From: “Carl Tuttle” <email@example.com>
To: “Ferric Fang” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: “Laurie Webby” <email@example.com>, “Zehava Robbins” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Jeffery F. Miller” <email@example.com>, “Barbara Goldman” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Thomas Shenk” <email@example.com>, “Jessica Kanotz” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Dick Blumenthal” <Dick_Blumenthal@blumenthal.senate.gov>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 4:05:02 PM
Subject: Re: Evidence for strain-specific immunity in patients treated for early Lyme disease
Ferric C. Fang, M.D.
Editor in Chief, Infection and Immunity
Dear Prof. Fang,
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my letter to the editor. When writing the letter I did not have the full text (only the abstract) which does not include any conflict of interest statement. I have seen conflict of interest statements integrated in abstracts from other journals so the reader does not have to purchase the full PDF before identifying potential conflicts.
I would like to call attention to the following article in Forbes Magazine highlighting how medical guidelines based on questionable science caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of patients:
Medicine Or Mass Murder? Guideline Based on Discredited Research May Have Caused 800,000 Deaths In Europe Over The Last 5 Years
The article focuses on the damage caused by the disgraced Dutch cardiovascular researcher Don Poldermans who was fired for scientific misconduct. A follow-up article will focus on the institutional leaders who provided uncritical support as well as the role of journal editors in this case.
Author Dr Gary Wormser of the manuscript; Evidence for strain-specific immunity in patients treated for early Lyme disease is also the lead author of the controversial one-size-fits-all Lyme Treatment Guideline which is responsible for perhaps much greater harm and disability than what was identified in the Don Poldermans case.
Rest assured any study authored by Wormser referencing a “six year immunity cycle” will be incorporated in a future vaccine treatment guideline with the potential to harm millions. The so called “mathematical model” showing “evidence for strain-specific immunity” is just plan and simple junk science with absolutely no proof whatsoever. Incorporating such questionable science in a vaccine distribution model has the potential for catastrophic results.
Your personal overview of this study; “…conflicting results occur all the time in science and provide fruitful ground for further research” is far too apathetic for what is at stake here. Once a study is published there could be a lengthy delay to have the article removed as was experienced in the Poldermans example.
It remains questionable that a Lyme disease vaccine is practical for an infection that produces a lack of immunological memory (unlike Measles, Mumps etc.) so fabricating a six year strain-specific immunity makes perfect sense for the marketing/acceptance of such vaccine.
The paper by Elsner et al found no immunological memory to Borrelia in the mice model but to my knowledge those researchers are not looking to develop a vaccine.
Hudson, NH 03051