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Collusion to Control the Narrative

Carl Tuttle
Hudson, NH, United States

Oct 11, 2017 — Two letters were written to the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Medicine regarding the following commentary published on February 16, 2017:

False and Misleading Information about Lyme Disease
Eugene D. Shapiro, M.D., Phillip J. Baker, Ph.D., Executive Director, Gary P. Wormser, M.D.
http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(17)30138-9/fulltext

The three authors of this commentary mislead the reader to believe that Lyme disease is little more than the aches and pains of daily living (nuisance disease) and claim everyone with Lyme will test positive. Biased manuscripts like this do not reflect a balanced scientific consensus and misguides the worldwide medical community.

My letters to Joseph Alpert and supporting references describe an infection capable of destroying lives: (References included persistent infection after antibiotic treatment, seronegative disease, autopsy reports, heart transplant and death)

1st letter to Joseph Alpert, MD, Editor-in-Chief, of The American Journal of Medicine: (Mar 4, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o29rib2jwk1bssv/1st%20letter%20to%20Joseph%20Alpert.docx?dl=0

2nd letter to Joseph Alpert, MD, Editor-in-Chief, of The American Journal of Medicine: (Mar 7, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9en36h3l929qkak/2nd%20letter%20to%20Joseph%20Alpert.docx?dl=0

There was no response from Alpert.

I filed an ethics complaint against Joseph Alpert, MD, Editor-in-Chief, of The American Journal of Medicine: (Cc: Ms. Iratxe Puebla, COPE Complaints Administrator; Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

1st letter to Thomas Reller, Vice President, Global Corporate Relations: (Mar 10, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lrug9i4uzyawtxy/1st%20letter%20to%20thomas%20reller.docx?dl=0

2nd letter to Thomas Reller, Vice President, Global Corporate Relations: (Mar 15, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5s82jc5cgpso7at/2nd%20letter%20to%20thomas%20reller.docx?dl=0

There was no response from Reller.

Through the assistance of the Committee on Publication Ethics I received a response five months later from the Senior Publisher who refers to an entirely different article:

1st letter from Senior Publisher Jane Grochowski: (August 31, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7aclmabtowwsxb9/first%20letter%20from%20senior%20publisher%20jane%20grochowski.docx?dl=0

My response to Senior Publisher Jane Grochowski: (Sept 2, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xndvbfu5vd7kxm2/my%20response%20to%20senior%20publisher%20jane%20grochowski.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

“Might I remind you Ms. Grochowski, scientific misconduct to support one’s bias is fraud which has had an impact on public health and clinical treatment.
Additionally, the role of Journal Editors and the so-called peer-review process is also in question here. When you publish bias papers by Shapiro, Baker and Wormser, you share responsibility for this thirty year travesty”

1st response from Joseph Alpert: (Sept 2, 2017)

On Sept 2, 2017 Joseph Alpert wrote: “Sorry we do not agree. Sincerely, Jozeph Alpert “
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vxsb8v8zd14kfen/1st%20letter%20from%20joseph%20alpert.docx?dl=0

I sent the following letter asking Dr. Alpert to be more specific and explain what exactly don’t we agree with? (A letter to the CDC Director, Brenda Fitzgerald was included as an attachment)

Questions for Dr. Alpert: (Sept 3, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5auy03iagj0p3mq/questions%20for%20dr%20alpert.docx?dl=0

Attached letter to CDC Director, Brenda Fitzgerald:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xaul84dqmqgbre0/Brenda%20Fitzgerald%20MD%20Director%20CDC.docx?dl=0

My 2nd response to Senior Publisher Jane Grochowski: (September 6, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zjjviutxnbirbcq/My%202nd%20response%20to%20Senior%20Publisher%20Jane%20Grochowski.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

“The three authors of the paper published in The American Journal of Medicine continue to refer to the outdated simplistic view of a pathogen capable of destroying lives as patient testimony worldwide describes a disease which leaves its victim horribly disabled. Those who control the narrative repeatedly cite each other’s work (circular reasoning). Suppression of scientific evidence of the persistence of infection and the destructive nature of this pathogen is an ethics violation as this deception continues unrestricted.”

2nd response from Joseph Alpert: (September 6, 2017) (Complete avoidance of all of my questions)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ld8vh9ilja5qrf8/2nd%20response%20from%20joseph%20alpert.docx?dl=0

My reply to Dr. Alpert with “Shapiro Quotes:” (September 7, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6d987mvtlqbe2ee/my%20reply%20to%20dr.%20alpert%20with%20shapiro%20quotes.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

-Eugene Shapiro, MD, a professor of pediatrics at Yale, quoted by Stefanie Ramp in the Fairfield Co. Weekly on May 20, 1999

"It's usually not Lyme disease unless it looks, smells, and tastes like Lyme disease":

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Recent discovery brought to the attention of Joseph Alpert:

LYME SCI: Do sleeper cells hold key to “turning off” Borrelia? (Sept 10, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/klj3rca3d4a9rbe/lyme%20sci%20do%20sleeper%20cells%20hold%20key%20to%20turning%20off%20borrelia.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

“I would like to call attention to a recently published paper (Aug 24, 2017) published by colleagues of Dr. Gary Wormser at New York Medical College and the Centers for Disease Control identifying the ability of the Lyme disease spirochete to withstand lethal doses of antibiotics.”

3rd response from Joseph Alpert: (Sept 17, 2017) includes a message from COPE
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cn7ayugnmnw0s6j/3rd%20response%20from%20joseph%20alpert.docx?dl=0

From Alpert:

“This man continues to barrage us with worthless and aggressive emails. Fortunately, our computers have delete buttons. Sincerely, Joseph Alpert, MD Editor in Chief, The American Journal of Medicine”

My response to Joseph Alpert’s arrogance: (Sept 18, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1if3of7qtycnkto/my%20response%20to%20joseph%20alperts%20arrogance.docx?dl=0

“When an Editor-in-Chief compares scientific references, autopsy and positive laboratory results to “worthless emails” something is rotten in Denmark; once again supporting my observation of editorial censorship of the facts/truth.”

“Do you truly believe that my letter to this arrogant editor would reach publication?”
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On Aug 31, 2017 Jane Grochowski wrote: “If you have concerns, we encourage you to address them through the traditional channels of scientific discourse and debate. You will find the submission requirements for letters to the editor and other article types in The American Journal of Medicine guide to authors at www.amjmed.com.”

Submitted Letter to the Editor of The American Journal of Medicine: (Sept 20, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fqb28g3gji03t63/letter%20to%20the%20editor%20of%20the%20american%20journal%20of%20medicine.docx?dl=0

My Letter to the Editor was immediately rejected.

Cover letter:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/674jzz19v3db9yi/Cover%20Letter%20The%20American%20Journal%20of%20Medicine.docx?dl=0

Letter to the Editor: (Ref. No.: 17-1770)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lqcqgk28ksrynfr/False%20and%20Misleading%20Information%20about%20Lyme%20Disease.docx?dl=0

Note from the editor on Sept 25, 2017:

“We regret to inform you that we will not be able to use your manuscript. It was read carefully by the editors, and there was a general consensus that it is of lower priority than other manuscripts currently under consideration by the Journal.”

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Formal complaint against the American Journal of Medicine: (September 28, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j923uzoukd9ay11/formal%20complaint%20against%20the%20american%20journal%20of%20medicine.docx?dl=0

The complaint:

Editorial censorship of the truth/facts/references surrounding Lyme disease has controlled and continues to control the narrative through highly biased misinformation that suppresses/excludes evidence of persistent infection and seronegative disease.

This highly biased viewpoint continues to influence the medical community into believing the patient can’t possible have Lyme when serology is negative.

I provided solid references along with the CDC disclaimer that case definitions should not be used as the sole criteria for establishing clinical diagnoses yet these extremely important facts/references and disclaimer are not found in the Shapiro commentary published in the American Journal of Medicine.

Editorial censorship to control the narrative is collusion. (Oct 1, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/aa93zznac5q2dhi/editorial%20censorship%20to%20control%20the%20narrative%20is%20collusion.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

My letter to the editor provides inconvenient truths about Lyme disease that do not match the established conception of a disease which has been characterized as a low-risk and non-urgent health issue. Lyme disease can be life-altering/life-threatening but this reality remains well hidden from the medical community and general public.

Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Alpert has shown wanton disregard for evidence of persistent infection, seronegative disease, autopsy reports identifying the destructive nature of Borrelia and horrific patient testimony including Dr. Neil Spector’s required heart transplant and I have the email thread to substantiate this claim.

I want to make this perfectly clear; editorial censorship to control the narrative is collusion.

Collusion: “Secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.”

My formal complaint against the American Journal of Medicine is not to be taken lightly and I expect a prompt response from you as Senior Publisher.

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Still waiting for a response from Senior Publisher Jane Grochowski:

Misconduct/questionable behavior (Oct 5, 2017)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ds8e80i5tmz6dd/misconduct-questionable%20behavior.docx?dl=0

Excerpt:

Lyme disease with its life-altering/life-threatening consequences has been misclassified as a low-risk and non-urgent health issue. Joseph Alpert, Editor-in-Chief is using editorial censorship to insure the severity of Lyme disease remains well hidden from the worldwide medical community and general public while the three authors of the commentary compare Lyme to the aches and pains of daily living and claim everyone with Lyme will test positive.

Please provide a response or escalation process for this complaint.

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This record of communication is provided to show the world that Lyme continues to be mishandled and controlled by those who are given carte blanche to publish highly biased and misleading information. The truth remains in the hearts and minds of patients who have been horribly affected by a disease characterized as a low-risk and non-urgent health issue.

“Someone needs to hold accountable those using science to advance their own agenda.”


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