" I am a retired Army veteran with 20 years of military service. I travelled extensively was exposed to scores of tick and other insect bites across the globe.
I met Dr. Levin in late 2008. In early 2009, I had become too incapacitated to work. At that time, I was not a patient of Dr. Levin. He mentioned that my symptoms were consistent with tickborne illness, and suggested that I be tested, due to my exposure history in the military. I tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb)/Lyme Disease (LD). I was one of the unlucky majority that showed recurrent and changing IgM reactivity without the shift to IgG. I was sick, and he knew why, but I did not qualify for the disease label from the CDC because my immune system was impaired. (I believe that it was because of my immune system impairment that I remained ill.)
IGeneX IgM/IgG testing and Borreliose Centrum LLT testing showed positivity for active Bb. I could get no help from the VA or the IDSA infectious disease medical providers. I improved greatly during antibiotic treatment, but regressed upon removal.
Dr. Levin remained supportive and continued to help me when no others would. Eventually, we proved the chronic Bb infection--via positive PCR and positive blood culture. I became an official CDC-recognized case of Lyme Disease.
Thanks to the combination of IV and oral antibiotics, my Borreliose Centrum Lyme LLT now shows no activity. My LD is either dormant, or gone. Thank you Dr. Levin.
However, I still was having recurring symptoms--pupils going uneven, episodic nausea & vomiting, trouble walking and talking. These flairs occurred for several days monthly. Dr. Levin knew to look further.
The other infections that Dr. Levin identified in me were: Borrlia hermsii, Chlamydia pneumonia, and most recently, Babesia duncani. The Borrelia hermsii has been cycling between active and inactive for three years. The recurrence of organisms and symptoms lead Dr. Levin to check my immune system. My immune deficiency was verified by a credible immunologist who appreciated Dr. Levin's diligence.
Borrelia hermsii and Babesia duncani are considered to be emerging infectious diseases. Both were featured in research articles in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013. Despite my having laboratory documented infections, IDSA infectious disease doctors from a major research university declined my request for an appointment!
God bless you Dr. Levin, for not giving up on me. You were right about the illness. We proved it. You are now helping me combat the Babesia. If it was not for you, I would have received no care.
God bless you Dr. Levin. You are my hero." 2/10/14