August 5, 2013
Lyme disease patients and caregivers met at the Bel Air Library on Saturday, July 27 for the second meeting of the newly formed Harford Lyme Advocates support group chapter of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, http://www.NatCapLyme.org , an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 that is committed to helping patients diagnosed with tick-borne illnesses. Harford Lyme Advocates is one of almost 20 National Capital Lyme Disease Association chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region.
May 14, 2013
With some exceptions, any illness can strike anyone at any time. One of the more dangerous to emerge in recent decades is Lyme disease. Harford County, as many of us know either first-hand or because of someone we know, is not immune from the tick-borne disease. The revelation last week that Harford County Council President Billy Boniface has contracted the sickness is yet another reminder. Lyme disease is treatable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it can also be debilitating.
May 29, 2012
Hundreds of Baltimore-area families have volunteered for a government study to spray their suburban yards with pesticide, which researchers hope can protect them from Lyme disease but that environmentalists warn is unsafe. The goal, federal and state health officials say, is to find a new way to prevent the widespread illness, which is spread by tick bites and can cause fever, headaches and fatigue — and, if untreated, may even affect joints, nerves and the heart. Half of the 185 families who've signed up this year in Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties are having the edges of their yards sprayed with bifenthrin, a chemical pesticide commonly applied around homes to fight ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
May 22, 2012
As if robocalls didn't have a bad enough reputation in the world of Baltimore media and politics thanks to consultant Julius Henson's activity in the last gubernatorial election, along comes WBFF (Channel 45) Monday night with its own questionable computer-generated calls into hundreds of thousands on Maryland homes. And the calls continued Tuesday. I received one at my home in Baltimore City both days. Raquel Guillory, director of communications for Gov. Martin O'Malley, also received one at home in Howard County Monday night around dinnertime.
June 29, 2011
Dan Rodricks has twice written columns suggesting chronic Lyme disease does not exist ("MPT's flawed decision on flawed film," June 19). I represent just one of thousands of men, women, and children who have had their lives, careers and finances lost and torn apart because of incorrect information the Infectious Diseases Society of America is giving to physicians about Lyme disease. In 1993, I was misdiagnosed by a physician as having chronic fatigue syndrome. Each year I got worse even though I pushed myself to continue working.
June 22, 2011
Dan Rodricks ' article, "MPT's flawed decision on flawed film" (June 19) is on the button. Mr. Rodricks' article may have been about MPT, but it highlights what is wrong with our heath care system. The MPT film, "Under our Skin: A health Care nightmare" is bound to get under the skin of most Infectious diseases specialists who study and treat Lyme disease. The film's premise, that chronic Lyme disease, requiring treatment with long term antibiotics is an epidemic condition, is neither an objective nor a proven observation but mere speculation and exaggeration by patients who suffer from a hodge podge of nebulous symptoms and doctors who are willing to bet their licenses that those symptoms are related to persistent Lyme disease.