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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Incomprehensible Denial of Epidemic

I was visiting this Canadian website, Vitality Magazine, and was flabbergasted to read that Canada is in denial about  Lyme disease, testing their citizens, and does not offer treatment.  Doctors can actually get in HUGE trouble for treating patients; many of whom must travel internationally to seek medical intervention.  (I have verified this finding with a Canadian friend).  Lyme disease testing can sometimes be difficult to prove positive .. and is often missed; tragically this has led to untreated patients developing a malady of horrific conditions such as: multiple sclerosis, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, Chron's disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, ADHD, scleroderma and heart disease.

I can't comprehend, with today's easy access to medical 'information' with the click of a mouse, how such blatant denial/medical cover-up can exist. Having several acquaintances being treated for Lyme disease in the U.S.A., it's mind boggling to think of the countless cases just above our northern border that are suffering. 

Is this news to you?

CanLyme Disease Foundation
Lyme disease slide show
Why are crippling Lyme disease cases being misdiagnosed?
Lyme disease map project


Sandy said...

This is terrible, I'm wondering if it's because Canada offers a medical plan to it's residents (like Obama care)?

This year Lyme disease is terrible across the board. I have friends who have it and they didn't have the visual signs (target) on their bodies.

Everyone needs to be careful when working outside. Also make sure your animals received preventative medication.

Tanya Murray said...

In Australia the official word is that there is NO Lyme disease here, it is impossible to get here and there is very great reluctance to test for it...YET, somehow, some people who have been tested after much badgering of their Drs have tested positive and those who could not get the testing have responded to the standard treatment of Lyme disease. I think there is a lot of closed mindedness here about it too. I'm not a doctor but I have read a lot (some say that in itself is a dangerous thing) so all I am saying is anecdotally what I know in Australia.

cmarie said...

I am from MN but when I came down with the painful classic bulls eye rash while vacationing in Jackson Wyoming US, they falsely diagnosed me with shingles. Sent me away with the wrong meds and a lot of confusion. After another few days of travel, the husband turned the motor home around in order to get me home and to my own MD. On the way back to MN we pulled off in Dickinson SD because I was such a wreck. At that med clinic they determined that I did not have shingles. They looked at the bulls eye rash and chose to treat me as if I had Lymes even before blood test results could confirm it. They sent me off with the correct antibiotic. Days later they called me at my home in MN to say yes indeed, it is lymes.
That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me. Psalm 60:5

Lynn said...

I had not heard this was happening in Canada. But they have socialized medicine......And we're next.

Lyme is so prevalent here, we keep the standard antibiotics on hand (doxycycline). I have several friends who suffered for years and others (including myself and spouse) who have had the symptoms of early-onset and caught it in time for easy treatment.

K said...

I'm Canadian.

My mother was bitten by a tick last summer, and her doctor IMMEDIATELY started treatment, as well as sending the tick off to be tested.

I've sent 6 ticks off this year for testing (all found on the dogs, not me).

All doctor's visits and tick testing are covered by our health care.

So you might want to do a bit more research before posting something like this.

Mrs. Mac said...

K, I'm glad your mother was treated promptly. But there has to be some truth to this or there wouldn't be so many published reports nor would my Canadian friend have made up such story.

Felisol said...

The Norwegians are as foolish as the Canadians. They will not accept a "new" decease, and the treatment until it's proven by Norwegian professors. Oh my, like we have to invent everything ourselves. A well known doctor lost his licence to practice because he treated people with Lyme decease similar to the Americans. He has been helping lots of people. As we are much outdoors, hiking, but also gardening, we are more expose to ticks than most people. I've been bitten four times. Often I think we really are a bunch of five million square heads.

Wendy said...

yeah, that's pretty crazy. I don't know if it's a boom in cases, or we're just more aware (probably both), but I know SO many people who have been diagnosed.

Mrs. Mac said...

I just got back from meeting with some Canadian friends. It appears that Canadians are now being treated for this; which is good. From what I've read, this must have taken many years to get national attention.

Anonymous said...

Mrs Mac

Missing your blog updates and your wisdom, hope everything is ok over there?!
Gods blessings sent to you
Helen in the UK

Mrs. Mac said...

Helen in the UK .. yes, I need to get cracking on the posts! Thanks for the encouraging words.

Mrs. Mac said...

Helen in the UK .. yes, I need to get cracking on the posts! Thanks for the encouraging words.