Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Under Our Skin

I have a good friend, Emily, who has Chronic Lyme Disease. This is a complicated and serious disease. Unfortunately, Lyme has become highly controversial. Some physicians and researchers purposely hide the truth. Others, however, are speaking out and sharing their research.

Emily let me borrow her DVD, "Under Our Skin." It was a good, informative, eye opening, sad, and scary movie. If you ever have the opportunity to watch this movie, I highly recommend it. If nothing else, please watch the film excerpt below. It will give you a glimpse into the devastation that Lyme can cause, and the controversy and lies swirling around about this disease.

I highly respect a doctor who is willing to take on Lyme patients, listen to them, test them, and treat them for Lyme. Because these doctors know and believe the truth about Lyme, because they want to help these patients, because they do not want to profit from payoffs and private research, they choose to risk their medical licenses in order to help cure these patients. Their success stories prove that they are right, and that they are truly helping these patients to get their lives and health back.

To learn more about Lyme:

- Visit the Under Our Skin website.

- Visit the Under Our Skin Blog.

- Read about the people with Lyme who are followed in the film.

- Read this interview with Willy Burgdorfer, the discoverer of the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete, a type of bacterium, that causes Lyme disease.


6 comments:

emily said...

Wow! Thank you Rachel for writing a blog post about this! May I put a link to it in my blog?! :) You did such a great job and I feel famous now that there is a link to my blog on your blog. :P Thanks so much for using your precious time and energy to watch the film. You did a great job summing it up!
I'm excited to tell you that a screening will be coming to our town! :) I am anxiously awaiting more information and hoping that I can help out in some way with the tickets, promotion, etc.!
Hope you are still enjoying your time with the fam.
Love,
Em

Kristen said...

Can't wait to watch this myself!

Michelle Sybert said...

wow! I am off to discover about Lyme Disease. I don't know much about it.

And thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday via SITS. I read a little of your story over at Cranberry Tea Time, I am in awe of your perseverance and tenacity and inner joy.

Rona's Home Page said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Chronic conditions are so fustrating for the sufferer.

Thank you for sharing.

Chronically Katie. said...

Hi. I am Katie and I randomly found your blog in a search. I have dysautonomia too. Mine is secondary to EDS.

I was wondering where your friend found a dvd of "Under Our Skin?" My dad and I both have Lyme (What's the chance of getting Lyme and having EDS? Haha.) and we cannot find it anywhere.

Anyways, I love your blog. And, good luck with your pregnancy!

KB said...

Lyme is one of the many causes of POTS/Dysautonomia. I was diagnosed with post-pregnancy POTS, but was getting sicker and sicker w/ lots of symptoms that just didn't fit that diagnosis including muscle and joint pain and stiffness and vision problems (visual snow,after-images, etc). I continued to search for answers and found out a few months ago that I have Lyme Disease. Your post is great. There needs to be more info. and awareness about it!

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