Cure Unknown Inside the Lyme Epidemic

ISBN-10: 1250044561
ISBN-13: 9781250044563
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Pamela Weintraub
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Description: When Pamela Weintraub, a science journalist, learned that her oldest son tested positive for Lyme disease, she thought she had found an answer to the symptoms that had been plaguing her family for years-but her nightmare had just begun.  Almost  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

When Pamela Weintraub, a science journalist, learned that her oldest son tested positive for Lyme disease, she thought she had found an answer to the symptoms that had been plaguing her family for years-but her nightmare had just begun.  Almost everything about Lyme disease turned out to be deeply controversial, from the microbe causing the infection, to the length and type of treatment and the kind of practitioner needed.On one side of the fight, the scientists who first studied Lyme describe a disease transmitted by a deer tick that is hard to catch but easy to cure no matter how advanced the case. On the other side, rebel doctors insist that Lyme and a soup of "co-infections" cause a complicated spectrum of illness often dramatically different - and far more difficult to treat - than the original researchers claim. Instead of just swollen knees and a rash, patients can experience exhaustion, disabling pain, and a "Lyme fog" that leaves them dazed and confused. As patients struggle for answers, once-treatable infections become chronic. In this nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease, Pamela Weintraub sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. The most comprehensive book ever written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, Cure Unknown exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic and the vulnerability we all share.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Navigating by Lymelight
Prologue: Second Journey Out
Doors of Perception
Into the Woods
A Place in the Whirlwind
Son of a Preacher Man
Connecticut Genesis
A New Disease and a Ring of Fire
Finding Lyme's Counterculture
Hide in Plain Sight
The Epidemic Spreads
Crossing the Line
The Rocky Road
Then There Were Three
Night Falls Fast
Discovering the Spirochete
The Chasm Widens
How the Lyme World Split in Two
Lost in the Ruins: The Infestation of the Suburbs
The Lyme Diaspora
Mutts Like Us: Lyme Tests and Tribulations
Patients Dispossessed
The Scourge of "Lime" Disease
Peeling the Onion
Family Therapy
Bicycle Boy and Other Lymebrains
A Devastating Realization
Longing for Lyme
A Nantucket Burning: I'm Diagnosed with Babesiosis
Photo Safari
Tick Menagerie: The Coinfections of Lyme Disease
Hole in the Donut: The Fight over Southern Lyme
Restricting Diagnosis and Keeping the Riffraff Out of Lyme
The Long Road Home
Reporting Our Pediatrician
The Lyme Inquisition: Doctors on the Run
A Note from the Underground
Second-Chance Kids
A Search for Answers
Once Bitten: Accepting the Spirochete's Endless Love
Secrets of an Evil Genius: The Evidence for Persistence
Mother Makes Four
The Big Sleep: Our Younger Son Falls Ill
Houston Calling
Putting Treatment to the Test
Busted Flat in Chappaqua
Resurrection
Lyme Disease and Immunity: The Search for the Golden Fleece
How I Cured My Own Lyme Disease
Pay It Forward
A Family Affair
Red-Flagged at Blue Cross: The Role of Managed Care
The Vaccine Connection: Lyme Gets a Business Model
Over and Out, Colorado
The Falmouth Reunion
Getting Dr. Jones
The Never-Ending Story: What Happened to My Family
Starting Over: Don't Get Slymed Again
And the Bands Play On
A Report from the Lymelands, 2009
A Report from the Lymelands, 2013
Notes and References
Index

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