About 5 years ago, I received a videotaped interview of Lyme discoverer Willy Burgdorfer saying that the Lyme disease outbreak was caused by a bioweapons experiment gone wrong. It was a stunning confession given his reputation, and I knew I couldn’t walk away from it.
BITTEN takes readers on my investigation of this claim, starting with Willy’s role in weaponizing ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes for the U.S. military’s bioweapons program, and ending with evidence supporting the theory that this epidemic began around Long Island Sound in 1968 as fallout from a secret bioweapons release.’
The epilogue of BITTEN:
“I believe that history will judge the tick-borne disease outbreak that began in 1968 to be one of the worst public health failures of the last century … The myopic focus on only one of the tick diseases, Lyme disease, has led to treatment delays and fatalities in patients who have serious mixed infections. Physicians urgently need rapid screening tests and the freedom to use clinical judgement in treating these complex patient cases — without the real and present danger of losing their medical licenses.”
If you want to join Kris in this campaign to educate a worldwide audience on the importance of increasing funding and treatment options for tick-borne diseases, here’s how you can help:
Preorder the book *now* if you think you’ll eventually want to read it: TV, radio and podcasters are currently using these tallies to prioritize and schedule author interviews for May, Lyme awareness month.
Word-of-mouth makes a difference: Forward this email to your Lyme-community lists.
Please send Kris any media or celebrity connections that might be helpful in this campaign.
Do you have conferences, Lyme groups, or indie book stores where you’d like Kris to give a talk? HarperCollins will be sending me on a book tour May through the summer and I’ll add these to my list.
Joanne Drayson was bitten by a tick whilst walking her dog in the woods in Guildford, UK in 2003 and had two further tick bites in 2005. She developed Erythema migrans rashes on all three bites but did not know the significance at that time of the rashes nor did the doctor she saw in 2005. She became sick with a summer flu unlike any other she had ever experienced and although that passed within a week, it left her with weakness in her upper arms and upper legs, and joint pain which migrated throughout her body, affecting every joint. It took 5 doctors, 3 rheumatologists and 4 years for her to be diagnosd with Lyme disease, after previous diagnoses of Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Musculoskeletal Disease and Polymyalgia Rheumatica, for which she was given 20 months of high dose steroids. Joanne was retired on ill Health Grounds from the Civil Service. She significantly regained her health after long- term combination pulsed antibiotic therapy. Fifteen years after her diagnosis she still occasionally relapses but responds well to a short course of antibiotics. She now maintains a blog called: https://lookingatlyme.blogspot.com.