"But maybe another point that gets missed is that there really isn't a 'controversy'...except one that is artificially contrived, manufactured".
That thought has crossed my mind too at various times. I believe one contributing factor may be that advances in science can seem painfully slow for those who are ill and want answers today. This is not confined to Lyme disease by any means, so it helps me to keep things in perspective by considering the ongoing efforts to address HIV/AIDS -- never mind malaria and Hepatitis C.
And my thinking on all of this has certainly shifted over time, too, but the way I am thinking of all of this, these days, is:
If the four major studies on post-Lyme treatment therapy were to be accepted as valid by ILADS members and their supporters...
...ILADS and all of the associated entities, including the LDA and CALDA would pretty well be out of business.
They would have to close shop unless they could find some sort of legitimate claim that these studies were somehow flawed.
And I haven't seen them being able to do that, either.
But I think that people need to consider just how BIG the money now is probably getting...on the side of the anti-IDSA crowd.
That's a powerful
incentive to "believe
" in chronic Lyme.
("Chronic" Lyme, there, meaning: persistent infection following appropriate treatment).