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Lyme and Lorenzo's Oil: It's Lyme Doc - Duh!

Many parents find their doctor's seemingly brain dead and frozen in 1990 when it comes to Lyme. Some have told me they want to grab their doctor and say, "It is Lyme you fog head. Lyme! Duh!" After hundreds or even thousands of hours of research on Lyme and other Tick Borne Illnesses, when they talk to most smarty-type, know-it-all physicians, the patients feel like PhD's talking to preschoolers who need their cognitive diaper changed.

Here is a published review used with permission of the author on a new amazing book. Many people with Lyme and the millions who love them, will find it funny, amusing, insightful and a picture of your experience.

Why did it take a housewife to discover the Lyme epidemic?

What lack of scientific method, behavioral problem or mental flaw made doctors oblivious to what Polly Murray, a housewife armed only with an arsenal of common sense could see so clearly. Specifically, the "genetically induced Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis" that doctors were diagnosing in Lyme Connecticut occurred at a rate of increasing prevalence distinctly uncharacteristic of a "genetic" illness.

Polly Murray's book "The Widening Circle" describes her battle against doctors who insisted that the Lyme epidemic was "All In Your Head" despite unimpeachable evidence to the contrary. Even after the contradiction of the "statistically almost impossible" increasing prevalence was pointed out to doctors, they still failed to respond in a scientific manner.

Physicians have the audacity to produce "scholarly" papers on the mental behaviors of obstinate patients who refuse their recommendations for mental health interventions while evidence continues to mount that the entire crisis of patient confidence is being created by the inexplicable behaviors of the physicians themselves. Where are the studies that explain these repetitive failures of a "common sense" approach in doctors?

No patient expects all doctors to be all knowing, but at the same time, denial of incontrovertible evidence and skepticism in the face of obvious abnormalities by a significant number of doctors is undermining the credibility of an institution whose function absolutely demands it. The errors of omission that are so consistently being made were the point of a lesson by the renowned physician, Sir William Osler who taught his medical students the importance of keen observation.

A memorable example occurred one day when he showed his students a small bottle of a patient's urine and told them that "this bottle contains a sample for analysis. It is often possible by tasting it to determine the disease from which the patient suffers." He demonstrated this by dipping his finger into the bottle and tasting it, after which he instructed his students to do exactly as he had just done. The students, with some trepidation and each in turn, dipped their finger and sampled the bottle's contents, trying to determine what important lesson they were about to learn. Osler surprised his students by holding up the bottle and saying, "Now you will understand what I mean when I speak about details. Had you been observant, you would have seen that I put my index finger in the bottle but my middle finger into my mouth!"

I believe that any physician who survived a course of study under Sir William would have seized upon the clues that modern day doctors overlook in favor of total reliance on their catalog of lab tests. It is the power of observation that distinguishes a diagnostician from a pill purveyor. It is training of the sort that Sir William Osler conducted which is required to stem the crisis in confidence created by those doctors whose practice includes medical malfeasance.

--Erik Johnson

Thank you Erik for bringing this book to our attention.


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