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    I wholeheartedly support this work with livestock and believe it will improve human health.

    That said, I must say that I cringe when reading about restrictions on antibiotic use this year since my diagnosis with Lyme disease.  It took five years and 24 physicians before anyone recognized that my seriously debillitating symptoms are classic signs of Lyme and had me tested.  Fortunately, despite the very large error rate in current tests for Lyme, my results were positive so I have been able to get treatment.

    The IDSA has stated rather unequivocally that 3-4 weeks of antibiotic treatment is sufficient for ALL people infected with this disease and that longer treatment is detrimental... although the first line of treatment is an antibiotic often prescribed for years at a time to treat acne.  This statement by the IDSA gives insurance companies the berth they need to deny payment for treatment for individuals who remain ill after a short course of abx.  Those of us who have disease which has gone untreated for years often require more assistance than those who get antibiotics soon after infection.

    Overuse of abx must be curtailed, but appropriate use for persistent infections is also extremely important.  The Borellia berdorferi spirochete which causes Lyme is known to change shape in order to protect itself from harmful environmnents, and become a cyst and also protect itself with developing biofilm (newly documented).

    Thank you for your work.

    Torture: An act... specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within his custody or physical control.

    by MsGrin on Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 08:45:23 AM PDT

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