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Shiela
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http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=600876&v=Article-2011

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Pathetic. So the only pain that warrants narcotic pain relievers is cancer pain?

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Interesting how this part just slips in there " . . . violated the standard of care . . . diagnosing and treating Lyme disease . . . " (end quote)

When did that become a crime? Not following the (error-laden) ISDA guidelines on "standard of care". They are supposed to be guidelines, not law.
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WTF? [cussing]

There must be more to this? B/c they specifically mention cancer treatment, was he/she treating both lyme and cancer patients? Were they only authorized as a cancer care provider?

It just makes no sense!?? [confused]

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Their website says it's an Internal Medicine office. So, it doesn't seem like it's a cancer clinic.

"The practice treats patients with all types of chronic diseases and acute health issues"

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Oh my goodness, it all stems from a patient complaint:

http://www.docboard.org/me/discipline/Disipline%20Records%20From%20Tim/Board%20Actions%20A-L/AnielAlbertMD.pdf

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Wow. Just Wow.

Every patient should be required to learn about the limits of testing, what a "clinical" diagnosis is, what a herxheimer reaction is, what can be done to support a herx, etc.

This patient seemed so quick to want pain meds rather than address herx support methods. When pain meds were denied (when she was out of state) this may have triggered anger. That could be what prompted this action -- or just not understanding the herx - at all.

I'm not at all saying addressing pain is not important but other meds / OTC (as the doctor stated) that she was already adding could have caused complications -

- and with good liver support the pain of a herx could have be minimized or at least managed.

[But, then, the kinds of liver / herx support we all know about is not something the FDA or medical boards know about, either and a doctor could be called on the carpet for suggesting supplements.]

Lack of patient education, understanding and communication is a huge factor here. Huge.

I can certainly see why any doctor treating lyme would be fearful of their license and say it's just not worth it to take the chance of such patients who do not properly take into account ALL aspects of treatment & support.

There are also patients who don't take very good care of themselves, risking the process. I'm not suggesting that of this patient but it certainly does cause so much harm to others when the best understanding of self-care practices is not in place and followed.

This not "take 2 pills and all will be well soon" sort of situation. TBD require so much of both doctors and patients. But the medical board seems to lack that awareness.

The board also lacks understanding the severe limits of testing - and that the doctor used clinical criteria, well within reason.

Members of the medical board also seem totally unaware of the herxheimer reaction. The patient's reactions were a herx, couldn't have been any clearer.

All this over one patient complaint and one Rx. Oh, my. That seems so over-reactionary by the medical board. It's a chilling message. And a lot of people will suffer because of this. A lot.
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The complaint states that the Dr will now be retiring in Dec 2013. Sad.

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