Lyme Lives Here

Doctors and lawmakers alike take a stand against this misunderstood disease permeating Southeastern Pennsylvania.



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So far, Corson has trained 10 doctors in her office. The physicians network of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ilads.org) is strong. They share articles, research and clinical evidence. “Not many doctors practice on the cutting edge of medicine,” says Corson, who has a six-month minimum wait time for new patients. “We’re practicing on the clinical edge.”

Corson describes modern Western medicine as overly compartmentalized in its view that illness must have one prescribed cure. Chronic, long-term diseases like Lyme, she says, require an integrated, holistic approach.

In 2007, Corson testified twice in favor of versions of state legislation that would protect doctors, but she remains doubtful. “I don’t think it’ll ever change in Pennsylvania,” she says. “All over the country, nothing has changed in 20 years. In the meantime, we’re doing the best we can to take care of the most people we can. I’m helping people get off disability and back to work. Why would you want to hurt me?”

Thus far, Corson’s work has gone unchallenged. Either way, “I’m going to continue telling the truth,” she says.

Meanwhile, the LDA’s Fearn has been off treatments for four years after eight years of intervention, the last four with Corson. But he’s still only 80 percent better. “I know it’s not gone, that it persists and could get worse,” he says. “So far, there’s a void. But I’ll never feel like I’m back to normal.”
 

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