By Mary Beth Pfeiffer ” Government and medicine have systematically failed to diagnose, treat or prevent a spreading plague of ticks. And they know it. “
For two decades, Lyme disease has had dueling identities.
A burgeoning epidemic wrought by ticks. A raging controversy over why patients stay sick — and what to do for them.
Now, however, the medical model that spawned the Lyme Wars – enshrined in treatment guidelines that say short-course antibiotics are curative — is yielding to a more nuanced picture.
This new image is of a disease that outwits antibiotics and immune systems; is plagued by diagnostic failures, and is capable of inflicting lasting damage. It is an image that challenges the picture of medical certainty that has long been Lyme.