Tick Boot Camp

Episode 353: The Lyme Rebel - an interview with Professor Eva Sapi

This week on Tick Boot Camp, we're thrilled to welcome Dr. Eva Sapi, an internationally recognized Lyme disease expert. Join us as we discuss her groundbreaking work, her personal journey with Lyme disease, and her unwavering commitment to finding better treatments for this debilitating illness.

Dr. Sapi is the Coordinator of M.S. Cellular & Molecular Biology and a professor at the University of New Haven. After contracting Lyme disease herself, she shifted her research focus from breast cancer to Lyme disease. As the director of the university's Lyme Disease Research Program, Dr. Sapi has trained over 100 graduate students and authored 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers. She was the first to discover the presence of Borrelia biofilm in human-infected skin tissue, a finding that has shaped our understanding of Lyme disease.

In this interview, we discuss:

  • Dr. Sapi's personal battle with Lyme disease
  • The significance of Borrelia biofilm in Lyme disease treatment
  • The ongoing collaboration with Dr. James Goldman from Columbia University on a case of a woman who received 16 years of antibiotic therapy but still succumbed to Lyme disease
  • Her recent breakthrough on the potential of liquid, whole-leaf stevia extract in reducing biofilm mass
  • The ultimate goal of identifying novel antibacterial agents effective against all forms of Borrelia
  • Dr. Sapi's recognition as a research trailblazer by LymeDisease.org and her Courage Award from Lyme Connection of Ridgefield

If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Sapi's remarkable journey, her passion for Lyme disease research, and her unwavering commitment to finding a cure, tune in now!

Episode 352: Love, Hope, Lyme - an interview with Fred Diamond

This week on Tick Book Camp, we're excited to have special guest co-host Khalil "Two Monies" Fuller joining us for an illuminating discussion with Fred Diamond, the empathetic author of the indispensable guide "Love, Hope, Lyme." As Fred shares his personal experiences with a loved one affected by Lyme disease, he offers valuable insights on providing genuine and compassionate support for those with chronic illnesses.

In this episode, Fred delves into crucial topics such as neurological concerns, family dynamics, and the healing process. The book's foreword, penned by Dr. Richard Horowitz, has received acclaim from both experts and survivors, making it an essential read for those seeking to better understand and assist their loved ones with Lyme disease.

Explore the journey that led Fred to write "Love, Hope, Lyme" and learn how his book has positively impacted countless families. Listen in to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of love, hope, and empathy in supporting those living with chronic conditions.

If you would like to learn more about how to fortify your support network and enhance your relationships with those affected by Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 351: Lyme Healthinar - an interview with Dr. Christine Arseneau


The Healing Framework

  • Using a functional medicine approach, which is comprehensive and individualized
  • Natural and effective supplements, avoiding OTCs and pharmaceuticals
  • Habit hacks using an ancestral approach, focusing on sleep quality, stress management, nutrition, movement, and gut health
  • Mindset and subconscious mind play a vital role in healing

Addressing the Controversy over the Word "Cure"

  • Understanding the impact of words on our reality and the healing process
  • How the belief in a "cure" can affect one's healing journey

Additional Healing Tools

  • The use of psychedelics and hypnotism in healing
  • The importance of being in a parasympathetic state for healing to occur
  • Alternative options for those unable to do rigorous programs

The Number One Thing Doctors Aren't Talking About

  • Importance of addressing all aspects of one's life, not just physical symptoms
  • Taking responsibility for one's own health and not solely relying on doctors

Working with Dr. Christine Arseneau

Episode 350: Silent Majority - an interview with Sarah Terlaga Bergquist

In this milestone 350th episode of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast, we welcome special guest Sarah Terlaga Bergquist, a Lyme disease survivor, who joins Rich Johannesen and guest co-host Julia Feygelman. In this heartfelt conversation, Sarah shares her inspiring journey from the first symptoms and diagnosis to overcoming the challenges of Lyme disease and her ultimate recovery.

Athletic Childhood to Lyme Disease Sarah, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, grew up as a competitive figure skater. After college, she began to experience unexplained health issues that escalated until a swollen knee led to a quick diagnosis of Lyme disease by a perceptive orthopedic surgeon.

A Long Journey of Treatment and Recovery Over the years, Sarah tried various treatments, including oral and IV antibiotics, with her symptoms worsening at times. Eventually, she sought hyperthermia treatment at Klinik St. Georg in Germany, where she met Julia.

Hyperthermia Treatment and Klinik St. Georg in Germany Sarah and her husband Zach, also a Lyme disease patient, traveled to Germany for hyperthermia treatment. They met Julia and other Lyme patients, creating a support system that helped them through the process. The treatment marked a turning point in their lives.

Life after Lyme Disease Since returning from Germany, Sarah has become a mother and has focused on rebuilding her life. She shares her journey to help others realize that recovery is possible.

Advocating for Lyme Disease Awareness After recovering from Lyme disease Sarah joined the "silent majority" of Lyme disease survivors but agreed to revisit her painful journey to inspire hope in others facing similar challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • Early diagnosis is crucial for successful Lyme disease treatment.
  • Hyperthermia treatment at Klinik St. Georg in Germany helped Sarah and her husband find relief from their symptoms.
  • Support from family, friends, and fellow Lyme patients can make a huge difference in the recovery process.
  • It's possible to regain a normal life after Lyme disease, and sharing success stories can inspire hope in others.

Don't miss this enlightening conversation between Julia and Sarah on episode 350 of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast as they delve into the challenges, triumphs, and hope that comes with overcoming Lyme disease.

Episode 349: The Quiet Epidemic - an interview with Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch

Welcome to this episode of our podcast, where we interview Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch, the filmmakers behind the acclaimed Lyme disease documentary "The Quiet Epidemic" coming out on May 16 on Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo-On-Demand. Both Lindsay and Winslow are Lyme disease patients themselves, and they first met while undergoing treatment at a Lyme disease center. During this time, they were urged to incorporate a pursuit of purpose into their treatment plan, which eventually led them on a 7-year journey to make a film that uncovers the broader issues surrounding Lyme disease and its impact on millions of people worldwide.

In this episode, the filmmakers share the story of a young girl from Brooklyn and a Duke University scientist who were both diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease, a condition that many medical professionals still deny exists. The film follows their journey to find answers, which leads them into the middle of a heated medical debate. As the filmmakers dig deeper, they uncover a history of Lyme disease dating back to its discovery in 1975. The paper trail of suppressed scientific research and buried documents shed light on why ticks and the diseases they carry have been allowed to quietly spread around the globe.

Joining us as a special co-host is Phyllis Bedford, the Executive Director of the LymeLight Foundation. Together, we delve into this thought-provoking film and explore the issues surrounding Lyme disease. We discuss the challenges of making the documentary, the controversy surrounding Lyme disease, and the impact of this quiet epidemic on millions of people around the world.

If you want to learn more about how Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch utilized the pursuit of purpose on their healing journeys, and how it led them to create a powerful and informative film that sheds light on the quiet epidemic of Lyme disease, then tune in now. This is an episode you won't want to miss.

Episode 348: Re-Origin of Neuroplasticity - an interview with Ben Ahrens

In this episode, we chat with Ben Ahrens, the founder of Re-Origin, about his inspiring journey to recover from Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease using neuroplasticity. At the age of 25, Ben found himself bedridden for over 3 years, despite conventional medical treatment. It was then that he discovered neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize itself and form new neural connections.

Ben attended an online class in neuroanatomy at UC Berkeley and learned about the incredible results that applied neuroscience or "neuroplasticity training" had achieved with chronic pain, physical rehab, and even immune-related conditions. He realized that the brain is the "chief orchestrator" of all mental, physical, and emotional processes and decided to heal himself with this approach.

Over the years, Ben consulted with top neuroscientists and doctors from around the world, eventually developing a program and process called The Brain Trust™ that could replicate his success at scale for a wide range of debilitating conditions. This program serves as the cornerstone of Re-Origin.

Through the power of neuroplasticity, Ben healed himself from Lyme, CFS, and Hypersensitivity disorder. He joined forces with Innovative Medicine, earning advanced certifications in biological medicine and becoming an AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner in the state of New York. Together, they work on untangling some of the world's most complex chronic conditions.

If you're interested in learning more about how the power of neuroplasticity could provide hope for a new path to recovery, tune in now!

Episode 347: Professor Mom - an interview with Professor Holly Ahern

Professor Holly Ahern, is an award-winning professor of microbiology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Adirondack. Her personal experience with Lyme disease, specifically her daughter's diagnosis, led her to shift her research and advocacy toward Lyme disease awareness and patient care. In this Tick Boot Camp interview, co-hosted by Lyme disease advocate Tony Felice, you will learn about Professor Ahern's journey and her advocacy work.

Professor Holly Ahern is a co-founder and vice-president of Lyme Action Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and promoting policy changes that will help individuals with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. She was also a member of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a federal advisory committee established by Congress to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. In addition, Professor Ahern is a LymeX Next Generation Diagnostics judge, which is a program that aims to accelerate the development of new diagnostic tests for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Finally, she serves on the board of Mothers Against Lyme Disease, a non-profit organization that provides support to families affected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

In our interview, Professor Ahern shared her personal journey of her daughter's diagnosis with Lyme disease and how it shifted her research and mentorship concentration towards advocating for Lyme disease awareness and patient care. She also talked about her work with Lyme Action Network and other advocacy organizations, including her involvement in legislative initiatives to improve patient access to care.

Professor Ahern emphasized the importance of education and prevention in the fight against Lyme disease. She explained that early diagnosis and treatment are critical in order to prevent long-term health problems associated with Lyme disease. She also stressed the need for increased research into tick-borne diseases and the development of more effective diagnostic tests.

If you would like to learn more about how a mother, academic, and expert in microbiology has been able to bring a unique perspective to the fight against Lyme disease, then tune in now!

PS Tony Felice special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 346: The Challenge: Lyme - an interview with Kendal Darnell

Kendal Sheppard-Darnell is an MTV reality TV star who has been featured on Road Rules: Campus Crawl, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno (where she won the championship), and The Challenge: All Stars (seasons 1, 2, and 3). She's also a Registered Nurse (RN) and mother of 3 beautiful children.

Kendal grew up in Washington state. She went to college in Chicago before traveling the world with MTV and then moving to Los Angeles to work as an actor.

Kendal started getting sick in her early thirties and saw scores of doctors before getting diagnosed with Lyme disease, Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) through IGeneX.

She was treated with methylene blue, BEG nasal spray, Argentyn 23 colloidal silver, antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics, antimalarials, and red light therapy.

Kendal is a bright shining light in the Lyme community now working as a hospice nurse and advocating for more research and awareness in the Lyme disease arena.

If you'd like to learn more about how a driven, determined, and intelligent healthcare professional has tackled Lyme disease head-on, tune in now!

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

Episode 345: Alabama Sweetheart - an interview with Lindsay Stay

Lindsay Stay is a 38-year-old wife, mother of two, Lyme disease advocate, and entrepreneur who lives in Dunedin, Florida.

Lindsay was bit by a tick at 12 and her symptoms remained dormant until a cruise when she was 28 years old when she got sick and her body could no longer manage the Lyme bacteria.

Lindsay tried to continue on with her life as a new mom despite her symptoms, but a year later she became even sicker after a root canal when she felt like she was "slowly losing herself".

Another year later, Lindsay was rear-ended and the physical trauma was the straw that broke the camel's back resulting in Lindsay becoming completely bedbound with a wide range of Lyme symptoms including back/face/neck/foot pain, digestive issues, scattered thoughts, and "everything spinning around me".

Parasite cleansing helped Lindsay get out of bed, but she was still very sick and looking at mold and heavy metal exposure with her medical team.

Finally, she tested positive for Lyme disease and went to Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico where she treated her whole body with hyperthermia, antibiotics, rife, colon hydrotherapy, chiropractic care, therapy, lymphatic massages, and yoga.

Lindsay gained back most of her health, but unfortunately, she contracted covid 6 months later which caused her to have a setback.

Lindsay pulled out her holistic toolbox, tried some limbic system retraining programs, and today is using the Pompa Program to continuously improve her health.

If you'd like to learn the specific tools Lindsay has used in her Lyme journey and are looking for a story of hope, then tune in now!

PS Julia Feygelman special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 344: Orthodox - an Interview with Bari Mitzmann

Bari Mitzmann is a 30-year-old teacher, social media strategist, and podcaster originally from New York City, New York. She is the creator of the IBA social media course, consults with numerous businesses on social media and influencer strategy, and built a highly regarded Instagram page designed to teach about orthodox Jewish life and modest fashion.

Shortly after her engagement to be married, she began to suffer from fatigue and weight loss. Her symptoms progressed to anxiety, depression, and loss of appetite.

Shortly after the wedding, she and her husband moved to a basement apartment in tick-endemic Rockland County, New York. Her ongoing health conditions caused family and friends to believe she was anemic or pregnant until she tested positive for Lyme disease.

Initial treatment from a primary care physician exacerbated her symptoms resulting in Ms. Mitzmann’s exit from the traditional medical system. To fund the treatment from a Lyme literate medical specialist, she and her husband were forced to spend all their wedding gifts.

The final leg of her treatment journey was with an orthodox Jewish naturopathic doctor that utilized spiritual, emotional, and physical treatment modalities that suppressed her chronic symptoms permitting her to return to a normal personal and professional life.

If you would like to learn more about how an orthodox Jewish influencer had to return to her traditional roots to shlogn (Yiddish for beat) Lyme disease, then tune in now!

PS Nicoleta Forbes special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich 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!"