Sunday, June 30, 2013

Local Health Experts in the Lyme Light

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Hudson Valley-ites have been talking about the controversies over Lyme Disease for years. After all, we live in what is perhaps the Lyme-heaviest region in the nation, so many of us are familiar with the questions and ambiguities that swirl around this tick-bourne scourge. Antibiotics or alternative therapies? One bacterium or many? Acute or chronic?

This week the New Yorker enters the fray with Michael Specter's article "The Lyme Wars," which uncovers modern medicine's perplexity and general lack of consensus in the face of a fast-growing public health threat. The story gives voice to a couple of local experts: Richard Ostfeld, a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook; and Richard Horowitz, a physician at Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park. Ostfeld has studied the deer tick Ixodes scapularis for more a decade, while Horowitz, board certified in internal medicine, has a robust practice in treating Lyme patients with a holistic approach that's at odds with the conventional antibiotics-based therapies endorsed by the infectious Disease Society of America.

The article calls to mind former Chronogram health and wellness editor Lorrie Klosterman's extensive reporting on this subject in previous issues - and proves that everything she said five years ago is still relevant today. See "Twist of Lyme" for an exhaustive look at alternative therapies aimed to bring relief to the Lyme-plagued.

Do you have a Lyme story to share?

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