Tick Boot Camp

Episode 396: Lyme Unmasked - an interview with Heidi Hayes

2 months ago


  • Rich Johannsen, co-host, welcomes the audience to the Tick Boot Camp Podcast.
  • Rich introduces guest co-host Maria Mooney, who is filling in for Matt Sabatello.
  • Maria and Rich express their excitement about having Heidi Hayes as a guest on the show.

Getting to Know Heidi Hayes

  • Heidi shares her background, growing up in Southern Ontario near Toronto and Buffalo.
  • The conversation touches on Heidi's early life, being a good student, and her vision of becoming an entrepreneur to make a positive impact on the world.

Heidi's Health Journey

  • Heidi discusses her health journey, initially experiencing immune dysfunction and a lack of energy.
  • The discussion includes Heidi's diagnosis of Lyme disease, her initial relief at finding an explanation for her health issues, and her trust in the medical system.
  • Heidi highlights the challenges faced by individuals with chronic illnesses within the healthcare system.

Lyme Disease Complexity

  • The conversation delves into the complexity of Lyme disease, considering the diverse nature of tick bites and the range of symptoms.
  • Heidi emphasizes the importance of understanding the various elements that contribute to Lyme disease's complexity.

The Search for Effective Treatment

  • Heidi shares her journey to find effective treatment for Lyme disease and related issues.
  • She discusses her experience with mold toxins, her visit to the Venn Med Clinic in Toronto, and the challenges she faced in finding the right treatment plan.
  • Heidi highlights the role of Dr. Donald Dennis in her journey and the positive impact of her treatment.

Life After Treatment

  • The discussion explores Heidi's life after successful treatment, including her gradual recovery and newfound abilities.
  • Heidi talks about her ability to exercise and the importance of celebrating small victories during the healing process.

Lyme Disease Awareness and Advocacy

  • The conversation shifts to Lyme disease awareness and advocacy efforts.
  • Heidi encourages individuals to advocate for themselves and seek proper testing and treatment.
  • The importance of raising awareness within the community is discussed, as well as the value of sharing personal stories to support others.

Closing Remarks

  • Rich, Maria, and Heidi express their gratitude for the opportunity to discuss Lyme disease awareness and advocacy.
  • They encourage listeners to get tested and advocate for their health, emphasizing the importance of early detection and treatment.


  • Rich thanks the audience for tuning in to the Tick Boot Camp Podcast.
  • He invites listeners to explore more episodes and resources on Lyme disease awareness and advocacy.
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!"