Tag Archives: Canada

MP Ramsey says local Lyme disease sufferers feel betrayed by federal response

Brian Cross, Windsor Star MP Tracey Ramsey implored Canada’s health minister to scrap the draft framework on Lyme disease on Tuesday, describing how sufferers of the debilitating tick-borne illness are heartbroken by the government’s “status quo” approach. “There was hope that something would come out of this that would change the way Lyme disease is treated in Canada, and unfortunately this fails to Continues →

Ottawa: Canadian politicians, scientists, physicians, and advocates unite in request of Minister Philpott to insist upon an ethical process

[CanLyme Note: No disease in history has ever been so massaged and manipulated behind closed doors as Lyme disease (borreliosis)  Is profit the motive? Keeping people sick and on pills for every symptom seems to be the approved Canadian policy while they refuse to transparently look at better tests that are available, and they refuse to allow potentially curative treatments.] View Continues →

Lyme sufferers devastated by federal government’s action plan

Richmond Hill Liberal, February 22, 2017 When Shari Allen first went public with her battle with Lyme disease, she was very sick, but she had hope. In 2015, the disease had upended her life, left her unable to work, her savings depleted, suffering from constant headaches and joint pain, but the Thornhill woman still believed this disease could be beaten. Two Continues →

Established Population of Blacklegged Ticks with High Infection Prevalence for the Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato, on Corkscrew Island, Kenora District, Ontario

2016; 13(11): 881-891. doi: 10.7150/ijms.16922 Abstract We document an established population of blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, on Corkscrew Island, Kenora District, Ontario, Canada. Primers of the outer surface protein A (OspA) gene, the flagellin (fla) gene, and the flagellin B (flaB) gene were used in the PCR assays to detect Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), the Lyme disease bacterium. In Continues →

CanLyme director responds to Canadian Medical Association Journal article

Response to Doctors Gregson and Quach Robert G. Murray, DDS, Director, CanLyme Re: “The Lyme law” Zubek, 187:520-521doi:10.1503/cmaj.115-0029 The problem with Lyme disease in Canada will only continue to grow to the point where the numbers affected will simply overwhelm the idea that Lyme Borreliosis (LB) is hard to catch and easy to treat with a short round of antibiotics. Continues →

Lyme disease sufferers looking for more help from Canadian medical system

Chris Thompson, Windsor Star Published on: May 27, 2016 Two years ago Francesca Ventimiglia was a healthy a vibrant aerobics instructor teaching as many as three classes a day. Today she is wheelchair-bound, unable to walk, her sight and hearing impaired. She also had her breasts removed from a misdiagnosis of cancer. Ventimigla has Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that 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 →

CBC, The National: Alarming rise in Lyme disease cases

A five-fold increase in Lyme disease cases since 2009 concerns Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Gregory Taylor sounds alarm, doctors and Canadians need to get up to speed and better science needs to occur. Watch TV segment

Halifax, NS, Canada: We must understand risk of ticks & Lyme Disease

By Brenda Sterling-Goodwin March 24th, 2016, Chronicle Herald newspaper Halifax, NS, Canada As migrating birds return this spring, they will be spreading millions of ticks across Canada. Those ticks are here to stay and we must learn to work with the growing problem of their impact on pets and humans. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, in partnership with Merck Animal Continues →

Gulf Islands, BC, Canada: Peak tick season prompts warning

[CanLyme note: Reuben Kaufman, PhD, is a long time Board member of CanLyme] By Sean McIntyre on March 23, 2016 – Gulf Islands Driftwood news With peak tick season upon the island, a Salt Spring-based researcher warns residents that a few basic precautions can prevent a world of grief. Reuben Kaufman has pulled, poked and probed thousands of ticks for the Continues →