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Medical Freedom, Lyme Disease, and Obamacare

Imagine that people who are ill with Cancer or AIDS are misdiagnosed and are left untreated for their Cancer or AIDS while desperately going from doctor to doctor to try to find out why they are so sick, only to be repeatedly told over a period of many months or even years that they have illnesses which nobody really knows anything about or that they are hypochondriacs (and instead of any attempt to treat their illnesses, they are given antidepressants and told that it will make them feel better because it’s really just depression that is making them miserable, although it is more likely that being sick and untreated is actually what may be making them depressed!), before it is finally discovered that what has been making them sick is actually Cancer or AIDS and not a “mystery” or  psychosomatic illness as they had been previously told.

Now imagine that these people who have finally been diagnosed with Cancer or AIDS are given just 3 weeks of treatment with medication and then pronounced “cured” with no further testing and no further medical intervention whatsoever, despite there being no proof that the 3 weeks of treatment has eradicated the Cancer or AIDS from their bodies. When these Cancer or AIDS victims continue to exhibit symptoms of their diseases, months and even years later, they are told that they must be suffering from something else because their cancer or AIDS was “cured” with those few weeks of initial treatment; they are refused further treatment and denied further testing to see if the disease is still active in their bodies or if the disease has returned after having been “cured”. When their symptoms continue to persist and worsen, they are told that they are hypochondriacs, put on anti-depressants, and advised to seek psychotherapy because they have been “cured” with those few weeks of initial treatment and it is impossible to still be sick or to become sick again, so they must be imagining their symptoms, and they are continually denied any further medical intervention or new diagnostic tests even though there exists much evidence which indicates that these diseases often are NOT cured with a simple short term one-size-fits-all cookie cutter treatment and that these people CAN improve with long term medication.

This is what happens to people with Lyme Disease (and related Tick Borne Diseases) and few notice or even care – what do you think would happen if this were the standard protocol for people suffering from Cancer and AIDS?

Via Lyme Aware:

Sooner or later, everyone will be touched by Lyme…


Excerpted from Dr. Joe Jemsek’s above speech:

“What is happening to the Lyme nation is similar to what I witnessed at the beginning of the HIV epidemic in the 80’s…there was complacency for that… disease….became personal and real because it got closer…..sooner or later everyone was touched and the same thing is happening with Lyme disease…” He goes on to say, “That the American public deserves to hear the truth”. He continues to discuss the disgrace of a few in the Infectious Disease Society of America who are an embarrassment to the medical society. Continuing on to state that they have vilified those in the Lyme community…

Lyme Disease is a raging epidemic:

We’re in the midst of a terrifying epidemic, although you wouldn’t know it to talk to most doctors and health specialists.

The disease is growing at a rate faster than AIDS. From 2006 to 2008 alone, the number of cases jumped a whopping 77 percent. In 2008 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed 28,921 “confirmed” and 6,277 “probable” cases of the disease, but there could be as many as 420,000 because of underreporting.

Prominent victims include Parker Posey, Richard Gere, President George W. Bush, Alice Walker and Christie Brinkley.

If any other disease had stricken so many people, the medical community would be scurrying for knowledge, scrambling for cures or rushing to warn patients (think swine flu).

But that’s not the case with Lyme disease — a disease carried by ticks.

Instead, ill-informed doctors are often flummoxed when patients complain of fatigue, headaches, fever or chills, muscle or joint pain, mental confusion, swollen lymph nodes and neurological symptoms. It’s an appalling display of indifference.

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Unfortunately, many victims of this poppy-seed-sized predator spend months or years without effective treatment, because perplexed doctors wrongly diagnose chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, arthritis or psychiatric disorders. It took “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan many years, numerous doctors and her own sleuthing before she was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease.   RTWT

The medical community at large creates the biggest barrier for the effective diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease, as innocent people suffer and the handful of doctors who try to help them literally risk everything to do so. Via LymeBook.com:

The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), which is generally recognized as the authority on topics relating to infectious diseases (including Lyme Disease), does not recognize that chronic Lyme Disease is caused by an active bacterial infection. On the other side of the debate reside thousands of Lyme Disease patients and physicians who believe that chronic Lyme Disease is in fact caused by the persistent presence of an active infection.

IDSA guidelines generally determine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and CDC guidelines generally determine what is and is not accepted practice for licensed physicians. Hence, because the IDSA does not recognize chronic Lyme Disease as a real medical condition, neither do the majority of physicians in the United States.

Before moving on, let’s clarify what the debate is actually about. The IDSA does not deny the existence of Lyme Disease itself — the organization recognizes Lyme Disease as a significant bacterial infection. What the IDSA disagrees with is the position that active Lyme Disease bacteria can persist inside the human body after a standard course of antibiotics is administered. IDSA acknowledges Lyme Disease, and understands that it is dangerous, but the organization takes the stance that the disease always goes away after it is treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. The IDSA does recognize a syndrome in which people who have suffered from Lyme Disease experience ongoing symptoms after antibiotic therapy. However, according to the IDSA, this syndrome (which they refer to as “post-Lyme syndrome”) is not caused by infection with Lyme Disease bacteria, but instead, psychosomatic factors such as hypochondria and laziness.

For people suffering with chronic Lyme Disease, IDSA guidelines can be devastating. Yes, the IDSA does recognize “post-Lyme syndrome,” but only as a psychosomatic disorder—not as an active bacterial infection. Why does it matter whether or not the IDSA believes chronic Lyme Disease is caused by active bacteria or paranoia? Actually, it matters a lot. Although the IDSA does recognize post-Lyme syndrome, their stance on the cause of the disease makes the difference between Lyme Disease sufferers being vindicated and receiving the treatment they need, or being ridiculed and denied appropriate treatment. Current IDSA guidelines stipulate that doctors should treat chronic Lyme Disease with psychological counseling, and if that does not work, doctors should simply throw patients out of the office and tell them they are crazy. When doctors attempt to treat a raging bacterial infection as if it were paranoia or a character flaw, the result is a large number of very sick patients being talked at instead of disinfected. Additionally, treating chronic Lyme Disease as a psychological problem also results in the ridiculing and disparaging of Lyme patients when the therapy doesn’t work and symptoms persist.

On the other hand, if chronic Lyme Disease is treated appropriately with antibacterial therapies, patients will actually get better, get support in areas that matter (emotional, insurance coverage, and understanding from employers and family members), and get compassion during ongoing sickness. So, as you can see, the question of the cause of chronic Lyme Disease is of critical importance to those suffering from the condition.  MORE HERE

People who are suffering from advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease (also called Chronic Lyme Disease) and the Lyme-Literate Doctors (LLMDs) who work to help them are openly and publicly mocked and ridiculed by supposed infectious disease “experts” who would be better named as “Doctors of Denial”. These doctors must have had their fingers crossed behind their backs when they took the Hippocratic Oath’s vow to “First do no harm”.

Obtaining appropriate medical treatment for serious, debilitating and potentially life threatening disease should not be a political issue, but it is. In the documentary film Under Our Skin, it is illustrated in great detail how members of the IDSA benefit financially by denying the existence of persistent infection from Lyme Disease and related tick borne pathogens, you can view a free version of it HERE.  Heather Callaghan provides a great write up about this issue, at the Activist Post , which explains the conflicts of interest, cronyism, and pocket-lining that motivates the IDSA’s Lyme cover-up:

In 1980, the government started allowing patents on living organisms such as pathogens. Perfect timing for scientists to make a mad dash for parts of newly-discovered Lyme and keep the information locked away to protect future profits.

These so-called experts continue to research Lyme disease with federal funds, then start private firms and obtain patents. They write guidelines for insurance companies and HMOs so that the disease doesn’t exist (yet) or require coverage. Not only do Lyme victims spend hundreds of thousands for medical treatment, but they can’t be covered for Lyme!

The Biggest Blow In The Lyme Cover-up

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), made up of a board of doctors, created within themselves an authority to write the rule book on all things Lyme. It is the absolute bane of both the Lyme community and conscientious doctors everywhere.

They are the ones who decided that there is no such affliction as chronic Lyme, that it’s easy to treat and cure, and will be cured within two weeks of oral antibiotics or else the patient has another infirmity. Doctors must follow their diagnosis and treatment guidelines or face punishment from state medical boards. Patients’ proof of cure never sways the boards – doctors broke the rules.

Out of the 400 references listed in the back of the guidelines, over half of them are directed at articles that they and their teams wrote. They have closed the door on any outside alternative medical research.

In turn, these are the very guidelines insurance companies consult to deny medical treatment coverage. The majority of complaints that lead to doctors’ suspensions come from insurance companies, not from patients or other physicians. The insurance companies wish to rid doctors who cost them the most.

The unholy trinity of insurance companies, Lyme guidelines written by establishment insiders, and Big Pharma corporate control, restricts consumer choice in medical care and extorts these patients.

While the IDSA acknowledges post-Lyme syndrome, they audaciously attribute it to the “aches and pains of daily living,” and that poor treatment results are due to prior traumatic stress. Are they really that dumb?

No, but they are cold blooded and know exactly the nature of the disease and the destructive human toll that it often takes.

They should know…after all, they have a lot invested in it…

Busted On The Money Trail!

Connecticut Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, investigated the ISDA panel members for possible violation of antitrust laws and conflicts of interest.

Of the 14 panel authors of the first edition guidelines, 6 of them or their universities held patents on Lyme or its co-infections, 4 received funding from Lyme or co-infection test kit manufacturers, 4 were paid by insurance companies to write Lyme policy guidelines or consult in Lyme legal cases, and 9 received money from Lyme disease vaccine manufacturers. Some of the authors were involved in more than one conflict of interest.

So why are guideline authorities taking money from companies who have a direct interest in specific outcomes?  MUCH MORE HERE

Here is a short video which explains the very real conspiracy surrounding the “controversy” over chronic Lyme:

 

On Friday April 13, 2012, the Dr. Phil Show aired an episode that had a segment about Late Stage Lyme Disease which features the stories of three women who have been afflicted, and the “controversy” involved with treating them. Here are the clips (H/T Lyme Aware):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

After the show, Dr. Phil acknowledged the politics involved that interfere with the ability of doctors and patients to deal with Lyme and related diseases effectively, here’s the clip of that discussion:

 

At the heart of the whole “controversy” raging over Lyme and related diseases lies an issue that all Americans need to be aware of: Medical Freedom – the Lyme Community does not have enough of it, and all Americans (with the exception of the very wealthy and politically connected elite) are at risk of  losing theirs as well if our country does not alter the current course that it is on.

Via Lymenaide:

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.”

— Benjamin Rush, M.D. (circa 1787)

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) was a colonial physician known as the “Father of American Medicine.” He signed the Declaration of Independence, served as the Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opened the first free medical clinic at the Pennsylvania Hospital. (1)

Do you think old Ben Rush is sitting somewhere looking down on us with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson saying, “I told you so.”? RTR

Doctors should be able to make their diagnoses and treatment decisions based on scientific and clinical evidence but, increasingly, they are not the ones who get to make the call about what diagnosis and treatment a patient may receive. Via the American Medical Society:

The practice of medicine demands a tremendous amount from our doctors – from 4 years of college to 4 years of medical school to residency and fellowship training. In addition, physicians complete continuing medical education credits every year in different aspects of medicine with emphasis on their specialty.  Society demands a lot from the people who are responsible for their health and rightly so. The stress and strain of studying and training to become a doctor can never be diminished; however, the tremendous satisfaction that it delivers when a patient has a successful outcome makes it worth every bit of its demanded commitment.

Make no mistake; doctors know what we’re up against. We are trained to deliver the absolute best medical care and the public expects the absolute best from us. Errors in diagnosis, judgment and skill are not tolerated. We need to think and think clearly to establish an accurate diagnosis and we need to implement a protocol that has the best chance of a positive outcome. For this, we turn to peer reviewed studies, seminars, training workshops and mentorship after completion of our residencies. It is a profession that takes itself very seriously and places a high demand for excellence on all of its licensees.

So, given the time involved and the high level of commitment required to become a doctor, no one is in a better position to determine treatment options than physicians themselves. We not only look for reproducible studies that give us a high degree of confidence in what we do, we also self-police. All doctors in all specialties are held to high standards of excellence in education as well as clinical performance.

So it seems completely logical that it always has been physicians themselves that set the standard of care in medicine. Yet, that no longer seems to be the case. And this sets a very dangerous precedent for medical care in this country going forward.

Health insurance companies have been able to take over control of medicine through contracted arrangements with doctors. When a doctor agrees to “participate” with a health insurance company and become a part of their provider panel, he also becomes beholden to the terms and limitations set forth by the insurance company. Realize that an insurance company is not in the health care business. They are in the “keep the premium dollars” business. That means that they have a vested interest in keeping down the costs of medical care so that they can maximize their profits. By contrast, the doctor must hold to his oath of providing the best possible medical care while also doing his/her best to do no harm. Clearly, the insurance company/physician relationship can become contentious and adversarial because of these factors.

The truth of what is now happening in this country is that diagnostic tests and certain treatment protocols are being “denied” by insurance companies as “not medically necessary”.  In other words, they refuse to pay because they simply do not want to finance tests or therapies that cut into their bottom line more than they want them to. In addition, physicians face audits of their records by insurance companies and Medicare in which their records are scrutinized to see that every i is dotted and every t is crossed. If not, physicians are subject to demands for “recovery” of funds for services that were “inappropriately billed.”

In addition, physicians who incorporate more progressive therapies are being subjected to withholding of payments, bogus peer review and licensure review boards. These scare tactics are working better than they should be. To avoid all of these uncomfortable and potentially damaging threats that are now looming over physicians, many are now fully “cooperating” with whatever the insurance company dictates as the “new standard of care” in medicine. In order to do this, physicians look for the quickest and cheapest way to address their patients so as not to stand out and become a sitting duck for an audit. Who suffers are both the patients and the doctors.

Morale in medicine is at an all time low. Doctors are very unhappy and under the stress of constant scrutiny for every decision they make. It is the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ phenomenon. Medical income is shrinking rapidly as well. It is my honest opinion that medical care in this country is headed for a major crisis if we do not rise up against the controls placed on us by insurance companies and Medicare. In addition to patients being under-diagnosed and under-treated, we are soon to see a crisis in which the incredible commitment to practice medicine and surgery will no longer be rewarded with the income that would draw the best qualified students to the profession.  RTWT

The new implementation of state-by-state health insurance marketplaces is supposed to make things easier, but in reality the coming government take over of Health Care is going to make things far more difficult for both patients and their doctors. Young doctors are pessimistic about the future and, regardless of their age, doctors fear Obamacare – as they well should! Via The Foundry:

Not only do doctors believe that Obamacare will not improve the health care system, they also anticipate that it will worsen the current condition. According to the survey, nine out of 10 physicians are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession to a family member, and one primary care physician even commented, “I would not recommend becoming an M.D. to anyone.”

Obamacare doesn’t just discourage entrance into the medical profession; it encourages those who are already practicing to leave it. The survey states that “health care reform is motivating doctors to change their retirement timeline.” In fact, 43 percent of respondents said they are considering retiring within the next five years as a result of the law. A surgeon from Michigan wrote that under Obamacare, “We will be moving further away from humanity-based health care and more towards the patient as a commodity. This was not the way my father practiced—nor will I. Winding down to retire early.”

Currently, the United States is on the brink of a severe physician shortage. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, by 2020, the nation will need an additional 91,500 doctors to meet medical demand. Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, former president of the American Medical Association, warns, “Today, we are perilously close to a true crisis as newly insured Americans enter the health care system and our population continues to age.” If current physicians leave the practice early because of the health law, the problem will be exacerbated even further.

Finally, the survey revealed concerns that the health law will compromise the doctor-patient relationship. Slightly more than half of doctors surveyed believe “that increased bureaucracy is reducing the personal interaction with patients essential for building a close relationship and understanding the nature of patient health.”  MORE HERE

A bad situation will be made exponentially worse under Obamacare, because, under the new government controlled health care system, a small group of people on a panel will have full authority to dictate what kind of care Americans will be permitted to get, and they will be able to do this without any public input or scrutiny. Via AEI.org (emphasis mine):

Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.

The task force already rates services with letter grades of “A” through “D” (or “I,” if it has “insufficient evidence” to make a rating). But under ObamaCare, services rated “A” or “B”—such as colon cancer screening for adults aged 50-75—must be covered by health plans in full, without any co-pays. Many services that get “Cs” and “Ds”—such as screening for ovarian or testicular cancer—could get nixed from coverage entirely.

That’s because mandating coverage for all the “A” and “B” services will be very costly. In 2000, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the marginal cost of similar state insurance mandates was 5%-10% of total claims. Other estimates put the cost of mandates as high as 20% of premiums.

Health plans will inevitably choose to drop coverage for many services that don’t get a passing grade from the task force and therefore aren’t mandated. Insurance companies will need to conserve their premium money, which the government regulates, in order to spend it subsidizing those services that the task force requires them to cover in full.

Americans first became familiar with the task force in November 2009, when it made the controversial decision to recommend that women ages 40-49 shouldn’t get routine mammograms. More recently, it rebuffed routine prostate-cancer screening and the use of tests that detect the viruses that can cause cervical cancer.

The task force relishes setting a very high bar. Like the Food and Drug Administration in approving new drugs, it usually requires a randomized, prospective trial to “prove” that a diagnostic test or other intervention improves clinical outcomes and therefore deserves a high grade of “A” or “B.”

This means its advice is often out of sync with conventional medical practice. For example, it recommended against wider screening for HIV long after such screening was accepted practice. As a result, many of its verdicts are widely ignored by practicing doctors.

The task force is a part-time board of volunteer advisers that works slowly and is often late to incorporate new science into its recommendations. Only in 2009 did it finally recommend aspirin for the prevention of stroke and heart attack among those at risk—decades after this practice was demonstrated to save lives and had become part of standard medical practice.

The task force is also the only federal health agency to have the explicit legal authority to consider cost as one criterion in recommending whether patients should use a medical test or treatment.

Over time, the task force will surely recommend against many services that patients now take for granted, while mandating full insurance coverage for things that they’d be just as happy paying for. Among the interventions that it plans to consider in 2012 are screening for hepatitis C in adults, for osteoporosis in men and for depression in children; counseling for obesity in adults and for alcohol use in adolescents; and daily aspirin for heart-attack and stroke prevention in people over 80.

The task force’s problems are compounded by the fact that it is deliberately exempted from the rules that govern other government advisory boards and regulatory agencies. Thus it has no obligation to hold its meetings in public, announce decisions in draft form or even consider public comments. Consumers have no way to directly appeal its decisions. And health providers or product developers affected by its decisions can’t sue it for recourse.  RTWT

Paul Hsieh at PJ Media has more on freedoms that will be lost  due to Obamacare:

The infringement of personal freedom receiving the most attention lately has been the “individual mandate” requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. This issue is at the heart of the current legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. But ObamaCare imposes numerous other mandates and controls, including the following:

  • Insurance companies must offer numerous “free” benefits, including various preventive health services, birth control, and coverage of “children” up to age 26.
  • An Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of unelected bureaucrats will set prices for Medicare services that will lead to de facto rationing.

The administrative costs associated with complying with these regulations will accelerate the trend of doctors leaving traditional private practice. Instead, doctors will increasingly work for large Accountable Care Organizations where they’ll practice according to government protocols, with their compliance monitored by the mandatory electronic medical records.

As Dr. Donald Berwick (President Obama’s former head of Medicare) once noted:

The primary function of regulation in health care, especially as it affects the quality of medical care, is to constrain decentralized, individualized decision making.

In other words, restricting physicians’ freedom to practice is not some “unintended consequence” of ObamaCare, but rather an explicitly desired goal.

Simultaneously, ObamaCare will also squeeze private insurers out of business. In a recent Forbes article, Sally Pipes notes:

ObamaCare effectively forces insurers to pay out more generous benefits but limits their ability to raise the revenue needed to do so. Consequently, many firms will go out of business.

The decline has already started. Aetna has pulled out of the individual insurance market in Colorado and Indiana and out of the small-group market in Michigan. The Iowa-based Principal Financial Group stopped selling health insurance entirely, leaving 840,000 people without coverage. And Unicare has stopped selling policies in Virginia.

Once the private insurance market has been destroyed, Americans will be forced to buy their health insurance on government-run “exchanges” where the government decides which health services should or should not be covered.
Just as the government controls over agriculture in the former USSR led to food shortages and long “bread lines,” government controls over the health sector will lead to longer waits for medical care. Health laws similar to ObamaCare have been in effect in Massachusetts since 2006. Massachusetts patients must now wait an average of 48 days to see an internal medicine physician — double the national average. Under ObamaCare, the rest of the country will soon experience similar problems.   MORE HERE

Conventional wisdom and countless public service announcements have long asserted that early detection and treatment are vital to minimizing the damage wrought by a myriad diseases and disorders because, it’s true, the longer an illness has to develop undetected and untreated inside a person, the more difficult it is to take care of. This common knowledge is now being disregarded by (surprise) a panel of bureaucrats who now insist that it’s not really that important to screen for things such as cancer and heart disease when they can be effectively treated and before they reach the point where they are likely to become fatal. Via WND.com:

Remember back in 2009 when it was reported that women should not have annual mammograms – they just weren’t necessary to diagnose that too often fatal disease. After years of harping on the necessity of the screening for a baseline and then annual or biannual follow-up screenings for early diagnosis of breast cancer, suddenly, it all changed.

Tell that to the millions of women who were diagnosed early, were treated and lived to tell about it.

After the uproar quieted down, they did it again. It was announced that men don’t need regular, routine prostate cancer tests. Again, we were told that it wasn’t necessary, was “overkill” so to speak in the effort to diagnose prostate cancer.

Tell that to the millions of men who were diagnosed early, were treated and lived to tell about it.

Tell that also to the families of men who had the test, were diagnosed and ultimately died of the disease.

But the system was just testing the waters, and now they’ve hit us with the big guns.

An advisory was issued by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, listing 45 tests and procedures that need to be reduced, limited or eliminated because they are redundant, unnecessary and cost too much money. The New York Times reports at least eight other specialty boards are issuing their lists of so-called “unnecessary/dangerous” procedures.

The suggestions range from limiting mammography, prostate cancer tests, colonoscopies, bone scans, EKGs, even antibiotics for sinus infections.

Moment of truth here: I do get sinus infections and too often. The only thing that helps is an antibiotic. I want my doctor to make that decision with me, not some remote medical board operating from an impersonal list telling doctors what to do or not do.

My OB/GYN told me, a few years ago, about another patient she’d had who had symptoms that indicated a rare cancer, normally only seen in older women. This patient was in her late twenties.

The doctor ordered the test, but the insurance company wouldn’t cover it because the patient was “too young.” The doctor was furious, appealed the decision and wouldn’t give in until the test was finally approved.

The young patient did have cancer.

The mentality of that insurance company will be what Obamacare will mandate for all of us, regardless of age or sex. It will decide what is “necessary” and/or “effective” and, I guess, if a few or more people slip through the cracks, get deadly diseases and die … well, as has been said, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

The omelet of Obamacare is to make us all the same and measured by the same so-called guidelines.

Just as we’re being prepared now, with the publication of these lists of “too frequent and unnecessary” tests, the goal is to reduce the means to diagnose and treat illnesses, often life threatening ones, often deadly killers.   RTWT

When sick people who could otherwise regain much, if not all, of their health are unable to have their illness diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it is more complicated and expensive to help them and many of these people will die – but perhaps that is the intention of those who seek to get in the way of early medical intervention.

 

UPDATE – July 6, 2012: I have a personal stake in the fight to obtain Medical Freedom for those afflicted with late stage advanced Lyme Disease and other Tick Borne diseases (and the doctors who risk everything to help their patients) as I among the afflicted and I am seriously ill and debilitated from late stage advanced (also known as “chronic”) Lyme Disease, Babesia, Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis, and a systemic fungal infection. It has been very difficult for me to obtain the medical care that I need (for the reasons explained above in this post) and I have only been able to fight these diseases at all due thus far to the kindness of people who have hit my tip jar, but this I have a long road ahead of me and still desperately need help to continue the fight to save my own life. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare, the already difficult to obtain medical care that I and others afflicted with these tick diseases desperately need may soon become impossible to get and may possibly even be outlawed, so my own fight for my health now also becomes a race against time to get better before Obamacare is fully implemented. Please help if you can.

 

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