Under Our Skin airs on PBS on May 1st 12am-3am
I never paid much attention to conspiracy theories. Before this morning, I never heard of chemtrails. I have no idea who shot JFK, and I don't know a thing about Area 51...except what I vaguely remember from the X-Files.
That said, as I dive deeper into the world of Lyme Disease (and get closer to a diagnosis), I have questions:
- Why is this disease so mysterious?
- Why aren't better treatments available?
- Why are doctors who are treating patients under such scrutiny?
- Why do agencies like the CDC and insurance companies say that Lyme's easy to detect and treat when thousands of patients show evidence to the contrary?
- What connection, if any, is there between Lyme Disease and Plum Island?
According to author Vicki Santillano, "When something shocking or catastrophic happens in our lives, simple explanations just aren't satisfying. We crave deeper reason and meaning... This is how conspiracy theories are often born."
Still, as I grabbed onto the kitchen counter this morning--body convulsing, unable to speak or tell my husband what was happening--something snapped. No human being should ever feel like this; I want to know why.
Altered Today: Knowledge about the controversy of Lyme, passion to make a difference.