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Super Bowl just the ticket for Lyme disease education.

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society is running a powerful public service campaign to create greater awareness of the misdiagnosis of Lyme disease on a JumboTron outside the XLVI Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Open Eye Pictures and Burgess Communications partnered to create and edit a pro bono spot for the Ilads Super Bowl use. The thirty second spot was created by selecting and assembling footage from Open Eye Pictures’ Oscar short listed movie UNDER OUR SKIN and sends viewers to the ILADS.ORG website for more information.
“After four years of research and production — and over 375 hours of footage, what we uncovered is a chilling tale of microbes, medicine and money,” says filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson. “I want to show the horror of an illness and ill system that too long has been ignored.”

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There is a lot to like about the Virginia Governor’s Task Force on Lyme Disease findings, which were unanimously adopted on June 30th after a number of public hearings. The report totals 19 pages and it is remarkably balanced. Congratulations to all involved! I want to share with you what I like about the report by highlighting key points from the findings on Diagnosis, Treatment, Public Education and Prevention, and Children.

I have excerpted the most important components of the report in my opinion and have left the section titles and paragraph numbers intact for those wanting to follow along with the full report, which you can download at the bottom of this post.

[W]e make the following specific findings and recommendations based on the testimony that we received from our hearings:

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By Sara Ross, The Packet & Times

“If diagnosed (with Lyme dis-ease) right off the bat, it would have been two weeks of antibi-otics and everything would have been fine,” Raven said.

Instead, she faced two years of hell.

Shortly after the bite, the first symptom set in: fatigue.

“Before that I was a really, really active person. I walked the dog three times a day, played indoor soccer, mixed baseball,” Raven said. “I can’t do that any-more.”

Then the blackouts started.

“I could be walking from one room to the other and the next thing I know, I’m laying on the couch,” Raven said.

She couldn’t remember simple things and was unable to form full sentences.

She dry-heaved constantly

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