Something Awful Seems to Have Happened to the CDC
By Lynn Webster, M.D.
For most of my career, I have revered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I believed it had the best scientists in the world and that we could, and should, believe everything they said.
The CDC Prioritizes Politics Over Science
Not anymore. Unfortunately, the CDC has devolved into a partisan mouthpiece for politicians and individuals with agendas not supported by science.
The Academy Award-winning documentary Under Our Skin first showed me how politics influence decisions at the CDC. The film illustrates how chronic Lyme disease (CLD) can cause a great deal of suffering, including chronic pain and fatigue. But the medical community has been unwilling to respond appropriately because the government has determined that CLD is a “controversial” diagnosis. Patients’ pain is increased because the government refuses to validate their disease. The ongoing “Lyme wars” still make it difficult for patients to get post-Lyme disease testing and treatment.
Contagion is a theatrical movie about a pandemic that shows the CDC making decisions based on the political aspirations of key CDC officers. This fictional story about a pandemic and the power-seeking nature of CDC officials was unfortunately prescient.
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