Lyme Disease Education – The Best Resources Available

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society  ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and its associated diseases through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.

Lyme Disease Association  The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. It is dedicated to: 

  • promoting awareness of and controlling the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (TBD) and their complications through education and other means;
  • raising and distributing funds for Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) research, education and other related Lyme and TBD issues;
  • assisting underpriviledged patients in connection with Lyme and other TBD.

Lyme Disease Research Foundation  LymeMD, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, was created in 2007 by Dr. John Aucott, an infectious disease specialist, in response to the devastating toll that Lyme disease takes on previously healthy, energetic individuals. LymeMD has become a nationally recognized program attracting top collaborators around the country.

Texas Lyme Disease Association

The Texas Lyme Disease Association (TXLDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act and registered with the Texas Secretary of State. We are an affiliate of the Lyme Disease Association.

Our mission is to educate physicians and the public about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, to be a resource center for patients with these diseases and their families, and to provide a network of support for the same. We also support medical research on tick-borne diseases.

Treatment of Lyme Disease in Texas

In 2012, both houses in the Texas legislature passed two bills that help educate doctors about lyme disease, as cited in this article:

A bill calling for official recognition of two types of treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, sponsored by Texas State Senator Chris Harris R-Arlington)* – a chronic Lyme survivor – was passed by both houses of the Texas legislature on May 26 and sent to the governor.

The bill – SB 1360 – notes that the number of Lyme and related tick-borne diseases has continued to increase in Texas. “However,” says Sen Harris, “many Texas medical practitioners are unfamiliar with the symptoms and treatments. SB 1360 will assist doctors in recognizing these symptoms and treatments through Continued Medical Education courses.”

“There are two types of recognized standards of care for treating Lyme disease: the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS),” he explains. “With most Texas doctors using IDSA treatment [short-term antiobiotic treatment only], patients who prefer the ILADS treatment [extended antibiotic treatment for persistent or chronic Lyme] are forced to leave Texas to receive the long-term antibiotic treatment.”

“As a Lyme disease survivor,” says Sen Harris, “I know how important the correct treatment can be. This bill is a vital step forward in properly treating those who have this disease.”

Sen. Harris says he was severely affected by the disease, but “got a lucky break.” His doctor, constrained by a disciplinary board that limited antibiotic use for tick-borne illness to 1 month or less, arranged for 17 physicians to take turns writing prescriptions for Sen. Harris’s treatment.

The bill also states that in the event a physician or nurse is investigated regarding their choice of clinical care, their participation in these courses will be considered.

* Senator Harris represents Senate District 9 covering portions of Dallas, Denton & Tarrant Counties

Sources: Office of Senator Chris Harris, press release May 11, 2011; TX Senate Bill 13 60; Texas Star-Telegram news, May 6, 2011.