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Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia.
Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman’s tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.
Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity’s role in a modern scourge.
"As Pfeiffer's hard-hitting study reminds us, non-specific symptoms and other complexities make tackling Lyme a formidable challenge...She nimbly interweaves numerous strands of research—into the influence of climate change on the Lyme invasion, the disease, the pathogen, the vectors and the harrowing impacts borne by some sufferers."
"Superbly written and researched, Pfeiffer's work should go a long way toward convincing the public to take this modern-day scourge more seriously."
"In page after page of data and interviews with patients, advocates, and researchers around the world, Pfeiffer builds a strong case...the basic facts she sets forth are credible, and they deserve immediate attention."
"Throws new light on one more danger caused by climate change. Pfeiffer points out the importance not only of combating ticks but also the need for doctors to respond quickly and provide appropriate treatment. A stark warning that Lyme is but the tip of the iceberg."
Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
"The war against an eight-legged menace that emerged about 145 million years ago is escalating to frightening proportions, and we are losing it. Mary Beth Pfeiffer clearly outlines the failure of the scientific and medical communities to address the suffering of millions of people in the USA and around the world with tick-borne diseases. Her well-researched book is a call to action to find a cure."
Jane Alexander, actress, author, conservationist
"As the planet heats, ticks spread—and with them not only Lyme disease but also a distinctly unnatural fear of the natural world. This book offers a powerful alert—hopefully it will cause us not only to protect our individual selves, but our society as well."
Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"
"A book on climate change I couldn't put down. An utterly convincing argument, beautifully told: what we do unto other species and the environment we do unto ourselves."
Mark Jerome Walters, author of "Seven Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them"
Chapter 1. Ticks, Rising
Chapter 2. "Invisible Assassin"
Chapter 3. An Ancient Bug Revives
Chapter 4. A Disease, Minimized
Chapter 5. "Little Armored Tanks"
Chapter 6. Faulty Tests
Chapter 7. An Indestructible Pathogen?
Chapter 8. Not Just Lyme
Chapter 9. Childhood Lost
Chapter 10. Lyme Takes Flight
Chapter 11. A Lyme-free World
The Lyme Action Network and SUNY Adirondack will present award-winning investigative journalist and author Mary Beth Pfeiffer on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Scoville Hall on the campus of SUNY Adirondack. Pfeiffer will introduce her new book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, the result of Pfeiffer’s in-depth investigation of Lyme disease and the many contributing forces that have made it the confounding problem we now face. The talk will begin at 7:00pm. A book-signing will precede the talk from 6:00 – 7:00pm.
The event is free and open to the public.
Award-winning investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer will be a guest speaker at MyLymeData2018: Seeking Cures Together, in San Ramon, California, on April 7.
She is the author of the forthcoming book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change. The book sounds an alarm about the spread of infected ticks as well as the failure of modern medicine to effectively address the problem. She weaves heartbreaking personal accounts of people who have had their lives upended by Lyme disease with hard facts about ticks, their many diseases, and the current inadequacy of medical testing and treatment for the illness.
People who register for the conference by March 16, have the option of pre-ordering a copy of the book at the discounted price of $22. They can pick up their books when they arrive at the conference, with an opportunity to have them signed by the author.