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The Lyme Altar: A People's History of Symptoms, Sacrifice and Hope
"I knew two things about Lyme disease, flu-like symptoms and a rash."
- Marie Benedetto, Mother/Patient/Legislative Advocate
Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector borne disease in the US with over 300,000 new cases reported each year. Recognizing the symptoms is our first line of defense.
This 40 minute documentary details the complex list of symptoms taken directly from the people living with the disease and highlights current treatment protocols along with simple things we can all do to try and maintain a normal life until we find a cure.
Filmed over a two year period and travelling coast to coast, these interviews reflect the devastating effect of Lyme disease on people's lives as well as their hopes for ultimately regaining true health. Detailing the reality of tests that don't work, the lack of training of our medical professionals and politics reminiscent of the battle over AIDS that is centered once again, on a public health system that has failed to protect us.
"For every year that passes before that consciousness dawns, we have hundreds of thousands of people suffering without a diagnosis and without a treatment and to me that's simply a travesty." - Neil Nathan MD
Featuring Joseph Burrascano,Jr., MD, one of the world's leading experts on diagnosing and treating Lyme disease along with a host of practitioners that strive to find solutions for a rapidly growing number of patients seeking answers.
Anyone living with Lyme disease would agree, if we can prevent even one person from becoming infected through watching this film it will have been well worth the effort that it took to create.
We need to be informed.
We need to protect our families
and the people we love.
This documentary is
a way to start.
For many with chronic Lyme disease, it can often be a lonely journey. The Lyme Altar shares the struggles of patients in their attempts to get diagnosed and to recover their health. While there are no magic bullets, there is much power in understanding that there is a community of people with shared experiences. We are not alone. Not only are we not alone, but there is great hope in knowing that open-minded practitioners and healers are working hard to advance treatment options and to improve the quality of life in those recovering from chronic illness. Here's to your health....
...very informative and caught the "feel" of what it is like to have Lyme. Thank you for educating others! I wish you the very best with the release of this DVD, but even more important, I wish you the best with your health and continued war on Lyme!!