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From AIDS to Lyme: Will We Let History Repeat Itself?

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:59
By Jessica Bernstein, Truthout | News Analysis

(Photo via Shutterstock)“We’re here because this government has the resources to deal with the AIDS epidemic and they won’t do it unless we force them.” – ACT Up activist protesting the FDA,1988

“I am one of the 300,000 plus annual Lyme patients being ignored by the CDC and HMOs.” – Lyme disease activist protesting online as part of the ” – We are the 300,000″ movement, 2013

Anyone who lived through the AIDS epidemic of the early ’80s will never forget the unimaginable devastation that was inflicted upon an entire generation of people. But too many Americans younger than 40 have little knowledge of this profound chapter in American history or the revolutionary struggle waged by AIDS activists to propel the disease into the national spotlight and force government officials to address the mounting epidemic.

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Lyme Disease Community Blows the Whistle on Corruption Within the CDC

Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:05 By Jessica Bernstein, Truthout | Op-Ed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that rather than 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the United States, there are likely 300,000. What the CDC failed to explain is why it’s taken them so long to acknowledge that Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions.

“With this announcement of the increased number of cases, we might imagine that an economic opportunity has presented itself. . . .The treatment favored by doctors who treat chronic Lyme . . . is long courses of antibiotics . . . But these treatments aren’t money makers. So what inspired the CDC after so many decades of ignoring and denying chronic Lyme to release these new statistics? The promise of a new vaccine.

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Huffington Post Article on the 300,000+ Lyme Photo Media Campaign

The Global Search for Education: The 300,000 – Ticks

by C. M. Rubin at the Huffington Post

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“We need to continue to understand the range of infections that may be passed along in a tick bite such as Babesia, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. Insurance companies must recognize the risk of chronicity and the severe manifestations of Lyme disease in the lives of the patients they insure.” — Dan Cameron

The “We are the 300,000” campaign is a new grassroots campaign by the Lyme community to raise awareness for more effective treatments for all people suffering from Lyme disease. [Read more…]

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300,000+ Lyme Media Campaign

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Please participate in the 300,000+ Lyme Photo Media Campaign!

GMA patients can have their picture taken in the office in order to participate, for those who don’t have camera access at home. [Read more…]