Lyme Disease and Rickettsia

Rickettsia are bacterial intracellular parasites, considered a separate group of bacteria because they have the common feature of being spread by ticks, fleas, mites, and lice. Perhaps the most familiar rickettsial disease is Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by ticks. The causative bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a corkscrew shaped microorganism called a spriochete that resembles the syphilis organism. More than 100,000 cases of Lyme disease have been reported to the CDC since...

Effects of Mercury on the Immune System

The internal damage caused by mercury exposure is not limited to the nervous system. The immune system can also suffer severe injury.64 Like the nervous system, the immune system is highly complex and involves many elements, including cellular components, cytokines, special hormones, and antibodies. It is also important to remember that the immune and nervous systems are intimately connected, both directly and indirectly, a connection that is especially important during development. Low levels...