Tick Boot Camp

Episode 179: No is not the Answer - an interview with Danielle Cosgrove

Ms. Cosgrove's self-advocacy ultimately led her to the famous LLMD Doctor Daniel Cameron

Danielle Cosgrove is a 26-year-old sports management professional from Long Island, New York. Ms. Cosgrove’s Lyme disease journey began in 2012 when her symptoms prevented her from achieving her dream of playing college lacrosse. Her progressing symptoms sent her to visit 9 doctors over 8 years before she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her diagnosis was incidental to treating at a immunological clinic and her nurse practitioner recognized her symptoms and recommended her to IGeneX for diagnostic testing. After a positive Lyme test, she moved back home to Long Island and sought treatment from the famous Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) Daniel Cameron, MD. Today, Ms. Cosgrove is ready to aggressively treat with the Cameron protocol and to study supplemental treatment tools. If you would like to learn more about how a sports management professional is working to manage Lyme disease out of her life, then tune in now!

Episode 178: Targeted Treatment - an interview with Gary and Alex Shope, MD

The future of Lyme disease diagnosis may arrive by year's end

Gary Shope and Doctor Alex Shope are the father and son team working to disrupt Lyme disease diagnostic testing at medical start up Contamination Source Identification (CSI-Dx). Gary Shope is a serial entrepreneur who exited retirement to build CSI-Dx. Dr. Alex Shope, MD is a medical doctor who was inspired by his mentor to abandon the clinic setting and scale his work to offer health care solutions to thousands of patients worldwide. In the next 12 months, CSI-Dx will offer patients a set of affordable diagnostic tools that will remove guesswork from Lyme disease treatment. The testing will provide solid evidence of all active infections by identifying RNA through Artificial Intelligence (AI) to report all detected infections within 24 hours. If you would like to learn more about how the Shope family and CSI-Dx will use AI and RNA testing to give hope to the Lyme community and disrupt the diagnostic testing industry, then tune in now!

Episode 177: Spiritual Resilience - an interview with Misty Rangel

Misty's spiritual foundation protected her from social and emotional challenges caused Lyme disease

Misty Rangel is a 33-year-old English Arts student from Fresno, California. Ms. Rangel’s Lyme disease journey began after a doctor assured her that a bug bite on her leg “was nothing to worry about.” At the time, she was an extremely fit professional performing artist, dancer and Zumba instructor. Over the next several months, she began to suffer classic Lyme disease symptoms forcing her to visit with 15 doctors before she was properly diagnosed with Lyme disease. Despite debilitating symptoms, Ms. Rangel was determined not to allow Lyme to “shut her up” and she enrolled in college to construct a new career and she dedicated all her available free time to serving the Lyme community through public appearances, rallies, and governmental lobbying events. If you would like to know more about how chronic Lyme disease inspired a professional entertainment artist to Lyme disease community activism, then tune in now!

Episode 176: Strength and Fortitude - an interview with Theora Dobronte

Theora fearlessly took on all controversial Lyme topics

Theora Dobronte is a 33-year-old Registered Dietitian from California. Ms. Dobronte is one of six members of her family diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Her personal Lyme disease experience was induced by an intimate relationship with a man from a Lyme endemic community. Her symptoms progressed over time eventually forcing her to withdraw from athletic, social, and professional activities. After testing CDC positive for Lyme disease, Ms. Dobronte embraced an aggressive treatment regimen that included attending a Lyme treatment center in Nevada. Determined not to “give up” and “refusing to accept the fate” of chronic illness, she has progressed toward returning to social and professional activities. If you would like to learn more about how a Registered Dietitian is making use of her scientific aptitude, education, and experience to fearlessly battle Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 175: Lyme Literate Lawyer - an interview with Paola Leichter

Paola powered through law school despite suffering from chronic Lyme disease

Paola Leichter is a 35-year-old attorney from New Jersey. During her senior year in college, she developed full body seizures. Soon thereafter, she suffered additional classic chronic Lyme disease symptoms. Somehow, she found the fortitude to grit though the illness to complete law school, an advanced law degree (LLM), pass two bar examinations (New York and New Jersey) and complete a prestigious judicial clerkship. During her diagnostic journey, she visited some of the most respected medical professionals in her community, including an LLMD. She was finally diagnosed when she was fortunately treated by a substitute ENT. At her sickest, Ms. Leichter weighed 90 lbs. and was too weak to leave her bed. Today, she has recovered her weight, began driving and returned to the practice of law. If you would like to learn more about how a Lyme Literate Lawyer won an acquittal over Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 174: Bite Me - an interview with Ally Hilfiger

Ally Hilfiger is an author, starred in and produced the first reality TV show on MTV, Broadway stage actress, movie producer, model, designer, podcaster and entrepreneur

Ally Hilfiger is a multi-dimensional artist residing with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Hilfiger’s Lyme disease journey began when she was bitten by a tick at the age of 7. Undiagnosed Lyme disease presented various physical and emotional challenges during her childhood, but it could not contain Ms. Hilfiger’s artistic genius. She began a professional stage acting career at 13, produced an acclaimed film at 16, and created and starred in MTV’s first reality tv program at 17. Her illness did force her to pause her career at 19 when psychiatric symptoms required an involuntary institutionalization. During her hospital stay, an enlightened doctor recognized her symptoms and diagnosed her with Lyme. After her diagnosis and early treatment, Ms. Hilfiger pursued artisan painting and built a successful fashion design company. Recently, she answered a call to dedicate her life and talents to help others heal from Lyme disease. The healing mission manifested in the publication of a widely read Lyme testimonial book. Today, she is one of the most active and thoughtful figures serving the Lyme disease community. If you would like to learn more about how Ally Hilfiger is dedicating her multi-dimensional artistic talents to helping end the suffering caused by Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 173: Healing Architect - an interview with Max Janssens

Max used a combination of antibiotics, herbs, essential oils and IVs in her battle against Lyme disease

Maxine (Max) Janssens is a 27-year-old architect and project manager from Perth, Australia. In 2019, Ms. Janssens and her partner took a trip to explore the west coast of the United States. At the behest of an Australian friend who contracted Lyme while traveling in the US, Ms. Janssens took precautions to protect herself from ticks and Lyme, including, daily tick checks. Shortly after returning from her trip, she began to suffer undiagnosed acute Lyme symptoms and within 6 months her “bone crushing” fatigue and brain fog required her to stop working and to return home to live with her parents. Fortunately, a friend recognized her symptoms and recommended her to one of the few Lyme literate doctors in Perth Australia who diagnosed her with Lyme. If you would like to learn more about how a young woman is using her architecture and project management skill sets to design her recovery from chronic Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 172: The Healing Place - an interview with Sarah Hook

Sarah discusses how she's maintained a long-term relationship while sick with Lyme, how she's treated with a wide-variety of treatment protocols and so much more

Sarah Hook is an Integrative Holistic Practitioner, Health Coach, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner and Reiki Master from London, England. She was bitten by a tick at the age of 25 and managed her health challenges until professional stressors caused her health and nervous systems to crash after 8 years. Fortunately, Ms. Hook’s training and experience resulted in an early diagnosis after she sought treatment at the renowned Breakspear Clinic. Her treatment plan included a diverse set of treatment protocols including herbs, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), ozone therapy and colonics. Today Ms. Hook is preparing to return to work and to creatively share more of her treatment journey on social media, including Instagram. If you would like to learn more about how a holistic health practitioner is using her training to shorten her healing journey, maintain her social relationships and validate people living with Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 171: Lyme Doctor's Doctor - an interview with Doctor Alan MacDonald

Dr. MacDonald is one of the world's leading Lyme disease medical professionals

Dr. Alan MacDonald is an Ivy League educated medical doctor and the first Lyme Literate Pathologist. Dr. MacDonald practiced as a "Doctor's Doctor" on Long Island, New York at the onset of the Lyme disease pandemic. Dr. MacDonald pioneered the use of pathological techniques to prove that untreated Lyme disease can result in a patient's death. He also perfected direct diagnostic testing to prove seronegative chronic active Lyme disease. Additionally, Dr. MacDonald proved Lyme disease caused fetal deaths, stillbirths, and sudden infant deaths. Lastly, he was the first to link Alzheimer's disease to Lyme infections. If you would like to learn more about how America's first Lyme Literate Pathologist pioneered many of the mainstream diagnostic and treatment techniques used by medical practitioners and Lyme researchers, then tune in now!

Episode 170: LLMD Takes on IG Live - an interview with Doctor Casey Kelley

To celebrate Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Tick Boot Camp issued a challenge to Dr. Kelley to answer your questions live and in real time

Dr. Casey Kelley is a Lyme Literate Integrative Medical Doctor from Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Kelley shared her personal and professional journeys with Lyme disease in Episode 98 of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast. To celebrate Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Tick Boot Camp issued a challenge to Dr. Kelley to answer your questions live and in real time. This podcast is the audio of the Instagram Live broadcast. If you would like to learn more about how Lyme Literate Integrative Medical Doctor Casey Kelley took on all challengers including the rapid fire “follow-up” questions from co-hosts Rich Johannesen and Matt Sabatello, the tune in now!

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