Sam’s Lyme Story

Like many active outdoorsy people, it’s anybody’s best guess whether I acquired Lyme and some co-infections from my dog, my mother’s dog, while hiking in the Adirondacks, while vacationing in Edgartown or while lunching in the proverbial grass on any one of a thousand days. When we were all diagnosed (Bean, Enid & self in 2011), our Lyme-doc helped me trace some of my neural symptoms back in 1978 to Lyme.

That’s a long time to carry a co-morbid set of bacterial infections and it’s more common than most people are willing to recognize today.

We — Enid, Bean & I — formed the Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard to transfer the knowledge we’ve gained to others. The key in Lyme, with all the mis- and dis-information floating around in erstwhile authoritative places, is to empower people to take decisive steps toward wellness with confidence.

That’s what we’re doing at the Lyme Center: telling the truth about diagnosis (picking the right lab), prevention (stop sleeping with your dog on the bed), treatment (it’s about immune support and detoxification) and recovery (it’s about seeing your future in a positive light).

Our goal this year (through 2014) is to add blood collection to the existing information and education services in order to open participation in a few key scientific and diagnostic studies to people living and visiting Martha’s Vineyard.

The long-term goal of the Lyme Center is to grow into wellness center that’s known far & wide as among the very few places to successfully treat chronic illness — where medical ideology takes a back seat to efficacy.

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