Monday, January 25, 2016

Community Call To Action!


 Jan. 26-27, 2016

Dear Friends, Neighbors, Family and Associates:

Please share this widely.

On January 26 - 27, Lyme patients and their supporters from coast to coast will make phone calls to their two U.S. Senators demanding more attention be paid to the growing epidemic of Lyme disease—what many people believe to be the greatest threat to public health since the AIDS epidemic.

Even if you don’t have Lyme disease, you probably know someone who does, and as a taxpayer you are affected by the enormous burden being placed on our economy.

Our call for action is based upon the failures of CDC in the handling of public policy on Lyme disease, including, preferential treatment of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a private organization; failure to provide medical providers and patients with ALL the available information on diagnosis and treatment by only endorsing the IDSA guidelines; extensive under-reporting of the disease; and conflicts of interest and violations of ethics rules.

Because of restrictions imposed by the IDSA guidelines, thousands of chronically ill patients are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and denied medically necessary treatment. In addition, insurers use the IDSA guidelines to deny treatment to those who legitimately have Lyme disease.

Requested Action

Make two phone calls: one call to each of your U.S. Senators.

You might think that your one voice doesn't matter -- but you'd be wrong! EVERY voice helps to increase the volume. We desperately need to be heard, and we need your voice on Jan. 26-27 when we launch this national initiative.

Here’s a link with contact information for U.S. senators:

Below are the names and numbers for the U.S. senators who represent our state, along with a sample script.

Senator __________________ Phone: ____________________

Senator __________________ Phone: ____________________

One Minute Script
I am a constituent of [senator name] and I would like to register my concern on an important issue.

I’m concerned about CDC’s handling of the Lyme disease epidemic and CDC’s preferential treatment of a private organization and other conflicts of interest.  

[It’s ok to add a personal comment by mentioning that you, yourself, a family member or friend has Lyme disease.]

“I request that [senator or representative name] review this matter and ensure that CDC’s Lyme disease program receives proper Congressional oversight.”

“Also, please ask [senator name] to co-sponsor bill S. 1503 to establish a Tick-borne Disease Advisory Panel.”

“I would appreciate a reply once [senator name] has had a chance to look into this matter.”

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Come Say HI!!

 Don't forget to put this on your calendar and stop by and say HI to two of our advocates Paula and Alison at the Kennebec Pharmacy in Rockport (across from Penn Bay hospital) this coming Monday.

Announcing our newest Lyme Disease Support Group location....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wiscasset Support Group Meeting Reminder

Joel Oyer is a Licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist from Big Toe Bodyworks in Damariscotta Maine.  Here is a description of his practice, experience, and training from his website in his words.

" A “practice” has been defined as “the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use” and anything that you do regularly that nurtures you. I approach my massage as a “practice”. It is something I endeavor to do consciously, with hopeful intent to benefit both people involved. Through massage and the act of human touch, we can encourage a progression towards a healthier, more whole state of being from which healing from within can take place.

I am a graduate of the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. I studied Swedish and Deep Tissue massage as well as Zen Shiatsu. I have further study in deep tissue work with David Lauterstein and myofascial structural integration with Tom Myers. I have been attuned to Reiki Master-Level 3.

My professional past is varied. I graduated from culinary arts school in the early ‘90s and worked as a cook for seven years. I worked on rivers for about that same amount of time as a raft guide and kayak instructor. I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2003. Upon moving to Maine in 2007, I worked as a stone mason crafting structures that can stand the test of time.

My massage practice is an integration of all that I have learned and experienced.  I look forward to the opportunity of working with people to help facilitate a progression towards a healthier, more whole state of being." 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Win The Fight Over Lyme Disease


Win the Fight Over Lyme Disease
 ROCKLAND, Maine— The Destination Wellness Series on February 2nd, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rockland Public Library features Paula Jackson-Jones, who will talk about hers and many others' experiences before receiving a Lyme diagnosis. She will describe finding a trusted practitioner and how she learned to interpret the clinical information she was given. 

 Joining Paula is Jolinda Rocket, who will discuss symptoms that only minimally respond to traditional treatments and will share information about a newly developed system involving acupuncture and homeopathy. They will both discuss general habits that everyone should be aware of to support improved outcomes of Lyme.

  Paula Jackson Jones is President and Co-Founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education, a non-profit organization, which fosters support to the Midcoast Maine Lyme community by supplying them with information on tick-borne diseases and connections to Lyme literate providers. By educating the community on prevention and providing information for diagnosing and treatment options, they hope to reduce Maine's Lyme disease count and get more medical providers trained on updated information for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and co-infections. 

 Jolinda Rockett, RN, MAc Acupuncturist, has been in practice in Camden Maine as a licensed acupuncturist since since 1989. Her credentials include a BSN from University of Texas, MAc from Sophia Institute and homeopathy studies around the country, receiving her CCH in 2013.
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Damariscotta Support Group Reminder

All Meetings are FREE and OPEN to the public.  Childcare is not provided so please plan accordingly.
This months meeting will be Open Share.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Brunswick Support Group Meeting Reminder and Speaker

Dr. Jacob Aguiar, ND

Dr. Jacob Aguiar, trained as a primary care naturopathic doctor, works with each patient to create personalized and effective treatment solutions.

Integrative Approach

Prior to receiving his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, a world leader in educating naturopathic physicians, he received his BA in anthropology from Dartmouth College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
He discovered in a class titled “The Anthropology of Health and Illness” that rarely is any disease confined to the physical body or the psyche alone.  Rather, the experience of health and dis-ease is a complex interplay of social, economic, psychological, and physical factors. 
Having a particular interest in Lyme disease and associated infections, Dr Aguiar has studied the work of many leading experts in Lyme diagnosis and treatment, including Dr Klinghardt MD, Dr Horowitz MD, Dr Ross MD, and Dr Burrascano, MD.  Further, he has spent many hours learning from Drs Hecht, Fassler, and Quinn at North Coast Family Health.  He was inspired to join North Coast Family Health after seeing the dramatic health improvements of patients being properly diagnosed and treated.  He continues to deepen his knowledge and stay up to date with current research by attending International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) conferences and other related conferences throughout the year.
As an expert in natural medicine, he integrates each of these aspects of the self into personalized care for each patient.  He believes that when we are physically, emotionally, and cognitively healthy, have meaningful relationships, and our life’s work aligns with our beliefs and values, we experience true health.

Naturopathic Solutions to Long Standing Disease 

Dr. Aguiar’s particular medical interests include:  Lyme disease, brain health (including depression, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease), men’s health (including Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, low libido, erectile dysfunction, low energy, and loss of muscle mass), cardiovascular disease and diabetes, drugless pain management, natural stress reduction, autoimmune disease, and optimizing the health of the business person.
He has pursued additional training in these areas, including specialized medical rotations, and has witnessed the power of naturopathic medicine in bringing improvement in, or even complete resolution to, long standing disease.
Attaining health is a process, and Dr. Aguiar provides proven solutions while supporting and empowering you along the way.  He works with each patient’s desires, beliefs, and values to develop a treatment and management approach that works.

Personal Interests

Dr. Aguiar played four years of varsity soccer at Dartmouth, helping his team to a Sweet Sixteen appearance his junior year.  Set in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, Dartmouth afforded many opportunities for outdoor adventures as well as a rigorous academic experience.  He was fortunate to meet his wife, Laura, during his junior year and their family has recently grown to include a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Bernie.
Dr. Aguiar is still an avid soccer player and you may find him playing a game of pick-up or dribbling a ball at a local soccer field with Bernie.  In addition to playing soccer, he enjoys all forms of vigorous exercise, including cycling, running, hiking, and lifting weights.  He is also an avid landscape painter and you may find him with his easel and paints trying to capture the seasons of New England.  If you see him out and about, feel free to say hi.
He looks forward to working with you to help you establish and reach your personal health goals.