My colleague, Joey Lott, and I have a private forum where members give us all-embracing feedback on our book draft. The book we intend to write will demonstrate the obstacles and approaches to recovering from Lyme, touching on each angle of its controversy, and as we continue to get feedback, I’ve realized two things:
One: that we need to make room for a section on healthy skepticism and encourage research without encouraging solid self-diagnoses.
And two: that I need to personalize my writing, even dare express my opinions because, apparently, people want to know them.
I’ve written plenty about the pros and cons of long term antibiotic usage for Lyme and co, for example, here and here, and I’ve even made it clear that I opted to not take antibiotics for my illness – and still my readers are not sure what my opinion about antibiotics is! It kind of blows my mind that I can write so much about one subject without making my conclusions known. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad thing but apparently it is a thing.
I’ll attempt to do both here. My first real “opinion piece.” No textbooks harmed in the making of this article. (more…)