The Lyme Trials - Julia's Story

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States. It is also the most controversial. Upon its discovery in 1975, Lyme disease sparked a debate that has been escalating for 40 years. There are two sides, both made up of renowned doctors and scientists, that stand by opposite definitions of the same disease. Longtime patient advocates suggest that as of 2016, we are reaching a tipping point.

On one side, patients and specialists describe a life-altering, chronic illness. A 13-year-old girl is wheelchair bound after an untreated bull's-eye rash, and a top Lyme specialist travels around the world in a desperate attempt to raise awareness and inspire further research. Their stories are reinforced by leading scientists at world-renowned universities who suggest Lyme disease is a much more insidious infection than healthcare professionals realize.

The other side, made up of the highest ranking medical institutions in the United States, says Lyme disease is easy to diagnose and easy to cure. They claim that these patients are suffering from something else, as Lyme disease is not a chronic illness. Although they are the declared authority on this disease, some of these doctors have been stalked and even had their lives threatened by activists.

The Lyme Trials is a character-driven film that investigates this controversy through the eyes of both sides of the divide, as well as those who are caught in the middle. Our team will journey across the country and overseas to meet with scientists, doctors, advocates and policymakers in an attempt to understand how we arrived at this tipping point, and to determine where we go from here.

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