Mists and Myths Swirl Around Inverness


Deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, on a fingertip



By Annie Drummond in the Looking At Lyme Blogspot.

Scotland is a land of mists, mountains, and malicious ticks. Sorry Scotland, I love your beautiful country and your hospitable, friendly people, but it is where I was bitten by a tick which gave me Lyme disease (also known as borreliosis.)
Several researchers have found that many patients diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) (1,2,3) and Multiple Sclerosis (4,5,6,7) have borreliosis, as do a certain proportion of psychiatric patients (8,9,10).

Scotland has its very own Lyme diagnostic laboratory at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, while the rest of the British Isles relies on one reference laboratory at Southampton in England. At Raigmore, Dr D. Ho-Yen is the chief microbiologist and has been interested in ME for many years. In fact, he published the first “How to treat ME” book in 1985. He maintains that only a small minority of ME/CFS patients could have Lyme disease as the cause of their illness (11). But is he right?


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