Observations and opinions about how Lyme disease can be effectively–and self-defeatingly–communicated.
The bacteria that cause Lyme disease also have been shown to trigger dysfunctional mast cell activation, and mast cell activation causes inflammation that can then bring about a great number of characteristic mild to life-threatening symptoms.
Eighty-five years ago, in 1932—coincidentally during Adolf Hitler’s political ascent in the decade before World War II—the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned a study to gain a greater understanding of syphilis. S
Sticks and stones break bones, and unfortunately semantics are getting in the way of helping people with chronic Lyme disease.
Lately there have been more headlines about Lyme disease than ever before. Most of them say nothing new.
On Monday, The Hill newspaper published a story claiming that “The CDC is being influenced by corporate and political interests,” as alleged by over a dozen senior scientists at CDC who collectively call themselves CDC SPIDER – Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence, and Ethics in Research. The group has chosen to remain anonymous “for fear of retribution.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently disclosed that Harvard scientists in the 1950s accepted a huge payoff from the sugar industry to create and communicate false “science” about the health effects of sugar. And we will never stop believing it.
The Patient-Centered Care Advocacy Group has filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking it “to end the preferential treatment it extends to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.”
You think about that, what you believe in. It matters now to you and me, what you believe in.
A New York City-based news team is calling on the CDC to clarify allegedly false remarks made during a recent interview about Lyme disease.
A local news outlet bests the likes of 60 Minutes, producing the most comprehensive, accurate and responsible special dedicated to Lyme disease to date. We can all learn from this.
Government compliance expert Jenna Luche-Thayer and New York-based news station tell the stories behind the stories of Lyme disease.
This Thursday, FOX NY 5 will broadcast “Lyme and Reason: The Cause and Consequence of Lyme Disease” at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
Journalists have a unique and vitally important role in informing the public, particularly when trusted authorities neglect to do so adequately. The nation’s public health demands greater investigative reporting related to Lyme disease for reasons discussed below.
Lyme disease is unique among infectious diseases. Here are some basics journalists must keep in mind when reporting on Lyme and associated diseases.
Unethical journalism may be committed intentionally or by accident, but the resulting disinformation or misinformation can be potentially damaging either way. In the case of public health, the results can be disastrous.