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What Effect Does Global Warming Have On Lyme Disease? | October 15, 2018

It’s an inconvenient truth that Lyme disease is spreading. It’s no longer confined to the North Eastern United States, where it was first diagnosed and christened, but has infected every single state in the U.S., with the exception of Hawaii. The disease is on the rise in Europe, too; previously, it could largely be found in mid-European countries like Estonia and the Czech Republic, but now spans the full length of the continent, from Russia to Ireland. Amazingly, in the face of this growing epidemic, chronic Lyme is still not considered a legitimate disease in most medical circles, meaning huge numbers of cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed every year. Global warming has been proven to play a significant part in this increase – but why, exactly? And what effect does it have on Lyme disease?  (more…)

Tags: Climate Change, Global Warming, Lyme disease, Tick Season, tick-borne disease,
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Why Morgellons Disease Is Still Not Taken Seriously… And Why It Really Should Be | October 08, 2018

There are a number of diseases and conditions that aren’t taken seriously by the medical community at large, instead having the reputation of being forms of delusion or overstatement on behalf of the patient. One of those diseases is chronic Lyme, a severely debilitating disorder that is currently on the increase all over the globe. The controversial nature of chronic Lyme means that it’s rarely considered as a primary diagnosis, and unless patients seek out a Lyme-literate doctor or really push for Lyme-specific tests, there is little chance of it being diagnosed or treated properly. Morgellons disease is another disorder that isn’t taken seriously, which is all the more perplexing when you consider how specific and unusual the symptoms are.  (more…)

Tags: morgellons, Morgellons Disease, tick-borne disease,
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Why More And More People Are Being Diagnosed With Lyme Disease | October 01, 2018

Although people have been dealing with its debilitating effects for centuries, Lyme disease was first christened in the 1970s in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Subsequently, Lyme was considered very much a northeastern problem in the U.S., and very much a U.S. problem for those outside America. Unfortunately, the truth is that Lyme disease is fast becoming a worldwide epidemic, with cases on the rise all over the globe. Europe has just as many cases of the disease as America, while every state in the U.S. bar Hawaii has been infected with Lyme. As it stands in 2018, Lyme is the fastest growing infectious bacterial disease in America, and is twice as common as breast cancer. So why exactly are more and more people being diagnosed with Lyme, and what does it mean for the future of the disease?


Tags: Chronic Lyme, Diagnosis, Lyme disease, tick-borne disease,
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BCA-lab Has Received Reaccreditation From DAkkS | September 26, 2018

We’re happy to announce that our laboratory has achieved successfully its reaccreditation in April 2018.

BCA-lab has been reaccredited since 2013 and a partial audit is being carried out annually by the DAkkS (Germany accreditation authority).

Every five years the entire laboratory is reaccredited, during which our new tests – such as the immune status – are being reviewed. (more…)

Tags: Accreditation, BCA-lab, DAkkS,

5 Ways Lyme Can Debilitate Patients | September 20, 2018

Lyme disease is a dangerously debilitating disorder that can cripple a patient in many different ways. Because the symptoms of Lyme are largely caused by each sufferer’s autoimmune response, the type and severity of debilitation can vary from case-to-case. However, one thing is for certain; if Lyme is allowed to progress past its acute stage, there’s no telling how much damage it can visit upon a patient’s body. Nobody knows this better than the BCA Clinic, who are specialists in holistically treating tick-borne diseases such as Lyme. They have witnessed many varied incidents of the chronic form of the condition, and know exactly how devastating it can be if left unchecked. As education is an important weapon in combating the spread of this most insidious of diseases, here are five critical ways a patient can be chronically debilitated by Lyme.


Tags: Lyme disease, Lyme symptoms, tick-borne disease,

Is The LymeSpot Revised More Effective Than The Traditional ELISpot? | September 17, 2018

Accurate testing for Lyme disease has always been somewhat problematic. Unlike many other conditions, there is no single surefire way to test for chronic Lyme. The symptoms are often reminiscent of the primary symptoms of other chronic disorders, and misdiagnosis is an extremely common occurrence. In fact, it is entirely possible for certain Lyme tests to come back negative, but for the patient to still have Lyme; much of the success of these tests depends on the time of testing, what stage the disease is at, and whereabouts in the body the offending bacteria can be found, or not found as the case may be. Traditionally, the best way to test for Lyme was through a procedure called the ELISpot, but in recent years, tried and tested Lyme labs such as BCA-clinic have transitioned to a new, more effective test: the LymeSpot Revised.


Tags: Diagnosis, ELISpot, Lyme disease, LymeSpot Revised,
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Which Lyme Co-Infections Are Most Dangerous? | September 13, 2018

When people think of Lyme disease, they usually imagine it as one singular disorder. In fact, Lyme can come with a host of co-infections, as is the nature of tick-borne diseases. Ticks survive by feeding on different hosts, and as such, they can pick up numerous bacteria during their lives. When they attach themselves to humans, they can transmit the bacteria into the bloodstream via a single bite. Although the overriding infection is known as Lyme, each patient may be infected to a different degree of severity, depending on what specific bacteria the tick was carrying at the time.


Tags: Anaplasma, Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, Lyme disease, tick-borne disease,

Front Office/Empfangsmitarbeiter mit medizinischer Ausbildung (m/w) in Vollzeit | September 03, 2018

Die BCA-clinic ist eine auf durch Zecken-übertragene Erkrankungen spezialisierte Privatklinik. Wir betreuen seit über 10 Jahren Patienten mit chronischen Infektionen und gehören mit über 25.000 behandelten Patienten weltweit zu den führenden Kliniken auf diesem Gebiet. Unter einem Dach vereinen wir unser Servicelabor BCA-lab, unser Forschungslabor, unsere Tagesklinik und die Privatpraxis für Zecken-übertragene Erkrankungen. Circa 75 Prozent unserer Patienten kommen aus dem Ausland. Wir suchen nun zur Verstärkung unseres Teams (more…)

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Why is Morgellons Often Misdiagnosed as Delusional Parasitosis? | August 20, 2018

The mysteries surrounding Morgellons make it prone to all sorts of conjecture, speculation and suspicion. Whether you’re sceptical about its legitimacy or convinced of its reality, the fact that we understand so little about the disorder doesn’t help to further either point of view. Those who suffer from Morgellons know all too well that it’s a very real and very debilitating disease; yet patients who approach their doctors with the issue are often written off as suffering from a mental disorder as opposed to a physical one. With so many physically manifesting symptoms, it’s hard to believe that doctors can conflate them all under a blanket mental health diagnosis; yet this is often the case, as Morgellons patients are routinely told they are suffering from a condition known as delusional parasitosis. Why exactly is this, and where do the two disorders overlap? (more…)

Tags: Charles E. Holman Foundation, Chronic Lyme, Lyme disease, morgellons, Morgellons Disease,
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5 Myths About Lyme Disease | August 09, 2018

Most people have heard of Lyme disease but the majority would be hard pressed to describe the mechanics of it, or the exact effects it has on a patient’s body. That’s not entirely their fault; Lyme is a particularly tricky disease to come to terms with and understand. Many doctors still don’t fully grasp the long-term effects, which transform dramatically over time and provide Lyme with its nom de guerre ‘The Great Imitator’, describing the disease’s frustrating ability to mimic other disorders. (more…)

Tags: blood test, Chronic Lyme, Lyme disease, tick, tick-borne disease,
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5 Myths About Morgellons Disease | August 02, 2018

Morgellons disease is an enigmatic disorder surrounded by misinformation and cynicism. It is extremely difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Morgellons, a problem compounded by the scant knowledge that exists concerning its cause, symptoms and treatment. It is a relatively young disorder, first discovered in 2001 by a concerned mother; despite it initially being written off as Munchausens by proxy, thousands of other sufferers have come forward in the years since. For a disease with such a specific, unique set of symptoms, the fact that it is being ignored by the medical community at large is a constant source of frustration and bewilderment for patients.


Tags: Charles E. Holman Foundation, Lyme disease, Morgellons Disease,
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Why is Lyme Disease Often Viewed as an American Problem? | July 30, 2018

Lyme disease is a controversial and often misunderstood topic among medical professionals and patients alike. However, it represents a serious, insidious threat to the global population’s health, as it’s one of the most common vector-borne – and fastest growing – diseases out there. Compounding the danger is the fact that very few doctors understand the true implications of long-term Lyme infection, and how debilitating it can be for patients. Despite Lyme being a worldwide problem, many people in Europe believe it to be an ‘American’ disease, as much of the focus on the disorder has come from the U.S. Where does Lyme get this reputation from, and why is this myth so dangerous to potential sufferers outside of America?


Tags: America, Chronic Lyme, Lyme disease, tick-borne disease,

Dr. Nicolaus’ recent interview for London Heal is now live! | July 25, 2018

Das Interview ist in Englisch und kann auf folgenden Links zugegriffen werden:

Web/online: Hier hören!

iPhone/iTunes: Hier hören!

Android via Stitcher: Hier hören!



1. Annual European Medical-Scientific Conference on Morgellons Disease | July 11, 2018

The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation in collaboration with the BCA-clinic presents:

1. Annual European Medical-Scientific Conference on Morgellons Disease

20th October 2018, Augsburg, Germany

Morgellons disease is a bizarre skin condition associated with tickborne disease. It is characterised by disfiguring skin lesions containing multicoloured filaments, often accompanied by fatigue, joint and muscle pain and neurological problems.

We proudly present the following speakers:

  • Cindy Casey-Holman, RN Director of CEHMDF
  • Ginger Savely, DNP, MSN, Med, FNP
  • Carlo Maria Mortellaro, DVM, Prof. of Veterinary Surgical Pathophysiology
  • Marianne Middelveen, MSc, MDes
  • Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD, Director and Founder of BCA-clinic
  • Huib Kraaijeveld, Human Rights and WHO


Expect the latest on Morgellons disease including updates on diagnosis, treatment and research.

For more information click here!

Agenda click here!

Save your seat click here!

BCA-research team detects tick carrying Borrelia miyamotoi in Augsburg | February 20, 2018

During the last years, a certain type of Borrelia of Asian origin has been detected in only a few places across Europe and the US. In Asia, Borrelia miyamotoi is well-known as cause of relapsing fevers and pain. In Germany Borrelia miyamotoi has been scientifically verified at Lake Constance and near Munich up to now. Most recently the BCA-research team identified Borrelia miyamotoi DNA in a common local tick in our local tick studies at Augsburg.

For full research abstract, please check: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10493-018-0220-8

Picture: Using the specific PCR, the scientist can identify different species of Borrelia based on the size of the band on the Agarose-gel.

For getting the whole paper please download directly at Springer Medien site (fee-based). In case of any further questions, please contact: forschung@bca-lab.de.

We improved our service! | December 15, 2017

Please send your future requests to the corresponding email addresses:


If you prefer to speak on the phone, you can reach us on +49 821 455 471 0
Mon-Thu between 08.00 – 13.00 hours and 14.00 – 17.00 hours
Fridays between 08:00 – 14:00 hours

We would like to draw your attention to the holidays: the BCA-clinic is closed from 23.12.2017 until 07.12.2018. The laboratory will continue its service throughout this period.

Opening hours BCA-clinic and BCA-lab during festive season | December 04, 2017

This is an important note for all people wanting to see our doctor, visit our lyme day clinic or send blood samples for lymetest to BCA-clinic:

Please note BCA-clinic will be closed between 25th December 2017 and 5th January 2018.

The laboratory will be busy in between. But: Patients who are intending to send blood samples to our BCA-lab, please ensure they will arrive in good time! Due to public holidays the samples will need to be with us by 22nd December the latest or between 27th and 29th December.

From 2nd January our laboratory services will be running as usual.

ATRE TV at BCA-clinic | October 02, 2016

And here a great ARTE-TV-story about the treatment of late-stage french Lyme patients in Germany – available in French and German.
Click here for the segment:

French or German

Visit from a French reporter | September 30, 2016

When one door closes an other one opens – A very impressingly well informed and emphatical French reporter had visited us to accompany a young french patient at BCA’s day clinic compact treatment.

BCA-clinic and BCA-lab on tour! | September 22, 2016

 This autumn is again very active. Many conferences and fairs on “Borreliosis and co-infections” will take place. We will be participating with lectures and stands:

1. Oktober 2016

Tick-borne Diseases Symposium 2016 / Vis-a-Vis Symposium, London, Great Britain

For more information, click here!

8. Oktober 2016

A Critical Understanding of Lyme Disease & Associated Co-Infections, Regenerus Labs, London, Great Britain

For more information, click here!

3. – 5. Oktober 2016

International Conference on Infectious Disease & Diagnostic Microbiology, Vancouver, Canada


15. -16. Oktober 2016

17th Annual Scientific Conference (Lyme Disease Association), St. Paul, USA

For more information, click here!

24. Oktober 2016

Chronimed BENELUX, Belgium, Louvain-La-Neuve, Aula Magna, university site

Lyme & chronic diseases: where are we now?

For more information, click here!

(Deutsch) Zeckenlandkarte | February 26, 2016

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Tags: Erreger, Zecken,

International analysis of Lyme treatment costs shows: BCA-clinic’s cost structure is moderate for patients! | December 10, 2015

We asked a group of students from the University of Augsburg and the LMU Munich to conduct a benefit-oriented study on behalf of the BCA-clinic and to compare the cost-benefit ratio of several medical practices that specialize in tick-borne diseases.

The study compares several medical practices around the world using publicly available information.

This proved to be a methodological challenge as the understanding of medical services and their invoicing structures varies in different countries, which meant that many values could not be compared directly.

Overall, the study showed that the cost of any therapeutic approach to tick-borne diseases is considerably higher in the USA than in Europe.

However, even within Europe, the BCA-clinic’s invoicing structure proves to be affordable and transparent due to its commitment to the official German Clearing System for Medical Services (GOÄ).


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have more questions about this topic: datenbanken@bca-clinic.de


Update Lyme Disease for Practitioners | December 02, 2015

The annual training for practitioners, organised by the BCA-clinic, will take place in Augsburg on February 27th 2016 at 9am. We will present updates to the following topics:

  1. Current aspects of diagnostics
  2. Current aspects of therapy
  3. Current aspects of studies

The following documents are available for you on the internet:

We would like to invite you to an informal „get-together“ on February 26th at 6.30pm at the Hotel Riegele.

Please note: this conference will be held in German.

Please find more information regarding booking of your accommodation on the registration form.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

LymeSpot revised: The new generation EliSpot | March 09, 2015

EliSpot is used to detect an infection of borrelia and its co-infections on a cellular level; it is trustworthy and we have now been using it for several years. The first generation of enzymatic EliSpots provides important information about the infection from the cellular immune system.

We have now developed this test even further:

The new EliSpot, LymeSpot revised, delivers detailed information about the activity of the infection and /or inflammation. This test can better differentiate whether we are dealing with an active (specific effector-cells) or a latent (specific memory-cells) infection. It will now be possible to evaluate whether it is a patient’s infection, inflammation or autoimmune processes that are prevailing. In comparison with the EliSpot, which is based on the production of interferon-γ, LymeSpot also determines the cytokine IL-2. For more information, click here.


A new study to this was published on Febuary 12th 2015 showing the benefits for the therapeutic approach to determinate the two cytokines Gamma-Interferon and Interleukin-2, by EliSpot Assay in patients with acute and chronic Q-fever. Q-fever is also a tick-borne disease.  For the study, click here.