CORRUPTION in the Lyme Caucus?
Published on Published on October 16, 2017
Jenna Luche-Thayer


I recently posted an article expressing concerns about the representation and motivation of those making up the Lyme Caucus – see Does the Congressional Lyme Caucus Represent You?

I then shared an analysis of the voting record of the Caucus members regarding health care coverage for those with chronic illness – including those with persistent and complicated Lyme.

As noted, “SIX members of the Lyme Caucus DO NOT support current protections for insurance coverage for those with chronic illness, including those with chronic Lyme. They are: Lou Barletta (PA-11), John Faso (NY-19), Tom Marino (PA-10), Bill Posey (FL-8), Tom Reed (NY-23) and Glenn Thompson (PA-5)”

On October 15, 2017, investigative journalists reported that Tom Marino has been fully implicated in driving and passing legislation that makes it virtually impossible for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to persecute pharma or the doctors that promote pain pills [1].

The opioid epidemic is increasing every year. In the USA, 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016 – most of these deaths were from opioids. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 [2].

These discoveries are linked directly to my analyses where I speak about the abuses inherent in the fraudulent Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). For example,

“CDC discrimination practices includes PTLDS. As noted, PTLDS is a condition that transforms a Lyme patient into a person who should be treated for MUS [hypochondria] rather than a systemic infection… Based on information from the CDC report Incidence of Clinician-Diagnosed Lyme Disease, United States, 2005–2010, and other sources, there are approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme per year. According to the CDC website, approximately twenty percent will fail to be cured [by the 2006 IDSA guidelines] and will be classified as having PTLDS [3].

Given these numbers, the CDC’s recommended treatments for PTLDS include exposing potentially 60,000 persons a year to the risk of painkiller [opioid] addiction. PTLDS -linked-MUS has the potential of erroneously adding 60,000 persons per year to the mental illness category. Therefore, since 2005 [until 2016], the CDC Lyme policy has created situations wherein 720,000 patients may be potentially misclassified as mentally ill and increased the risk of addiction to pain killers for as many as 720,000 people.”

So, not only has Marino voted against Lyme patients having access to covered medical care, he has also ensured an unregulated pain pill industry. Lyme Caucus member Marino has put Lyme patients into double jeopardy.

Why is Marino on the Lyme Caucus? Is it to ensure that 100s of thousands of undiagnosed, untreated and undertreated Lyme patients can be victimized by the hugely profitable and deadly opioid epidemic?

By the way, Trump has just named Marino to be his drug Czar. Looks like the fox is officially in the hen house.


[1] See Washington Post ‘The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over the DEA’ by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein -10.15.2017.

[2] See New York Times ‘Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever’ By Josh Katz – 6.5.2017.

[3] see webpage CDC Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome – under References, under Human research: Marques, A. Chronic Lyme disease: a review. Infect Dis Clin North Am 2008; 22:341–60. Accessed Oct. 15, 2017 –



As you can see, we must be forever vigilant with all things legislative as they can and often backfire.  Please contact and be in contact with your Representative to make sure their driving force on the Lyme Caucus is to help chronically ill people be recognized and properly treated.  

Thayer knows that of which she speaks:  Besides suicides, Bransfield estimates around 14,000 incidents of self-harm and 31,000 suicide attempts may be attributed to Lyme and associated diseases each year. “It’s a constant action that comes up and isn’t adequately addressed in the scientific literature,” Bransfield said. “… Failure to adequately diagnose, failure to adequately treat and the progression of the disease over a span of many years often leads to suicide.”

Bransfield also points out that in his experience:  Suicidality seen in LAD contributes to causing a significant number of previously unexplained suicides and is associated with immune-mediated and metabolic changes resulting in psychiatric and other symptoms which are possibly intensified by negative attitudes about LAD from others.

Negative attitudes about LAD abound due to the top down handling of of it.  When those who are supposed to be protecting public heath and who also control the narrative used by treating physicians state you are clearly crazy and NOT sick, the trickle down theory effectively labels you as a nut-job more needing of a psych med or pain killer than life-saving antimicrobials.

There is a problem and it’s not in Houston – it’s within in the CDC.

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