The Quiet Epidemic
Florida Lyme Disease Association, Project Lyme, The University of North Florida Brooks College of Health and UNF Eta Sigma Gamma student honor society are excited to sponsor a screening of The Quiet Epidemic, an important, award-winning new documentary about Chronic Lyme Disease followed by a question and answer conversation with Shirley Hartman, MD and Kerry Clark PhD.
ABOUT THE FILM:
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. According to a new CDC estimate, 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease yearly in the United States alone, yet our public health agencies and policymakers remain largely unresponsive. The same small group of doctors and public health officials have continued to control the science and the narrative of denial for decades.
“Through its masterful storytelling, The Quiet Epidemic does what any good investigative doc should do – it informs, infuriates, breaks your heart, and fills you with hope.” – Awards Daily