Lyme Disease: Controversy over treatment options
Excerpted from WickedLocal ( Posted: 08/31/2011)
The controversy over Lyme disease begins the second a tick sinks its mouth into a host and transmits the illness.
Two groups of doctors stand on opposing sides regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
A small but motivated group of doctors and Lyme disease advocates have been working to spread awareness of chronic Lyme disease. Still other doctors deny the existence of chronic Lyme disease.
Dr. Benjamin Kruskal, director of infectious diseases and travel medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates follows the standards of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and believes chronic Lyme disease does not exist. His argument is based on the inability to test for chronic Lyme disease and link the symptoms to Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease.
Neurologist Dr. Luz Ruiz operates a practice in Harvard that doubles as a Lyme resource center. She treats 90 percent of her patients for chronic Lyme disease. Ruiz specializes in late stage Lyme disease that causes neurological conditions.
According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America, there is no convincing biological evidence that chronic Lyme disease exists.