Why You Should Be Afraid of Lyme – By Pamela Weintraub, Special to CNN

Why you should be afraid of Lyme disease

By Pamela Weintraub,   Special to CNN

· updated 9:21 AM EDT, Fri July 12, 2013

Editor’s   note: Pamela Weintraub is the author of “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme   Epidemic” (St. Martin’s Press), winner of the 2009 American Medical Writers   Association book award, and executive editor of Discover magazine. Follow her   on Twitter: @pam3001

Here’s the link to this article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/12/opinion/weintraub-lyme-disease/index.html


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by PD on July 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    The randomized clinical trials that have been conducted thus far have demonstratd no benefit from long term antibiotics for patients with “chronic Lyme disease”. No one is doubting that these patients are ill. But perhaps their symptoms are not attributable to an active Borrelia burgdorferi infection. These patients frequently have a very remote history of Lyme disease, if they have it at all. A post-infectious hypersensitivity mechanism may be a better explanation, for which antibiotics would do little.


    • Thanks for your comment PD. It’s always good to keep thinking of other alternatives. However, many of those people who have been bit by ticks, which happen to be the “dirty needle” of the insect/arachnid world, are often infected by several pathogens at the same time as they acquire Lyme. Most physicians fail to consider this and that would certainly account for the failure to be healed. Veterinarians, who are leading the pack in diagnosing and studying tick borne illnesses, have been seeing that their patients are typically infected with several infections from the tick including Anaplasmosis, Bartonella, Babeosis, and several others as well.
      The post infectious hypersensitivity mechanism may not account for the fact that most of these Lyme patients don’t completely heal from the 30 days of antibiotics in the first place, but are essentially told they are “fine” and the antibiotic regimen ceased without allowing the patient to report on their symptoms and provide proper follow-up. In my opinion, people still follow what the physician says without question and think they are healed (because that is what they are told) even though some symptomology lingers. Then a few short months later, things have escalated again, and voila- it looks like they either have a new illness or some hypersensitivity mechanism is tripped.
      Other things to consider. ~Kandice


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