Seeking legal action to remove the misleading Lyme Disease and the Heart (Copyright © 2013, Wolters Kluwer Health) manuscript written by Krause and Bockenstedt. A manuscript impacting patient outcomes which could lead to delayed diagnosis, treatment and disability. Letter to the editor submission to Circulation

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From: Carl Tuttle <runagain@comcast.net>

Cc: kbarry@circulationjournal.org, jackman@circulationjournal.org, richard blumenthal <richard_blumenthal@blumenthal.senate.gov>, Daniel Pollock <Daniel_Pollock@blumenthal.senate.gov>, press@blumenthal.senate.gov, Bethany Lesser <Bethany_Lesser@gillibrand.senate.gov>, info@wolterskluwer.com, Robert Becker <Robert.Becker@wolterskluwer.com>, Katelyn Kelly <Katelyn.Kelly@mahouse.gov>

To: circ@circulationjournal.org

Sent: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:22:14 -0000 (UTC)

Subject: Letter to the editor submission to Circulation

April 22, 2013

Circulation

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Boston, MA. 02118

Joseph A. Vita, MD

Editor, Correspondence Section

Dear Dr Vita,

Thank you for following up with my letter to the editor submission to Circulation. On behalf of the disabled Lyme patients in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and across the nation I regret to inform you that we will be seeking legal action to remove the misleading Lyme Disease and the Heart (Copyright © 2013, Wolters Kluwer Health) manuscript written by Krause and Bockenstedt. A manuscript impacting patient outcomes which could lead to delayed diagnosis, treatment and disability.

Your Circulation Journal has a worldwide reach influencing clinicians around the globe so ignoring the discrepancies identified and the references I have provided leaves countless patients at risk.  As I have stated in the attached letter addressed to Managing Editor Karen Barry, the Lyme Disease and the Heart manuscript should be retracted, corrected or removed altogether.

The Circulation Journal has a responsibility to its readers to provide accurate and current information from authors qualified in the respective field for which they are publishing.

Neither of the authors sees patients as a cardiac credentialed physician. Bockenstedt is a rheumatologist who has published her research on murine models of laboratory induced Lyme arthritis in inbred mice with immune deficiency and has no credentials in clinical cardiology by virtue of residency training or daily practice experience. Krause has made substantial contributions to our knowledge of Babesiosis and might I remind you, board member of the American Lyme Disease Foundation. Neither reads and signs out electrocardiograms. It is an affront to the reader to be “Instructed” on Cardiac developments which were all worked out in the 1980’s. Is there any discussion of: Dilated cardiomyopathy?, Orthotopic Heart Transplant for LB cardiac disease, pericarditis, endocarditis due to Bb or persistent heart failure do to LB in the heart and pancarditis causing death secondary to Bb infection? Omitting these presentations of the disease entirely misleads the reader to believe that Lyme is little more than a nuisance disease.

Original letter to the editor follows with copy of this correspondence forwarded to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Massachusetts Representative David Linsky who sponsored the Massachusetts Lyme Disease Commission Report.

Sincerely,

Carl Tuttle

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Sent: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:38:41 -0000 (UTC)

Subject: CIRCULATIONAHA/2013/002399 Decision – Letter to the Editor

April 18, 2013

Mr. Carl Tuttle

RE: CIRCULATIONAHA/2013/002399

Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Tuttle,

Thank you for your submission to Circulation. We deeply appreciate your interest in the journal and its content. Unfortunately, we cannot accept your Letter to the Editor for publication in the journal.

We know that you will be disappointed by our decision. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we can accept only small percentage of the letters we receive. As a result, we must reject some letters, like yours, that would otherwise qualify for publication.

Again, thank you very much for your submission. We hope that you will consider submitting material to us in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Joseph A. Vita, MD

Editor, Correspondence Section

Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD

Editor-in-Chief