Virginia Lyme Disease Task Force Calls Routine Lyme Approaches Malpractice
I personally like a wide range of positions and support the agreement between an MD and a patient as a trend. That team decision process is important to protect from inappropriate aggressive control. I have watched this excess control in patients from other nations and it is terrible. It is like being 60 years old and treated as if you are 6 years old. Medical schools do not just hand out those Doctorates in Medicine on a whim.
Quite surprisingly, because of study by a task force in Virginia, the use of the CDC suggested screen test for Lyme Disease, the ELISA blood test alone is called "malpractice."
I do not agree.
However, I do feel betting some one's functionality, joint cartilage health, stroke risk and a hundred other things on this single test is a mistake. Julie Carey reports this task force is studying a high number of Lyme disease cases in Virginia. They made recommendations for the public and for doctors. After seven months studying ways to combat the illness, the Virginia Lyme Disease Task Force delivered its report in Loudoun County Thursday. Lyme is spreading across Virginia, and Loudoun has more cases than any other county in the commonwealth.
"I think it's the greatest health threat of our time," said task force chair Michael Farris, of Purcellville. Eight of his 10 family members have tick infections, but the article and task force seem to have only made comments on one-Lyme disease.
Among its dozens of recommendations, the task force said doctors and the public must understand Lyme disease diagnosis can't be limited to looking for a rash and that a test used by some doctors is highly inaccurate. The task force called the test malpractice.
[DR. SCHALLER NEITHER SUPPORTS NOR OPPPOSES THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE TASK FORCE].