Tag Archives: British Columbia

Uptick in B.C. Lyme disease cases attributed to new test, increased awareness

[CanLyme Note: We have had many meetings with the BC CDC over the years pointing out the problems with their testing but were completely ignored.  Even this more sensitive test will miss many cases. Meanwhile mothers were being accused of having Munchausen by proxy syndrome by doctors at the BC Children’s Hospital simply because they were not accepting the infectious disease Continues →

BC, Canada: Ticks active in the Southern Interior

WATCH: FULL STORY BY TANYA CRONIN   The most common species here in the Southern Interior is the Wood Tick, it’s not known to carry Lyme disease, but can carry other diseases and toxins, resulting in serious illness or even paralysis. There are some simple things you can do, that go a long way to prevent being infected. They are 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 →

Victoria, BC: 19 year old Victoria teen has fought Lyme Disease for 6 years

[CanLyme note:  Yet another case with eerily similar symptoms and circumstances to the others reported over the past few years.  Negative BC test, positive US test at certified US labs that the BC CDC say offer false positive tests, while the province provides no evidence for that.  In fact there is an abundance of evidence that the BC tests provide Continues →

Squamish, BC: Local woman tells nightmare of Lyme disease

Awareness evening to be held in Squamish next week   Kerri Currier / Squamish Chief / June 4, 2015 Squamish is a gorgeous natural playground to raise a family. However, the security I had in nature came to a halt upon learning the reality of Lyme disease treatment in B.C. I presented to the walk-in clinic with half a tick in Continues →

InFocus Magazine – Ticking Time Bomb

One tiny insect makes a giant impact on some people’s lives and health, and creates a medical controversy By Debbie Bowman • April & May 2015 One afternoon back in 2011, Amber Robinson noticed something strange about her left hand. “It felt weird all of a sudden,” says the 44-year-old Courtenay woman. “The padded area on my palm, just underneath Continues →

Long road leads to Lyme for Ladner woman

Elaine Crossley finally gets proper diagnosis, but the battle is far from over It seemed innocent enough. In March 2009, Elaine Crossley was working in the yard with her husband Bill Wheeler. Later that day, she noticed a bite on her leg. It didn’t hurt and it wasn’t itchy. She thought it might be a spider bite because there was Continues →

British Columbia, Canada: Tick borne disease was misdiagnosed for two decades

Julie Bertrand / Oceanside Star November 13, 2014 12:00 AM Qualicum Beach resident Sue Aldous discovered she had Lyme disease through a chance encounter in a Surrey grocery store. Aldous had suffered chronic health problems since 1984. She had headaches, frequent insomnia and digestive issues. Because of her poor health, she lost her job, her home and most of her Continues →

Climate change brings Lyme disease to Canada

by GAIL JOHNSON on OCT 29, 2014 JIM WILSON, FOUNDER of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) was in an Ottawa hotel room, in lockdown, with his curtains drawn when the Georgia Straight caught up with him. It was October 22, that terrible day of the shootings at Parliament; Wilson had flown from B.C. to the nation’s capital to testify Continues →

Lyme sufferers struggle for diagnosis, treatment

Robert Mangelsdorf — Westender October 29, 2014 It started as an odd twitch in her bicep, then a tingling numbness in her face. Soon, Kitsilano mother Susan Schirk’s toes began cramping up so severely, she couldn’t unclench them. Then the cramping spread to her arms. “I couldn’t hold up a blowdryer,” she says. “I would wash the dishes and I would Continues →

Lyme disease patient handed hefty FOI bill

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980 Shane Woodford September 08, 2014 08:24 pm   A woman suffering from Lyme disease had to turn to crowd funding to figure out why a BC government effort to treat the disease has gone off the rails. Gwen Barlee says the province opened a special clinic in 2013 but over the last few Continues →