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Lyme disease and pregnancy – US Center for Disease Control

Tell your physician (because they are told this cannot happen)…  Lyme disease can be passed through the placenta to the fetus. This is acknowledged by the United States Center for Disease Control who state on their poster, “Untreated, Lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child.” Read poster

Swedish MD suspended over Lyme disease care; patients bereft

[CanLyme Note: Canada has suspended almost 100% of doctors who diagnose and treat Lyme disease based appropriately by all standards upon a clinical diagnosis, and patient response to treatment. The level of misinformation and anti-scientific standards endorsed and supported by the United States Center for Disease Control and those countries like Canada and Sweden who blindly endorse whatever the US CDC Continues →

Draft of report to parliament regarding Bill 442 now online and open to public input.

February 7th, 2017 As per the requirements of Bill 442, An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Health Canada held a conference on Lyme disease in May of 2016.  It was a well balanced conference that revealed significant divergent opinions among experts on the most important issues to the affected Canadian… diagnosis and treatment. Without engaging the stakeholders for input, Continues →

Bill to combat Lyme disease heads to Pres. Obama for signature

December 7th, 2016 WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature. If signed into law, it would ensure coordination among federal agencies and researchers, health care providers, and patient organizations in addressing tick-borne illnesses. “This is an important advancement to help combat the Continues →

Massachusetts, USA: Insurance Coverage for Lyme Treatment Becomes Law

Alex Elvin, August 11, 2016 6:40 pm The state legislature has adopted a new bill requiring insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease, despite considerable pushback from the medical and health insurance communities, and from Gov. Charlie Baker, who twice remanded the bill in the final weeks before the legislative session closed in July. In covering the Continues →

USA: Government policy expert’s report, “CDC Evades Accountability in Lyme Epidemic”

Author info: Bio – Jenna Luché-Thayer’s expertise includes government transparency and accountability and the integration of marginalized groups. Luché-Thayer is informed by three decades of professional policy and grassroots experience in 40 countries. She has extensive experience in congressional relations, testimony and legislation. She has worked with governments, the United Nations, nonprofits and the corporate world and has over 65 Continues →

Saskatchewan, Canada: Lyme is there and spreading

[CanLyme Note: Lyme disease is not new to Saskatchewan, but it is spreading. Physicians need to be aware and willing to diagnose and, treat clinically based upon the patient response and not a restrictive set of unproven guidelines that limit treatment periods, and they must be able to do so without consequence from their College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Current Continues →

Lyme disease gets attention of MP Karen Ludwig

New Brunswick Southwest MP surprised by the number of people suffering with Lyme disease By Vanessa Blanch, CBC News May 26th, 2016 New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig is fulfilling a campaign promise to bring national attention to Lyme disease as she prepares to co-chair a national all-party round table next week. Ludwig says she couldn’t ignore the problem after going Continues →

Parliamentarians convene bi-partisan panel to address Lyme disease

The illness could affect 10,000 Canadians by 2020. [per year] [CanLyme suggests we are possibly there already.]   PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Karen Ludwig heard it disturbingly frequently on the campaign trail last summer: constituents complaining of an obscure, little-understood illness that left painful and occasionally debilitating symptoms, and perplexed local health professionals struggling to pinpoint Continues →

CBC News Ottawa: Jim Wilson, CanLyme president, wants patients as equal partners on Lyme Borreliosis policy.

May 16th, 2016 As a result of Elizabeth May’s private member’s Bill 442 that passed unanimously through both the Canadian federal House and Senate, a national conference is underway in Ottawa with expert presenters from around the world.  Dogma of the past years, without GRADE level evidence is being drawn into question by global expert presentations. In Canada’s capital city, Continues →

Boston, Massachusetts: Response to Boston Globe editorial against the Lyme bill

March 29th, 2016 The Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force responds to a recent editorial from the Boston Globe, which opposed legislation to require insurance coverage for treatment of Lyme disease. Dear Editors of the Boston Globe: We were disappointed by your March 28 editorial criticizing the Lyme disease bill (H901/S502, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage[i]. Your arguments levied against the bill are Continues →

Overruled: Canadian physician was slapped on the hand for not following IDSA guidelines… appeal decision said he does not have to follow those guidelines.

This is yet another case of a College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, overstepping their right to enforce particular guidelines be followed.  The physician was initially penalized (cautioned) for not following “appropriate” or “recommended” guidelines. The provincial College’s of Physicians and Surgeons across Canada, and federal and provincial health authorities have always stated publicly that guidelines are only “suggestions” Continues →

B.C. patient questions accuracy of Lyme disease test used by province

Mark Hume VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail – Published Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2015 Internal government documents show blood tests used to check for Lyme disease aren’t very accurate, says a patient who filed a Freedom of Information request because of her concerns about health care standards. “One of the experts talked about the Lyme disease test only having an accuracy or Continues →

Internal government documents raise concerns over accuracy of B.C. Lyme disease tests

July 20, 2015 Lyme disease patients denied treatment based on faulty tests Vancouver, BC ~ Confidential documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show doctors and other senior government officials in British Columbia raising serious doubts about accuracy of Lyme disease blood tests. “Firstly, are we talking about Lyme testing? If so, patients have access to the standard Continues →