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.
What would happen if doctors used a different standard for Lyme Disease testing, similar to the standard adopted by China?
Parents of 48 children who had a diagnosis of ASD and had been diagnosed with Lyme Disease were surveyed before and after treatment.
Anecdotal data also indicated that some of the children achieved previously unattained developmental milestones after antibiotic therapy began.
In a different study of five male ASD children who tested positive for Lyme Disease, each child was prescribed 200 mg of amoxicillin three times per day and three of the five children were prescribed an additional 50 mg of Azithromycin once per day.
The biggest obstacle hindering parents and clinicians from connecting the dots between Lyme Disease and autism is the lack of reliable diagnostic tests.
The currently available tests for Lyme Disease recommended by the CDC miss about 50% of actual cases pursuant to numerous peer reviewed studies.
Hence, it is clear the CDC’s criteria is missing an unacceptably high percentage of cases of actual Lyme Disease.
For more information, see the Testing section, under Resources on our website.