A Contrived Epidemic Proliferating Out of Control
Lyme disease is the most rapidly expanding vectored disease in the U.S.[i] Nationally reported cases of Lyme disease doubled from 1991 to 2007.[ii] An estimated 2,000 to 20,000 people per year contract Lyme. And even the higher number likely understates the number of cases.
Local levels are more alarming. On Long Island, next door to the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center that conducted outdoor tick experiments, the “rate of infection among the construction workers who worked outdoors” is an incredible 13%.[iii]
The Boston Globe has summarized the spread of the disease northward from the New York/Connecticut “ground zero” area to Massachusetts:
“The number of Lyme disease cases reported in Massachusetts jumped by about 50 percent from 2004 to 2005, a single-year increase that prompted concerned state health officials to say they were stepping up efforts to educate the public about prevention of the disease.” [iv]
Moving south from the Connecticut epicenter of the epidemic, Pennsylvania now leads the nation in the number of Lyme cases. More alarmingly:
“In the past five years the cases have doubled, and the population most at risk is kids, ages 5 to 10 and the over-40-year-olds who are in their backyards gardening.”[v]
Moving further south, in a major investigative reporting series, the Roanoke Times has just confirmed that the Lyme Epidemic is spreading down the East Coast to Virginia and North Carolina, and even to Florida.
The rapid increase in Lyme in Virginia (500% in some areas!) was reported by the Times:
"Lyme disease in Virginia is spreading west and south ... In Montgomery County, the number of reported cases jumped 500 percent from four in 2007 to 24 in 2008. [A] record 65 new cases have been documented this year in the Roanoke region -- where only a handful was reported just four years ago.”
In fact, the rate of the epidemic's spread is likely worse than what Virginia officials belatedly acknowledge. Dr. Keri Hall, director of epidemiology at the Virginia Department of Health, cautioned: "it is highly likely that the state doesn't know about all instances of the tick-borne disease."[vi]
To address the escalating epidemic in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell entered the fray, creating a Lyme Disease Task Force to aid the diagnosis, treatment and education among doctors and the public at large. When the task force issued its recommendations, the chair, Michael Farris (eight out of ten of his family members have Lyme), stated, “I think it’s the greatest health threat of our time.”[vii]
Why has this not been done at the national level?[viii] Tragically, because of the “political” environment created by the CDC, patients and doctors cannot rely on the CDC or the national medical infrastructure to get accurate information on how to treat Lyme disease. In fact, a systematic disinformation campaign, and a war on doctors and patients who see through it, is being waged by agents and agencies of the CDC. This “controlled stand-down” of the CDC seriously inhibits doctors’ ability to get assistance in treating victims at the state level.
Here is a case in point.
While volunteering at Virginia summer camp last year, Dr. Cathryn Harbor saw an astounding 10% of her campers come down with symptoms of Lyme disease, according to the Roanoke Times.[ix]
Dr. Harbor was unable to get cooperation from her state Department of Health, which dismissed her concern with contrived and deadly arrogance that has become typical of the so-called health experts who should be confronting the Lyme Epidemic, instead of actively denying it.
The CDC, working through the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), has created a hostile political climate for state Departments of Health[x] like Virginia’s. This adversarial climate prevents Lyme victims from even being acknowledged, let alone treated. The effects of this climate on Dr. Harbor’s attempt to treat the children were relayed by the Roanoke Times:
"It’s so politically contentious that when she called the Virginia Department of Health to say she was swamped treating campers with acute Lyme, the response was: You can’t possibly have that many cases because the number of Lyme-carrying ticks in Western Virginia is insignificant and small."
A similar state of affairs existed in the neighboring state of North Carolina. State health experts there have engaged in denials over the years about the prevalence, and even the existence, of Lyme disease. These deadly denials have recently been exposed as fraudulent by the Raleigh NewsObserver. Reports the Observer:
“After years of cautioning that people were unlikely to get Lyme disease in North Carolina, state health leaders are now advising that the tick-borne illness can, in fact, be acquired here.”[xii]
Too bad for those in North Carolina unfortunate enough to have contracted Lyme when the official position was that it didn’t exist![xiii] (Whose experts were those?)
The calculated denial of infection rates directly impacts the ability of patients to get diagnosed and treated. This reality in North Carolina was summarized by the Raleigh NewsObserver:
“Yet North Carolina health officials do not consider Lyme disease a perpetual threat -- a designation that would make it easier for doctors to diagnose Lyme based solely on a patient's symptoms ...”
Consequently, “for years patients insisted they had caught Lyme from tick bites in North Carolina and faced tremendous problems finding doctors to diagnose and treat them.”
The Raleigh NewsObserver relates the case of Angela Stott and her efforts to get her son diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease (similar cases are commonplace):
“This past summer, Angela Stott of Asheville said her son, Max, went several weeks without a diagnosis before he became so sick he could barely walk and had such excruciating headaches his eyes crossed.
“More than one doctor told her Lyme disease was not a factor in North Carolina. Even when a Lyme test came back positive, Stott said, doctors still questioned the diagnosis.
"It was nightmarish," she said.”
The newspaper notes how “the state is now working to get the word to doctors, who for years were reluctant to even test patients for Lyme because it wasn't considered much of a possibility.”
The Lyme Epidemic is also surging further south, in Florida. According to a recent article in the Tampa Tribune:
"Across Florida, Lyme disease cases have more than tripled since 2007, according to the Florida Department of Health's Office of Statistics and Assessments…"
Lyme disease cases have also tripled in states far from the East Coast, like Iowa.[xiv]
Even more alarming, the Times reports that "experts concede that incidence of Lyme is woefully under-reported and can be as much as 10 times higher than the numbers indicate."[xv]
The magnitude of the epidemic at the national level has been summarized in one article as follows:
“We're in the midst of a terrifying epidemic, although you wouldn't know it to talk to most doctors and health specialists. The disease is growing at a rate faster than AIDS. From 2006 to 2008 alone, the number of cases jumped a whopping 77 percent. …If any other disease had stricken so many people, the medical community would be scurrying for knowledge, scrambling for cures or rushing to warn patients (think swine flu). But that's not the case with Lyme disease -- a disease carried by ticks.” [xvi]
Lyme Doctors Eradicated
Although Lyme disease cases have doubled in the past five years, the number of doctors willing to treat them has dwindled. Medpage today reports that at ground-zero of the Lyme Epidemic, only 2% of doctors in the state of Connecticut are willing to treat it:
“Only a very small number of physicians in Connecticut -- the epicenter of Lyme disease -- diagnose and treat patients with the controversial chronic form of this tick-borne infection, a survey found. Among 285 primary care physicians surveyed, only about 2% treat chronic Lyme disease…”[xvii]
As the authors of the award-winning Lyme disease documentary Under Our Skin recently reported in their blog:
“So, with Connecticut Lyme cases skyrocketing up 118% from 2006 to 2008, and the state desperately needing every Lyme specialist it can get, the children of Connecticut are the ones receiving a potential life sentence of suffering, if they acquire one or more tick-borne diseases.” [xviii]
The human consequences of this reality are hard to fathom for those not directly affected.
The Tampa Tribune related the story of Delores Claesson,[xix] and her struggle to get her daughter treated for misdiagnosed Lyme disease:
"In all," she said, "we saw about 20 doctors." None thought of Lyme disease.
"This is normal." Claesson said. "They don't know about it. They don't know the signs and symptoms. … here in Florida, doctors don't know about it and don't know how to diagnose it. They don't know how to treat it.”
Even more alarming, according to Claesson, the doctors are willingly ignorant of the epidemic:
"I want my kid fixed," she said. "Doctors here are like ostriches putting their heads in the sand. It's been 27 months of pure hell," she said.
"We're lepers," Claesson said. "We can't get any treatment. It's bankrupted people."
Virginia State Delegate Tom Rust, after investigating the Lyme Epidemic in his state, commented, "I have people coming to me saying their dog can get better treatment than they can."
As ludicrous as this sounds, it is a tragic fact that people are resorting to treatment by veterinarians (they may be the lucky ones—at least they get treated). This phenomenon is not limited to the US. The Bolton News in the United Kingdom reported that a "toddler who was taken to hospital after a tick burrowed under his skin, ended up being treated by a vet." The child's father stated, “Daniel got better service there than at the hospital.” [xx]
Why the failure to treat Lyme patients?
Dr. Muddasar Chaudry of Virginia, was specific in stating why he was unable to treat patients with required long-term antibiotics:
“Our practice is restricted by higher authorities, like the CDC.” [xxi]
Dr. Kenneth Liegner, an MD treating Lyme patients in Armonk, New York, goes even further:
"Physicians who have cared for persons with chronic Lyme disease have faced harassment at a minimum and for some, their careers have been ruined. Researchers who have seriously dedicated themselves to the scientific study of chronic Lyme disease in humans and/or animals have often found themselves attacked or marginalized. To persist in their researches would have resulted in virtual career suicide and some have been forced, by exigencies of survival, to leave the field."
The film-makers for the award-winning Under Our Skin described the punishment (supervised probation and a $20,000 fine) meted out to Dr. Charles Ray Jones, a national hero known for successfully treating thousands of desperately ill children with Lyme disease in the Northeast.
“Last week the Connecticut Medical Examining Board (CMEB) voted to discipline Dr. Charles Ray Jones, the 80-year-old pediatrician featured in UNDER OUR SKIN, for technical violations in the way he diagnosed and treated three children suspected of having tick-borne diseases.’’
The film-makers noted the asymmetry in the establishment’s malicious punishment[xxii] of a well-respected Lyme doctor:
“…Last year the medical board punished 43 physicians for serious charges such as substance abuse, sexual misconduct, mental illness, and negligence; not one of these physicians received a fine larger than $5,000. And only one other physician, accused of drug abuse, received a longer supervised probation period than Dr. Jones – though this drug-addict doctor did not receive the additional $20,000 in fines levied on Dr. Jones.”
The film-makers also warned:
”The medical board’s six-year investigation into Dr. Jones has sent a headline-grabbing message to every pediatrician in Connecticut –
If you treat children with Lyme disease with more than four weeks of antibiotics, you may lose your medical license and be treated as a pariah among your peers.’’ [xxiii]
According to attorney Richard Wolfram, this harsh treatment of Lyme doctors[xxiv] has caused many to refuse treatment with long-term antibiotics, leaving patients abandoned:
…in the case of long-term treatment of Lyme disease, complainants estimate fewer than 150 physicians in the United States are willing to endure the pressures from the IDSA and from insurance companies (by their refusal to cover long-term antibiotic treatment). This number is down considerably from previous levels.”
Observations of patients getting better under the expert administration of long-term antibiotics--only to relapse after their doctors are prevented from providing them--are routine in the Lyme treatment community. For example, the North Carolina state medical boards punished infectious disease expert Dr. Joseph Jemsek for prescribing long-term antibiotics to desperately ill Lyme victims. Consequently, many of his patients (including myself) relapsed because they were no longer able to get treatment from Jemsek or other doctors who were afraid of similar prosecution by the state medical mafia. As the mother of one such patient, who was recovering his sight[xxvii] under Jemsek’s expert care, related:
"We've looked for other doctors, but nobody will deal with it here because they're terrified by what happened to Dr. Jemsek. All we want is for our son to be able to be home and get well. Dr. Jemsek did that for us. He gave us back our son's life."[xxviii]
Manufactured Doctor Shortage Enables Modern Tuskegee Experiment
Why would the medical establishment actively prevent doctors from effectively treating Lyme disease, and help destroy doctors who treat it?
I believe the CDC is conducting Phase II of its Tuskegee Experiment on an expanded scale for the same reason it conducted Phase I—the development, testing and marketing of pharmaceutical products to treat only symptoms of the disease. In fact, the treatment denial of the Phase I Tuskegee Experiment has become an everyday occurrence for thousands of Lyme patients because the experiment has become institutionalized within the mainstream medical system through the creation and enforcement of treatment guidelines to justify treatment denial. For added protection, the CDC is conducting this experiment in long-term treatment denial through the biowarfare infrastructure as a biodefense exercise.
The medical literature from the time of the original Tuskegee Experiment explained the experimental reasons for why patients with chronic diseases like Lyme or syphilis must be prevented from getting treatment over a long period:
"The prolonged nature of a chronic disease or a disease with a chronic stage, such as syphilis, necessitates long-term study of the natural history (or pathogenesis) of the disease before the effectiveness of programs for the control of the disease can be evaluated properly."[xxix]
In other words, a long-term baseline must be established as to how the chronic disease behaves in untreated patients (the “natural history of the disease”), so that the effectiveness of treatments or vaccines can be evaluated against this background.
Since syphilis and Lyme disease are caused by similar organisms and create similar multi-staged, chronic infections, a similar experimental rationale would apply to studies of Lyme disease treatments and vaccines.
Could the CDC really be conducting Phase II of the original Tuskegee Experiment? And could this explain the politics behind the non-treatment of the Lyme Epidemic?
Dr. Colin Ross, the intrepid author who obtained thousands of pages of FOIA documents on unethical government experimentation on its citizens, noted that:
“The Tuskeegee Syphilis Study was eventually shut down in 1972 because of the efforts of an investigative journalist. There is no evidence to suggest that the government or the medical profession had any intention of closing the study as of 1972.”
Ross also noted the precedent that the first Tuskegee Experiment set:
“It establishes that a large network of doctors and organizations are willing to participate in, fund and condone grossly unethical medical experimentation into the 1970’s.”
The timing is curious in that just as the original Tuskegee Experiment was being wound down in the 1970s, the Lyme disease epidemic and a corresponding denial of treatment for it by “experts” (often associated with the CDC) was ramping up. In the 1970s, numerous congressional investigations also revealed that the American public had been subject to decades of human experiments with all manner of incapacitating agents through the CIA’s MKULTRA project. According to the congressional reports, the government had engaged in "extensive testing and experimentation" on unwitting human subjects "at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign."[xxx]
The CDC’s Secret Police: The Epidemic Intelligence Service
In the Lyme war, the establishment is waging a battle of ignorance and denial. Doctors in the field trying to treat the relapsing, chronic infection due to Lyme, and their desperately sick and relapsing patients, have opinions that differ drastically from the research selectively published by CDC and Ivy League “experts” who routinely deny the notorious “persistence” of so-called chronic Lyme disease, even after aggressive treatment.[xxxi] As noted by the Roanoke Times:
"There is a gaping disconnect between scientific research and the experiences of people on the ground. Among the 420 New Englanders whom anthropologist Macauda interviewed for his 2007 dissertation on chronic Lyme, 80 percent of the interviewees believed in the [chronic form of the] disease."
This “gaping disconnect” can be laid directly at the feet of the Centers for Disease Control’s elite biowarfare defense unit, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, since their epidemiologists[xxxii] and researchers are the ones downplaying the geographical extent and relapsing nature of the Lyme Epidemic.[xxxiii] And this downplaying of the infection-rate and chronic nature of the disease directly results in treatment denial.[xxxiv]
The anonymity of the EIS belies its power to shape health policy from behind the scenes. Indeed, it would be hard to underestimate the power of the EIS in coordinating domestic health policy. Their graduates populate top positions in the health infrastructure (including the media[xxxv]). According to the American Journal of Epidemiology:
“The current CDC Director (and two previous Directors) and a Deputy Director are graduates of the program, as are the directors of 9 of the 11 major CDC organizational units and much of the CDC leadership throughout the organization. Two alumni have served as Surgeon General of the United States.’’
International news articles report patients who are initially treated with disgust rather than with medicine by their nation's medical experts, only to get better when they traveled to a country that gave them proper tests and long-term antibiotics treatments.[xxxvi] [xxxvii]
The political power and disinformation network of the EIS would aid in coordinating treatment-denial policy on an international scale, as well. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology:
“Many EIS alumni are serving or have served in leadership roles for the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, and other international organizations and foundations.”
The overall reach of the EIS in coordinating an “information exchange” would be substantial, as noted in the Journal:
“Although difficult to quantify, the networking and camaraderie among EIS graduates continues to strengthen the overall public health infrastructure by facilitating information exchange among alumni located in key public health positions throughout the nation and world.”
Careful investigation supports the theory that the epidemic of ignorance and corresponding lack of treatment has been perpetuated by the CDC as part of Phase II of the deadly Tuskegee Experiment.
Even worse, Phase II is being carried out by the CDC with the aid of its secretive biological warfare group. Where the Phase I experiment denied isolated patients from seeing non-CDC-approved doctors,[xxxviii] Phase II involves preventing doctors from treating patients (or even providing an accurate diagnosis--recall the Tuskegee diagnosis of syphilis as “bad blood”[xxxix]) outside of CDC-approved guidelines published by a medical society known as the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America), on an international basis.
The CDC’s own history of the Tuskegee Experiment describes how the CDC worked with prominent medical societies to gain support for the multi-decade experiment in medical malpractice:
“1969 CDC reaffirms need for study and gains local medical societies' support (AMA and NMA chapters officially support continuation of study).”
So the national agency that was supposed to be protecting the public from a deadly disease was actually in favor of letting it go untreated for experimental reasons and worked with prestigious medical societies to that end!
Tuskegee Phase II is being conducted in a similar manner, including the direct assistance of prominent medical societies through IDSA treatment guidelines[xl] enforced by CDC insiders, who are regularly found to be on the payroll of the pharmaceuticals and insurance industries--both of which can profit enormously[xli] [xlii] by not treating the many symptoms[xliii] caused by the disease.
The CDC has used the non-specificity of Lyme symptoms (except for those fortunate enough to manifest the Bull’s Eye rash at the onset of infection[xliv]) as an excuse to mislabel the disease and thereby prevent effective diagnosis and treatment.[xlv] [xlvi] As Dr. Brian Fallon summarized:
“Incorrectly labeling these patients as having a functional illness, such as depression, hypochondriasis or a somatization disorder, may result in a delay in the initiation of antibiotic treatment. Such delay may lead to further dissemination of the infection, and in some cases severe disability and possibly chronic neurologic damage.”
The further dissemination of symptoms is highly profitable for pharmaceutical companies, while treating the root cause of the disease with off-patent antibiotics is not.[xlvii]
[i] “Lyme Disease is America's most common and fastest growing vector-borne disease.” Approximately 20,000 new cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed each year. The actual number of infections is estimated to be 10 times this number, due to the number of cases that go without being properly diagnosed. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/57681.php
[ii] In 2007, the CDC noted that: “Since Lyme disease became nationally notifiable in 1991, the annual number of reported cases has more than doubled.”
[iii] According to the issued alert, this was only twice as high as in the general public. “Lyme Disease in Construction: Hazard Alert,” Center to Protect Workers' Rights, http://www.cpwr.com/hazpdfs/hazlyme.pdf
[iv] Felicia Mello, “Lyme cases in Mass. go up 50% in one year,” Boston Globe, June 15, 2007.
[v] “Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the country for reported cases of Lyme disease,” said Julia Wagner, president of the nonprofit patient support and education group MontCo Lyme, who ran a Lyme disease information booth at the Pennsylvania State School Nurses and Practitioners Association convention at Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. Gary Puleo, “Locals recount long battle with Lyme disease,” The Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 10, 2011. http://tinyurl.com/6kodp7j
[vi] Virginia sees rise in Lyme disease, Roanoke Times, 06/04/10
[vii] Julie Carey, “Task Force Takes Lyme Disease Fight to Loudoun County,” June 30, 2011, http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/Task-Force-Takes-Lyme-Disease-Fight-to-Loudoun-County-124824524.html
[viii] A national task force was finally initiated in 2011 to investigate the science behind Lyme disease. Participants in the workshop were reportedly told not to discuss the most important subject: treatment. “Speakers discussed current research and knowledge gaps; criteria for diagnosing tick-borne diseases; the groups most vulnerable to acquiring tick-borne diseases; and the experiences of those with tick-borne diseases.” Consequently, the final report did not address treatment of the deadly disease. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13134
[ix] “Dr. Cathryn Harbor was volunteering at her children’s camp outside Charlottesville last summer when she noticed a startling phenomenon: In the span of one week, 10 of her 100 campers came to her complaining of flulike symptoms. Each reported being bitten by a tick, and four were spotted with suspicious rashes. All 10 cases were a ringer — at least in Harbor’s mind — for suspected Lyme disease.”
[x] Evidence of this fraud orchestrated by state epidemiologists has been uncovered by Tina Garcia, president of a nonprofit organization called Lyme Education Awareness Program (LEAP). As is true of other regions of the country, a state epidemiologist has misrepresented the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi and of ticks carrying Lyme disease in Arizona. This systematic denial of tick infection leads directly to a denial of diagnosis and treatment. (Garcia was selected to testify at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) 2006 Lyme Disease Practice Guidelines Review Panel Hearing, on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Washington, D.C.) See: “Is Lyme Disease in Ticks in Arizona?” http://www.leaparizona.com/lymeinarizona.htm
[xi] As summarized by the Roanoke Times: "Delays in diagnosing Lyme disease can lead to worse symptoms and reduce the chances of curing the disease." "Virginia sees rise in Lyme disease," Roanoke Times, 06/04/10 http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/249149
[xii] “State Affirms Lyme Disease Danger,” Oct. 1, 2009.
[xiii] In another article, the Raleigh NewsObserver relates an astounding statistic on the infection rates in North Carolina:
“Camp Lejeune had nearly half the Lyme disease cases confirmed among active duty Navy personnel from 1996 to 2007 -- six times the cases at a base in Connecticut, where Lyme disease was discovered and is considered widespread. Yet North Carolina health officials do not consider Lyme disease a perpetual threat…”
“NC In Denial On Lyme Disease,” Raleigh NewsObserver, April 20, 2009.
[xiv] “The cases of Lyme disease in Iowa are on the rise, about tripling over the past decade, state health officials said.” “Lyme disease showing up more in Iowa,” Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, July 11, 2011. http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/1743321.html
[xvi] “Opinion: A Health Epidemic That's Going Largely Unnoticed,” AOL News, May 28, 2010.
[xvii] “Few Conn. Physicians Treat Chronic Lyme Disease,” MedPage Today
[xix] “Over the past couple of years, Claesson… is host to a Lyme disease support group that includes 400 researchers, doctors and victims in 40 countries.”
Keith Morelli, Tampa Tribune, Published: Jan. 24, 2011. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/24/researchers-florida-doctors-reluctant-to-diagnose-/news-breaking/
[xx] The infant’s mother summarized the degrading experience as follows:
“I feel upset because you expect to be in the best hands at the hospital but we more or less sorted it ourselves. …They didn’t seem to know what to do, but the nurse at the vets was fantastic.”
“Toddler from Bolton with tick under his skin is treated by a VET,” Bolton News, Nov. 6, 2009,
[xxi] Dr. Muddasar Chaudry quoted in: “The Doctor of Last Resort,” Beth Macy, Roanoke Times, http://blogs.roanoke.com/lyme/2010/12/the-doctor-of-last-resort/
[xxii] The case was summarized by the Under Our Skin film-makers: “Dr. Jones has spent the last four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars defending himself against state medical board charges of ‘inappropriate’ treatment of children with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In late 2005, a divorced Nevada father who disputed having to pay half of his children’s Lyme disease medical bills filed a complaint with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) against Dr. Jones. After investigating the complaint, CT DPH brought charges to the state medical board, alleging that Jones diagnosed Lyme disease in the children without examining them; that he failed to consider other causes for their symptoms; and that he improperly prescribed antibiotics. According to the mother, who is also a registered nurse, Dr. Jones never diagnosed her children before their in-person exam: After an in-depth phone consultation, he simply agreed to renew her son’s azithromycin prescription for the chronic cough that was preventing him from going to school, until she was able to fly the children out to Connecticut for an exam. Long story short, Dr. Jones treated the two children for Lyme disease, and they got better. Dr. Jones got dragged through the courts for months.” http://www.underourskin.com/news/feeling-pressure-update-dr-charles-ray-jones
[xxiii] The film-makers also relate that “None of Dr. Jones’ treatments resulted in patient harm and his medical decisions were motivated by his desire to begin the treatment of these very sick children as soon as possible.”
[xxiv] “Physicians who offer longer term treatment approaches run the risk of losing hospital privileges, being denied malpractice insurance or having to pay higher rates for this insurance, being terminated from insurance networks and facing professional misconduct actions.” Richard Wolfram, “Connecticut Attorney General Investigation and Settlement Highlights Possible Applicability of Antitrust Standard Setting Law to the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines.”
[xxv] The assault on Lyme doctors prescribing long-term antibiotics was summarized by the New York Times in 2001: “In a final attempt to control standards of treatment and rein in the Lyme lobby, state medical boards have started to investigate doctors across the country for prescribing months and even years of antibiotics. In the most recent and explosive case, they have taken on the man who had predicted he would be targeted nearly a decade ago for speaking out in the Senate and who [Allen] Steere once called ‘the principal force leading to the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of this illness’: Joseph Burrascano.” “Stalking Dr. Steere Over Lyme Disease,” New York Times, June 17, 2001.
[xxvi] As observed by Dr. Kenneth Leigner:
“What struck me the most was that patients didn’t seem to fit the book. They kept relapsing when I tried to stop treating them. I used the standard 14- to 21-day treatment... but the patients would stay sick. So I’d extend treatments longer and longer. And a lot of times even then, they’d get sick when I stopped treatment.”
[xxvii] Borrelia organisms such as the one that causes Lyme disease are well documented to cause numerous problems with eyesight.
[xxviii] Katie Jacks, mother of son whose health is failing because of North Carolina Board's halting of treatment for Lyme Disease by Dr. Jemsek, Rhinoceros Times, Charlotte, Feb. 8, 2007
[xxix] Public Health Reports, Vol. 69, No. 7, July 1954, pp. 684-689.
[xxx] It is hard to overestimate the scale of this experimentation, or the level of participation among the nation’s leading academics and scientists in the search for mentally incapacitating and controlling agents. As summarized by Dr. Collin Ross:
“The participation of psychiatrists and medical schools in mind-control research was not a matter of a few scattered doctors pursuing questionable lines of investigation. Rather, the mind-control experimentation was systematic, organized and involved many leading psychiatrists and medical schools. The mind-control experiments were interwoven with radiation experiments, and research on chemical and biological weapons. They were funded by the CIA, Army, Navy, Air Force and by other agencies including the Public Health Service and the Scottish Rite Foundation. The psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons and other contractors conducting the work were imbedded in a broad network of doctors, and much of the research was published in medical journals. The climate was permissive, supportive and approving of mind-control experimentation.” http://www.wanttoknow.info/bluebird10pg
[xxxi] See Appendix C for a discussion on the self-serving denial of persistence of Lyme disease by the establishment “experts”.
[xxxii] According to the American Journal of Epidemiology:
“In 2000, 43% of state and territorial epidemiologists were EIS graduates.”
[xxxiii] The establishment experts have simply labeled the recurring, chronic phase of the disease as “Post Lyme Syndrome,” an insulting, unscientific label that denies an ongoing infection by fiat so that treatment denial can be rationalized.
[xxxiv] Chartered with alerting the nation's health infrastructure in the event of a bioweapon release, so that a rapid response could be initiated, the EIS is in fact systematically misinforming the nation on the nature of a disease caused by what the US government has admitted is a bioweapon. It is thus orchestrating a “non-response” to a biological warfare agent—exactly counter to its charter. LANGMUIR, A D; ANDREWS J M (March 1952). "Biological warfare defense. The Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Communicable Disease Center". American journal of public health and the nation's health 42 (3): 235–8.
[xxxv] EIS graduates include the leading medical reporter at the New York Times (Lawrence K. Altman).
[xxxvi] For example, here is a summary of the case of Sadet Daniels (from Denmark):
“The Danish doctors did not believe that I had Lyme disease, although I had a positive test from Germany. 'The test is not approved in Denmark', they said. So they would not give me any treatment. In general, doctors in Denmark were very arrogant. They spoke to me as if I did not understand anything -- and my doctor at Bispebjerg flatly rejected the possibility that the German tests were correct.” says Sadet Daniel.
Therefore, she paid $35,000 to be treated with large amounts of antibiotics in a German private hospital:
"There was a completely different mood in Germany. For the first time in the entire process I felt that one took me seriously. And the treatment was extremely effective. It is the best money I ever spent in my life. I dare not even think about what had happened if I had not come into treatment.” She is now almost fully recovered. Reporting her recovery to Danish doctors,
"I thought that now they had to then listen to me, but they still denied that I had been sick. If treatment with antibiotics had worked, it had to be psychosomatic, said my doctor at Bispebjerg,.because I had not Borrelia when I was tested negative."
The combination of the arrogant Danish attitude and lack of knowledge about the disease and diagnosing it is very dangerous…” http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=da&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.information.dk%2F231898 Kristian Villesen, “'No one in Denmark believed in me,”2. information.dk, 2, maj 2010 May 2010
[xxxvii] Here is a summary of the case of a Canadian (from the Montreal Gazette, May 9, 2010):
“…McShane started consulting doctors in Montreal. ‘I visited infectious disease specialists, neurologists, rheumatologists and primary care specialists and visited the emergency room of the Jewish General.’
She was evaluated by seven doctors, but no one could help her.
Over the next 10 months, she lost all short-term memory and suffered excruciating back pain.
…After searching the Internet, she saw some articles describing Lyme disease and contacted her neurologist to ask about getting tested. The doctor told her Lyme disease didn't exist in Quebec.
McShane remembered treating a patient at her clinic in Chazy, N.Y., in 1999 who had seen 25 doctors without getting a proper diagnosis. …The man finally tested positive for Lyme disease and was successfully treated with antibiotics.
‘So I got the number of his doctor and went to see him,’ McShane said.
‘The specialist told me right away that I had the symptoms of Lyme disease. Two weeks later, the blood test confirmed that I had Lyme disease.’
In June 2003, McShane was given a prescription for two antibiotics, an anti-fungal medication an anti-protozoan medication and other supplements.
She took these medications for two years. ‘I slowly recovered, and then continued taking different alternatives such as herbal and holistic medicines, which I still take.’
In 2005, Canadians started showing up in her clinic. Their stories were the same.
McShane's practice is now dedicated almost exclusively to Lyme disease patients. ‘They feel like they've been abandoned. They're also very angry.’”
[xxxix] Lyme patients are also diagnosed with the equivalent of “bad blood.” If they are fortunate enough to finally find the cause of their ongoing symptoms (depression, arthritis, chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment, etc.) and receive some semblance of treatment, they are often labeled with “Post Lyme Syndrome.” This diagnosis allows the underlying cause to be named but not treated since it is assumed to be due to a noninfectious source—the original causative infection being magically cleared by the official short-term antibiotic regimens recommended by “experts” who, in the early days, claimed antibiotics had no effect at all on the disease.
[xl] Miguel Perez-Lizano summarized the simple-minded IDSA position on Lyme disease treatment with short courses of antibiotics:
“According to the IDSA Lyme guideline authors, regardless of how long one has had the infection, how entrenched it is in immune protected sites or how disabling it is, a short course of antibiotics will eradicate the disease from the body. This has never been proven. Numerous scientific studies have shown IDSA‘s claims to be false. … according to IDSA, after a few weeks of antibiotic treatment a person is cured of Lyme disease. Then, suddenly, ongoing symptoms are due to some other unidentified problem which can be managed with ongoing drug treatment. IDSA Lyme guideline authors have known financial ties with pharmaceutical companies, making perfect financial sense for this false claim of cure. It is only the undeserved clout of the CDC and IDSA and the gullibility of the media that give this incredible information any credibility.”
[xli] Insurance companies profit by denying reimbursement to patients for expensive antibiotic treatments. In 1993, the New York Times estimated that the cost of long-term antibiotics was $100,000 per year (it is probably much higher currently): “Although some doctors prescribe long-term, high-dose intravenous antibiotics, most do not. And many insurers refuse to pay for these long courses, which cost over $100,000 annually, citing scientists who do not believe that extended therapy is necessary. Politicians at both the state and Federal levels, including the Labor and Human Resources Committee, are holding hearings in part to address patients' complaints that the practice is unfair.” Elisabeth Rosenthal, “Lyme Disease: Does It Really Linger?,” New York Times, Aug. 24, 1993.
[xlii] Treating symptoms can be far more profitable than treating the underlying disease itself. According to Michael Gianturco, president of Princeton portfolios, "Most blockbuster drugs got that way not by curing people but by treating chronic conditions, such as ulcers or depression, that can require a lifetime of prescription refills." “SmithKline’s Promising Vaccines,” Forbes, December 1997.
[xliii] Lyme disease has been called “The Great Imitator” because in addition to arthritis and depression, victims may develop symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s disease and ALS. Miguel Perez-Lizano (June 2010) summarized the potential profits at stake in treating these symptoms:
“The market for symptomatic treatment of Lyme disease through pharmaceuticals is undoubtedly immense. The pharmaceutical market for arthritis alone generated $15.9 billion in revenues in 2008.
Worldwide sales of Parkinson's disease therapies will increase modestly from $2.5 billion in 2008 to $2.8 billion in 2018 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan
“According to PharmaLive, pharmaceutical industry experts expect the fibromyalgia drug market to quadruple to $2 billion by 2016.
“Leonard Sigal, a rheumatologist and contributor to the IDSA Lyme guidelines, is heavily involved with promoting fibromyalgia as an alternative diagnosis. Sigal, a former academician, now works for a pharmaceutical company He has also testified in legal cases, on behalf of insurers, against Lyme disease doctors and victims.”
[xliv] Even if the characteristic Bull’s-Eye rash is observed, the CDC demands that it be of a certain size and appearance to count as Lyme disease. And even then the patient may have to prove that he is from a “Lyme endemic state” for the case to count in the CDC’s statistics, which are manipulated to deny the scope of the epidemic in order to deny treatment. If these criteria are not met, the disease may be labeled something other than Lyme, making it even more difficult for the patient (and future patients from the “nonendemic” state) to get treated. This occurred in the era of the Dr. Ed Masters’ investigation of Lyme disease in the Southeast. At the time, part of the CDC criteria for diagnosing Lyme disease was an EM rash greater than 5 centimeters. Even patients who had this rash, but did not test positive (tests are based on one strain out of hundreds of the disease), were not diagnosed with Lyme disease because they did not live in a Lyme endemic area. According to Jonathon Edlow: “In these early cases, blood testing was not a part of the case-finding definition. So using the CDC’s own definition, physicians in Georgia and Missouri reported that they were seeing Lyme disease. But because the cases were in a nonendemic area, the CDC tossed out these purely clinical diagnoses.” Bull’s Eye, p. 159.
[xlv] Dr. Masters, along with the Missouri state epidemiologist (H. Denny Donnell), worked with the CDC investigating the cases of suspected Lyme disease in Missouri. Edlow summarized the predictable outcome of the “investigation”: “Although Masters and Donnell and the CDC were studying the same phenomenon, they arrived at vastly different conclusions.”
The CDC claimed the disease, which also produced a Bull’s-Eye rash and other Lyme-similar symptoms, was not Lyme disease. They ended up calling it Southern Tick Associated Rash (STARI).
Ultimately, the two independent authors working with the CDC on the investigation of STARI disease in the Southeast were so incensed they demanded that their names be removed from the final paper summarizing the study. As the author of Bull’s Eye reported, the authors “believed that the CDC had approached the investigation with a preconceived conclusion and then made the data fit that conclusion.” The same could be said about the CDC’s ongoing investigation of Lyme disease from the beginning.
Masters did not pull any punches in relating how the CDC intentionally derailed his investigation: “The most serious and disappointing circumstance was when I caught the CDC red-handed trying to... masquerade opinion as data supported by objective and provable facts.”
[xlvi] With respect to the national level, the under-reporting of Lyme cases affects the overall attention Lyme disease gets and therefore the amount of money and effort that is spent on fighting the disease. According to Edlow, commenting on the situation in Missouri:
“The implications of whether Lyme disease exists in the South are important. For instance, should cases from these southern states count in the official CDC numbers? These official counts can affect the number of research dollars or public education campaigns that are earmarked for Lyme disease.”
[xlvii] The emphasis on treatment of symptoms over treating the underlying cause of disease is an increasing trend. As noted by Wortis and Stone in 1992:
“The overall influence of the industry is to emphasize drug treatment at the expense of other modalities: psychotherapy, social approaches, nutritional, herbal and natural remedies, rehabilitation, general hygienic measures, nonpatentable drugs or other alternative approaches. It focuses attention on disorders that are treatable by drugs, and may promote overdiagnosis. It reinforces the practice of dealing with disease by treatment of symptoms, and diverts interest from prevention.”
Wortis J., and Stone, A. “The Addiction to Drug Companies. Biol. Psychiatry 32:847-849, 1992