This is fascinating and alarming documentary about Lyme disease. It pinpoints that fact that Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed by doctors and/or simply ignored with many patients being told to seek psychiatric help for delusions. Research is showing that the disease has been around far longer than previously known, and in areas once considered to never have it. For example, there is a woman they showcase from Tennessee that was misdiagnosed because “Tennessee doesn’t have Lyme disease.” As one doctor in the film points out, this is the same treatment that AIDS received. However, the Center for Disease Control states that reported cases are far higher in Lyme disease (65,000) than AIDS (1,400). This is just among those reported the documentary states that the CDC feels the real cases, due to a number of reasons, is far higher. An estimated 400,000 per year greater than AIDS and West Nile combined.
The reason for such misdiagnosis is simply that doctors have Lyme disease as causing a skin rash, and without it there is no Lyme disease. When in actuality there are several different symptoms ranging from chills, headaches, fevers, muscle pains, stiff neck, lethargy, body-wide itching, to unusual or strange behavior. The reason is that its a neurological disease that attacks the nervous system. In addition, the disease is spread simply by deer ticks. Something often unknown until it’s too late, which is what this documentary is attempting to say. If its caught early their are no life debilitating effects, where if left untreated has sever consequences (i.e., bed ridden). Another strong point the documentary is attempting to voice is that this is a chronic disease. Not something that once treated goes away, it must be treated (like AIDS) for the rest of your life.
This is the issue of post-modernist society in which research and licenses is defined by grants. It only moves based upon if there is money involved, and unfortunately as the documentary shows insurance companies don’t want to pay. So the scientific community ignores it simply because in a post-modern society it costs too much, and no one will fund it.
* For more on this argument look at my undergraduate paper “What is the nature of Postmodernism?”
Anyways below is the cover art and a trailer for the documentary. I hope you leave informed.