Health Through Knowledge

The Serano Group


Best Estimates…

Disease Prevalence Graphic

These are best estimates of how many people in the U.S. are diagnosed with these conditions.

Lyme borreliosis is under-reported in these counts.


What if 10% were Lyme Borreliosis?

Treating doctors tell us that there are no definitive tests or symptoms that differentiate Lyme disease from the other conditions. For example, a multiple sclerosis case can look just like a Lyme disease case. The difference is there are fairly effective treatments for Lyme disease.


What If 20% were L. Borreliosis?

We spoke with Senator Ron Wyden (D - Oregon) who already knew a great deal about Lyme disease. He asked, "How many of you are there?"


More Than Lyme Disease


We began as a group concerned about how U.S. medicine was handling Lyme disease, expecting changes through innovative, quality science. Soon, we realized that scientific research is but a small part of the picture. The predominant issue is lack of information and open discussion in many health care areas, not just limited to Lyme disease. A complex web of commercial, academic, and governmental agencies controls open exchange of facts, ideas, and discussion that promotes overall health benefits. We soon decided that yet one more disease-focused group, competing with many of others for resources, was not the answer. Improving Lyme borreliosis medical care is not solvable as an isolated issue and our focus could not be solely on Oregon, Washington, or even the Pacific Northwest.


Fixing the problems of U.S. health care is going to take time. The present, immediate neglect and mismanagement of Lyme borreliosis is a correctable problem with potential for timely improvement. In the process of improving diagnosis and treatment of Lyme borreliosis, meaningful contributions will improvie overall health care.

Borreliosis and Coinfections

Borreliosis, which includes the infection commonly called Lyme disease, is often accompanied by coinfections. These additional infections include

  • Babesiosis
  • Anaplasmosis (formerly ehlichiosis)
  • Bartonella infections
Coinfections complicate the diagnosis and treatment of borreliosis and require treatments for controlling infections in the appropriate sequence. Because there is a great deal of symptom overlap, it is often difficult to tell which infectious agents are causing which symptoms.


Information and analysis become crucially important when they are used for change. Here are some goals we want to help work toward:

  • Protecting medical professionals’ right to practice effective medicine
  • Promoting a healthy environment to keep us well
  • Determining who among us may have treatable infections
  • Counting those made better with treatment
  • Encouraging our neighbors to be their own health advocates
  • Mitigating disease cost shifting to individual patients


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