IDSA Lyme Double Speak
Have you ever noticed how the IDSA says one thing, but really means and does another? For instance, how they say that their guidelines are there to protect patients when in fact they amount to medical abandonment? They are so stringent that sick patients are left completely without treatment options? Or how they say they are all about scientific evidence when in fact their guidelines are based primarily on expert opinion–the expert opinion of researchers with commercial ties to vaccine manufacturers, Lyme tests, and insurers? Or how they say their guidelines are not mandatory, but their members enforce their guidelines by testifying at unprofessional conduct hearings and the IDSA opposes physician protection legislation that would essentially make compliance with their guidelines truly voluntary? Or how they say they are worried about doctors who treat chronic Lyme making money off of sick patients, but they are not concerned about conflict of interest on their guidelines panels? This is called double speak. Saying one thing, doing another. George Orwell described this type of practice "newspeak"–words "deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them." I'd say we could all use a little more plain talk.
- October 10, 2009 at 8:16 am
You are absolutely right!
You said.. "For instance, how they say that their guidelines are there to protect patients when in fact they amount to medical abandonment?"
In my opinion, chiggers and poison ivy have a better reputation when it comes to helping people than the IDSA.
Thanks Lorraine, for taking time to put what so many of us are feeling into these posts and sharing them.
- October 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Your welcome, Tin Cup. The chiggers and the poison ivy have a better reputation. No doubt about it!
- October 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Lorraine, good article!
Why isn't there a date when this was written at the top of this article and other articles? Thanks for showing dates in future.
Iowa lyme activist
- October 13, 2009 at 7:38 am
My memory of a double speak doc: the infectious disease doc who told me that he couldn't "in good conscience" prescribe longer than 30 days of antibiotics. He emphasized that choice of words to indicate what a good, caring guy he was, and both he and I knew he was lying. Later on, someone at a party overheard him laughing at all the Lyme patients he saw.
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