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What is the problem with Lyme?

Written by Huib, published Monday July 11th, 2016

Apart from being ill, people with Lyme have several problems. Without official acknowledgement and diagnosis of (chronic) Lyme, insurance companies do not cover long-term treatment or even painkillers. Even if the doctor is willing to test, his tests are not reliable. Most doctors do not know this.

Costs for better tests are not covered. Neither are their results acknowledged. In case the doctor does prescribe the official antibiotics treatment, this is not effective at all. Other treatments are again not covered by insurance companies. This all leads to many other problems with governmental institutions, employers, schools and so on.

Why is the situation around Lyme so different from any other acknowledged disease? This illustration will clarify why: suppose you walk down the street, suddenly hear a loud crash, hear glass shattering and see a man lying on the ground in a puddle of blood in front of a car. Then it is clear, isn’t it? If you know first aid, you will go and help. If not, you will give the man some breathing space and call an ambulance. The ambulance will rush over, and the doctors in the emergency room will be ready to operate if needed. The government has made policies to ensure that the other traffic does not hinder the ambulance.

Science will look at how to improve the performance of all professional parties involved. These professionals will then get new information, which will enable them to act even better and faster next time. Yet in the case of Lyme, there is no crash, no car, no glass, and no blood. But there is a man on the ground, who can stay there for years or even decades. So bystanders get bored, shrug their shoulders, have an opinion about laziness, criticize impolite public behavior or even become aggressive towards him. The ambulance is not called, or if it is, will not come. If there is no car, there cannot be an accident. So other cars start honking. The man is in their way and they are in a rush.

The government does not have any policy because no ambulance is called. Well, maybe they have a policy to fine the man on the ground for disturbing the peace. Science does not collect nor analyze data, so professionals know as little as they did before the man fell down.

So, in real life, this means that many people with a real physical infectious disease are being ignored, shunned and blamed for something most actors in that ‘traffic system’ just cannot see. The only group that can actually sense that something is wrong, consists of the people who actually know the man on the ground.

Although they don’t know exactly what is going on, they do know that he is not just “lazy”, not an “attention seeker” and not just trying to avoid getting a job.

This is exactly why people who suffer from Lyme yearn for understanding from their friends and family at least as much as for finding a cure.

You can read how this plays out in the lives of many ordinary people, how extra-ordinary they respond to this new and insecure situation, and how many opportunities you have to make a difference as their travel companions in Shifting the Lyme Paradigm.

Get your Priceless copy now. It is also available in Dutch as Priceless e-book or as hardcover.

drs. Huib Kraaijeveld

In: Blog Inspiration Lyme Social

"This book perfectly describes the plight of millions of patients, who suffer from chronic Lyme Disease in many countries all over the world."
Prof. Christian Perronne, France

"This book is a gift of truth and passion to humanity."
Mia Morales, Lyme patient, USA

"I received the book exactly on the day that I had decided to end my life. Huh?! Yep. I am 35 years old years and have been ill for 19 years. Now I know why: Lyme. Everyone should read this book!"
Miranda, the Netherlands

"This book offers a new practical, human centered way of dealing with health information. It is also ringing a bell for the new time how to work together towards health and thriving."
Kim Schimmler, MD, Germany

"This pioneer's work made it perfectly clear that, when "i" becomes "we", even illness becomes wellness."
Frans Vermeulen, journalist, the Netherlands

"In his crucial work on Lyme disease, dedicated social researcher Huib Kraaijeveld does not pretend to have all the answers, but guides us towards asking the upsetting and essential questions."
Prof. Cees Hamelink, professor Communication Sciences & Human Rights, the Netherlands

"This book reads like a thriller! It touched me deeply and I am sure it will change the course of history."
Linda Graanoogst, journalist, the Netherlands

"Well, I am wiping my eyes and blowing my nose, while tears stream down my face. I guess that is a good sign. You hit the nail on the head claiming that Lyme survivors need 'understanding'. I would like my own partner to read this book."
Anodea Judith, PhD & author, USA

"What an awakening perspective! Huib has successfully set a quantum leap for understanding and managing Lyme disease by common people."
John Wong, bestselling author, Singapore

"A true and unpretentious caretakers' guide to understand Lyme. This book will help you to completely understand what your friend is going through; regardless of the symptoms they have. I wish it had been written ten years ago, because it can actually save lives!"
Cheryl Versalle, Lyme patient, USA

"This book actually speaks to people beyond its target audience (caretakers of people with Lyme Disease): people like me who are not travel companions, but to whom it is not hard at all to have or develop understanding and compassion. This makes the reach of this book bigger, much bigger if you’d ask me. I am amazed a book can do all of this!"
Saskia Steur, business blogger, the Netherlands

"This book reads like an exciting novel, were it not that it concerns a deadly serious issue. It calls to contribute and take care of each other and our world. Read, weep, feel and act!"
Manfred van Doorn, leadership expert, the Netherlands

"A creative and very intelligent vision to dive even deeper into the world of Lyme, to look at yourself, other people, but also the entire world around you."
Friend of someone with Lyme

"The book indicates that Lyme disease can be a sexually transmitted disease. This will cause a tidal wave of awareness all over the world. Like the child in the old fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, who exclaimed: 'But the emperor is wearing no clothes!'"
Ola Aniel Petterson, STD campaign leader, Sweden

"What a brilliant sociological work! I am sure it will have much impact."
Professor Neuropathy, Germany

"This book is a big eye opener. Both for friends of people with Lyme disease as well as for people with Lyme. Or for any other health issues, for that matter."
Martin Möhrke, medical research leader, Europe

"I cannot read any other book for more than two minutes now, in this hell called Lyme. Yet yours I cannot stop reading! I should have put it away hours ago to clean the house. But I simply cannot stop."
Ineke, wife of a husband with Lyme, the Netherlands

"This book is a delight to read. It offers soft candlelight and warm campfire camaraderie on an often dark and lonely journey."
Laura Bruno, medical intuitive Lyme expert, USA

"A very honest and yet witty way of helping those with Lyme disease. This book is full of ideas on how to help your friend with Lyme, as a travel companion on this crazy journey called 'Lyme'."
Lisa Hilton, Lyme advocate, USA

"Both the personal experiences as well as the author’s sharp mind turn this into an incredibly inspiring book that raises the consciousness of its readers."
Kara, ex Crohn disease patient, the Netherlands

"Tempting, informative and eminently readable! Shifting the Lyme Paradigm is an absolute eye-opener for those who are not aware of what the journey of Lyme disease entails."
Terri Mackinnon-Cross, CEO WorldLymeDay.com, Canada

"This book gave us the recognition and acknowledgment, which were like a band-aid on an open wound."
Sara, Lyme patient, Belgium

"Very insistently written based on intensive, almost existential, personal experiences, this book also gives a clear overview of all relevant information for both patients and caretakers."
Jan Eendebak, former chairman Lyme Foundation STZ, the Netherlands

"A relief to read, written by an expert who shares his dedication to his own path with us, and brilliantly written."
Muna, mother of a daughter with chronic Lyme, the Netherlands

"Playful, frightening, informative and encouraging."
Merel, kinesiologist, the Netherlands

"This book made me realize that there is too little known behind the phenomenon Lyme. In a challenging manner the author provides understanding of Lyme disease and suggestions for tackling this disease. I have 'prescribed' this book to many of my patients and mostly astonishment was soon followed by recognition. An absolute must for anyone with (still) unexplained symptoms or the people close around them."
Duco Kanij, osteopath, the Netherlands

"This book guides you through the labyrinth of Lyme swiftly, while it took us YEARS to even get this far."
Eugenie van der Linden, ex-Lyme patient and therapist, the Netherlands

"This book is an absolute 'must read' for everyone! For patients, for family and friends, and for doctors who can finally learn that Lyme is more than what is written in their textbooks and that they should not be able to dismiss "unexplained" complaints as psychological too quickly!"
Anne Fierlafijn, MD, Belgium

"Shifting the Paradigm of Lyme is not like any other book on Lyme that I have read. It appeals to a higher consciousness, and is analytical in an introspective way that is pleasant to read. This book is a friendly and warm reminder that no Lyme patient is ever alone."
Thomas Grier, biologist, USA

"This book show how caring friends can intervene to provide succor and alliance ‘against the odds’ of a potentially serious and very complex illness that is still poorly understood by mankind."
Kenneth Liegner, MD, USA

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