Physician challenges medical establishment on diagnosis and treatment of chronic Lyme disease

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Dr. Murakami acknowledged his ‘radical’ views regarding Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment have made him and other physicians who share similar beliefs pariahs among peers and institutions.

Lyme disease specialist Dr. Ernie Murakami found a receptive audience when more than 60 people came out for his presentation on the debilitating illness at Knox United Church annex, Tuesday, March 20.

Dr. Murakami acknowledged his ‘radical’ views regarding Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment have made him and other physicians who share similar beliefs pariahs among peers and institutions.

He contends the medical profession is divided between physicians who believe in Lyme disease and treatment and those who don’t believe there is a problem and that chronic Lyme disease is an infection and not a syndrome.

“I’m a dirty word in the medical profession,” he admitted. “All I want to do is educate infectious disease doctors to open their eyes.”

Murakami opened a clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in his home province of British Columbia in 1991. However, he resigned his licence to practise medicine in 2008 due to “stress and harassment” from the profession and the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

His mission now is to consult and educate colleagues and refer people to physicians prepared to properly diagnose and treat the disease. Dr. Murakami claims to have treated 10,000 patients directly and indirectly. During his presentation he referred to a number of case histories of patients diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease who recovered with proper treatment

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~ by Rob on March 28, 2012.

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