How chronic Lyme recruits followers

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Dr. David Patrick, Director of the School of Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia in Canada, wants to help “alternatively diagnosed” chronic Lyme patients. So he and his colleagues studied the issue.

The scientists found that all 13 chronic Lyme patients they looked at had no good evidence of having Lyme disease. They noticed striking similarities between chronic Lyme patients and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients.


Dr. Patrick also appeared on Global News (see video above) and presented a useful illustration of how chronic Lyme can spread socially. Other ways chronic Lyme spreads is via quacks and credulous media coverage.

An analysis from Australia (where there is no endemic Lyme disease) revealed “Almost 10% of respondents self-diagnosed after being exposed to a media report of Australian Lyme disease.”

Resources by Dr. Patrick: