A “fan” on twitter sent me the crushing news that all I believed about the science of Lyme disease is wrong. Unlike many fans, he cited a source, a well-known New England publication. The New England Journal of Medicine? Nope. The Darien (CT) Times.
According to the headline, “surveys refute national Lyme disease findings.” So they must at least be quoting a science publication. Right?
Actually, they are quoting the famous work of one Kent Haydock, chairman of the Deer Management Committee. How did he accomplish this astonishing first act in what will no doubt be a stunning scientific career?
He showed the agitprop Lyme advocacy film Under Our Skin to 41 local families and then asked them if they had signs of Lyme disease and if it was ruining their lives. Not surprisingly, the answers to both questions were “yes” a remarkably high percentage of the time.
Once I stopped laughing at the credulity of the reporter, I sat amazed, staring at the screen—amazed not just that a paper could print such a thing without even a winking smiley, but shocked that the paper thinks so little of Connecticut’s readers. That anyone thinks that a cheap propaganda piece by the “deer committee” is anything resembling evidence shows a big gap in our system of science education. In the discussion of Lyme disease, this article not only adds nothing, it “endumbens” the dialog. For shame.