The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently removed the link to the IDSA Guidelines. This leaves the only legitimate guidelines for the treatment of Lyme (Ld) to be the ILADS Guidelines, which will be a great aid.
Lyme disease patients in the U.S. all have the same complaint: “Why does my Family Practice doctor seem dumbfounded about my severe case of Ld, when I see him?” Another common refrain is, “I feel like I am fed to the wolves when I have to see any specialist, from allergists to a hospitalist, when I am in the hospital.” Ld, which causes the lowering of the immune system in the same manner cancer lowers the immune system, is either totally ignored or laughed at. The patient continues, “If I bring up that Lyme is the root cause for many of my additional ailments, which were cardiac symptoms, it is scoffed at, by my cardiologist.”
Lyme disease mimics many illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, depression, mental illness (when Ld enters the brain), multiple sclerosis (MS), scleroderma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and Alzheimer’s. From this list it is evident that the Lyme bacteria called a Spirochete, a corkscrewed bacterium that invades every organ and portion of the body, is a strong foe to its human host. It mutates form and is very hard to eradicate. Most patients need to be on long term antibiotics, many herbs, and vitamins to slightly feel well. Coinfections, are a part of the bacterium, delivered by all species of ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes, keds, and fleas. Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM, at the University of North Carolina has proven that some spiders are passing Ld, as well.
What needs to be done? The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the CDC claim that Lyme is an epidemic. With this being said, why are not all medical schools and doctor’s offices addressing the need for education in the field of Ld? Lack of knowledge of Ld can only demolish all of society, from children, to teens, to adults, to the elderly. Ld can be passed in the womb to the baby which can cause brain damage and other symptoms. It is time for all doctors to be educated.
Lyme has been an illness for thousands of years. In the U.S. the disease began to be recognized in Lyme, Connecticut in the 1980′s. Many of the citizens were coming down with a mysterious malaise with headaches, vomiting, arthritis, severe muscle pain, fever and chills, and, in some cases, brain fog and memory loss. Thus, the unusual symptoms were named Lyme after the location of the major outbreak of the illness. Ld is in every state in the U.S. and in every country.
Lyme patients, in an overwhelming request, appeal to all doctors to study treatment for Ld to save American lives. Many patients have died from the symptoms of Ld being treated incorrectly by physicians, and suicides have occurred due to therapists and psychiatrists having no knowledge of Ld. A Minnesota psychiatrist once said, “A Lyme test should be administered to all patients in mental institutions, as probably a quarter to a half may have Lyme.” Lyme patients plead for an understanding of Ld, and an education of Ld should be addressed by all medical specialists. “We only want to stay alive, we need doctors who can take care of us with a deadly disease, Lyme” says a bedridden 17-year-old.