Jordan Fisher Smith’s Open Letter To The IDSA

For those of you who have seen the documentary on Lyme disease, “Under Our Skin”, you will recall the heroic park ranger, Jordan Fisher Smith, who was featured in it. This is a letter he wrote last year to the IDSA, and as it gets right to the heart of things in all its pithy elegance, I had to share it with you.

From: Under Our Skin Blog

Jordan Fisher Smith, the eloquent park ranger featured in UNDER OUR SKIN and the author of the acclaimed naturalist book “Nature Noir,” has written this open letter to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), in response to the society’s decision to make no changes to their controversial 2006 IDSA Lyme Disease guidelines.


To the Infectious Diseases Society of America:

Almost twelve years ago, I was bitten by a tick at work, and contracted Lyme Disease and Babesiosis. Because of the job you’ve done at diminishing the perception of danger about tick-borne disease and pressuring doctors who treat it aggressively out of business, it took a year and a half and a nationwide search to find a doctor who would treat me.

By then I was dreadfully ill, and as a result I lost my job and my 21-year career. In my first year of antibiotic treatment I got worse. I pursued aggressive treatment for another six years, during which time I got steadily, if slowly better. During this time one of my two doctors was forced out of practice as a result of your work. Thanks to my heroic physicians, I am recovered after a nine-year battle with tick-borne disease. And I am now contributing to society, working, and raising my kids.

Your ineffectiveness and the extent of your compromise with the insurance and HMO businesses are noted. You and your work will be forgotten eventually, as we have forgotten the names of the opponents of Copernicus. Shame on you for the suffering you are causing on the way to your eventual obscurity as prideful scientists who called it tragically wrong. The monument to your life’s work is an unchecked epidemic.

—Jordan Fisher Smith, recovered victim of tick-borne disease


4 comments for “Jordan Fisher Smith’s Open Letter To The IDSA

  1. Lorna Parrish
    October 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I just finished watching “Under Our Skin” and I hadn’t realized that there was so much I didn’t know about Lyme Disease. Jordan Fisher Smith lives in our area. My interest stems from my grandson having not been diagnosed with Lyme Disease for 8 months earlier this year. He found a doctor in his area of CA who was knowledgeable and was able to prescribe massive antibiotics for him. His insurance company is balking with the costs involved for long-term medications.

    • Danielle
      October 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Thank you so much for sharing. Glad to hear your grandson was eventually treated and hope he is doing better now. As for the insurance companies, well, that one is surprising – hence the importance of people seeing Under Our Skin and pushing for changes to the IDSA Lyme disease treatment guidelines…

  2. angie rojas
    April 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I have suffered with undiagnoised aches pains thyroide issues brain fog short term memory loss and headaches for several years and was told by doctors its all stress related. I experinced seizures last july 2011 spent 7 days in hospital under going various tests all came out negative I was than ref’d for mental evaulation the seizures stopped for 2 months than returned worse than ever another visit to the hospital camae up with requesting i see my to go back to therapy, I told them no something is wrong I lived in tic infected area loma rica ca I moved to reno to be close to my parents and heard of dr fong soerra intergrated clinic he tested me for lyme disease which came back positive and also mercury toxicty as I have been a dental assistant it also came back with high levels for danger I have been under treatment since 1-2012 iv therapy lymphic message antiobic therapy I can say I am starting to feel better I am glad I found Dr fong I was bitten by a tick at the age of 10 yrs old

    • Danielle
      April 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Glad to hear you are doing better, Angie!!

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