Dr. Jones Continues To Save Children Even While Being Harassed By Medical Boards

Dr. Jones, a well respected pediatric Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD), continues to battle the state medical board for the right to treat Lyme patients. Yale University doctors and researches are among those causing trouble for Dr. Jones – their witch hunt has been ongoing and fierce.

From the Yale Daily News:

Amid medical controversy, children saved

By Tapley Stephenson

Contributing Reporter

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On his 82nd birthday, Dr. Charles Ray Jones sat in his New Haven office at 111 Park St., surrounded by patient files and wearing a blue tracksuit.

Though it has been a long while since Jones could last run — in fact, he now uses a cane to get around — Jones finds himself in a number of races: a medical one with a debilitating disease, a legal one with the Connecticut Medical Board, and even an academic one with Yale.

Over the past four decades, Jones has treated roughly 10,000 children with severe chronic Lyme disease. Parents from all over the world bring their children to Jones, and many said they consider him their final hope. But despite his popularity with his patients, many in the medical field strongly disagree with his practices, which, they say, treat a form of Lyme disease that does not exist.

Most doctors believe that Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness, almost always presents with a rash, fever or arthritic pain. But Jones says that Lyme disease can have a much wider array of symptoms, such as mental impairment, that can last for years.

Jones has already been brought before the medical board twice, both times receiving fines of $10,000 for procedural violations, which he claims threatens his ability to practice. Jones claims the high fines he received were due to the controversial length of his treatments, rather than because they caused any harm to his patients through his violations. Jones has never been sued for medical malpractice.

“I’m not being disciplined, I’m being harassed,” Jones told the News.

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3 comments for “Dr. Jones Continues To Save Children Even While Being Harassed By Medical Boards

  1. Catherine Griggs
    May 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I contracted Lyme Disease approximately 10 years ago. I had no medical insurance and my husband had to take me to an emergancy treatment facility. They refused to acknowledge Lyme as a possibility. I pleaded with them to treat it as though it were Lyme and I was prescribed a strong antibiotic.
    I knew it was Lyme. The symptoms were crippling. I was treated within one week of self diagnosis. I had the bite, the tick and the tell tale bullseye. After watching the documentary Under Our Skin, I am so very grateful for early treatment. I can’t imagine living with that disease without treatment. There should be more awareness about this disease and the benefits of early treatment. I have been symptom free ever since my initial treatment. I have only one question…does the bacteria responsible for the disease remain dormant in the body after treatment or is it killed off with strong antibiotics?

  2. Danielle
    May 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Glad to hear you were treated early and that you recovered quickly! The question you ask is a great one. They really don’t know if the bacteria is ever fully eradicated from one’s body once infected. If the infection is caught early, as it was in your case, before the bacteria have a chance to spread throughout the body, then there is a greater likelihood that the antibiotics have cleared it from your system. Yet, again, there is no way of knowing at this point whether people always carry around a low-level (dormant) of the infection or not, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. The hope is that certain people’s immune system do in fact clear the infection completely, but, at this point, there is no way of knowing. It is extremely difficult to culture spirochetes and the vast majority of body fluid or tissue samples from patients with Lyme disease do not yield spirochetes on culture. In some studies, they have recovered spirochetes from human and animal tissue samples (after they have died), who had gone through prolonged treatment with antibiotics – thus, despite antibiotics, the infection persisted. I have to say though, statistically, I would think a percentage of people do clear the infection.

  3. September 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

    great article! hope you don’t mind but i’ve posted a backlink in the ‘top reads’ page on my site as i think my friends would read this. if you would like, i’d appreciate a link back.

    all the best

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