In fact, Lyme disease is "a major health threat to our nation" that "has increased in incidence dramatically over the past 15 years," according to the recently formed Columbia University Lyme Disease Research Center, headed up by Brian Fallon, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Unfortunately, Wells is one of a number of authors, who can best be dubbed a "Liberati With Lyme." (This was also the name of an event featuring authors Amy Tan, Meg Cabot, Jordan Fisher and E. Jean Carroll.)
This important film, which is being billed as "an infectious film about microbes, money and medicine" -- has received some fabulous reviews.
"Well-researched…suspenseful…artfully shot. Takes a creative, humanistic approach that makes the complex material dramatic and visually interesting,” wrote Alissa Simon of Variety.
“[The film] gets under your skin and into your heart…[and] moves the viewer to ask serious questions about modern medicine. This film is a wake-up call that should reverberate through the halls of Congress, as well as doctors' offices and research facilities,” contended James Swan, ESPN.com.
It's time for a confession. If this blog entry sounds a bit all over the map, with less-than-smooth transitions and somewhat disjointed comments, I do hope that you'll forgive me. Blame the Lyme disease!
You see, today and yesterday have been incredibly challenging days for me as the heavy dose of antiobiotics and the Chinese herbs I'm taking to kill this Lyme disease are apparently triggering a strong Herxheimer reaction, which means I'm getting way worse before I'm improving.
The upshot is that I've been hit by Lyme disease symptoms galore -- a crushing headache in front, one that's lasted for hours and hours!; a nagging, fog-like, pressing sensation on the back of my head; a horrible neck ache and stiff neck; overpowering fatigue (though I can't shake feeling really wired from a new herb I took but won't do so any more); really achy, sore eyes; swollen glands; a really stiff neck; sensitivity to light and noise; extreme mental confusion; sensitivity to light and noise; and really bad forgetfulness.
The Lyme disease-triggered memory problems are among the more frightening and downright annoying symptoms. For instance, on Friday night, it took me an hour and a half to remember the name of the movie I saw and who starred in it. (I refused to look it up, and it wasn't even a bad movie.)
Then, earlier tonight, I tried to recollect the name of the second autoresponder company that keeps track of part of my mailing list, because I notify people about my upcoming radio show. (Its name kept eluding me.)
What's more, no thanks to the Lyme disease, I'm forgetting people's names for periods that last from about 30 seconds to maybe one or two minutes. (I won't tell these people their names slipped my mind, because I don't want to hurt their feelings, but these are people whose names I always remember!)
What's more, for days now, I've been constantly misplacing things. Or I'll forget what I'm in the middle of doing. And just about whenever I'm on the phone, inevitably I catch myself saying, "Now what was I saying?"
But I'm normally quite coherent and with it. I'm telling you, this is the strangest sensation. It's like a temporary delete button was implanted into my brain without my consent, and some short-term memories have been briefly eliminated willy nilly.
But then, usually, almost magically, generally within a few minutes, presto, I remember what I was doing or who I was thinking about. "Oh yeah, that's what I was doing" or "Of course, that's the person's name.")
The good news is that I'm over Friday's depression about also having the malaria-like babesiosis, a co-infection which can come with Lyme disease. (Now it looks like I may have to get on another antibiotic, too. Aargh!)
Thankfully, I can still concentrate in spurts here and there, because I must, must, must get the word out about this radio show on Lyme disease despite how bad I feel. I want to help lots of people!
But do NOT get me wrong. I am sooo grateful, because I'm luckier than most. You see, apparently the Lyme disease was caught early. (As I mentioned before, I'm sooo indebted to my friend, the amazing nutritionist J.J. Virgin, for telling me to get checked for Lyme disease when I rattled off my strange ailments one night on the phone.)
And I'm also very thankful -- OK, I do need to remind myself at times -- that I'm having these off-the-chart pains, aches and memory woes, because, "herxing" as I doing, is apparently a really good sign that I'm getting better.
Anyhow, despite my numerous ailments, I'm determined to be coherent and articulate on Tuesday for my radio show on Lyme disease. You better believe I'm preparing and planning well and coming equipped with notes galore.
Please join us Tuesday. This show is to help you and your loved ones.
Learn how you, too, can catch or prevent this terrifying Lyme disease on the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. (Remember, you can listen live or later.)