Fri Sept 14
Fort Erie Community YMCA 1555 Garrison Rd FORT ERIE, ON 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Hosted by LDAO
REMINDER: Dr. Murakami continues to be available to aid patients and consult with physicians who are interested in learning more about Lyme disease. If you are a physician, or know of one who wants to develop a more in‐depth understanding of Lyme and appropriate treatment protocols, please call 604‐869‐9922. Dr. Murakami will return the call as soon as possible.
Dr. Murakami's presentation is free but he does accept donations to try and help cover his travel costs.
The Spread of Lyme Disease- Dec 19, 2010
Lyme disease is the most rapidly spreading vector-borne disease in the world.
The medical world is divided with one group saying that it is rare, easy to diagnose and easy to treat, and the other saying it is a difficult diagnosis because of the negativity of the ELISA test and the lack of medical education of medical students, family practitioners and specialists.
There is an urgent need for making the public and the medical world aware of this since there is an unexplained Lyme denial problem prevalent in our medical association.
I have seen many suffering from arthritis, mental fog, and severe fatigue and most of these patients have gone undiagnosed to the present day. My personal feeling is that there is a high percentage of Lyme and vector-borne disease in these patients who are suffering chronically and resorting to other forms of pain relief such as alcohol, street - and prescribed - medications. Many people are suffering in every walk of life in both urban and rural areas of Canada.
To confirm my belief in the prevalence, please view the following maps of the world, of North America and of British Columbia.
A little more on Dr. Murakami:
May Tables Private Members Bill on Lyme Disease
Due the the growing threat of Lyme Disease in Canada a national strategy is necessary to get patients the medical care they so desperately need.
" The bill calls for a national conference of public health officials, researchers, and patient advocates to be convened as a first step in developing a Canadian National Strategy for diagnosing and treating the disease.
“I have many friends and constituents who are living with this terrible disease. We need to make absolutely sure that all Canadian doctors are equipped with the tools and knowledge to effectively diagnose and treat patients suffering from Lyme. ”
Lyme Disease is the name given to Borrelia burgdorferi (and recently other Borrelias) and co-infections. Early diagnosis is critical, yet it remains poorly understood in spite of its growing prevalence and serious consequences, including recurring attacks of arthritis and neurological problems.
“Tragically, because we don’t have consistent and effective guidelines for testing in order to reliably detect the various types and strains of Lyme Disease, there is too often a failure to diagnose sufferers,” May pointed out.
“This means that every year hundreds, even thousands, of Canadians either go untreated or are required to go to the United States for treatment where they are prescribed heavy doses of antibiotics not covered by our provincial healthcare plans.
“Some patients are dependent on such medicine for life. This bill is aimed at ending this kind of neglect.”
At a time when many US States have tackled this urgent issue head on, it is ironic that Canada still downplays Lyme Disease and clings to outdated standards for diagnosis and care.
The Green Party Leader thanked the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation for its effective work. CanLyme, a national research foundation for tick-borne infections, also provides counseling and support to the hundreds of Canadians refused clinical diagnosis annually."
Please click on the following link to Elizabeth's website and leave comments in support of what she is doing.
Disease is complicated, controversial and endemic in Southern Ontario
"Town councillors have taken an unusual step by getting involved in a medical issue—one that has affected locals as well as thousands across the province.
Without discussion Monday, council supported a resolution to petition the province to have all known tests for lyme disease covered by OHIP and to do everything necessary to create public awareness of the spread of the tick-borne illness in Ontario.
The petition also requests the province to develop diagnostic and treatment protocols for patients and physicians.
Lyme disease mimics many other illnesses, says the petition passed by council, and is endemic in Southern Ontario, but there are scientifically-validated diagnostic tests and treatment choices currently not available in Ontario, forcing patients to see these in the USA and Europe.
The resolution came to the Town from Richmond Hill, where it was approved as a result of lobbying by Rossana Magnotta, wife of the late Gabe Magnotta, who died in 2010 after fighting the debilitating disease, and the medical establishment, for seven years.
As a director of the board of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, Rossana has been encouraging municipalities to lobby the province—while changes have to come from the province, pleas to adopt protocols accepted in the US and Europe have fallen on deaf ears, so she is directing her efforts "from the ground up."
Niagara-on-the-Lake has become one of about 100 municipalities in Ontario to support the petition."
New video out with Actors and Doctors coming together to help spread the word about LYME.
Learn about Lyme and tick-borne diseases from the important work of Turn the Corner Foundation.
Turn the Corner is an internationally recognized public charity dedicated to research, education, awareness and innovative treatments for Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases.
This post is dedicated to Teri.
discusses the controversy surrounding Lyme disease and what action needs to be taken to provide patients with better care.