Commentary: ToLLD Off.


Twenty years ago, a couple of my friend’s and business colleague’s family members had been diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease (LD).  Thinking back on it now, they were the dubious pioneers of LD.  How they ever got treated back then is quite amazing. 

Courtesy of A. Cattermole

Maybe they were able to get treated because it was before LD was more prevalent and before the profiteers (e.g., Insurance companies, etc.) had a chance to hijack our medical system and begin refusing LD claims.   Either way, I am happy they were able to recover.

What I am not happy about is that it is another episode in my life where my naivete believed I could overcome anything thrown at me.  So in hindsight, how could I have avoided becoming chronic?

I should have:

  • Learned from the experiences of those LD sufferers before me;
  • Better understood the tell-tale signs (i.e., symptoms);
  • Sought a LLD immediately once LD was suspected so that treatment could be administered if need be;
  • Deciphered the mistruths circulated by  the media and the non Lyme literate medical professionals; and
  • Not put doctors on a pedestal thinking that they had all the answers.


Looking forward, we now know more and more about the disease.  Research is surfacing all the time regarding insect borne infections.  Whether it is Lyme, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsia, West Nile, etc.; and whether it is passed from ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, or whatever, treating it quickly and aggressively is generally wiser.  If caught early , the chance of recovery is much greater.

As Dr. James Howenstine suggests, possibly as many as 1 in 15 Americans carry the pathogen.  If this is indeed true, our nation;s GPs will all become LLDs eventually.

There are believed to be at least 200,000 new cases (of LD) each year in the US and some experts think that as many as one in every 15 Americans is currently infected (20 million persons). 

My advice to all is avoid the hassle and go directly to a Lyme literate doctor’s office  (LLD) if you suspect that you have LD.

As I have mentioned many times in the past, I am not a doctor.  My ONLY interest is to pass on my findings to others.  Hopefully you then can avoid learning the hard way.

All the best,


~ by Rob on June 9, 2010.

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