Tick Boot Camp

Episode 167: Beating Lyme - an Interview with Emma Pikoulas

Emma was misdiagnosed by her doctors in NY despite having numerous tick bites

Emma Pikoulas is a 22-year-old lifelong resident of tick endemic Long Island, New York. Ms. Pikoulas was bitten by ticks on numerous occasions during her childhood. She was first diagnosed with a tick infection (Mycoplasma) at the age of 16 and then Lyme disease and coinfections after a relapse at the age of 19. Ms. Pikoulas has treated with several of the top Lyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMDs) on the east coast. One of her medical protocols required her to travel 5 hours per day, by train, for infusions. Despite chronic Lyme and the COVID epidemic, this young woman located the fortitude to grit through her symptoms and treatment to graduate from college in 4 years. Today, Ms. Pikoulas is treating with the famous LLMD and co-author of the book Chronic: Dr. Steven Phillips, MD. If you would like to learn more about how a young woman balanced treatment, an epidemic, and her college studies, then tune in now!

Episode 166: Unlocking Lyme Giveaway - an interview with Doctor Bill Rawls

Dr. Rawls discusses an herbal protocol to heal and recover from Lyme disease, as well as specific herbal protocols that can be used for common Lyme-related symptoms

To honor Lyme Disease Awareness Month and all those suffering from Lyme disease, Dr. Bill Rawls, MD joined the Tick Boot Camp podcast to announce that his company is giving away free copies of the bestselling "Lyme disease healing bible:" Unlocking Lyme. Dr. Rawls also shared with the Tick Boot Camp community that his company will continue to offer free monthly Lyme disease related webinars. Finally, Dr. Rawls discussed some of the healing lessons he has learned since publishing Unlocking Lyme and that he is putting the finishing touches on his newest book. If you would like to learn more about how you can receive a free copy of the bestselling Lyme disease healing and reference guide, Unlocking Lyme, then tune in now!

Episode 165: Giant's Shoulders - an Interview with Doctor Joseph Burrascano

Dr. Burrascano paved the way for today's LLMDs

Dr. Joseph Burriscano is America's first Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD). He began practicing medicine in Lyme endemic eastern Long Island, New York, a short time and distance from where the first Lyme infected ticks examined by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer were dragged. Dr. Burriscano's clinical observations resulted in the discovery and development of diagnostic and treatment protocols that were considered taboo in the 1980's and 1990's which have become gold standards for LLMDs today. He is now considered one of the world's leading experts in the treatment of Lyme disease. He has appeared on virtually every television, radio and newspaper outlet, published 16 scholarly papers in medical journals and advised governmental agencies including the NIH, CDC, armed services subcommittee and the US Senate. Currently, Dr. Burriscano works full time in the biotech arena at IGeneX (website, Instagram). If you would like to learn more about America's first Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, then tune in Now!

Episode 164: Fighting Spirit - an Interview with Lindsay Ruiz

Ms. Ruiz had to overcome gender-based medical gaslighting to get a Lyme diagnosis

Lindsay Ruiz is a 44-year-old large scale corporate organizational change leadership professional from Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Ruiz earned her B.S. in her native Venezuela, a master’s degree in the United States and she is currently doctoral candidate. Ms. Ruiz presented classic Lyme disease symptoms to over 20 medical professionals over the course of one year. One of the doctors that helped Ms. Ruiz on her diagnostic journey was her dog’s veterinarian. Ms. Ruiz’s psychologist reviewed her medical records and discovered she had tested positive for Lyme disease with one of her previous doctors. She then took an Igenex test which confirmed her Lyme diagnosis. Ms. Ruiz is now working with the brilliant Doctor Tiffany Brown-Bush and is showing promising results. If you would like to learn more about how Lindsay Ruiz used her organic fighting spirit to overcome medical gaslighting, then tune in now!

Episode 163: East + West = Healing - an Interview with Layla Perchal Neal

Ms. Perchal Neal combined traditional antibiotics and herbals to overcome chronic Lyme disease

Layla Perchal Neal is a Jacksonville, Florida based media professional and photographer originally from Leicester, England. Ms. Perchal Neal was bitten by ticks on at least four separate occasions prior to suffering chronic Lyme disease symptoms. When she began to feel fatigue and brain fog, Ms. Perchal Neal sought the assistance of medical doctors; including, infectious disease doctors who resisted testing for Lyme disease despite four tick bites and classic Lyme disease symptoms. If you would like to learn more about how a photographer overcame medical gaslighting and utilized easter and western medical tools to heal from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 162: The Lyme Polymath - an Interview with Freddie Kimmel

Mr. Kimmel is 136% better today than before he began his Lyme disease journey

Freddie Kimmel is the host of the Beautifully Broken Podcast and part of the management team at AmpCoil. He is also a functional health coach through IFHC, Gut Health Specialist, Citizen Scientist, Reiki Healer, and public speaker. He has been featured in, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, LA Talk Radio, and in Dance Magazine. Freddie is a proud survivor of metastatic cancer, Lyme disease and mold. If you would like to learn more about how a polymath discovered awareness as his superpower, then tune in now!

Episode 161: Cowboy Up - an Interview with Elizabeth Brannan

Ms. Brannon spent 7 years treating her Lyme disease with various protocols including antibiotics, herbs, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and hot tub therapy

Elizabeth Brannan is a 33-year-old cowboy from Ventura, California. Ms. Brannan identified as a cowboy for most of her life. Her Lyme disease journey began when she was bitten by a tick at work resulting in a bullseye rash. She visited a doctor who diagnosed and treated the rash as ringworm. Thereafter, Ms. Brannan rapidly developed classic Lyme disease symptoms. Eventually, she lost the ability to grit through her symptoms and was forced to leave her dream job and her independence. Ms. Brannan’s healing journey turned the corner when her sister challenged her to focus on her mental fitness. If you would like to learn more about how a young woman had to focus on mental and spiritual health to take control of her Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 160: Self Advocacy - an Interview with Max Noir

Ms. Noir treated with various rounds of different antibiotics after being diagnosed with 8 strains of Lyme disease

Max Noir is a 25-year-old self-described nomad originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is currently the head of operations for a Chinese virtual reality company. Ms. Noir’s Lyme disease journey began at the age of 16 with fatigue, seizures, and facial paralysis. During her health journey, she was betrayed by school administrators and medical doctors teaching her to advocate for herself. If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease taught a young woman to replace expectation with self advocation to survive and then thrive while living with a chronic illness, then tune in now!

Episode 159: The Lyme Therapist - an interview with Christina Kantzavelos

Ms. Kantzavelos shares specific healing protocols learned during her healing journey providing step-by-step explanations

Christina Kantzavelos is a UCLA educated licensed psychotherapist, professional content writer and blogger from Joshua Tree, California. Ms. Kantzavelos is the creative force behind the highly regarded daily healing journal “Begin Within.” She developed “Begin Within” because she could not find a journal while on her Lyme disease journey that offered both physical and mental health prompts. Ms. Kantzavelos’ Lyme diagnostic journey was long and painful. At the age of 29, she had to take a professional leave of absence and return home to live with her mother because her Lyme symptoms rendered her unable to care for herself. Today, she is living independently, seeing patients part-time, promoting her journal and working on several Lyme disease and chronic illness projects. If you would like to learn more about how a psychotherapist utilized various tools, including journaling, to heal her mind and body from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 158: Lyme Educator - an interview with Sara Tyghter

Ms. Tyghter received a false-negative Lyme disease test years before getting properly diagnosed and finally getting a positive test

Sarah Tyghter is the 55-year-old Director of Education and Outreach at the Global Lyme Alliance. Ms. Tyghter is a lifelong resident of the state of Connecticut, the birthplace of Lyme disease. Despite attending primary and collegiate educational institutions in close proximity to Lyme, Connecticut, Ms. Tyghter received no Lyme health related education or training until she began to work at the Global Lyme Alliance. Ms. Tyghter’s classic Lyme disease symptoms were not properly diagnosed by her doctors for 5 years. If you would like to learn more about how a Lyme educator is tirelessly working with the Global Lyme Alliance to bring Lyme disease awareness and education to the world, then tune in now!

The purpose of Tick Boot Camp is to help you liberate yourself and others from suffering caused by Lyme disease.