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Healthy Options 6/7/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: Amy Browne

Update on Tick-Borne Illnesses, Lyme Disease and Co-infections: Prevention and Treatment

What is Lyme Disease, and why is it spreading?
What are co-infections and tick-borne illnesses, and what are the signs & symptoms?
What are the best ways to prevent tick bites, and how can we protect ourselves against these illnesses?
Are there effective tests and treatments for tick-borne illnesses?
What are some common misunderstandings about diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease?

Dr. Beatrice M. 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, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and serves as a medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine. 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.

Websites of interest:


ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)

Lyme Disease Association (About Lyme —great pictures of ticks and rashes) (Formerly CALDA)

Tick Encounter Resource Center

Insectshield sells permethrin-treated clothing, blankets, hats, etc, or will dip your own clothing, uniforms, etc. Will last the life of the garment.

Dog Not Gone is a Maine company using goods made in the USA makes dog and horse vests that are permethrin treated. They are also making people vests, hats, and gaiters.

Talk of the Towns 11/11/16

Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Addiction—Emerging Research and Best Practices in treatment

Key Discussion Points:

What is the most recent research, leading to an understanding of addiction as a chronic health issue “addiction falls along the spectrum of behavioral disorders with clear genetic neurobiological and environmental influences”
Where does addiction show up in humans… to what are we addicted?
What factors influence human tendency toward addiction… how much is genetic, how much is environmental?
How do humans become addicted… what happens when they try to eliminate the things that they are addicted to?
How has this research changed how addiction is treated?
What factors are behind the current trends in opioid addiction?
What are the public policy choices that relate to opioids?
What do policy makers most need to consider when devising solutions to problems like the opioid problem?
What are helpful community responses to opioid and other addictions?

Dr. Dan Johnson, Executive Director, Acadia Family Center
Dr. Vivek Kumar, Assistant Professor, The Jackson Laboratory and board member, Acadia Family Center