Tick Boot Camp

S1E111 - The Lyme Soldier - an interview with Christina Colandrea

Learn how a fitness model and member of the International Bikini Team was transformed into a Lyme soldier

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Christina Colandrea. Ms. Colandrea is a model from Columbia, Maryland. She was only 12 years old when she first started to experience the symptoms of a tick disease. Despite her symptoms, Ms. Colandrea worked as an orthodontic assistant, and was a self-proclaimed gym rat. Unfortunately, she wasn’t diagnosed with Lyme until she was 31 years old. Ms. Colandrea is a huge fan of detoxing, and is currently treating with a new LLMD. If you would like to learn more about Ms. Colandrea’s Lyme journey, then tune in now!

S1E110 - The Lyme Philosopher - an interview with Courtney Schutze

Courtney Shutze is the brilliant mastermind behind Splash of Lyme

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Courtney Schutze. Ms. Schutze is a 29-year-old blogger from Austin, Texas. She was bitten by a tick in August 2014 while on a cross-country bike ride from Texas to Alaska. For years she experienced memory issues, joint pain, and lost the ability to read. After working long hours trying to fight through her symptoms, Ms. Schutze had to leave her job and move back in with her mom. Then, she was finally diagnosed with Lyme. If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Schutze’s healing journey and her recent move to Austin, Texas, then tune in now!

S1E109 - Bitten - an interview with Kris Newby

Is Lyme a bioweapon? Did you know fatigue is a design feature of Lyme disease? Did a government "cover up" cause the Lyme pandemic? Did you know America unleashed weaponized ticks overseas?

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Kris Newby. Ms. Newby is a 60-year-old author, engineer, and tech and science writer from Palo Alto, California. After vacationing with her family at Martha’s Vineyard, Ms. Newby and her husband both began to feel the symptoms of a tick disease. Ms. Newby communicated to her and her husband’s doctors that they had previously been in a tick endemic community, but they were refused Lyme tests. One year and ten doctors later, Ms. Newby tested positive for Lyme after taking two ELISA tests. She found an ILADS Lyme specialist, who treated her Lyme with IV antibiotics. Ms. Newby has dedicated the past 15 years of her life to finding creative ways to end the tick-borne disease epidemic, including researching and writing Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons. If you would like to learn more about all of Ms. Newby’s contributions to the Lyme community, then tune in now!

S1E108 - Traveling with Lyme - an interview with Jeremy Scott Foster

Mr. Foster has been very sick twice from Lyme disease, either due to a reinfection or relapse, and is currently using a variety of treatments including peptides to get back into remission

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Jeremy Scott Foster. Mr. Foster is a 34-year-old entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California. He was just a teenager when he was bitten by a tick in his backyard in New Hampshire. He experienced extreme brain fog and night sweats, and was lucky to be diagnosed almost right away. He took antibiotics, and began traveling around the world soon after. Then, in September 2015, Mr. Foster either relapsed, or was reinfected. Luckily, he recognized the symptoms he was experiencing, like fatigue, as being related to Lyme and fought to be tested again. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Foster’s Lyme journey and how he hopes to inspire others, then tune in now!

S1E107 - Under Her Skin - an interview with Melanie Hubert

Ms. Hubert was diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was 12 and by the time she was 25 she couldn’t shower or dress herself after an extreme relapse

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Melanie Hubert. Ms. Hubert is a 28-year-old personal trainer from Miami, Florida. Ms. Hubert was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She was a troublesome child because of issues that stemmed from Lyme. In 2017, Ms. Hubert suffered from an extreme relapse. She was underweight, had severe skin issues, and couldn’t shower or dress herself. She had to move back home. Ms. Hubert then started seeing a holistic medicine doctor and began her Lyme treatment journey. If you would like to learn more about how Ms. Hubert stays so positive despite having had Lyme for more than half of her life, then tune in now!

S1E106 - Diagnostic Dog's Breakfast - an interview with Olivia Nicholas

Before being properly diagnosed with Lyme in Australia, Ms. Nicholas was misdiagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and more over a 10 year period

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Olivia Nicholas. Ms. Nicholas is a 25-year-old mom and real estate administrator from Perth, Australia. She started to experience the symptoms of a tick disease when she was in high school. She had digestive issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Ms. Nicholas would not be diagnosed with Lyme until she saw close to 50 doctors. If you would like to learn more about how Ms. Nicholas is helping others so they don’t ever have to feel as lost as she was on her journey, then tune in now!

S1E105 - Bee Nice - an interview with Joyce Braun

Ms. Braun is a Canadian currently treating her Lyme disease with Bee Venom Therapy (BVT)

Joyce Braun is a 43-year-old woman from Ontario, Canada. She was bitten by a tick during a camping trip to a Lyme endemic area in 2015. After the camping trip, she developed severe neck pain. She visited a hospital emergency room and was dismissed by the doctor and accused of seeking drugs. The doctor recommended that she visit a chiropractor for her neck pain. Thereafter her symptoms progressed, and she began to suffer fatigue and chemical sensitivities. In 2018, a series of stressful life events overwhelmed her immune system and she lost the ability to get out of bed. After visiting 5 doctors over 6 years, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease through an IGenix blood test. The IGenix test also showed that she tested positive for a German strain of Lyme disease. The results were surprising because Joyce never traveled to Germany. Today, Joyce is treating with Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) and has seen early positive results. If you would like to know more about Joyce Braun managed her Lyme disease related fatigue and chemical sensitivities using Bee Venom Therapy, then tune in now!

S1E104 - Captain Courageous - an interview with Julia Feygelman

Ms. Feygelman went to Klink St Georg in Germany to get treated with hyperthermia for Lyme disease

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Julia Feygelman. Ms. Feygelman is a 25-year-old community health scientist from Corte Madera, California. She first started to experience the symptoms of a tick disease at just 15-years-old. She went on a volunteer trip to remove weeds, and a week later, she was hospitalized with a persistent high fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes. She googled her own symptoms and knew she had Lyme disease, but since her test came back negative, it was never revisited. Ms. Feygelman fought through her symptoms to earn a B.S. and Master’s Degree from UCLA. It would take almost 10 years for her to be properly diagnosed with Lyme. If you would like to learn more about this brilliant Lymie who is in the midst of her healing journey, then tune in now!

S1E103 - Left Behind - an Interview with Abby Lottridge

Ms. Lottridge is a 19-year-old Lyme warrior and college student from East Lyme, Connecticut

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Abby Lottridge. Ms. Lottridge is a 19-year-old college student from East Lyme, Connecticut. She was only in elementary school when she first started to experience the symptoms of a tick disease. She was tired all the time, and had flu-like symptoms. Ms. Lottridge was diagnosed with Lyme four separate times. She had to quit sports and couldn’t socialize with friends. Thanks to an amazing guidance counselor and high school teachers, Ms. Lottridge was able to graduate from high school on time. She was set to attend UConn on a rowing scholarship, but had to withdraw because the physical demands were too much on her body. If you would like to learn more about how Ms. Lottridge plans to help others throughout the course of her career, and how she is already making an impact in the Lyme community, then tune in now!

S1E102 - Slyme - an interview with Jenna Luché-Thayer

Ms. Luché-Thayer is the 59-year-old founder and director of the Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity in ICD11 Borreliosis Codes

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Jenna Luché-Thayer. Ms. Luché-Thayer is the 59-year-old founder and director of the Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity in ICD11 Borreliosis Codes, and she’s from Florida. She first experienced the symptoms of a tick disease in 1976, when she was just 16 years old. She had a fever, extreme fatigue, joint pain, and Bell’s palsy. Her illness came and went, but it took over 35 years for Ms. Luché-Thayer to receive a Lyme diagnosis. This expert brilliantly details what it is like to be a woman on the Lyme journey. If you would like to learn more about the amazing work that Ms. Luché-Thayer has done to give back to the Lyme community since her diagnosis, then tune in now!

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