Professor Christian Perronne is one of the most prominent medical scientists in Europe, who takes the Lyme epidemic seriously and has helped many French Lyme patients in his hospital near Paris. His personal history gives an insight in how awareness of this disease has evolved in Europe. Here you can read his story, written exclusively for the On Lyme interview series with doctors and scientists.
Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:57

Trust or distrust?

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The first part of the article about the careless way Youth Care organization ‘Safe Home’ in which conducts itself calls into question if they contribute to social cohesion and safety in this way. Why can a Confidence doctor with confirmation bias do a PhD? Why does this organization train other professionals to suspect child abuse in a long list of illnesses and to paint nearly all Dutch parents black?

Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:17

The carelessness of Youth Care (part 1)

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What is the matter with Child Protective Services in the Netherlands? This is the main question people who saw the recent primetime broadcast on the “hunt on parents” were left with. What is happening in a country that many still consider progressive and free and is this also happening in other countries? The September 9 broadcast was followed by a second exclusive interview with the BVIKZ, the organisation defending the interests of the accused parents.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:19

Dutch Lyme patient wins lawsuit against health insurer

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On September 6, 2017, a Dutch judge ruled that health insurer IZZ has to pay for longterm Lyme treatment. This is not only good news for this particular patient, but it also creates a legal precedent for others. Both within the Netherlands as possibly also in other countries.

Saturday, 23 September 2017 21:37

A letter to the CDC

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The European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) recently announced a new list of the thirty most dangerous infectious diseases, which included Lyme Borreliose (LB). According to the American CDC, LB is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in North America. Recently a group of 15 authors even publicly admitted that the current serological tests are so unreliable that they encourage to stop testing most patients with suspected infection. Then why is the available direct DNA test for Lyme not made available to the public in order to detect LB infection as early as possible? This question was asked to the new director of the CDC.
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:03

Lyme testing discouraged based on a biased science

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The article 'To test or not to test? Laboratory support for the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis' by Dessau et al. was published on September 5, 2017. It admits something that chronic Lyme patients have known for decades: the current serological tests are invalid. However, instead of relying upon clinical diagnosis because of these poor quality tests, or using many of the more sensitive testing options that are available, the 15 authors rush to draw an odd conclusion: “Let’s limit the use of the very inaccurate tests only to those people who show the few symptoms found under the surveillance case definition for Lyme borreliosis."

Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:05

List of references for psychiatric symptoms of Lyme Disease

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This extensive list of peer-reviewed references demonstrating the association between Lyme Borreliosis, co-infections and psychiatric symptoms was provided by Robert C Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA, to the New York Senate after the recent hearing on Lyme Disease. As both patients and doctors are struggling with the confusion about the psychiatric expression of Lyme Borreliosis and with the reversal of the causal effect ("is the mental state the cause of the disease or rather a symptom?"), we included this list for you. It may be helpful, for example in dealing with accusations of Child Protective Services.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:37

The major cause of death from Lyme disease is suicide

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Psychiatrist Robert Bransfield, MD addressed last week’s New York State Senate hearing on Lyme disease via remote video link. His testimony was a clear summary of all that is wrong with the current situation and indicates several political remedies. As a psychiatrist, he focused on the many psychiatric impairments that can arise from tick-borne illnesses and on both the current as well as the preferred role of his profession. If you’ve tried watching the hearing, you will have noticed that there were audio problems with Dr. Bransfield’s presentation. Here is the transcript of his testimony.

In 2016, international human rights expert Jenna Luché-Thayer and founder of the Global Response to Borreliosis and Coinfections Consortium (Global RBCC) responded to a cry for help from Jane Furer, an NBCLA producer who is living with chronic Lyme.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:20

Unprecedented claim against the CDC over Lyme tests

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In the USA an unprecedented anti-trust law suit of $57 million is being prepared against the CDC. They are accused of deliberately suppressing the use of an accurate DNA direct diagnostics for Lyme disease. You can read about the aim and potential impact of this lawsuit in this article.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:38

The ultimate Lyme test; Julia’s story

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Two years ago the story of the young ill girl who was blessed by the Pope got international attention. She was dropped on a concrete floor as ’treatment', test results were hidden and the family was repeatedly told that she could NOT have Lyme Disease in the New York area. After the blessing indeed miracles started to happen: her Lyme blood test suddenly showed up positive, a specialist offered her free treatment and her health improved.

Then the insurance company declined coverage of her treatment costs and gave a fake address to file a complaint. To make matters even more bizarre, the CDC called to warn her father to not continue with her Lyme treatments. The story about the CDC, the games the insurance company played and the abuse with regard to the hospitals and doctors was never told before - out of fear of retaliation. As the proof of the pudding is always in the eating, we asked her father Enrico how Julia is doing now. 

Dr. Kenneth Liegner has been on the forefront of the Lyme Wars for thirty years. In this interview he is asked about his extensive experience in the field of Lyme treatment and how the rise of 'managed care' has influenced choices of treatment options. 

Monday, 07 August 2017 20:21

New research sheds light on chronic Lyme

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Professor Ying Zhang's research is focused on resistance of bacteria and antibiotica. He has been working on Tuberculosis for years and since 2009 he has been researching Lyme Disease as well. His research and collaboration with other research groups are shedding new light on chronic Lyme.

Dr. Kim Lewis is specialised in persister cells and was mentioned by dr. Horowitz for his current ground breaking research. Could persister cells finally be the explanation why many Lyme symptoms remain after treatment? Dr. Lewis is professor in Microbiology at NorthEastern University in Boston. This is the second article in the research series ‘Teike takes on Lyme’. 

"Is there hope for Lyme patients?" One of the top Infectious Diseases doctors answers to this urgent question for many. This is the first publication of the 'Teike takes on Lyme' research project. 

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