To The Editor:

The second biennial Lyme Disease Symposium on Mount Desert Island held recently was a great day of education. It came together from the efforts of many community members, all of whom deserve our thanks and recognition.

This event was especially successful because of the attendance and participation of those within our community who came to learn about Lyme disease, considered endemic in the state of Maine. Tick-borne illness can be a divisive and controversial topic, but we need not let it scare us or divide us! Accurate and comprehensive community education has been shown to dramatically decrease rates of infection from tick borne-illness. It is my belief that having Lyme-savvy health care providers and well-informed community members is our best prevention going forward.

I would especially like to thank our incredible Lyme-literate health care providers who gave so freely of their time to discuss the illness as well as current integrative treatments for Lyme disease. They include Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, Dr. Keelyn Wu, Dr. Meryl Nass and Dr. Richard Matthews.

Sponsors for the event included the Southwest Harbor Medical Center Clinic committee, College of the Atlantic, 54 Herrick Integrative Medicine, community members Gabrielle Lecense, Emily Bracale, Anthony Uliano and Chelcey Dunham and Thurston Business Services.

For those who missed it, the complete symposium will be available online. Visit website for details in the weeks to come.

I urge anyone working with populations in a health care, school, tourism or summer camp setting to find out more. Education is our best prevention!

Sarah Tewhey

54 Herrick Integrative Medicine

Southwest Harbor

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