An Open Letter of Apology to Lyme Patients and Dr Shepler’s Response

We do not know where this letter came from. It was being circulated around the Lyme community on 4/30/2014

Whatislyme.com decided to post it, not because we think it was actually written by an IDSA doctor, but because it shows the lengths Lyme patients will go to, to show the public what we are going through. Whoever wrote this was brilliant. It is a well put together letter that someone went through great lengths to write. Someone who knows the situation and plight of Lyme sufferers and the cover up of the IDSA/CDC.

It would be great if this letter got in the hands of media..and they tried to figure it out. Who wrote it, in the end, wont be important. It will be the “Why” someone wrote it that will be important.

Below this “Open Letter’ is Dr Lynn Shepler, MD JD’s response to this letter. Please read also.

An Open Letter of Apology to Lyme Patients

(A letter from the Lyme Disease Experts who got it all wrong)

Dear Lyme Patients,

On behalf of all of the early and current Lyme Disease Experts who have contributed and continue to contribute misinformation to our knowledge and understanding of Lyme Disease: I apologize for all the years and decades of suffering and deaths that we have caused by not only our arrogance, but also by our inability to take responsibility and correct any of our mistakes over the last 37 years.

In 1975 when “Lyme Arthritis” was first described in the medical literature we were all excited to investigate and publish what we could about this mysterious new disease. As would be expected we got some things wrong. But what is unforgivable is that we got almost everything that was important about a newly discovered disease wrong, and over the next 37 years we did nothing to correct our mistakes.

In fact we even tried to cover our glaring mistakes up with belligerence and mocking criticism of patients rather than support human pathology to better understand the disease process. We refused to do well designed treatment studies to help the persistent victims of our mistakes.

Where did we go wrong?

Where did we get off on the wrong track?

Right from the get-go and for many years we told Lyme patients in America that Lyme was primarily an arthritic disease. When we learned otherwise we did report some neurological involvements in scattered papers, but we tried to minimize this aspect by accentuating the peripheral nervous system involvement and not BRAIN involvement.

We informed the public that severe neurological involvement was rare and usually self-limiting, and the biggest lie that almost all patients with persistent symptoms would mysteriously get better months after they have been treated with a just a few weeks of doxycyline.

We told patients that whatever symptoms and problems they had after antibiotic treatment it was probably psychological or immunological but there was no factual basis in our statements that was backed by microbiology.

Without any substantial pathology research to support our conclusions, we told the public well into the 1990s that there was no evidence that Lyme disease entered the human brain. Of course this was contrary to what we already knew about Borrelia bacteria based on our over 60+ years of experience with Tick Borne Relapsing Fevers. We knew that when rats were infected with Old World Relapsing Fever Borrelia duttoni, that it entered the brain quickly and even caused death by encephalitis. Rats infected with TBRF Borrelia turicata; even after repeated penicillin injections directly into the rat’s brain, we could not cure the rats, or eradicate the persistent live infection. (Science Feb. 1945).

Interestingly many of the early Lyme experts were not only working on Relapsing Fevers, but were even EIS agents (CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service). This means American CDC agents knew with absolute certainty that Borrelia bacteria as a species was a lethal and persistent pathogen, that was transmitted by ticks and Borrelia was known to have the ability to change or adapt quickly to hosts thus causing relapses.

(EIS = Epidemic Intelligent Service of the CDC  There are over 3,500 EIS agents in the US and more World-Wide paid $50,000 – 75,000 a year and many of them are just consultants who all seem to repeat the party line on Lyme disease.  Many EIS agents before they were EIS agents spoke openly about persistent infection, intracellular penetration, pathology supporting CNS survival and penetration into the brain, antibiotic  treatment failures, and the ability of Lyme disease to mimic other neurological diseases like MS, ALS, Parkinsons and dementia. Apply Now

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We the self proclaimed Lyme disease experts, also maintained from the very beginning without any real data that the Lyme spirochete was not intracellular. Of course this was just sheer ignorance on our part since the dyes used to stain for Borrelia were all extracellular and could not even enter inside human cells. But when evidence started to support intracellular invasion by Borrelia in human tissues as early as 1989, we maintained for another decade that this was nonsense, Of course admitting any of this would mean our already established treatment protocols of a few weeks of antibiotics would be worthless.

I especially apologize for ignoring the role of intracellular infection because intracellular infection is one of the most important microbiological pieces of knowledge that directly affects the effectiveness of treatment. I apologize for the thousands of patients who were treated and later relapsed and then told that there was no such thing as persistent infection post antibiotic treatments.

Since we dictated world-wide the acceptable treatment protocols for Lyme disease; we could not back down from our published treatment guidelines. That would be like saying we were wrong.

I also apologize for acting like a belligerent kid. Since our leadership can’t accept being wrong when faced with scientific facts that prove us wrong, we try and change the playground rules. Hey it’s our ball so if we want to throw tantrums and make no sense there is nothing you can do because in the medical community we own all the balls on the playground and it takes balls to say the stuff we say and expect scientists to accept our BS. Of course when grown-ups do this it is called sociopathic behavior.

The biggest blunder that I apologize for is the fact that we told you that the only tick that could transmit Lyme Disease was the nonexistentIxodes dammini tick. We told you that only this tick and no other tick could transmit Lyme disease. Never mind that Tick Born Relapsing Fevers were transmitted by dozens of tick species throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and that TBRFs are very closely related to Lyme Disease.

The reason identifying the Ixodes dammini tick as the only vector was such a big blunder that led to undo patient suffering, was that we were told with absolute terms that this tick was only found in the N.E. USA. More specifically near Nantucket Island and Old Lyme CT. For this reason all the Lyme-Like illnesses we were seeing throughout the Midwest were being ignored and treatment was being denied.

“We don’t have Lyme disease here!” Shouted Infectious disease doctors across the Northern Hemisphere in unison as though we told them to say this.

Then when Ixodes dammini was discovered to be the common Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis) found throughout the USA, yet we still maintained that Lyme disease was mostly a NE USA disease. This never made sense because we always knew that infected ticks were being carried by birds and rodents throughout the USA.

We now have over a dozen Lyme disease Borrelia species that affect humans, transmitted by over a half a dozen species of ticks, and not one of those species is Ixodes dammini isolated to N.E. USA

Rather than admit this mistake Wikipedia has a revisionist review of this historical account saying that the entomologist, who discovered/created the Ixodes dammini species, was actually recognized the common Deer Tick as the vector transmitting Lyme disease. There is no mention by his alma mater that he misidentified Ixodes dammini as Ixodes scapularis, and then told us Lyme was strictly regional. This is one of the biggest medical blunders of the 20th century and for 38 years we never received an apology or publicized the mistake. To add salt to this wound, those who are embarrassed by this mistake have insisted that I. dammini interbred with local tick species and became genetically merged. Or maybe it was just another mistake associated with our medical experts at that time?

We now admit that Lyme disease is transmitted by at least six species of ticks and we will probably see more species emerge just as we have for Tick Born Relapsing Fevers for over a century! Even the CDC had on their web site for 48 hours declared that the common Brown Dog Tick theRhipicephalus sanguineus transmitted Borrelia burgdorferi in about 1% of Lyme cases.

So much for general statements about length of tick attachments having to be 36-48 hours, this tick can transmit much more quickly. Mmmm maybe that’s why the CDC took it off their web site so quickly?

In 1989 when we learned Lyme disease not only penetrated blood vessels easily, but was also an intracellular disease; (Ying Ma) that was when we denied Lyme disease was ever transplacentally transmitted from mother to fetus. This was despite two positive fetal autopsies done in 1987 and seven more in 1989. And we maintained that there was no transplacental transfer during pregnancy right up until 2007. One of the greatest “Lyme Experts”; Dr. Gary Wormser made this crystal clear in the film Under Our Skin.

Since we never apologized for that unforgivable belligerence I apologize now to any woman whose baby died as a result of our inability to inform patients to the truth so that they could protect themselves. We apologize for telling doctors that since transplacental transfer cannot occur that treating with antibiotics would be unnecessary. Oops! Sorry we didn’t believe the 9 fetal autopsies that proved we were all wrong!

Despite the fact that since the turn of the century we knew that Tick Borne Relapsing Fever caused by Borrelia spirochetes was caused by dozens of related species of Borrelia bacteria: We told you that only one species of Borrelia caused Lyme disease and it was brand knew and strictly regional. Of course we should have listened to microbiologists that told us that Borrelia bacteria are some of the most genetically variable bacteria in the world and that new pathogenic Borrelia species are constantly evolving.

Now we have eleven Borrelia species that cause human Lyme disease, and 22 Borrelia species that cause the closely related Tick Born Relapsing Fevers. Sorry we told you in absolute terms with no equivocation or hesitation based on almost no field research that only Borrelia burgdorfericaused Lyme disease and Lyme-like symptoms! I also apologize for trying to muddy the waters by telling you that the emerging species are not Lyme disease but are Lyme-Like diseases that aren’t picked up by our current serology testing for Lyme disease.

I apologize for the fact that all of our serology antibody testing is based on just one species of Borrelia and to make all of those serology tests we use a laboratory strain not even found in nature and consequently not a good representation of what we are seeing in the real world. In other words; our Lyme tests have a built in flaw that for economic reasons we accept and lie about.

But we don’t care.  I am absolutely not apologizing for making money by using B-31 in our Lyme tests and patents. Because we are the patent holders on so many Lyme tests and vaccines, you can see how that make lots and lots of money. Yes we obtained these patents by spending your taxpayer dollars to do the research. Many of our patents are also used in Veterinary Lyme test kits, making us more money by using free tax-payer dollars.

But no apologies: Business is business and Lyme tests and patents held by doctors, CDC workers, and Universities is just business so don’t take it so darn personally everyone likes making money and corporations must be protected!

Yes we told all of America in absolute terms that only one species of Borrelia caused Lyme disease, but did you know we also got the reservoir-hosts wrong. Lyme disease just doesn’t just appear inside the ticks by magic. The uninfected ticks have to feed on infected reservoir-hosts to become infected.

We told you for years that only the white footed mouse and possibly a few other rodents carry the infection in their blood, but we failed to tell you for 35 years that the common chipmunk was a big carrier, that the shrew may be more important Lyme reservoir near human habitats than mice, and that the common Robin and other ground feeding birds not only carry the bacteria in their blood and infect ticks. The birds then carry those infected ticks across the country!

Whew !  I really apologize for chastising and belittling Dr. Edwin Masters in Missouri for trying to tell us all of this in the early 1990s. Boy we really persecuted him for nothing. Turns out he was right about just about everything including the emergence of a new pathogenic Borrelia Lyme-like species that is invisible on our B-31 based Lyme serology tests. We denied this was true for years and we even seized his patient records and frozen blood samples that we destroyed instead of using for research.

Then after Ed masters died, we admitted he was right and named the new disease after him. Never mind that his patients had in their own freezers identical duplicate blood samples of the ones we confiscated and destroyed, and then threatened to sue us. So we decided Dr. Masters should be left alone at least until he died. Then we started up again on making Borrelia lonestarrii sound like a completely unrelated disease and the bull’s-eye skin rashes seen in those patients under no circumstances should be called Lyme rashes or be confused with Lyme disease! (Of course we can’t see the difference either!)

Yes we admitted that we were wrong when it appeared we violated a few federal laws including HIPA and that Dr. Master’s patients had the evidence to make it to court.  Ed Masters had amazing grace, zeal, compassion and humor. Too bad he died before he could see how wrong we were about almost everything and how right he was about almost everything!

Imagine just a plain old country doctor who cared about his patients out smarting us and by documenting his patient concern with over 350 photos of Bull’s-Eye rashes caused by Borrelia bacteria transmitted by a tick we said could not transmit Lyme disease. Well to be honest we’ll never call it Lyme disease. Maybe we’ll just make a new category for it to save ourselves humbling embarrassment. We’ll call it Not-Lyme!

Oh by the way, we aren’t done persecuting Dr. Edwin Masters, we are going to use his patient photographs of those 350 beautiful Bull’s-Eye EM rashes and use them as an example that Lyme disease cannot be diagnosed by the rash because all these rashes are MASTER’S disease and not Lyme.  Never-mind that these EM rashes by CDC standards are diagnostic of Borreliosis which is what we should be calling Lyme disease in the first place.

Lyme really is closely related to Relapsing Fever. In fact in a paper by Alan Barbour it appears that Lyme disease or Borreial burgdorferi  is genetically closer to Tick-BornRelapsing-Fever than Borrelia duttoni ???? Odd since Borrelia duttoni is an “Old World”  Relapsing Fever from North Africa. Wow all this science stuff even confuses me its hard to keep our stories straight!

I apologize for our so called science that often appears to support the wishes of insurance companies and HMOs, or tries to save face for our leaders. Like when we tried to discredit the Monkey Autopsy Study by Embers and Barthold. Frankly just between you and me we try and suppress all pathology because it usually proves us wrong. And if we can’t get a pathologist or microbiologist to play ball with us, we either make them an EIS officer or threaten their credibility.

Did you know that many medical journals have special supplements?

Did you know that some supplements can be sponsored by contributors and accept donations from the sponsors, and that the articles in them don’t go through the same peer review process as real medical research?  Even though there are medical articles in these “special-reports” that look like regular medical articles but aren’t given the same scrutiny as other submissions. Often supplements are on special topics that favor the wishes of the sponsors.

Once upon a time there were two back-to-back articles touting the benefits of using the least expensive antibiotic oral doxycycline over the most expensive antibiotic ceftriaxone IV published coincidentally in medical journal supplement.

Although the Lyme patients in these studies only had “Lyme Bull’s-eye Rashes” as their only symptom, and followed up after treatment for only two weeks, and that they used Lyme serology tests to determine cure (this cannot be done) they concluded that in early Lyme disease that oral doxycycline was just as effective as IV ceftriaxone. And then cited that keeping patient costs down was good for the patient, so all doctors should use doxycycline and not Rocephin. Mmmm who really benefited from those two studies? Who sponsored them? How long was the follow-up and what criteria was used for determining cure and relapse? Luckily they didn’t have to pass peer review standards like other studies! (Here is a hint: the studies were funded by insurance providers.)

Then almost immediately after the studies were published a Minnesota physician sent out a medical letter to physicians in Minnesota and Wisconsin urging all doctors to treat Lyme patients as though they actually had Ehrlichiosis (HGE), and not use amoxicillin or similar drugs, but to use doxycycline because this would cure Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis at the same time.

This sounds reasonable and sound like a financial bargain, but what if patients with Lyme disease only looked like they got better in two weeks and then many months after treatment they actually relapsed? Ooops the medical institutions met their obligation to treat so all further treatment is denied.

If you want years of ceftriaxone pay for it yourselves. After all we did the two-week study and proved conclusively in a hand full of patients that doxycycline is the way to go and as we point out it is considerably cheaper. (Except now that isn’t true anymore because doxycycline increased in price, so now we see it being used less.)

But we did make the same flaw that Embers and Barthold made in the Monkey autopsy study: we didn’t do blood levels, and never recommend blood levels when using two weeks of doxycycline because we already know that two-weeks of doxycycline cures all patients, in all stages, and it works every time usually!

I guess we didn’t look at basic pharmacology that shows doxycycline to be a bacteristatic drug and its use against a bacterium that is prone to going dormant may have limited use. Sorry it that it drives the bacterium into a non-metabolic state! Of course now that doxycycline isn’t the cheapest drug anymore we may have to decide that other drugs work better.

I guess I better talk a bit about conflicts of financial interest and how we the experts used our power and position in ways that are in direct conflict with pure science and compromises patient safety.

You see in the late 1990s there was a race to be the first to get a Lyme disease vaccine on the market.

Now in 1989 we already knew that in some patients infected with Lyme disease; that a bacterial outer surface protein from the bacterium can lodge inside human joint tissues like the synovial tissue. Yet we allowed this same exact protein to be used in the human Lyme vaccine knowing that the antibodies made against this OSP-A protein might attack human joints that had this protein previously embedded in their tissues by having been exposed to Lyme disease.

Also we knew from previous mouse studies that Lyme infected mice could react badly to the vaccine just as was predicted by over 200 scientists that signed a petition against the development of this vaccine. Even eminent scientists who worked on Syphilis for 40 years had reservations about the vaccine’s safety spoke out about it a full year before its approval!

I apologize that many of the Lyme experts and major medical institutions had financial ties to the vaccine and that the Lyme experts advising the CDC and the public should probably have disclosed these conflicts. Certainly in papers supporting the vaccine’s effectiveness we should have told the research community of our financial ties. And when we tested the vaccine we should have had better safety concerns and demanded tissue typing. But we had to beat the European competitors to market in the USA. We knew they had a better and safer vaccine. After all America with 300 million people was a limited and marginal market base, and first to market meant greater profits! Let me repeat that: Being first in the market place with an inferior Lyme vaccine would mean greater profits than being second in the same market place especially if the other vaccine (based on endothelial cell binding proteins)was a better vaccine.

Oh but we don’t have to say we’re sorry: the vaccine was voluntarily withdrawn from the US market for lack of profits, gosh the third year it took in less than 5 million dollars of course maybe the three class action lawsuits scared the doctors away from prescribing it! But it was cleared by the FDA as being safe, and the class action lawsuits are nothing but a coincidence and a financial inconvenience, so I don’t see the need to apologize. Once again business is business, nothing personal. But since we voluntarily withdrew the vaccine, we can relaunch it again when the public forgets about the truth and believes what our PR machine tells them.

So let me just review what we got wrong about Lyme disease?

Where? Well we were dead wrong about it being just in the N.E. USA; now Lyme-Borreliosis is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere throughout the temperate latitudes. 12 species infect the USA and Europe and range from Canada to Florida and from Finland to Spain and from Poland to Japan and from Japan to China.

When? Well when we found out it was related to Relapsing Fevers going back 100 years, we chose to disregard what we had learned from TBRFs. We insinuated that Lyme disease was pretty much was brand spanking new!

How? Yes we made up a tick species that didn’t exist. Then we told you just Deer Ticks transmit Lyme, then 20 years later we have 6 tick species that transmit Lyme disease, but we’re not going to mention Ornithidoras hermsi ticks that transmit a Lyme-like Relapsing Fever, and can do it in just ten minutes from tick-bite to human infection. Also Borrelia hermsii can travel to the human brain and cause MS-like symptoms and that 25 % of MS patients near Lake Tahoe test positive for Borrelia hermsii and respond to antibiotics.  (Bonnie Bennet’s book Tick Bites and MS)

What?  We told you for 20 years that Lyme is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi how many times do we have to tell you in a loud and absolute voice that ONLY Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease!

Ooops I guess we now have 12 species that cause human Lyme disease! But we are definitely not going to open the Tick-Born-Relapsing-Fever can of worms. My god that would be horrible to think that Lyme was related to such a horrible group of diseases that we knew about for 100 years and then ignored all that we knew including that some TBRFs were incurable!

Transplacental transfer from mother to baby? Yeah we got that wrong big time! Sorry! We’re still denying it and still got it wrong.

Lyme infections don’t involve the brain. I guess you didn’t believe all the intrathecal antibody studies which proved us right. I guess because the autopsies proved us wrong.

Ooops another case where pathology trumps serology!

Lyme does not cause brain demyelination.  Oh sure there are lots of correlations and observations and case histories and What? Oh it appears now our self-proclaimed experts are presenting cases of demyelination in Lyme patients that are reversible with antibiotics. Guess we go that one wrong if our own people that once denied demyelination are making a case that demyelination is reversible!

Does Lyme cause a MS-like condition? No! Any MRI expert or radiologist can tell the difference on MRI. What? Wait? Are you telling me they can’t tell the difference? Ooops looks like Borrelia can cause sclerotic lesions in the brain, but we refuse to do brain autopsies to get an incidence rate of misdiagnosis of MS when they really have Lyme.

Listen there is no way we’re doing a national brain autopsy study that proves we caused countless deaths and unspeakable morbidity caused by this under-treated, underdiagnosed demyelinating disease.

Why do we continue to do bad science and support a scientific position so easily disproved by pathology? I’m not saying we are told to tow the line and tell lies and commit scientific ineptitude. I’m not saying thet the EIS is involved and maybe hiding something that is related to Tick Born Relapsing Fever research that began in 1945. But I am saying something is wrong and we aren’t trying to fix it or help patients.

Patients want better brain pathology studies and access to antibiotics for their persistent symptoms.

How easy it would be to silence the critics by giving them what they want like we finally did with Gulf War Syndrome and soldiers wanting longer treatments with doxycycline.

It is beyond me why we don’t try to help Lyme patients and continue to spend your taxpayer dollars at major medical institutions on worthless tick and deer studies or worse spend tax dollars to prove that we are right and the patients are wrong, and only think that they are sick.

So I apologize for the recent outpouring of junk science led by just a few in our organizations that is intended to reveal nothing, admit no wrong, admit no guilt, and to use scientific semantics to tell you that you aren’t really sick, but the sickness you have is caused by lingering Lyme bacterial proteins. (Like the live infection in rat-brains, I guess that counts as lingering proteins!)

Sorry we told you for years that if you had lingering symptoms you needed to see a psychiatrist. (ACP training video) I guess we should have told you, that you had lingering proteins, and then send you to our overpriced psychiatrists!

I’m sorry but not sorry enough to make any changes or to speak against my fraternity of conspirators. I’m not sorry enough to take a stand against the status-quo or admit culpability or a connection to a higher power telling me what to say. After all the department of defense and insurance companies need people like me to prevent patients from knowing enough to embarrass us and cost us money, and I guess that is worth a few thousand people’s lives being destroyed!

Insincerely,

A Lyme Disease Expert 1975-2014

 

Dr Shepler’s Response to this Letter:

The letter reads as a parody. What is missing, most importantly, are comments about how the industry-captured scientists created a false case definition of the disease in service to pharmaceutical companies who had Lyme disease vaccine protocols they wanted to push through the FDA.

What has occurred were not just “mistakes,” but what I have always believed to be deliberate distortions of the science (scientific fraud), and the destruction of the reputations of doctors and patients who disagreed, in order to get a vaccine to market. Because the disease states caused by Borrelia burgdorferi are, in truth, so amorphous, and so poorly understood — a “separate reality” had to be created because current science cannot provide a path to a safe, effective vaccine. We just aren’t there yet. So, due to avarice or unbridled ambition, a clique of industry-captured scientists churn out false science — either by their own doing, or in collaboration with industry attorneys, PR firms, medical ghostwriters, and pharmaceutical CEOs.

Initially, the work by Allen Steere, MD appeared to be honest, and full of honest mistakes. But that appeared to change after he became involved with the pharmaceutical industry. According to FDA documents, the meeting for the launch of LymeRix began in 1993 — the same time Allen Steere, MD testified against Joe Natole, MD, and the persecution of “Lymedocs” began in earnest. One can follow LymeRix through the approval process at the FDA, and alongside it, chart the dirty tricks and specious science published. At the same time, these same scientists captured control of the IDSA Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment guidelines.

Due to Confidentiality Agreements that physician-scientists are compelled to sign in collaborating with industry, not even the Chairs of the Departments where these men work seemingly as “academics” know the nature of their collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry. Academic medicine has refused to police itself, and Congress has induced this incursion of industry through the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, and its follow-on legislation. Is

it possible to know anymore if a medical publication was really written by the physician author, or was it ghostwritten by a corporation who provides it to the “scientist” to submit under their own name. Or has the scientific protocol in a paper been designed by industry attorneys? There is no transparency. Academic medicine, which was once an honest calling, has become sleazy in its practices. Given the relative cultural isolation of academic medicine, no one really knows what goes on there but a small group — so the average American and the average American physician does not know of these unintended concequences of the Bayh-Dole Act where Congress pushed biomedical science to get in bed with industry. It is not even talked about in supposed intelligent circles in the Lyme disease community, which harps on silly interpretations of why the science and treatment guidelines have been distorted, claiming it to be about the “insurance industry.” Wrong. Insurance abuses are a mere side show.

Know your enemy — the physician scientists churning this false picture of Lyme disease are not interested in the insurance industry, except insofar that the insurance industry has power to regurgitate and enforce the false case definition and standard of care that is relied upon in drawing up Lyme disease vaccine clinical trials.

The IDSA guidelines and the persecution of dissenting physicians is about creating an inexorable standard of medical care that will support and protect corporations and their scientists in their launching of second, third, fourth generation vaccines. The IDSA guidelines are designed to defeat FDA law and the laws governing Institutional Review Boards that were written for the protection of human subjects in experimentation, and to provide guidance in determining the efficacy of Investigational New Drugs.

As long as there are scientists hoping to enrich themselves or obtain undeserved publicity for the creation of Lyme disease vaccines, and pharmaceutical companies willing to pursue the big lies to support FDA protocols, the IDSA guidelines will never change.

That none of this is mentioned in this “apology” indicates to me that it is either a mere parody, or if the person is truly involved in the development of Lyme disease science, was at the margins of what occurred and is continuing to occur. What big lies are being submitted to the FDA for Baxter’s Stage III clinical trial of their so-called international vaccine? And what, if anything, are advocacy leaders doing about it, except schmoozing with CDC officials, giving the impression that they will naively accept this next vaccine fiasco, never asking health officials the right questions — because they fundamentally do not understand the relationship between the IDSA guidelines, physician persecution, and vaccine development. These events are all intimately connected, and purposefully orchestrated.

One person asked me why ME/CFS physicians do not experience persecution. Well, none of the ME/CFS physicians, in terms of what they write about, think or do in their practices, pose a threat to industry-captured physicians and pharmaceutical companies eager to ram their protocols through the FDA.

For anyone wanting to know more about the tactics of large multinational corporations and the distortions in science they perpetrate by their “captured” scientists (who appear to the outside world as neutral figures holding prestigious professorships at major academic institutions), read “The Tobacco Papers,” by Stan Glantz, PhD. If you Google the name of the book, you will be able to find a free copy, printed in its entirety available on the Internet. Read it! Every Lyme disease patient and advocacy leader should read this book. Read it and think about what has gone on after the scientists became wrapped up with industry over the vaccine projects —- their major agenda, and really their only agenda. Tests kits, yea, some — but it is all really about the publicly unstated focus on vaccines.

And for those who fantasize that any vaccine is a good thing and why should we be complaining, well, if it is so good — why did they have to produce false science to support its development? The false science is to get it through the FDA and Institutional Review Boards.

There are specific laws governing drug development that must be side-stepped, because there is no good model for vaccine development if you embrace the real science of the disease, or, alternatively, the diagnosis and treatment guidelines issued by ILADS. Prior to the Stage III clinical trials, the law only requires that a corporation perform grossly underpowered studies to see if there are any safety issues (the Stage I/II trials). Is injecting 300 patients truly enough — with the monitor for harm being the company itself?

Anyone who gets these vaccines are lining up to be little more than lab rats, because of the clear intent to defeat human subject protection law. Where are our leaders on this issue? Lost, seduced, and disorganized it appears. When asked at the IDSA hearing that took place by virtue of CT Attorney General’s antitrust investigation, no one on our side of the issue could state a clear motivation for why the science has been twisted. A shocking performance, which undoubtedly had something to do with why we lost, and will continue to lose. No one really seems to “get it.”

So while this document is interesting, and may deserve to be circulated, it doesn’t appear it could have come from someone in the tight inner clique of the two or three people at the center of the fraud. If this letter represents what some scientist or patient ghost-writer truly thinks has gone on, they have not thought very hard.

To read more of Dr Shepler’s comments, visit comment section below.

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The Lyme Vaccine Agenda

“Below is a copy of a Letter to the Editor to the New York Times I sent in response to the two recent letters supporting a call for a new Lyme disease vaccine. I hope that others will be persuaded of this point of view, and follow this stance. The corruption involved in the engineering of this vaccine should itself be a reason for Congressional investigation.”
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