Beating Lyme: Understanding and Treating This Complex and Often Misdiagnosed Disease

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Jun 25, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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More than 30 years after it was first diagnosed, Lyme disease remains one of our most misunderstood illnesses. This frequently misdiagnosed infection is spreading at an alarming rate and, if not treated early, can cause debilitating symp­toms. More than 1.7 million people in the United States, and many others in Europe and Asia, currently have Lyme and are unaware or can't find the right treatment. Finally, Beating Lyme offers those who struggle with it the guidance to get the help they need. A respected health author and educator, Constance Bean is an authority on this elusive illness. In 1993 she was diagnosed with Lyme and has spent the past 14 years researching its treatments and diagnoses. In Beating Lyme readers will find comforting, hard-won advice on such topics as: • what Lyme is and how to recognize the symptoms • what to do after a tick bite • how to protect family and friends • how to get the best treatment and what to do if insurance won't cover it • living with long-term Lyme disease Compassionate and thoroughly researched, this is a book that will help both doctors and patients understand and conquer this complex illness.
 

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Author and health educator Bean (Methods of Childbirth), along with Lyme disease awareness activist Fein, present the complete story of Lyme disease, a resilient and difficult-to-treat disease ... Read full review

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Thank you, Ms. Bean and Dr. Fein! This is the book that saved me from a fate worse than death and led to the discovery of properly trained ILADS physicians.
Details the excruciating battle we as
Lyme Neuroborreliosis patients survive on a daily basis, including mainstream medicine's vehement denial of the truth.
The writing indeed offers practical advice and reassurance for those who, to survive, must ignore clueless skeptics who readily accept misinformation, disinformation and falsehoods. Namely, why must we abide common medical advice when it fails to acknowledge the obvious connection between a spirochete infection and vascular disturbances? WE DON'T HAVE TO! The author sets a wonderful example of stalwart determination.
Kudos to the author for summoning the resolve to compile and share this impressive work of knowledge.
 

Contents

The Hidden Epidemic
1
Have We Aways Had Lyme? Discovering Infectious Disease Environmental Change and the Surge of Lyme Disease
27
Discovering Lyme Disease
53
Is It Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is It Fibromyalgia? Diagnosis of Lyme and Other TickBorne Diseases
67
There Must Be Tests
97
If It Isnt Lyme What Is It? The Consequences of Not Diagnosing Lyme Disease Multiple Sclerosis Alzheimers Disease Lupus and More
112
Where Are the Doctors? The Politics of Lyme
134
Will I Ever Get Well? Treating Persistent Lyme Disease The JarischHerxheimer Reaction
163
What Do the Studies Say? The Experts Speak
212
Whatever Happened to the Lyme Vaccine? Lessons Learned About Medical Research
228
Preventing Lyme Disease What to Do After a Tick Bite Its More Than Tucking Your Pants into Your Socks
248
List of Symptoms
263
Resources
265
Notes
271
Index
277
About the Authors
285

Living with Persistent Lyme Disease Insurance and Lifestyle Issues
185
What About Antibiotic Resistance? Arent Antibiotics Dangerous? Antibiotics Used for Treating Lyme Disease
200

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Constance A. Bean (Boston, MA) is the former coordinator of health education at MIT and is the author of six other books on health issues, including the classic Methods of Childbirth.

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