American Journal of Medicine: We Demand Opposing Viewpoint Be Allowed to Speak!
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American Journal of Medicine: We Demand Opposing Viewpoint Be Allowed to Speak!

    1. Kenneth Mercure
    2. Petition by

      Kenneth Mercure

      North Adams, MA

The March 2013 issue of The American Journal of Medicine (AJM), the official journal of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), is running an article entitled Common Misconceptions About Lyme Disease, by John J. Halperin, MD, Phillip Baker, PhD, Gary P. Wormser, MD.

The article claims to have "debunked" chronic Lyme disease, essentially proclaiming that if you still test positive after treatment and/or have symptoms, then you are suffering from something else, most likely a psychiatric condition.

Why is all of this so important? Because it is this journal and others like it that are responsible for the education and continuing education of our medical students and physicians, as well as allied health professionals. Cavalier disinformation like this is extremely deleterious to all of humanity. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.

LET'S KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE UNTIL THEY ALLOW FOR AN ARTICLE FROM THE OPPOSING VIEWPOINT!

I will continue to notify the American Journal of Medicine as this petition gains signatures and will promote the issues behind it's existence to all who will listen. This injustice cannot be ignored!

ABSTRACT:
Lyme disease, infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, is a focally endemic tick-transmitted zoonosis. During the 3 decades since the responsible spirochete was identified, a series of misconceptions and misunderstandings have become widely prevalent, leading to frequent misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Persistent misconceptions concern the reliability of available diagnostic tools, the signs and symptoms of nervous system involvement, the appropriate choice and duration of antimicrobial therapy, the curability of the infection, and the cause of symptoms that may persist in some patients after treatment. Concern about disparate perspectives led the Institute of Medicine to review the subject. In this article we review the principal misconceptions, discussing their origins and the best currently available scientific evidence related to each one.

LINK TO ABSTRACT:
http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(12)00875-3/abstract

All text by Lucretia "Creda" Perilli, except what's in caps and directly adjacent.

To:
American Journal of Medicine
AJM Editors
We DEMAND Lyme-Literate Medical Professionals be allowed to share their point-of-view on the Chronic Lyme controversy. We DEMAND an article that shows the faults of the IDSA's stance on Chronic Lyme be allowed for publication in the American Journal of Medicine!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Nina Moore REISTERSTOWN, UNITED STATES
      • 5 months ago

      This is important to me because I was misdiagnosed by an Infectious Disease physician for more than fifteen years when it was really Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella.

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    • Sherry Bittinger NEW CUMBERLAND, PA
      • 9 months ago

      I believe that I have had Lymes for years and not have been properally diagnosed

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    • BONNIE WHITE YORK, PA
      • 10 months ago

      I have suffered with Lyme and it's co-infections for over 20 years. I have bullied and told I don't have Lyme and been refused treatment. This needs to change!

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    • geoffrey steiner CUSHING, MN
      • 12 months ago

      I GOT LYMES 1984 TREATED FINIALLY DIAGNOSED 1989 .THROUGH 2012 GOT LYMES 10 MORE TIMES.NO VETERANS HOSPITAL DR WOULD TREAT AFTER ONE TEST YEARS AGO NEGATIVE COURSE WAS ON DOXY.NO MORE TESTING .THEY SAY SEE SHRINK.I AM A PSYCHOTHERAPIST..PLANTED TREES HERE 33 YEARS MANY NEIGHBORS TICK DISEASES HERE IN CENTER OF MINNESTOA.livemem@brainerd.net

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    • Nora Lawrence SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 12 months ago

      Do you remember the diagnosis of hysteria? Fibromyalgia? Depression? Epstein Barr? CFS? Sound familiar? As an MSW and researcher it is very disturbing that you want to tell so many thousands of people that it is all in their heads. Shaking my damn head over this ridiculous stance you've taken.

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