Sound Familiar? But of course, Borrelia! “The Blunder Games: Catching Fire“–how I am choosing to describe the politicizing of Lyme–has many parallels with the popular movie “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Only the Hunger Games: Catching Fire is science fiction, while The Blunder Games: Catching Fire is clearly science friction.
In the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in the films trilogy, the story of Katniss Everdeen, the victor of the twisted and tortured games sponsored by the controlling Capitol, continues. It seems as though her victory has caused an uprising against the Capitol itself by the commons folk whom Katniss represents. As a result of her victory, the commons folk are inspired to rebel against their mistreatment. Obviously you see where I am going with this analogy. Yes. The IDSA in The Blunder Games is JUST like the Capitol–creating a dystopian society of misery and disease with their politicized and misguided Lyme treatment guidelines. And whose members have vowed–in written documents–to mount a socio-political offensive against the Lyme community in the name of science. In the name of science? How’s this for science? A list of 700 articles citing chronic infection caused by tick-borne disease. It’s not difficult to see why the IDSA is inciting a gradual, yet promising, uprising by Lyme patients and doctors alike, against their mistreatment caused by the IDSA.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the movie’s setting is a jungle with a saltwater lake. In The Blunder Games: Catching Fire, the setting is….a “jungle” with salt in the wounds of thousands–millions–of Lyme sufferers.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the game arena is enclosed by an electromagnetic field. The layout of the game is arranged like a clock, and all of the arena’s challenges and obstacles faced by its participants, including Katniss, occur systematically on the hour. In The Blunder Games: Catching Fire, the clock is ticking. And the longer we allow politicized guidelines to “rule the game” (hmmmmm…let’s see 12 of 14 IDSA Lyme guidelines authors have conflicts of interest), the more patients will suffer, or die, hour after hour.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the contestants are faced with poisonous fog, torrential blood-soaked rains, and blood-thirsty baboons. In The Blunder Games: Catching Fire, the “contestants” (us) must counter the poisonous rhetoric of media and publications, including the “antiscience” of Lyme advocacy published in the Lancet and recently Lyme Bill: A prescription for trouble in the Boston Globe. They must also weather the blood-soaked rains (yes, blood of the lyme communty is on their hands) of medical professionals who dismiss and ridicule patients, including the experience of my dear friend and Huffington Post Lyme blogging phenom the Dana Parish who was dismissed and ignored by 11 Top NYC doctors. “Contestants” must also deal with the, pardon my chuckles, “baboons” of the NIH and CDC who refer to us as Lyme loonies.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the story takes place on a scorched, post-apocalyptic nation known as Patem. In The Blunder Games: Catching Fire, as Dana Parish so pefectly put it in her most recent article Lyme: Fight Harder for Science and End this War, it’s time to recognize “the enormity of the scorched earth policies” of the IDSA, CDC and NIH.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss eventually breaks free from the arena by taking aim with her arrow, harnessing a lightening bolt, and sending the arrow soaring through the electromagnetic field, penetrating it and giving her an escape route out. In The Blunder Games: Catching Fire, many arrows are being fired at the electromagnetic fields of the IDSA, NIH, CDC, and those of the medical establishment. Arrows from such archery experts as Richard Horowitz whose tireless work has lead to breakthrough persister protocols. Arrows from Dr Ying Zhang at Johns Hopkins University and Kim Lewis from Northeastern University, taking aim at persisters as well, in addition to Dr. Eva Sapi at the University of New Haven and her work on biofilms. Dana Parish, also an archery darling –for her bold and piercing truths published on the Huffington Post. Steven Phillips, past-president of ILADS, recently educated the media on chronic Lyme with his matter of fact media style, scoring a bulls eye for the lyme community. The Global Lyme Alliance? Olympian archerists, for their world class education and research soaring to new heights. And lets not forget the fights from the individual states, passing Lyme legislation to protect patients and doctors.
What’s that I hear, Borrelia? It’s the sound of the electromagnetic field short-circuiting, one arrow at a time.