Step 1: Demonize the mainstream tests that accurately tell you that you don’t have Lyme
Step 2: Make the diagnosis using magic
Step 3: Sting yourself with bees
Yes, chronic #Lyme is quite the dangerous cult
New study from Finland replicates what scientists in other countries have consistently found over 3 decades: at least half of the people who believe they have #Lyme disease do not https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1198743X20305747
Save lives with #AntibioticStewardship
Scientists have documented troubling overdiagnosis & overtreatment of #Lyme disease for 3 decades. In a Yale study, of patients with no Lyme, 75% had received unnecessary antibiotics and 31% had received >100 days of antibiotics. 😲 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9490595/
The dangerous chronic #Lyme movement started in the late 1980s. In 1991, the Harvard Health letter wrote about the noticeably cult-like “Lymeys” who bankrupted and tortured themselves for their beliefs. https://web.archive.org/web/20050427090223/http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1585/is_n10_v16/ai_11075350/print
Another anti-vaccine quack who markets herself using the phrases “integrative” and “functional”.
CA Medical Board Describes Fair Oaks Doctor's Vaccine Waivers As 'Gross Negligence' https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020/09/21/ca-medical-board-dr-mary-kelly-sutton-vaccine-waivers/?taid=5f6a2da182069f0001ab8882&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
The satirical Mr. Wrong vs an actual chronic #Lyme cult member.
Richard Vetter won the 2020 #IgNobelPrize in entomology for collecting evidence that many entomologists (scientists who study insects) are afraid of spiders, which are not insects.
Here’s what they didn’t like:
This article is basically an ad for dangerous chronic #Lyme quackery that involves stinging yourself with bees. While we appreciate being quoted, it’s very selective. And of the 1,091 words in the article, only 80 (7%) are dedicated to the skeptical view. https://donotlink.it/mPPRrk
Excellent article on the evolution of the harmful chronic #Lyme movement and the appeal of having a fake diagnosis https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.02110s4607
A prescient quote from a 2015 article about Theranos and an Arizona law that allows consumers to purchase lab testing without a doctor. https://thepolitic.org/out-for-blood/
Dangerous quack groups:
• Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
• International #Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
• American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
• American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)
• American Academy of Environmental Medicine
Anthony William is a charlatan pretending to be a psychic doctor. The “Medical Medium” has 2.6 million followers on Instagram and 118k followers on Twitter. https://www.inverse.com/article/40096-medical-medium-anthony-william
Many bad omens in Amy Schumer’s announcement that she believes she has #Lyme disease: She thinks she’s had it for years, she’s taking herbal snake oil, and she wants the internet to give her medical advice. And Rosanna Arquette is recommending a dangerous “Lyme literate” quack.
It would be nice if journalists questioned why all these celebrities think they have #Lyme disease. It’s the same reason so many celebrities avoid gluten: it’s a pseudoscientific health fad based on a real problem.
Mark Hyman is a dangerous charlatan who needs to be fired from the Cleveland Clinic before he harms any more people. This is utter nonsense.
Quacks who market themselves as “#Lyme literate” often abuse young people, especially adolescent girls. Below is one horrific story from a CDC report. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6623a3.htm
Instead of a con artist, @ACEPNow should have the authors of the classic paper “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit” speak at its conference. The paper use tweets from Deepak Chopra’s Twitter feed. @ACEPSteve http://littlesvr.ca/grumble/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Bullshit-detection.pdf
Instagram deleted the account of anti-vax conspiracy theorist cesspool GreenMedInfo 👏
Anti-science activists attempt to undermine the scientific consensus when it comes to human-cause global warming, vaccines, GMOs, and Lyme.
The first message people heard about the consensus on human-caused global warming was there was no consensus. Why? Market research by @FrankLuntz found attacking the scientific consensus on climate change reduced support for climate action (full video at http://youtu.be/BPNr9BeMNLk).
After falsely diagnosing chronic #Lyme, bartonella, babesia, and toxic mold, the functional/integrative/Lyme literate quack prescribes a gluten/dairy-free diet, one year of a crazy drug regimen including azithromycin, rifampin, & atovaquone, intravenous ozone, and 20 supplements.
This is your doctor. What is he prescribing you? #SunnyFXX
The ILADS-associated leader of the Chronic #Lyme Cult in Turkey is trying to give Shinzo Abe a fake diagnosis. 🙄 Lyme disease does not cause gastrointestinal symptoms. https://lymescience.org/turkey/
Anti-science activists always attempt to undermine the scientific consensus. We see this with climate change, genetically engineered foods, vaccines, evolution, community water fluoridation, EMFs from wireless devices, and #Lyme disease. https://lymescience.org/scientific-consensus/
Why is the 97% consensus on human-caused global warming such a focus for climate deniers? Because consensus is a gateway belief - casting doubt on consensus reduces support for climate action. Deniers know this (full video at http://youtu.be/JuUz2AwoSko). @sander_vdlinden
The chronic #Lyme and anti-vax movements heavily overlap. Most of the so-called “Lyme literate” are functional/integrative/naturopathic quacks who saw a lucrative opportunity to make money while having their egos stroked.