Dr. Alexis Chesney Lyme Disease Awareness, Prevention and Treatment Presentation
ALSTEAD, NH -The Center for Communicable Diseases reported that New Hampshire had the second highest and Vermont the fifth highest incidence of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the United States. In 2010 New Hampshire’s confirmed and probable cases of Lyme per 100,000 population eclipsed Connecticut’s where Lyme was first recognized. Already in 2012 Vermont has over 500 confirmed and probable cases. This year, after an extraordinarily mild winter, conditions are favorable for a high tick population. Known Lyme disease cases have doubled over the last twenty years, and the CDC reports that most infections go undiagnosed.
Vicki Keller of Keene has late stage Lyme disease. Vicki first developed unexplained symptoms including: dizziness, difficulty driving, facial pulling and heart palpitations. Vicki went through testing at several medical facilities throughout New England, and describes the medical treatment she received as “dismissive.” Vicki, who did not see or have the target bull’s eye rash, indicative of the disease, was told by doctors, among other explanations that she had an anxiety disorder and hypochondriasis. Vicki went through a battery of tests all of which were negative or inconclusive. Over two years later, Vickie had a positive Western Blot Test and gave it to an L.L.M.D. (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) who confirmed the diagnosis of Lyme. Vicki, a single mother of a young son, is now coping with her illness as well as she can. Although she has gone through over two years of a frustrating and at times, frightening experience, Vicki remains a strong person whose positive attitude allows her to make the accommodations necessary to continue a productive life. Vicki recently attended Dr. Chesney’s presentation and found her to be her informative and well versed on the topic.
Please join Dr. Alexis Chesney on April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library to take a holistic look at prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. Alexis is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in Lyme disease at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, Vermont. She holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport. Her training in Lyme disease includes extensive study under Richard Horowicz, MD at Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Chesney is passionate about Lyme education in New England.
This event is free and open to the public. Call the Shedd-Porter Library at 603-835-6661, or go to www.sheddporter.wordpress.com with any questions.