Trine Tsouderos has done it again!
She is a one woman, woo-fighting machine!
She has taken on anti-vaxers.
She has taken on Dr. Oz.
She has taken on XMRV–>CFS.
And now shes goin after a rare wooity– Chronic Lyme Disease:
Lyme disease is real. The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes, swollen joints and inflamed nerves, and usually is curable with a round of antibiotics.
But doctors around the country are telling patients with common medical problems such as back pain, poor concentration and fatigue that their ailments stem from a chronic form of Lyme disease that can evade standard treatment and wreak havoc for years. To fight what they believe is a persistent infection, the doctors often order months or years of intravenous antibiotics, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Strong evidence isn’t on their side. But in a golden age of dubious medicine, that doesn’t matter.
Lyme disease is caused by a totally normal, non-weird pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi. Treat it with antibiotics, no big whoop. ‘Flu like symptoms’, that crazy rash, but you get better. But if you dont know youre infected and dont get treated, you start seeing ‘late’ Lyme disease symptoms, and things get crappier. Joint and muscle pain, heart trouble, bad stuff. But you still treat it with antibiotics.
And then you have Chronic Lyme Disease. People who dont feel well, Google their symptoms, and diagnose themselves with Chronic Lyme Disease. Sometimes they get a quack physician to diagnose them FOR REALSIES. Even though the ‘tests’ these labs use are not FDA approved, and there is often no evidence these people were infected with Borrelia burgdorferi at any point in time, ever. But they demand thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics. Turning themselves into little antibiotic resistance generating farms. Nice.
As Ive said before, Chronic Lyme Disease, under no uncertain terms, does not exist.
And Trine rightly notes, that True Believer patients dont think that maybe, just maybe their Google-fu is wrong. Maybe they are getting ripped off by a quack. Quacks with criminal histories, or are currently being prosecuted for fraud. No, they conclude that physicians, scientists, and The Government as a whole is ‘out to get them’.
And just as a side note– remember, folks, the WPI can ‘find XMRV’ in ‘chronic lyme’ patients too. *blink*
In this world, skeptics are vilified as part of a vast conspiracy involving tainted government agencies, drug companies, the media and conventional physicians. Scientific studies are cited but are invariably of poor quality or misinterpreted. Patients are directed to small specialty labs offering tests that can be misleading.
huh. Sounds so familiar for some reason…