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Author and health educator Bean (Methods of Childbirth), along with Lyme disease awareness activist Fein, present the complete story of Lyme disease, a resilient and difficult-to-treat disease transmitted by deer ticks: its identification in 1975, the two-decade increase in reported cases (it's now "the fastest-growing infectious disease in America"), symptoms (which can be "arthritic, neurological, behavioral, cardiac, dermatological, muscular, or otherwise"), diagnosis and, most disturbingly, the disconnect between two powerful groups of physicians regarding its treatment. "Just as likely to be found in suburban yards as they are in woods and fields, or among coastal bushes and grass," the deer tick's ubiquity accounts for cases in 46 states in 2006 alone; alarmingly, "at least 10 percent" of contractors become chronically ill due to lack of treatment, which "remains remarkably unavailable" unless the bite is caught promptly. Occurring as both acute and chronic disease, Lyme has a cost to society of "about $2 billion a year" total; the authors' recommendations for avoiding exposure to deer ticks, as well as detailed information on diagnostic tests and pharmaceutical treatments, will prove useful to readers and medical personnel in Lyme-endemic regions.
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"With summer approaching, this is a useful book for anyone planning to spend time outdoors. Recommended for public and consumer health libraries." --Library Journal



“A new book, called Beating Lyme: Understanding and Treating This Complex and Often Misdiagnosed Disease, provides insight into the arguments that supporters of the chronic Lyme viewpoint make in favor of aggressively treating the condition. The book recounts the experiences of those who say they have long-lasting and at times debilitating symptoms of the condition years after being bitten by a tick.” —U.S. News & World Report



“The authors’ recommendations for avoiding exposure to deer ticks, as well as detailed information on diagnostic tests and pharmaceutical treatments, will prove useful to readers and medical personnel in Lyme-endemic regions.” —Publishers Weekly



“Public health workers, teachers, parents, and those who suspect that they may be afflicted with Lyme disease must read this valuable book and share it with their medical practitioner. If the doctor proves resistant to the information, reader may avail themselves of other resources provided by the authors to obtain the care that will bring them relief.” —ForeWord Magazine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081440944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814409442
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Kooyers on March 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read both this book and Pamela Weintraub's "Cure Unknown." This book touches on why Lyme is complex to diagnos and treat and gets into the history and politics a bit, but the title is misleading. It really doesn't say how to beat Lyme, not that there are any definitive answers on that anyway. It's an important book in that it's out there, but not nearly as well written or in depth or as good as a read as Weintraub.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Barb on November 7, 2008
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This book has a wealth of information on the politics in treatment options for lyme disease patients and their families. This helps the reader to understand the obstacles and attitudes encountered when seeking medical diagnosis and treatment for lyme disease. I was disapointed that there was very little information on actually treating the disease besides the authors own experience. While trying to explain the whole lyme picture, I felt that too much emphasis was put on information that was dated, and not enough newer ideas or research were presented. I had to put the book down numerous times because it felt like the author was rambling on and on about the same thing over and over. Especially difficult for a late stage lyme disease patient with neurological issues to absorb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By faith pannell on September 20, 2013
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My doctors told me I probably had Lyme. Just like anyone else, I came home and googled it. Bad idea.

There is hardly anything really known about Lyme unfortunately and google gave me the worst kind of news. Its hard to stay positive when google thinks you're past help.

I got this book and had more knowledge about Lyme in three pages than google could provide within an hour of searching.

I hope you find help with understanding a little better, as I did with this book. And if you're fighting Lyme, know you're not alone. Keep fighting. Keep pushing. Keep positive.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn S. Vogan on July 2, 2008
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1. The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
2495 Reece Rd.
Westbank, BC, Canada VV4T INI
President, Jim Wilson 1-250-768-0978

"The Book Beating Lyme lays out very well how the patient has been removed from the diagnostic and treatment equation relative to Lyme disease. It shows how well-funded researchers with self-serving interests control a disease from diagnosis to treatment in a broken medical system that allows only a select few to publish in medical journals. Their research was designed with a focus of not providing good evidence but instead providing a means to justify their needs. Tens of thousands are falling victim to this group every year. Beating Lyme is a must read for all!"

"An indispensable read for every medical student, physician, microbiologist and victim of Lyme disease. One blueprint does not fit all, yet physicians are forced to follow a rigid protocol for a disease that acts like a defiant teen. Patients are considered collateral damage to those who set policy, while protecting profits, and physicians have to toe the line or else. "

2. The Michigan Lyme Disease Association
President, Linda Lobes
Lpurdy1040@aol.com

"This book should be read by anyone who has Lyme, suspects Lyme, or has an unexplained illness that physicians are ignoring. It is a condensed version of nearly everything that has happened regarding Lyme and tick-borne illnesses since 1993 and also includes the history of germs and vaccines from hundreds of years ago." She says in another quote, "Incredible book! We have never seen so much comprehensive information on the clinical and political aspects of Lyme disease and related disorders."

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Harlowe on July 8, 2008
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Finally, I found a book on Lyme disease that tells me what I need to know in an easy to read and helpful format. This well written book is approximately 286 pages complete with chapter notes, an appendix on symptoms, contact resource information, and an in-depth index. The authors discuss cause, testing, diagnosis, and effective medical treatment of this difficult disease. After reading the book I am now armed with information on prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. I am also alerted to the possible political deception or (lack of understanding) by some providers in prescribing insufficient antibiotic treatment.
I have already used my copy of the book as a reference when I removed two suspicious ticks found on my husband following some yard work. We followed the book's protocol and sent them off to the lab for testing. I am glad to have my copy as a resource and sincerely recommend it to all who desire more knowledge about Lyme disease.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Wagoner on June 27, 2008
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This book clearly provides a most relevant, poignant, and straightforward description of successful Lyme disease treatment amidst the political quagmire imposed by the insurance and medical establishments. Constance Bean, who has suffered from Lyme disease herself, relates her first hand experience pioneering treatment of this most misunderstood and debilitating malady. I am impressed by her display of inner strength and tenacity in refusing to give in to the "status quo" treatment. Through her research she insisted on more aggressive protocol and reaped the benefits. A must read for anyone inquiring about Lyme! It answered my questions on prevention and treatment following a tick bite.
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