Contact info: Jim Wilson, President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation 2495 Reece Rd. Westbank, BC
Lyme disease is a spirochetosis, a bacterial infection by a spirochete called Borrelia. Lyme now outpaces AIDS in numbers of new cases globally each year. There were an estimated 200,000 plus cases in the United States last year alone. Canada has no idea to what extent it is here but the numbers are not small, nor is it rare as claimed by officials. Many Canadians' lives have been ruined. Our medical authorities regularly discredit fully certified and accredited U.S. labs who dare to provide patient test results that differ from theirs.
Alarmingly Lyme has been directly linked in published research to a vast number of diseases including Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, heart disorders, Fibromyalgia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, bowel disorders and on and on. We spend billions of dollars treating these other illnesses yet our total research commitment in Canada for
Lyme over the next 5 years is merely $800,000.
The average Lyme victim incurs many doctors and specialists visits due to the vast range of complex and seemingly conflicting symptoms, putting great stress on appointment wait times and other costs within the medical system including unnecessary surgeries ie joint replacement.
The crucial and obvious research that will once and for all connect the dots between Lyme and other illnesses is not being done yet the evidence is clear. Live and post-mortem research is a must. We believe Canadians are unwilling to continue to spend billions to treat symptoms of disease and not invest in finding the cause of disease.
It's time. we have the opportunity but we will need the help of all levels of government, federal and provincial medical associations, university leaders, corporations, media and the average citizen in the creation of dedicated Lyme disease research facilities. These facilities will be over-seen by victims' representative groups such as the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, as well as
researchers, treating physicians, and others in science to ensure that goals are met and money is well spent. Conflict of interest will be kept out of the equation.
We call upon our politicians to support us in our goals. We also call upon our universities and medical publishers to better educate our doctors and medical students as to cause of illness.
If there is any doubt as to the seriousness of Lyme disease and its connection to other disease processes, and if you want data to support what we have mentioned here please contact us at the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation or go to our website at www.canlyme.org. A new book called Confronting Lyme Disease is a good place to start if Lyme is to be understood and we recommend it for all politicians, doctors and members of the public. Lyme may likely have already touched your life.