No, I understand that. And I understand that you are suggesting that the interpretation methods used by IgeneX might, in the hands of some LLMDs, be used to justify treatment of cases of Lyme, that are NOT actually Lyme. Got that.Spanky: It's like this. If one has Lyme disease and has had it for a long period of time -- as is the case for many people who claim that they have chronic Lyme disease-- there will be IgG antibody in the serum that is detectable by both ELISA and IgG Western blot by CDC criteria-- unless ones immune defense system is completely suppressed. To believe otherwise would be like suspending the law of gravitation. There is no such thing as seronegative Lyme disease.
But is there reason to doubt the validity of their actual labwork? Or just the interpretation of that work?
But look...maybe I can explain the thought I have in mind by just relating what happened with me...
Like Claudia's guy I showed an IgM positive reaction (for OspA), late stage, according to the IgeneX test. Now...in discussing that with one doctor...I said to him, "okay, as I understand that...that is either a lab error or that, basically confirms, for all intents and purposes, (non-CDC, admitttedly) the three previous screens that were performed".
Unless you think that is a false result, it was Lyme. And given the odds of hitting three positive screens in a row...it almost had to be, mathematically.
And I asked him if there were any reason to think that IgeneX's results were that unreliable. And he didn't answer...but did want to discount, dismiss them.
And I am just saying...okay...but why?
In other words, if I am going to demand that ILADS docs provide reasons to discount the results of the four studies...then I think someone should also provide evidence as to why IgeneX's lab work is deemed so unreliable.
From what I remember...they always pass their tests.
Edited to add: To this day, the docs insist that, in my situation, there is really very little chance that it wasn't Lyme.
Now...if I understand what you you just said...no chance that it was Lyme.
Sooo...has to be. Can't be.
The theory meets the reality.