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.

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~ by Rob on September 4, 2011.

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