Commentary: CLD – Caustic LD Denier
I just came across a dubious Lyme disease article in Forbes, “NY Governor Must Decide Today On Shielding Doctors Who Use Unproven Lyme Disease Treatments”.
Leave it to a business magazine to dogmatically support the interests of financial entities over the wellbeing of the very ill. I’m sure the author of the article, Steven Salzberg, considers himself a reputable investigative journalist, but his opinions on this subject are nothing shy of sycophancy.
To suggest that Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) does not exist or that patients and doctors are just racking up unnecessary medical expenses, implies that Salzberg’s knowledge of CLD is greater than the collective experiences of the 10’s of thousands afflicted with the disease, as well as the scores of Lyme Literate Doctors (LLD) on the front lines treating the disease every day. Frankly, it is hard for me to take seriously anyone preaching the pros or cons of CLD who hasn’t experienced the disease firsthand.
Personally, having had LD for approximately 16 years and had daily intravenous (IV) antibiotics of Rocephin and Zithromax for about five of those years, I believe the proper level of treatment can only be determined on an Individual basis. In my case, through much trial and error of many varying treatments, and objective self-analysis of my cognitive healing and neuro-muscular changes, my LD induced quadriplegia is gradually on the mend. This certainly would not have been the case based on the medical professional’s denials of CLD nor merely three weeks of Doxycycline.
So, should a financial magazine journalist whose self-interests are clearly aligned with those that profit from misdiagnosing CLD be taken seriously? Obviously, no. Unfortunately for many of Mr. Salzberg’s readers who live comfortably in the LD hotspots of Connecticut and Long Island, his misinformation has put their families and themselves at an even greater risk of contracting the disease.
And as for all those medical professionals racking up my medical expenses by insisting that I have MS – a disease with no known cause nor cure – rather than LD, I say “Hmmm”.
A tick (and antibiotics) in time