Documentary: Under Our Skin

I’ve had this film cross my radar for the past few years, but have never taken the time to view it. I have a few friends who have been battling with chronic lymes disease and to see what effects it has on their lives is so sad. They truly suffer and so many people write them off as having psychological issues. I’m so glad this video brings some hope into their world.

It is quite the oddity that I’ve gotten to cross two documentaries off my list in such a short amount of time and yet I’m so glad I’ve gotten to view this one! If you are interested in watching it… you can! For free! Just check it out on Hulu!

The first outbreaks of lymes was in the 1970s in Connecticut, but it wasn’t discovered until 1981. People had these diseases and they couldn’t figure out what it was. Since then the disease has spread nationwide and even across oceans as well. This documentary was released in 2009 and in 2008 there were 35,000 new cases, but it is thought that number could actually be twelve times higher due to lack of reporting. And not only that…it has increased four fold each year since then.

The majority of mainstream doctors think that lymes is an acute infection that is easy to treat with one round of antibiotics and that there is no such thing as a chronic illness. It is a huge controversy. The medical guidelines state that there is no such thing as chronic lymes and this is being used to sue doctors and remove their medical licenses if they treat patients outside of the guidelines recommendations. Even though these patients are getting better and showing improvement… because these doctors are not treating via the guidelines they are being penalized and everything is being taken away from them.MV5BMTMxNjkzNDM2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzAxMjI5Mg@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_

Nine of the fourteen authors of the guidelines are receiving money directly from manufactures of the vaccine or lyme medication. Why that is being allowed is unknown and it is having a hugely detrimental effect on doctors trying to treat their patients. These guidelines are also being used by insurance companies to refuse payment for these patients when a doctor treats outside of the recommendation.

Some of the long term effects of lymes include late term pregnancy loss and potential transmission from mother to baby via the placenta. Lyme has also been found to have connections to MS and alzheimer’s disease. Lou Gehrig’s, ALS, and MS patients are often found to have co-infections of boriella/Lymes. So many of these illnesses are neurological in nature which is also the chronic manifestation of lymes.

I found this documentary very informative and also gives me more sympathy and compassion for those who say they have been diagnosed with lymes. It also makes me want to be more cautions with my children and their potential exposure with ticks bites. I definitely recommend this film especially living on the east coast where lymes disease has become more and more common and has been diagnosed with increasing frequency.

If you’ve seen this film or when you do please let me know what you think. Do you know anyone with lymes disease? Have they had effective treatment? Who did they see?

 

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