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IDSA Lyme protest in San Diego Oct 9-10

Lyme disease patients and advocates will demonstrate outside the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Annual Conference in San Diego Oct. 9-10. All events will take place across from the San Diego Convention Center, 5th Avenue and Harbor Drive. (Right next to the Gaslamp Quarter trolley station.)

There are a variety of activities at different times. Come for all of it or some of it, whichever works for you.

Friday, Oct. 9—Rally for Change—9 am to 3 pm. (Assorted activities.)

Friday, Oct. 9—Candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to Lyme disease. Music, inspirational speakers, West Coast dedication of Lyme Quilt. (This will be live-streamed. Stay tuned for details.)

Saturday, Oct 10—Rally for Change, 9 am to 3 pm. (Assorted activities.)

Our special message truck will be circling the Convention Center throughout the conference.

Why we do this:

The CDC estimates that there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease every year in the United States. However, many experts dispute that, saying that true number is likely well over a million. Yet, because of rampant “Lyme denialism” by the CDC and the medical establishment, hundreds of thousands of additional cases of Lyme disease go undiagnosed and untreated—and people are left to suffer.

Lyme denialism starts with Lyme treatment guidelines put forth by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a group that is meeting in San Diego Oct 7-11. The guidelines of this private medical association define Lyme disease so narrowly that many people are denied treatment altogether. Based on these guidelines, even people in the early stages of the disease—when they can be most easily cured—are often told they don’t have Lyme and are refused proper medical care.

This sets the stage for the disease to become chronic, burrowing into the body and potentially causing a lifetime of misery and disability. Furthermore, the IDSA also denies the existence of chronic Lyme, as people get sicker and sicker.

Yet, the CDC continues to endorse the IDSA Lyme guidelines, and insurance companies use the guidelines to deny payment for Lyme treatment.

Click here for more information about why we protest against the IDSA.

This event is being co-sponsored by, the Mayday Project, the San Diego Lyme Disease Support Group.

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Thanks to Bruce Fries of The Mayday Project for bringing this important issue to the public. This Friday and Saturday, The Mayday Project will be joining in San Diego CA to rally outside the IDSA conference at the San Diego Convention Center.

The Mayday Project will be live-streaming The Collaborative Lyme Rally on October 9-10, 2015.

Live Feed Times in Pacific Standard Time.

You can catch the live-stream October 9th from 10:30 am - 11:30 am PST, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PST, and the vigil from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm PST.

Live Feed in Eastern Standard Time:

October 9th from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST ,
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST, and the vigil from 9:30 pm - 10:45 pm EST.


Lyme Disease Guidelines Panelists Engage in Coordinated Propaganda Campaign

Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00
By Bruce Fries, Truthout | Op-Ed

For the Complete Op-Ed, go to:

Since they were first published in 2000, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease have been the subject of intense controversy, including an antitrust investigation by the state of Connecticut and hundreds of protests.

Advocacy groups say the IDSA guidelines misrepresent science and restrict access to care for patients with chronic Lyme disease. They say additional harm occurs when patients are denied insurance coverage for evidence-based treatment options that could help them regain their health.

Advocates have complained that IDSA guidelines authors have been engaged in a long-running misinformation campaign to promote the IDSA guidelines and discredit research that contradicts the evidence and recommendations of the guidelines.

Much of the propaganda is produced by the shadowy Ad Hoc International Lyme Disease Group, which consists of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees and most authors of the IDSA guidelines. . . .


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