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 Rebecca Brinkmann,  PhD, CHC

Rebecca Brinkmann, PhD, CHC

Dr. Rebecca Brinkmann became interested in nutrition, fitness & health after battling Lyme disease for several years.  During her treatment, she went on a quest to repair her own immune system. As a researcher, she became increasingly aware that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must take charge of their own health.  She believes this is accomplished by working with one's physician rather than being a passive consumer of health care. Rebecca earned her doctorate in communication studies and has taught in higher education for over 12 years. She earned her health consulting certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Her interest in health includes the mind, body and spirit connection.  She became deeply interested in the spiritual aspect of one's life while she obtained her ministry certification from Catch the Fire School of Ministry in 1996.

Lyme Disease: The chronic failure of our healthcare system

Recently, I was browsing the many entries on acne.org about how individuals were prescribed minocycline, sometimes for years, to treat their acne problem. I was amazed by the number of patients being handed this treatment, almost like candy, without a second thought. Meanwhile, get a tick bite and ask for more than a few days to a few weeks of antibiotics for Lyme and doctors will practically slam the door in your face and call you crazy! 

People are so excited about the Obamacare victory this week, yet this is of very little comfort to those with a chronic case of tick-borne-illness whose treatment is not covered by insurance.

Fighting everyday is tough–especially when you are exhausted and sick. If you don't have the resources to treat Lyme with an LLMD, you are out of luck and left to go this road alone. Few will advocate for you. Few will stand by your side and fight for you. Many health professionals will mock you and tell you "that it's all in your head." Those medical professionals who do stick their necks out to fight for the Lyme community risk losing their medical license because they are not following the CDC's recommendations and going against the IDSA guidelines.

People are so excited about the Obamacare victory this week, yet this is of very little comfort to those with a chronic case of tick-borne-illness whose treatment is not covered by insurance.

I don't have the answers. I wish that I did. Great strides have been made in the past few years for Lyme Disease Awareness, yet I am still hearing the same stories of people being treated rudely and sometimes even abusively by their doctors when they try to obtain proper diagnosis and treatment. People shouldn't have to re-mortgage their homes, sell all of their possessions, go into debt, and run countless fundraisers just to get prescribed long-term antibiotics. 

Maybe we should all figure out how to get a bad case of acne....

 

Becca Brinkmann, PhD, writes about her experiences with Lyme disease and how she found hope through the storm of illness. She created hopetohealth.com to provide resources and information on Lyme treatment and support. She recently published a book for her son with congenital Lyme, called My Wish. She lives with her family in Western Pennsylvania. Visit hopetohealth for more information. Subscribe to the blog below!


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