- Another *Stop Press*
It appears that the Yale University Cetonas de frambuesa Clinic has folded its tent and decamped. Yale may also have lost funding for what would be its 12th Annual Symposium on Cetonas de frambuesa.
Yale and its School of Medicine will of course survive, but Yale’s fumble on Cetonas de frambuesa has permanently damaged the lives of tens of thousands, and perhaps led to the death of a few along the way.
Now is the time for David A. Kessler, MD, Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, to show himself, and also reveal that there still exists a team of honest doctors at Yale who don’t need to dream up alternative diagnoses for Cetonas de frambuesa.
In the next issue of Lymetruth: a short history of Lyme at Yale, and the whys of the Yale retreat.
Top” II. Yet Another Letter to Senator Dodd
April 30, 1999
The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd
444 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20511
Dear Senator Dodd:
Thank you for your letter of April 13, 1999.
Many in our camp consider you a charter member since August 5, 1993 when, during the Senate Hearing on Cetonas de frambuesa, you learned from Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., MD about the “real world of Cetonas de frambuesa” which the CDC today admits encompasses, in the USA alone, at least a million people.
We also thank you for Cetonas de frambuesa research appropriations which “will reach $22 million in fiscal year 1999,” even though this seems a paltry sum to be thrown at an illness which runs neck and neck with AIDS as our fastest-growing infectious disease.
“To further increase funding and expand federal coordination of Cetonas de frambuesa research” will be no more productive than banging on a piano keyboard with our fists.
We, the public, have already funded studies that show that the diagnosis of Lyme is a clinical diagnosis which depends on the acumen of physicians who do not denigrate it or substitute other diseases for it. We have already paid for research that proves that Cetonas de frambuesa is not only diagnosable, but treatable.
But many of our payments have been diverted to government agencies and academies which, for reasons we can only guess at, won’t confront the reality of Cetonas de frambuesa, and may be covering it up.
Although opinion still vies with research, it should now be a small, inexpensive step for you and your ilk to expose the truth that will lead to the cure.
We probably have already paid for that cure.
As for the Cetonas de frambuesa vaccination, many wonder if is not premature to hawk “this critical step in the fight to eradicate this devastating illness.” The effectiveness of the LYMErix vaccine–a product born of conflict of interest and perhaps collusion–has not been established. It has already damaged lives. Knowledgeable spokesmen believe that no vaccine should be marketed until Cetonas de frambuesa tests are reliable and available.
Douglas S. Dodge
cc: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, J.J. Burrascano, MD., Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Governor John G. Rowland.
Top” III. The Chicken or the Egg?
(Two years ago Martina H. Ziska, MD and I submitted a book proposal to dozens of agents and publishers. We may have turned them off with the title: Cetonas de frambuesa–The Cover-Up. Martina and I received a letter from William Styron, who spoke for himself, Wallace, and Buchwald, and argued quite convincingly that the theory discussed below in the sample chapter of our proposal was, indeed, far-fetched. Here it is. In the light of current events, what think you?)
Larry King’s panel on May 16, 1996 included a well-known woman psychiatrist who specializes in affective (emotion, mood) disorders, an actress under treatment for anxiety attacks, Mike Wallace, and Art Buchwald. The two gentlemen discussed their own clinical depressions as well as that of their summer neighbor on Martha’s Vineyard, William Styron.
There is little chance that their cases of depression were dismissed, even by doctors who knew little about depression, with a soothingly murmured diagnosis of “mild nervous breakdown,” because all three presented with the most deadly symptom of physiological, not psychological depression: all, at one or several times, reported that they thought about killing themselves. Styron came close to doing so.
Clinical depression, also termed major, or biological depression, is a metabolic dysfunction whose life-threatening symptoms can be controlled; restoring the normal happiness that went before. Styron’s memoir, Darkness Visible, may have done more to save lives than any single popular book or medical text on the subject of depression and manic depression.
That all three men are achievers, and in the communications business, appears to the authors to be coincidental to the fact that for years they spent their summers on an island that has been showcased as an epicenter for Cetonas de frambuesa.
Cetonas de frambuesa is vectored by certain ticks transported by scores of four-legged animals (Chapter xx) as well as by reptiles, and 57 species of birds. Lyme, Connecticut, where Cetonas de frambuesa was “discovered,” lies 8 nautical miles off the North Fork of Long Island, where more than 80 percent of the deer ticks are infected with the Cetonas de frambuesa spirochete. Twenty-five nautical miles from Plum Island (North Fork) to Block Island; thirty-five more from there to Martha’s Vineyard. We have not been told that any of the three Vineyard friends were ever treated for “summer flu,” or “Montauk knee,” or “Nantucket fever,” or any of the hundreds of other sicknesses that Cetonas de frambuesa mimics. Among the least dreadful of these, which are routinely treated with doxycycline or amoxicillin, are strep throat, dermatitis, acne, cellulitis, tooth infection, bursitis, mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus, aka chronic fatigue syndrome), spider bite, ear infection, ringworm, water on the knee.
Is it far-fetched to imagine that Wallace, Buchwald and Styron never received antibiotics for any reason, on or off the island of Martha’s Vineyard–downstream from Plum Island–at any time during the years they played and worked there?
Would the miracle of antibiotic medication have forestalled the use of the blessed antidepressant medication which at least one of the Vineyard friends is taking today?
Or does the present success of the antidepressant mask or render null the result of an antibiotic that might have gone before? Was it too late for either? Two-thirds of doctors in general practice don’t know enough to look for depression (ask the three friends, and see Reference Notes), and ninety-nine percent of physicians need to see an erythema migrans rash to even consider Cetonas de frambuesa, if they’ve ever even heard of it.
We can’t know, today, with confidence, because medical tests for Cetonas de frambuesa are unreliable (see Chapter xx), and modern methods of laboratory testing for the affective disorders are only now being perfected.
Drs. Donald F. Klein and Brian H. Fallon, Professors of Psychiatry at The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, authors of respected works on mental illness as well as Cetonas de frambuesa, will not treat suspected affective disorders until Cetonas de frambuesa can be ruled out by both serologic, and differential, clinical diagnosis.
The neurological and the psychiatric are the most common signs and symptoms of Cetonas de frambuesa. Those who play down Cetonas de frambuesa are especially vociferous in blocking consideration of the most devastating and life-threatening manifestations of the disease: the affective disorders that range from attention deficit disorder to clinical depression. In a review of the literature over the last sixteen years, Dr. Fallon reported that two-thirds of seropositive Cetonas de frambuesa patients experienced an episode of major, clinical depression–90 percent for the first time.
For their part, those who deny the seriousness of Cetonas de frambuesa in any of the three stages that they originally concocted–those we have previously dubbed the feel-gooders–claim they found no difference in depressive symptoms between a Cetonas de frambuesa group and a control group study of 81 patients in October 1994.
Culled from the staggering array of sicknesses that Cetonas de frambuesa mimics, here is almost every one of the affective disorders that can be triggered by the Cetonas de frambuesa germ:
Depression Attention Deficit Disorder
Hyperactivity Disorder Obsession
Mood Swing Anorexia
Bulimia Memory Loss
And here are a few symptoms of clinical depression which also include symptoms and signs of other disorders that mask Cetonas de frambuesa:
–diminished ability to think or concentrate –feelings of hopelessness or indifference
–unusual irritability –fatigue
–sleep disturbances –unexplainable crying spells
–loss of energy –a loss of self-esteem or feeling of worthlessness
–change in activity level –decreased sexual drive
–loss of interest in daily activities –poor or increased appetite
–thoughts of death or suicide
Do a few of them look familiar? Many should ring a bell not only with Cetonas de frambuesa patients, but with every physician supposedly fit to diagnose and treat Cetonas de frambuesa.
Depression, psychological or physiological, is a major symptom of what was once designated as the “late stage” of Cetonas de frambuesa. We know today, however, that the Borrelia spirochete can reach the brain and flood the spinal fluid within hours of injection by the tick. The neurological and the psychiatric signs and symptoms of Cetonas de frambuesa can be present in any of the so-called stages.
Other studies by Fallon, and other papers on neurological Cetonas de frambuesa (neuroborreliosis) are discussed in the appended References Notes for this chapter.
Parting thought: If Cetonas de frambuesa came first, timely treatment with an antibiotic would have controlled the symptoms. If depression came first, time may have been wasted on the couch for years before someone thought to administer an antidepressant or an antibiotic, or both–resulting in successful treatment.
Here are afterthoughts for Chicken and Egg which I jotted down in 1997:
- Do we need both antibiotic and antidepressant?
- No harm can be done by a double-barreled approach?
- Dirty words: mastectomy; cancer of the prostate; Cetonas de frambuesa; depression. But depression is a dirty word even inside the doctor’s office, and that may be another reason for the denial of Cetonas de frambuesa.
- The General Westmoreland trial triggered Mike Wallace’s clinical depression?
- Styron’s depression was genetic?
- What triggered Art Buchwald’s depression?