complications, such as infection.

What is Sjögren's syndrome?

Sjögren's syndrome is an “autoimmune” (Duhhh…it’s the LYME people!!!!) disease characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes. Autoimmune diseases feature the abnormal production of extra antibodies in the blood that are directed against various tissues of the body. The misdirected immune system in autoimmunity tends to lead to inflammation of tissues. This particular autoimmune illness features inflammation in glands of the body that are responsible for producing tears and saliva. Inflammation of the glands that produce tears (lacrimal glands) leads to decreased water production for tears and decreased saliva production and dry eyes. Inflammation of the glands that produce the saliva in the mouth (salivary glands, including the parotid glands) leads to dry mouth and dry lips.
Sjogren's syndrome with gland inflammation (resulting in dry eyes and mouth, etc.) that is not associated with another connective tissue disease is referred to as primary Sjögren's syndrome. Sjögren's syndrome that is also associated with a connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis,systemic lupus erythematosus, or scleroderma, is referred to as secondary Sjögren's syndrome. Dryness of eyes and mouth, in patients with or without Sjögren's syndrome, is sometimes referred to as sicca syndrome.

What causes Sjögren's syndrome?

While the exact cause of Sjögren's syndrome is not known (by doctors…but it’s clearly known by Lyme patients as another Lyme attack), there is growing scientific support for genetic (inherited) factors. The genetic background of Sjögren's syndrome patients is an active area of research. The illness is sometimes found in other family members. It is also found more commonly in families that have members with other autoimmune illnesses, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune thyroid disease, type Idiabetes, etc. 
About 90% of patients with Sjögren's syndrome are female. (WHOO-HOOOO!!!!!)

Lyme Disease Symptoms (Video)

Western Blot Numbers (Explained)

NEWER INFO JUNE 1,2011 BY DR. KENT HOLTORF; see his western blot explanations on numbers and LESS required to be positive than before!

*******************this explains the numbers only! more text elsewhere*******************

IgG is considered a past bacterial infection and IgM is considered a present bacteria (Not sure how accurate that is)  Looking forward to doing my IgeneX test.

On the outer surface of the Lyme bacteria are various proteins. As they have been discovered, they have been assigned letters, such as outer surface proteins A, B, and C.

The following is a brief explanation of the test results.

Again, each band is an antigen complexed (bound together) with an antibody made by the immune system, specifically for that antigen (part) of Borrelia burgdorferi.

No test for Lyme Disease is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab.  The CDC requires several Lyme-specific bands to be present for the test to be considered positive; however, many people who have Lyme do not have this many bands.  Band 23-25 is a Lyme specific band.  It is significan if it is positive.

18: An outer surface protein.

22: Possibly a variant of outer surface protein C.

23-25: Outer surface protein C (osp C).

28: An outer surface protein.

30: Possibly a variant of outer surface protein A.

31: Outer surface protein A (osp A). 34: Outer surface protein B (osp.

37: Unknown, but it is in the medical literature that it is a borrelia-associated antibody. Other labs consider it significant.

39: Unknown what this antigen is, but based on research at the National Institute of Health (NIH), other Borrelia (such as Borrelia recurrentis that causes relapsing fever), do not even have the genetics to code for the 39 kDa antigen, much less produce it. It is the most specific antibody for borreliosis of all.

41: Flagella or tail protien of all spirochetes;  this is usually the first to appear after a Bb infection and is specific for all Borrellia.  (This is how Borrelia burgdorferi moves around, by moving the flagella. Many bacteria have flagella)

This is the most common borreliosis antibody.

45: Heat shock protein. *This helps the bacteria survive fever. *The only bacteria in the world that does not have heat shock proteins is Treponema pallidum, the cause of syphilis.  Sometimes people with Lyme who have this band positive also have the co-infection Ehrlichiosis*

58: Heat shock protein.

66: Heat shock protein.

This is the second most common borrelia antibody.

73: Heat shock protein.

83: This is the DNA or genetic material of Borrelia burgdorferi. It is the same thing as the 93, based upon the medical literature. But laboratories vary in assigning significance to the 83 versus the 93.

93: The DNA or genetic material of Borrelia burgdorferi.

The committee proposed limiting the bands that could be reported in a Western Blot for diagnosis of Lyme disease. Out of a possible 25 bands, 10 specific bands were selected as being reportable.

An lgG Western Blot must have five or more of these bands: 18, 21,28, 30, 39, 41,,45, 58, 66 and 93 kDa.

An lgM Western Blot must have two or more of the following three bands: 23, 39, 41.

[b]Conspicuously absent are the most important bands, 22, 23, 25, 31, and 34, which include OSPA, OSP-B and OSP-C antigens - the three most widely accepted and recognized Bb antigens.

These antigens were the antigens chosen for human vaccine trials. In my clinical experience, if a patient has symptoms suspicious for borreliosis, and has one or more of the following bands, there is a very high probability the patient has borreliosis.

These bands are 18, 22, 23-25, 28, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 41, 83, and 93.

This is true regardless of whether it is IgG or IgM.. But again, there is no universal agreement on the significance of these bands. Betina Wilska, M.D. from Germany is one of the world's experts on outer surface protein A (31 kDa).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sjogren’s Syndrome (An Autoimmune Disease)

So today I was looking through my lab results and found that my numbers were out of range for “Sjogren’s Syndrome”.  Sjogren’s Syndrome is basically an “autoimmune disorder” where your immune system attacks your moisture glands within your body.  This is the second “Auto-Immune” disease that I have been diagnosed with; the first being Hashimoto’s Disease.

Why is it that “doctors” know that these autoimmune disorders exist, yet they are determined that “nothing” is the cause of your immune system attacking different parts of your body?  I’m starting to really wonder if these doctors are really that stupid, or is it that they KNOW that something within your body is causing this attack, yet they do not want to admit it with knowing that it’s a long road to recovery and they just don’t feel like messing with it.  My theory is, Lyme is so hard to detect in one’s body.  So much so that when it attacks your body, your body actually recognizes that something is trying to break it down so it goes out for the punch but the Lyme is just way to advanced in its hiding skills that the body defeats itself.

I truly am convinced that LYME DISEASE is what causes Autoimmune Diseases….Yep…I said it.  I’d be willing to put my whole life savings & earnings on it.  Your immune system was developed to protect your body…Lyme is playing a big evil game and trying to convince your body to attack itself… reminds me of a horrible horror story of a person who see’s some thing crawling under their skin so they cut and cut and cut until they end up demolishing their identity and the illness wins.  I refuse to let Lyme win.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chlorella Detox - Dr. Klinghardt

An interview with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt about the importance of Chlorella in detoxification and overall health support. With Dr. Mercola's Inner Circle, you will receive full version of this interview along with other health experts that will help you take control of your health.

Shocking Lyme Disease Documentary - Under the Eightball

Under the Eightball reveals the shocking yet little-known roots of Lyme Disease in the US Biological Weapons program and their subsequent effort to conceal it. This film uncovers the truth about chronic illnesses, their causes and disease testing on humans!