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Under Our Skin Special Screening Today

Local Lyme Literate Doctor to Speak at Film

Above: Coping with Lyme disease in "Under Our Skin"

I just caught up with the Lyme disease documentary "Under Our Skin" (currently still playing at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters) and had a number of people posting comments about the disease's impact right here in San Diego. I'd like to thank local San Diego Lyme disease activist Anne Corazza for letting me know about a special screening of "Under Our Skin" July 9 at the Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters. Following the 4:30pm screening and preceding the 6:55pm one, there will be a discussion with Dr. Therese Yang, who is being promoted as the only Lyme Literate Medical Doctor here in San Diego County.

The comments I received on my review brought home in very real terms how far reaching the effects of the disease are. If you have not yet seen the film, I recommend that you do because it is a real eye-opener and not just in terms of Lyme disease. That might be the focus of the film but filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson lays out information about how doctors, patients, and the government interact that sheds light on the health industry as a whole. So "Under Our Skin" ends up enlightens viewers on why the public interest and patients' rights are not always made the top priority by the government and health care industry. Wilson has a vested interest in telling his story well because his sister was diagnosed with the disease. Maybe that's one reason why his documentary feels passionate and driven by a need to create awareness not only about Lyme disease but also about problems that have become inherent in our current health system.

For more information on Lyme disease, here are some sites: TOFU; American Lyme Disease Foundation; and Lyme Disease Support Groups.

ADDITION: Someone just emailed me to highlight a few other useful sites: www.lymedisease.org; www.ilads.org (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society); and www.lymediseaseassociation.org. Hope that helps.

Video

Under Our Skin Trailer

Web movie: Under Our Skin Trailer

Comments

Avatar for user 'AnneinSanDiego'

AnneinSanDiego | July 10, 2009 at 1:49 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry if you missed this special showing last night. Dr. Yang came for some Q & A after the 430pm showing of Under Our Skin. It was great! She had just got back from the annual autism/lyme conference in Arizona and shared with us her experience there. Discussion was made about the pros and cons of IV antibiotics and various other treatment modalities were discussed. She was so humble as she mentioned all these other Lyme Literate Medical Doctors that are highlighted in the film, when we all know she is one of them!! Our Hero! She is an amazing angel who has literally dedicated her entire life to helping so many!! WE ALL THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!

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Dorothyincalifornia | July 10, 2009 at 2:05 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Caring, Lyme-knowledgeable MDs like Dr. Yang--and those like her shown in the film--are leading the way to help people who otherwise would be kicked to the curb by the medical establishment. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to these doctors.

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SusieSD | July 10, 2009 at 6:16 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, thank you, Dr. Yang, for addressing the audience last night after viewing Under Our Skin. Your expertise about Lyme Disease (LD) and your active participation in LD education exemplify your commitment to treating people who suffer with this horrifying disease. And by the way, we couldn't help but take note of your good heart and your enthusiasm for what you do.

Thank you also to Beth at KPBS and to Noel and Annie for ensuring that this film is given acknowledgement for the extraordinary gem it is.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | July 10, 2009 at 8:43 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the update on the screening. I added a few more useful websites that someone suggested. Hope the film can help brings some changes.

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AnneinSanDiego | July 10, 2009 at 10:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

NO, THANK YOU, BETH!! From the bottom of my heart...we are all so grateful for you and all the time you have dedicated towards helping us get the word out about this must see film!!!!

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maritza | July 11, 2009 at 9:45 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Everyone should know that Dr. Yang's Family Care is a 501c3 non profit medical practice. Dr Yang does not get a paycheck!!!
This medical practice looses thousands of dollars a year because Dr. Yang does not refuse patients who cannot pay!!!
Dr Yang is desperately seeking a new location where she can offer more integrative approaches to her treatment protocols...in other words treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, infrared sauna etc.
She needs donations to make this a reality. Her vision for a "lyme center" is purely motivated for the benefit of her patients.
If you would like to donate please go to to website www.dyfc.org

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