CHRONIC INFECTIONS AND THE THREE CONDITIONS
Many people with complex, chronic, environmentally linked illnesses also have pernicious infections that may be bacterial, viral, fungal and/or parasitic in nature. Because these are frequently missed due to poor physician awareness about these infections and about state-of-the-art diagnostic measures, their persistence makes it very difficult to achieve improvement in other symptoms such as pain, chemical sensitivity or debilitating fatigue.
Therefore having the capability to recognize symptoms of various types of chronic infections, having access to accurate diagnostic technologies and being up-to-date in the most successful treatment protocols are all important goals for the clinical program at the OCEEH.
LYME DISEASE – ON ITS OWN AND AS PART OF THE 3 CONDITIONS
From the Canadian Lyme Foundation (CanLyme) website:
We hope this situation will change soon. With the adoption of Bill C-442, the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act, introduced by the Green Party and voted into law in 2014, the federal Minister of Health will be required to convene a conference with the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health and with representatives of the medical community and patients’ groups for the purpose of developing a comprehensive federal framework to address the challenges of the recognition and timely diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
This decision sets the stage for timely, pro-active policies by provincial health ministries, including in Ontario. Mandating the OCEEH specifically to include Lyme diagnosis and treatment in its clinical program would be an important step in ensuring successful treatment for those for whom Lyme is part of chronic ill-health, including those with ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM.
Learn more about Lyme disease at the Canadian Lyme Foundation