How would you feel if you were told you had lyme disease and after three months of unbearable treatment you were told the diagnosis was incorrect??
That's what happened to 45-year-old father Phillip Moore. In 2004, Dr. Joseph Jemsek diagnosed Moore with Lyme disease in North Carolina. After instilling the idea that he was truly the one person that was going to fix him and make him better Moore agreed to the treatment. The treatment was an intravenous antibiotic treatment that made him so ill he had to take a leave of absence from his job.
Later, Moore learned that he did not have Lyme disease. Instead the other doctor informed him that he had a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and unfortunately the cancer had spread. The initial treatment of the non existent Lyme disease delayed his cancer treatment.
Moore testified against Dr. Joseph Jemsek before the North Carolina Medical Board who disciplined the doctor for "unprofessional conduct". It turned out that Dr. Jemsek had diagnosed 9 other patients as having Lyme disease based on non-specific symptoms including fatigue and achiness. There was little to no evidence to support the diagnosis. His license was only suspended for a year and that suspension could be put on hold if certain conditions were met.
Dr. Jemsek is still prominent in the Lyme world. He opened an office in January in Washington D.C. treating Lyme disease.
How is it possible that this doctor is still able to practice and treat patients with no repercussions??