Friday, February 1, 2008

The Lyme Disease Controversy

Given that Lyme disease is a relatively recently awknowledged illness, there is quite a bit of debate concerning its diagnosis and treatment. The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) has argued that Lyme disease is easily diagnosed and properly treated by administering antibiotics for four or so weeks; however, many Chronic Lyme disease patients, as well as their doctors, feel differently. They believe that due to many of the long term symptoms, treatment for Chronic Lyme disease should extend well beyond the typical four week period and medicines in addition to antibiotics should be offered. This debate only made headlines however, when the OPMC began to persecute and actually revoke the licenses of doctors whom offered unconventional care to Lyme disease patients. These actions by the OPMC began an ongoing legislative fight by the Lyme disease community to protect physicians who administer innovative treatment to their patients.

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