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New Book Exposes 'Junk Science,' Conflicts of Interest, Disease Guidelines Affecting Millions
Date:3/6/2009

Critical evidence revealed about IDSA guidelines, science, researchers examined in recent Anti-Trust Investigation

MADISON, Wis., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest author, researcher, and Lyme patient PJ Langhoff has released a scientific expose revealing the politics, conflicts of interest, academic ties, research, and IDSA guidelines for Lyme disease. Third in a series, "The Baker's Dozen & the Lunatic Fringe: Has Junk Science Shifted the Lyme Disease Paradigm?" exposes key evidence offered during CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's anti-trust investigation into the Infectious Disease Society of America's (IDSA) clinical practice guidelines for Lyme disease; findings which called the guidelines formation process "flawed."

The IDSA Lyme disease guidelines are sometimes called "restrictive." Misinterpretation may prevent diagnosis, treatment access, and insurance coverage. "I researched what I felt was an alarming trend -- the denial of illness by those previously publishing that chronic Lyme existed and was serious, but whom now appear to deny this point of view," said Langhoff. The IDSA guidelines for Lyme disease are promoted as the "standard of care." Some physicians treating outside these so-called "standards" have found their medical licenses suspended or revoked. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), which includes some IDSA members, offers a markedly different set of guidelines affording chronically infected patients better options. "Chronic Lyme" is a form that the IDSA guidelines and some of its panelists are accused of dismissing. The IDSA guidelines state they are merely recommendations.

Some people feel adherence to the current IDSA guidelines are a significant impediment to wellness. "They are but one standard of care; written by those whose connections appear rife with conflicts of interest, and who may promote what many call 'junk science,'" says Langhoff. The
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