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Review: Under Our Skin

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Of all the pressing medical issues in America today, Lyme disease doesn’t usually rank very high on the list of things to worry about. That is, unless you believe the startling new documentary by Andy Abrahams Wilson, Under Our Skin. In it, the filmmaker postulates that Lyme is not only more prevalent than most people realize, it is a rapidly growing problem across our nation that leaves behind it missed diagnoses, insurmountable medical bills, crippling health issues, and sometimes death.

The knowledge that most people carry about Lyme is pretty limited: it’s contracted by deer ticks in far off corners of America where people probably shouldn’t be living anyways, right? And what do we really know about ticks at all, besides the hilarious television show of the same name? Well, truth be told, our information on Lyme is woefully small, and - according to Wilson - our medical and scientific understanding isn’t much better. But what is abundantly clear is that many people, for whatever reason, find themselves in pain and anguish with only the label ‘Lyme Disease’ and no real healthcare options to help them.