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August 6, 2012

All In One Place - Lyme in the Media (Books, TV, Movies, Documentaries)

This week I have spent a lot of time researching movies and books that talk about Lyme Disease.  There are so many that I'd never heard of so I thought I'd compile them all here with links so you can check them out too.  If I'm missing any that you know of PLEASE leave a comment so my list can grow and can be even more complete. Thanks!


Natures Dirty NeedleNature's Dirty Needle teaches the reader about Chronic Lyme Disease through the stories of people who live with it. Through the stories and the basic information about CLD, the reader is given the knowledge to find the help they or someone they know and love needs. People will also learn about the different infections and get an idea of what it takes to heal.

Out of the WoodsAt the peak of her career, classical homeopath and health care columnist Katina Makris was stricken with a mysterious “flu.” Only after five years of torment—two completely bedridden—and devastating blows to her professional and family life was Katina’s illness finally diagnosed as Lyme Disease. But diagnosis was only the beginning of her journey toward healing.
Twenty thousand cases of Lyme Disease are reported annually, with thousands more still undiagnosed or mistreated due to faulty testing protocols. This infectious disease can create gaping physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds, leaving tens of thousands of people in progressive states of illness, collapse, and financial ruin. Yet, Katina Makris’ vivid story offers practical information for diagnosing and treating the bacterial invasion, as well as powerful guidance for mending the broken spirit. Rooted in personal recovery experience, a deep understanding of alternative medicine, and a poetic connection to nature, Out of the Woodstranscends the boundaries of any one disease to reaffirm the power of hope for anyone grappling with life-shattering chronic illness.

The Tick SlayerThe Tick Slayer, is about US track athlete, Perry Fields’ journey back to competition from Lyme disease including multiple autoimmune diseases.  Her debilitating condition made her quit the sport that she had participated in since childhood, including missing the 2008 Olympic Trials.
The book is autobiographical recant of her amazing journey back, with medical details of the treatments and how she dealt with the health care system.  It will empower every reader, no matter their condition, although originally written for Lyme disease, many people with autoimmune disorders, including cancer, will find many nuggets of invaluable information on their current condition, in a story that is inspiring and motivating. Includes resources, treatment options & experiences, as well as guest authors in the medical field explaining new technology that can save lives.
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic: 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.
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.  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. 
From the microbe causing the infection and the definition of the disease, to the length and type of treatment and the kind of practitioner needed, Lyme is a hotbed of contention. With a CDC-estimated 200,000-plus new cases of Lyme disease a year, it has surpassed both AIDS and TB as the fastest-spreading infectious disease in the U.S. 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. When that happens, once-treatable infections become chronic, inexorably disseminating to cause disabling conditions that may never be cured. 
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. The most comprehensive book ever written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, this exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic.

The Widening Circle: A Lyme Disease Pioneer Tells Her StoryThe first person to focus attention on Lyme disease, Polly Murray tells the harrowing story of her early efforts to identify what was making her family so sick-- and their battle with the illness over a twenty-year period.

In Lyme, Connecticut, in 1965, Polly Murray, her husband, and their four children led an almost picture-perfect life. But Polly began to be plagued by mysterious ailments, and as the rest of her family started to experience similar symptoms, she knew something was terribly wrong. When doctor after doctor failed to explain what was happening to them, Polly was forced to confront disbelief, lack of caring, and, eventually, apathy on the part of the medical establishment, all the while suffering herself. Her personal investigation into the cause of her family's illness, which became as passionate as a detective's, eventually initiated a medical investigation that led to the 1982 discovery by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer of the dangerous bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Polly tells her tale from the viewpoint of a patient who was a pioneer in the medical recognition of Lyme disease. Lyme disease remains a poorly diagnosed, controversial illness. Lyme victims and their families can take hope from Polly's courageous and inspiring story.

Movies / Documentaries /TV Shows:

-Under the Eightball (trailer)In 1951 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, construction crews built a hollow metal sphere four stories high. Inside germ weapons were to be exploded, creating mists of infectious aerosols for testing on animals....and people. Employees called it the eight ball. In their eighteen month long journey Grey and Russell travel the country in search of answers and interview top experts in the world of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. Under the Eight ball includes live footage, historical documents, original animation and archival military footage. Directed by Timothy Grey and Breanne Russell

-Under Our Skin (available on netflix instant streaming and hulu plus): In the 1970s, a mysterious and deadly illness began infecting children in a small town in Connecticut. Today it's a global epidemic. A real-life thriller, this shocking festival hit exposes the controversy surrounding Lyme disease. Following the stories of individuals fighting for their lives, director Andy Abrahams Wilson reveals with beauty and horror a natural world out of balance and a human nature all too willing to put profits before patients.

-Lymelife (available on hulu plus and amazon instant video): Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) is a typical 15-year-old boy growing up in late-1970s Long Island. His suburban existence is primarily marked by a nerdy interest in Star Wars, fending off bullies at high school, his longtime crush on neighbor/best friend Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts), and navigating the dysfunctional terrain of his parents' rocky marriage-all against the paranoid backdrop of a Lyme disease outbreak, which has freaked out Scott's high-strung mother, Brenda (Jill Hennessy), and has already claimed Adrianna's father, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), as a victim. With Charlie out of work due to his illness, Adrianna's mother, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon), takes a job working for Scott's father, Mickey (Alec Baldwin), a successful real-estate developer, and soon embarks on a messy affair. When eldest son Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) returns from army training and confronts his father about Mickey's less-than-discreet adultery, both families are forever changed by the devastating consequences.

-AwakeningsThe victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

-ABC's 20/20 Friday, May 18, 2012 Lyme Disease feature 

-Dr. Phil's feature of Lyme Disease and 
-Dr. Phil's after the show interview THIS IS KEY!

-Discovery News Video: Animals: Ticks: Bloodsucking Ninjas of Summer This video has some good information but is incorrect about always looking for the bullseye rash. The rash is not a good indicator as so few people actually get one or see it. PLEASE if you get flu like symptoms go to the doctor and get on a few weeks of antibiotics!

-Monsters Inside of Me - Babesia (one of my co-infections with the Lyme and Bartonella)

I hope you can use this page as a resource to see the many faces of Lyme.  I am working on watching and reading many of these too.  If you are a Lymie, I encourage you not to consume yourself with this information. You need to give you mind and body a break from being 100% Lyme involved. Don't let this disease be your identity.  It is only a something you a fighting to get through. I constantly have to remind myself of this same thing. 

I love this quote as it applies to everything in life: "Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% what you make of it" -Charles Swindoll


  1. Greetings from Canada. Thanks for compiling this great list. Here's one you might want to considering adding:

    Ticks: The Real Vampires

    August 8th, 2009

    Ticks: The Real Vampires has been filmed on two continents – Europe and North America. It is comprised of two action curves. One is a portrait of the life cycle of the tick throughout its three stages of development – as larvae, as nymphs and as adults. All action will take place in natural surroundings. Using special lenses the tick will be shown full-screen from its hatching stage, on the hunt for a host, in reproduction through to the laying of its eggs and evenual death.

    The second action curve depicts the gripping, thrilling story of the discovery of the most important and frequent transferred disease of the tick worldwide — Lyme Disease. Beginning with the first occurrences in the village of Lyme, Connecticut in the 70s, to the identification of the virus in the mid 80s, to the unmasking of borreliosis as a true epidemic and the reason behind wides.

    Rita A

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