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16.8.98, Aribert Deckers


The sad story of Dr. Bleiweiss

Don Chinnici

1998

Dr. Bleiweiss was a good doctor. He was also my doctor. ...And friend to many who suffered from lyme. He, too, was a lyme sufferer, and as a result, knew this illness intimately.

He was one of the early pioneers of correct lyme treatment (which is to say that there is a long-term component to this infection, and that it needs to be treated as such—usually with long term antibiotic treatment.) Because of this he ran into intense opposition from the insurance community, and then as a result, from some within the medical community.

Well, it’s now come to pass that it’s understood that he was correct (by most, at least). And there are now a number of doctors who will treat lyme as a long-term illness. But early on, he was viewed as one whose opinions and practices regarding this needed to be squelched quickly. As I believe it happened, the insurance community sought supporters in the medical community. The Board of New Jersey’s Medical Examiners brought him under investigation (for over prescribing). They used as support—against her will—one of his former patients. And ultimately, he faced the loss of his medical license.

During this time, I believe the stresses of some these events these contributed to his divorce from his wife. One morning, shortly after this, the local newspaper in his city — irresponsible as newspapers commonly show themselves to be — did a front page "smear" article of him. At the culmination of these events, later that morning, he chose to take his life.

It is for this very reason that one will commonly find that the lyme community is highly reluctant to give the names of good doctors over the internet. Dr. Bleiweiss was not the only target. Other doctors have also found themselves suddenly defending their medical licenses.

The medical community has polarized over this issue: There are some (and they are in fact "published" in this opinion) who advocate to the world that all lyme is treated in 4-6 weeks. Anything that remains (in this mis-guided opinion) is hypochondriacal and needs to be treated psychiatrically. Further, there are now a body of doctors who quote these published M.D.'s, leading to the further physical and social damage that results from the non-recognition of lyme.

On another hand, there are a large group of doctors who recognize that lyme does indeed exist in the chronic state, and therefore need to be treated as such — long term. It's my hope that these are now in large enough number to see an end of some of the types of persecutions as described above.

One would normally assume the medical establishment to be universally in pursuit of ultimate medical truth, and that the community, as a whole, would and should be in accord on major issues regarding health. This is, however, not the case with lyme, and the "camps" are so diametrically opposed that it leaves us only trying to wonder what evil force could be behind such persistent conflict.

I personally believe, it's money.

As an addendum to this page, I know that there are many who know more of the details of Dr. Bleiweiss' story than I. Or perhaps that some of what I've written is incorrect. If you have any comments or information worthy of publishing here, please contact me at the email links in various places around this website.

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