State protects Lyme therapy with new law

“This bill makes me not afraid,” Clark said. “If they sue me, at least it’s for gross negligence.”

Excerpted from  the Concord Monitor  ( Posted: 06/17/2011 ) 

Steve Clark has long offered a simple plea before treating patients for chronic Lyme disease: Please don’t sue me for trying to help you.

As a naturopathic doctor in Wolfeboro over the last 10 years, Clark has lived in constant fear that someone will report him or take him to court simply for offering long-term antibiotic treatment to sufferers of chronic Lyme disease. He says he officially “came out of the closet” as a chronic Lyme disease doctor two years ago, and people from around the world have contacted him seeking help.

But all those sleepless nights, the paranoia that he would eventually lose his license and “become a gardener,” may now be over. Last week, a state law passed preventing doctors from being disciplined “solely for prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease.”

“This bill makes me not afraid,” Clark said. “If they sue me, at least it’s for gross negligence.”

For the complete article: http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/263330/state-protects-lyme-therapy-with-new-law?CSAuthResp=%3Asession%3ACSUserId%7CCSGroupId%3Aapproved%3ABA4A9537C4BF4594E11F4B09D8217743&CSUserId=94&CSGroupId=1

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~ by Rob on June 17, 2011.

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