Lyme is such a big controversial deal because of Insurance companies!!!! It's all their faults. They started the whole negative campaign against the very existence of Chronic Lyme disease because they don't want to have to pay for the years worth of treatments involved. So it's all about greed. Not whats good for the individual.
State medical boards only get involved with Lyme doctors when an insurance company files a complaint. Then the board has to investigate.
BP I totally agree with you about not handing over my medical records. I'm a nurse and have seen what can happen. The last people I want to have access to my medical records is any insurance company. I was hoping that someone might know if the medical board really does have the legal rights to take action against me that they say they do if I don't hand over my records. What actions if any has your friend had to take?
BTW - as of right now, most Life Insurance Co.'s don't really understand the lifelong health problems that someone with Lyme has. As soon as you've been off of all Lyme med's for at least 6 months......Get Life Insurance!!!! and make it at least a 1 million dollar policy. With the more research that's going into Chronic Lyme the sooner these Insurance companies are going to start changing their exemption guidelines to qualify. So get it while you still can! Even if you're only 25 y.o. You may not get the chance in 5 or more years from now.
And no, i don't really think that I'd get through to their heads, but I still have to try.
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,
7/25/08 started on Biaxin
9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl
11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,
1/29/09 Added: Rifampin 600mg- Ehrl, Lomatium 15dropsBID-parvo, andrographis 15dropsBID (super yuck!)-LD, Alinia-cryptosporidium.