[CanLyme Note: This is an excellent response to a perversion of reality in the New York Times possibly prompted by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), who are the puppet masters of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada (AMMI), who continually see the public as stupid and under-educated so they promote their anti-science at will thinking everyone will just buy it. They were stupid and didn’t realize that real scientists and/or their family members were also contracting Lyme disease who quickly saw through the IDSA/AMMI nonsense. You can access the link to the NY Times in the article linked below.]
“As we discovered in the few weeks of his diagnosis and treatment, many people view Lyme — wrongly — as a debilitating, chronic illness instead of what it is: An easily treated infection with no long-term consequences for children, or even the vast majority of adults.”
To which I say to Ms. Mandavilli: How fortunate for you and your family that your son responded well to a short course of antibiotics. But HOW DARE YOU presume that because your child lucked out in this case, Lyme is therefore an “easily treated infection with no long-term consequences for children”?
Back in the mid-2000s, my then-teenage daughter spent three years in a wheelchair due to Lyme disease. Believe me, the “long-term consequences” lasted far beyond those three years. And I know of many children—and adults—who are wheelchair/bedbound for much longer than that. Some eventually recover and some don’t.”