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Does chronic lyme disease really exist?
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Michael D. Shaw -- Expert in Health Care and Environmental Affairs Michael D. Shaw -- Expert in Health Care and Environmental Affairs
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Washington , DC
Saturday, July 27, 2019

 

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This HND piece gives you the basics on Lyme Disease, and cuts through the misinformation on Chronic Lyme aka Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). As it happens, Lyme can be difficult to diagnose, and no, not every case presents with the "bullseye" rash. Moreover, the established lab tests are not exceedingly reliable, either.

Yet, there are academic physicians who should know better claiming that Chronic Lyme is just a misdiagnosed mystery disease, because real Lyme does not go chronic and can be easily cured with a round of antibiotics. Of course, this is a lame tautological argument amounting to nothing more than "The patients we cure had Lyme, the others didn't." Ever hear of the "No true Scotsman fallacy"?

Unfortunately, there is no approved treatment for PTLDS, but most cases seem to clear up given sufficient time.

Read the complete article.

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