TOUCHED BY LYME: Don’t miss this terrific Lyme reporting
David Michael Conner often blogs about Lyme disease for the Huffington Post. He reports on large policy issues as well as his lived personal experience with tick-borne illness.
I’ve always thought he does a good job. But in recent weeks, he’s really outdone himself.
Here are some articles I want to draw special attention to:
Conner points out that yes, media coverage of Lyme disease has increased, but it tends not to be the “nuanced, detailed coverage” the topic demands. He observes:
In reviewing the news stories about Lyme found over the past 30 days, most of them fall into a few general buckets:
- Lyme disease is on the rise because tick populations are exploding.
- Climate change is leading to expanding tick habitats.
- Check for ticks after you go outdoors or you’ll be sorry.
- You Won’t Believe How This Medical Mystery Turned Out.
- [Insert Celebrity Name] Models New Sunglasses After Bravely Surviving Lyme Disease And Curing Herself With Forty-Six Million-Dollar Experiment Treatment In Germany and Southeast Asia!
Don’t get me wrong, all of these stories (yes, all of them) are worth telling as long as they are told responsibly. But they’re repetitive and they almost never relay any new information. They also aren’t particularly helpful in the fight against this raging epidemic. Click here to read the whole article.
In this article, Conner likens the complexities of Lyme-related symptoms to a Russian nesting doll: “Inside the deceptively rosy-cheeked outer shell is a second doll, one with a sadder countenance.” Click here to read.
Conner categorizes this as a battle between “Team Chronic Lyme” and “Team No Chronic Lyme.” His analysis is spot-on. Read it here.
He’s written about a dozen Lyme articles since the beginning of 2017, and every one of them is well worth your time and attention. Click here to get the whole list.
TOUCHED BY LYME is written by Dorothy Kupcha Leland, LymeDisease.org’s VP for Education and Outreach. She is co-author of When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide. Contact her at email@example.com.
- May 13, 2017 at 8:47 am
I was recently diagnosed as having Lyme disease by a Holistic doctor using the Vega test machine. I then had my primary doctor test me with blood/urine test and it came back negative.
Is the Vega test reliable? If I was a millionaire I would go through the Holistic protocol; living in Senior HUD housing I obviously don’t have those resources.
The symptoms for which I went to the Holistic doctor I’ve had for over 40 years. In the early days every doctor just told me what I was experiencing was psychological. So I went to psychologist – finally told it wasn’t psychological and was sent to a Naturopath Dr – was diagnosed with having extreme hypoglycemia and put on a high fat diet. That had seemed to make things bearable until about six weeks ago when I horrid deja vu experience. Had an EEG and MRI both found nothing. But my body has raged – it feels like I’m living in terror (the terror is not based on anything but what my body feels like).
As a child I was diagnosed with Valley Fever.
I’m not sure what direction to go in. My primary doctor after I explained all to him said, “I’ve never had a case like this, I don’t know what to do.” I’m glad that he was humble enough to admit this; however I don’t know where to go (where I can use Medicare) to find answers.
Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give.
- May 13, 2017 at 10:26 am
I’ve been posting to Facebook everything that he writes. He’s really defining the issues and explaining it better than anyone else has managed to do yet.
- May 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm
I wish they would stop calling it a “Tick Born Illness”, it can attack from a flea, mosquito, spider, bed bug, any many other ways. Lyme is NOT just contracted by Ticks.
- May 13, 2017 at 7:21 pm
This is very, very true. Our whole family was infected by fleas.
- May 21, 2017 at 8:19 am
I suggest you perform a field microscopy test oncourse and you can see directly borrelia.
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