For physicians

No tick is a good tickAny tick that will bite a human may carry various infectious pathogens.  Ticks will feed on various wild animals picking up infectious pathogens.

“Canadian physicians are invited to attend any of the ILADS conferences presented by some of the leading infectious disease physicians and PhD scientists from Canada, Europe and the USA.”[CanLyme is offering a grant to cover 80% of the registration fees for the upcoming online ILADS scientific conference August 19h to 21th, 2022. Apply now]

“The CDC study [2013] documenting the annual cases of Lyme at 300,000 a year [2021, 476,000] [keep reading to see below] had an important finding that is not often discussed. The authors found that nearly 2/3 of physicians in the community do not follow the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines. The IDSA response to this was that there needs to be better education of physicians. A more accurate interpretation of this is that physicians in the field have found other approaches that work.” M.R. MD

Watch Canadian physician specialist Dr. Ralph Hawkins: Bridging Differences Also, your legal position relative to diagnosing and treating. Dr. Vett Lloyd, PhD microbiologist, Dr. Jack Lambert and others present as well.

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Canada has, through non-elected tax payer salaried medical bureaucrats, wholeheartedly endorsed the IDSA… and to date the only open discussion has taken place because our lawmakers stepped in with Bill-442 compelling the federal government to work with patients and their experts. As a result, a conference was structured.

[Watch the May 15 to 17th, 2016, PHAC funded conference on Lyme disease held in Ottawa, Canada.  Experts from Europe, USA and Canada present, and patient voices are heard. 

Now, have a look at what government created after this wonderful, evidence based, hope filled, forward looking conference … It was supposed to be an action framework, instead it is an endorsement of the status quo with no action at all. Patients and their experts were excluded from the formation of the framework contrary to the legislation.

Canadians are being exposed to a prophylactic two pill preventative measure if they have a known tick attachment.  The evidence for this is terrible, and it may drive antibiotic resistance within the human microbiome. Listen to Holly Ahern, PhD…..

Also, watch renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Neil Spector’s  encounter with Lyme disease and then his encounter with medical bureaucratic anti-science bias…

At CanLyme, we’re committed to providing physicians with accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date medical information about Lyme Disease, or more accurately, Lyme Borreliosis, and other tick-borne diseases.

Most people do not know they have even encountered a tick. Find the ticks attached to this child’s face. Two ticks attached appear as tiny freckles, one in the cheek and one on the neck.

Lyme disease is a borreliosis, caused by many strains/species of the Borrelia genus of bacteria. Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in Canada remain contentious in that it is currently defined by the poor test. Canadian medical professional organizations responsible for our education stress rarity of the disease, overstate the frequency of occurrence of the EM rash, highlight concerns with over-diagnosis when in fact under-diagnosis is very evident, and overstate danger of antibiotics while not considering the many very serious medications offered to manage symptoms… while not treating the cause of those symptoms. They cite the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) for their evidence. As indicated in the above quote by M.R. MD, the controversy lies for the most part on poorly executed guidelines written by the IDSA.  

These ticks are brought into our communities by migratory birds like robins, wrens and finches.

The wise physicians, after considering the broad body of evidence, have chosen to ignore the IDSA.  Quite correctly, the IDSA guidelines have become irrelevant so we must move forward to correct decades of serious under-diagnosis.  See symptoms list

The United States government recently announced that they have been under-reporting cases of Lyme Disease ten fold. Instead of 30,000 cases per year, it is actually closer to 300,000 cases per year Most of these cases are in states that either border Canada or are just a short flight away for the infected ticks flying care of our friendly robins and other migratory birds. There is no acre or square kilometre in Canada where we can safely say there is no Lyme Disease, including our backyards.

Due to emphasis on the rarity of Lyme disease in Canada based upon false or missing data and poor tests, Canadians who have been exposed either at home or abroad are at a distinct disadvantage compared to Americans or Europeans.  The only independent’ review by a medical professional in Canada of the state of Lyme Disease was done in British Columbia (BC) by a senior executive of the BC Public Health Services Agency, Dr. Brian Schmidt. see

Lack of definitive blood tests and the role of clinical diagnosis in both early and late stages of the disease are the subject of much debate (Institute of Medicine 2011). Current serology in Canada is based on Borrelia burgdorferi B31, a non-wild, laboratory strain of spirochaete, and does not reliably detect the various pathogenic strains (see Health Canada alert).

At present, Canadian guidelines are based on the United States Centers for Disease Control poorly defined definitions rather than the more comprehensive understanding of the disease that is based on European experience. CanLyme recommends that the Canadian guidelines be revised and updated immediately including allowing open ended treatment based upon the judgment of the primary care physician. Specialists should only be used to provide input, but not dictate the care of the the patient.  More and more, it becomes evident that a ‘specialist’s’ education is probematic on several fronts. With the current policing model employed by the College’s of Physician’s and Surgeon’s Canada wide, the primary care physician is at the mercy of the specialist no matter how poor the direction of care. A stacked review board puts the general practitioner’s career in the hands of the wrong people. Tax dollars pay for this. Tax payers, physicians, and elected officials must change it. Watch a thought provoking series of educational videos by pathologist Dr. Alan MacDonald …  Much of what he has informed us of in this compilation has been validated by scientists via rigorous peer-review outside of those who like to drive the official policy on the Lyme Disease file including the United States Center for Disease Control and the Infectious Disease Society of America (AMMI Canada).  In Canada, we have simply adopted the flawed policy while refusing to allow debate and open research.

The Canadian Institute of Health Research should immediately strike strategic funding for transparent research to either validate or invalidate what has been presented by not only Dr. MacDonald, but many other scientists who have shown that holding on to current dogma is harming thousands, and killing an untold number of Canadians. The allocation of Canadian tax dollars for funding research must be more transparent.  What is the burden of borreliosis in the two million Canadians suffering from diseases of unknown origin? Canada has no idea, and many Canadians have been misdiagnosed with other diagnoses only to find out later it was a borreliosis that was greatly improved with appropriate treatment of the cause. CanLyme holds the position that consensus can be achieved only by openly and transparently debating the full-spectrum of peer-reviewed literature. Development of better testing and increased emphasis on patient outcome is required to resolve differences among various viewpoints.  The science is clear… do this now.  Much science has been done to offer far better tests, and much better treatment protocol not governed by an arbitrary line in the sand has been written.

As a physician, you must appreciate the value of open and frank discussion if we are to give the patient the very best of care.

Here are links to sets of Lyme diagnostic and treatment guidelines by medical physicians and researchers that do not follow the very limited and poorly researched current IDSA/US CDC guidelines :

USA government National Guideline Clearing House – International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society guidelines

Dr. Burrascano 16th edition guidelines

German guidelines (PDF) (applicable globally)

Episode 55 with Sarah Cormode and Brian Fallon

ByCanLyme TeamApr 18, 20231 min read

Brian Fallon, MD, MPH Brian Fallon, MD, MPH directs the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center and the Lyme…

Identification of an unusual cluster of human granulocytic anaplasmosis in the Estrie region, Québec, Canada in 2021

ByCanLyme TeamApr 17, 20232 min read

Abstract Background: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is a potentially severe tick-borne infection caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum (A.…

Get ready for summer with this free Educators’ Resource

ByCanLyme TeamApr 12, 20231 min read

Get ready for summer camps & outdoor adventure with the CanLyme Educators’ Resource! Whether you are new to outdoor…

A Fatal Case of Late Stage Lyme Borreliosis and Substance Abuse

ByCanLyme TeamMar 31, 20232 min read

Abstract A recent study demonstrated a 1,100% (12-fold) increase in substance abuse after acquiring Lyme borreliosis. Lyme borreliosis and…

USA: Tick-Borne Disease Working Group 2022 Report to Congress

ByCanLyme TeamMar 4, 20231 min read

Executive Summary In this third and final report of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, the committee applauds the progress…

Migratory Songbirds Transport Amblyomma longirostre and Amblyomma maculatum Ticks to Canada

ByCanLyme TeamFeb 8, 20232 min read

ABSTRACT Birds transport ticks into Canada during northward spring migration, and some of these ticks are infected with tick-borne…

Jury awards $6.5M to Maine family for wrongful death, negligent misdiagnosis

ByCanLyme TeamFeb 8, 20231 min read

PORTLAND (WGME) — A Cumberland County jury on Wednesday reportedly ordered Mercy Hospital in Portland and one of its…

Isolation, Cultivation, and Characterization of Borrelia burgdorferi from Rodents and Ticks in the Charleston Area of South Carolina

ByCanLyme TeamJan 13, 20234 min read

ABSTRACT Twenty-eight Borrelia burgdorferi isolates from the Charleston, S.C., area are described. This represents the first report and characterization of the…

Lyme borreliosis in pregnancy and associations with parent and offspring health outcomes: An international cross-sectional survey

ByCanLyme TeamDec 26, 20223 min read

Published November 2022 Background: Lyme disease (LD) is a complex tick-borne pathology caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato bacteria. Currently, there are…