This morning we found out that Under Our Skin, a documentary on Lyme disease and the politics of medicine, did not make it onto the final list of five nominated for an Academy Award. It had been on the short list of fifteen nominated in the beginning of the Oscar process and we are so proud of Andy Abrahams Wilson and all of the crew at Open Eye Pictures. They have done more for Lyme disease awareness, since the film's release in 2008, than over a quarter-century of advocacy for chronic Lyme patients.
Do check out February's People Magazine for an article on Lyme disease and this little film that could. We are out to stop an epidemic coming, especially here, where the climate makes for a perfect storm. Do you ever wonder why the Pacific Northwest has the highest numbers of M.S., an idiopathic condition that puts a name to a list of symptoms? Do you wonder about how Lyme and other vector-borne infections mimic the symptoms of over three hundred other diseases, including M.S., Lou Gehrig's disease, R.A, C.F.S., F.M.S. and Parkinson's, to name a few? We are not zealots, telling you EVERYTHING is Lyme. We are advocates with years of research experience...because we could not turn to our doctors, uneducated in vector-borne infections.
Again, we congratulate Andy and Open Eye Pictures on their initial nomination for an Oscar.