Now that the summer has ended, let’s look back and assess the so-called expert’s assessment of the nation’s Lyme Disease (LD) threat . This past spring, scientists projected that LD incidences would be dramatically higher due to an unseasonably mild winter. By summer, the record heat the nation experienced caused severe drought which evidently is not conducive for ticks. So logically, we should have experienced a spike in LD cases in the spring and a dramatic drop off in the summer to balance the year’s LD incidences. Instead, we wound up with another record breaking year of LD cases (official CDC LD reported cases will not be available until 2013).
So then, what do we attribute this growth in LD incidences to:
- Over reporting of LD cases;
- Vectors other than ticks transmitting the disease;
- People incubating the disease from previous seasons and only now experiencing symptoms; and/or
- More doctors recognizing LD.
The answer is most likely a combination of all the above.
Equally alarming, tick borne infections (TBI) are being further scrutinized to what the medical community attributes to new tick threats: Bartonella and Babesiosis. New? LD patients know all too well that Bartonella and Babesiosis along with Erlichiosis are common co-infections often found accompanying LD infected patients. Either way, sub-categorizing all of the TBIs are scientifically correct. Though, it does lessen the overall tick threat and misleads the public.
So once again, the experts will be off on one side debating the minutiae of what these bacterium are, the means of contracting it, treating it, profiting from it, while the rest of us will be left to our own wits trying to weave through the contradictory information and dealing with the consequences of a pedantic narcissistic medical system. Moralistically, doctor’s vested interest is to help their patients avoid getting ill in the first place.
In this election year, if we really want to reign in Medicare costs for the disabled, let’s start with early diagnosis and treatment of the possibly 400,000 annual TBI patients . This may avoid the necessity for long-term treatment by preempting chronic TBI.
Tick doc, tick doc…