Episode available within Canada only.

Lyme disease, a mysterious tick-borne illness, is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the United States, and over the past decade, the tick that carries Lyme has been spreading across Canada with alarming speed. TICKED OFF: THE MYSTERY OF LYME DISEASE is a fascinating and eye-opening documentary that explores a disease that has devastating effects, is often misdiagnosed and mistreated, and continues to be mired in a medical controversy.

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More than 30,000 cases are reported in the USA every year, but the real number could be as high as 300,000. And despite hard evidence that the Lyme-carrying, deer tick has already established populations across Canada, some people claim that patients here are still being told that they cannot contract Lyme in this country.

Doctors agree that if it’s caught early Lyme disease can usually be cured with two to four weeks of antibiotics. There are others who believe that if it’s not caught early, the infection can develop into a debilitating condition they call Chronic Lyme. Yet unlike West Nile, Encephalitis or SARS, where the medical profession and scientists joined forces to find better treatments or a cure, many patients, who claim to have chronic Lyme, say that they are being denied treatment and left to suffer.  So why is this happening?

From the micro world of the tick and its disease-causing bacteria, to the macro world of human suffering and medical science, TICKED OFF: THE MYSTERY OF LYME DISEASE investigates the story behind this current medical mystery.

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Credits (Click to expand)


Annette Bradford

associate producer
Robert Ballantyne
Olena Sullivan


written and directed by
Ryszard Hunka

produced by
Erna Buffie
Merit Jensen Carr

David McGunigal

Gabriel Levesque

original music
Shawn Pierce

graphics and animation
Jamie Hopkins
Pete Siemens

assistant camera
Pascal Boisvert
James Meagher

location sound
Russ Dyck

line producer
Sandra Moore

research/visual research
Bonnie Dickie

additional visual research
Diedra Renee Bayne
David McGunigal

online editor
Jack Lauder

sound editors
Russ Dyck
John Schritt

re-recording engineer
Howard Rissin

assistant editor / conform editor
Diedra Renee Bayne

post production supervisor
Sandra Moore

post production coordinator
Diedra Renee Bayne

production assistants
Ariel Levine
Dan Catalfamo
Sara Alfaro-Franco
Colin Foley
Laura Carnet

Jennifer Jensen-Tracy
Christine Liber

special thanks
Elizabeth Wood Jeffrey Russel
Melitta Franceschini Dr. Kateryn Rochon
Mary deLisser Marjorie Johns
Jim Wilson Barbara Buchman
Donna Moriarty Debra Heras
Taylor, Avery, Graham and Harrison Goertzen Dr. Alison Bested
Staff and patients at Pacific Frontier Medical Clinic, Pangaea Clinic of Naturopathic
Medicine, Dr. McShane’s clinic
Staff at New York Medical College
Staff and students at Fort Richmond Collegiate
The McGill Migratory Bird Observatory and Redpath Museum, McGIll University
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal
School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
University of Victoria, SEMS
Humans and Canines at the “One Health Tick-Borne Disease Testing Clinic,” UC Davis
Public Health Agency of Canada, National Microbiology Laboratory
Lyme Disease Support Group of Manitoba
Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme)
Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

additional footage courtesy of
Footage Search
Little Wolf Production
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology – www.iceman.it
Roger Teissl, Austrian Police
Paul Mihalick
Lisa Hilton
Magnum Photos
Stuart Franklin

produced by
Tick Films Inc. / Merit Motion Pictures

produced in association with
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2013

senior producer
Frances-Mary Morrison

executive producer
Sue Dando



executive producer
Merit Jensen Carr
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online editing
Edwin Wilkinson

associate director
Renée Moreau

unit production manager
June Hall

business manager
Documentary Unit
Wilma Alexander

senior producers
FM Morrison
Caroline Underwood

executive producer
Sue Dando

executive director
Documentary Programming
Mark Starowicz

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