Under Our Skin is a riveting documentary that chronicles the lives of 8 people suffering from Lyme Disease. A Ballerina, a Baseball player headed to the pros, a mother who spread the disease to her child through breastfeeding, a wife who infected her husband through sexual contact, and other subjects with various stories and backgrounds, play out their battle with the illness and their subsequent uphill battle with the health care system, insurance companies and being misdiagnosed from various doctors.

The film brought out some very important facts about this mysterious disease that is caused by a tick, that the general public is not aware of. According to the Center for Disease control, there are 400,000 new cases per year of this neurological degenerative disease, making it more pervasive than AIDS. Many patients are misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, dystonia and psychological disorders. Which some critics say these misdiagnosis are directly related to lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry.

Some doctors flat out state that Lyme disease is not real, and purely a psycho-somatic condition. Some medical professionals even going so far as dismissing it as “nonsense.” While other doctors, like leading Lyme Specialists Dr. Charles Ray Jones and Dr. Joseph Jemsek stand on polar opposite ends of the argument, serving as advocates for treating the disease as a neurological condition and fighting it with an intensive anti-biotic regime. The film showcases these doctors being bullied and sued by insurance companies for acknowledging and treating the disease as something more than a mental illness. The result of their efforts in one instance, resulted in having their medical license revoked.

Because Lyme Disease is being described as “the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time” Under Our Skin is a must see documentary. For a list of screenings in your area.

Click on the link: http://www.underourskin.com/screenings.

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  • Robbie

    I have heard of this disease and I am glad that a documentary about it is coming out. One of our friends had the disease and he took him some time to get rid of it. Now he is doing better and he is back at work. The public needs to know about it. I hope to see it.

  • binaebi

    My younger brother actually got lyme disease about a year and a half ago. He went camping with boy scouts (my Nigerian father refused to go camping because he says he worked too hard coming to America and buying a house to go lay in the woods) and got bit by a tick. It looked like a mosquito bite and went down and everything was good. Fast forward about 3 months later and he had EVERY textbook symptom of lyme disease. My parents took him to several doctors and they basically said he was being lazy. Later he fell outside when my mom forced him to play basketball and his knee blew up to the point that he couldn’t walk. Long story short, they finally took him to children’s hospital and diagnosed him with lyme disease. It was scary for me to watch my younger brother (who was 11 at the time) deteriorate before my eyes and be so exhausted that he had to be carried upstairs to his bed. I really think that general awareness of this disease needs to be increased; hopefully this documentary will do just that!

  • fuchsia

    This documentary looks terrifying and very informative! I hope it plays at a theater in my area…