Commentary: LD – no credible evidence?
Many of us have already recognized that Lyme disease (LD) is a serious threat. Likewise, we appreciate that the media has done their part in getting the LD message out there. Regrettably, much of the message is based on stale LD information.
It is understandable why the message MAY be stale. Our government agencies have an obligation to disseminate only factual information. Which means that credible evidence must exist before the information is public. And here is where the system breaks down. Agencies like the CDC often omit viable warnings because of the long road to official acceptance. And rather than letting the public be privy to the warnings and deciding whether or not to take extra precautions, the information is buried.
Studies first need researchers to recognize and prioritize an issue; get financing; and allocate time to perform the study. If conclusive findings surface, the findings are challenged by the scientific community. If all goes well, the findings may then have to contend with political challenges before being adopted. Generally, money wins out (e.g., big pharma and insurance lobbyists).
In many cases, viable studies that stray from powerful political agendas are easily discredited and deemed “Not Credible”. So, once again politics and money may interfere with the well being of the masses.
Often, well respected Physicians and Universities are discredited because of powerful interests. So when we see studies suggesting that LD:
- Passes between people;
- Often requires more than three weeks of antibiotics;
- May exist in non-pasteurized dairy foods;
- Has been found in other biting insects;
- Has been misdiagnosed as other life threatening illnesses; etc.
we are rarely warned to take extra precautions.
1988 Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Mattman (Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biology, at Wayne State Univ.) stated “I’m convinced Lyme disease is transmissible from person to person.” In 1995 Dr. Mattman obtained positive cultures for Bb from 43 of 47 persons with chronic illness. Only 1 of 23 control patients had a positive Bb culture. Dr. Mattman has subsequently recovered Bb spirochetes form 8 out of 8 cases of Parkinson’s Disease, 41 cases of multiple sclerosis, 21 cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and all tested cases of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Do we really have to wait for the CDC to make official findings like these before we can take precautionary measures, or do we have the full faith in ourselves to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our families.