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Article explaining how Lyme uses manganese instead of iron
Here is a really interesting article about a study triggered by an earlier study that showed that Lyme spirochetes can survive completely without iron. The researchers asked the question, "If not iron, then what?"  The answer is manganese.   Not helpful in the moment, but certainly inspires hope for new treatments!  Perhaps a new compound that blocks manganese would starve them out.

I did look up manganese rich foods to see if lowering my intake helps at all.  Two of my supplements were at the top of the list under spices (cinnamon and curcumin). I'm going to hold off on those two until after I'm well.

http://phys.org/news/2013-03-scientists-reveal-quirky-feature-lyme.html
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Those wily lil devils!  I had no idea.  
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