LymeDisease.org: Draft of new IDSA Lyme guidelines available for public comment
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is accepting public comment on its proposed Lyme disease treatment guidelines until Aug. 10. This is the first treatment update in about 10 years. Dr. Jay Davidson posted a quick overview of the guidelines on YouTube. I didn’t think it was possible, but these proposed guidelines are even worse than the current ones. For example, IDSA is recommending A SINGLE DOSE of doxycycline for certain tick bites. If this is approved, it will lead to the suffering of millions! I urge everyone to take a few minutes to submit feedback on the guidelines.
From the article: “Compared to when the same people weren’t taking a gabapentinoid drug, their risk while taking pregabalin or gabapentin was 26% higher for suicidal behavior or suicide, 24% higher for accidental overdose, 22% higher for head or body injuries, and 13% higher for car crashes and traffic offenses.”
RawlsMD.com: Why weedkiller in your cereal is truly scary (includes 11-minute video)
If you’re still eating a standard American diet, you are likely dousing your gut with Roundup weedkiller at every meal. I believe Roundup/glyphosate poisoning is why so many of us respond well to giving up gluten and adopting an organic, whole foods diet. In my opinion, following that sort of diet is one of the first steps to healing conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic Lyme.
From the article: “Global Lyme Alliance today announced the launch of ‘Lyme Link,’ its new – and the Lyme disease community’s first – peer-to-peer mentor program. Lyme Link is a free resource that matches those affected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases with volunteers who provide emotional support and hope.”
Fibromyalgia News Today: Baths in mineral-medicinal water can benefit fibromyalgia patients, trial suggests
From the article: “The impact caused by fibromyalgia has been improved in this study by an intervention of 14 half-hour baths with mineral-medicinal water in patients diagnosed with the illness, and the improvement has lasted significantly for [up to] eight months.”
And an extra…
From the article: “[Researchers] found that SNRIs – including the drug duloxetine, known under the name brand of Cymbalta – proved to be the most detrimental to older adults. The team concluded that duloxetine ‘most likely increases the risk of falls over longer treatment.'”
I’ve finished the writing project I’ve been working on and will be resuming new blog posts next week! Thank you for your patience!
I recently wrote an article for Pain News Network on a new FDA proposal to package opioids in blister packs for acute pain patients. Read the article here.