I just finished reading Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments, a new book by anthropologist Wolf D. Storl. I was totally obsessed with this book and couldn't put it down. It contains so much information about the history of Lyme, various theories on the disease, as well as treatment methods. Storl's experience as a well-seasoned anthropologist is evident in his exploration of the relationship between medicine, culture, and politics. He is fairly radical in his assessment of the way that Lyme Disease and ticks are portrayed and the way that the relationship of epidemic disease, advances in medicine and technology, and general cultural trends have effected our relationship to nature. At times, he is quite esoteric, discussing the possibility that ticks are really messengers from the Earth, encouraging us to listen more closely to nature and return to the wisdom of the ancients. He even dives headlong into a discussion of shamanistic tradition, mythology, and the planetary bodies. This book is all over the place - and yet, I think it is totally approachable.
Storl is no stranger to Lyme Disease. He contracted it and suffered all the classic symptoms. As someone intolerant to antibiotics, he sought out care using herbs. Eventually, he found his way to teasel root, and found it to be a vital part to his recovery.