Some of the stuff that comes out of Columbia is very 'interesting'. Dr. Oz is from Columbia, as well as many in Lymeland.
07 April 2010
The Doctor is in(sane)
I found this fascinating piece of medical crap in a publication called Public Health Alert. It’s a newsletter put out by some women who think they have chronic Lyme disease. PHA is full of nonsense written (badly) by various Lyme disease quacks and charlatans. Judging from the advertisements for useless alternative medicine treatments and Lyme diagnostics, I’m guessing this online rag is sustained by such companies because it allows them to reach more gullible customers.
So here’s the brilliant LLMD, James Schaller on:
The 18 Reasons Lyme Treatments Fail: Tick-Borne Infection Medicine for the New Millennium.
My average patient has been to 10-50 physicians before me.
[No doubt they’re working there way down from best to worst.]
Reason One The current treatment dosing for Babesia is flawed. If Babesia is present, Lyme cure is impossible.
[I can’t believe this clown has a license to practice medicine. How hard is it to do two things at once: given clindamycin and quinine. The rest of the medical community doesn’t seem to have any trouble treating babesiosis and/or Lyme.]
Reason Two The current testing for Babesia is markedly flawed.
[Assuming that’s true (and it’s not), what does it have to do with treatment failure in Lyme disease?]
Reason Three Bartonella is simply the most common tick and flea-borne infection in the world.
[Again, the Lyme connection? And no, it’s not. Flea-borne, maybe. But there’s little evidence of Ixodes’ competence for transmitting Bartonella species to humans.]
Reason Four All routine published Bartonella treatments appear to fail.
Reason Five Since Lyme spirochetes can become cysts virtually instantaneously in the presence of threatening antibiotics, it does not make sense to use antibiotics without cyst-busting antibiotics (such as Flagyl), herbs or essential oils.
[This is bacteriological nonsense. Moreover, there’s no such thing as a “cyst-busting antibiotic.”]
Reason Six Infections and inflammation decrease insight. This is largely due to an impaired frontal lobe behind your forehead that is involved in self-awareness.
[What the fuck!?]
Reason Seven Some patients get ill after a flood, large leak or some other water intrusion problem. They feel they are ill only because of mold mycotoxins that form after 36-48 hours of wetness on drywall, insulation, carpeting and other dust or cellulose-filled materials.
[Hey, remember you’re supposed to be preaching about Lyme not mold?]
Reason Eight Lyme appears to make many biotoxins.
[No. Not even one. Check GenBank.]
Reason Nine A general physician in Maryland, working among massive deer ticks in his rural location, was smart enough to search for clinical applications of basic and accepted codes for transplant and disease medicine. These patterns can be found with a basic Wikipedia search.
[Again, huh? Wikipedia? “Massive deer ticks”? What…maybe the size of Buicks?]
Reason Ten Starting doses of all medications should be very low and then raised to high levels with liver-protecting substances.
[Sounds like a recipe for encouraging antibiotic resistance and bacterial mutagenesis, not to mention prolonging the infection and adding to patient morbidity.]
Reason Eleven “Band-Aids” are often required to save a job, a marriage and to care for children.
[???? Maybe in a practice too. Back to Lyme yet?]
Reason Twelve If you have healthcare workers who do not feel comfortable being aggressive with treatment and diagnosis of all the top tick and flea infections, you are at the wrong place.
[I continue to wonder if English is Schaller’s native language.]
Reason Thirteen You have been treated for many years. You have done IV, you have taken 40 pills per day, you have tried a wide range of specialized treatments, and now you are fed up with it all. You can generally function now at about 75% of your baseline. You are at the end of your treatment rope. This is what happens when someone does not treat you fully and effectively at the beginning of your treatment. You can get treatment fatigue.
[Hey, maybe they never had Lyme in the first place.]
Reason Fourteen The treatment approach that leads to cure is not the same dose that leads to stunning organisms. Cure does not does not merely equal fewer bacteria or "a reduction in body load.” For example, using Bicillin once a week with no cyst buster will not kill all your Lyme, nor will it remove cysts. So years after receiving this treatment, your cancer-fighting cells, marked by some as the CD57 level, may be under 90. This is one good test that is quite specific for Lyme disease. (The C3a and C4a test is not specific for Lyme).
[Did this guy really graduate from an accredited medical school? Did he ever take any courses in microbiology, immunology or cell biology?]
Reason Fifteen Cynical know-it-alls can castrate the work of Lyme experts and convince patients to drop healthcare workers who are helping. They usually use "the money” argument or "the speed of your recovery" argument to cut you off from someone sincerely trying to help you. Tick and flea-borne infections in the bodies and brains of relatives and friends can cause some of them to be outrageously critical, entitled, disrespectful, nasty, insulting, and defamatory, proposing God-like standards to convince you that a person who is helping you should be dropped.
[It’s pretty obvious where this line of “reasoning” is coming from. He must hear it hourly from his patients and their not so easily duped friends and relatives.]
Reason Sixteen Two respected scientists, Drs. Sapi and MacDonald, did the first clear work on a Lyme biofilm in early 2008. Organizations with millions in grants and research money have never addressed this issue.
[“Respected by whom?” This is not an issue. Certainly not a clinical issue. B. burgdorferi itself is not even a very good in vitro example of biofilm genetics and metabolism.]
Reason Seventeen Self-treatment is easy to pursue. Many experts are
expensive, and you are uncertain of their level of knowledge after reading on the Internet.
[Well, if the choice is Schaller or self-medication, I’d have to go with self-medication, followed by a witchdoctor, followed by any other LLMD, followed by whoever is on Oprah this week.]
Reason Eighteen Tick and flea-borne infections cause isolation. They ruin relationships due to fogginess, poor insight, various addictions, rage, extreme hostility, and refusing to get treatment, and they can sometimes provoke violence.
[And this is one of the reasons that treatment of Lyme infections fails!? Maybe I’ll believe this if some of Schaller’s patients take a baseball bat to him.]
About the Author: Dr. Schaller…is one of the most prolific LLMD's in the world.
[Well, he’s certain one of the most prolific purveyors of grammatical incorrect and incoherent nonsense.]
http://relative-risk.blogspot.com/2009/ ... rning.html