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Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a tick (any tick, not just deer ticks) and is often accompanied by co-infections such as bartonella, babesia, and other pathogens that make it much more difficult to treat. Unfortunately, despite alarming statistics (the CDC estimates that approximately 300,000 people contract Lyme every year), modern medicine has failed to keep up. Most Lyme tests are wildly inaccurate and patients are frequently misdiagnosed. If not treated promptly and thoroughly, Lyme may become chronic and affect the brain and central nervous system. To impress upon you the importance of awareness and prevention, a 2014 study revealed that on average, chronic Lyme patients have a lower quality of life than cancer patients. Tick season is upon us, so stay safe and read some of these memoirs, exposés, and novels about Lyme disease.7 #Books to Read for #LymeDisease Awareness MonthClick To Tweet
1. Suffering the Silence by Allie Cashel
Cashel explores the political controversy surrounding Lyme disease in great depth, highlighting the medical community’s bias against Lyme-literate doctors, it’s marginalization of Lyme patients, and it’s refusal to acknowledge the massive flaws in the current testing and treatment guidelines. The book also includes a number of patient accounts.