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Important Letter writing

Important Letter writing

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Posted by Cheryl on October 03, 2000 at 22:42:51:

THE FOLLOWING ACTION, THE LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN ON BEHALF OF DR. BURRASCANO, IS REQUESTED OF ALL LYME PATIENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

Dr. B's hearing before the OPMC is scheduled for October 26th!! We all know that if Dr. B is found guilty of medical misconduct by the OPMC, we can lose not only his expert care, but also the care of Lyme literate physicians throughout the country.

At this moment the most effective way that Lyme patients will be able to help Dr. B. is through a massive NATIONAL letter writing campaign on his behalf to NYS politicians. We will be organizing New York State residents to visit these politicians, but the visits will not be effective unless accompanied by a flood of letters FROM AROUND THE
COUNTRY.

Those of you who were around earlier in the year are aware of the letter writing campaign to the New York State legislators. The campaign centered around our questions about bias in the OPMC. We requested that the legislature investigate. Although this campaign was effective in
slowing down the onslaught by the OPMC, when the legislature recessed the OPMC went ahead and charged Dr. Burrascano with medical misconduct. So we need to show them that "We will not go away."

Below is a sample letter that can be sent to the NYS legislators. You can either write you own or copy mine, but please do write. The list of people to send this to is below the letter.
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Dear ....

I am writing to alert you to an urgent situation in New York State which affects the health of thousands of Lyme disease patients in New York and throughout the country, and to enlist your support and intervention in the situation. Dr. Joseph Burrascano, one of the most highly regarded physicians in the treatment of Lyme disease, has recently been brought up on official charges of medical misconduct by the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).

The OPMC has claimed that the current investigations of Dr. Burrascano and several other Lyme specialists who follow similar protocols are not at all related to their treatment methods for Lyme disease. Yet at the same time, OPMC has publicly revealed their bias against Dr. Burrascano and his colleagues' longer term approach to the treatment of chronic Lyme disease. In a letter written to Lyme disease patients dated 12/21/99, Ansel Marks, Exceutive Secretary of the OPMC, stated, "Rarely, if ever, have .. published guidelines indicated that anything more than two-three
weeks of antibiotics are required to cure Lyme disease." This statement contradicts a significant pool of peer reviewed scientific literature demonstrating the persistence of Lyme disease infection in spite of treatment with three weeks or more of antibiotics.

Earlier this year, we forwarded to the legislature some of the above mentioned scientific information. Our concern at that time was that a high percentage of Lyme specialists throughout the country had been reported, almost simultaneously, to their state licensing boards, suggesting a pattern of harassment and bias by those who believe that Lyme disease is always easily cured.

At that time we felt that the OPMC's documented bias should preclude it from sitting as judge and jury over those physicians with legitimate scientific differences of opinion. We had asked for legislative intervention to look into this issue. Unfortunately, the legislature recessed before the issue of formal hearings was addressed, and the OPMC launched formal charges against Dr. Burrascano during a time when no intervention was possible.

In short, there is a major controversy within the medical community about the treatment for Lyme disease, and the OPMC has displayed a bias in favor of one side of that controversy. I urge that the legislature launch an investigation of the OPMC to determine whether it is acting impartially in its investigations of Lyme disease physicians. I urge that there be a moratorium on the administrative hearings of these physicians until such time as the impartiality of the process can be assured. I further urge you to create a forum in which the voices of
Lyme disease patients can be heard.

Like many other Lyme disease patients, I feel that the action of the OPMC against Dr. Burrascano and other physicians who have been willing to treat chronic Lyme disease constitutes a great threat to my health, if not to my life. Please do not turn your back on the continued harassment of those doctors who have helped seriously ill people during a major medical epidemic. Please do not turn your back on me and thousands of other chronic Lyme disease patients.

Thank you, (Sign name AND address).

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE FOLLOWING OFFICIALS:
Hon. Kemp Hannon
Chairman Senate Health Committee
Room 609 LOB
Albany, NY 12247
HANNON@SENATE.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Richard Gottfried
Chairman Assembly Health Committee
Room 822 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
GOTTFRR@ASSEMBLY.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Patricia Acampora
NYS Assembly
Room 725 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
ACAMPOP@ASSEMBLY.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Maureen O'Connell
NYS Assembly
Room 326 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
OCONNEM@ASSEMBLY.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Joseph Bruno
NYS Senate Majority Leader
Room 909 LOB
Albany, NY 12247
BRUNO@SENATE.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Joel Miller
NYS Assembly
Room 531 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
MILLERJ@ASSEMBLY.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Vincent Leibell
NYS Senate
Room 802 LOB
Albany, NY 12247
LEIBELL@SENATE.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Michael A.L. Balboni
NYS Senate
Room 803 LOB
Albany, NY 12247
BALBONI@SENATE.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Stephen Saland
NYS Senate
Room 946 LOB
Albany, NY 12247
SALAND@SENATE.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
NYS Assembly
Room 530 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
THIELEF@ASSEMBLY.STATE.NY.US

Hon. Congressman Michael Forbes
3680 Route 112
Coram, NY 11727
JACK.AMES@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV

Governor George Pataki
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
GOV.PATAKI@CHAMBER.STATE.NY.US
Please FAX a copy of this Pataki letter to Dr. B. at 631.287.5403 OR, if you do not have a fax machine, email a copy of your letter to: Lymeletters@excite.com
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Thanks all. There will be more things coming up. Mainly we need to remember that (although we may need to go to bed for long periods of time) "We will not go away!"

Ellen and Cheryl
Ellenlu@webtv.net
Cheryl@aero-vision.com




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