Post Edited (California Cat) : 6/25/2013 12:36:00 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (violets) : 6/26/2013 4:49:14 AM (GMT-6)
Violets, I'm not sure I believe you. You might just be a pigment of my imagination. Did you really say an ID changed his mind? "The tide is turning..."
No research based evidence of the effectiveness of long term antibiotic use? Hmm. There's been human clinical trials going for ... years. The testimony of patients who have improved, and been able to shed the rx for the misdiagnoses, and have recovered the meaningful, productive lives they missed is evidence.
When a Psychiatric drug is evaluated in clinical trials they have to use some subjective evaluations! How do you feel? Do you still want to die? Do you hate the world? Something that lets them know if the drug is changing a person's head!
It is not unscientific to use the personal experiences of patients to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment! The fact that many people use a combo of treatments makes it harder, but not impossible!
Big Pharma will comb the far flung reaches of the world to find a useful plant. They will take hundreds of species to investigate. We have edited down the list quite a bit. People have found treatments that work.
Even if there's a need to test a hundred or two different plants and chemicals, and in hundreds of combos, it's what they already do. No need to face death by pirhana or angry tribesman. Don't go catch a mystery bug near the Ebola river, we've got a foundation for you to work from already near home.
Lymies have already been Guinea Pigs - this stuff has been tested for use in humans by humans. And even if a treatment is herbal, plant based and not patentable, I don't see herbal supplements as small potatos and not profitable!
The most common infectious disease in the US, known to exist around the world, still spreading, with a pool of patients still undiagnosed! Wow, can you say windfall? Just show me the chemical process by which your treatment works and that it works then I'll buy as many doses as I need.
People already buy, but if the purchases get focused on some proven, standardized products, that's going to be a lot of sales. And, since Lyme gets it's nasty self into different parts of us, that means there's room for more than one product. The research can do double duty. Some of it is bound to apply to more that one strain, or more than one area of symptoms!
I see a big carrot here.
Last thought, if a company wants a boost of recognition, there's a pretty big network of Lyme torch bearers.