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Some of the world’s best researchers and clinicians gathered at the NorVect conference in May!


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The Global Search for Education: Ticks – More from Norway

By: C. M. Rubin. Blogger and author, The Real Alice in Wonderland.


NorVect Global Tick-borne Diseases Conference in Oslo

Complicated problems usually have many dimensions and require multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary strategies to solve them. We talk about this approach in global 21st century education reform all the time, but we live in a world that sometimes forgets the lessons.

One of my loved ones became seriously ill in 2006 with joint pains, vertigo, memory loss and chronic fatigue. Two years of assessments for diseases ensued, including Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression, and various cancers. Ultimately, a doctor knowledgeable about Lyme and co-infections diagnosed him, recommending holistic care from a neurologist, a rheumatologist and an internist, while also focusing on improving his psychological health, his nutrition and his lifestyle.

Since this experience, I’ve felt tremendous compassion for all who have to endure this devastating illness. How can we better defend them? I’ve imagined a round table like King Arthur’s that would bring together the brave knights of medical science as well as passionate tick-borne disease advocates to harness the expertise of all; to explore, to uncover through honorable discussion how to find the holy grail: better diagnostic tools and ultimately a cure for multi-systemic tick-borne infections.

Timing is everything. The incidence of Lyme and other tick borne co-infections is rising in more than 65 countries worldwide — diseases that are plagued by inadequate tests leading many to believe there are still millions of undiagnosed cases. Research progress is slow because of disagreements on the unanswered questions related to diagnosis and treatment. Interestingly, more scientific voices are now expressing the opinion that clues lie in the disease’s similarity to syphilis and its ability to become chronic.

According to the CDC, chronic disease accounts for 70% of the deaths and 75% of the health care costs in the United States. Nip a potentially chronic disease in the bud and you are ahead of the game. Hesitate to take action and you’re facing enormous healthcare debt.

The talented women who run the NorVect organization have taken some major steps forward. They held an impressive global vector-borne conference this past week in Norway (which has seen a ten-fold increase in incidence in parts of the country during the past year). This extremely well attended forum was kicked off with an inspiring speech by the Norwegian Liberal Party Leader, Trine Skei Grande. I felt honored to co-host the proceedings.


“We need to understand the method for making a clinical diagnosis and talk about the management of treatment protocol.” – Dr. Joe Burrascano

And so there were the knights of NorVect’s round table gathered to begin the conversation. Some highlights:

“Bartonella species are causing disease in animals and people in North America and throughout the world. They can induce persistent intravascular infection in humans that spans months to years, potentially resulting in vascular rheumatic and neurological disease manifestations.” – Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt

“Borrelia Burgdorferi does form a very organized biofilm. It provides a refuge from anti-microbial treatment. Preliminary results show borrelia biofilm in infected human tissues.” – Dr. Eva Sapi

“BB complex bacteria are transmitted to humans by the bites of infected ticks. These ticks also carry and transmit other pathogens such as Babesia, Ehrlichia, Bartonella, and Rickettsia species and viruses.” – Dr. Jyotsna Shah

“The complexity of Borrelia impacts the management of Borreliosis. We need to understand the method for making a clinical diagnosis and talk about the management of treatment protocol. Knowledge of Borrelia growth patterns can assist in making treatment decisions.” – Dr. Joe Burrascano.

“We still do not know the cause of the long term complaints after treated neuroborreliosis. There are several hypotheses. Is there a continuing infection? Are there permanent scars in the nervous tissue? What about auto-immunity? Immunological and metabolic dysregulation? Psychological issues? What about co-infections? There is still a lot to discuss and to explore.” – Dr. Randi Eikeland

“Treating all 3 forms of Borrelia, the agent of Lyme disease, while addressing biofilms, co-infections, inflammation, immune dysfunction, hormonal abnormalities, heavy metals, neurotoxins, sleep disorders, food sensitivities, Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies that are the most commonly found abnormalities on the Multi Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome map, have the greatest impact on patients regaining health.” – Dr. Richard Horowitz

“Most of the IDSA recommendations are based on expert opinion and are not evidence based. Serologic methods done according to IDSA and EUCALB guidelines are insufficient methods to rely upon. There are probably millions of patients around the world who remain undiagnosed with Lyme and co-infections. In the near future, new genomic methods will allow the detection of a new pathogenic Borrelia species (like Borrelia Miyamotoi) and allow a better identification of various microbial agents responsible for co-infections.” – Dr. Christian Perrone


“Please think of the patients who are anxious and who suffer, and also of the medical teams.” – Dr. Bela Bozsik

“The current CDC guidelines for diagnosing Lyme disease involve serological tests for Borrelia Burgdorferi (Borrelia-Immunoblot/Western blot testings) which show a very weak sensitivity of just around 60% in chronic Lyme disease and cannot help regarding the question of an active infection. Is Borrelia-Elispot a game changer in diagnostics? The sensitivity of ELISPOT is estimated at 84%, and the specificity is 94%. ELISPOT assays provide robust, highly reproducible data and can be retested for the acquisition of additional information in follow-up assays.” – Dr. Armin Schwarzbach

“Borrelia is involved in illnesses like Alzheimers, ALS and MS.” – Dr. Alan MacDonald

“It is important to develop microscope methods to detect blood infections – it is simple and it is cheaper.” – Dr. Carl Morten Laane

“A substantial amount of evidence definitely shows that the main tertiary forms of neurosyphilis, namely the meningovascular (cerebral infarcts secondary to chronic vasculitis) and meningoencephalitic forms, also occur in Lyme disease. These two major forms of late/chronic Lyme neuroborreliosis were pathologically confirmed. We reported the first pathological confirmation of the meningovascular form of Lyme neuroborreliosis in 1990 and the meningoencephalitic form was described and pathologically confirmed by many authors. Borrelia burgdorferi was repeatedly detected and/or cultivated from tertiary brain lesions. These evidences together indicate that chronic Lyme disease exists, and similarly to Treponema pallidum in syphilis, Borrelia burgdorferi is responsible for the tertiary manifestations of the disease. Late Lyme disease is accepted by all guidelines in the US and Europe. The terms late and chronic both define tertiary Lyme disease, therefore the use of chronic Lyme disease as a different entity is inaccurate and confusing.” – Dr. Judith Miklossy

“Please think of the patients who are anxious and who suffer, and also of the medical teams.” – Dr. Bela Bozsik

“The increased risk of infection due to the increased number of ticks carrying tick-borne infections may reduce the life quality of people in our region by preventing people from visiting forests and recreation areas. The social costs for society may also be influenced by increased hospitalization and visits to general practitioners. How can we get a common view among Norway, Denmark and Sweden of these problems?” – Dr. Ashild Andreassen

“I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word, I will defend those who cannot defend themselves…..” – Extract from the oath of a knight at King Arthur’s Round Table.

To be continued….

(With thanks to James Rubin for his contribution to this article)


“Borrelia is involved in illnesses like Alzheimers, ALS and MS.”

– Dr. Alan MacDonald

(All Pictures are Courtesy of NorVect)

For more information on NorVect:

In The Global Search for Education, join me and globally renowned thought leaders including Sir Michael Barber (UK), Dr. Michael Block (U.S.), Dr. Leon Botstein (U.S.), Professor Clay Christensen (U.S.), Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond (U.S.), Dr. Madhav Chavan (India), Professor Michael Fullan (Canada), Professor Howard Gardner (U.S.), Professor Andy Hargreaves (U.S.), Professor Yvonne Hellman (The Netherlands), Professor Kristin Helstad (Norway), Jean Hendrickson (U.S.), Professor Rose Hipkins (New Zealand), Professor Cornelia Hoogland (Canada), Honourable Jeff Johnson (Canada), Mme. Chantal Kaufmann (Belgium), Dr. Eija Kauppinen (Finland), State Secretary Tapio Kosunen (Finland), Professor Dominique Lafontaine (Belgium), Professor Hugh Lauder (UK), Professor Ben Levin (Canada), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), Professor Barry McGaw (Australia), Shiv Nadar (India), Professor R. Natarajan (India), Dr. Pak Tee Ng (Singapore), Dr. Denise Pope (US), Sridhar Rajagopalan (India), Dr. Diane Ravitch (U.S.), Richard Wilson Riley (U.S.), Sir Ken Robinson (UK), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Finland), Professor Manabu Sato (Japan), Andreas Schleicher (PISA, OECD), Dr. Anthony Seldon (UK), Dr. David Shaffer (U.S.), Dr. Kirsten Sivesind (Norway), Chancellor Stephen Spahn (U.S.), Yves Theze (Lycee Francais U.S.), Professor Charles Ungerleider (Canada), Professor Tony Wagner (U.S.), Sir David Watson (UK), Professor Dylan Wiliam (UK), Dr. Mark Wormald (UK), Professor Theo Wubbels (The Netherlands), Professor Michael Young (UK), and Professor Minxuan Zhang (China) as they explore the big picture education questions that all nations face today.
The Global Search for Education Community Page

C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will We Read?” She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld, and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.

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Presentations and movie(s) from the NorVect conference

We have gotten a lot of messages regarding access to the presentations from the NorVect conference as well as access to the film that was made during the two days.

It will still take some time to get everything ready and edited. Presentations will be available for the attendees of the conference. The movie(s) will be available download/purchase. More information will follow soon.


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#NorVect, Internasjonal flåttkonferanse, 26. og 27. mai 2014

Skandinavias første internasjonale flåttkonferanse er i ferd med å avrunde. 13 foredragsholderne fra inn- og utland har tatt turen til Oslo for å dele kunnskap. Mer informasjon fra konferansen, pluss filmopptak av alle foredragene vil bli lagt ut. Imellomtiden, her er noen bilder fra de to #flåtte dagene!











Linn Aalmo i Hitra-Frøya: “Kjemper for bedre diagnosering” #NorVect #flåttkonferanse #Oslo




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To dager igjen! Skandinavias første internasjonale flåttkonferanse #NorVect #Oslo #2014

Siste forberedelser er i gang! I dag har vi rigget til på Grand Hotel og foredragsholderne inntar Oslo!
Getting everything ready
Se fullt program for både mandag 26. mai og tirsdag 27. mai:
”Share Your knowledge, Develop New Insights and Show Your Compassion”



We are in the middle of a worldwide epidemic of Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. Chantal Perrin is a documentary filmmaker from France who traveled across the globe to track Lyme disease in the US, France, parts of Europe and Africa. In this revealing documentary being released today throughout Europe, she tells the story of how people across the world are getting sick, and how our health care systems continue to deny the existence of this growing medical threat, leading to widespread suffering and disability.

We are very honored that Chantal Perrin will host the NorVect conference on vector-borne diseases together with Cathy Rubin.

Dr. Richard Horowitz, who also will be speaking at the NorVect conference, has this to say about the movie:

“I have patients with Lyme and associated tick-borne disorders who come to see me from Canada, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, as they are unable to get effective care in their country. I am featured in this film and interviewed in both my medical practice in the United States, as well as in France where I am lecturing to doctors and patients on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated co-infections, discussing how to use the MSIDS model to treat chronic persistent disease. Dr Rick Ostfeld from the Cary Institute, and Dr Eva Sapi from the University of New Haven are also interviewed in this film, as are physicians and researchers from across the world.

This film highlights the politics of Lyme disease, the unreliability of testing, the rapidly spreading and multisystemic nature of tick-borne illness, and how worldwide research is being hampered by socio-political economic challenges. The film makes it clear that patients are suffering as the scientific community battles about the etiology and treatment of this disease, and that “we rapidly need to come to a clear scientific consensus, not a consensus of denial”.
Please feel free to share this film with your family and friends. It is an important work with a story that desperately needs to be told.”

Renowned scientists and clinicians from all over the world head to the international Norvect Conference at the Grand Hotel in Oslo next Monday

Artikkel i Huffington Post: The Global Search for Education:

“The starting point for all research must be to look at the tick itself to understand which bacteria and viruses are in the ticks, especially in endemic areas. It’s important we examine this because most patients suffer from multiple infections.”

– Dr. Armin Schwarzbach

As renowned scientists and clinicians from all over the world head to the international Norvect Conference at the Grand Hotel in Oslo next Monday, there are important questions on the table, including: Why are a growing number of Lyme disease patients around the world unable to recover from their illness despite extensive antibiotics therapy?

Cathy Rubin will host the NorVect conference with the french film maker Chantal Perrin

C. M. Rubin is the founder of CMRubinWorld, an online publishing company focused on education, entertainment and lifestyle, and the co-founder of Henmead Enterprises, Inc., a publishing and strategic consulting company.


Rubin’s 30 years of experience as an author, journalist, editor, executive, and entrepreneur in the fields of publishing, film, television, video, health and education have fostered her expertise in identifying and evaluating national and global trends in key economic sectors and industries, including the impact of innovation and technology.

Rubin is the author of three best-selling books and two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award. Her award winning Huffington Post blog, “The Global Search for Education,” brings together distinguished thought leaders from around the world to explore the key education issues faced by most nations.

Her acclaimed “Ticks” series within “The Global Search for Education” is followed by medical professionals and patients all over the world.