New York-based doctor Bernard Raxlen, MD is a founding member and former board member of the pseudoscience group ILADS. Raxlen has been the subject of disciplinary actions by the medical boards of New York and Connecticut.
Science-Based Medicine has a good summary of the appalling history of Bernard Raxlen.
See also New York Magazine’s interview with Bernard Raxlen.
Raxlen is a coauthor of the 2004 ILADS guidelines, which were condemned by the Healthcare Protection Agency (HPA) of the UK. The HPA’s review concluded:
- The ILADS guidelines are not evidence-based and are poorly constructed.
- Application of the ILADS guidelines’ poorly defined case definitions will result in a very high risk of misdiagnosis.
- Use of ILADS guidelines’ vague treatment recommendations, including prolonged use of antibiotics, has potentially serious consequences.
- Patients misdiagnosed with Lyme disease risk losing opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of other conditions. They also risk serious physical, psychological social and financial adverse events.
Chicago Tribune: Chronic Lyme disease: A dubious diagnosis
Science-Based Medicine: Another “Chronic Lyme” VIP disciplined by NY medical authorities: Bernard Raxlen
New York Magazine: What happens when Lyme disease becomes an identity?
Connecticut Department of Public Health: Bernard Raxlen Discipline, 2002
New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Bernard Raxlen Discipline, 2002
Connecticut Department of Public Health: Bernard Raxlen Statement of Charges, 2004
Connecticut Department of Public Health: Bernard Raxlen Discipline, 2005
New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Bernard Raxlen Discipline, 2006
New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Bernard Raxlen Discipline, 2017