Friday, April 15, 2011

When the end of the world comes, it'll be at the hands of "chronic Lyme disease" advocates

The end of the world is coming. And it might look something like this.

I've been doing a ton of research into the existence of so-called "chronic" Lyme disease lately - and what I've uncovered has terrified me to my core. There's an ever growing army of "Lyme advocates" who are slowly, painstaking (and largely unwittingly) putting pieces in place that will one day wipe mankind from the face of this planet!

[Zalgo! He comes! - Editorial Bear]

Let me explain how:

Lyme disease, as you probably know, is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in North America, and spreading fast. Patients are infected by the bite of an infected tick, which exposes them to a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi (this is one of the reasons why tick control is so important in certain parts of the United States).

This nasty, corkscrew-shaped spirochete then causes fever, headaches, rashes and joint pain – and can cause permanent arthritis and disability if left untreated long enough

Fortunately, Lyme disease can be cured by a short course of a particularly brutal antibiotic called doxycycline. The vast majority of clinical research has shown that borrelia burgdorferi is entirely eliminated after antibiotic treatment – but in a significant number of cases, the symptoms of Lyme disease aren't.

Patients still report fatigue, headaches, joint pain and other symptoms even after the bacteria has been eliminated from their system; and a growing contingent of quack doctors tell them that this is because the bacteria's still there. It's "hiding."

I wish I could say I'm joking, but I'm not. A small number of doctors have invented a fictional condition, "chronic Lyme disease," and come up with some truly wacky theories as to what causes it. Most of these theories wind up involving some kind of ongoing 'cure' that these quack doctors can supply to their patients – for a cost.

These include snake-oil cures like ingesting colloidal silver suspension (which has been linked to at least one death) but by far the most common 'treatment' for "chronic Lyme disease" is the one that's going to end the world: Long–term treatment with antibiotics that lasts weeks, months or sometimes even years.

This common "treatment" for "chronic Lyme disease" is terrifying for a variety of reasons.

For a start, it's entirely ineffective. While it's true that many patients who've been treated for Lyme disease continue to exhibit symptoms, it's a clinical fact that these aren't caused by the ongoing presence of borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.

If they were, these patients would test positive for the bacteria with blood tests (and although blood tests of Lyme disease are notoriously inaccurate, they're nowhere near that inaccurate.) Clinical research has proven that those suffering from "chronic Lyme disease" show no more improvement on long-term antibiotic treatment than they do on a placebo.

Secondly, this long-term antibiotic treatment is downright dangerous. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can cause digestive issues, renal failure, blood poisoning and has been linked to a number of deaths. Some doctors theorize that the ongoing symptoms of "chronic Lyme disease" are often caused – or at least great exacerbated – by the side effects of totally unnecessary antibiotic treatment that's supposed to be "curing them."

But the third reason is the most serious one: It's going to end the world.

[Zalgo comes! Prepare! - Editorial Bear]

Because as MRSA infections in hospitals all across America have proven, overexposure to antibiotics breeds treatment-resistant "super bacteria".

Bacterial infections that used to be cleared up with a week-long course of pills are now causing serious medical headaches because the bacteria has evolved to become immune to the antibiotics once used to treat them.

And it's getting worse, thanks to those quack doctors dishing out months or years worth of antibiotics for "chronic Lyme disease." They're basically beefing up generations of bacteria and reducing mankind's ability to treat them.

And that's how the end of the world will happen.

Because only two things scare me* – and one of them is the development of an antibiotic-resistant strain of necrotizing fasciitis. For those of you who haven't seen Cabin Fever, that's the famous 'flesh eating bacteria.'

One of these days, a strain of necrotizing fasciitis is going to run rampant across the world and basically melt all the flesh from our bones; and I'm pretty sure the reason this will happen is because of those quack doctors dolling out antibiotics to treat "chronic Lyme disease."

Those quacks will have bred a form of flesh-eating disease that modern science can't cure – and it's going to devour all of us!

[Zalgo will devour our flesh! - Editorial Bear]

Fortunately, it's not to late to stop this happening.

The reason this end of the world scenario has been allowed to happen in the first place is because the legitimate medical community – who have proven that "chronic Lyme disease" doesn't exist – are ignoring hundreds, if not thousands, of patients legitimately suffering from ongoing Lyme-like symptoms.

These people's disabilities, arthritis, joint pain and fatigue might not be caused by some fairytale illness that defies medical logic (and so-called "Lyme-literate" doctors would have you believe) but it is real and it is caused by something.

The "chronic Lyme disease" community has only turned to these quack doctors, selling snake oil and peddling dangerous treatments, because the real doctors have turned their back on them. The legitimate medical community has said: "You don't test positive for Lyme, so there's nothing wrong with you" even when there very clearly is.

Which is why the first step to preventing my nightmare scenario from coming true is to reach out those who believe in "chronic Lyme disease" and tell them: "YES! We believe you!"

"We accept that you're sick - and we're finally going to give your symptoms the attention they deserve."

Give these people the validation they seek and maybe they'll start listening to reason and science again. But if we don't, they'll continue to turn to quack doctors and take dangerous 'treatments' like colloidal silver suspension and long term antibiotics.

And that, my friends – that'll lead to the end of the world.

[ZALGO! - Editorial Bear]

* The other thing that scares me is the garbage disposal unit in the sink.

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