The Quiet Epidemic – Hot Docs 2022

The Quiet Epidemic

The Quiet Epidemic – Hot Docs 2022

After years of living with mysterious symptoms, a young girl from Brooklyn and a Duke University scientist are diagnosed with a disease said to not exist: Chronic Lyme disease. The Quiet Epidemic follows their search for answers, which lands them in the middle of a vicious medical debate. What begins as a patient story evolves into an investigation into the history of Lyme disease, dating back to its discovery in 1975. A paper trail of suppressed scientific research, and buried documents reveals why ticks-and the diseases they carry-have been allowed to quietly spread around the globe. .

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The controversy surrounding Lyme disease is explored in . Since it was first discovered in 1975, the common belief about Lyme disease is that it is a non-chronic condition that can just be treated with antibiotics. However, there is much evidence to suggest that this is not the case and doctors and activists fight for the CDC and IDSA definitions of Lyme disease to be updated.

The Quiet Epidemic is a documentary directed by Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch, both of whom met while being treated for Lyme. The film's primary subject is Julia Bruzzese, a young woman who has been wheelchair-bound with Chronic Lyme Disease since she was 11 and whose father fights for Julia to get treatment from a medical community that doesn't believe she even has Lyme. The controversy surrounding Chronic Lyme Disease dates back decades when the Centre for Disease Control and Infectious Diseases Society of America created their original tests for Lyme, which some argue is now greatly outdated.

Pardon the pun, but The Quiet Epidemic is a documentary that is sure to tick people off about how the CDC and IDSA seemingly turn a blind eye to claims of Chronic Lyme Disease, to the point where Lyme advocates are lumped together with the overall antiscience argument, with definitions of Chronic Lyme Disease labelled as misinformation from the internet. However, there is enough evidence in The Quiet Epidemic to suggest that not only is Chronic Lyme Disease a reality, but it is only destined to worsen, as disease-carrying ticks become more prominent.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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