Tick Boot Camp

Episode 267: Myth Busting - an interview with Laura J. Perry

Ms. Perry drops some facts and clarifies false beliefs about parasites, Lyme, and so much more

Laura Perry is a 37-year-old myth busting Integrative Health Practitioner from Richmond, Virginia. Despite suffering from unwellness for most of her life, she succeeded in securing a very stable and lucrative job in corporate America.

During her lengthy diagnostic journey, she treated with 15 allopathic doctors who misdiagnosed her “over and over again.” In 2019, she abandoned the western medical system and utilized Bioresonance testing. She tested positive for “Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Rickettsia.”

Finally securing a diagnosis permitted Laura to treat her “own Lyme by addressing immune system dysregulation.” First, she remediated mold contamination in her home. Next, she had to address parasites and cell danger response. Thereafter she moved “on to treating with things like the parasite zapper and CellCore IS tinctures” for Lyme disease and co-infections.

After much trial and error, Ms. Perry developed a “muscle testing method that provides the ability to hone in on what is driving symptoms very quickly.” With the support of her entrepreneurial husband, she left corporate America to share her method by building Revealing Healing. Revealing Healing is a program designed to help “those who want to heal and to do it themselves” with gentle guidance from Ms. Perry for the first few months.

If you would like to learn more about how the 12 week Revealing Healing program can provide you with the tools and information required to foster self-healing from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 266: ECO Laboratory - an interview with Karen Weeks and Anna Roberts

This week Tick Boot Camp interviewed the dynamic mother daughter founders and operators of Eco Laboratory.

Karen Weeks is an internationally recognized Lyme disease pioneer who has been at the forefront of Lyme research since the early 1980s. While supervising the Virology Department at the Department of Public Health for Massachusetts, Ms. Weeks worked directly with Dr. Allen Steere (the physician researcher recognized for detailing the clinical symptoms and naming Lyme disease). At that time, Ms. Weeks developed the Antibody Capture Immunoassay, which remains the most sensitive test available for Lyme disease.

In 1990 she co-founded IMUGEN Inc, the premier laboratory for the diagnosis of Lyme disease, and many other tick-borne diseases. Ms. Weeks co-authored several publications pertaining to tick-borne diseases in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, The New England Journal of Medicine, and many others. Anna Roberts is following in her mother's large footsteps and manages Eco Laboratory.

Because Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are spreading at an alarming rate, Ms. Weeks decided to re-enter the testing arena after merging IMUGEN to a national testing company. She understood that quick diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses is vital to treating tick-borne pathogens.

To support early intervention, she set up a testing system that quickly processes the tick and provides patients with accurate timely results.

Today, Eco Laboratory offers 5 highly regarded tick testing panels including, a Lyme Disease only panel, a Blacklegged Deer Tick Panel, a Lone Star Tick Panel, an American Dog Tick Panel, and a Customized Tick Panel.

If you would like to learn more about tick testing and the virtues of working with a laboratory built by a Lyme disease pioneer, then tune in now!

Episode 265: Healing Fashionably - an interview with Miranda Holder

The Feel Good Fashion Coach had to disassociate with Lyme before she could begin her healing journey

Miranda Holder is a 46-year-old fashion stylist, TV stylist, college lecturer and animal rescue philanthropist from Hampshire, England. Her entertainment portfolio includes number one girl band Little Mix, music icon Boy George, and Hollywood actress Vanessa Williams. She is a regular TV Stylist on QVC, and she hosts her own highly regarded fashion podcast.

Ms. Holder’s life and entertainment career were stalled by injuries and illness following a near fatal auto accident. Shortly after suffering traumatic injuries to her lower legs, she also began to suffer from low energy, the flu, body aches, rashes, memory loss, insomnia, and hyper mobility. Unfortunately, the traumatic injuries consumed her doctors’ attention and her classic Lyme symptoms went ignored.

She was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease “by accident via a kinesiologist” who was treating her daughter. Because she tested negative for Lyme on traditional tests administrated by her “GP in the UK,” she was “shocked” when she tested positive by the muscle testing followed by blood tests from Armin Laboratory in Germany.

Utilizing herbs (Klinghardt protocol), ozone therapy, a nutrition protocol, bioresonance, an infrared sauna, yoga, IV glutathione, IV vitamin C, and CBD Ms. Holder took control of her health and returned to a career in the entertainment industry.

If you would like to learn more about how an acclaimed fashion stylist overcame life threatening injuries and chronic Lyme disease to rekindle her love affair with fashion, the tune in now!

Episode 264: Through Grief to Healing - an interview with Kim Director

Ms. Director shares the tools she's used to go from being homebound with Lyme disease to now back living her life!

Kim Director is a Carnegie Mellon University educated TV and film working actor from New York City, New York. She has starred in HBO’s “The Deuce,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Queens,” “Blair Witch 2” and several Spike Lee films including “He Got Game,” “Summer of Sam,” “She Hate Me,” and “Inside Man.”

Ms. Director’s Lyme disease journey began 18 years before her diagnosis. She visited with over 60 doctors on both the east and west coasts of the United State. Despite presenting her doctors with classic Lyme disease symptoms, she was regularly failed by the medical community. She was misdiagnosed with “tired woman” syndrome, “aging” and “still beautiful” (when she presented with facial paralysis).

Her success as an actor required her to learn how to be gritty and to process grief quickly. These emotional skill sets allowed her to fight for a diagnosis and move through the medical trauma induced grief cycle to begin treatment almost immediately after securing a proper Lyme disease diagnosis.

If you would like to learn more about how to manage the sadness and loss caused by medical trauma in a way that will propel you forward on your healing journey, then tune in now!

Episode 263: Petri Dish - an interview with Kate Petrie

Bitten by ticks from childhood, Ms. Petrie was not given the tools to protect herself

Kate Petrie is a 54-year-old classically trained actor, voice actor, drama teacher, and makeup artist from Morayshire, Scotland. Drama school and stage acting offered her the opportunity to travel across the globe residing in France, England, and Spain.

Ms. Petrie spent her childhood in rural Scotland where she “was bitten by ticks many times.” She “had lots of health issues when [she] was younger,” but suffered severe symptoms including rashes, swollen glands, loss of voice, and “horrendous fatigue” after a tick bite at the age of 17. Her doctors diagnosed her with “ringworm” and “the kissing disease” and urged her not to “kiss too many boys.”

Despite growing up in a tick endemic community and suffering from classic migrating Lyme disease symptoms, she was not accurately diagnosed until she was 50 years old. Doctors misdiagnosed Ms. Petrie with Endometriosis, Graves’ disease, and arthritis. Finally, she hired a “private doctor in London” who sent her blood work to Armin Labs in Germany.

Today, Ms. Petrie has become a Lyme education advocate because she believes that if she had “known about Lyme” and had received early “treatment” her “life would have been very very very different.”

If you would like to learn more about how education can protect you and your family from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

PS Children’s Lyme author Alex Castellanos served as a special guest co-host with Rich for this interview.

Episode 262: Courageous Insider - an interview with Gabriela Wijegunawardena

Ms. Wijegunawardena had to step outside of the conventional healthcare system to find true healing

Gabriela Wijegunawardena is a 43-year-old mother living in the Washington metropolitan area, originally from San Francisco, California, where she contracted Lyme disease. She is a food blogger and has helped countless individuals in the Lyme disease and tick-borne illness community.

Prior to contracting Lyme disease, Ms. Wijegunawardena worked as a NICU nurse at a level III NICU/Regional surgical center for almost 2 decades. She loved traveling with her husband to places like Hawaii, Bali, Spain, Ireland, and London and was an avid hiker.

At the age of 35, Ms. Wijegunawardena first began to exhibit symptoms which she later learned were caused by Lyme disease. Some of her symptoms included migraines, insomnia, UTIs, Interstitial Cystitis (IC), edema (swelling caused by fluid in your body tissue), worsening allergies, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis (inflammatory skin disorders that cause redness, lesions, and itching), and joint issues.

Ms. Wijegunawardena saw 45 healthcare practitioners over 7 years before finally receiving a proper Lyme disease diagnosis. She treated with IV Rocephin (Ceftriaxone) and oral Tindamax for 1 year until more recently when she used Supportive Oligonucleotide Technique (SOT) which got her into remission 6 weeks post-SOT.

If you would like to learn how a determined nurse refused to give up and used a new treatment modality that’s been borrowed from the Cancer world to reach remission, then tune in now!

PS Jenny Buttaccio special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 261: Beating Back Death - an interview with Stacy Johnson, Scott Dukelow, and Doctor Jeff Lawson

Stacy Johnson is the brilliant mind behind the new Netflix documentary "Lyme Disease: Beating Back Death" dropping later this year

Stacy Johnson is a TV and film working actor, singer, director, producer, and stunt woman. Her acting career began at the age of 4 on Sesame Street and has blossomed to include high profile projects like “Heroes,” “Ozark,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Halloween,” and “Iron Man” movies. She has produced and won awards for her documentary films "Hursit" and “The Sun Sets.”

As a successful actress, Ms. Johnson has taught students on acting and in furthering their careers. She and her husband Scott Dukelow manage SJD Acting Studio that coaches students on acting and the film industry.

Ms. Johnson’s Lyme disease journey began with a tick bite in 2005. Despite developing classic Lyme disease symptoms and working with scores of the top doctors in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and North Carolina, she was not diagnosed until after more than a decade of suffering.

Prior to securing a Lyme disease diagnosis, she suffered from migrating neurological and cardiac symptoms. In 2015 she had to be resuscitated by emergency service personnel after her heart stopped during a visit to a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago.

Desperate for answers for her health crisis, Ms. Johnson visited Dr. Jeffrey Lawson, MD at the Piedmont Arthritis Clinic located in South Carolina. Working with Ms. Johnson and her husband, Dr. Lawson diagnosed and treated Ms. Johnson for Lyme disease.

The lengthy and painful encounter with Lyme disease inspired Ms. Johnson, Mr. Dukelow, and Dr. Lawson to tell their story on film. The documentary “Lyme Disease: Beating Back Death” is slated to complete filming and to be released on Netflix later this year.

If you would like to learn more about how an actor and her team beat back death secondary to Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 260: Manifesting East and West - an interview with Dr. Deepti Agarwal

Dr. Agarwal bring her background and training in eastern and western medicine to Case Integrative Health

This week Tick Boot Camp interviewed the Director of Integrative and Interventional Pain Management at Case Integrative Health: Dr. Deepti Agarwal, MD. Dr. Agarwal is a double board certified and fellowship trained Pain Physician and Anesthesiologist. She served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois where she presented and published on a wide range of scholarly research on Anesthesia, Acute and Chronic pain medicine. In this comprehensive interview, Dr. Agarwal discusses:

  • Her deep fascination with the power of combining integrative medicine with conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes
  • Managing pain vs locating the root cause of pain
  • Mindfulness, Food and Movement as medicine
  • How the combination approach to wellness has the ability to relieve pain and prevent future complications
  • The role of inflammation in the disease and healing processes
  • How pre-habilitation and patient education initiatives enhance recovery pathways

If you would like to learn more about how the combination of eastern and western medical philosophies and the merger of integrative and conventional medicine can serve to defeat chronic pain and boost healing, then tune in now!

Episode 259: The Monster Inside Me - an interview with Frances and Tony Silva

The Monster Inside Me is a powerful full length feature film about Lyme Disease and its effects on everyday people and their hard-fought relationships.

This week Tick Boot Camp interviewed writer Frances Cecilia and Director Tony C. Silva, the power couple that created one of this year’s finest full-length feature films. By turning the camera towards themselves, they show the intimate side of our modern era's most misunderstood chronic illness: Lyme disease. In The Monster Inside Me, Frances and Tony take the viewer on their journey of researching the truth, lies and healing behind Lyme disease. In this comprehensive discussion, Frances and Tony discuss their 5-part documentary that includes:

  • Part 1 – The Losses of Lyme
  • Part 2 – The Darkness of Lyme
  • Part 3 – The Truth of Lyme
  • Part 4 – The Healing of Lyme
  • Part 5 – The Beauty of Lyme

If you would like to learn more about the full spectrum of Lyme disease and how it affects everyday people, then tune in now!

Episode 258: Powerhouse - an interview with Kelsey Wenburg

Kelsey Wenburg is a 39-year-old woman from Anchorage, Alaska. She’s on a health journey healing from Lyme disease and mold.

Prior to contracting Lyme disease, Ms. Wenburg was working full-time and ran weekly workouts. She then became a health coach and helped others heal their bodies from a variety of ailments.

At the age of 29, Ms. Wenburg first began to exhibit alarming symptoms that she later learned were caused by Lyme disease, which included fatigue and insomnia. Unfortunately, as time went on, Ms. Wenburg developed worsening symptoms and had to quit her government job three years after her initial symptoms began.

Ms. Wenburg tried to simplify her life while trying to figure out what was going on with her health, but 3 years later she became completely bedridden, lost her ability to think, and developed debilitating seizures. Shortly after this decline, she was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease at the age of 35.

Ms. Weburg used a wide variety of treatment modalities, including Bee Venom Therapy (BVT), Disulfiram, antibiotics (oral, IV, and injections), antiparasitics, mold treatments, herbs, ozone, laser therapy, and more while treating with Dr. Klinghardt and Dr. Lehman. She’s been treating for the past 3 and a half years and has made significant progress recently.

If you would like to learn how a young woman from Alaska never gave up after doctors dismissed her symptoms for years and has since used a diverse set of treatment tools to heal, then tune in now!

PS Heather Glovack special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

The goal of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast is to help people liberate themselves and others from suffering caused by Lyme disease through validation, community building, belief that healing is possible, and modeling success. Listen to our Tick Boot Camp podcast using all major podcast streaming services such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Our podcast is also integrated with smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Apple TV. Ask your device to "play the Tick Boot Camp Podcast!"