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on September 6, 2001
My children and I have chronic Lyme disease. I was misdiagnosed for over twelve years and unknowingly passed the disease to my children via pregnancy. Contrary to the reader's statement that this is an "alarmist" book, this book is a MUST READ, especially for anyone suffering with this disease. The reader who stated otherwise should be ashamed to have sounded the alarmist bell him/herself (especially since that reader does NOT have Lyme disease and therefore has no idea of the suffering involved)! Antibiotics are effective only if the disease is caught early, as early as within 48 hours of infection and perhaps as long as up to 6 weeks after infection. Otherwise, the odds dramatically decrease for antibiotics working to rid one of Lyme disease. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms are apparent, it is usually too late for antibiotics to effectively treat the disease. Only approximately 40% of persons with Lyme disease remember a tick bite or develop the "bull's-eye" rash. Therefore, most persons with the disease go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and untreated for an extended time. Once finally diagnosed after I was again bitten and did see a tick bite and rash, my children and I suffered through several months of antibiotic treatment that made us sicker, not better, and not just from spirochete "die off", but because the antibiotics started to attack our systems. Most persons with Lyme disease WILL continue with certain possibly irreversible symptoms, such as Lyme-related arthritis, even after antibiotic treatment. Integrative medicine, which is a combination treatment of homeopathic (alternative, such as certain herbs and nutritional supplements) and allopathic (conventional, such as antibiotics) as well as dietary changes (such as reduction or elimination of meat consumption, as well as eliminating all sugars) appears to be the best approach for sufferers of Lyme disease, especially those with chronic Lyme disease. The fact is that Lyme disease IS scary and IS a huge problem of epidemic proportion that MUST be addressed. Sticking ones head in the sand and hoping it will simply go away or ignoring the cold, hard, at times frightening facts of this disease is irresponsible. The reader who refuses to give this book to his/her friend who has Lyme disease is doing that friend a grave disservice. Those of us with Lyme disease recognize a factual account as opposed to an "alarmist" point of view. I for one appreciate the TRUTH. This book is well researched and honestly written. EVERYONE should read this book, whether they have Lyme disease or not. Often, persons diagnosed with nervous system disorders, such as MS, or autoimmune disorders, such as Lupus, actually have Lyme disease. I reiterate: THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE.
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Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease, by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner, is by far the best book written on the subject, especially for people lacking an extensive medical terminology vocabulary. The book is also a good starting point for the curious clinician wishing to find acurate information on Lyme disease. Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner has painted a very clear, conscise picture of what Lyme disease and its manifestations are. The book includes a very well referenced timeline of the disease starting in Europe in 1883. After reading this book, the reader will realize that recognition and discovery are two very different words and, no matter how many credentials a doctor may have, he can easily miss this diagnosis if he does not have the facts about Lyme disease. A doctor is only as good as the information he has. I feel the book gives the reader, doctor or patient, a very good acccount of Lyme disease and its complications. Ms. Vanderhoof-Forschner has gone the extra mile and provided the reader with a wealth of references . I only wish I could give the book six stars on a five star system. I would like to thank Ms. Vanderhoof-Forschner for writing this book . The information it contains is invaluable.
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on August 2, 1997
Lyme Disease is a devastating illness. This book offers tips on how to prevent Lyme Disease and offers information on how to cope with and get treatment if you are infected with this invasive, soul-threatening spirochete. The author explains Lyme Disease with a compassion drawn from her own family's tragedy. Thousands and thousands of individuals and families in this nation and the world are suffering from this illness which is not properly recognized by an ignorant and greedy faction of the medical community.

Lyme Disease, as well as ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, affects the lungs, heart, brain, joints and muscles. These diseases are not something you want to have to deal with. Read this book. Be informed. Protect yourself and your family as best you can
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on August 6, 1999
Information presented in this book is essential for anyone (public or medical professional)who wants to know the latest on Lyme disease. Factual information, presented in an understandable format that never underestimates the reader's intelligence and common sense, is presented by one of the true heroes in the Lyme disease saga. Mrs. Vanderhoof-Forschner's personal experience is the driving force behind this well-executed, fact-filled, medically-sound and resource-filled book. This is a must for anyone serious about this complex disease and a handy reference guide for further information.
Rita L. Stanley, Ph.D.
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on July 23, 1999
Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner has taken a very complex topic and clearly explained all of the intricacies of ticks, the bacteria, the symptoms and the treatment of a rapidly expanding health threat. She does a masterful job of presenting factual balanced information in a non-threatening manner.Ms. Vanderhoof-Forschner's dedication to overcoming this disease is evident in the quality of her research and her devotion to educating a world that was unaware.Everyone intersted in taking control of their healthcare should buy this book for their healthcare library.
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on June 10, 2004
This is an excellent overview of the disease with detail a doctor or interest patient would want to know. It handles information with non-alarmist views and scientific accuracy.
Even better is the updated new version that includes data on other tick-borne diseases. The writing shows respect for patients and the medical community.
I really like the information that addresses the questions about possible Lyme and other diseases in the midwest and other areas that are not considered to have lyme disease.
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on October 29, 1998
This is a well researched and clearly written book covering all aspects of Lyme disease - from symptoms, to prevention and treatment. A great bibliography and resource list is included. Insurance information, support groups, and web addresses help the reader obtain additional information for empowerment.Other tick-borne disorders are also listed.The forward is written by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer - the discoverer of the Lyme bacterium.This is clearly a book to buy and give to your friends!
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on July 23, 1999
This is an excellent nonthreatening information source for us all! I recommend this for every family and their friends. The pictures are of ticks and rashes - and are not in the least scary. The book is clear and calm in its description of signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases. The bibliography and resources are excellent!As a healthcare professional, I know the author has taken great care in writing this book.
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on February 3, 2004
Fantastic book, and clearly the best that I read during my recovery from LD. Thorough, level-headed, wonderful.
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on June 14, 1999
The author's son died in the 1980's of Lyme disease, and in the book are very scary pictures of what can happen to victims of the disease. However, much has changed in the last ten years in the treatment of the disease, and the author's own personal tragedy has turned into what appears to be a mis-timed vendetta against the medical community.
I write this not because I am a member of the medical community (I'm not), but because a friend of mine was just diagnosed with the disease and I bought the book in the hope that it would be a good resource for her. What I found is a book which should have been titled "Everything that Can Go Wrong If You Have Lyme Disease". From scary pictures to extensive statements of the potential things that can go wrong if you have Lyme disease (without any sort of reassuring and truthful comments like "but it is rare for symptoms to persist after antibiotic treatment"), it is an alarmist book. I certainly did not show it to my friend.
One example of very deceptive 'scholarship' is when the author states that more than one of every 93 people in New Jersey that she knows has Lyme disease, and therefore the statistic which reports that only one in 93 have the disease is an underestimate. That type of comment has no place in a book which hopes to have scientific merit.
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