The problem is there is no one reliable test for late stage lyme. The current two tier testing needs to be changed. The ELISA can miss 70 out of 100 of people that actually do have lyme. Western Blot is better but still not perfect.
There are people that are sero negative but positive on spinal tap.
And there is evidence that a number of people with Alzheimers have a infectious cause. In England they did PCR on 18 brains of Alzheimers patients vs controls. They found lyme spirochetes in all 18 and none in controls.
That does not mean all of it is caused from lyme but some are.
That quack Dr. did add fuel for the opposition. That women may have had neural lyme but used a herbal IV (Snake oil) and ripped here off. Maybe she would have responded to real IV abs. So don't assume the neurologist is correct. He made his diagnosis without much either. Some fuzzy MRIs with non specific lesions + memory issues and viola - Alzheimers! No cure.
Bug resistance is a problem created by many more conditions than lyme treatments.
For every story like that there are many more with a positive outcome.
Better tests are needed, the politics and insurance companies funding studies has to stop.
Some scummy doctor diagnosed my Aunt with Lyme and put her on 30 days of VERY expensive treatment that could only be given in HIS clinic and was not covered by insurance. He didn't even do blood tests for Lyme. Her only symptoms? Confusion and memory loss. Her neighbor encouraged her to visit this "great doctor who would help her out."
After the 30 days of treatment were up, she had not improved. He put her on another 30 days of very expensive IV antibiotic treatment. Again no improvement.
Eventually, she went to a neurologist who discovered she had early onset Alzheimers - not Lyme at all! The doctor was furious she'd spent all her money on treatment that was for a disease she did not have.
If he did a proper medical history on her he would have discovered it ran in her family and she just had it earlier than most of her other family members had (and during her confused mental state, could not put the connection together). But no, he wanted to pump those dangerous heavy-duty IV needle antibiotics into her to get his MONEY'S WORTH!
These "Lyme clinics" are huge money making businesses. We were very suspect of this doctor and his woo-woo herbs he was selling as well as the IV treatment. I'm surprised there wasn't a dead voodoo chicken hanging from the front door. He took advantage of a woman in a confused mental state, which he swore was due to Lyme disease but was in reality due to early onset Alzheimer's.
These doctors often don't do any sort of blood test, they just take people saying they have "fatigue" or "memory loss" and make a diagnosis with no testing! They have waiting rooms full of patients who say "Oh I have fatigue" (WHO DOESN'T THESE DAYS, I ASK?) And pumps every one of them full of antibiotics for 30 days.
And we wonder why people are dying of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics? Because of idiot money-making "clinics" like this who waste anti-biotics on people who DON'T EVEN HAVE LYME. Most of them probably have arthritis or other commons conditiosn. This RUINS IT FOR THE ONES WHO REALLY DO HAVE LYME AND REALLY DO NEED ANTIBIOTICS!
This bill needs to include proper testing protocols before this antibiotics are given to every Joe Blow who walks in off the street with the sniffles.