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Vermont has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease infection in the country. There is growing disagreement not only between the medical community and a growing patient population, but also within the medical community itself, around the issue of persistent syndromes that may or may not be related to a Lyme diagnosis. Many patients seek treatment for persistent symptoms outside of physician guidelines for either Post Treatment Lyme Disease or the contentious "Chronic Lyme Disease" via prolonged courses of IV antibiotics, colloidal silver infusions, electromagnetic frequency treatments, and more. Regardless of the debatable extent of spirochete carnage in vivo, there is a need for effective and compassionate communication between providers and concerned patients. The aim of this project is to nudge this inevitably ongoing conversation in a productive direction, and to create a broader shared awareness between populations at growing odds.
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