Dr. Horowitz, Amy Tan and Andy Abrahams Discuss Lyme Disease Treatment – Documentary “Under Our Skin” Panel

Great discussion at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival (where the awesome documentary on Lyme disease, “Under Our Skin” was shown), with the well-known author Amy Tan (has Lyme disease), Dr. Horowitz (A respected Lyme-literate doctor – LLMD) and the Director of the film “Under Our Skin”, Andy Abrahams. About 9 1/2 minutes in they talk about why Lyme has become such a political disease, the flaws in the testing for Lyme disease and why the Lyme vaccines were stopped, etc. Around 20 minutes into the video Dr. Horowitz discusses alternative Lyme disease treatments and co-infections.

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3 comments for “Dr. Horowitz, Amy Tan and Andy Abrahams Discuss Lyme Disease Treatment – Documentary “Under Our Skin” Panel

  1. John
    September 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    You know, I’m absolutely livid by Dr. Horowitz comment that 99.9% of his patients relapse when taken off ABX. How can you treat 11,000 people and cure 11 of them and look yourself in the mirror in the morning.

    Is this disease that incurable? Why bother then. It’s a death sentence. I’d rather have HIV

  2. Daniel Smith
    September 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Having had chronic Lyme for 7 years + back in the 90s, I fully identify with all of the symptoms cited in the video, along with the terminal frustration and accompanying hopelessness stemming from the mainstream medical profession, which has many vested interests in strongarming patients to undergo multiple tests, along with antibiotic treatments that are frequently only partially successful, or a complete exercise in futility.

    After shedding all mainstream medical pretention, having undergone several different doses of antibiotics with utter non-success, I decided to try colloidal silver. At first, I was purchasing it at a healthfood store, but the cost was extremely prohibitive, so I set out to find information to build a machine to produce my own. Ten or more years ago, it was practically impossible to find ready made machines, and I eventually came across info on how to build one. Six months after starting my first dose, I was feeling practically symptom free, except for autoimmune damage to adrenals and thyroid, which are a lingering, and probably permanent, effect (stem cell therapy may be a potential for these).

    This account is in no way intending to diagnose or prescribe a treatment to anyone reading this. I’m just giving a description of my personal recovery from this hideous affliction. As far as the so-called medical condition of colloidal silver causing a bluish coloration of the skin, I can say from personal experience that this is shear, unadulterated BS, as true colloidal silver does not lodge in the skin, but passes readily through and out. Large particle, non-colloidal can lodge in the skin. I have personally consumed enough silver to have overcome Lyme, and still have a normal complexion.

    I won’t expound any more on this topic, to avoid the wrath of the AMA. But I would encourage sufferers of Lyme to investigate further on this topic, and draw their own conclusions.

  3. Danielle
    October 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Hi John,
    Yes, his statement may be a bit of hyperbole for sure! I hear of people getting better going the more “natural route”, although herbs are not without their dangers (heavy metal contamination, bad reactions, especially when mixed with other things), and I also hear of people getting better from chronic Lyme using straight antibiotics – although, for many, it means a few years or more on antibiotics. My LLMD has said that he has had tons of people get better and stay better from antibiotic therapy, although there are people who relapse when they go off the medication. There are some people who do not respond at all to antibiotics, and then there are also the co-infections to deal with…I personally feel that antibiotics help a lot of people with Lyme tremendously and that taking vitamin supplements as well as antibiotics should be a part of the treatment to help support one’s immune system. Also, when on long-term antiobiotics, it is a good idea to follow each round with Nystatin so that you can keep at bay a yeast overgrowth in the gut. As for a cure…well, they don’t know if you ever really get rid of the spirochetes if the infection is not caught early – at best, we may only be able to hopefully kill off enough or hope your immune system can take over with the help of the antibiotics and that the spirochetes kind of “go to sleep”. However, many people are still better 10, 15, 20 years after their treatment for chronic Lyme…

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