Chris Deile 
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Re: “'There's a lot of money being made'

I'm still skeptical of this documentary. 'Under Our Skin' doesn't appear to investigate both sides sufficiently (even though it "gives insurance their say"). It's pro-ILADS, which is basically pro-pharma. Is it disseminated Borrelia burgdorferi [Lyme bacterial spirochete] or pharmaceutical mayhem (antibiotic induced lupus) causing the ongoing symptoms? Compare chronic [tertiary] Lyme disease with antibiotic adverse side effects and they're practically identical. Perhaps due to sending neurotoxins across the blood brain barrier causing inflammation (encephalopathy), lesions, demyelination, etc. MS, which Lyme is reportedly often misdiagnosed as, has been considered a disease of the BBB; that there is a direct correlation between the severity of MS and compromising [crossing] of the blood brain barrier. The CDC and NIH state the reason doxycycline antibiotic (used for acute Lyme and which crosses the blood brain barrier) is not prescribed to children under eight is due to teeth discoloration. However, the reason the FDA gives is that doxycycline causes encephalitis in children under eight. Moreover, amoxicillin doesn't cross the blood brain barrier nearly as much as doxy, and is thereby a much safer and, according to leading Lyme researcher Dr. Sam Donta, equally efficacious treatment for Lyme disease. Yet the safer alternative is rarely offered, nor is the patient even informed a safer alternative exists. It sure wasn't offered to me 10 days after a tick bite produced a large red rash on my back in Sonoma County, California in 2002. The ER doc immediately diagnosed it diagnosed Lyme disease (due to EM rash), and prescribed doxy; symptoms began five days after--extreme numbness and tingling in hands/forearms, malaria type blurred vision (as if experiencing a fevered brain), vertigo, wooziness, etc--symptoms which continue to this day. Finally, if Lyme disease is indeed medical neglect due to cost as 'Under Our Skin' purports, why doesn't the documentary call for a pharmaceutical price cap? Probably because pharma funded this propaganda.

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Posted by Chris Deile on 11/18/2009 at 7:18 PM

Re: “'There's a lot of money being made'

I question all these people's conflicting information....'Under Our Skin' Andy Abraham's Wilson, Infectious Diseases Society of America, CDC, NIH, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, etc. They all arouse suspicion when you read their stuff. They're extremely clever, but inevitably, there is always some form of absurdity weaved into the rhetoric.

Read the letters in response to this article (not comments found here but in a following edition of Colorado Springs Independent--Google search "Lucy Barnes Lyme Disease" and the link appears on page 2). The context of the letters arouses skepticism and contempt for those afflicted. I often wonder if it's deliberately manufactured propaganda.

Diagnosed with Lyme disease 6/14/02 after large red rash appeared 10 days after a tick bite, all I can surmise is it's either medical neglect due to cost (IV ceftriaxone--the NIH reported cure is extremely expensive [contrary to Andy's stating "And there's not alot of money in antibiotics"] and therefore often denied--I've been denied it in low-income clinics and ER's in eight different states). Or pharmaceutical mayhem since Doxycycline adverse effects mimick Lyme disease symptoms to a "T". Doxycycline crosses the blood brain barrier and by so doing can induce a lupus like response otherwise known as "Post-Lyme Disease Syndrome".

The never ending shell game mocks the physical and psychiatric suffering incurred.

Chris Deile

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Posted by Chris Deile on 04/06/2009 at 9:39 PM

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