I'm going to apologize in advance to my readers. My blog has been the subject of numerous spam messages over the past few months. Up until now, I have chosen to simply ignore them and delete them individually when I get them, but it is starting to be a real pain in the you know what. I usually get several spam comments a day, so I have decided to add a word verification feature to require matching a word pattern manually in order to post a comment. This will prevent the automated spam generators from infiltrating my blog site with anonymous comments. I'm sorry for the additional inconvenience this will cause for you to post a comment, but I really want to stop the spammers from taking advantage of me. I hope this won't discourage anyone from responding to any of my posts.
My last post on ticks and Lyme Disease triggered more than the usual amount of feedback. Several comments were from those who went through some of the same symptoms, pains, hurdles, delays, and denials from the medical establishment that I did before they were able to get any meaningful treatment. I think it is a disgrace and a tragedy that the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has cowed practitioners into denial on this. As I see it, a doctor who refuses to take the simple step to either prevent or cure a patient with a tick bite of Lyme Disease by prescribing a simple regimen of antibiotics is in violation of his Hippocratic oath, part of which reads: "I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure."! Hippocrates must be turning in his grave. Come on now!
I also got some input from a couple of people with MM who had previously suffered Lyme Disease and felt that there might be a connection. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have spent a fair amount of effort trying to find a link between Lyme and MM. Based on CDC incidence reports of Lyme Disease and MM by region and state over the past decade or so, I tried to build a case that exposure to Lyme increased the chances of contracting MM. I couldn't find any definitive correlation in the data that I examined, much less a causal effect. Here is a link to my last post on this subject: Go West Young Man. However, I still have my suspicions based on my circumstantial evidence that an unusually high number of the MM patients I have met also had Lyme Disease at some point. I don't think this case is closed, and I may return to this subject again some time in the future.