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Canada: Elizabeth May's Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by Antares in NYC, Jun 16, 2015.

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    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    Canada's Green Party has been able to pass a Lyme disease bill through both chambers, and it's ready to become law. This bill calls for the Canadian government to build a comprehensive strategy against the epidemic of Lyme that's taking place in their country, but this strategy needs to include not just medical authorities, but communities and patient advocates.

    Hopefully this law puts an end to the witch-hunt of Lyme doctors that has left Canadian affected by the disease with no recourse but to travel to some USA states to get treatment.


    Another take on this story:

    Will we ever see such action in the States? It's way overdue.
     
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    Of course the IDSA-backed AMMI Canada (Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada) tried to fight this bill tooth and nail, and to prevent it from even being debated. And they lost: the bill won Commons approval and only needs royal assent to become law.

    This is an article from 2014, when AMMI Canada was mounting a campaign against the passing of Elizabeth May's Lyme bill:

     
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    Good for the Canadians fighting for this bill. If it holds up, it would represent another important win, and another big step in the right direction.

    Areas for concern: acknowledging the scope of the problems represented by late stage Lyme sufferers. The push back in great measure comes against "chronic Lyme", as well as against purported flaws in diagnostics. The reasons for both are obvious.

    But the absence of talking points concerning the diagnostic problems for late stage cases, compounded by what many believe is a lack of effective treatments for late stage, is particularly disconcerting - especially when one realizes there is little to no research being conducted for either late stage diagnostics or late stage treatment.
     
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    Wayne Senior Member

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    I wasn't aware there's a sequel to the documentary "Under Our Skin" that was released last fall. Here's a link to an overview:

    Under Our Skin 2: Emergence
     

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