All In Your Head
This week, researchers for the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a study that may go a long way towards validating Lyme disease sufferers who have been dismissed or ignored by their medical doctors. The study states that Lyme disease results in acute long-term disorders, or as authors Jill A. Livengood and Robert D. Gilmore Jr. write: “...the organism is able to evade the host’s immune defenses and mobilize to various host tissues eventually resulting in arthritis, carditis, and neurological manifestations."
While this study may impact physicians' attitudes toward patients (let's hope it's a positive impact), it can't undo the damage done to myriads of Lyme sufferers over the years whose doctors have hovered in their examining rooms with one hand on the doorknob, rolled their eyes and muttered, “it's all in your head.”
Thank you, Livengood and Gilmore.