However, it was more than my own personal experience with tick-borne illness that piqued my interest. Weintraub reveals why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. There is still much to be done. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. This is an important and unforgettable book, destined to make a lasting contribution to the field of investigative health journalism.
As with the quest for diagnosis, almost everything about Lyme disease turned out to be controversial. The one area where the book is lacking is broad coverage of treatment options and alternative therapies, but this is an acceptable limitation, since that is not why this book was written. Eventually the whole family became sick with a mysterious but devastating ailment, the symptoms of which included overwhelming fatigue and brain fog and chronic pain. As someone with Lyme disease, I found it tremendously interesting and educational. Pamela Weintraub has been writing for mainstream science publications for more than twenty-five years.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the book is how it delves into the controversy surrounding the definition of the disease is it something that causes arthritis? It has made me a bit paranoid about getting chronic Lyme disease. Real doctors behave this way and they do not need a rational explanation to justify their actions. If it didn't excel in all other areas, I would have rated it a 4 for the way it's laid out. Weintraub also paints a picture of a nature that appears idyllic on the surface but actually harbors a hidden but terrifying danger. Pamela Weintraub paints a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. May have some damage to the cover but integrity still intact. Weintraub reveals why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure.
Pamela Weintraub paints a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. This is a very well written book that everyone can understand. Weintraub reveals why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure. No no, readers shouldn't read this book for any kind of therapy--including hope. If you want to know the real story behind Lyme disease and how to find your way back to health, read this book. And it's not the Teddy Bears' Picnic, and it's not just the possibility of getting Lyme disease--it's the possibility that because of political-medical wrangling and vested or conflicting interests, as well as the mysterious nature of tick-borne infections, that you could be really sick for a really long time and be denied treatment that might work, or even be told that you're mentally ill, a malingerer, or an attention-seeker. Where is the army of warriors that we need to get the government to listen once and for all to those people who have Lyme and who aren't cured by one round of antibiotics? Some of the research methods used wouldn't fly at a middle school science fair, but are the basis of denying care for a horrific disease.
Fascinating and disturbing true story of a controversial medical epidemic. Me and my husband lived and owned 105 acres in Oklahoma in the late '90's where I believe I contracted Lyme. How long will the file be downloaded? The boy from Jersey, like the girl from Australia, got well. Even if I start to improve, chances are I will relapse. They actually operated, but when they opened her up, there was no tumor.
As patients struggle for answers, once-treatable infections become chronic. We returne Informative yet frightening! This book could be read by anyone interested in science and medicine and what gets in the way of good science. A groundbreaking and controversial narrative investigation into the science, history, medical politics, and patient experience of Lyme disease told by a science journalist whose entire family contracted the disease. It staggers the imagination how deliberately obtuse the medical field,in general, remains about this epidemic. I wish though that the author had put it a bit in perspective. I, like, as far as I can tell, Weintraub, am more or less pro-vaccine in general, but in reading about the Lyme vaccine one can't help but think that the anti-vaxxers have a point, they've just targeted the wrong vaccines.
This is a story about physicians whose lives and practices have been shattered by virtue of their treating and curing their patients, by the institutionalized entities we expect to protect us. If you, or I, find out firsthand, we lose the skills needed to articulate the experience. Nevertheless, when the patient fails to improve after a few months of antibiotic treatment, he is deemed to no longer have Lyme disease, is refused further treatment and is told his problem must be psychiatric. A patient in Weintraub's book goes to several doctors who repeatedly determine that he definitely does not have Lyme disease. Yet alarmingly, in many cases, because the disease often eludes blood tests and not all patients exhibit the classic bulls-eye rash and swollen joints, doctors are woefully unable or unwilling to diagnose Lyme. Violating the strict attendance policy at his prep school, he was asked to leave. I couldn't put the book away.
The most comprehensive book ever written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, Cure Unknownexposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic and the vulnerability we all share. When that happens, once-treatable infections become chronic, inexorably disseminating to cause disabling conditions that may never be cured. But as years passed, their symptoms mul- ti Book Jacket: 'Why are all these people so desperately sick? I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Lyme disease or are even fighting their own possible infection no matter which part of the world you live in. Lyme is a complicated and expensive disease and thus far, science is leaning toward treating it as if it were simple to understand, diagnose, and cure. It's hard for me to imagine that there are masses of people with debilitating symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, denied valid treatment because of the intransigence of the medical establishment and insurance companies. Weintraub has written hundreds of articles for many national publications, including Redbook, Ms.
It shows the disdain of academia for the doctors in the trenches with real patients with real issues. My treatment so far parallels her description of the unpredictable path of the disease, as if it was a roller coaster ride with 1000 tracks, some uneventful and some extreme, and each morning the disease decided which track to take. Award-winning journalist Pamela Weintraub reveals her personal struggle with Lyme after she and her family became seriously ill with the disease, and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. Furthermore, as Weintraub discusses, borrelia is difficult to culture and our current serological tests are sadly lacking, even if one only considers borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto and not all the other strains and substrains. I'm a pediatrician and I came to this book as a skeptic. Almost everything about Lyme disease turned out to be deeply controversial, from the microbe causing the infection, to the length and type of treatment and the kind of practitioner needed. She also reveals her personal odyssey through the land of Lyme after she, her husband and their two sons became seriously ill with the disease beginning in the 1990s.