Klinik der Lyme-Borreliose (German) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2009
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I went to see Dr. Satz in Zurich. Blood was taken to be sent for testing. Having read that if the tick bite is fresh, the tests won't necessarily pick up a transmitted Borreliose infection (and actually even if the infection is old), I asked Dr. Satz what the rate of false negatives is. He replied: "None." When I looked at him bewildered, he corrected himself saying, and I give an exact quote: "Eins Promille". That is, Dr. Satz told me that the rate of false negatives when testing soon after the tick bite is one in a thousand(!).
Shouldn't doctors suffer consequences for lying to patients?
Dr. Satz told me to take doxycycline for 12 days. The IgM of the Western Blot came back positive on several specific bands.
I asked whether the treatment with antibiotics should be longer. He said no, because if the infection is disseminated then it would need strong IV antibiotics and for much longer. He told me that with the purpose to scare me off and shut me off regarding a longer than 12 days course of antibiotics (you'll see below). He told me that the swollen knees have nothing to do with the tick bite (you may have a look over the article "Lyme Disease Presenting as a Spontaneous Knee Effusion" in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons).
My infection was, of course, disseminated, but considering that it was fresh, it had good chances to be stopped in its tracks, IF I would have been treated correctly from the beginning.
After finishing the 12 days of doxy, within 2 weeks I got new and much worse symptoms. I asked dr. Satz to test for coinfections.
He told me, and I give an exact quote: "Koinfektionen gibt's nur auf dem Internet." When I started mentioning studies, he cut me off with: "Koinfektionen gibt's nur in Amerika, nicht in Europa."
Lying shamelessly to a patient, again.
Then he told me that I don't have symptoms of coinfections, Without first asking me how I feel. That is, he did Not ask me what my symptoms were! I tried to tell him, I had written them down. Had also written down the topics I wanted to discuss with him, to not forget. When I tried to tell him my symptoms, his reply was: "Haben Sie diese vom Internet kopiert?".
When I told him that I have pain in my inner ear, he immediately replied: "Sie können es nicht beweisen."
Aren't these statements patient abuse?
I can give the exact quotes of what he told me because I always wrote down the conversation immediately after talking with him, to help me calm down.
Shortly thereafter my symptoms became truly frighteningly scary. I called him and he then wrote a prescription for 28 days of doxy. (An antithesis, of course, with what he had said during a previous appointment that if the infection is disseminated it needs IV antibiotics and for much longer).
This was too late.
I later went by myself to Armin Labs, and tested positive for 6 active tick-borne infections, including Babesia. All these infections became chronic and I'm fighting them everyday. The infections work synergistically. They weaken the immune system, and attack my brain, heart and the rest of the organs in my body.
I could have been cured if I would have been diagnosed and treated properly from the beginning. From a healthy, happy person in my fertile years, full of potential and plans, I am since then ill and barely dragging myself through my days. There is no cure for these infections in their chronic stage. I can hope at best to manage to keep them under control. The quality of my life and my dreams are mostly gone.
Never went back again to Dr. Satz.
I think that Dr. Satz would make a great case study for medical students on how a doctor can have decades of practice behind, and yet be a very poor doctor and destroy lives. (Though I imagine he’s financially filthy rich)
Moreover, he wears a Hitler moustache. (with the difference that his moustache is white as he is old)
You decide whether you want to buy his book.