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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In June 2017 thirteen representatives of a global consortium of medical doctors, scientists and human right experts reported on the current worldwide human rights violations of many Lyme Borrelia patients to the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations in Geneva. In this interview Jenna Luché-Thayer, founder of the Ad Hoc Committee which created the report 'Updating the ICD11 Borreliose codes' for the World Health Organisation and leader of the Geneva team, explains what we did, why we chose this approach and what it provides you with.
The following is largely excerpted from the June 27, 2017 article Human Rights Violations of Relapsing Fever and Lyme Disease Patients Under International Investigation, by Jenna Luche-Thayer. The link can be found below.
Teike has persistent Lyme and has read every study available on the subject. Still he fell into the trap of misinformation and uncertainty that surrounds every aspect of this disease. He got reinfected by a tick bite last week and this is what you can learn from it.
The BVIKZ, the Interest Group for Intensive Child Care, is doing an ongoing investigation into false claims of child neglect and abuse by the Dutch Child Protection Services. It has now compiled and researched 168 individual cases. Over thirty percent of these cases are about children with Lyme disease.