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Lou B
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This message sent by Harvey L. Kliman from LDASEPA
Letter from Dr Jones on the recommendations of the
medical board hearing panel. Dec 18 in Hartford, CT
Dr Charles ray Jones, the leading Lyme literate Pediatrician
in the world, needs your support.

Madison Towers
111 Park Street, 1st Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Tel (203) 772-1123 Fax (203) 772-0682
December 5, 2007

Dear Friends,

I have appreciated the many expressions of support being conveyed to me by
so many of you, and want to keep you apprised of the latest developments
regarding the charges brought against me by the Connecticut Department of
Public Health.

Almost as soon as I had issued my previous update to you, the hearing panel
assigned to my case released its "Proposed Memorandum of Decision." This
decision, which is preliminary, recommends that many of the charges against
me be upheld and outlines the following sanctions: a reprimand from the
Connecticut Medical Examining Board, a total civil penalty in the amount of
$10,000, and a two-year supervised probationary period, to be conducted by a
physician who will review my patient records at my expense. My license,
however, was neither suspended nor revoked, nor was it recommended that it
should be.

I want you to understand the potential impact of these recommendations, if
they are allowed to stand. For example, the proposed decision states that I
have been charged with failing to reconsider my diagnosis of Lyme disease in
light of the negative Western Blot tests in April, 2005. It also states
that I have been charged with diagnosing a disease in very low risk
patients, with non-specific medical histories, non-specific signs and
symptoms, and negative laboratory tests. Bear in mind that the record
indicates that these patients had traveled to other states, had camped in
Oklahoma, and had a history of tick attachments. A panel of the Connecticut
Medical Examining Board has determined that the Connecticut Department of
Public Health has sustained its burden of proof with regard to these
charges, meaning that I am guilty as charged.

As you can see, these recommendations fail to take into account the
unreliability of laboratory testing for Lyme disease. If they are not
overturned, they will seriously impede my freedom to diagnose and treat Lyme
and other tick-borne diseases based on my clinical judgment and expertise,
despite the fact that I will be allowed to retain my medical license.
Furthermore, these findings will set a dangerous precedent for other
physicians treating Lyme disease. That is why we must prevail and, if we
are unable to reverse these recommended findings, continue to oppose them in
court. ***

The full board will consider the hearing panel's recommendations and
proposed penalties at a formal hearing scheduled for December 18, 2007 at
1:30 p.m., at the Legislative Office Building, Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT,
in Conference Room 2C. Written responses, or legal briefs, must be
submitted before December 13. At the hearing, both sides will present oral
arguments. My legal team will challenge the preliminary findings and the
proposed sanctions. It is possible to see movement from a panel's "Proposed
Memorandum of Decision" to an approved final decision, after the full board
hears the oral arguments and reads the briefs.

I extend a warm and hearty welcome and encourage your attendance at this
hearing. It is important to convey to the full board that this is a matter
of considerable importance to the surrounding community. They have reserved
a big conference room for this purpose, indicating that they are
anticipating a very large turnout. We wouldn't want to disappoint them!
Please bear in mind, however, that this will be our first public encounter
with the full medical board. It is critical that we do not distract them,
or disrupt the proceedings in any way. The press also is likely to show
strong interest in these proceedings, and it will be important for them, as
well as the members of the board, to see the Lyme community for what it is:
responsible, dignified and appropriately involved.

Once again, I want to emphasize that your caring and concern during this
process has been invaluable to me. As you know, your financial support has
been essential as well, and your generosity has touched me deeply. I hope
that you will continue to make donations, to the extent that you are able,
to the Charles Ray Jones, M.D. Legal Defense Fund

I send very best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season.


Dr. Jones
Charles Ray Jones, M.D.
December 18, 2007 at 1:30 p.m., at the Legislative Office Building, Capitol
Avenue, Hartford, CT, in Conference Room 2C.

Fellow Lyme patients and advocates!

Dr. Jones' "Decision" Hearing: We all need to be in Connecticut on December

Support of Dr. Jones translates to support of OURSELVES!

At his age, Dr. Jones could have retired with his medical license intact,
but his vision was to defend and prove the protocol that helps so many. Dr.
Jones went through these hearings to validate our side!!!!

He's an original, developing knowledge of tick-borne diseases most
importantly in these areas:

a.. that standard Lyme tests are often negative, but when a patient exhibits
clinical signs, these can be assessed to diagnose Lyme and other
b.. his successful case-histories have proven that long-term treatment, when
necessary, is a viable standard of care
What is most urgent about this situation is captured in the following
statement from Dr. Jones:

"the proposed decision states that I have been charged with failing to
reconsider my diagnosis of Lyme disease in light of the negative Western
Blot tests in April, 2005."

You see if they go forward with this - they are essentially saying that
there is no such thing as a "clinical diagnosis" of Lyme. If this panel of
the Connecticut State Medical Board is allowed to perpetuate these
statements in Dr. Jones' decision, we all are in trouble. -

On December 18, the panel judging Dr. Jones will make its recommendations to
the entire board and Dr. Jones' rebuttal will be made. Then the entire board
will decide to accept or deny the panel's recommendation. Our attendance
will help to show them that, thanks to Dr. Jones, tens of thousands have
been saved. We hope that the board will take notice, consider the value of
Dr. Jones' medicine and find for him, against the panel's recommendations.
At the very least, it is important for us to be there as a statement of our
own rebuttal of the panel's poor judgment. And the media will want to hear
from us, even if the panel does not!

Eva Haughie,
Pres. Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
1. Dr. Jones' hearing: links to detailed information
Posted by: "Phyllis Mervine"
Sun Dec 9, 2007 9:33 pm (PST)
>From Kay:

PLEASE share, Thank you.


Time, Date & Directions:

Travel: Rides available & needed, free rooms and hotel info:

Letter writing campaign details and updates:

Letters from the good Doctor:


Synopses of all hearings & letters from Sandy:

Reasons to support Dr. Jones:




Lou B

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