A Dirty Word in Health Care: Managed Care

Quotation Mark Close Black

Lyme disease is the first infectious disease of truly epidemic proportions that emerged hand in hand with another new phenomenon affecting the health of Americans: the penetration of managed care in to the health care market place.

NEWS: “Sometimes a little rebellion is necessary” | LymeDisease.orgLymeDisease.org.


Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

As civilized members of society, enjoying the wonders and advancement of medicine, science and so many things, it is very difficult to understand the the academic, medical, business and scientific handling of Lyme disease. When  I talk about Lyme people are incredulous that diagnosis and treatment of this infectious disease are as complicated as it is. They cannot comprehend that doctors are ill-informed, that insurance companies refuse to cover treatment, that there is no vaccination, no accurate test, no government support of research.

They cannot believe that doctors treating patients for Lyme with antibiotics are brought up on charges by medical societies. They are astounded that people die from Lyme.

Frankly, so am I.  Incredulous. Astounded. And really mad.

“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”

via Petition | The U.S. Senate: Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF | Change.org.

Water or Coke?

Interesting information about water and Coke:


1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

And now for the properties of COKE Coke cleaning

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Info

1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or coke?

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TOUCHED BY LYME: “When the story of Lyme disease is written, it will be the story of patients standing up and being heard.”LymeDisease.org

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., along with U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, have announced they will re-introduce legislation that would establish an advisory committee focusing on tick-borne diseases.

Words from our senators about Lyme:

Senator Gillibrand: “We need a better strategy than just checking our kids after a day at the park.”

Senator Blumenthal: “When the story of Lyme disease is written, it will be the story of patients standing up and being heard.

via TOUCHED BY LYME: “When the story of Lyme disease is written, it will be the story of patients standing up and being heard.”LymeDisease.org.

The Subversion of Modern Medicine

Would it surprise you to know that medical experts who write treatment guidelines have B I G – really B I G conflicts of interest?

“It is critical that experts who write clinical guidelines

be prohibited from having any conflicts of interest.”

Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor, New England Journal of Medicine

Read more here:

RTfinpresentation_finalpdf4_part2w.pdf – Google Drive.

First, Do No Harm



This happens. More often than one might think, when doctors see a patient, repeatedly and no other diagnosis makes sense. Lyme disease is one of the elusive, difficult to diagnose diseases.  There is no accurate test to diagnose Lyme. The symptoms migrate – one day it’s a headache, then it’s chest pain, then depression, eye or ear trouble.

Before we knew it – our child was hospitalized in a locked psych ward, her doctors determined she was (suddenly) mentally ill as well as suddenly learning disabled and physically disabled. Even when she got better with antibiotics they would not believe she had Lyme.

Her doctor, an assistant professor at Brown University Medical School, the head of the adolescent psychiatric program at Bradley Hospital, a pediatric psychiatric hospital in East Providence, Rhode Island (part of Lifespan) told me I was a bad mother and treating a child for Lyme, when the blood test was negative was very, very wrong.

Then he called our Lyme Literate MDs  “Quacks”.