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How to Help From Home ~ Philadelphia Candlelight Vigil and IDSA Protest

How to Help From Home ~ Philadelphia Candlelight Vigil and IDSA Protest

*****October 11 post-event update—call fox and ABC—-see more at bottom of post******

Also see following blog post with Post-Protest links

I’ll be adding links to this if I can from the train, otherwise google the references to find the lists!!!

We are asking that IDSA use and acknowledge current and available science and to CHANGE GUIDELINES for lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.  You can help by asking for coverage of the vigil and protest, October 9 and 10.  There are very specific or more general ways you can help.

For more information on the event, start with The MayDay Project’s press release and the event’s facebook page.

Primary Event Links

MayDay Project Press Release (http://www.themaydayproject.org/#!press-release/c21uz)

Lyme Protest and Candlelight Vigil at IDSA’s IDWeek Conference- The Mayday Project

(https://www.facebook.com/events/1506735772893178/?ref_notif_type=plan_mall_activity&source=1)

What to Do

The MayDay project is asking that people share the event press release  and request coverage for the event.  They have distributed a phone call list, a tweet list, and a facebook list.  You can do all three or whichever is most comfortable for you (or that you have access to).

What to Emphasize

******See Press Release*********

Phone Contacts

If not here, see facebook event page

Twitter Contacts

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Facebook Contacts

FACEBOOK PHILLY NEWS PAGES TO POST THE PRESS RELEASE ON AND ASK FOR COVERAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/PhillyDailyNewsPeople?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/philly24.7news?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/MetroPhilly?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestPhilly?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/southphillyreview?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/PhillyDailyNews?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/dailypenn?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Philly-News/184252030289?ref=stream
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA-News/235644133264852?ref=stream
Press release: http://www.themaydayproject.org/#!press-release/c21uz

Hashtags I’ve Seen So Far

‪#‎revisetheguidelines‬ ‪#‎IDSA‬ ‪#‎IDWeek2014‬ ‪#‎themaydayproject‬

#curethecdc #lymediseaseawareness #lymeawareness

 

Talking Points and Concerns

******See Press Release*********

Mote Talking Points and Concerns (Broader/Mine)

By no means an all inclusive list and not intended to be thorough.  But these are the things I’m thinking of/concerned about as I fly the last leg of my route from Montana to Philadelphia.

  • IDSA’s guidelines fail to acknowledge 30 years of lyme disease research.
  • Misdiagnosis, delayed care, and persistent infection all directly result from IDSA’s guidelines (together or separately, but each is a dangerous problem).
  • If it isn’t IDSA’s job to consider best available science, they should not be involved in managing this illness.
  • If it isn’t the CDC’s job to ensure best available current science is used, then a different agency needs to step in and take over before it is too late for more patients.
  • IDSA’s guidelines preclude diagnosis and treatment in my state.
  • IDSA’s guidelines misdirect doctors to erroneously apply reporting criteria as diagnostic criteria.

IDSA’S GUIDELINES

IGNORE SCIENCE

INHIBIT DIAGNOSIS AND CARE

DELAY TREATMENT

MISLEAD DOCTORS AND PATIENTS

STRONGLY FAVOR FINANCIAL INTERESTS

HURT PATIENTS AND FAMILIES

ARE BAD FOR LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL ECONOMIES

DIRECT USE OF DANGEROUSLY INNACURATE TESTING

ARE INEFFECTIVE

DESTROY LIVES

 

These guidelines may work for some patients who are diagnosed and treated immediately, but they keep most patients from being diagnosed and do not apply to patients who are treated later.  They preclude treatment for patients with persistent lyme.

But we know the following (and an extensive body of scientific literature supports it):

If you don’t treat it, Lyme will persist.

If you ignore co-infections, Lyme will persist.

If you misdiagnose it, it will persist.

If you misinform doctors and state agencies, it will persist.

If you rely on IDSA’s guidelines, it will persist.

 

October 11 ~ UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

From Katie Snap Crackle Pop:

Everyone, call ABC and thank them for coming out and filming the Mayday Project! And please have our story on the news this evening! 215-878-9700 dial extenstion 21

And then: Also follow @themdayproject on twitter and retweet everything they tweet and retweet! Storm via social media.

Also fox—not sure….they may have been at Vigil

 

Group Picture October 11, 2014, Philadelphia

Group Picture October 11, 2014, Philadelphia

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