Dr. David Patrick, Director of the School of Population and Public Health at University of British Columbia, and he wants to help “alternatively diagnosed” chronic Lyme patients. So he and his colleagues studied the issue. They 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:
- Explaining the mysteries of Lyme disease
- Video and Slides from a longer presentation on Alternatively Diagnosed Chronic Lyme Syndrome at the Conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease
- Q&A Tick Talk: What you need to know about Lyme disease
- Lyme Disease Diagnosed by Alternative Methods: A Phenotype Similar to That of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lyme disease: How reliable are serologic results?
- Interview with Dr. David Patrick and a Window into Current ME/CFS Research at UBC