Tick Boot Camp

Episode 303: Nervous System Health - an interview with Samantha Lynn

Samantha Lynn is a 31-year-old Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from Missouri. She’s also a Vaccine Education Specialist and Transformation Touch Practitioner.

Ms. Lynn had many events occur in her early life that contributed to her declining health leading up to her crash at 21 years old after receiving two vaccines. She ended up in the Emergency Room (ER) and then followed up with a variety of doctors.

Finally, a hypnotherapist referred Ms. Lynn to a functional neurologist where she began her real holistic healing journey. She also started to study the work of Irene Lyon and became an expert in the nervous system, which was pivotal in her healing journey.

If you’d like to learn more about how an unbalanced nervous system can prevent you from healing chronic Lyme disease and how activating the parasympathetic nervous system can significantly assist in healing, then tune in now!

PS Margaux Gunning special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

PPS Ms. Lynn provided a private link to Tick Boot Camp listeners for a free video training from nervous system expert Irene Lyon to learn more about healing trauma (medical, physical, emotional, etc.) and how to move from a state of survival, anxiety, and stuckness to one of hope, possibility, and potential.

Episode 302: Balance is Key - an interview with Rosmeyris Estrella

Rosemeyris Estrella is personal trainer and health and nutrition coach from Pennsylvania. She grew up and spent most of her adult life residing in the urban New York City borough of The Bronx.

Recently, Ms. Estrella and husband decided to offer their 4 children the opportunity to trade city living for the freedom, fresh air, and open spaces offered in rural Pennsylvania. Shortly after moving to their new home, Ms. Estrella discovered she had suffered a bug bite on her left leg after spending time tending to her garden.

Shortly after the bite, she “got a bulls eye rash” at the bite site. Having “no idea about ticks or Lyme” disease, she did not plan to seek medical intervention until a neighbor told her “to go to the ER” where she was diagnosed with a skin infection. Two months later, she woke up with a swollen leg, radiating pain, and swollen lymph nodes causing her to return to the emergency room where she tested positive for Lyme disease.

Despite taking the prescribed 21 days of antibiotics, her health continued to decline kicking off a “journey of researching and learning… about [chronic illness and Lyme] disease”. Her research taught her that the joint stresses of an extreme fitness regimen and the move to a new community were immunosuppressive resulting in vulnerability and illness.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease taught a fitness and nutrition professional the importance of moderate exercise and stress relief for immune health, then tune in now!

Episode 301: Overcoming Trauma - an interview with Evangelia Vensel

Evangelina Vensel is an author, life coach, certified Master PSYCH-K facilitator, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, and certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner from Washington State.

Although she had been symptomatic and ill since early childhood, she was not diagnosed with Lyme disease until surpassing her 40th birthday. She sought treatment with over 20 health care providers and was misdiagnosed with a plethora of mental and physical health disorders including Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, dementia, autoimmune disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and fibromyalgia.

After treating with a naturopathic doctor and receiving a Lyme disease diagnosis she “received many, many treatments and protocols… before [she] discovered a path to [a] cure”. By “taking a road less traveled… and treating with a Holistic Dr. in Tijuana, Mexico [she] only needed 9 months to get to full remission”.

In addition to treating at the Mexican health care facility, she “did brain rewriting, subconscious reprogramming, and trauma release… to [emotionally] heal for [her] treatments to be a success”.

If you would like to learn more about how an author and health coach remitted Lyme disease in 9 months utilizing subconscious rewiring and taking the road less traveled to work with a Holistic practitioner in Tijuana, Mexico, the tune in now!

Episode 300: Ahead of the Curve - an interview with Dr. Alan McDonald

Dr. Alan MacDonald is an Ivy League educated Medical Doctor who worked as a hospital pathologist in the eastern Long Island, New York area at the outset of the modern Lyme disease pandemic. He and his pioneering work were first featured on episode 171 of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast.

In this comprehensive interview, Dr. MacDonald discusses his groundbreaking and yet to be published research findings on topics such as the Lyme disease connection to suicide, brain cancer, Leukemia, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, in addition to how acute Lyme disease disrupts liver function and why and how Lyme disease testing is flawed.

If you would like to learn more about how the new research of Dr. Alan MacDonald is providing definitive answers to the Lyme disease questions that have plagued patients for the past four decades, then tune in now!

PS you can also view an exclusive Tick Boot Camp presentation created by Dr. MacDonald with photos of Lyme under a microscope and descriptions highlighting the various topics discussed in this interview!

PPS if you'd like to help fund Dr. MacDonald publish his work in medical journals so his discoveries can be utilized by practitioners across the world, then check out his GoFundMe page.

Episode 299: Artistically Healing - an interview with Carley Rudd

Carley Rudd is a 34-year-old second generation artist and Travel Photographer from Portland, Maine. Her work has taken her across the globe and has been featured in Vogue, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and Travel & Leisure.

Ms. Rudd suffered from Lyme disease for 10 years before she was diagnosed in 2021. She balanced her pre-diagnosed symptoms and travel by visiting over 50 United States (US) and international doctors.

Eventually her body said no to her rigorous professional schedule, and she was forced to put her career on pause. Knowing her body was out of balance, she pursued a wide variety of medical diagnostic testing; including, bio-resonance, blood, and clinical.

After locating a diagnosis, Ms. Rudd tapped into her artistic skill set to build a healing plan. She utilized multi-sensory treatment tools such as blue, red, and sun light, diffused lavender oil, 54321 sensory exercises, adaptogen herbs, ozone, parasite and mold cleanses, meditation, Qigong, and energy healing.

Today, Ms. Rudd continues treatment, but she has returned to work and her social life. If you would like to learn more about how an artistic mindset can be used to accelerate healing from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 298: Cure the Causes - an interview with Dr. Christina Rahm

Dr. Christina Rahm is a medical, clinical and research scientist, entrepreneur, author, Chief Science Officer for ROOT Wellness, and Chair of the International Science Nutrition Society from Brentwood, TN. Her resume includes working for pharmaceutical giants such as Johnson & Johnson, UCB, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Pfizer and she has created multiple provisional patents, proprietary formulas, and trade secrets.

Dr. Rahm’s journey with Lyme disease and chronic illness began when she suffered multiple bites from a “bed of seed ticks” at the age of 19. Within two weeks, she became chronically ill causing her to suffer memory loss, headaches, fever, fainting, and to feel “generally sick all over”.

Driven by a desire to help the patient community avoid the physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma caused by chronic illness, Dr. Rahm managed her own disease symptoms while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA, MS, Ph.D and Ed.D) and post graduate certificates from Ivy League Harvard University and Cornell University.

In her adult life, Dr. Rahm has survived multiple bouts of cancer that she believes were stimulated by Lyme disease.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease has inspired professional, spiritual, emotional, and instinctive discoveries that have granted Dr. Christina Rahm the opportunity to help patients in more than 80 countries, then tune in now!

Episode 297: Zack of All Trades - an interview with Zack Jones

Zack Jones is a 48-year-old professional guide, trainer, trip designer, and photographer residing in Frankfurt, Germany. He is the “Zack of all Trades” with his current company and “recently added smitten father to an amazing baby girl to the CV”.

Mr. Jones described his life before Lyme as “pretty good and at the same time full of blissful ignorance”. While on a trip to Honduras, he and a travel companion began to suffer from neck and back pain that progressed to fever, intense body aches, and diarrhea that rendered him “barely able to function”. After treating with an infectious disease doctor, he returned to work but suffered from 5 years of lingering mental health issues.

Ten years after his initial symptoms, he traveled to Chile for work where he suffered relapsing mental health issues including anxiety attacks, depression, and insomnia. Thereafter he began to suffer physical symptoms including jaw pain, fatigue, neuropathy, bone pain and air hunger.

After treatment with “30 to 40 medical professionals for one symptom or another” he was tested for Lyme disease and co-infections through Armin Labs in Germany and IGeneX labs in the United States.

Today, Mr. Jones is in the midst of treatment utilizing genetic testing from traditional naturopath Bob Miller to guide him through the use of herbals, the Wave 1 bio resonance device, and the Patricia Kane protocol.

If you would like to learn more about how a professional guide and trip designer is mapping his treatment plan through genetic testing, then tune in now!

Episode 296: Congenital Advocate - an interview with Jeni Quante

Jeni Quante is a 29-year-old Registered Nurse (RN) and chronic illness patient advocate from San Antonio, Texas. She has earned high regard from the Lyme disease community for producing creative educational content on social media platforms including TikTok and Instagram.

Ms. Quante was born with Congenital Lyme disease, but the undiagnosed illness did not become debilitating until the age of 14. Her disability activated her medically educated and trained parents who dedicated all their resources to advocating for their daughter. In total, the family visited “well over 100” doctors before she was diagnosed by a primary care physician. Her diagnosis took more than 12 years.

Despite debilitating symptoms, Ms. Quante graduated from college and nursing school, earning a BS, BSN, OCN, and RN. She also dedicated time to “engaging others in the chronic illness community and found some wonderful lymies who kept her going through the hell”.

This far, her 3-year treatment plan has included the use of several western and eastern treatment modalities, including, hyperthermia, SOT, herbs/tinctures, detox work, disulfiram, and biofilm busters.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease played a role in transforming a Registered Nurse into a highly regarded chronic illness and social media advocate, then tune in now!

Episode 295: Balance 4 Gold - an interview with Axel Roelants

Axel Roelants is an entrepreneur and former athlete from Belgium. He is the co-founder of 4Gold, an athletic supplement, health, and performance company.

In 2016, Mr. Roelants suffered a broken neck in a dirt bike accident. Shortly after the injury, he began to suffer from a diverse and progressive set of classic Lyme disease symptoms that his doctors attributed to his traumatic injuries.

Trusting his intuition and relying on his entrepreneurial and athletic skill sets, he built a team of doctors, therapists, and friends to help him to “look at [his] disease like a project”. After much trial and error, one of the team members suggested his “strange health issues” should be evaluated by an ILADS doctor in Belgium where he tested positive for Borrelia Miyamotoi.

Mr. Roelants’ healing journey included the use of IV antibiotics, disulfiram, samento and banderol from NutraMedix, Meyers’ Cocktails, ozone therapy, and detoxification. Unfortunately, his discipleship in the church of the athletic “suck it up” culture caused healing setbacks because he “over exercised” and pushed through treatments too quickly.

If you would like to learn more about how a professional athlete and entrepreneur utilized his professional skill sets to heal from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 294: You Had Me at Chocolate - an interview with Ali Lazowski

Ali Lazowski is the 31-year-old John’s Hopkins University educated founder and CEO of Bare Life. Bare Life is a company that creates “crave worthy and easy to enjoy plant based and gluten free foods, inspired by Ms. Lazowski’s journey with chronic Lyme disease”.

Undiagnosed Lyme disease symptoms began to interfere with Ms. Lazowski’s goal driven life during her junior year in high school. Beginning with “utter exhaustion, horrible headaches, brain fog, [difficulties] focusing, and a constant low-grade fever”, her illness progressed to include “joint pain”.

She suffered in constant pain without a diagnosis for 8 years despite treating with “north of 30 different doctors”. Finally, at the age of 25, she granted permission to “cry… with relief” when a blood test indicated that she was positive for Lyme, Babesia and Anaplasmosis.

Treatment with a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor included various antibiotics and antibiotic cocktails. The 3 “game changing” healing plan interventions were: 1. working with a psychologist to learn how to read her body signals, 2. dietary changes that removed dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, and 3. Cord stem cell therapy.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease inspired Ali Lazowski to create great tasting gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free chocolate, then tune in now!

PS Nicoleta Forbes special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

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