Spring 2016 Newsletter - Issue #43
The last several months have been interesting ones.  Towards the end of 2015, I was feeling off; I knew something wasn't right.  My inflammation level had increased, and I was looking for answers.  Quite honestly, I didn't feel like it was "Lyme", and it wasn't.

I did a repeat RealTime Labs Urinary Mycotoxin test and found very high levels of ochratoxin A.  While I know that some people debate the usefulness of this form of testing, my levels 2 years earlier were 0 for ochratoxin A and were now over 5.

Fortunately, I identified what appears to be the smoking gun.  I was once again struggling with the challenges of mold illness.  It wasn't the first time, and given my HLA DR susceptibilities, it may not be the last.

The good news was the exposure was not coming from my living environment, and I was able to take steps to remove myself from what appears to have been the primary source of exposure.  I've been working with my practitioners for a few months to go through the various steps often required to recover from mold exposure in a susceptible individual.  

I cannot stress how important it is for those with Lyme that are still struggling to explore mold.  It is almost always a factor when people aren't responding to treatment in my experience; especially if your HLA-DR results are mold or multi-susceptible.  When mold is left unexplored, the chances of regaining health are often limited.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that when mold is a factor (again, not uncommon), it is probably more significant than Lyme for many people. It simply cannot be ignored.

The good news is that I am back on track now, and while I am still focused on treating the mold issues, I am already seeing some very clear progress.  

Be optimistic....and explore broadly!


In Better Health,
Chronic Lyme Disease Summit
The Chronic Lyme Disease Summit will be held online April 4-11, 2016.

This may end up being the largest online event in history on the topic of Lyme disease, and I for one am very excited.

Some of the speakers include Dr. Richard Horowitz, Dr. Kenneth Stoller, Dr. Jason West, Dr. Kevin Conners, Dr. Raj Patel, Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, Dr. Lee Cowden, and many more.  I'm honored to be one of the speakers at this event as well.   

Daily speakers will be available online to watch for free, and the entire event recordings can be purchased for as low as $49 to listen to whenever suits your schedule best.

I hope you enjoy this event; I can't wait!

If you are connected in the community and want to share this event, you can even earn a little money yourself by becoming an affiliate.

Current Evaluation and Treatment of Mold Toxicity Conference
It is no secret that Dr. Neil Nathan is one of my favorite mentors and one of the practitioners I respect the most.

He is deeply knowledgeable on Lyme, mold, methylation, and many other topics needed to help patients with chronic illness.

Dr. Nathan is hosting "Current Evaluation and Treatment of Mold Toxicity" June 11, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA.  I have no doubt that this will be a superb event for those wanting to learn about mold illness.  

Speakers include Dr. Neil Nathan and Industrial Hygienist, John Banta.

The full schedule can be found here.

A Delicious New Book

Amie Valpone from The Healthy Apple has a delicious new cookbook out that fits right in with eating healthy and living well.

It's called "Eating Clean" and is just yummy.  Health is now officially delicious.  

200+ gluten/dairy/corn/soy/peanut free recipes for all of us to enjoy.

Here's a sample recipe for Amie's Golden Bell Pepper Soup.  Enjoy!


Autism Recovery Telesummit 
In January, Luminara Serdar hosted the Autism Recovery Telesummit.  I was honored to have been asked to share my story and speak at this empowering online event.  

My talk was "Recovering From Lyme Disease, A Potential Factor in Autism", and I was fortunate to have Luminara make the recording available freely for me to post on my blog.  

You can find it here.  Enjoy!

LDI - Low Dose Immunotherapy
One of the more exciting therapies to emerge for Lyme disease and coinfections in the past couple of years is LDI - low dose immunotherapy.  

While the potential application goes far beyond Lyme, having a way to build immune tolerance of Lyme-related microbes is proving to be a powerful option for many.  Nothing works for everyone, but I think LDI has taken a top position among emerging treatment options.

I recently wrote a blog about LDI which you can find here.
LymeLight Events
I have worked with the LymeLight Foundation for the last few years and love the work the Foundation does to support children and young adults with Lyme.  

We have two exciting upcoming events, and I would appreciate your support.

The first event is right around the corner.  Dart for Art is April 8, 2016.  Come join us for some amazing fun and all for a great cause.  Learn More

Artwork by Kathryn Abernathy
Artwork by Kathryn Abernathy

Then, it won't be long until Ryde for Lyme is here.  Ryde for Lyme is August 6, 2016, and I am hoping to raise at least $2500 for this event.  More would be an even bigger blessing for those that benefit from the foundation's work.  Learn More

Thanks in advance for your generous support!
Embrace The Grace Support For Lyme
My younger brother has had unexplained health challenges for many years.  He was just diagnosed with Lyme disease and has a long road ahead.  

He put together these "Embrace The Grace" T-Shirts to help support his medical costs. 

Here are a few words from my brother: "Since I have had so many people ask me how they can help, and since I am terrible at accepting charity or handouts.....I have decided to sell these shirts. Proceeds will go directly to offset the costs of medicines to treat my Lyme disease. Thanks to you all whether you purchase a shirt or not. The calls, messages and prayers have been very much appreciated. Feel free to share!"

DNA Connexions
I'm very excited about this new Lyme test from DNA Connexions.  I first learned about it from Dr. Klinghardt, and he shared it recently at a chronic illness conference.

I have a couple of coaching clients that have shared their result with me, and I have to say I am impressed with what I have seen.  Of course, it is still early and time always bring clarity, but I do think this has real promise.

Borrelia, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma are all part of the Lyme panel. With a cost of $425 as of March 2016, this appears to be a very reasonably priced option.

I think it is definitely worth exploring further.  

Chronic Wellness Summit

I am honored to be among the speakers for the upcoming Chronic Wellness Summit which will take place online in early May.  

Other speakers include Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Christine Schaffner, Dana Walsh, Ben Greenfield, Dr. Terry Wahls, Dr. Alireza Panaphour, and more. 

It is such a blessing to be able to share information in these online summits, and I can't wait to learn more from this exciting event which will occur May 2-13, 2016.

Thanks for Your Support!
I very much appreciate those of you that support my work.  I know that treating Lyme is expensive, and I am grateful for your support.

The costs of operating the site and attending the various events that provide its content add up.  Your help makes it possible.

If you are interested in supporting my work, you can do a one-time donation or a smaller recurring monthly donation such as $1/month.

Biomat - A Favorite Healing Tool
Biomat is amethyst crystals combined with far infrared and negative ions.  

Some have reported reduced inflammation, reduced pain, reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep, improved circulation, enhanced detoxification, and more.  

Over 3 years now, and I still LOVE it! 

Recent Radio Shows and Podcasts
Information about Lyme disease and recovering from chronic illness seems to be growing exponentially.  I'm so excited that we have several excellent sources of valuable information available.  Here are a few of the recent radio shows and podcasts that may be worth listening to.  To listen, click the orange links below.

BulletProof Radio with Dave Asprey
Lyme Ninja Radio with Mackay Rippey LAc

Extreme Health Radio with Justin and Kate
BetterHealthGuy Tidbits!
Below you will find a handful of links to information I have found useful over the past few months. I hope you find them to be of interest.
Healing Tool: Sunlighten Sauna 

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