Healthy Options 6/3/15

Host and Producer: Rhonda Feiman, LAc.
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Lyme Disease and Co-Infection Prevention and Treatment

Key Discussion Points:
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
What are co-infections & what are the symptoms of co-infections?
What can each of us do to minimize our chances of contracting Lyme Disease?
What is the best way to do tick checks, & what do you do if you find a tick?
What products are helpful to minimize the chances of getting a tick bite?

DR. BEATRICE SZANTYR is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians, and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She currently participates on the State of Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, and is a member of the Maine Medical Association and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Dr. Szantyr has lectured on Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, to professional and community groups throughout New England, and has given testimony before the Maine Legislature concerning Lyme disease in the State of Maine.

CONSTANCE “HAPPY” DICKEY, RN, is a founding member and board member of MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to awareness and prevention through education and advocacy. She facilitates support groups for people with Lyme, both in-person in Maine, and online, and she is also an advocate for patients with Lyme disease. She has traveled extensively with Dr. Szantyr, educating medical personnel -and the public- about Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Association (includes great illustrations of ticks, rashes, how to pull out a tick, and much more)
ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)
Rhode Island Tick Resource Center
MaineLyme info on repellents:
Consumer Reports info on repellents:
Insect shield your own clothing:
***Tick testing:
U Mass Exten. Tick Assessment Lab
***Other info:
“New Illness (Borrelia miyamotoi) transmitted by same tick that carries Lyme”- Boston Globe article:

***Rhonda Feiman‘s previous information-packed HEALTHY OPTIONS programs about Lyme Disease & other tick-borne infections, are archived at: