There was an article in the New York Times in Jan. entitled 'What To Do About A Physician Who May Be A Quack.' A Lyme-literate scientist wrote: "There is a family-practice physician in our community who is diagnosing Lyme disease in many of my friends and acquaintances (and their families). The doctor attended an Ivy League college and a well-respected medical school, but she has no specialized training in Lyme disease. What is perplexing to me is that most every patient she sees comes back with a diagnosis of a Lyme-related “condition.” Most of her treatments are not covered by insurance, because they have no basis in evidence, and cost her patients $30,000 a year or more. Moreover, the test she uses for “diagnosis” has never been validated and is not used in New Jersey or New York; all her samples have to be shipped to a lab out of state.
Adding to my concerns is that some of these patients saw a Lyme-disease expert first and were told that they did not have the disease...I believe that this physician is taking advantage of the varied and sometimes vague symptoms of Lyme disease to make a lot of money off patients." As part of Lyme Disease Awareness month, I think we also have to be aware that since there is no federal acknowledgement of Chronic Lyme, no consensus of standard of care, very few truly Lyme-literate physicians, and thousands of gravely ill people, the situation does open the door for doctors with no scruples to take advantage of people willing to do and pay ANYTHING to get better. How do patients who experience the desperation of chronic illness guard against being taken advantage of? When you so badly want to know what ails you and how to get better, how can you be sure you are in good hands, especially when you aren't functioning at 100% and your powers of discernment may be compromised? Many of our brilliant LLMDs are unfairly labeled as "quacks." How can we distinguish between the good, the bad, and the ugly? #BuyerBeware