The following overlapping symptoms have been found in children with autism, as well as children with Lyme Disease: Children do not typically have all of these symptoms, but rather, clusters of symptoms, particularly involving the neurological system.
In simple terms, Lyme can disrupt every system and can also make children more vulnerable to environmental triggers.
Hence, it is clear the CDC’s criteria is missing an unacceptably high percentage of cases of actual Lyme Disease.
It is also critical to note that CDC-endorsed blood tests were only developed to detect a single strain of in the United States.
While antibiotics are often used to treat a Lyme Disease infection, they are by no means the only modality available.
There are herbal, homeopathic and other alternative protocols which can be tailored to fit individual needs. Different methods work for different Lyme patients – there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Without question, there appears to be connection between autism and Lyme for some children.
A dysfunctional synergism with other predisposing and contributing factors may contribute to autism spectrum disorders by provoking innate and adaptive immune reactions to cause and perpetuate effects in susceptible individuals that result in inflammation, molecular mimicry, kynurenine pathway changes, increased quinolinic acid and decreased serotonin, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and excitotoxicity that impair the development of the amygdala and other neural structures and neural networks resulting in a partial Klüver-Bucy Syndrome and other deficits resulting in autism spectrum disorders and/or exacerbating autism spectrum disorders from other causes throughout life.” In the above-referenced survey, parents were asked to fill out the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) before they started antibiotic therapy and after treatment.
The children diagnosed with Lyme and autism who were treated with antibiotics improved scores on the ATEC.