Saturday, 2 January 2010
ANDY ABRAHAMS WILSON INTERVIEWED ABOUT HIS DOCUMENTARY ON LYME DISEASE
“My twin sister had Lyme disease years ago. She lived in upstate New York and I just remember she was always sort of sick and tired and that she was complaining she couldn’t get help. And I just thought that she was sort of staring to lose her marbles maybe.” That’s how director Andy Abrahams Wilson describes his recollections of his sister’s sufferings, which became the catalyst for his documentary film, Under Our Skin. In making the film, Andy discovered that if the consensus of the medical establishment is to be believed, then his sister more than likely had lost her marbles. After all, Lyme disease, as they say, is hard to contract and easy to treat and chronic Lyme disease symptoms are only experienced psychosomatically. Short-listed for the 2009 Best Documentary Feature Oscar, Under Our Skin chronicles the struggles of multiple Lyme disease sufferers across the country and years as a debate rages in the medical community about what Lyme disease is and how best to treat it – issues that are dictated by highly politicized, private organizations. Wilson spoke to Zoom In Online by phone about the advent of the film, the mind-boggling controversy that has cost hundreds of thousands of people so much money and pain over the years and the hope he has for his film to educate audiences. For more information on Lyme disease and how to take action, visit the official Under Our Skin website.