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Tincup
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PRESS RELEASE

NIH Does Not Comply with Congressional Appropriations Language

Lyme Patient Groups Compelled to Withdraw from Scientific Meeting

September 20, 2010 - In a move designed to protest the Institute of Medicine's upcoming Lyme disease workshop, three of the nation's largest and most influential Lyme groups have pulled out of the process.

After much deliberation, speaker Diane Blanchard, co-president of the Time for Lyme (TFL- CT) has withdrawn from the panel. The national Lyme Disease Association (LDA- NJ) and the California Lyme Disease Association (CALDA), along with TFL, will not participate in the workshop and their IOM commissioned scientific paper will not be submitted.

The scientific workshop was promoted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to be a conference about the state of the science regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Despite the groups request for transparency and a balance of scientific viewpoints, as delineated in Congressional Appropriations language, neither the hearing panel nor the speakers selected by the IOM satisfy the Congressional intent or objectives.

The IOM's mission was to provide ``independent, objective and non-partisan'' advice to policy makers, yet the majority of the participants sitting on its Lyme disease panel belong to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a medical society with a known bias.

Many key speaker roles were given to physicians who are IDSA members and supporters, a number of whom were involved with the IDSA's controversial guidelines for Lyme.

IDSA's Lyme guideline development process was investigated by the Connecticut Attorney General which resulted in exposing the guideline panel as being riddled with undisclosed conflicts of interest.

In spite of the recommendations to NIH by Congress, the conference opens with perhaps the most polarizing figure in the chronic Lyme debate-- Dr. Gary Wormser of Westchester Medical Center -- who chaired the IDSA Lyme guideline panel and whose highly controversial biased views are well known.

There are no scheduled speakers with opposing viewpoints of similar scientific weight to balance his presentation about the research gaps in Lyme disease.

Many state-of-the-art scientific researchers and experienced clinicians have been relegated by the IOM and NIH to simply spectator positions.

The patient-oriented Lyme groups believe that this amount of bias undermines the integrity of the scientific workshop and that its final report will reflect this lack of objectivity. ``

We believe the entire process has the potential to cause additional harm to patients. After much deliberation our only recourse is to withdraw our support for this seriously flawed process.

From the inception, TFL, LDA and CALDA have communicated our concerns, which were ignored. We remain hopeful that NIH/IOM will revamp the program to comply with the Congressional language which was responsible for initiating the workshop,'' the groups said in a joint statement.

Time for Lyme, www.timeforlyme.org, the national Lyme Disease Association, www.LymeDiseaseAssocation.org, and California Lyme Disease Association, www.lymedisease.org, are non-profit organizations that were founded by individuals who had personal experience with Lyme disease, in order to address the lack of research, education and support services available for this emerging infection.

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I just read this article. It angers me to no end. Now what needs to happen is when the Institute of Medicine holds the workshop, Lyme patients need to stand outside with signs.

"IDSA Bias"

"ONE SIDED view"

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We must view our options and continue to fight.

"...This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

- Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist

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Just got this email myself. It's a billion headed hydra that won't die.
What an abomination! It takes my breath away, like a sucker punch.

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Breathe, sickpuppy - we're going to need some air around here for our collective lung power over this one.
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Time to Rock and Roll

Sign up here to tell Congress how you feel!

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I forgot to mention your comments are being noticed! It is helping those who are working on this project... thank you!

Keep it up!

Here is the link to sign up to voice your opinion!

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