Commentary: Surviving Lyme Disease, in spite of it all
Throughout our lives, we are selectively force fed misinformation that generally benefits the messenger’s agenda. In extreme cases, it may be for political or propaganda reasons or it might be for more benign purposes like marketing consumer products, etc. In either case, we spend our lives fine-tuning our ability to sift through the garbage and try to survive in spite of it all.
For instance, I spent a good part of my youth practicing to duck-and-cover under my desk in case my now allied Russia friends dropped a nuclear bomb on my school. Or, to avoid the so-called hallucinogenic drug marijuana which today has deemed medicinal . Additionally, we managed to survive all those sugary cereals even though we were told they were part of a healthy and balanced breakfast. And yet we knew it was silly and we survived.
So then, what do we do about this Lyme epidemic? Scientists have estimated that the problem has increased geometrically in the past few years. Reports of Lyme cases have been confirmed in all 50 states, bulls-eye rashes and flu-like symptoms are known not to be tell-tale signs of contracting Lyme disease. And even the CDC recognizes that the 30,000 annual cases may be ten times higher due to underreporting and misdiagnosis.
I personally reject any notion of a Lyme conspiracy or propaganda machine, but, I do however believe that the disparate groups have their own personal agendas for misleading the public. Whether or not the research is publicly available, it would be wiser to disseminate the research so individuals can take precautions as they see fit.
With all of the daily media doctors on TV, do any of them have the courage to emphasize the research that is available and the simplicity of of contracting these crippling infections from: other biting insects, food, etc. or do we need to just duck-and-cover in spite of it all.
Overly preventive measures are not a crime, but contracting Lyme disease may be a life sentence.
All the best,