Doctor publishes two articles with significant misinformation on Lyme disease in Forbes. This isn't the first time that Forbes has posted terrible articles. I submitted several responses. A contributor on NY Lyme suggested the following:
“When you read something that is a basically false, instead of contacting the newspaper, magazine, or other source, consider contacting the people funding these sources.
Contact the advertisers in the media and tell them you will stop buying their product, and word is getting around to other people in our situation to stop buying these products until the falsehoods stop.
Any nonprofit might be told you will stop supporting them unless they consider both sides.”
Is anyone interested in organizing this type of protest?
“Lyme disease is the best-known tick-borne disease in the US. It is endemic to the Northeast, parts of the Upper Midwest, and some parts of the Pacific Northwest. It causes a characteristic “bulleye” rash called erythema migrans, and if untreated can lead to fever, joint pains, and occasionally more serious symptoms.
It is very easily treated with antibiotics. Despite the hype coming from some patients and doctors, once Lyme is treated it is cured. There is no such thing as “chronic Lyme disease”.”
Lyme disease is probably the most common tick-borne illness in the U.S., and the best understood. It’s a regional disease, very common in some areas, vanishingly rare in others for reasons that aren’t yet clear.
There are about 35,000 cases reported yearly in the U.S., but this likely underestimates the true incidence as many people either don’t seek help or are not properly diagnosed.
Many people present with the classic “bullseye” rash, but many (about 20-30%) do not. During the first month after infection, many people experience fatigue, fevers, and joint aches.
At this point testing is rarely necessary and a the disease can be treated with a short course of antibiotics based on the symptoms and physical exam alone.
During this early stage, some people may get more serious symptoms, such as facial paralysis, meningitis, and heart problems.
If the infection goes untreated, many people will get recurring joint inflammation, with large joints such as the knees becoming swollen, red, and warm.
Antibiotics are still effective even at this later stage of the disease, but if left untreated, some people experience lingering symptoms.
In general, these ease up over time, and once treated with a standard course of antibiotics, no further antibiotics are of any help.
There is a great deal of controversy surrounding this “post-treatment” or “chronic” Lyme disease. The evidence from many well-conducted studies is unequivocal: whatever it is that ails people with so-called chronic Lyme disease, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.
There is a temptation for people with no clear history of the disease and negative blood tests to blame a wide array of symptoms on “chronic Lyme disease” but despite decades of research, this has never been confirmed.
There is an entire medical industry devoted to giving patients with so-called chronic Lyme disease long-term IV antibiotics, and using blood tests that haven’t been validated to make the diagnosis.
It very well may be that people who have been cleared of infection with the Lyme bacteria may experience lingering symptoms, but these do not represent infection and cannot be treated with antibiotics. At this point, the best approach is to look for the proper diagnosis and treat symptoms as they arise.
Prevention is the most important treatment. Avoiding areas where you are likely to be bitten by ticks, limiting exposed skin, removing ticks promptly, and using DEET-based repellants will help protect you.
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Forbes has been writing about misinformation of lyme since 2007 ,
They also have a show on Fox , and another magazine
More advertisers .
Find out who else this tool does articles for. This can't be his only cash cow.
Every time someone goes and reads , he gets paid for the views .
I find it silly how he writes for science , so he should have the mindset of science based medicine
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I don't have enough money or any interest in reading Forbes. Maybe this will mostly reach the rich and famous and when they find out they've been misled with this kind of garbage and are horrendously sick, they'll sue?
I hope this idiot author has good lawyers, or actually I don't.
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People may believe this garbage.....until they find out for themselves it is false. I guess nobody important at Forbes has ever had the diagnosis missed at the early stage.
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