CanLyme board member Dr. Rob Murray responds to Tim Caulfield’s post regarding alternative medicine.
You will find Steven Phillips, MD and Dana Parish, HMH 2020 have addressed this topic very well in Chronic – The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Disease… Science is provisional, a way of knowing. Dr. Phillips has treated over 100 physicians for Lyme+ disease and over 20,000 for complex diseases.
Evidenced based medicine is fine except in many cases it is edited and pruned of everything that doesn’t agree with dogma. It is evidenced biased medicine. “The greater the ignorance the greater the dogma” -Osler. Randomized double blind controlled trials are great except they 1.) take too long, 2.) are too expensive and 3.) don’t apply to most people. Who gets to say what is evidence anyway?
Historically infection has always been seen to be the root cause of inflammation. Antibiotics have been shown to improve the situation for rheumatoid arthritis and MS patients but this has been ignored. The modern paradigm of medicine is to name it and treat it. There are 4 types of MS but neurologists still don’t know the cause. We are told not to worry because they are coming out with new treatments all the time. The treatments are estimated to reach a value of $66Bn in 2025. Why would anyone want to look for a cure? How many suffer from CFS/ ME/FM or an underlying infection of bartonellosis need to have their immune system dampened?
Why is the medical community complacently treating patients with inflammatory autoimmune disease with immunosuppressives when these drugs only treat symptoms-not root cause-and put patients a greater risk for developing potentially life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers? To do this is contradictory to the principles of precision medicine which is based upon the notion that development of effective therapeutic interventions requires an understanding of the processes underlying the pathogenesis of the disease. How can we expect to cure autoimmune disease when we don’t know what we are treating?
The art of medicine is gone and its medicine that has lost its way. 50 years ago everything was diagnosed clinically. Now days they have tests for just about everything and everything that they don’t have a test for gets thrown on the compost pile of psychiatric diseases. Because what they’re sick with, what they’re struggling with is absolutely valid. And if science can’t yet measure it, if our diagnostics aren’t there, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. It means we need better diagnostics. The psychiatrist such as Dr. Robert Bransfield are left to tell the patient “of course you’re sick, you’re brain is infected.
Botanicals have been used for over 5,000 years and seldom cause problems and don’t create antibiotic resistance. Using them in combination with antibiotics can mean using less antibiotics. Sick patients just want to get well yet they are caught in a turf war.
e.g. Identification of Essential Oils with Strong Activity against Stationary Phase Borrelia burgdorferi, Feng J, Miklossy J, Zhang Y, et al, Antibiotics 7, 89; 19-10-16: 89 DOI: 10.3390/antibiotics7040089
Evaluation of Natural and Botanical Medicines for Activity Against Growing and Non-growing Forms of B. burgdorferi, Feng J, Zhang Y, et al., Front Med 20-02-21: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2020.00006 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2020.00006/full
Botanical Medicines Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Artemisia annua, Scutellaria baicalensis, Polygonum cuspidatum, and Alchornea cordifolia Demonstrate Inhibitory Activity Against Babesia duncani, Zhan Y et al., Front Cell infect Microbiol 21-03-08: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2021.624745 | https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcimb.2021.624745/full
Obsolete inaccurate blood tests still bring in big money for the patent holders, so why would they want to improve them? Why not just control the conversation, keep saying that they work fine?
Pharmaceutical industries sell few cures but lots of bandages – very expensive bandages that require lifelong refills. No pharmaceutical company is interested in finding the cause of autoimmune disease and eradicating it. That wouldn’t be profitable.
This is a medical system divided against itself. Adherents to the dominant
medical opinion on Lyme and tick-borne diseases [TBD’s] are willing for various ideological reasons to let people perish. The defining characteristic of corruption in modern medicine is the abandonment of the patient’s interest. Patients are often road-kill on the highway to profit for the insurance industry.
Dr. Rob Murray [DDS ret’d], Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Board member Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation [www.CanLyme.org]
Reference: Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’ Kim T, CNBC 18-04-11: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/11/goldman-asks-is-curing-patients-a-sustainable-business-model.html
[CanLyme Note: The response above is to Timothy Caulfield’s post in Healthydebate.ca, he is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at one of the several health law institutes at Canadian universities. Health law institutes are not there for the patient, they are there for the for-profit medical industry designed to legalize control over our rights to choose, and they are subsidized by our tax dollars as usual.]