Despite all that we’ve learned in recent years, a large number of Lyme disease cases continue to go undiagnosed and untreated, for a variety of reasons. And even when correctly diagnosed and treated, many people fail to fully recover.
Recently, Dr. Neil Spector, a cancer researcher and clinical oncologist at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, gave a fascinating lecture in which he presented a new way of thinking about Lyme disease, noting the many biological similarities between Lyme disease and cancer, including the presence of co-infections and the varied presentations of the conditions.
Dr. Specter’s perspective on Lyme is a unique one – that of a physician, a patient, and a Lyme disease survivor who almost died after years of failed diagnoses from a host of highly distinguished physicians.
Having been told he did not have the disease by not just one, but a number of physicians, Dr. Spector’s experience is, unfortunately, one that many Lyme patients can relate to. It is also an unfortunate indictment of the way Lyme disease is regarded by the established medical community.
Dr. Spector’s presentation will hopefully mark a turning point in how conventional medicine thinks about and treats people suffering from tick-born infections. I strongly encourage you to watch his lecture in which he draws on his personal experience as a patient, along with his professional experience as a cancer researcher, to introduce a new model of thinking about Lyme disease.
– Dr. Gary Kaplan