Carl Tuttle’s eloquent rebuttal to The Clinical Relevance of Studies on Borrelia burgdorferi Persisters http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(17)30480-1/fulltext, by Wormser and Baker:
MAY 21, 2017 — Once again we see the American Journal of Medicine giving carte blanche to Wormser/Baker who continues to deny persistent Borrilia infection despite all the evidence of chronic Lyme disease. This denial has left hundreds of thousands if not millions worldwide with no treatment options for an infection capable of ruining lives. It is the 21st Century do-it-yourself plague with faulty/misleading antibody tests, inadequate treatment, no medical training and absolutely no disease control.
This is certainly a crime against humanity on a scale not seen since the Holocaust.
Letter to the American Journal of Medicine:
The Clinical Relevance of Studies on Borrelia burgdorferi Persisters
Phillip J. Baker Ph.D., Gary P. Wormser, M.D. April 2017
May 21, 2017
The American Journal of Medicine
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Tucson, Arizona 85719
Attn: Editorial Board
Attn: Joseph Alpert, MD, Editor in Chief
Dear Dr. Alpert,
A worldwide community of physicians has been influenced by the ongoing disinformation campaign aimed at promoting the idea that Lyme is little more than a nuisance disease as health agencies across the globe are blindly following what has been deviously established here in the U.S. We are dealing with a life-altering/life-threatening infection with faulty/misleading antibody tests, inadequate treatment, no medical training and absolutely no disease control.
In 2001 Gerold Stanek, Medical University of Vienna clearly reported persistent Borrelia infection in a 64 year-old patient despite treatment with four courses of ceftriaxone. Stanek published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2001 reporting that:
“Borrelia [the Lyme disease bacteria] may possibly be able to remain dormant in certain tissue compartments”
When publishing a paper in 2012 with co-author Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College, Stanek claims “Most manifestations of Lyme borreliosis will resolve spontaneously without treatment.”
Dr. Gary Wormser of New York Medical College has had a global influence on the scientific community promoting his groupthink mentality concerning persistent Borrelia infection. (Wormser’s thirty year bias; “Chronic Lyme disease does not exist”)
In 2014 Stanek published the following paper endorsing antibiotic treatment in a male patient requiring a pacemaker from his Lyme disease infection; a pacemaker for a nuisance disease?
There are hundreds of published articles referencing persistent infection but a handful of academics that control the narrative through editorial censorship continue to deny chronic Borrelia infection and have colluded to deny a life-altering/life-threatening disease as we see in the 2012 Stanek/Wormser collaboration.
Wormser’s focus over the past thirty years has always been on the acute stage of disease with treatment following the bulls-eye rash. The vast majority of patients disabled from Lyme never saw a bulls-eye rash and don’t recall a tick bite. (The state of Maine reported an average of 48.25% incidence of rash-related Lyme 2009-2012) These patients are ping-ponged through our misinformed medical community for months, years or decades as their infection progresses to a stage that is completely unaffected by the standard two to three weeks of antibiotics. It is this class of patient that Wormser refuses to acknowledge.
Post treatment symptoms after early detection and treatment are entirely different from untreated infection of months years or decades.
I ask two questions Dr. Alpert:
1. Is this scientific misconduct or criminal offense?
2. What role has journal editors played in this misinformation campaign?
A response to this inquiry is requested.
P.S. You or a loved one is a single tick bite away from experiencing this travesty.
Cc: Iratxe Puebla, COPE Complaints Administrator
Thomas Reller, Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Elsevier Inc.
Dr. Mihail Grecea, Ethics Expert, Elsevier
1. Br J Dermatol. 2001 Feb;144(2):387-92.
Isolation and polymerase chain reaction typing of Borrelia afzelii from a skin lesion in a seronegative patient with generalized ulcerating bullous lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.
Breier F1, Khanakah G, Stanek G, Kunz G, Aberer E, Schmidt B, Tappeiner G.
2. Lyme borreliosis.
Stanek G1, Wormser GP, Gray J, Strle F.
3. Peer Reviewed Evidence of Persistence of Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and Tick-Borne Diseases
The following is a list of over 700 peer reviewed articles that support the evidence of persistence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It is organized into different categories—general, psychiatric, dementia, autism and congenital transmission.
4. The state of Maine has an average of a 48.25% incidence of rash-related Lyme over the four year period 2009-2012 (they’ve only been making this report for 4 years). See page 3 of each document below:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/reports/lymereport.pdf — 2009, 59%
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/documents/lyme-legislature-2010.pdf — 2010, 43%
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/documents/2011-lyme-legislature.pdf — 2011, 42%
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/documents/2012-lyme-legislature.pdf — 2012, 49%
5. Scientific misconduct or criminal offense?
Dr. Gary Wormser has been fixated on the acute stage of disease after erythema migrans (Bulls-eye rash) and early treatment. His study design is then expected to apply to the entire Lyme patient population. Patients who had a prolonged exposure to the infection before diagnosis and initial treatment are almost always incapacitated. It is this class of patient that Wormser continuously avoids and ignores. His focus has been to discredit the disabled as opposed to finding a cure for late stage persistent disease.