Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that has struck nearly 80,000 people since the CDC began keeping track in 1982 and now causes at least 8,500 new cases annually.
There’s no doubt that both acute and chronic forms of Lyme disease are real, that they’re caused by a spirochete passed by the bite of an infected tick and that they are treatable with antibiotics, says Dr. Allen Steere, director of the Lyme disease program at the New England Medical Center.
“But along with that has come the ‘other’ Lyme disease,” he says, a syndrome of pain and fatigue of unknown cause. It is of “unknown cause” because they are unable to get out of the Lyme Echo Chamber.
Diagnosis is tricky because people had Lyme disease score positive on antibody tests long after the infection is over – even if their later problems have nothing to do with it. With the Lyme Illiteratii it will not matter if the lab results are negative. You will still have Lyme Disease. However, there is a problem with this. If you have ever had Measles, Mumps or Chicken Pox, you will have positive antibodies for Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox. Does that mean you currently have Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox? Think about. Lyme has become a profit centered Diagnosis du jour.
Of nearly 800 patients who visited Steere’s clinic during a five-year period, he says, 23 percent had chronic Lyme disease; another 20 percent had – had it and then developed something else, usually pain and fatigue that could be called Cytokine-Induced Sickness Behavior; and 57 percent had a pseudo-Lyme disease, usually a pain and fatigue syndrome caused by Cytokine-Induced Sickness and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome. Do the math. Seventy-seven percent (77%) do not have Lymes. Even with the 23% that previously “had” real-Lyme, it does not mean they will respond to an active-Lyme treatment. It is in the past.
Now before you start quoting the Lyme Illiteratii, let me propose this scenario to you. You go to the Doctor for your fever and sore throat (Common Cold) symptoms. The Doctor is a Measles Mentor specialist. This Doctor runs a Measles antibody test to find you are positive for Measles “antibodies”.
Signs and symptoms of measles typically include:
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
You mention experiencing some abdominal pain, headaches and swelling of your legs during your period. The Measles Mentor instantly recognizes these are symptoms of Atypical Measles (AMS) – abdominal pain, abnormal liver function tests, edema (swelling) and headache. Your previous liver function tests are normal, but your MM Doctor doesn’t order any tests they would disprove their diagnosis du jour. They don’t like explaining lab results that would rule out their diagnosis du jour. They focus on antibody testing which is almost always positive and if it is not they will find a way to make it positive. It is guaranteed the Doctor will prescribe treatment for Atypical Measles (AMS).
The problem with this diagnosis and treatment is two-fold. You have a childhood history of Measles when you were nine years old, which gave you life-long antibody protection from measles. Years later your body’s immune system is producing antibodies to Measles. Thus the positive Measles antibody test results. The second is you are missing the rash. There is a stereotypical rash occurring with Measles. Where is it? Read More on the Lyme Rash.
The Measles Mentor Doctor explains very convincingly that you are having a “relapse”. Not everyone develops the Measles rash. That is why they call it “Atypical.” You are at a loss to question the diagnosis and treatment. So you start following the Measles Mentor Facebook group. Sure enough, you find everybody repeating what the Measles Mentor Doctor told you. You use Google to search for more information on Measles to find multiple Measles Mentor Doctors all publishing the same information. Not only that, they are having symposiums on Measles to educate people on the diagnosing measles, charging each person attending hundreds of dollars to attend.
Take notice here. They are publishing the same information because they are doing “copy and paste” from the founder of the Measles Mentor group. Some are adding the ubiquitous symptoms of brain fog, and fatigue to their description that are not specific to the disease. Other Measles Mentors have linked Measles to stubbing your toe in the middle of the night with the lights off. Remember the Inflamed Eyes being a symptoms of Measles. The Measles caused you to not be able to see the chair in the dark. Another example is this post regarding the thyroid in this screen shot from a social media influencer. You are guaranteed to have the symptoms of the diagnosis du jour.
Antibodies from BOTOX Injections
You can have a previous exposure to the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which your immune system took care of. Eliminating it from you body but is now producing antibodies from that previous exposure. The same can occur with BOTOX injections. You can develop antibodies to Clostridium botulinum after receiving the BOTOX injections, but that does not mean you have Botulism.
Time to Get Serious
How many common symptoms are there between the popular diagnosed conditions? Too many conditions have the exact same overlapping symptoms. Professional and Social Media Influencers write books, post blog articles and host summits piling all of these symptoms onto their diagnosis du jour of choice. They present every symptom a person could possibly have all being caused by their diagnosis du jour of choice. When in fact in reality, you are allowed to have multiple organs dysfunctioning at the same time. Walking around the house in the dark is why your stubbed your toe, not the diagnosis du jour.
Is it “Hope for Lyme Disease” as in you hope for Lyme Disease. They teach you how to walk the walk to have Lyme Disease. They teach you how to talk the talk for Lyme Disease. You become a ATM machine for them.
Or is it “Hope for Lyme Disease” as in you feel bad. You have symptoms but it does not fit the criteria for Lyme Disease. Insurance companies, Professional and Social Media Influencers have trained us to to seek a diagnosis to better understand how you should be feeling.
Insurance Companies Complicate the Diagnosis Problem
Insurance companies dictate that you are only allowed one conditions at a time. Multiple conditions require exponential amounts of paperwork to document the multiple diagnoses. Which more that likely will cause payment for the treatment to be denied. Don’t assume just because the Doctor accepts your insurance co-payment they will inturn get paid by the insurance company. It is easier to play the game and give you the diagnosis du jour that pays the most.
One Condition = One Payment.
Multiple Conditions = No Payment.
This leads to the lumping of symptoms onto the actual symptoms of the diagnosis du jour. This leads to further confusion in the treatment. Professional and Social Media Influencers include the accumulated symptoms into the media they produce, which adds to their profit margin in added supplement sales.
Making a Diagnosis to fulfill the requirements for insurance payment is self-limiting. In that only one condition at a time will be paid for. This leads to a blurring of lines that define specific health conditions. Of these “diseases” – such as Lyme, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy, thyroid, Candida and depression, all have the same core symptoms.
Of these “diagnosis du jour” – such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy (Which is now the replacement diagnosis for fibromyalgia.), thyroid, Candida and depression – which terms tells the Doctor and patient enough to search the internet about what is going on in their life or what to do based on the diagnosis du jour. This guarantees any symptom you have is going to be caused by the diagnosis du jour.
Are You Caught in the Diagnosis Trap?
The Internet makes it easy to fall into a trap. Professional and Social Media Influencers make their money by trapping you into a diagnosis du jour. Yes, those Social Media Influencers are monetizing (making money) by promoting a diagnosis. But they are so nice and caring. Yes, they are. All the way to the bank.
The trap that we fall into is called anchoring bias for a diagnosis du jour. The patient seeks the help of a Doctor with a set of complaints, usually self-diagnosed, that fit a broad range of conditions. Doctors, just as patients, follow the personality. Not the information. Once they get a label in their minds, they fit everything into that diagnostic box, anchoring all of the symptoms to that diagnosis, even ones that do not quite fit.
Anchoring or focalism is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions.
For the doctors, this is a trap of a patient’s bias anchoring them to a diagnosis du jour. Patient with an anchoring bias seek help from Doctors with the same anchoring bias of the same diagnosis du jour. If the Doctor does not address the patient’s diagnosis du jour, they leave. Doctors are quickly trained by patients to give them what they want for business reasons.
If something doesn’t fit, don’t try to make it fit.
An example of this is a woman that sought help for her thyroid condition. Her thyroid labs were normal. She was unable to get out of bed. Her daily routine was bed to couch, then couch to bed. It took her several months to get labs done being unable to leave the house as she was. Her lab tests showed she was suffering from Hepatic Encephalopathy. Then it took her several months to take the supplement protocol. She was able to return to work and start exercising. After six months she called to ask when I was going to start treating her thyroid. I told her she didn’t have a thyroid problem. She got upset and left seeking the help of a “thyroid” specialist. This case reminded us to keep reciting the mantra: if something doesn’t fit, don’t try to make it fit. Ask what else might be going on. Don’t fall into the trap.
Let Me Be Clear!
At no time am I saying you are not feeling the way you are feeling. Doctors must be free of any preconceived notions on what is causing your symptoms. I understand you are feeling bad. Giving you a popular diagnosis du jour will make any treatment recommendations for it detrimental to your health. This further worsening of your health only serves to feed the bank account of the Professional and Social Media Influencers promoting the diagnosis du jour.
Are You Ready to Escape the Diagnosis du jour Echo Chamber?
Do you want a Doctor that looks at you without a diagnosis du jour agenda? During the first contact with a patient I find out which echo chamber they are in. Then I determine if they are willing to step out of the echo chamber. It is up to the individual to stay out of the echo chamber.
The diagnosis du jour echo chambers are seductive. It may be easier to go through heroin withdrawal than to leave the diagnosis du jour echo chamber. Well, what if I do have it?
Whatever you perceive you will achieve.
How many Doctors have you been to? How much money have you spent on Doctors and treatments? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting the results to change.
If you have read this far. Something must be resonating within you. You may be questioning your diagnosis du jour. You need to be independent of the opinions of those following the Professional and Social Media Influencers. Over and over, patients who’s health is returning, tell me their well-meaning friends are sending them links promoting their diagnosis du jour. This is an invitation back into the diagnosis du jour echo chambers. They don’t want you to leave. Be like them. Commiserate with them. Is that what you want? You could have a Jesus healing and they would still try to convince you that it didn’t occur.
Healing is not immediate. Especially, if you have a history of doing misguided treatments. It takes time. Six to eight weeks to heal a fractured bone. Three to seven days for a cut. Your body has the ability to heal. The immune system has a minimum of a two year memory. That does not mean you won’t feel better for two years. It means it is a slow gradual progression.
Call today if you want someone to look at you and unique circumstances causing the way you feel.