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Great news for the Lyme disease community!


The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $800,000 grant to explore predictive analytic techniques using data collected by the MyLymeData patient registry. Researchers at the University of California ( UCLA ) and Claremont McKenna college will collaborate with LymeDisease.Org on their "big data project." is a national patient advocacy organization, launched by MyLymeData in 2015. The project has enrolled 9,000 patients since then, putting it in the top 5 percent of patient-led registries in the nation. All of this is HUGE for those of us with Lyme disease, and for those of us who have experienced any of the many co-infections that oftentimes accompany this potentially debilitating disease!

This being shared, Please note: The final Lyme Support Group meeting for this year will be on Thursday evening, 7 p.m., at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 217 Deronda St. (County Road F) in Amery.

Our speaker for the evening will be Amy Olson, Acupuncturist, from Olson Acupuncture Group in Stillwater, Minnesota. With this being our final meeting, and our speaker coming from Stillwater, we are hoping for a good turnout to welcome her—as well as to say our "goodbyes" to each other until we meet again next year on Thursday evening April 26, same time, "same station" (smile).

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday, Oct. 26.

Ann Krisik


'War on the EPA' is alarming


On Oct. 11, the PBS program Frontline aired "War on the EPA," an alarming documentary focusing on Trump appointee Scott Pruitt¹s ties to the big oil and coal industries and how he has acted to further their interests as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The day before PBS ran this program, Pruitt had announced the repeal of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which nudged states toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants over the next two decades.

In his brief tenure as EPA head, Pruitt has repealed or blocked many other common-sense regulatory measures protecting public health, such as banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide shown to damage the brains of fetuses and infants. Chlorpyrifos is manufactured by Dow, and Pruitt vetoed the ban after a private meeting with Dow's CEO.

In a Pulitzer PrizE winning series, New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton has publicly exposed Pruitt's beholdenness to polluters, unearthing emails from Devon Energy in Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma with wording Pruitt used verbatim in his protests against EPA rulings.

A climate change denier, Pruitt has obstructed attempts to move our country away from dependence on dirty, polluting energy sources toward renewables. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA fully 14 times to kill regulations that keep America's environment and citizens safe.

Pruitt was also instrumental in organizing Republican attorneys general in other states to fight the change to clean, renewable energy. Eric Lipton, attending one of their gatherings, reported seeing fossil fuel lobbyists openly writing checks to the AGs.

Our Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, another climate change denier, voted to approve the deeply corrupt Pruitt, again demonstrating his bad judgment and enabling what journalist Jane Mayer calls "the triumph of the anti-environmental movement" in the Trump administration.

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls