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Editor’s Note: This biased and flawed study is one of many that reflects the agenda of the Centers for Disease Control and the Infectious Disease Society of America to discredit chronic Lyme disease and appropriate treatments, which include long-term antibiotics. The authors have described adverse effects from antibiotic use yet fail to mention the plethora of research and evidence that demonstrates the even bigger dangers of untreated chronic Lyme.
Further, most research and doctors’ experiences with their patients have shown that antibiotics are for many, a safe, effective choice of treatment for chronic Lyme. Researchers and practitioners should be aware that there are many published studies on Lyme disease that prove this, and that there are many doctors that will testify to that fact based on their experiences with their patients. We share this to encourage everyone who researches Lyme to be discerning and learn to separate fact from fiction, as there is also much “fiction” in research studies and studies can be designed to favor a biased or flawed outcome.
Serious Bacterial Infections Acquired During Treatment of Patients Given a Diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease – United States
The term "chronic Lyme disease" is used by some health care providers as a diagnosis for various constitutional, musculoskeletal, and neuropsychiatric symptoms (1,2). Patients with a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease have been provided a wide range of medications as treatment, including long courses of intravenous (IV) antibiotics (3,4). Studies have not shown that such treatments lead to substantial long-term improvement for patients, and they can be harmful (1,5). This report describes cases of septic shock, osteomyelitis, Clostridium difficile colitis, and paraspinal abscess resulting from treatments for chronic Lyme disease. Patients, clinicians, and public health practitioners should be aware that treatments for chronic Lyme disease can carry serious risks.
Source: By Marzec NS, Nelson C, Waldron PR, Blackburn BG, Hosain S, Greenhow T, Green GM, Lomen-Hoerth C, Golden M, Mead PS. Serious Bacterial Infections Acquired During Treatment of Patients Given a Diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease – United States. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017 Jun 16;66(23):607-609. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6623a3.