Okay, Medscape is leaning towards us crazy Lyme believers. So much for the high standards of the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) and the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the most difficult challenges for suffering patients is finding a source of medical information they can trust.
In short the IDSA published guidelines in 2006 severely limiting the “approved” antibiotics and duration of those antibiotics. Then 11 of the authors of the guidelines publish an article in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the guidelines. What is the problem? The problem is multi-faceted. First, the Attorney General of Connecticut found the IDSA guidelines so restrictive that an investigation was launched. Multiple failures in the process revealed conflicts of interests that were not disclosed. Then the New England Journal of Medicine, against its own rules, did not publish that the “independent” opinion supporting the IDSA guideline was written by the very authors of the guideline.
This doesn’t even get at the fact that the supposedly gold standard tests for Lyme may miss 9 of 10 Lyme patients. So much for accuracy.
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