In this episode you will learn:
• Where standard practices for treating infectious disease differ from treating Lyme Disease
• How borrelia burgorferi does not behave like regular bacteria
• Why when you are first diagnosed it is so important to fight for as long a course of antibiotics as you can
Holly Ahern is an associate professor of microbiology at SUNY Adirondack who runs an undergraduate research lab. When Holly Ahern found out several years ago that her daughter’s mysterious illness was Lyme disease, she quickly immersed herself in the subject. She soon learned about the controversies swirling around the disease and came to realize that many others were suffering like her daughter.
Dr. Ahern has become an advocate for developing a broader understanding of Lyme disease – one aimed at treating the chronic symptoms commonly reported by patients who were misdiagnosed or received inadequate treatment in the disease’s early stages.