Lyme disease: The painful and hard-to-diagnose infection

Some farm victims are finding that it takes years to diagnose and that the medical community is not unanimous about how to treat it. But when it strikes and treatment is delayed, the results can be catastrophic


Ron Coutts smiles modestly into the camera during a television interview about his family’s maple syrup and beef farm near Perth in Lanark County. The curved peak of his ball cap rides low, just shy of the seemingly hardy farmer’s eyes. He’s talking about making maple syrup: He and his wife Diana tap 6,000 maples and sell the syrup along with freezer beef and many other products from local farmers at their on-farm store. It’s April 2008.

Better Farming - May 2011