Lyme Disease controversy hovers near dangerous line
This is the second of a two-part series on Lyme Disease. To see the first story, click here.
According to major medical sources, Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is preventable, treatable and curable.
A number of people in central Pennsylvania, however, believe Lyme Disease is much more. These folks claim that Lyme Disease can be spread by more that just a tick bite — even perhaps by mosquitoes, fleas, human saliva and sexual contact. They go as far as to say that Lyme Disease is behind everything from autism to fibromyalgia to gluten allergies and even childhood obesity.
However, the people who suggest these things will only do so off the record. They suggest it is all some sort of conspiracy and that they don’t want to be targeted by the medical community for speaking out.
The controversial claims made by these folks are serious, and I’m not suggesting they are not true. However, there is a dangerous line here. Two of the people I spoke with “off the record” suggest that normal medical treatment of Lyme Disease doesn’t kill the bacteria, but only encases it. The unspoken suggestion is that people with Lyme Disease should avoid medical treatment by major medical providers and look to less proven “more natural” treatment.
But, for a moment, let’s assume the major medical groups with gobs of money tied up in researching diseases such as Lyme are correct — that it is simply a bacterial infection that is extremely treatable and curable with proper antibiotics. In this case, can you see how dangerous it would be to suggest someone not seek medical attention? You would have to be very, very certain that you knew something more than all the medical experts to recommend an alternative course of treatment.
And if these people are so certain of their claims, why are they so against sharing their side of the story on the record? Is is fear of medical community backlash, or do they know something they aren’t willing to admit to their patients who are willing to pay big money for treatment?
As Dr. Elam Stoltzfus, of Lewisburg Pediatrics suggests: “The biggest myth (about Lyme Disease) is misdiagnosis. We use blood tests that look for antibodies against the Lyme Disease bacteria. Some places use testing that don’t use the proper protocol, and that can be risky when they use alternative treatments that can have risky side effects.”
Dr. Lisa Esolen, of Geisinger Health System, takes it one step further.
“In some severe cases of Lyme Disease, the patient — even after successful treatment — may continue to have symptoms of overall fatigue for a while. However, they don’t need further antibiotics. There is no data to support gluten issues, obesity, autism and other issues which commonly are linked to a variety of strange causes in the frenzy of media and public hysteria,” she said.
“These sources are not credible. Physicians and scientists who study medicine and the scientific basis of medicine use rigorous experimental methods to get at the truth. The Infectious Disease Society of America and the Center for Disease Control are reliable sources of that information.”
Have hardcore evidence that Lyme Disease is more than a bacterial infection? Know a certified doctor who is willing to go on the record and back the controversial Lyme Disease claims? Then contact me by clicking here or share some information in the comments below.
In the meantime, I will continue to bank on the expertise of those who have been proven to handle major medical cases and who are willing to stand behind their beliefs of what Lyme Disease really is and how to treat it properly.