Lääkäri Bleiweissin tarina

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Lääkäri Bleiweissin tarina

ViestiKirjoittaja soijuv » La Kesä 01, 2013 15:11

Borrelioosin diagnostiikasta ja hoidosta on vallalla kaksi toisistaan suuresti eroavaa näkemystä. Toista edustavat kansainvälisen Borrelioosijärjestön jäsenet (ILADS) ja toista osa amerikkalaisen infektiotautien järjestön (IDSA) jäsenistä.
ILADSin mukaan borreliatestit ovat epäuotetttavia (2013) tauti kroonistuu monien kohdalla, bakteeri selviää antibiooteista, hoitojen ja niiden pituuden tulee olla yksilöllisiä. IDSAn mukaan testit ovat erittäin luotettavia, tauti helposti hoidettavissa lyhyellä antibiootihodolla jne.
IDSA on levittänyt näkökantaansa laajasti eri puolille maailmaa, myös Eurooppaan, esim. kongressien, tutkimusyhteistyön jne kautta. He ovat myös julkaisseet hoitosuositukset jotka ovat saaneet runsaasti kritiikkiä. Hoitosuositusten laadinnassa jätettiin systemaattisesti huomioimatta sellaiset tutkimukset joissa borreliabakteerin todettiin selviävän monin eri tavoin immuunipuolustuksesta sekä antibiooteista.
Tri Bleiweiss menehtyi näiden erimielisyyksien seurauksena. Viranomaiset olivat juuri sulkemassa hänen vastaanottonsa. Saman kohtalon ovat kokeneet monet muutkin Borrelioosia, IDSAn näkemyksistä poiketen, hoitavat lääkärit. Parhaillaankin USA:ssa on käynnissä oikeudenkäyntejä joitakin lääkäreitä vastaan. Toisaalta, yhä enenevässä määrin eri osavaltiot ovat alkaneet hyväksyä lain joka sallii lääkäreiden hoitaa Borrelioosia sairastavia parhaan näkemyksensä mukaan eli ILADSin hoitosuositusten mukaisesti. Vastaavaa hoitonäkemystä edustavia hotopaikkoja löytyy Euroopasta mm Saksasta jonne monet Pohjoismaalaisetkin borrelioosia sairastavat ovat hakeutuneet hoitoon.

"Borrelioosia sairastavia hoitanut tri Bleiweiss sairasti itsekin Borrelioosia.

42-vuotias Bleiweiss joutui seurannan alaiseksi sillä hänen väitettiin ylidiagnosoivan ja hoitavan liian pitkillä ja korkea-annoksisilla antibiooteilla Borrelioosia sairastavia (IDSAn väite). Potilaiden mielestä Bleiweissin hoito oli heidän ainoa toivonsa parantua.

Bleiweiss ilmoitti potilailleen, että työolosuhteet ovat muuttuneet niin huonoiksi, että hän ei kykene vaikuttamaan enää niiihin. Siksi hän on päättänyt sulkea vastaanottonsa. Viimeinen vastaanottopäivä oli 24.8.1995. Hänet löydettiin kuolleena varhain lauantaia aamuna kotinsa lähettyvltä. "Hän oli hyvä, vastuuuntuntoinen ja potilailleen lojaali lääkäri, kertoo Bleiweissin isä."



Family gathers to mourn death of Dr. Bleiweiss
Times, The (Trenton, NJ) - Monday, August 14, 1995
Author: MICHAEL RATCLIFFE, Staff Writer

Family gathers to mourn death of Dr. Bleiweiss

Lyme disease specialist found shot

As police investigators remained tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding his death this weekend, the family of Dr. John Bleiweiss joined together at his parent's home to privately mourn their loss.

''We're having trouble controlling our emotions,'' said Bleiweiss' father, Eugene, as he choked back tears. ''It's almost impossible to talk. The pain is just too great. ''The thought of visualizing what happened is devastating us.''

Dr. John Bleiweiss , a Lyme disease specialist whose controversial methods recently prompted the state attorney general's office to seek the revocation of his medical license, was found dead early Saturday morning.

Neighbors who saw his body lying outside his Upper Freehold home said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Eugene Bleiweiss said he and his wife, Lorry, learned of their son's death around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when they received a call from the physician's estranged wife, Kathleen. She was calling from Kentucky where she had been contacted by New Jersey State Police detectives who were investigating the death.

The news that their oldest child may have committed suicide was apparently too much for Lorry Bleiweiss , who immediately became ''emotionally distraught,'' her husband said yesterday from the couple's home in Hope, Warren County.

When he was told of his brother's death, Robert Bleiweiss immediately flew back to New Jersey from his home in Wisconsin. His sister, Nancy Hemingway, also returned home. She was in New York City when word reached her, her father said.

Eugene Bleiweiss said he knows very little of the circumstances surrounding his son's death. He said he spoke briefly to state police officials, but learned nothing from them. ''I was too worried about my wife to pay attention. I wanted to make sure she didn't hurt herself,'' he said.

HE EXPLAINED that Kathleen Bleiweiss , who was expected to return from Kentucky late last night, was dealing with the detectives and was also making funeral arrangements. Funeral services are scheduled for tonight, he said.

Eugene Bleiweiss said he and his wife tried to call their son at his office in Hamilton on Friday but were unable to reach him.

Bleiweiss was found dead about 7 a.m. Saturday near the driveway of his Stacy Drive home. A man walking his dog spotted the body and ran to the home of Bleiweiss' long-time neighbor, Dr. James Webb.

Webb examined the body and said it ''felt cold,'' leading him to believe Bleiweiss had been dead ''quite some time.''

Webb observed what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He said the body was fully dressed.

Police found a handgun beneath Bleiweiss ' body, according to neighbors, who said the dead man had a large gun collection in his home.

State police officials have thus far refused to release any information regarding the investigation. Repeated attempts by The Times to reach detectives over the weekend were unsuccessful. Calls to state police spokespersons were not returned.

The 42-year-old Bleiweiss became the center of controversy when state officials alleged he overdiagnosed and overtreated Lyme disease in patients who believed his controversial and aggressive methods constituted their only hope for a cure.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by deer ticks. In humans it is unpredictable but usually easily treated with oral antibiotics in early stages. In the late stages, Lyme is more difficult to treat and can cause arthritis, facial paralysis, heart arrhythmia and neurological disorders. More than 1,500 cases were reported in New Jersey in 1994.

Bleiweiss, who reportedly himself suffered from the disease, subscribed to the theory that Lyme disease can be nearly impossible to eradicate in humans and the only solution is to prescribe long courses of intravenous antibiotic ''cocktails'' delivered through shunts implanted in patients' bodies.



Most health experts who study Lyme disease disagree with those methods, calling them dangerous and ill-advised.

Bleiweiss, who had been under investigation for several years, had recently sent a letter to his patients saying he was closing his Hamilton office.

''Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have decided to close my medical practice. The last day of office visits will be 8-24-95,'' the letter states.

''He was a good doctor,'' his father said quietly yesterday. ''He had priorities. He was loyal to his patients.''

Section: News
Page: A2
Record Number: tt1995311fd28b1dd
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