Ticktective with Dana Parish: From Harvard MD to MS Patient: Wisdom from Both Sides

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Annie Brewster, MD

Annie Brewster is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, a writer and a storyteller. She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. In response to the disconnection she experienced in healthcare, both as a patient and a provider, and motivated by her belief in the power of stories, she started recording patient narratives in 2010. Integrating her personal experiences with the research supporting the health benefits of narrative, she founded Health Story Collaborative (HSC) in 2013. HSC is dedicated to helping individuals navigating health challenges find meaning, and ultimately heal, through storytelling. She is excited by interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations that break through resistance to change. She is widely published in the press and is author of The Healing Power of Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Navigate Illness, Trauma, and Loss (2022).

Biosafety is Key to Our Future: The Truth About Germs, Lab Leaks, and Information Warfare

Raina MacIntyre, MD, PhD

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In this episode of Ticktective™, Dana Parish talks with Raina MacIntyre (MBBS Hons 1, M App Epid, PhD, FRACP, FAFPHM) about how lab safety lapses are still leading to frequent undocumented lab leaks, her concerns over Long Covid and the ongoing dangers of the pandemic, and how public health agencies use information warfare to keep everyone in the dark about what is happening at the forefront of biomedical investigations, especially in the field of experimental gain of function research. Raina MacIntyre is Head of the Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, and author of Dark Winter. She has over 450 peer-reviewed publications, has received many awards including the Sir. Henry Wellcome Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US and is a member of the WHO COVID-19 Vaccine Composition Technical Advisory Group and WHO Smallpox and monkeypox working group.

Dana Parish: Welcome to the Ticktective podcast, a program of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, where our mission is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. I’m your host Dana Parish, and I’m the co-author of the book Chronic and I sit on the advisory board of Bay Area Lyme Foundation. This program offers insightful interviews with scientists, clinicians, patients, and other interesting people. We’re a nonprofit based in Silicon Valley, and thanks to a generous grant that covers a hundred percent of our overhead, all of your donations go directly to our research and prevention programs. For more information about Lyme disease, please visit us@bayarealyme.org.

Dana Parish: Hi, I’m Dana Parish and I’m thrilled today to welcome Dr. Raina McIntyre. Let me tell you a little bit about her. Raina McIntyre, MBBS is head of the Biosecurity program, Kirby Institute, UNSW. She leads research on prevention of epidemic infections, including EPI watch, an AI-driven early warning system for serious outbreaks. She has over 450 peer reviewed publications. She’s received many awards including the SIR Henry Welcome Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US. She was on a US National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine Pandemic Consensus Committee, and she’s a member of W’S Covid 19 Vaccine Composition Technical Advisory Group and WHO Smallpox and Monkeypox Working Group. Has written over 450 publications and I am really pleased to have met you through this new nonprofit that we’re both a part of called BiosafetyNow.org. You know, it’s an honor to be able to learn from you and meet you, and I’d love to talk a little bit about your background and what it means to be a biosecurity expert and an MD and a PhD in your area of expertise.

Raina MacIntyre: I started my career as a medical doctor and I was going to be a cardiologist because I’d done a lot of cardiology, in my specialist physician training and wanted to do cardiology. But I was also interested in epidemiology. I saw an ad for this Master of Applied Epidemiology, which is the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program, which is a type of hands-on training in outbreak investigation that was pioneered by the US CDC called the Epidemic Intelligence Services. And in some countries when you do it, you get a degree. So, I decided to do that degree and it was quite life-changing for me because it was a new way of learning where you do just short bursts of classroom learning, but then you go out in the field, you investigate outbreaks and you apply the learning that you had in the classroom to practical problems in the field where you’re investigating outbreaks, trying to work out: What is this? Where did it start? How can it be stopped?

Ticktective with Dana Parish: Infectious Minds: Unraveling the Link Between Infections & Psychiatric Disorders

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Robert Bransfield, MD

Dr. Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA is a leading expert in the relationship between microbes and mental illness. He’s a graduate of Rutgers College and the George Washington University School of Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Dr Bransfield has authored and co-authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed literature.

Ticktective with Dana Parish: Biosafety Is Key to Our Future: the Truth About Germs, Lab Leaks, and Information Warfare

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Raina MacIntyre, MD, PhD

Raina MacIntyre (MBBS Hons 1, M App Epid, PhD, FRACP, FAFPHM) is Head of the Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW and author of “DARK WINTER”. She has over 450 peer-reviewed publications, has received many awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, and is a member of the WHO COVID-19 Vaccine Composition Technical Advisory Group and WHO Smallpox and monkeypox working group.

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Treating Complex Chronic Diseases: Novel Therapeutic Options for Lyme Patients

Bay Area Lyme Speaker Series with Steven Harris

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Dr Steven Harris speaking at the Bay Area Lyme Speaker Series in San Jose, September 29, 2022

Dr. Steven Harris, a physician specializing in Lyme at Pacific Frontier Medical, was guest speaker as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series. His presentation on the complexity of tick-borne diseases is transcribed below to share his invaluable insights into novel treatment options for those living with chronic/persistent Lyme and other intractable infections that severely curtail patients’ quality of life, bringing hope and restoring health to many. Note: This transcribed presentation has been edited for clarity.

What is “Precision Medicine”?

“The concept of precision medicine, which is a growing area, is where we look at an individual and try to create a tailored plan for that person. I think many doctors wish that we could have a ‘cookbook’ approach to medicine that would work for our patients. But unfortunately, that approach doesn’t work. Luckily, here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are doctors offering precision medicine including Dr. Sunjya Schweig in Berkeley, Dr. Christine Green, with us at Pacific Frontier Medical, and Dr. Eric Gordon, at Gordon Medical Associates in Marin and others. And thankfully, we have Stanford and UCSF (our local medical centers) that we work peripherally with. In addition, the Open Medicine Foundation is making great strides in understanding illness and Dr. Mike Snyder’s group at Stanford who are working on multi omics for chronic fatigue that track an individual patient’s data.

Mike Snyder, PhD
Mike Snyder, PhD, Stanford University

“These doctors are working in their own fields, not necessarily just tick-borne diseases, but our work overlaps. For example, the Snyder Lab multi-omic study involves genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, where they are looking at tons of data and assimilating a lot of this different data to try to create treatment plans that work for the individual, because of the fact that a ‘cookbook’ approach doesn’t work for this group of chronic complex patients. For example, we look at someone’s multi-ome and the parts that make them up, including their microbiome, epigenome among many others, which is becoming a bigger and more exciting field. One of the practical aspects we try to determine is how to address an individual’s level of inflammation, the diversity of their personal bacterial flora, and how to help compensate for any deficiencies—or over abundances—that help contribute to disease.

Ticktective with Dana Parish: All About Kids with Lyme, PANS, Mold Illness

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Charlotte Mao, MD

Dr. Charlotte Mao is a pediatric infectious diseases (ID) physician with special focus on Lyme disease and associated infections. She received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and did her pediatric and infectious disease training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ticktective Video and Podcast Editor: Kiva Schweig.

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Ticktective with Dana Parish: The Misunderstood Infection That Is Wreaking Havoc

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Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM, PhD

Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt is the Melanie S. Steele professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Ticktective Video and Podcast Editor: Kiva Schweig.  Click here for this podcast transcript. 

Ticktective with Dana Parish: From Long Covid to Long Lyme: Persistent Infections Drive Chronic Illness

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Amy Proal, PhD

Microbiologist Amy Proal, PhD, serves as President/CEO of PolyBio Research Foundation and Chief Scientific Officer of the Long Covid Research Initiative (LCRI). Her work examines the molecular mechanisms by which viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens dysregulate human gene expression, immunity, and metabolism. Ticktective Video and Podcast Editor: Kiva Schweig. Click here for this podcast transcript. 

Ticktective: A “Professional Persuader” Shares His Bold Discoveries as a Journalist, Author, and Lyme Patient Advocate

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Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist, political analyst and author, shares his findings on the state of Lyme research, public perception, and his personal experience with tick-borne infections. Previously he was a senior editor of The Atlantic. He is the film critic for National Review, and he co-founded the New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument. Ross’s most recent book is about his experience with Lyme disease and is called “The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery”. Ticktective Video and Podcast Editor: Kiva Schweig.

The Complex Science and Politics of Chronic Diseases: Autoimmune, Tick-Borne, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and More

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Steven Phillips, MD

Steven Phillips, MD is a Yale-trained physician and co-author of the book, “Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic”. He has treated over 20,000 patients from over 20 countries. Dr. Phillips is well-published in peer-reviewed medical literature such as the Lancet and has been featured in popular media such as the NY Times, the Huffington Post, Dr. Oz, Fox’s Lyme and Reason, CBS, Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser, Dr. Been, and The Doctors. Ticktective Video and Podcast Editor: Kiva Schweig.