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"Scientific misconduct or criminal offense?" Petition update (Wormser's new biased study)

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by Antares in NYC, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. Antares in NYC

    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    There's an update to the Change.org petition to investigate the conflicts of interest in Lyme research. A new study by Gary Wormser claims to deny Borrelia persistence by using only acute cases (recent infections) as sample subjects, while leaving out of the study individuals that have been sick longer.

    By selecting only confirmed cases of acute early Lyme the results of the study are severely skewed; those individuals with confirmed acute Lyme were treated within the early window of time to successfully treat the disease without long-term complications. The results would have been completely different if he had used subjects that were also positive for Lyme, but didn't get the benefit of early intervention (late stage or disseminated Lyme).

    The study claims there are no long-term effects to Lyme disease. This is causing some righteous indignation in the Lyme community at large:
    Please sign the petition if you haven't done so already.
     
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    duncan Senior Member

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    Signed.
     
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    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    I think what they are doing is the scientific equivalent of CYA. They have failed to cure or treat the disease, and miserably failed at containing the epidemic. That was the assignment the CDC and NIH gave them, and for two decades they have failed, and diverted time and resources in developing a failed and dangerous vaccine for which they had patents and saw as a potential cash cow. So their solution was to produce study after study with selected subjects (those cured within the early window of acute infection) while ignoring the increasingly growing number of people left severely ill by the disease.

    Given the amount of research papers coming out in recent times demonstrating the persistence of Borrelia, I would have to agree that using the word "fraud" is not out of place. Just like the PACE trial in the UK. Scientific results on demand by carefully selecting the sample subjects.
     
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    Perhaps the word "disingenuous" might come to mind?

    The problem isn't that IDSA treatment protocol doesn't cure people. It does. It can cure many people.

    The problem is the possibly thousands upon thousands left uncured. Left sick.

    So, how does this team appear to respond to this problem in this study? Evidently select a cohort of early stage Lyme patients whose infection was resolved. (I am assuming they were cured/resolved, else they should have noted Late Stage) Then interview them years later and report that 'Look! They are still well!!'

    It is a hollow claim, particularly when any Lyme insider well knows the majority of issues surface when the disease progresses to Late Stage - just as with Syphilis. That's when treatment failures skyrocket.

    It's like that classic SNL bit: "News Alert! Generalissimo Franco is still dead!"

    Only, without the comedy.
     
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    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    This article basically expresses what we knew already:

    http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/0...agree-most-researches-findings-are-fraud.html

     
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