Diseases – General

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

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

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.

https://www.improbable.com/ig-about/winners/

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

Anti-science activists attempt to undermine the scientific consensus when it comes to human-cause global warming, vaccines, GMOs, and Lyme.

Twitter feed video.Anti-science activists attempt to undermine the scientific consensus when it comes to human-cause global warming, vaccines, GMOs, and Lyme.
John Cook@johnfocook

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.

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.
It's Always Sunny@alwayssunny

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/

Twitter feed video.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://t.co/q5szhVuUe5
John Cook@johnfocook

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.

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