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  •  Makes a lot of sense (20+ / 0-)

    and it also makes me wonder if this is why insurance companies insist that chronic Lyme disease doesn't exist, and that when flare ups happen and the tests come back positive again, they (and the corrupt doctors with proven conflicts of interest who control all the research and rules on it) insist that you must have gotten another tick bite.

    So they allow 30 days treatment and claim that it is easy to detect and easy to cure.  I am living (barely, at one point in 2009) proof of this.

    The truth of the matter is that Lyme disease is epidemic.  The tests are beyond ineffective, especially the screening test.  The better test is, well, better, but even then, the CDC uses different criteria than other countries for declaring whether you officially have Lyme disease or not. You can test positive but it is a multi-band test and if you are not positive on enough bands, CDC says no, you don't have it.  If you were in Germany, if bands come up positive, they logically say why yes, you've got the antibodies and you've got Lyme.  But because of the illogical CDC criteria, insurance companies get off scot free and patients don't get treatment. For some of us, whom this happened to for years, we believe our doctors and figure something else must be wrong. The years go by and for some it develops into advanced Lyme, which can kill you and almost killed me, and it left me with all kinds of damage, some of it permanent, some of it nerve related and we won't know how permanent it is for a long time.

    We're plagued with chronic disease in this country. I'm actually shocked that 84% of health care costs are for chronic illness because I know a hell of a lot of people who can't afford insurance and can't afford to go to the doctor very much either, and they either suffer with it or find alternative treatments with food, over the counter medicines, herbs or supplements, etc.  

    I think the other question is: Why do we have so much chronic illness in this country?  I'm sure answer is complex, but how much of this is environmental, food related, etc?

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    by joanneleon on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:55:23 PM PDT

    •  Mostly we have more chronic illness (2+ / 0-)
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      because we are living longer and have time to develop them.  And once we develop them, many of us are surviving longer, in some cases despite missed or delayed diagnosis and discontinuous care.

      There are certainly some environmental factors that increase problems for those with chronic conditions; for example air quality problems can damage people with existing heart or lung disease more than the healthy.  And there are chronic vector borne and infectious disease processes also.

      Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

      by barbwires on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:17:15 PM PDT

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    •  In France they know what the FDA has published (2+ / 0-)
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      here: antibiotics for Borreliosis (Lyme) disease are cheap, and accessible. Therefore not much new research in this area of pharmaceuticals.

      In ranking drugs that cause harm to the patient taking them antibiotics are listed below antichloresterol drugs like Lipitor, drugs for conditions such as MS and treatments for cancer.

      The French do not fear antibiotics and prescribe as needed. First hand knowledge from visiting and being treated for bronchitis as a Lyme patient. They have a lot more locovore farming and agriculture, so there is less use of antibiotics in animal and plant farming. We use over 80% of antibiotics in fattening and overcrowding animals and spraying crops.

      Global climate change is bringing zoonotic illnesses to more people from more sources.
      Connecting the Dots: Regina writes about disease and climate change.

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:58:48 PM PDT

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