Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001
As promised earlier this week after I spoke with Dr. B., I am writing
a list of things that need to be done to help Dr. B. and the other LLMDs
under the gun here in NYS.
Since it is the NYS government which can stop the OPMC harassment of our
doctors, the direct political lobbying action at this time must come from
New York State residents. We are, therefore, asking anyone who lives
in New York State to sign up with us immediately to help lobbby member
of the NYS Senate to call for a Senate hearing into OPMC bias against LLMDs.
If you have friends or family who live in NYS, please contact them to see
if they would be willing to sign up with Voices of Lyme to help lobby our
State Senators. They do not have to have Lyme disease; they just
need to be willing to help us.
Please sign up by sending your name , phone number and address with
zip code to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive an e-mail from the nylyme list (Voices of Lyme) explaining
how to lobby and helping you connect with others who can help you lobby.
People who do not have e-mail should call Eva at 631-858-6657 to sign up.
Fortunately, Dr. Burrascano's concern that the legislators we have already
lobbied have forgotten about us is not warranted.. New Yorkers have
done anincredible job lobbying and enlisting the support of many Assembly
members for an Assembly hearing into OPMC bias against our docs.
The many State Assembly members we have contacted ARE still very much on
our side. This frees New Yorkers to now focus on lobbying the State
We know that people outside of NYS are very eager to help fight for Dr.
B. and our other LLMDs. Although people are eager to know whom to
write to, at this point in time our best information tells us that the
New York politicians will only respond to letters from New Yorkers.
SO the most effective way that people from outside New York State can
now help is by fundraising for desperately needed legal fees for our doctors.
This is a vital part of our fight to save our doctors!
Considering the devastation that has occured in our country in the past
month, it may be hard for people to ask others for money to save our Lyme
disease treatment. I keep having to remind myself that we are, in fact,
trying to save lives here. We are trying to stop an injustice
that will unnecessarily cost many more lives in the future, and I think
we just have to keep reminding ourselves how important this mission is.
Whether by actually holding fundraisers or by contacting friends for donations,
please try to donate to the following Legal Defense Funds:
As most of your know, Dr. Orens was the first LLMD in NYS to have his license
REVOKED . This decision was overturned by an appeals court,
but the OPMC has gone ahead against him. It is essential that the
Lyme community not let the OPMC prevail against a doctor who we believe
was targetted because he treats chronic Lyme disease!
Dr. Burrascano Legal Defense Fund
c/o Monica Miller
PO Box 410
Kinderhook, NY 12106
Please make checks out to the Dr. Burrascano Legal Defense Fund.
Dr. Orens Legal Defense Fund
c/o Asher Fensterheim, Esq.
555 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Please make checks out to Asher Fensterheim, Esq, with Dr Orens Legal
Fund written in the memo section of the check.
Also, please donate to the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative
Medicine (FAIM). If you have
not yet joined (as per the recommendation from Dr. B) please do so at their
website at www.faim.org.
If you are able to make additional donations, please send them to:
FAIM has been extremely helpful in fighting OPMC bias against our doctors.
Monica Miller from FAIM has worked with us constantly during the last year
and a half. Among the many things she has done with or for us are
Lobby Day and the press conference with Dr. B's patients protesting the
use of their cases to charge Dr. B with professional misconduct.
She is now working with us promoting legislative hearings and legislation
to reform OPMC. We cannot afford to lose Monica's help , which would
happen if FAIM is forced to close its offices due to lack of funds - which
is becoming a real possibility. Please join and contribute to FAIM.
PO Box 7016
Voices of Lyme is now concentrating on getting legislative hearings into
OPMC bias. Although we organized the November 9th rally last year
and Lobby Day this year, we want to be sure that people understand that
we will not have the ability to organize any further rallies about OPMC
harassment of our docs. We hope that if people feel that a rally
about NYS OPMC bias is indicated, someone (can be from any state in the
country) will volunteer to organize it. HOWEVER, we ask that anyone
who takes this on contact me first to make sure that any rally about the
OPMC does not backfire and impact negatively on what is happening politically
Non-New Yorkers who are able to do some of the clerical work involved in
lobbying, please contact me at email@example.com. We urgently need
people to make phone calls, to do mailings and to be available for any
similar tasks we might need help with. (Voices of Lyme is totally
grassroots,so unfortunately, there is no money to give to people for their
phone or mailing costs).
So that is about it - except that we are making much
progress with the NYS Assembly , which we are hoping
we will be able to soon say has led to our success in
getting a hearing into the OPMC bias against Lyme
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