Commentary: In the Lyme Light

Ten years ago, when my body was breaking down and I was desperately seeking medical help, I came across several physicians that ran batteries of tests and ran up large medical bills.  Over and over again, they came up with simple textbook explanations for my rapid atrophy and increasing spasticity.  These diagnosis ranged from aging to MS to Peripheral Neuropathy.

Photo courtesy of J. Lynn

When friends suggested that I might have Lyme disease, the physicians became indignant and arrogant.  At the time, I could not fathom that a Lyme controversy or debate existed.  I thought doctors were ethically sworn to treat and heal patients by all means possible.  Like most Lymees, I began to see the light.

Excerpted from Andy Wilson’s  interview with Dr. Burgdorfer (discoverer of the Lyme spirochete).

Dr. Burgdorfer: There are lots of physicians around who wouldn’t touch a Lyme disease patient. They tell the nurse, “You tell the guy to get out of here. I don’t want to see him.” That is shameful. So [this] shame includes physicians who don’t even have the courage to tell a patient, “You have Lyme disease and I don’t know anything about it.”

I eventually found a Lyme literate GP who recognized how prevalent Lyme disease was in our area.  The doctor also recognized the threat of losing their medical license for treating too many Lyme patients and practiced cautiously.  Nonetheless, this doctor followed their conscious, helping scores of chronically sick, often at the doctor’s own expense.  For this, I will always be grateful.

For me, the doctor’s treatment helped me regain sensation back in my arms and legs which had been riddled with spasms and completely numb.  But more importantly, it woke me up to the brainwashing we have been force fed about our health system, and the hijacking of the American medical system by charlatans and profiteers. 

The light had now become all too visible.  I knew that if I was ever going to heal properly, I would need to educate myself and be my own advocate.

I experimented with most treatments.  I sought out Yale medical experts; experts profiled in the film “Under our skin”; and holistic treatments.  Net, net, LLMD professionals seemed over worked and increasingly more callous and more arrogant.  It seemed like my journey had gone full circle.

And to make matters worse, more and more self-proclaimed LLMDs began popping up all over the country.  Much like the rise in unqualified plastic surgeons, stem cell practitioners, or laser surgery experts; the rise in chronic Lyme patients attracted a whole new breed of charlatans and profiteers. 

Any MD can prescribe and administer antibiotics.  Knowing how to interpret antibiotic reactions to the various co infections and symptoms takes years of experience.  Treating LD is much more than ingesting tons of antibiotics so please do your homework before you get blinded by the light.

Arrogant doctors are generally one tell-tale sign of a questionable practice.  Putting the patient on the defensive is also a good indication that a medical professional is hiding their incompetence and deception.

Keep moving forward and keep persevering,

Rob

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~ by Rob on April 13, 2010.

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