Tri Horowitzin mukaan tauti kroonistuu ja siitä on selkeää näyttöä, tri Halperinin mukaan asiasta ei ole mitään näyttöä.
Sivulta http://borrelioosi.net/foorumi/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=48 löytyy runsaasti tutkimuksia joissa on osoitettu borreliabakteerin selviävän antibioottihoidoista! (Viestiketjun 2 sivulla)
Chronic Lyme Disease: Myth or Reality?
By Mehmet Oz, MD
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Mehmet Oz, MD, host of The Dr. Oz Show, sorts out the truth.
Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick, can cause a variety of flu-like symptoms—achy joints, fatigue, fever, headache. But chronic Lyme disease is a different beast. Experts can't agree on a case definition—or if the condition exists at all. What's clear is that some Lyme patients, even after taking the standard treatment of antibiotics, continue to suffer long-term and often serious health problems, including poor mental function, migratory joint pain, and sleep disturbances. Whether the condition is an autoimmune or nervous system response triggered by the now-eradicated infection (sometimes called post–Lyme disease syndrome), or a chronic case of the disease directly attributable to an ongoing infection depends on whom you ask—as does the treatment.
The Case for Diagnosing CLD
"There is absolutely no doubt chronic Lyme disease [CLD] exists," says Richard Horowitz, MD, president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation. What's more, he adds, many of those who contract Lyme disease can also have tick-borne coinfections like babesiosis, caused by parasites, and their symptoms can easily be mistaken for those of other ailments such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. "Like syphilis, chronic Lyme disease is a great imitator," Horowitz notes. He has seen more than 11,000 patients whose CLD he has helped to pinpoint using his own broad differential diagnosis, which looks at all possible causes of symptoms. Along with specific treatments for any overlapping conditions, he often prescribes a combination of targeted antibiotics to beat the infection, and says he has seen dramatic recoveries.
The Case Against Diagnosing CLD
"There's simply no scientific evidence that these symptoms are caused by an ongoing infection of Lyme disease," says John Halperin, MD, chair of the department of neurosciences at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, and professor of neurology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Halperin agrees that some Lyme disease patients can experience real, ongoing health issues. However, he says, "The best guess is that it has to do with how our nervous systems respond to different stressors. It's probably due to a fundamental neurobiological trait of some people." Halperin believes the way to treat the problem is symptomatically. That means everything from therapy for depression to surgery for severe arthritis—but not months of antibiotics, which can result in serious side effects, according to National Institutes of Health–funded studies.
Dr. Oz Says…
Let's get past the fundamental argument over whether this is a chronic condition or an autoimmune response by acknowledging that it could be both. Someday we might discover that ticks aren't giving people just a bacterial infection but also a virus or a hybrid bug. Patricia Gerbarg, MD, is the coauthor of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care as well as a former Lyme patient. What she found, and what I support, is that certain supplements strengthen the body's ability to repair itself from the long-term problems associated with CLD. Taking vitamin B12, coenzyme Q10, chromium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and herbs such as Rhodiola rosea can improve energy and help with cellular repair—all key in recovering from conditions that can be as resistant as Lyme disease.
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Itkin sanoi julkisuudessa että hän tuntee myötätuntoa niitä kohtaan joiden oireet jatkuvat sen jälkeen kun he ovat saaneet vakuutusyhtiöiden maksaman kustannustehokkaan antiibioottihoidon. Hänen mileestäänn hoidon tullisi olla yksilöllistä, mutta hän ei hyväksy lakialoitetta joka takaisi sairastuneille ja lääkäreille mahdollisuuden siihen.... Mikäli leiri A olisi oikeassa, ei tarvittaisi leiri B.tä.
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Don't try to convince the sick that they aren't sick
By Lucy Barnes
Director Lyme disease Education and Support Group of America Centreville, Md.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The commentary is in response to a one on Lyme disease and medical legislation by David Itkin, MD of Portsmouth, published Sunday, June 6.
It was obvious by the cookie-cutter letter that Dr. Itkin wrote that he is an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) supporter. It's shameful, but it appears the IDSA has enlisted another patsy to promote their "we are the world" symphony to enlighten the uneducated and try to convince the sick they aren't really sick after all.
Some members in the IDSA's camp, like Dr. Itkin, claim publicly to have compassion for patients who remain ill after their recommended "cost-effective", insurance friendly treatment protocol fails to cure patients.
Rather than treat the sick, as the doctor admits he doesn't, he instead offers them a 45-minute lecture telling them they are either sick with something else (of course doctors can't be wrong), have mysteriously become mentally ill after having a documented tick bite and positive Lyme tests, or are gullible enough to simply think they are benefiting from a placebo effect when they do get better with appropriate treatment.
The doctor did share one thought most can agree with, "The patient-doctor relationship should allow for an individualized approach, for this or any illness." Yet in the same breath he is against a bill (not sure he read it) that provides patients and the doctors treating them a choice of treatment, unlike his beloved IDSA guidelines.
The bill does not promote a specific treatment; it only allows choices for both doctors and patients, without fear of prosecution.
I truly wish those being sucked into the IDSA's web (for whatever reason) would take the time to actually read the IDSA guidelines to see how restrictive and ridiculous they actually are and read the bills they continue to fight before they ring-a-ding-ding the old worn out chant ... "I don't know what you have, but it isn't Lyme disease and you don't need treatment for it."
They should also read the final report that indicates the IDSA was being way too big for its britches when it wrote the guidelines and states they need to knock down their ratings for their recommendations or actually provide proof to support them.
If people only realized how unscientific, nonsensical, self-promoting and full of conflicts of interest the IDSA guidelines were, they too would back as far away as possible from the handful of guideline authors who keep pushing them, least they go down with the ship too. After all, if Camp A was right, there wouldn't be a Camp B.
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