[CanLyme Note: In the below article there are outrageous, disgraceful, and dangerous comments by Tara Moriarty and Todd Hatchette. Tara says a study showed labs returning 60% false positive test results which is simply not true, or in other words, a blatant lie. That study was not powered to determine true positive or negative results. The conclusion of that study was, “Although there was surprisingly little difference among the laboratories in percentage of positive results on most assays using CDC criteria, interlaboratory variability was considerable and remains a problem in LD testing.” Todd Hatchette, a tax-payer funded salaried employee made a very dangerous claim, ““If the (two-tiered) tests are not positive, you should be looking for another cause,” he says.” The two-tier tests will miss most true cases of Lyme disease and he is well aware of that fact. That irresponsible statement will move people away from pursuing answers of possible Lyme disease beyond their poor two-tier tests, and that can result in total disability or death which he seems unconcerned about.]
Friday December 14th, 2018 by Isabel Teotonio – The Star
“Bruce Shilton’s crippling fatigue left him bedridden for six months. Sue Faber was so forgetful, she couldn’t remember her daughters’ birthdates. And Andrea Smith’s relentless aches sent her into a deep depression.
All three Canadians say they are struggling with a chronic form of Lyme disease and feel abandoned by Canada’s health-care system.”
“In Canada, treatment is based on guidelines established in the United States. But several states have passed doctor-protection laws that allow physicians to treat Lyme more aggressively with longer-term antibiotics. Here, however, physicians typically refuse to treat chronic Lyme, or they do so quietly so that regulatory agencies don’t find out.
This leaves desperately ill patients with few options, which is especially troubling because research shows people with Lyme are at greater risk for suicide.”