Lyme Disease in Canada
THE BOOK: RAIN ON A DISTANT ROOF
Rain on a Distant Roof uses the latest in scientific and medical research to explore the considerable challenges that have placed Lyme disease at the center of the most fractious debate in modern medicine. Those challenges include the inability of doctors to properly diagnose the illness, the absence of reliable medical tests, the reliance on controversial treatment guidelines, and a public health response that is, at best, problematic.
“Rain on a Distant Roof is an excellent read. I recommend it. Our politicians at all levels and physicians of every ilk should read it as well.” — Jim Wilson, President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
LYME DISEASE & THE RISK TO THE BLOOD SUPPLY
When I do talks on Lyme disease, I'm often asked if the bacteria (Borrelia spp.) that cause the illness are transmissible via blood transfusions. The default answer of health authorities has long been no. However, the worldwide absence of screening tests capable of accurately and consistently detecting the presence of Lyme bacteria in the blood supply makes it difficult to give a definitive answer to that question. Hopefully, once the technology improves and researchers are able to consider the question with the assistance of more accurate tools, the answer will continue to be no, but only time will tell.