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Lyme Lies: Allen Steere's horrifying comments regarding Lyme disease in last week's commencement address
Date:5/24/2008

Commentary by T.L. Kittle

LOS ANGELES, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As some people are already aware, there's a debate going on regarding Lyme disease (it's actually more like a war) regarding who should be treated for Lyme disease and how long that treatment should be.

(Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by tick bites that can lead to debilitating symptoms, including severe neurological problems.)

Allen Steere, as a member of the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) and having spent decades studying the disease, is well regarded by many as an "expert" on Lyme disease. Therefore it is of utmost importance that he presents the facts on Lyme disease as they are currently known truthfully to the unknowing public -- especially given his stature in the medical community.

The main problem with this speech and his argument about Lyme Disease, is that he's basing the entire argument on whether or not someone who is ill with Lyme symptoms should be treated with antibiotic therapy and for how long on diagnostic testing -- presenting diagnostic testing as if these tests were 100% reliable, which is false information -- horrifying by someone who is supposed to be honoring the science.

"Diagnostic tests based on scientific studies fail to show evidence of Lyme disease in most of these patients," stated Allen Steere.

It's only true that these patients did indeed 'for sure' not have Lyme disease if it's true that diagnostic tests are 100% accurate-when in fact, Lyme tests have been scientifically proven to produce false negatives.

Therefore, Allen Steere misrepresented the facts about Lyme disease to the Ohio Wesleyan University 2008 graduates. Since diagnostic testing for Lyme disease is not 100% reliable, then this means some of these patients with negative results might have actually had Lyme disease, making antibiotic therapy appropriate.

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SOURCE T.L. Kittle
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