Celebrate Lyme Disease Awareness Month

by | May 5, 2011 | Featured, Lyme & Co-Infections News, NEWS | 0 comments

Sean Cobb tends to his wife Mandy Hughes as she suffers a seizure in Under Our Skin.

Sean Cobb tends to his wife Mandy Hughes as she suffers a seizure in Under Our Skin.

It’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month this May. Celebrate by watching the acclaimed film Under Our Skin (2008), directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, with a friend or loved one to help spread awareness of the devastation this illness is causing in epidemic proportions. From the website:

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.”

Watch the trailer now:

Under Our Skin DVDThe film is available to purchase as a fully loaded DVD, complete with an hour of bonus footage, including interviews with the filmmakers, subjects, bestselling author Amy Tan, Lyme discoverer Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, plus a cameo by U2s The Edge. This extended theatrical version (17 minutes longer than what is shown on T.V.) also includes the director’s commentary, the theatrical trailer, character updates, deleted scenes, and a 32-page informational booklet.

Or if you prefer, Under Our Skin is now available for instant streaming on Netflix, on demand, on T.V., and in theaters.

Have you already seen the movie? You don’t need to miss out on this important month of awareness – kick off the month of May by buying bumper stickers and awareness bracelets to help educate others so they will seek proper treatment if bitten by a tick this summer.

  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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