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Lyme panel to share expertise May 21

May 13, 2019
A past Belfast Free Library panel of Lyme disease experts discusses ticks and the diseases they carry.

Belfast — May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and Belfast Free Library will host a free Lyme and tick-borne disease educational panel Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists are Elizabeth Yori, ND, of Heritage Natural Medicine; Paula Jackson Jones, president and co-founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education; and Paul McFarland, owner of Tick Talk Maine.

The panel will cover tick species in Maine and the diseases they carry, how to protect yourself against having a tick encounter, and steps to take if bitten by a tick, from risk exposure to diagnosing to treatment.

Yori is president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Her interests include family medicine, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, nutritional and mental health counseling and working with chronic disease and chronic pain. She has a practice in Belfast.

Jackson Jones, a native of Nobleboro, is a survivor of Late Stage Neurological Lyme Disease and co-infections, misdiagnosed by 23 doctors and specialists. In 2014, she co-founded MLDSE with Angele Rice, a Lyme survivor from Bath. It was during her own battle that she realized information and connections to resources in Maine were not easy to find. Year-round, MLDSE raises awareness, fosters education, advocates for change at local, state and federal levels and provides free resources and support to those afflicted by Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease here in Maine.

McFarland's company helps people enjoy their time outdoors by drastically reducing the number of ticks on their property. His studies and training allow him to apply treatments that are safe for use around people, pets and plants, while detrimental to the tick population.

For more information, call library at 338-3884, ext. 10.


Elizabeth Yori, ND
Paula Jackson Jones
Paul McFarland and friend
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