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New Scientist: Chronic Lyme disease may be a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Kalliope, Oct 9, 2019.

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    https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l5975/rapid-responses
     
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    That BBC journalism on the briefing looks to be down to the usual standard. It is odd that the headline puts the "actually chronic fatigue syndrome" in inverted commas as though it is a direct quote taken from the briefing. It seems to fail, in the body of the article, to give any full quotation, but instead paraphrases or gives a journalistic interpretation. The original briefing seems to have been slightly, though not much, more nuanced.

    One gets the impression that the SMC does not understand that the issues it raises may contain levels of complexity unsuitable for sound-bite journalism.

    It feels like Groundhog Day all over again. What was CFS invented for if not as a home for all those "spurious disease constructs", for which we must be forever indebted to Eisenberg?
     
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    SMC all over, it's what they do
     
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    Yes, test the tissue, not the blood. Bb has a tropism for tissue. It does not like blood. Many case studies over the years which demonstrate Bb in tissue - cardiac tissue, brain tissue, etc.

    But still indirect methods prevail. One of the reasons is that many of these tissue samplings are post-mortem. Another is the interests of the $500 Mill Lyme testing market. Still another is the incidence of sero-negative Lyme. Small wonder we are not getting any where.
     
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