Chronic Lyme disease and the 'Axis of Evil'

Future Microbiol. 2008 Dec;3(6):621-4. doi: 10.2217/17460913.3.6.621.


Lyme disease is a controversial illness, and the existence of chronic Lyme disease induced by persistent infection with the Lyme spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is the subject of continued debate. A recent publication defined the 'Axis of Evil' in this controversy as physicians who treat patients with needlessly prolonged courses of antibiotics, 'specialty laboratories' that perform 'inaccurate' Lyme testing and the internet, which promotes 'Lyme hysteria'. We examine the 'Axis of Evil' components in the context of diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for Lyme disease patients and their physicians, and we present an evidence-based refutation to this misguided view. Despite its virulent nature, the 'Axis of Evil' perspective is a useful starting point to resolve the controversy over Lyme disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Borrelia burgdorferi / pathogenicity*
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / diagnosis*
  • Lyme Disease / drug therapy*