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JennInPA
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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
In this article (3rd paragraph) here is the statement.... "More people have died from Lyme disease in the last 300 days than from swine flu. Who even knows anyone who’s had Lyme disease"

Does that get your fire burning or what? I read this in someone's blog and she advised us all to email the editor to give our 2 cents. I am passing it along to all of you suggesting you to do the same.

Here's the article

[url]http://www.argosy.ca/view.php?aid=41906
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Willowrose
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   Posted 11/10/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Jenn - Is that a credible source? I know you're focused on the "who knows" sentence because that is pretty ignorant, and certainly the author and editor should be called on it. But I can't help wondering about the statistic cited. In this environment of doubt about chronic Lyme, how are they substantiating Lyme deaths?

Rose
I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.


JennInPA
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm. The blogger I got it from is credible but... We'll see if the editor emails me back.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi


saxmar
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Jenn

This is very amazing info regarding More Lyme deaths in 300 days than Swine Flu.

I would like to know their source for that info. That would be very helpful in our pursuit of educating everyone about how widespread and fatal Lyme can be.

saxmar

JennInPA
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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
They wrote me back!

Hi,

I apologize about the late response. I reviewed both your comments and the
article and I can understand your concern.

However, I must stress that our writer and the paper did not intend to offend
those suffering from Lyme disease or their loved ones. Newspapers - whether for
better or for worse - try and report on what is relevant to their audience at
that time and place. It was the writer's intent and in turn the editor who
assigned the story, to address the student body and community in relation to
the current stress over H1N1. The writer was using a comparison to a disease
that was not widely know to them, not to offend sufferers of that disease, but
to try and demonstrate the lesser threat of H1N1. Essentially they were
pointing out what you, yourself, are pointing out - that Lyme is much more
serious than H1N1.

Again, I apologize for any concern or upset the reference may have caused and I
thank you for taking the time to write The Argosy.

Julie Stephenson
Editor in Chief

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The Argosy
Mount Allison University
Student Media Since 1875
Phone:(506)364-2236
argosy@mta.ca
www.argosy.ca
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

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Willowrose
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   Posted 11/14/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
How about that...

Maybe now that they know someone who has Lyme they should follow up with an article about it.

Rose
I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.

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