NEWS: Lyme Disease Foundation ceases operations
Founder Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner spells out reasons in letter posted on the group’s website.
The Lyme Disease Foundation (LDF), founded in 1988 in Connecticut by a husband and wife seeking help for their desperately ill child, has ceased operating.
In a letter posted on the group’s website, Karen Vanderhoof-Forscher cites personal health and other reasons for the decision. She also writes about what the group has accomplished over the quarter century:
“The LDF was established at a time when only a handful of researchers and patients knew of the “new” illness known as Lyme arthritis. The illness was considered harmless, affecting only joints, could only be contracted in several towns in Connecticut, and one where one cured oneself without medication. The LDF shattered that paradigm and many more that were subsequently proclaimed. Remember when people thought one dose of oral antibiotics cured everyone at any time during the disease? That was proved to be inaccurate. Remember when the disease was considered to have “stages” and it took months to years for the disease to move from one “stage” to the next? That was proved to be inaccurate when our scientists proved dissemination could occur within minutes.”
Karen Vanderhoof-Forscher is also the author of the book Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease and other Tick-borne Disorders.