Approx. 15 min.
Dr. Robert Bransfield: Presentation on Lyme for Welsh Parliament
“Many patients with [Lyme and other] tick-borne illnesses are given other diagnoses and are told their impairments cannot be cured and can only be managed. As a result, some of these patients are given the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome, bodily distress syndrome, and a number of mental illnesses and these diagnostic errors obstructs access to more effective treatments.Caution must be used in considering the symptoms as having a psychogenic basis, such as hypochondriasis, somatization disorder, or a psychosomatic condition.If a complex, progressive multisystemic illness begins in a person who had been reasonably healthy throughout most of their life, the likelihood that this is psychosomatic or has some other psychogenic basis is very remote.”