There is a new documentary film that will be released in June called UNDER OUR SKIN There is no treatment for a person like you.
A suspenseful tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic with staggering ramifications. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting the disease, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of our health care system and its inability to cope with a silent and growing terror, and of a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
One of the stories detailed in the film is about a NC doctor in 2006, Dr. Jemsek, a nationally known authority on both HIV/AIDS and Lyme Borreliosis Complex, who was suspended, sued by BCBS of NC and ultimately put out of business in this state basically because he treated his patients who had Lyme disease.
Diagnoses and treatment of this disease can be both difficult and controversial. Unless caught in the early stages, Lyme Disease may need extended or expensive treatment that insurance companies will do most anything to keep from having to pay. As a result, there are few doctors who will treat patients with the disease now.
Dr. Jemsek has now reestablished his practice in South Carolina and not surprisingly has quite a backlog of patients.