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Auwaerter said believers tend to be community doctors in the trenches -- primary care physicians in areas where Lyme ticks are prevalent and who diagnose Lyme disease based on symptoms rather than blood tests.
These include Dr. Daniel Cameron, an internist in Westchester County, New York, where Lyme disease is common. Cameron is president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, a group of mostly primary care doctors.
He said he has had many patients with Lyme disease who complain of psychiatric problems, including anxiety, panic and aggression. Some, usually young people, have resorted to violence, including hitting family members, he said.
He defended diagnosing patients based on symptoms, saying blood tests aren't perfect. And, Cameron argued, research suggesting there is no link is not strong enough "to dismiss the medical and psychiatric issues that we see in our practices."
On the Net:
National Institutes of Health: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/lyme/lyme.htm
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