Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Lyme Guidelines. These guidelines are the basis for the denial of Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment by Kaiser Permanente. A cabal of 14 authors and a somewhat larger number of cohorts with significant conflicts of interest seem to control much of the published information on Lyme disease. Unfortunately, these guidelines are blindly followed by most doctors who have little or no knowledge about Lyme disease and rely on normally sound and dependable information from the prestigious IDSA. The IDSA guidelines are also promoted by CDC Lyme scientists, many of whom have profit interests in Lyme disease.
American Lyme Disease Foundation. The ALDF is essentially an arm of those relative few who have controlled Lyme disease information for decades. This includes some of the authors of the IDSA Lyme disease guidelines. The ALDF also has ties to tThe ALDF is essentially an arm of those relative few who have controlled Lyme disease information for decades. This includes some of the authors of the IDSA Lyme disease guidelines. The ALDF also has ties to the CDC and vice-versa. The ALDF was formed by James Connolly of Castle & Connolly, an HMO advocate. The ALDF and its members have profit interests in Lyme disease.
Quackwatch’s Lyme disease information was prepared by Dr. Edward McSweegan, formerly the Lyme disease program manager for the National Institutes of Health. For various reasons, Dr. McSweegan was removed as the NIH Lyme disease program manager. One of the more bizarre series of incidents was stalking and harassing a founder of the Lyme Disease Foundation; Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner. Quackwatch has been successfully sued by patient advocates. They appear to be sponsored by HMO’s and Big Pharma.http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/lyme.html
American College of Physicians. The ACP is another tool used by IDSA to propagate their views on Lyme disease. The same applies to Lyme disease information issued by the American Academy of
Neurology and the American College of Rheumatology. In the case of the latter two institutions, influential members include authors of the IDSA Lyme disease guidelines.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Lyme information tends to be incomplete, not
up-to-date and, sometimes, simply wrong. The CDC is heavily influenced by the authors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Lyme guidelines and information and recommendations are perhaps biased by the for-profit interests of Lyme scientists within the CDC. These comments also apply to Lyme disease information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CDC Lyme information has been diluted to the extent that it is of little benefit to the physician and patient. The CDC’s sponsorship of the private medical organizations, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Lyme Disease Foundation, is highly inappropriate.
Wikipedia changes its Lyme information over time. Depending on whether or not the latest
editorial contributor is pro-patient or pro-HMO, the level of knowledge of the contributor and
whether or not the contributor has a self-profit agenda, the content will vary.
The Wikipedia moderator has allowed the content to be almost entirely influenced by IDSA input.