Under Our Skin: A Health Care Nightmare on WXXI-TV

Under Our Skin: A Health Care Nightmare on WXXI-TV

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 8:30pm

Pictured: Warnings seem insufficient to halt the growing Lyme disease epidemic.

Credit: UnderOurSkin.com

A real-life thriller and shocking exposé about how our corrupt medical system is failing to address one of the most serious epidemics of our times.

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, Under our Skin: A Health Care Nightmare airs Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).The film by Andy Abrahams Wilson exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.

In the early 1970s, a mysterious illness was discovered among children living around the town of Lyme, CT. What was first diagnosed as isolated cases of juvenile arthritis, eventually became known as Lyme disease, one of the most misunderstood and controversial illnesses of our time. Today, many of those untreated will suffer chronic debilitating illness. Some unknowingly will pass the disease on to their unborn children. Many will lose their livelihoods, and still others, their lives.

Difficult to test accurately, tens of thousands of people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control admits that more than 400,000 people may acquire Lyme disease each year, a number ten times greater than AIDS and West Nile Virus combined. And yet, the medical establishment--with profound influence from the insurance industry--has stated that the disease is easily detectable and treatable, and that "chronic Lyme" is some other unrecognized syndrome or a completely psychosomatic disorder.

From a few brave doctors who risk their medical licenses, to patients who once led active lives but now can barely walk, the film uncovers a hidden world that will alarm viewers. While exposing a broken health care and medical research system, the film also gives voice to those who believe that instead of a crisis, Lyme is simply a "disease du jour," over diagnosed and contributing to another crisis: the looming resistance of microbes and ineffectiveness of antibiotics.



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Thank you!

Thank you for showing Under Our Skin. People need to know the devastation Lyme causes and this documentary shows it. Having 3 of us having chronic Lyme disease in my family I know firsthand the physical, emotional and financial strain it has put on our family. Thank you for helping to raise awareness.

availability? why not you tube it?

of all the shows I've seen, this show would be a good addition on you tube.
Lyme may be effecting more people and they do not know why.
and the possibility it may be spread by sex.
there may still be much more about this disease than currently known today.
I can only hope you put this show on TV many more times for those who missed it.

Thank you for showing this.

Thank you for showing this. It was incredibly eye opening and so well done. I hope that the information causes change.

Lyme Disease - "Under Our Skin"

I was mesmerized by this program. I became infected with Lyme in 2002, and was so fortunate to have a nurse practitioner think of Lyme almost immediately, tho my symptoms were not classic, and there was no "bull's eye" rash. The acute illness was awful - I was hospitalized for 1 week, but I fully recovered due to prompt and proper treatment.

This show revealed horrifying injustices, along with the horrible effects from which I was spared. How can one not become extremely cynical toward the medical community, drug companies, and "health care" companies after seeing this? Unfortunately there are self serving "crooks" in every industry, even one that is supposed to help fellow human beings. I cannot help but bristle with anger at the injustice.

My heart goes out to those who continue to suffer from this devastating disease. I hope this program will raise awareness of the seriousness of Lyme, and prompt people to do tick inspections daily in endemic areas.

This documentary was

This documentary was excellent. Thank you.

Availability online

Are any of these showings streamed online?