Hello Lyme Ninja,
When was the last time you suggested a friend go get tested for Lyme?
We all have friends who have gone to their doctor to get tested for Lyme and come back with the news that their test was negative. They are elated. They feel like they dodged a bullet. “At least it’s not Lyme,” they say. It’s so hard to hold back and not yell at them, “THE TEST IS JUNK!” (Feel free to replace “junk” with more colorful language.)
Lyme expert, Dr. Richard Horowitz suggests that the ELISA test is no better than 50/50. When Johns Hopkins first studied the test, they found it missed 55% of Lyme positive patients. Another expert, Dr. Ray Stricker, found that the test missed 56%. And when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the New York State Department of Health studied the test, it missed 81% of the people who did not have a bullseye rash.
See the experts agree, THE TEST IS JUNK!
But how do you explain this to your friends? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I just got a really cool graphic back from my designer. It’s based on a lecture given by Dr. Kari Bovenzi, a Lyme Literate pediatrician in Albany, New York and explains 22 reasons why a Lyme test might come back with a false negative.
The best time to pass out this graphic is before your friends take the test, but if they beat you to it, maybe it will help explain the situation to them. If that doesn’t work, I know a guy who knows a guy, who knows a ninja. 😉
From Lyme Ninja Radio
P.S. Please, you have my permission to share this graphic with everyone who needs it, just let them know you got it from me. Thanks.
- Healing From Lyme Disease Is All About Working With The Design Of The Body – Dr. Donna Embree
- Doctors Need To Be A Little Bit Smarter When It Come To Lyme – Dr. Richard Horowitz
- Lyme Vaccine, Tick Removal, Tick Testing – Tick Ease CEO – Dan Wolff
- Special Episode – Epigenetics: How Past Trauma Affects Your Healing – Mackay Rippey, Acupuncturist
Other Articles Relevant to Lyme Testing
- Understanding Lyme Tests
- Carl Brenner’s Explanation of the Western Blot
- Thomas Grier’s, “Confusion Over Lyme Testing”
- Reasons for False Negative (Seronegative) Test Results in Lyme Disease From the Lyme Disease Foundation and the Lyme Alliance Compiled by Melissa Kaplan 2003
- Discovery of New Lyme Strains Invalidates New Tests
- The Problem is the Dearborn/Dressler IgG Standard Possible Causes of Seronegativity
- Which Tests are the Best Tests To Get
- Lyme Disease Requires Early Clinical Diagnosis