Friday, July 27, 2012

"What Is The Most Resilient Parasite?"

                                                   Dom Cobb – Inception - 2010

“What is the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?
An idea.  Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate...”

Doc Brown was an astute medical detective. I remember one of his patients telling me,

 “I’ve been to ten different doctors, took all these tests, and not one doctor knew what was wrong with me until I came to Doc Brown.”

Yes, Doc Brown knew what to test for and what labs to use. Doc Brown had a game plan for attacking all the bacteria, viruses, etc. He had a game plan for improving your immune system. He had a game plan for getting each patient well. Sounds promising? Sounds like this could work? But there was one problem.  A BIG problem. And I never saw it until I observed my son at a monthly doctor’s visit. (See A Lyme State of Mind)

Doc Brown focused more on the disease than on the game plan to get well. You could say he was obsessed with finding the cause of every patient’s symptoms. He tested – relentlessly. As a result, his doctor’s visits were depressing and overwhelming.  True, on one hand, it’s a step in the right direction to know what you’re infected with and to start treating. But, on the other hand, it’s emotionally devastating to find out that you are the unwilling host to not one but MANY resilient pathogens causing havoc in your body. And pathogens, like the Bb spirochete and mycoplasma, have no cell wall, therefore could never be cured!

“Oh my God,” I cried, “I could never be cured!” “My son could never be cured!”   How in the world can you get better if that horrible idea is stuck in your head?


My son dreaded doctor’s visits. He dreaded getting the test results and hearing about all the bacteria, viruses and parasites he was positive for. And the truth was, he just wasn’t feeling better.

He was following Doc’s game plan.  Take antibiotics, and /or other drugs for bacterial infections, anti- virals for the viruses, supplements and herbs to support the organs and immune system, probiotics, vitamins and minerals, etc.

Sounds like a game plan! So what possibly could be the problem? Why did I have that gut-wrenching feeling that this game plan wasn’t working?  Why did I feel that this wasn’t the way for us to be healed? What was the problem?



He was terrified of ticks spreading disease. He was terrified of bug bites developing into chronic disease. He was terrified of walking on the grass! He was terrified to be outside!

But, most of all, I believe, he was terrified that most of his patients would not recover.

My heart sank as I watched the despair creep up in my son’s eyes while Doc was going over his chronic symptoms and writing out a refill prescription. That was the defining moment for me. My son had finally realized that he had chronic symptoms. Persistent, chronic symptoms that Doc could only hope to relieve but not heal.

That was when I knew I had to seek out an alternative way to better health. I had to leave this system.  I had to find a way to eradicate the parasitic idea of “chronic disease” from my thought process. And my son was the catalyst. My son’s chronic condition motivated me to go out on a limb and seek out a treatment that was relatively new. A treatment that was foreign to me. A treatment that did not involve conventional medicine. This decision ultimately changed our lives for the better.

There was no denying that Doc was doing his best and going above and beyond helping incredibly sick people and children. But the fact was that I had yet to meet one of Doc’s patients that were healed of their chronic problems. There were patients that did improve with Doc’s treatment plan. But most were resigned to their fate that they will face chronic issues for the rest of their lives.

I couldn’t accept this. I believed that my son and I would regain our health.

Within a few months, I began holistic treatments with Dr. Lovejoy and my son started the Allergie-Immun therapy* soon after. A year later, I also began the Allergie-Immun therapy. And I’m happy to report that our “chronic” days are now behind us.

Thankfully, my son never got caught up with THE FEAR.  He still loves to play a pick up game of soccer every now and then. And he especially loves to fish. But what he loves most is being symptom free, having his life back and feeling “normal” again.

Energy is life and health. Missing energy stands for sickness and death...A lot of secrets in energy have been physically and scientifically decoded…

Conventional medicine is still attached to a mechanistic conception of the world…”Allergie-immun” concentrates on the energetic field only...

From the Patient Information pamphlet for Allergie-Immun

*I have no financial interest in allergie-immun and do not make any commission off of any sales.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Fear Leads to Anger. Anger Leads to Hate. Hate Leads to Suffering."

Yoda – Star Wars Episode1: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Here I go again – another Star Wars quote (See Listen to Your Gut ) but how could I resist? I’m in the process of dissolving my fear of bug bites leading to chronic disease. Do I still have THE FEAR? Well, what do you think? I’m working on it! These rewired thoughts don’t change overnight. But, I truly feel that I had a chronic disease. It’s in the past. (Notice I said HAD!) And I also realized that I was angry! I was angry at myself for getting sick! And I suffered because of this thought.

When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease, I thought that all I needed was a course of antibiotics and I would be back to normal. But, what I didn’t know at that time was that I was already in late stage Lyme. I knew something was wrong. I knew my symptoms were chronic. I knew being spacey, tired, woozy and achy every day wasn’t normal. But I also knew that the GP who prescribed the amoxicillin for me, knew very little about Lyme and I needed to find a LLMD. He couldn’t help me. I was on my own. And I was scared. I had to find an investigative doctor who understood how to treat chronic Lyme. For the first time in my life, I had to find a doctor that was out of network. I had no choice. I knew a ten minute doctor’s visit wasn’t going to solve my problem. And I certainly wasn’t going to wind up like this:

Thought I’d put in a little comic relief :). But, as you can see... there is a dark side...

The ugly truth is that there is a lot of misinformation and ambiguity surrounding Lyme disease and its treatment. It is a known fact that many LLMDs in the country (mostly members of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) have disputed the CDC's and IDSA'S (Infectious Disease Society of America) recommended 2-4 week course of antibiotics for the treatment of Lyme. The CDC doesn’t recognize chronic Lyme disease. According to the CDC, patients with lingering symptoms, after taking the recommended course of antibiotics, have a condition called “Post-treatment Lyme disease Syndrome” in which “the exact cause of PTLDS is not yet known...”

There has been a huge debate over the treatment of Lyme. Many doctors have been actually targeted by state medical boards and have lost their licenses, for prescribing long term and intravenous antibiotics for their patients.

Award winning documentary, Under Our Skin, is a heart-rending and illuminating look at this controversial hidden epidemic. “Through dramatic stories of those who have been affected by the disease, the film shows how controversies concerning diagnosis and treatment are leaving patients abandoned by the mainstream medical establishment. As Lyme sufferers visit specialist after specialist, so many are told that their problems are “all in their heads.” Many are misdiagnosed with incurable and often deadly syndromes. Some lose their jobs, their health insurance, their life savings, and even their lives…”

So why is Lyme so mystifying? And how can it be so easily misdiagnosed by so many doctors? The answer lies in one word – testing. As the film points out, “standard testing is unreliable.” A negative test result could still mean you have the disease. Lyme is very complicated to diagnose (See Damn! We’re in a Tight Spot) The Bb spirochete likes to change forms. It likes to hide in your organs and soft tissue. And many times, it’s not alone. Co-infections such as, Babesia, Anaplasma and Bartonella, often are transmitted by the same tick that transmits the Lyme bacteria. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Only a competent investigative LLMD will know what other pathogens to test for and the appropriate labs to use. But there is a catch. Competent LLMD’s are few and far between. Many patients have to travel to another state for treatment. Most do not take insurance. Most of the labs that are the most reliable are private labs and are out of network. Supplements, herbs and possibly homeopathic support, may be an additional out of pocket expense.

A typical office visit including supplements may run a patient a couple hundred dollars. Lyme and co-infection testing could cost anywhere from $400.00 to well over $1,000.00. And then, last but not least, are the health insurance companies, who many times refuse to cover the long term Lyme treatment.

Patients are literally caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s no wonder why there is a tremendous amount of fear among Lyme patients. It’s no wonder why there is so much anger toward the “mainstream medical establishment” that defines Chronic Lyme as "Post-treatment Lyme disease Syndrome" – cause unknown. It’s no wonder that there are a lot of sick people out there who are misdiagnosed, mistreated and misguided by a broken, complacent system.

I was one of the angry patients. I hated myself for getting a complicated disease that caused financial burden and emotional stress for my husband and children. What frustrated me the most were the lengthy and costly treatments and testing that seemed to never end. It wasn’t until I brought my younger son in to see Doc Brown that I realized that this wasn’t working for me anymore. I had an epiphany. And it hit me while I observed Doc at a monthly doctor’s visit. I realized that my son and I would never be healed if we stayed with this doctor. I realized that I would always be chronically sick if I stayed within this system.

I had to leave…for my son’s sake.

I had to leave…to be healed.

To be cont…