Commentary: The Lonely Soapbox
Back when I was still able to travel, I would spend a considerable amount of time in London. Apart from taking in the culture and the occasional pint, I would be fascinated with the happenings going on at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park. A designated area near Marble Arch, where people would be perched upon their platforms and freely voice their opinions on nearly any subject. Generally, this amounted to rants regarding politics, religion and social issues.
Occasionally, the speeches were quite interesting and I would take in the talk along with the novelty of it all. But more often than not, I would be more fascinated with the speaker who could not capture an audience and yet spoke with such strength and conviction. Appearing psychotic, these speakers would be shouting over the heads of the passersby, who would barely offer the speaker a condescending glance back.
Today, I find myself in a very similar situation. I have spent over ten years sharing my Lyme knowledge with others to help them avoid this debilitating disease. Generally, my warnings would fall on deaf ears. I, on the other hand, would feel much like that lonely speaker in Hyde Park without an audience.
Though I am often accused of thinking every ailment is the result of a tick bite, nothing could be farther from the truth. The message that I am trying to convey is that so many illnesses (e.g., MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Autism, Bell’s Palsy, Fibromyalgia etc.) and symptoms (e.g., joint pains, stiffness, dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, etc.) MAY be the result of Lyme and that we should all be vigilant. Never rule out the possibility of these illnesses actually being Lyme until reliably tested.
Caught early, Lyme can be cured. Many of the other listed symptoms above can not be. So why would we not suspect Lyme? What do we have to lose?
Let’s keep an open mind, and let’s stay safe.