“We are the 300,000” is a movement of Lyme patients who are standing up to show that we are dying or suffering from debilitating symptoms because we are being ignored by the CDC and HMOs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that rather than 30,000 new Lyme cases each year, there are likely 300,000. Although Lyme disease is a worldwide epidemic, patients are are unable to receive long-term treatment because the CDC refuses to acknowledge that chronic Lyme exists.
The CDC asserts that a 2 to 4 week course of antibiotics always eradicates a Lyme bacterial infection. Any persist symptoms after treatment are presumed to be caused by damage to tissues and the immune system rather than to persistent infection. The CDC has maintained this belief despite the fact that a growing body of research has found that the Lyme infection can persist. Seventy-seven peer-reviewed studies from 1977 to 2012 show that Lyme disease can persist despite antitbiotic treatment: http://www.lymeinfo.net/medical/LDPersist.pdf.
Meanwhile, HMOs are fighting tooth and nail to prevent Lyme from becoming the next costly AIDS epidemic.
We are all at risk for this deadly disease. Untold numbers are going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The misdiagnoses include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, lupus, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and many other chronic illnesses.
The Lyme community has decided to fight back. Lyme disease is not just an illness. It’s a movement. It’s time to reform healthcare. Please join the fight.
To see how you’re at risk watch Under Our Skin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxWgS0XLVqw