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Aribert Deckers
Copyright © 1999
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The Lyme Disease Conspiracy

August 5, 1993

by Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., M.D.

Reprinted from US Senate Committee Hearing on Lyme Disease

There is a core group of university-based Lyme disease researchers and 
physicians whose opinions carry a great deal of weight. Unfortunately 
many of them act unscientifically and unethically. They adhere to outdated, 
self-serving views and attempt to personally discredit those whose opinions 
differ from their own. They exert strong ethically questionable influence on 
medical journals, which enables them to publish and promote articles that are 
badly flawed. They work with government agencies to bias the agenda of 
consensus meetings, and have worked to exclude from these meetings and 
scientific seminars those with alternate opinions. They behave this way for 
reasons of personal or professional gain, and are involved in obvious 
conflicts of interest. 

This group promotes the idea that Lyme is a simple, rare illness that is 
easy to avoid, difficult to acquire, simple to diagnose, and easily treated 
and cured with 30 days or less of antibiotics. 

The truth is that Lyme is the fastest growing  infectious illness in this
country after AIDS, with a cost to society measured in the billions of 
dollars.It can be acquired by anyone who goes outdoors, very often 
goes undiagnosed for months, years, or forever in some patients, and 
can render a patient chronically ill and even totally disabled despite
what this core group refers to as "adequate" therapy. There have been 
deaths from Lyme disease. 

They feel that when the patient fails to respond to their treatment
regimens it is because the patient developed what they named "the post 
Lyme syndrome".

They claim that this is not an infectious problem, but a rheumatologic or 
arthritic malady due to activation of the immune system. 

The fact is, this cannot be related to any consistent abnormality other than
persistent infection. As further proof, vaccinated animals whose immune system
has been activated by Lyme have never developed this syndrome. On the other
hand, there is proof that persistent infection can exist in these patients
because the one month treatment did not eradicate the infection. 

Indeed, many chronically ill patients, whom these physicians dismissed,
have gone on to respond positively and even recover, when additional 
antibiotics are given. 

It is interesting that these individuals who promote this so called "post-Lyme
syndrome" as a form of arthritis, depend on funding from arthritis groups and
agencies to earn their livelihood. Some of them are known to have received
large consulting fees from insurance companies to advise them to curtail
coverage for any antibiotic therapy beyond this arbitrary 30 day cutoff, even
if the patient will suffer. This is despite the fact that additional therapy 
may be beneficial, and despite the fact that such practices never occur in 
treating other diseases. 

Following the lead of this group of physicians, a few state health departments
have even begun to investigate, in a very threatening way, physicians who have
more liberal views on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment than they do.
Indeed, I must confess that I feel that I am taking a large personal risk here
today by publicly stating these views, for fear that I may suffer some negative
repercussions, despite the fact that many hundreds of physicians and many
thousands of patients all over the world agree with what I am saying here.
Because of this bias by this inner circle, Lyme disease is both underdiagnosed
and undertreated, to the great detriment to many of our citizens. Let me
address these points in more detail. 


1. Under reporting: The current reporting criteria for Lyme are inadequate
   and miss an estimated 30 to 50% of patients. Some states curtailed their 
   active surveillance programs and saw an artificial drop in reported cases 
   of nearly 40%, leading the uninformed to believe incorrectly that the 
   number of new cases of Lyme is on the decline. The reporting procedure 
   is often so cumbersome, many physicians never bother to report cases. 

   Some physicians have found themselves the target of state health department 
   investigators. Finally, too many physicians and government agents rely on 
   the notoriously unreliable serologic blood test to confirm the diagnosis. 

2. Poor Lyme disease diagnostic testing: It is very well-known that the
   serologic blood test for Lyme is insensitive, inaccurate, not standardized, 
   and misses up to 40 percent of cases, yet many physicians, including many 
   of those referred to above, and the senior staff at CDC and NIH, insist
   that if the blood test is negative, then the patient could not possibly 
   have Lyme. 

   This view is not supported by the facts. Lyme is diagnosed clinically, and
   can exist even when the blood test is negative. 

   The Rocky Mountain Lab of the NIH, which is the country's best government
   laboratory for Lyme research had developed an excellent diagnostic test
   for this illness nearly 4 years ago, yet further work on it has been stalled
   due to lack of funding. Incredibly, if not for private donations of just 
   $5,000 from the non-profit National Lyme Disease Foundation headquartered 
   in Connecticut, then this reaseach would have had to be abandoned. An 
   additional $30,000 was donated by this organization to allow them to 
   continue other valuable projects relating to vaccine development and 
   disease pathogenesis. Yet, many physicians believe that thousands of 
   dollars of grant moneys awarded by the government to other, outside 
   researchers is poorly directed, supporting work of low relevance and low 
   priority to those sick with Lyme. In spite of this, their funding 
   continues, and the Rocky Mountain Lab is still underfunded. 

3. The university and Government based Lyme establishment deny the existence 
   of atypical presentations of Lyme and patients in this category are not
   being diagnosed or treated, and have no place to go for proper care. 


Some Lyme patients have had to see, as many as 42 different physicians 
often over several years, and at tremendous cost, before being properly 

Unfortunately, the disease was left to progress during that time, and 
patients were left forever ill, for by that time, their illness was not 
able to becured. 

Even more disturbing, these hard line physicians have tried to dismiss these
patients as having "Lyme Hysteria" and tried to claim they all were suffering 
from psychiatric problems! 


1. Because the diagnosis is not being made, for reasons partly outlined 

2. University based and government endorsed treatment protocols are empiric,
   insufficient, refer to studies involving inadequate animal models, and are
   ignorant of basic pharmacology. They are not based on honest systematic 
   studies or on the results of newer information. 

3. After short courses of treatment, patients with advanced disease rarely
   return to normal, yet many can be proven to still be infected and can
   often respond to further antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately, Lyme patients 
   are being denied such therapy for political reasons and/or because 
   insurance companies refuse to pay for longer treatment, upon the arbitrary 
   and uninformed advice of these physicians, who are on the insurance 
   company's payroll. 

4. Long term studies on patients who were untreated or undertreated 
   demonstrated the occurrence of severe illness more than a decade later, 
   reminiscent of the findings of the notorious Tuskeege Study, in which 
   intentionally untreated syphilis patients were allowed to suffer permanent 
   and in some cases fatal sequelae. 

5. The Lyme bacterium spreads to areas of the body that render this
   organism resistant to being killed by the immune system and by 
   antibiotics, such as in the eye, deep within tendons, and within cells. 
   The Lyme bacterium also has a very complex life cycle that renders it 
   resistant to simple treatment strategies. 

   Therefore, to be effective, antibiotics must be given in generous doses
   over several months, until signs of active infection have cleared. Because 
   relapses have appeared long after seemingly adequate therapy, long 
   term followup, measured in years or decades, is required before any 
   treatment regimen is deemed adequate or curative. 

6. When administered by skilled clinicians, the safety of long term
   antibiotic therapy has been firmly established. 

The very existence of hundreds of Lyme support groups in this country, and 
the tens of thousands of dissatisfied, mistreated and ill patients whom these 
groups represent, underscores the many problems that exist out in the real 
world of Lyme disease. I ask and plead with you to hear their voices, listen 
to their stories, and work in an honest and unbiased way to help and protect 
the many Americans whose health is at risk from what now has become a 
political disease.

Thank you.

Die Zustände in Deutschland sind skandalös. Wie in den USA sind Versicherungen und Ärzte eine verschworene Gemeinschaft, die mit Gefälligkeitsgutachten, Falschmedikation und schlichtem Nichtstun ihre Pfründe sichert. Die Kranken werden einem qualvollen Tod überlassen.

Hauptsache, die Kasse stimmt...

Aribert Deckers

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