LYMEPOLICYWONK: SIGN THE PETITION TO REMOVE THE IDSA GUIDELINES FROM THE NGC!'Medical treatment guidelines are tremendously important in determining your treatment options. All important treatment guidelines are listed by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It’s the government’s way of providing updated information about different diseases to health care professionals. NGC’s own rules require that listed guidelines be updated every 5 years. The Infectious Diseases Society of America has not revised its controversial Lyme disease guidelines for more than 5 years. Nevertheless, the NGC recently permitted the IDSA to continue listing the Lyme guidelines without updating them.'
If you haven't already signed this petition please do so.
Go to Lymedisease.org here to sign the petition.
This petition is open to everyone the World over because sadly all our Health Authorities use these outdated guidelines as their own.
In the words of Alan MacDonald MD, known for his pathology work with Borrelia, this was recently posted on Lymenet Europe here
(some of you may be aware that Dr MacDonald had to retire due to an Alzheimer's like illness but I am pleased to add that he is doing well on medication and with regular doctor visits, certainly his recent contributions to the debate about Lyme Disease on Lymenet Europe are valuable and fascinating)
'Proficiency testing is one arm of "Maintenance of Certification". That maintenance exists because the "half life" of medical ( and scientific) information is finite. Half life comes from the Decay of levels of radioactivity for an isotope. Medical half life of information means that one half of the information which was "correct" is either changed or removed or redefined in the half life interval. Years ago, it was estimated that medical information had a half life of 5 years. That interval has shortened, due to the rapid pace of entry of new information, based on new tests, drugs, and understandings of disease mechanisms. Medical half life information "decay" is now closer to 2 years.' etc--
'Now if we agree that the Medical information Half life curve is less than 5 years, and that this is the inevitable consequence of new information entering the medical arena, I pose the following Rhetorical question. Why not re-write the 2006 IDSA guidlines for an updated 2012 version? The medical textbooks are outdated every 2yrs to 3 yrs. Re-writes are necessary. We now live with the IDSA 2006 guidelines. These guidelines came up for governmental review in 2011. It was voted to extend the 2006 IDSA guidelines- WITHOUT REVISION OF A SINGLE SENTENCE for the next 5 years. This decision is at variance with what constitutes good medical practice in every specialty of medicine.
I believe in proficiency testing. I believe in Mandatory re-writes every 2-3 years. I believe in lifelong learning.
Best to you,
Alan B. MacDonald MD