May 3, 2010

SSU Disability Services for Students Presents Lyme Disease Documentary, May 5

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, "Under Our Skin" documents the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that the symptoms are "all in their head." Disability Services for Students is hosting a screening of the documentary "Under Our Skin" on Wed., May 5, from 7-9 p.m. at Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall.

As a part of Disability Awareness Week at Sonoma State University, DSS is hosting the screening of the multiple award-winning documentary followed by a discussion with physicians and patients and other health care representatives who specialize in Lyme Disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness month.

The film is a gripping and often terrifying look not only at the science and politics of the disease, but also the personal stories of those whose lives have been affected and nearly destroyed. From a few brave doctors who risk their medical licenses, to patients who once led active lives but now can barely walk, the film uncovers a hidden world that will alarm viewers.

The New York Times calls it "heart-rending" and an "inflammatory documentary [that] takes aim at the medical establishment." The Centers for Disease Control admits that more than 400,000 people may acquire Lyme disease each year, a number ten times greater than AIDS and West Nile Virus combined.

This event is free and open to the public and anyone who is planning on attending this event is asked to RSVP to SSU's Disability Services office at (707) 664-2677.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057