- Hello, Jeff - The article below misses the point. There
are alternatives beside antibiotics. If a patient is going to get only
a short term antibiotic treatment then maybe they had better use Rife (which
is being proven a cure to Lyme.) As you know the Rife is the best way
to rid the body of Lyme Spirochete and accompanying Mycoplasma strains.
- Unfortunately, the medical authorities that are responsible
for prescribing treatments just won't - or don't dare - think outside the
box. And guess what? When Obamacare kicks in, it is only going
to get much worse. Then it will probably be 7 days of treatment and you're
'cured'. Not a chance. As for the elderly on Medicare at that
time, well we will be told eat your veggies and you will be fine, no treatment
- ER docs simply don't or won't go against any medical
society advisories. They are by the book. This is another reason why
they just don't think Lyme when patients come in with symptoms as those
below. Textbook says a 'bullseye' rash. So, if a patient hash no
rash, they can't have Lyme. This is tragically wrong, of course.
Sad, isn't it.
- Warm Weather Bringing Ticks Out Earlier
- STURBRIDGE (WBZ) -- Trish McLeary's Sturbridge home
is surrounded by green ribbons.
- They are part of her crusade to raise awareness about
Lyme disease; a tick-borne illness that she says nearly killed her.
- "In June of '06, I woke up and within hours I was
completely paralyzed," she said. "I couldn't walk. I couldn't
talk. Couldn't feel, move or speak."
- McLeary doesn't recall a tick bite, or a tell-tale bulls-eye
rash, so she was not thinking Lyme. And neither were the emergency room
- "We went from hospital to hospital being told, 'We
don't know what to do with you,'" she recalled. Several doctors
suggested it was all in her head.
- ANOTHER CASE
- Donna Castle of Ayer faced similar confusion when her
daughter got sick. The news she got from doctors was even more horrifying.
- "She saw three doctors. The third one diagnosed
her with ALS," said Castle. Doctors told Castle that her
daughter would be in a wheelchair in three months, and dead within a year.
- NEW DIAGNOSIS
- After seeing dozens of doctors, both McLeary and Castle's
daughter, who did not want us to use her name, were diagnosed with chronic
- They were given months of IV antibiotics. "I
could see I was getting my life back," said McLeary. "She
was walking up stairs better, talking, less confused," Castle remembered.
"It was like a miracle."
- SEEKING TREATMENT
- Boston has some of the best doctors in the country, but
long-term antibiotic therapy is so controversial both families had to go
out of state to find a doctor to prescribe it.
- That is because the treatment is not recommended by the
Infectious Disease Society of America. Doctors from that agency don't
believe the treatment works.
- "The concept that Lyme disease germs can be lurking
in one's body open endedly. just hasn't been resonating," said Dr.
Mark Pasternack, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General
Hospital who supports the IDSA position.
- RISK OF SIDE EFFECTS
- The IDSA is also concerned because of the risk associated
with lengthy courses of antibiotics. IV sites can become infected,
and there is concern that the patient would develop a resistance to the
drugs. Then, if they come down with bronchitis or a kidney infection,
it could become difficult to treat. That's why the IDSA guidelines
call for just 30 days of treatment.
- Doctors who prescribe outside those guidelines could
be cited by the state medical board.
- NOT GIVING UP
- Trish McLeary insists doctors know what's best for their
patients. "Cancer doctors treat cancer, and they treat it how
they need to for as long as they need to. Lyme doctors should be left
to do the same," she said.
- Several other states do offer protections for doctors. Physicians
in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey are all protected
from any kind of sanctions from their medical boards.
- WORKING WITH LAWMAKERS
- Massachusetts lawmakers are rewriting a similar bill
here. Dr. Daniel Cameron is a Lyme specialist from New York
who treats dozens of Massachusetts patients. "Getting a bill
like this offers doctors more of a comfort that they can practice without
having the state looking over their shoulder," he said.
- But Dr. Pasternack is one of the many doctors urging
lawmakers not to pass it. "Passing laws regarding the practice
of medicine is kind of just a bad concept," he said.
- FOR HER KIDS
- Trish McLeary believes this controversial treatment is
the only reason she is alive today, and she wants to make sure it is available
to her teenage sons who both tested positive for Lyme.
- "The Lyme community is just getting too big,"
- Cost of treatment is another big issue. Insurance
does not cover the cost of treatment so McLeary and Castle had to pay thousands
out of their pockets.
- The IDSA believes that's just another reason why doctors
shouldn't be prescribing it.
- The International Lyme Disease Association is the organization
that supports the use of long-term antibiotics.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
message board at:http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also
my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai
sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health