Wednesday, October 31, 2012

IGeneX's Robert Giguere about their Lyme tests

After the wonderful world of lies fraud story-telling by Mikovits/Lombardi/WPI/VIPdx and their worthless wonderful XMRV test, I am very very very skeptical about any tests, especially when I read that the lab "uses additional markers for Lyme under which some people test positive who have been negative" and Giguere's presentation style reminds me more than a little about the way my dear friend Mikovits throws sand in patients eyes – for me this is reminiscent of the XMRV rip off disaster. So take take the following presentation with lots and lots of grains of salt:
IGeneX, Inc. - Lyme testing discussion
Robert O. Giguere, director of sales for IGeneX, Inc., explains Lyme disease testing at a talk in Fishkill early this month. The Palo Alto, Calif., company uses additional markers for Lyme under which some people test positive who have been negative.

One more thing, his anthropomorphic descriptions – like the Lyme bug as "smart" and that it tries to "evade" the immune system – seem more like woo than like science.

[UPDATE] I could not find anything published by the good Robert Giguere (and I haven't seen any references to anything published so far in the video), so everything he tells seems to be secret knowledge only passed on orally – this is a major red flag for me since Mikovotis the non-publisher (with her colorful and fact-pacted talks). And what's lovely is the "hides in tissue" fear-mongering we have seen with Mikovits. 50% of tests are positive, "If you get a positive result, you have active infection", "no false positives but false negatives" (keep testing until you are positive), same fear-mongering as we have seen with Mikovits. They use PCR in strange ways (50 cycles), Mikovits used PCR in strange ways (nested).

[UPDATE] If anybody can show the world a published study demonstrating sensitivity and specificity (false negatives and false positives) of these tests, then that would be fabulous.

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