Anybody involved in Lyme Disease is more than familiar with all the Bad News about Lyme. We won't go there. But in 2008 we have much to be thankful for.
1. The documentary, Under Our Skin, came out. If you are looking at this site, you need to see this movie. Open Eye Pictures has done a great job on their documentary about Lyme. Look to the right and click on the picture and you can watch an extended excerpt. You can also purchase it for $35 from Open Eye.
2. Pam Weintraub published her book on Lyme, "Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic." She does a GREAT job combining the story of her family with the larger story of Lyme. A medical journalist by profession, Pam's family was beset by Lyme, and they went through the usual and all-too-familiar nightmares. She illustrates how Lyme got to be so marginalized, in spite of being vicious and epidemic. She is much more fair than I could ever be. I would be ranting all the way through, so it's much better that she took on this task.
3, Attorney General of CT, Richard Blumenthal, reached a settlement with the Infectious Diseases Society of America in regards to the Treatment Guidelines for Lyme Disease.
5-01-08 Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that his antitrust investigation has uncovered serious flaws in the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA) process for writing its 2006 Lyme disease guidelines and the IDSA has agreed to reassess them with the assistance of an outside arbiter.
Read the whole press release here: CT AG Press Release
This is very good news for the Lyme community. Did you realize that there has NEVER been a potential criminal investigation against a medical society in this country except for this one? It's not perfect, but it's a HUGE breakthrough for the Lyme community.