Make doctors nationwide take The ILADEF Physician Training Program

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Nation wide, there is a lack of education amongst our medical professionals regarding the rapidly growing, worldwide epidemic of Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases. The CDC reports that well over 300,000 US citizens are diagnosed with Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases every year. This means that Lyme Disease is twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS. There are no cures for late stage manifestations of the different diseases which means lifelong suffering from debilitating and disabling symptoms with no cure in sight. Only remission.

2016 National Guidelines Clearinghouse removed IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) Lyme guidelines because they are outdated and not in compliance with current standards. 

Doctors are now advised to look towards ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) guidelines based on the latest in scientific data and documented research. ILADS presents the most updated guidelines in the world. ILADS offers continuing education for doctors and other medical professionals with ILADEF. Here is an excerpt from their website:

"The ILADEF Physician Training Program, a groundbreaking project vital to fostering excellence in care for Lyme disease patients, directly addresses challenges in properly diagnosing and treating Lyme and other tickborne diseases. The Training Program provides medical and other healthcare practitioners the opportunity to study with Lyme-literate healthcare professionals. Through this experience, participants will develop the skills necessary to properly diagnose and treat Lyme disease. These professionals will be able to return to their community with enhanced skills and the ability to provide superior care to Lyme patients, improving the health and quality of life for those that suffer from the most debilitating effects of Lyme disease."
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From New York to Los Angeles, nationwide, patients are remaining under diagnosed and many times undiagnosed, due to the medical establishments outdated schooling on Lyme and other tick borne diseases. This leads to a tremendous amount of underreporting where Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases go by unnoticed. In order for us to have a correct geographic mapping of endemic areas doctors should always take tick borne disease under consideration, no matter location and include them in differential diagnoses. The agent that causes Lyme Disease has thus far been found in 50% of United States counties. The lack of knowledge amongst our nation's medical providers results in a major healthcare crisis where people become and remain chronically ill. 

If we can help our current medical establishment get further educated on how to properly diagnose and treat patients with tick borne disease nationwide, we will first of all stop hundreds of thousands of Americans from unnecessary suffering and second of all get a grip on one of the largest health crises in our lifetime where chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation's health care costs.

Please help sign this petition to call on our United States Congress to take legislative action against the medical establishments outdated tick borne disease treatment guidelines and look towards ILADS for continuing education on how to properly diagnose and treat tick borne disease.

Sincere thanks for your time and signature,
Sara C.