Ive been to at least 10 drs. I have lyme and babesia and suffer from chronic pain daily. To get an accurate diagnosis is key here. Then we are unfortunately left to fend for ourselves abd do our own research unless we are lucky enough to find an honest dr that will treat us accordingly. Very hard to find unfortunately. Ive been reading The Famous Herbalist Stephen Buhners books and treating myself based on his knowledge of lyme and all coinfections. Hes a genious! Thank God for people like him who truly care.
The one billion outdoor trip figure cited in the article is taken from the 2017 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies report that appeared in the journal Environment and Resource Economics.
The current western blot test is ambiguous and shouldn’t even be called a test. Call it an indication you might have a current infection but because titers don’t go down after treatment we have a controversy. Ad that to the belief that you can have Lyme without a positive test. And let’s just say ‘how can you call that a test?”
Dr john Aucott did create such a test, it looks for outer surface proteins in serum. But he told me to would take a hundred thousand dollars to get that test approved.
We demand a better test!
This absurd shortfall exemplifies the rotten foundation of our healthcare system, so much talent and capacity, but an environment where P/L of corporations trumps the treatment of chronic, burgeoning infectious threats. Lyme is just one example. We deserve and must demand better.
Had a wrong diagnosis and finally diagnosed and treated for lyme. Twenty five years later, today, I am suffering with my joints just falling apart. In early 60’s and I need a hip, shoulder and knee replacement. No one today knows the long term effect of lyme today. We need more research out there for long term complaints,
The first vaccine had serious side effects. That’s why it’s gone. However, I new one that’s much better by another company should be out in a year or so.
The medical community has refused to admit there is anything called “chronic lyme”
There has never been an FDA approved Lyme vaccine in the US for humans. There was one sold for pets.
It was a little more complicated than portraying the removal as simply a greedy company. If it was your company, what would you have done given the environment at the time?
Pharma will develop vaccines, Etc after Public Funding to organizations such as the CDC and the NIH get adequate funding to find the low-hanging fruit that Pharma can use. That’s why we need to fund public research for NIH and CDC and other public research agencies. That’s the way biomedical research Works in this country. also pharma is not terribly interested in vaccine research unless somebody else (NIH & CDC )develops the basis for developing the vaccine because vaccines are a one and done Financial Enterprise
Great article! Thanks for helping raise awareness!
When we spend so much on medical cosrs, wby would Big Pharma even consider finding a cure? Lyme disease is a goldmine for them. Remember, always follow the money.
Most cities & Central, western states denied that Lyme existed there primarily because they didn’t want to deal with it. This 18 years ago!
Doctors, veterinarians and officials were all out of touch and insisted it was only in north east states.
A billion trips outside per year, eh? That’s billion,with a ‘b’. Let’s unpack that stat. The entire population of the northeast US corridor is about 50 million people. That means that each and every man, woman, and child would have to cancel about 20 trips per year due to the fear of tick-borne illness alone. And for everyone who didn’t cancel any, somebody else would have to cancel a trip they would otherwise have made nearly once per week.
Listen: this is a very serious problem that deserves far more research funding than it’s getting. 12 million ain’t even close. But we don’t need hyperbole, either.
The sole Lyme Vaccine was taken off the market in 2002 by GlaxoSmithKline due to poor sales, $40million annually. The cdc estimates that Americans spend $1.3 billion to treat the disease. Our government cares more about corporate profit than its people.
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