NEWS: Group charges ID docs "hijacked" new Canadian Lyme clinic
CanLyme has withdrawn its support from British Columbia’s new complex chronic disease program, warning Lyme patients not to go there.
From the Times-Colonist (British Columbia, Canada):
By Rob Shaw, August 29, 2013
Lyme disease clinic “a waste,” group says
B.C.’s new complex chronic disease program is a “complete waste of time” for Lyme disease patients, says the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
The foundation, which advocates for better testing, diagnosis and treatment, withdrew its endorsement of the program at B.C. Women’s Hospital on Wednesday.
“We are now put into a position of warning people not to go there, because they are going to get their treatment delayed, and the delay can be lethal,” said Jim Wilson, president of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
Wilson said the program has been “hijacked by the infectious disease community,” which insists upon old guidelines, inadequate testing and a refusal to authorize long-term antibiotic treatments that might cure the disease.