Much recently reported at a 2012 ILADS conference, Dr. Alan MacDonald the discoverer of biofilms with Lyme disease, announced that there had been 1 million new cases of Lyme disease in Germany for 2012. Now let’s sit back and just digest that for a moment.
1 million new cases, just for the year of 2012!!! Why isn’t this being talked about in the news, instead of just being talked about on blogs and forums. The media is so willing to report about West Nile Virus, but yet when it comes to Lyme disease I never see anything about it on CNN or MSNBC, and any of the other news stations.
And I love when doctors and people suggest that it’s not that big of a deal due to a low death rate. If the suicides due to the disease along with organ failures were recorded, I guarantee the death rate would be a lot more than West Nile virus. Not to mention the financial strain it’s putting on families, this disease will drain your bank account!
The IDSA reports that 30,000 to 40,000 new cases appear in the US each year. They have admitted that due to inaccurate collection of statistics, that the cases are 10 to 12 times that. The doctors that work for the IDSA are educated people, well since they are educated why don’t they change the way they collect statistics. I just recently read how my own state Michigan collect statistics, all the loops you have to jump through to get recorded is ridiculous.
None of the people in my region of the state are even getting recorded, just this past year in 2011, not one case was recorded in southeastern Michigan.
Yet when I talk to friends and family, I know almost a dozen of people that have had it or are still dealing with it right now. One friend actually got bit on Harsens Island and went blind for a period of time, but eventually he got better and regained his eyesight. Not everyone is so lucky, especially when you can’t even find the right treatment you need for the disease. There are only 4-5 Lyme literate doctors in the state of Michigan, so when you get bit you can bet that you’re gonna be on a waiting list for a while.
And not only are the collection of statistics screwed up, but the official Lyme disease test doctors use only looks for one strain of Borrelia bacteria, which doesn’t account for the other strains, which some say there are up to 100 different Borrelia strains out there. It’s obvious we have a big problem on our hands, along with the other bacteria that is becoming resistant to antibiotics.
What we need is a more accurate test and educate doctors about the disease. In my region estate I went to 10 different doctors and emergency rooms, not one of them suggested testing for Lyme disease. All the doctors suggested that they tested me for everything, when that statement was totally untrue. It’s obvious the healthcare system is failing and change needs to happen!
I just can’t imagine how many people are walking around with the disease and they don’t even know it. Anyways I hope this video has helped educate you a little about Lyme disease and stay tune for more unregulated information from the Covert Chronicle.