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Kaiser Lyme Disease Propaganda

Infectious Diseases, Kaiser Redwood City "The Professor of Parasites"

“Local cases of Lyme disease are quite unusual -- I see maybe one case per year. I would say that local residents are at very low risk for contracting Lyme disease. There's a lot more risk in Humboldt and other northern counties in
California. Only about 1 percent of local ticks carry Lyme disease.” (Note; Factual information from Santa Cruz Public Health Department; “A two-year study by biologists at San Jose State University found infection rates ranging from 5 to 9 percent among western black-legged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) and American dog ticks (Dermancentor variabilis) in Santa Cruz County.”) Note:  The following is now placed in sfgate archives.
Kaiser Permanente responds:
"Of course we treat Lyme disease at Kaiser Permanente -- but it is infrequent in California," said David J. Witt, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Kaiser Permanente's medical group of 4400 physicians serve more than 3.1 million members in 17 hospitals and 152 medical office buildings in Northern California."

"We follow clinical guidelines for diagnosing and treating Lyme Disease that were published jointly by The Infectious Diseases Society of America and American Rheumatologic Association. Our world-class clinical laboratories diagnose complex diseases - including Lyme disease. If there is any question, we send specimens to the laboratory run by Allen Steere, MD of Massachusetts General Hospital," he said. (Note: The Lyme disease panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America is under an antitrust investigation filed by the Connecticut Attorney General. Steere, part of the antitrust investigation, has publicly bragged that his laboratory could not find evidence of Lyme disease in samples when other laboratories had positive results (for the same sample).

Lyme Disease is a Ticking Epidemic - SF Chronicle - November 2003
Now archived at SF Chronicle

In Mendocino county in California, one of the few counties where long term studies have been done they reported a 41.5% nymphal Ixodes Pacificus tick infection rate with B. burgdorferi and with an adult infection rate of 4%. In Santa Cruz county they had an infection rate of 30% in state parks in nymphal ticks. These infection rates are not the average though. It averages out to 7% of Ixodes ticks infected with Lyme disease in Mendocino county.

Reference for the above... pdf/dhs_lyme_medbd_news_10_

Kaiser’s Lyme Disease Executive Summary which was removed from the Internet by Kaiser. Note that these guidelines discourage testing, give a high (and false) accuracy of the Lyme ELISA screening test, restrict diagnostic criteria by focusing on joint inflammation and Bell’s palsy, and encourage a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
“In Sonoma County, only about 1 percent of adult ticks and 5 percent of nymphs are infected with the Lyme disease bacteria, (Gary) Green (Kaiser Santa Rosa, Infectious Diseases) said.

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Note; In the same article…“But the tick infection rate can vary widely in areas of Northern California . Anne Kjemtrup, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health Services, said that in some spots of Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, up to 40 percent of nymphal ticks have the Lyme bacterium.”

Sonoma County continues to have this on their health page despite numerous requests to have it removed. This is the only non-government reference cited on the Sonoma County Lyme page. This presentation by Gary Green of Kaiser Santa Rosa suggests the use of CDC surveillance criteria as diagnostic criteria, relies on sources approved by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), now under a Civil Antitrust Investigation by the Connecticut Attorney General, promotes the use of test kits and laboratories that are modeled around East Coast strains of Lyme disease (and less likely to give a positive result for West Coast Lyme disease), ignores laboratories on the West Coast and East Coast that have demonstrated expertise and highest accuracy in diagnosing Lyme disease, ignores many medical and scientific references that do not support Dr. Green’s (and Kaiser’s) position, and ignores alternative guidelines by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).
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