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June 20, 2011
Thanks to Maryland Public Television for scheduling the airing of "Under our Skin" ("MPT airing deeply flawed film about Lyme disease," June 19). A controversy in medicine is not a new thing, and the push to stop the airing of this film is quite telling. It's great to know that MPT is still in the business of free speech. Bravo. K. Meyer, Vienna, Va.
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August 27, 2014
Letter writer David Boyd's experience with tick borne illnesses is, unfortunately, not uncommon ( "Getting help for Lyme disease symptoms Aug. 25). Many patients never find a tick, never get a rash, never had any indication of a bite until they develop symptoms. And, while testing for Lyme disease is still not 100 percent reliable, even if Mr. Boyd didn't have Lyme, he could have had any number of associated tick borne diseases. To this end, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
I would like to add a few comments to the recent article about avoiding Lyme disease ( "Avoiding ticks is the key to preventing Lyme disease," Aug. 21). In mid-March of this year, I worked in the yard raking and bagging leaves left from the winter storms. I had Lyme disease two years ago so I checked myself over carefully and found no tick, rash or bite. However, about a week later I started getting mild headaches. Next, I experienced numbness in my feet, a slight ache in one ear, a mild ache in one hip joint and worst of all, extreme fatigue.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
Letter writer David Boyd's experience with tick borne illnesses is, unfortunately, not uncommon ( "Getting help for Lyme disease symptoms Aug. 25). Many patients never find a tick, never get a rash, never had any indication of a bite until they develop symptoms. And, while testing for Lyme disease is still not 100 percent reliable, even if Mr. Boyd didn't have Lyme, he could have had any number of associated tick borne diseases. To this end, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
NEWS
August 25, 2014
I would like to add a few comments to the recent article about avoiding Lyme disease ( "Avoiding ticks is the key to preventing Lyme disease," Aug. 21). In mid-March of this year, I worked in the yard raking and bagging leaves left from the winter storms. I had Lyme disease two years ago so I checked myself over carefully and found no tick, rash or bite. However, about a week later I started getting mild headaches. Next, I experienced numbness in my feet, a slight ache in one ear, a mild ache in one hip joint and worst of all, extreme fatigue.
NEWS
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.
EXPLORE
May 20, 2011
I was bit by tiny ticks that were the size of a pencil tip in Cecil County in the fall of 2009. In a matter of weeks I had strange symptoms; heart palpitations, shooting pains, joint pain, and abdominal pain but I never got a rash. I wouldn't have known what was wrong with me if it weren't for the fact I had recently seen the film "Under Our Skin," a documentary about Lyme disease. I went through an initial round of antibiotics which made me even sicker. After seeing several doctors I was told 'that I had MS' since my symptoms weren't going away.
NEWS
June 21, 2011
I am astounded to see The Sun publish its second Dan Rodricks column attacking the documentary, "Under Our Skin: A Health Care Nightmare" ("MPT's flawed decision on flawed film," June 19). In his most recent hatchet job, Mr. Rodricks chastises the local PBS channel for airing the film. What is most curious is the columnist's' unwavering devotion and promotion of the Infectious Disease Society of America's guidelines and propaganda without ever vetting this position with recent developments in the battle against Lyme.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
My son has had Lyme disease twice - serious infections requiring intravenous antibiotics. How can I keep ticks out of my yard? He plays in our wooded lot every day, and I'm at my wit's end! Ticks like to hang on branch tips and grab a ride when we brush by. Establish wide paths. Remove non-native invasive plants to encourage a functioning native ecosystem, which includes predators for the white-footed mice that are deer ticks' main host. Ticks are native and also have native predators, usually insects, that keep their numbers down.
HEALTH
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Robin Ann Wolfender was infected with Lyme disease in 1979, when she was a 19-year-old summer camp counselor at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont. Just five years earlier, the tick-borne disease had been named for the Connecticut town where children were developing odd target-shaped rashes and arthritis. Two more years would pass before researchers would link the symptoms to ticks that latched on to human bodies, secreting poisons as they consumed blood. Wolfender, now 54, developed a fever of 105. It took a week for the fever to break, she says, and 11 years for doctors to diagnose her worsening health as Lyme disease.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Musicians will sing and strum and play the harmonica Thursday night in Annapolis night to raise funds - and awareness - for Lyme disease. Headlining the Ticked Off Music Fest will be Les Stroud, a TV survivalist and musician from Canada. He'll be joined by two musicians who survived Lyme disease and a lawyer-singer-songwriter from Annapolis. "My hope is to bring awareness to Anne Arundel County about the dangers of tick-borne diseases," said Karen Owen, a fitness instructor and mother from the Broadneck community who is organizing the concert.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
My son has had Lyme disease twice - serious infections requiring intravenous antibiotics. How can I keep ticks out of my yard? He plays in our wooded lot every day, and I'm at my wit's end! Ticks like to hang on branch tips and grab a ride when we brush by. Establish wide paths. Remove non-native invasive plants to encourage a functioning native ecosystem, which includes predators for the white-footed mice that are deer ticks' main host. Ticks are native and also have native predators, usually insects, that keep their numbers down.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 8, 2014
The Harford County Health Department and a local advocacy group are warning residents their spring and summer outdoor activities could put them at risk for Lyme disease, the most common vector borne disease in the United States. A bacterial disease, the most common way of contracting Lyme is from tick bites, such as the blacklegged tick, notes the health department, which says the Centers for Disease Control believes there are upward of 300,000 cases of the disease annually. During its meeting Tuesday night, the Harford County Council proclaimed May to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the county.
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By Lea Opdyke, Special to The Aegis | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
You have to admire the financial muscle if nothing else of Baltimore's Sinclair Broadcast Group. How many companies in Baltimore can pony up just under a billion dollars and become headquarters to a high-visibility Washington media institution like WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in the nation's capital? That is what happened Monday with the $985 million Sinclair paid for eight Allbritton stations including WJLA (Channel 7) and the D.C. 24-hour cable news outlet NewsChannel 8. (Read the Sun's news account here .)
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | April 27, 2010
Last summer, I had my first experience with the Lyme disease people — those who are convinced that the dangers of the tick-borne disease are much greater than mainstream science says — when "Under Our Skin," a film about the disease, played at Baltimore's Senator Theatre. The film had all the markings of a documentary: extensive interviews with Lyme disease patients and people who believe they had the disease, doctors and researchers; smartly produced graphics; original music and location footage from throughout the United States.
HEALTH
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Robin Ann Wolfender was infected with Lyme disease in 1979, when she was a 19-year-old summer camp counselor at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont. Just five years earlier, the tick-borne disease had been named for the Connecticut town where children were developing odd target-shaped rashes and arthritis. Two more years would pass before researchers would link the symptoms to ticks that latched on to human bodies, secreting poisons as they consumed blood. Wolfender, now 54, developed a fever of 105. It took a week for the fever to break, she says, and 11 years for doctors to diagnose her worsening health as Lyme disease.
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Editorial from The Aegis | 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.
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April 16, 2013
I have lived in Oakland Mills for 35 years. I endorse Alex Hekimian for Columbia Council. Please vote for him on Saturday April 20 at the Other Barn. Alex is the best public servant I know in Columbia. He stands for openness and transparency. Alex worked to ensure that there is a cap on the HOA tax and that the available resources are spent wisely. Last summer the CA stopped mowing certain open spaces. Paths that children use to walk to school were being neglected and the threat of Lyme disease was increased due to high grass.
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