Lyme’s disease is an infection by the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete that can have a substantial impact on one’s state of health. This organism has been scientifically proven to have adaptation mechanisms that allow it to hide from human immune system detection and eradication. If one’s immune system is not functioning optimally, the Lyme’s disease organism can hide and survive by binding to certain proteins in the extracellular matrix of the body found in large amounts in skin, joint tissue, and in the brain and nerve tissue.
The standard blood test for Lyme’s disease can detect elevated antibody levels to the spirochete, which is very useful if it is positive. However, there are many people who suffer from chronic symptoms of arthritis and brain dysfunction and never show elevated levels of antibodies to Lyme’s disease, yet feel better when they are treated with antibiotics. They frequently will have low levels of a particular type of white blood cell called a “CD-57 lymphocyte”. This test should be performed by a LabCorp medical laboratory (and is usually paid by health insurance policies that allow one to use LabCorp). Dr. Condren has found this test to be very useful in detecting hidden “chronic” Lyme’s disease cases.