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    Linda L
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    March 2, 2016 THE AGE, one of our two main newspapers

    Dr Geoff Kemp has been giving intravenous antibiotics to people he believes have Lyme disease. Photo: Jason South

    A Melbourne GP who uses homeopathy and has been treating hundreds of people for controversial condition Lyme disease is fighting for his medical licence after it was alleged he was a risk to patients.

    Dr Geoff Kemp, a Camberwell GP for more than 40 years, has been given six weeks to find a doctor who will supervise his work or he may no longer be able to practise.

    In September 2015 the Medical Board of Australia imposed conditions on Dr Kemp’s licence after a complaint was made about his treatment of a patient he had diagnosed with Lyme disease. The Board indicated that it eventually wished to suspend his licence.

    In an interview with Fairfax Media, Dr Kemp said he was being attacked by health authorities who were “anti-Lyme disease” and wanted to shut down doctors who recognise the condition.

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    The GP claims up to 2 million Australians suffered from what he termed “multi-system infectious disease syndrome”.

    Dr Kemp also alleged “information-carrying electronic waves” including FM radio were toxic and had an impact on immune system function.

    He said Lyme disease might be behind the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, as well as increasing road rage on Melbourne’s streets.

    “They [health authorities] want to make examples of us so that other doctors would be deterred from diagnosing and treating this condition,” said Dr Kemp. “They are pursuing an agenda which is medico-political and has nothing to do with the protection of the public.”

    A spokeswoman for the Medical Board said in a statement: “The Medical Board of Australia has the power to take ‘immediate action’ to restrict a doctor’s registration as an interim step to keep the public safe pending other inquiries, when it believes there is a serious risk to public health and safety that needs to be managed.”

    However the board eventually decided not to suspend him, but instead imposed several conditions on his licence, including a ban on using homeopathy.

    He was also required to work in a group practice. In response, Dr Kemp asked the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to allow him to practise solo for six weeks while he found a new clinic to work with. The Medical Board opposed that application on public safety grounds, but it was eventually granted.

    Lyme disease is recognised by health authorities in the US as a tick-spread bacterial illness with a range of symptoms including chronic fatigue and joint pain. But while it is well-established and studied in America and Europe, authorities in Australia do not believe it is present here.

    Dr Kemp claims the disease and others like it can be spread by species as diverse as snakes, birds, bed bugs, biting flies, mites and bird mites. Symptoms he claims to have seen include chronic tiredness, trouble with memory, balance, emotional control, autism and psychosis.

    Dr Kemp said he had diagnosed more than 400 people with the disease and that he treats them with intravenous antibiotics. He says no one else in Victoria is diagnosing and treating the illness, with only a handful of doctors doing so in other states.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/camberwell-gp-geoff-kemp-fighting-for-his-medical-licence-20160301-gn7lzk.html#ixzz43h4mFl4J
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    Linda L

    RA tried everything: Methotraxate, Arava, Humira. Pneumonia three times. Anemia. Very low iron. Hypothyroidism
    AP from April 2014 till August 2015. No luck.
    Current medications: Natural thyroid, Mobic, LDN, supplements incl. milk thistle, NAC, vitamins and minerals.
    MTHFR heterozygous

    #455250
    Spiffy
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    This is really discouraging and scary. I do not really understand this. I do not think it helps the insurance people in the end because Lyme patients stay sick and still wind up costing money. Or maybe that is it. Deny a patient a useful amount of antibiotics in the beginning and you have a patient for life. I find this keep our head in the sand most annoying. People who have been helped by these doctors need to unite and go to Congress. Has this been done?

    DR4/DQ8 HLA, bio toxin illness
    Flare fall of 2014...muscle aches, joint pains, fatigue, hair loss, rashes
    Positive RA factor was 71 in January 2015 down to 28 as of September 2016
    IGG food allergies wheat, egg, dairy
    supplements: C and D, probiotics, milk thistle, Turmeric, cod liver oil, methyl b 12 & folate, digestive enzymes, Moducare, chlorella, berberine, LDN, monolaurin, Triphala, Patriot Greens
    MTHFR compound heterozygous
    Igenex IGM Lyme positive
    Minocycline 100 BID MWF

    #455252
    Maz
    Keymaster

    People who have been helped by these doctors need to unite and go to Congress. Has this been done?

    Yes, on a constant, ongoing basis by Lyne advocacy and action groups. Atty Gen Blumenthal of Ct (now Congress Senator) even took the IDSA to task over serious conflicts of interest that became apparent regarding their medical advisory board’s diagnostic and treatment guidelines:

    http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?a=2795&q=414284

    Other countries, like Canada, UK and Australia have adopted the IDSA’s guidelines as Lyme has only more recently come into public awareness in these countries. Germany, on the other hand, refused and developed their own set of guidelines.

    My understanding is that Lyme advocacy groups have been protesting in Washington and in front of the IDSA and cdc buildings repeatedly for many years. Medical Society advisory boards have tremendous power, devising treatment guidelines for various diseases, but as Blumenthal uncovered, these “societies” can have serious conflicts of interests, as very often they are the peer reviewers in top medical journals, only permitting research is published that confirms or complements their own (and ensures research money flow), that these experts receive funding for research for Lyme vaccines and testing kits, they receive consulting monies from insurance companies and they act as expert witnesses in legal cases against peers who reject their guidelines. This is why ILADs.org was created, to ensure that the public is aware that there are experts who do not adhere to the restrictive IDSA diagnostic and treatment guidelines and who are on the front lines, treating thousands of chronically ill Lyme patients who tell a different story.

    If you have time to read it, the story of the Lyme debacle has been chronicled in the following article:

    http://www.lymeneteurope.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=258

    Severe, swift onset RA as a result of Lyme disease
    Current Meds: Biaxin (500mg BID), Tetracycline (500mg BID), Tirosint (88mcg), Liothyronine (10 mcg), Compounded Liposomal Artemisinin, LDN (3mg), Topical Progesterone,
    Current Supps: Curcumin, Bovine Colostrum, ALA. NAC, Milk Thistle, Super Liquid Folate/B12/B-Complex, Probiotics, Vit D3
    Supportive Measures: IV Myer's Cocktails, IV Glutathione, FIR Sauna, Gluten-free diet, Gym.

    #455254
    Linda L
    Participant

    We have here Lyme Disease Association of Australia, but they never answer phones and don’t reply to the messages left.
    Linda L

    RA tried everything: Methotraxate, Arava, Humira. Pneumonia three times. Anemia. Very low iron. Hypothyroidism
    AP from April 2014 till August 2015. No luck.
    Current medications: Natural thyroid, Mobic, LDN, supplements incl. milk thistle, NAC, vitamins and minerals.
    MTHFR heterozygous

    #455271
    Maz
    Keymaster

    Something wrong with a medical system that warns doctors not to diagnose a disease???? The following news report on ABC News Australia was made a couple months ago, but speaks to this theme.

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4386727.htm

    Severe, swift onset RA as a result of Lyme disease
    Current Meds: Biaxin (500mg BID), Tetracycline (500mg BID), Tirosint (88mcg), Liothyronine (10 mcg), Compounded Liposomal Artemisinin, LDN (3mg), Topical Progesterone,
    Current Supps: Curcumin, Bovine Colostrum, ALA. NAC, Milk Thistle, Super Liquid Folate/B12/B-Complex, Probiotics, Vit D3
    Supportive Measures: IV Myer's Cocktails, IV Glutathione, FIR Sauna, Gluten-free diet, Gym.

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