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FDA STAFF MEMBER THINKS
MANY LYME PHYSICIANS ARE VERY BAD

I believe in allowing pateints to read as much negative material as possible about my positions. I do not care if it is true, but only that some people in various medical societies, government agencies and other physicians say it. Here is a nice collection of common criticisms of physicians who feel Lyme is a common health issue that often requires more than 21-30 days of antibiotics. Most infection experts in the USA feel Lyme is easy to cure and is easily diagnosed with virtually any routine lab. I have watched this position fail in the care of many relatives, friends, physician patients and vocal patients who speak for themselves on this matter. Nevertheless, I love offering the words of those who despise my beliefs.

Here are the criticisms of an FDA employee. I appreciate her simple candor.

FDA EMPLOYEE CRITICISMS

  1. Since Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and the treatments are still not completely agreed upon in the medical community, this provides opportunities for unscrupulous practitioners.
  2. In my view, there is no reason to put patients (especially children) on months, or sometimes years, of antibiotic treatments, when there is no conclusive scientific proof that they have Lyme disease.
  3. The fact [is] that over-use of antibiotics is extremely harmful.
  4. I don't think these practitioners are being honest with their patients about the bad side effects of these [antibiotic] treatments.
  5. Also, many of these practitioners send their patients blood samples to one particular diagnostic lab in California, and coincidentally all of the samples turn out to be positive for Lyme disease. [This is obviously IGeneX Labs at IGeneX.com and I will let them address this point. Their number is 800 832 3200. Their Medicare and CLIA lab license is on this web site.]
  6. I am concerned about the so-called 'epidemic' of Lyme disease diagnosis in this country
  7. [I am concerned] ... these experts are charging patients $500 - $1,000 per visit, and they do not participate in health insurance plans.
  8. By the way, do you think there are any poor people out there who have Lyme Disease, and would these Lyme experts even be willing to see them without up front payment?
  9. Would you be willing to trust your life to practitioners who have been involved in misconduct, who have legal defense funds, and who falsify information on their resumes? I think not. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

We appreciate her simple and clear criticisms of those who have tried to offer useful Lyme disease care.

If you want another position on her criticisms, log on to the Lyme Disease Association web site at: http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org or the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) web site at: www.ilads.org

ILADS is a small group of multi disciplinary physicians who disagree with most infectious disease experts in the US, and feel Lyme labs are often poor, and that treatment of chronic Lyme should not be cut off at 30 days.

Some think medical truth is best understood after hearing opponents speak, and perhaps also reflecting on your own treatment experience. In America this is the foundation of our justice system—opponents present their arguments and they are weighed in the balance. Other's feel the truth is what most specialists think. If you want the position of most infection specialists, you do not want to see an ILADS physician and you would use your local lab and accept treatment of Lyme that is limited to a month.


I do not fear giving folks the most insulting characterization of physicians who are working hard to treat Chronic Lyme.



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