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Why Is Lyme Disease So Hard to Treat?

For many Lyme disease patients, the bacteria seem to outsmart antibiotic treatment. Why?   It’s a hotly debated topic, and one that is still not completely understood – what causes the persistent symptoms in many …More

Mixed Messages: Finding Your Truth

by Jennifer Crystal Why is there so much conflicting information on Lyme disease? Here are a few tips on how to cope One student in the “Writing to Heal” course I teach recently wrote a …More

Stop the Itching! Lyme and Hives

by Jennifer Crystal Do you get unexplained hives? Could it be Lyme disease? Four years after I was bitten by a tick—and four years before I would be diagnosed with three tick-borne illnesses: Lyme, babesia, and …More

When Nothing’s Funny, Even Simulated Laughter C...

by Jennifer Crystal In 2016, I wrote a post called “Laughter Really Can Be the Best Medicine”. In it, I discussed the health benefits of laughter: it reduces stress and anxiety, decreases pain, strengthens resilience, …More

No Set Protocol

by Jennifer Crystal WHY ISN’T THERE A SET TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR LYME DISEASE? Patients often write asking how I fought off Lyme and two other tick-borne diseases. I understand why they ask. When you read …More

The Making of a Lyme Disease Research Scientist

Most Lyme disease stories start with a tick bite and symptoms. But Ashley Groshong’s (pictured) Lyme disease odyssey began by peering down a microscope lens. As a young biology student at the University of Arkansas, …More

Why Good Science is Crucial

While the road to drug discovery and new treatment options for Lyme disease may seem slow, it’s imperative that the science is sound.   Lyme disease patients all know the thrill of hearing through the …More

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Below she answers some that she’s recently received. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at …More

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