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Under Our Skin Special Screening Today

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.

July 10, 2009 at 6:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Food, Inc. and Under Our Skin

Readers, you can't afford to miss the documentary, Under Own Skin. Wilson powerfully documents the ease with which we can become infected with Lyme Disease (LD), usually without our knowledge, and how difficult it is to diagnose and treat, given current political dimensions in the areas of medicine and insurance. Indeed, LD is usually misdiagnosed, and people spend far too many years of their lives feeling frail and hopeless. Certainly some die before they are accurately diagnosed and treated.

If you're lucky (about 36-50% of infected people), the tick responsible for LD will leave its trademark bulls-eye rash. But without the rash and no evidence of a tick, you'll need loads of good fortune. It was my very good fortune to have developed a rash, worked with a colleague who recognized what it was, and found the local LD support and education group. And without the expertise of this wonderful group of people, I would never have known where to turn for AGGRESSIVE treatment since few "Lyme-literate" physicians practice in our area (or ANY area). Only an aggressive treatment protocol is known to be effective against this bacteria.

By the way, I'm a San Diego resident who doesn't live in the woods and doesn't hike. But like most other San Diegans, I love to work in my garden, and it was there that I was infected. ANYTHING living that is able to get into your yard can be a vector for this dangerous bacteria: rats, mice, skunks, opossum, cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles. They've even found them on fleas and mosquitoes. Who among us does not have one or more of these creatures in our yards, homes, or places of work?

SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY. You're only a tick away...

July 8, 2009 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )