Posted 7/6/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)
TY for sharing this, Ticker!!
What an in-depth publication they have researched.
We encourage everyone to check it out. It is a huge volume, so bite it off in small pieces to digest the information. Another tool for in your equipping bag!! HOWEVER, when it comes to the Q&A, do not become frustrated if you do not agree w/the conclusions offered regarding certain, common questions that surface regarding transmission. Science continues to emerge and the facts will be known in time. Columbia must respond based on 'published, evidence-based science'. This is the way of our medical culture in the states. In time, more studies will be conducted offering conclusive answers to some of your more common concerns.
Some of the initial published studies are ... interesting.
Loved this one for our TN friends ... "Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia lonestari in birds in Tennessee." After reading this abstract, my first thought was - if I ever move to TN, I'm printing this article to serve as my response to any doctor or fellow human being that introduces the rhetorical statement: "we do not have Lyme disease here!!!!!" Yeppers, science is emerging and we're going to see a lot more evidence that will simply close the mouths of the lions.
Lyme blood screenings! Very interesting concept. With exception of reliability and sensitivity factors. Once the gold standard test has emerged (in research phase and could be awhile) - wouldn't Lyme screenings nationwide just tip the cart? What a 'smart' concept. My only concern is for the numbers of folks who do not screen positive and are passed by. I hope a clinical specialist is on board during this screening to help ensure these folks are taken care of. It is a place to begin and for that I am thankful. CT doctors are protected now. A precedence has been established!!
Hold on to your hope. The tide is turning. Some aspects will make ur blood boil; others will show evidence of and validate what you already knew. It will come. Of course, so will heaven.