Lyme disease and co-infections

Yep, I’ve got everything but the kitchen sink, so we might as well add in Lyme disease and co-infections, the more the merrier!

My first Lyme disease test was 10 years ago (Igenex) and one of my blog readers said it was possibly positive even though the MD who ordered it never mentioned that to me. So my current MD asked me to retest and she tells me that it shows a high degree of probability for Lyme disease (test results at bottom).

I remembered that one of my blog readers mentioned he had done live blood analysis in Boulder where I live and highly recommended it. I remembered too that a friend of mine mentioned he had a microscope. So, I borrowed it and I have not been able to look away for days on end. Examining the blood in dark-field microscopy is astonishingly interesting — it’s like looking at a new planet with continents and oceans and strange creatures you’ve never seen before. Of course many of the creatures I wish  I never had the pleasure of seeing.

live blood microscopy

my microscope and camera

Why did I wait so long to look at my blood under a microscope? It doesn’t help that if you search “live blood analysis” on Google, you find  lots of trolls telling you not to fall for the scam. Well let me tell you my friends, it’s just science. If you’re one of those trolls, let’s inject a drop of my blood in you and you’ll change your tune.

It appears that my whole family is infected. I have yet to test my oldest daughter but my wife and youngest daughter  have the same critters I do. It’s kind of heartbreaking to look at your 14-year-old daughter’s blood and see massive infestation. But on the other hand, now we know why the past year or so have been such a struggle. To give you an idea, I’d guess she only attended school maybe halftime over the last year.

Here’s what her blood looks like under the microscope. Unfortunately the magnification is not as good through the camera as it is through the eyepieces:

See the snow-like movement in the black areas? That’s a blood-borne infection. You can also see what I’m fairly certain is babesia attached to most of the red blood cells. I also saw text book spirochetes clear as day. But I’m getting a new microscope that will allow me to do dark-field at 2500x so I can show you too. Yeah, I’m a little obsessed.

What kills me is that you can see these bugs with a $200 microscope but no MD ever suggested it or did it. I spent a week at the Mayo Clinic which cost almost $20,000 and while they performed thousands and thousands of dollars worth of lab tests, probably using equipment worth millions of dollars, they were too smart to look at my blood under the microscope your kids use in high school.

Do you know how long it took me to discover my wife and daughter’s blood is infected? Well it takes about 30 seconds to prick the finger  and prepare the slide, and another 30 seconds to focus the microscope. One minute. One stinking minute. As it turns out, my MD was diagnosed with Lyme herself about a year ago and is studying under one of the best Lyme literate MDs in Colorado (who charges $400 an hour and doesn’t accept insurance), and I bet now she’s going to get a microscope if nothing else to see her own blood.

The fact that I have Lyme didn’t surprise me much — I’ve always assumed I probably did. But it really had not occurred to me that Lyme might explain why my whole family is ill. So this is a really momentous discovery.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still on board the nutritional balancing program and I believe Dr. Wilson when he says that most Lyme victims recover without special treatment when their minerals are balanced through the program. I’m intending to do a long post showing the progression of my hair tests which is starting to look miraculous after adding sauna…

BUT, knowing about the Lyme layer, is very very helpful, not just for my family but for me also. When I went to see my MD this week, it wasn’t just to talk about my diagnosis. I also wanted to talk about Strongyloides and Ivermectin, because I believed that my treatment was ended prematurely (after three months). This is kind of a long story and I’m not sure how to summarize it…

So here’s a copy of the note I sent my doctor last week:

I’ve been keeping a daily log for about four years and have been jotting down some key items from it on a calendar for that whole time. One of the things I keep track of is how long my first stretch of sleep is during the night. The longer my first stretch is, the better I feel the next day. If my first stretch of sleep is less than three hours, even though I go back to sleep,  I feel awful the next day. Three hours is what I need to keep me functional. If my first stretches five hours long I feel remarkably better. So I’ve tracked this metric very carefully always looking for something that would improve my sleep.

Those five hour stretches used to be very rare and only came after I got sleep deprived or push myself too far for several days in a row. It used to be that after sleeping well one night, I was guaranteed to sleep poorly the next night. So for example, if I got a five hour stretch one night, I would feel good the next day, but that following night, my first stretch would be three hours or less, throwing me back into the cycle of sleep deprivation.

Prior to taking Ivermectin, it’s possible that I never had two good nights in a row, and I’m absolutely certain that I never EVER had three good nights in a row. But after taking Ivermectin, I suddenly slept well for three nights in a row and the number of good nights in a month jumped from something like 3 to 12.

After stopping Ivermectin, my sleep slowly but steadily deteriorated and I’m back to feeling sleep deprived virtually all the time.

So I would like to discuss the idea of pursuing a longer Ivermectin treatment, maybe as long as a year. Below is some information on human toxicity from this book. I’ll bring my calendar with notes so you can see how much Ivermectin I took and when along with my sleep record…

Well, after getting my Lyme diagnosis, I did a Google search on Ivermectin Lyme Babesia and bingo, I discovered Ivermectin, is not just good for strongyloides, but also Lyme (borrelia burgdorferi) and babesia which I can see under the microscope.

If you’ve been following me, you know I don’t like pharmaceuticals at all but make some exceptions. Ivermectin is going to be one and I restarted today.

Here’s the treatment plan I intend to pursue:

  • Ivermectin
  • Doug coil
  • Essential oils
  • Sauna
  • Nutritional balancing

There is so much more to say… and I will plan to expand this post over time.

Please note the comments are open for 45 days after I publish any post and I do want to hear from you!

I’ll leave you with some videos that have influenced my thinking:

And this one which I can’t embed.

My Igenex test results:

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    Corrie from Holland May 24, 2017, 9:25 pm

    Hi Buddy great post,
    I also followed dr wilsons protocol for a while, one of the best diets out there.
    Cos of him I did a lot of coffee enemas and ship loads of ropeworms came out.
    My mate is recovered from Lyme doing bioresonatie therapy, not all bioresonatie praticeners here in Holland are the same quality, but the one in my area is one of the best, I send my mum overthere and see first hand that it works, I just did my first session, he found 4 kinds of parasites, he was suppriced I have not so much symptoms carrying 4 different kinds of parasites. He still need to test me for heavy metals and fungus.
    Dit you ever have used mms?, I no someone who has so much benefits of it to control his Lyme
    Do you have seen this docu? Under our skin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWFFiIZgr6U
    Thank you for your wonderfull blog, Corrie

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      Eric May 25, 2017, 3:08 pm

      Thanks Corrie, I have not used MMS although I believe it works. I purchased some but could not get beyond the smell 🙂

      My impression is that there are many many ways to treat Lyme effectively but we are all unique and ideally we look for the best way to treat each person individually… I’m still working out what I think that is for me and I’m letting Naturopaths decide that for my wife and children. I’m adopting some of their treatment for myself such as the Pekana drainage package (Itires, Renelix, apo-HEPAT).

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    Margie May 15, 2017, 12:06 pm

    Hi Eric, what an epic post. Thank you for it and all comments.
    re your sleep (or lack of) I saw a programme in UK by Dr Mike Moseley, a very poor sleeper, where he greatly improved his sleep by taking a prebiotic powder just before bed. He took his in warm water (looked vile!); I take mine on fruit/yogurt, not for sleep but just for gut health.
    Worth a try?

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      Eric May 16, 2017, 3:26 pm

      thanks Margie 🙂
      I have tried prebiotic at bedtime without much luck… I’m pretty hopeful that getting rid of strongyloides (threadworms) will do the trick. if not then maybe I will have to knock out some other infections. But the main thing is I know I’m a breeding ground for bugs right now!

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    JB May 11, 2017, 3:14 am

    Hi Eric,
    Just found your website, thanks for sharing your experience. I also live in Colorado and recently found out after years and years of being sick and not knowing the reason why, that I have the HLA gene and issues with my detox and meth pathways as well. I have been diagnosed with CIRS and Lyme, as well as other co-infections that seem to go hand in hand. I haven’t even looked into heavy metals or parasites yet. Although it’s a relief to finally have a diagnosis, this is all a bit overwhelming to me right now. Just wondering who you are seeing for treatment out here and if you’d recommend them? I am actually seeing a doctor in who is not certified by him, but seems to be following the Shoemaker protocal. She is not as literate in Lyme or with heavy metals.

    Thanks!

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    Cindy May 7, 2017, 4:49 pm

    Very similar issues, differences being: I was a super healthy athlete before I got sick, sunshine makes me feel better, and I can sleep….boy, can I sleep! 16-20 hrs every day at my worst fatigue a few yrs ago. It was like I only had enough energy to sleep (not even enough to be awake).
    Tried everything under the sun. On Nutritional Balancing Program as well, and it has DEFF helped! Juicing organic had helped tremendously (that’s how I get most of my veggies, because I hate them in general). Farm eggs, grass-fed milk, and wild meat. Recently tried colloidal silver and for the first time in YEARS felt my internal organs relax. Taking big doses. Indicates to me that maybe my source is bacterial, viral, or fungal (which is more progress than any Drs made!)
    My husband seems to be having energy issues, too now, so I wonder of what I have is contagious. ….or if the whole world is just getting sick because of all the chemicals and poisons in our food and environment–it’s just about impossible to escape, and so many people are getting fatigue issues. I have made tremendous progress, but I still don’t think I have located the root cause. We’ll research the live blood as you have recently discovered, and see if it’s related to our issues.
    Have you considered connections to root canals? Recently read The Toxic Tooth and now looking for some thermo imaging before I make the big decision to get my root canal teeth extracted.
    Just started the hydrogen peroxide protocol today, and I found your sitem while trying to locate better instructions than in the audio book we had. Thank you, your instructions will be easier to follow.

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      Eric May 8, 2017, 4:53 pm

      Hi Cindy, I have read about the root canal problem in many many places. I’m fortunate not to have any but my wife does have, so definitely concerned. You may want to read Dr. Lawrence Wilson’s comments on dental issues. He says five minutes of near-infrared exposure on the jaw five times a day has cured all kinds of old unseen dental infections in his experience. It seems to provoke a flareup with healing afterwards.

      I do envy your sleep, wow!

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    Ivy May 6, 2017, 5:03 pm

    Eric did something go wrong with your comments section. I cannot get to your response to me.I can only see it at the side bar of “recent comments” and therefore cannot read it in its entirety.

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      Eric May 8, 2017, 4:36 pm

      I see there was a problem – I made a change and you should be able to see my reply if you refresh the page now 🙂

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    Kelly May 4, 2017, 8:21 pm

    Hi Erik,

    I have what might seem like a weird question. I’m wondering what else was going on in your life when you moved to Florida and got sick? I realize this might be too personal of a question, so will understand if you’d rather not answer.

    I ask, because I’m wondering if there’s something else — besides infections, environmental exposures, etc — that hasn’t been addressed that MIGHT be playing a role.

    Thanks.

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      Eric May 5, 2017, 2:54 pm

      Lots of big exciting things and stress – raised an angel investment for my Internet startup, hired friends, first child born, then the NASDAQ crash and had to fire my friends. First home purchase.

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        Kelly May 6, 2017, 5:56 am

        Thanks for your speedy and honest reply Erik. We don’t know each other, but that’s kind of what I thought you’d say.

        Why? Because like you, I’ve been sick for a long time. Yes, I had a couple of remissions, but when things got bad, stress-and-pressure-wise, (especially when I ran out of $ and had to go on medicaid), no matter what protocol I tried — and believe me — I’ve tried many of those dozen or so you’ve tried — I’ve never been able to get back to, say, 80-90%.

        (I figure being sick for so long that it’s probably unwise to expect 100%, but I do believe I can get back to at least 80%.)

        I guess my point is that it’s not going to make much difference what you try next, unless you (and your family members) can work big time on both lowering stress levels, letting go of past traumas (forgiving yourself, your friends, the situations, etc) and maybe most importantly, letting go of the pressure we put on OURSELVES to get well (or reach any sort of goal) within a particular time-frame.

        I hope you don’t find this insulting, or feel that I’m suggesting it’s all in your head. Nothing could be further from the truth.

        I’m not saying you don’t have chronic lyme (despite Igenex’s controversial reputation), or any of the other diagnoses. I’m just saying that stress, especially chronic, low-grade, maybe even subconscious stress — will block or at the very least, strongly inhibit healing. And that perhaps by working on that ‘elephant in the room’, we may all find we’re getting better. Actually getting better. And it doesn’t have to cost a cent, which I find empowering.

        One caveat: One thing chronic stress does (besides the ol’ cliche of stressing out the adrenals), is stressing the gut, which as you know affects the immune system, digestion, assimilation, neurotransmitters, and on and on. So perhaps addressing and/or supporting the gut with various nutrients and/or specific high-dose probiotics and prebiotics will be essential to help stabilize things to help bring things into balance.

        But I’m broke right now, so until I can raise some funds, the gut, well, I guess I’ll have to work on that by working on lowering stress. The irony is that not only does stress affect the gut, but the gut microbiome helps to regulate the stress response. Here’s just one study:

        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352289515300370

        Anyway, stress is rarely talked about because we can become so defensive about it. You know, “Everyone has stress in their lives!” But it might be something to consider. Getting better might just be a little “easier” than many of us thought.

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          Eric May 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

          yes Kelly, I’m very aware of the stress problem and ‘healing deadline’ trap and I hope you’re not right! in the meantime I’ll hope for a miracle or two for all of us 🙂

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    Ivy May 2, 2017, 8:56 pm

    I came across your website a while back but there was no way to contact you. I was really appalled at the misinformation about Vitamin D that I saw here and feel that you did your entire family a grave injustice taking it away. Not having read everything on your website because I already do enough medical research, I am not sure why you think it is a bad thing. Did it give you symptoms? if so what were they? Sometimes people have a hypersensitivity to Vitamin D and it raises calcium levels and yes that is not good. Other times people are deficient in magnesium (this CANNOT be found on blood work) and Vitamin D will then give you symptoms which can be rectified by taking magnesium supplements. I too have Lyme and was diagnosed many years ago after having it for nearly 10years. I only wished I had known about Vitamin D then and how important it is to the immune system, helps repair DNA and many other things to numerous to mention here. During that time I also read that Lyme “replicates” using magnesium. Although my standard blood work was fine, a specialty test that actually looked at how much magnesium was in my “cells” showed that there was very little. Lyme sufferers can also get what is called “Herxheimer Reaction” when they take antibiotics and it would NOT surprise me if this may happen when you take Vitamin D because of its antibiotic qualities. Lyme can also give you hypothyroidism and how they diagnose and treat that is “another entire medical community screw-up”. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me by email.

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      Eric May 3, 2017, 1:22 am

      Ivy, it’s complicated because we have copper toxicity and metabolism problems which may be aggravated by Vitamin D supplementation. That’s because Vitamin D supplementation lowers ceruloplasmin which reduces bioavailable copper and iron… Vit D gave me migraines which I now believe might have been through stimulation of my immune system resulting in a herx. You can read more about these vitamin D issues here: http://howirecovered.com/its-the-iron-stupid

      Still, we take some through cod liver oil, albeit little. Mostly we try to get as much sunshine as possible.

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        Ivy May 8, 2017, 10:24 pm

        So the following may help your wife. https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitamin-d-supplementation-may-decrease-thyroid-autoimmunity-among-women-undergoing-treatment-for-hashimotos-thyroiditis/.
        “A recent study published by the journal Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes found that vitamin D supplementation reduced thyroid autoimmunity among women receiving levothyroxine treatment for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.” (Unfortunately you have to be a member to read the entire post.) If she feels unwell, even if being treated for the Hashi’s , then the rest is either from a D deficiency or she is most likely not being treated with the right type(s) of medicine or she is not being treated with enough medicine. Any TSH result over 2.0 is hypothyroidism. Endocrinologists like to refer to it as subclinical.
        Now Morley Robbins had a 30 year career as a hospital administrator. He now promotes the importance of “magnesium” for the human body which he learned from the work of Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND. This is a good thing. The bad thing is that without a science or medical degree he seems to think he knows Vitamin D (and some other things) better than the Vitamin D experts themselves. Dr. Robert Heaney, Dr. Michael F. Holick and Frank and Cedric Garland, just to name a few, have over 130 years of “combined” experience. On average each has 43 years of experience. Mr. Robbins has 0.
        Were you taking any supplemental magnesium when you got the headaches when taking Vitamin D? How much Vitamin D were you taking when it happened? (Yes, it could have been a Herx also but more likely magnesium deficiency.)
        You said “Still, we take some through cod liver oil, albeit little.” “Mostly we try to get as much sunshine as possible.” Warning on the Cod liver oil. It contains preformed A (retinols). Taking too much may not get eliminated from the body. As for sunshine make sure you expose “large amounts of skin”. Arms and face are not enough. If you do live in CO, then at that latitude you cannot make enough Vitamin D to properly sustain (keep healthy) the human body during the months of November thru February.
        So since medical science screwed us all up by telling us it was bad to ingest large amounts of Vitamin D and that sunshine was bad for us and we must slather on sunscreen, which blocks Vitamin D production, now they have come up with a whole new set of “new diseases and disorders”. For example see my posting under Outdoor Lady April 29th.
        Iron overload has a connection to Metabolic Syndrome and Metabolic Syndrome has a connection to low Vitamin D levels.

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          Eric May 11, 2017, 5:57 pm

          I was taking more than a gram of magnesium daily and 2000 IU of vitamin D was enough to give me a migraine after a couple days to a week. I’ve since had my active vitamin D form checked and it is not low even though my storage form is. Ever heard of the Marshal protocol? Check this out: http://lymemd.blogspot.com/2008/05/whats-deal-with-vitamin-d.html – seems to me that Lyme disease is a special case and that using the active form of vitamin D for guidance is very reasonable…

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            Ivy May 17, 2017, 12:12 am

            At https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/newsletter-vitamin-d-questions-and-answers/ you may like to read the first one entitled “Professor Marshall’s recent “discovery”, if you have not done so already.
            The doctor in “lyme blog” has it wrong in the article you mentioned. (I have no idea if he corrects himself later somewhere else on the blog.) He says the following. “This form (meaning 25OHD) has little to no biological activity.” (In recent years this has been negated by science in that there are receptors all over the human body that use 25OHD.) He goes on to state “When you measure the 1,25 form of vitamin D the level is usually in the high normal range or even in the toxic range.” “This is the form of the hormone that is biologically active.” Eric “The simple fact is that when Vitamin D stores are low (25-Hydroxy levels), then 1.25 D goes “high”. Here is an explanation as to the why at https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/activated-vitamin-d-vs-25ohd-levels-what-should-you-measure/.
            I mentioned a “hypersensitivity” to Vitamin D when I first posted. You can read about that here at https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitamin-d-hypersensitivity/. If or when you read it you will notice that under the heading “Other granulomatous diseases”, it lists “cat-scratch disease”. It says that hypercalcemia is usually rare under these conditions in this section but not impossible. Cat-Scratch also goes by the name Bartonelle. This is also carried by ticks. So if Vitamin D causes symptoms in someone with Lyme, maybe this is the angle. They have Lyme and Bartonelle.
            The symptom that you seemed to “add” when you took the Vitamin D or that you stated was the “migraines” and nothing else. So it really does not seem like hypercalcemia. You did say that it happened “after a couple days to a week” which to me seems like you could be running out of a vitamin or mineral. Many people get diagnosed with B12 deficiencies at the same time they are diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. Lack of B12 can give you migraines. You said you “were” taking a gram of magnesium with the Vitamin D”. Does this mean you no longer take any magnesium or take less? I don’t know if it would help but maybe if you approached the Vitamin D very slowly. (Above you said maybe it was herxing.) If so maybe start with 400iu of Vitamin D and see what happens. If after a week or two there are no migraines, then double that to 800iu and see what happens.

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              Eric May 20, 2017, 3:52 pm

              THANKS Ivy, those are very good references and reviewing my history of migraines, I’m convinced that every single one was actually a herx, probably Babesia die-off which is known to cause this pain behind the eyes. so that includes vitamin D and I’m going to try to work up slowly sunshine and supplementation… I just had another 48+ hour migraine after an Ivermectin dose which helped me see the light 🙂

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    OutdoorLady April 29, 2017, 2:06 am

    Eric, congrats on your persistence to retest the Lyme. I hope the treatment brings you and your family the cure and quality of life that all of you deserve. Should you still be ill after completing the treatment, you might want to consider getting tested for and ruling out Systemic Mast Cell Disease / Mast Cell Activation Disorders. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, had health issues as a child; lived in So. California ~36 years and moved back to SW Florida ~4.5 years ago. Like you, my health took a drastic nosedive: chronic debilitating fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, pruritis, histamine intolerance, etc. Last month I realized I had remissions in symptoms when visiting a cooler climate and during cold snaps the last two winters here in Florida… I started researching MCAD and discovered “environmental heat” can be a trigger for many people. There is a wealth of info on tmsforacure.org/ if you or any of your readers are interested. It is extremely difficult to find a doctor here to diagnose (esp. if you have esoteric symptoms as I do). As a fairly new recognized medical condition, the doctors are not well versed in it. All the best!

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    Lisa April 27, 2017, 5:06 am

    I live in Boulder, CO and have such a similar story to yours. Would you mind letting me know who your current doctor is – I have been all over the country seeking help – and while some things have truly been beneficial – others were just expensive wastes of time. I would love some guidance and help where i live as traveling only adds to the stress and expense of healing. Thank you so much for this blog.

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      Eric April 27, 2017, 3:02 pm

      Lisa, we know a handful of people with interesting Lyme experiences here in Boulder, CO including two families like ours where everyone has been infected. If you need a doctor that takes insurance, I would recommend my doctor – Dr. Nancy Brown even though she will tell you she is not yet Lyme disease literate in spite of being infected herself. She is in training with Dr. Dan Kinderlehrer who she thinks very highly of. Today we are starting with Denise Clark, ND who was also trained by Kindeerlehrer. We also know someone who was treated for several months by him and then switch to Denise Clark. Another family has been treated by Dr. Naylor with mixed success and I’ve heard that he is on the aggressive side. Hope this helps!

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    Medical Travelling April 26, 2017, 9:39 pm

    Hi Eric

    have you heard of Spooky2 Rife machine? It could maybe substitute the Doug coil or just be an add on. I eradicated ascaris lumbricoides with it and have good settings for it on my site.

    About the live blood analysis, maybe you could have pointed out the spirochetas from the picture so people could better grasp it?

    Btw, in India and many other Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand live blood analysis is used on daily basis as standard procedure in most integrative clinics.

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      Eric April 27, 2017, 3:03 pm

      Yes I have heard of the spooky2, congratulations on making it work! I have noticed quite a bit of Asian lifeblood analysis videos on YouTube 🙂

      I do plan to improve my videos as you suggest!

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    Ash April 20, 2017, 6:16 pm

    Hi Eric,

    Not sure if my last comment was blocked due to the links in it…but I did want to make sure you knew about Stephen Buhner and his books on Lyme. Certainly worth a read.

    Ash

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      Eric April 22, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Nope, I’m just slow 🙂

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    Ash April 17, 2017, 5:33 pm

    Hi Eric,

    You’ve got to take a look into Stephen Buhner, that is if you don’t already know of him 🙂

    Books: goo.gl/kOqzjw

    Web: http://buhnerhealinglyme.com/

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      Eric April 22, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Thanks Ash, I have done some reading about the Buhner herbs and will do more! Just started a big book on Lyme too and ordered Samento.

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    Karin April 17, 2017, 3:35 pm

    Hi there!
    Sorry to hear about your Lyme dx..
    Am I wrong or did you take mito copper some time ago?
    If I’m not mistaken they claim to be the only Lyme treatment available.
    If you’re still on the copper, would you mind telling how it’s been working/ is working for you?
    Thanks for a great page…
    Best regards Karin

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      Eric April 22, 2017, 2:36 pm

      Hi Karin, I am still taking 1 mito activator. I tried increasing to two but my already poor sleep worsened considerably. My nutritional balancing plan calls for a Copper supplement so I will continue regardless of whether it feels like it’s working or not. I did stop taking many of my methylation supplements as a result of the copper, and maybe I went too far with that. Hard to find the right balance. I do hope Charles Barker is not claiming to be the only Lyme treatment, because that would be nonsense.

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    Lori R Milas April 17, 2017, 1:51 pm

    Oh Gee, Eric. I got your email on Easter… a day when I had hoped to have some of my own answers. My first thought was “no”. I have resisted the Lyme diagnosis forever. It has felt like a fad, like a bad rabbit hole in which there is no end… I told my doctor not to bring this subject up again because he was merciless on my having Lyme. I didn’t want to have the discussion, even though I tested positive several times, even by PCR. I figured, if I have it, all the good things I am doing are the best treatment. (no to the long term IV antibiotics).
    But Eric, sometimes you just need to know… on those days when you feel like crap again, and you just KNOW ‘this isn’t me’. So your blog here has made me think on just accepting the diagnosis, rather than running from it. It wouldn’t change much in terms of treatment, but it might offer some comfort when I am just not able to function the way I want to.

    My doctor sent me home with several Byron White Lyme formulas which your doctor might also suggest. I never took them, of course, because I don’t have Lyme. 😉 But I may pull them off the shelf and start fresh.

    It might also answer the question as to why saunas work so well, and hot parts of the year feel better than cold.

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      Eric April 17, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Now that you mention it Lori, I’ve probably been resisting it also, feeling like I had enough on my plate already over the past few years! Apparently spring and fall are more symptomatic for Lyme disease sufferers…

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    Sita April 17, 2017, 3:45 am

    Congratulations on this breakthrough. How exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing images from your new microscope. I can totally understand why you’re obsessed!

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      Eric April 17, 2017, 2:37 pm

      thank you Sita 🙂

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    Helen Winter April 16, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Hi Eric. Living in the Northeast I know so many people who have been devastated by Lyme Disease. It is heart-breaking to hear that your family is also infected. On the other hand, I am so glad that you that you finally know now! What a huge relief that must be that you have some answers! Especially for your daughter. My naturopath, who uses genetic testing to aid in treatment told me that he sees a genetic pattern in people with chronic lyme similar to other chronic conditions where detoxification is impaired so maybe all your research in nutrition/ detoxification has not been in vain.

    Btw, my original question for you was if you had any luck treating biofilm with proteolytic enzymes? My guess is probably not since you are dealing with lyme and co-infections. Really curious about how you will feel after long rounds of Ivermectin. Please keep us posted! I am very excited to read about how your new treatment is working in your upcoming posts. God bless and God speed in your healing!

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      Eric April 17, 2017, 2:42 pm

      Yes it is a relief, thank you Helen. I looked at my dad’s blood under the microscope yesterday and he’s infected also. Funny you should ask about the enzymes… the first thing I did after seeing my blood under the microscope was to triple my enzyme regimen. Rouleaux or the clumping of red blood cells can be from undigested protein in the blood and I think that is why Dr. Wilson and probably other nutritional balancing experts recommend three enzyme caps (the ones containing ox bile) at every meal. So I’m using this one and I have noticed a difference with the increase: https://www.nowfoods.com/supplements/super-enzymes-capsules – do you use something like that?

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My name is Eric - I‘m 48 and saw a doctor for fatigue at 17. I lived fairly normally if a little subdued by lack of endurance at times. But then, 12 years ago I fell into a nosedive after moving to South Florida. Now, I know heavy metal toxicity is a significant source of my troubles along with genetic methylation cycle dysfunction and Lyme disease. I spent 18 months chelating the metals out and starting up methylation but stopped when I felt myself circling the drain. Currently going after Lyme and co-infections. More about me here.

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