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    For Australians who believe they may have Lyme Disease, or who want to get tested for this and a number of other infections, below is an extract from the latest notice from Australian Biologics about the cessation of in-house PCR testing from 30th June due to new regulations. Also worth reading the 2nd part re what ticks have been found to be carrying Borrelia:

    With the changes to the TGA in-house testing regulations coming into effect on the 30th of June 2017, all testing not carried out using kits and techniques listed with the ARTG will be required to stop (including bespoke techniques we’ve developed at Australian Biologics for the detection of Borrelia). This has affected every laboratory across Australia that carries out in-house testing.
    As such, while we continue our process of NATA accreditation, in compliance with these changes Australian Biologics will no longer be offering PCR testing through our bespoke and highly-sensitive “in-house” tests after the 30th of June 2017……..

    DNA matching and positivity:
    We’ve carried out DNA sequencing from both people and local animals which confirmed (with up to 98% matches) the presence of Borrelia. Examples can be viewed here.

    The Australian Museum has also formally identified ornate kangaroo ticks, kangaroo tick larvae, and wallaby ticks which were tested positive for Borrelia.

    Australian Biologics re New Test Regulations

    Be well! Lynnie

    Palindromic RA 30 yrs (Chronic Lyme?)
    Mino 2003-2008 100mg MWF - can no longer tolerate any tetracyclines
    abx from Sep 2018 MWF - a.m. Augmentin Duo 440mg + 150mg Biaxsig (roxithromycin). p.m. Cefaclor (375mg) + Klacid 125mg. Annual Clindy IV's
    Diet: no gluten, dairy, sulphites, low salicylates
    Supps: 600mg N-AC BID, 1000mg Vit C, CoQ10, P5P 40mg, zinc picolinate 60mg, B3 1000mcg, EPO 1000mg, Lithium orotate 20mg, Magnesium Oil equiv 400mg. Topical bio-identical estradiol, DHEA +

    Linda L

    I cannot believe it. So from 30th June they stop making tests for Borrelia in Australia. Why our authorities go backwards instead of going forward? They don’t pay any money for such tests, the patients do. I am really angry. Thank you Lynnie. I have spoken to Australian Biologics and they confirmed they they have discovered cases of Borrelia here. People travel a lot plus so many migrants arrive here every week /1000 in Melbourne only every week/

    RA tried everything: Methotraxate, Arava, Humira. Pneumonia three times. Anemia. Very low iron. Hypothyroidism
    AP from April 2014 till August 2015. No luck.
    Current medications: Natural thyroid, Mobic, LDN, supplements incl. milk thistle, NAC, vitamins and minerals.
    MTHFR heterozygous

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