In January of 2010, The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) voted to stick with their flawed Lyme disease medical guidelines which has misguided doctors and caused the prolonged suffering, even the deaths of many infected with the disease who went undiagnosed and/or who received inferior care due to the IDSA’s strict guidelines of how doctors and also insurance companies should handle the treatment of Lyme disease patients.
The review of the guidelines was prompted by a 17-month long antitrust investigation led by Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, where he found that the authors of the 2006 guidelines had significant conflicts of interest: they held commercial interests in Lyme-related diagnostic tests, vaccines, and insurance. They also cherry-picked those studies which supported their bias that Lyme disease is “hard-to-get and easy-to-cure”, and were found to have suppressed scientific evidence and excluded opposing views (the majority of the studies used to support their guidelines were those done by authors of the guidelines!)
There is much peer-reviewed literature showing that chronic Lyme disease does exist and that the infection can persist despite long-term antibiotic therapy. A peer-reviewed article is one that has been read by experts on the article subject that are peers of the author, prior to the article being published in a journal. In reviewing the article, the experts look for errors and may recommend changes be made to the article or that an article not be published at all. This process of peer-review is to make sure that the highest quality articles are published.
Chronic Lyme disease certainly does exist as I am living proof of it along with legions of others like me. Check out this recent article published by Dr. Daniel Cameron:
Proof That Chronic Lyme Disease Exists
Daniel J. Cameron
The evidence continues to mount that Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) exists and must be addressed by the medical community if solutions are to be found. Four National Institutes of Health (NIH) trials validated the existence and severity of CLD. Despite the evidence, there are physicians who continue to deny the existence and severity of CLD, which can hinder efforts to find a solution. Recognizing CLD could facilitate efforts to avoid diagnostic delays of two years and durations of illness of 4.7 to 9 years described in the NIH trials. The risk to society of emerging antibiotic-resistant organisms should be weighed against the societal risks associated with failing to treat an emerging population saddled with CLD. The mixed long-term outcome in children could also be examined. Once we accept the evidence that CLD exists, the medical community should be able to find solutions. Medical professionals should be encouraged to examine whether: (1) innovative treatments for early LD might prevent CLD, (2) early diagnosis of CLD might result in better treatment outcomes, and (3) more effective treatment regimens can be developed for CLD patients who have had prolonged illness and an associated poor quality of life.
Daniel J. Cameron, “Proof That Chronic Lyme Disease Exists,” Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, vol. 2010, Article ID 876450, 4 pages, 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/876450
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