ParaWellness Research: Parasite Testing

Parasite testing is generally a difficult proposition.  Very few tests seem to yield positive results and many suspect that the majority of people have some form of parasite.  I have found that the ParaWellness Research Program led by Dr. Raphael D'Angelo offers parasite testing on both stool and urine that seems to very commonly identify parasites.  They then recommend options that can be considered for treatment as well. 

I had mine done late last year and identified a couple of protozoa that I have since treated.  Whether they are gone or not, I'm not yet clear as I need to do some follow-up testing.  I am happy to see that there were not additional parasites detected and have worked to address what was identified.  

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Dr. Klinghardt: 2016 Conference Notes

In June, 2016, I spent three days at a conference in Seattle that was taught by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PhD and hosted by the Klinghardt Academy.  

Most of the event was geared to practitioners that were interested in learning Dr. Klinghardt's Autonomic Response Testing (ART) energetic testing.  This was the Advanced Level 3 course which I have taken in the past, but there are always new things to be learned from Dr. Klinghardt.  My intent is to share some of the key takeaways from the event, but I am not attempting to share details specific to his system of testing as that cannot be learned from reading a blog post.  If you have an interest in ART, I urge you to sign up for a course on it.  It is a fun, empowering, and wonderfully insightful testing system that I highly recommend.

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Dr. Amy Derksen ND: Naturopathic Insights to Help Manage Complicated Cases

I first met Amy Derksen ND in January 2006.  She has been one of my primary doctors since that time, and I have learned a great deal from my work with her over the past almost 11 years!  In fact, she and a friend named Bruce that I met at my first Klinghardt conference in 2006 were the first two to do Autonomic Response Testing (ART) with me; a system that has significantly changed my life since.

At AutismOne 2016, Dr. Amy presented "Naturopathic Insights to Help Manage Complicated Cases".  This talk is so rich with the wisdom of her years of treating complex illness.  Even though it was part of an autism event, it applies to Lyme and many other chronic conditions as many of the underlying factors are the same.

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My Experience: Urinary Mycotoxin Testing

One of my biggest challenges with recovering my health has been mold.  It is no secret that I struggled with mold illness that led me to once leaving my home in order to create an environment that was more conducive to healing.  Then in 2015, I was exposed to mold again on a regular basis.  I felt my overall health on less stable ground and felt my inflammation levels increasing.

I had done RealTime Laboratories urine mycotoxin testing in 2013 and it was very good.  At the suggestion of one of my practitioners, it was suggested that I repeat the test in late 2015.  To my surprise, I was HIGHLY positive on both Ochratoxin and Gliotoxin.  Aflatoxin was not far from being considered positive and similar for trichothecenes.  These results as compared to my results from 2013 were a major red flag.  

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Guest Blogger: A Patient’s Mother Interviews Ty R. Vincent, MD about LDI for Autism, Pediatric Lyme and PANDAS

Dr. Ty Vincent MDI’m going to start out this interview by disclosing to readers my own story. I’m both the mother of your patient and your interviewer. You have been treating my own eight year old son, who has autism and Lyme and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep), for over a year now. I had been doing autism biomed interventions with him for five years, before learning he had chronic Lyme disease. During that time I tried many supplements that helped, but he would eventually peter out.

For example, when he was a toddler diagnosed with mitochondrial dysfunction, the mito cocktail increased his energy, responsiveness and activity level for a few months. But he became lethargic again; and although he still did better with the mito cocktail than without it, it no longer helped to the same extent it did at first.

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The Forum for Integrative Medicine: Managing Chronic Complex Illness


The Forum for Integrative Medicine hosted a "beyond superb" event March 3-5, 2016 in San Diego, CA.  The event had some of the best prractitioners in the field of Lyme, mold, and chronic illness.  With speakers like Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Patricia Kane, Dr. Ann Corson, Dr. Kristine Gedroic, Dr. Raj Patel, and many more of the greats, this was a "not-to-be-missed" event.  Unfortunately, the event was not recorded.  I'll do my best to share some of my key takeaways here, but the below is only a very small sampling of all that was discussed at this conference.  

Special thanks to Susan McCamish and her team for coordinating this excellent event.  It was originally Susan's idea to have an integrative conference, and it proved a huge success.  

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Corson's Corner

I am so excited and honored to be able to share the information here from Dr. Ann Corson, MD.  She has been a mentor of mine for years.  She is someone I respect immensely and appreciate her passion for helping her patients to find answers and recover their lives.  

I have heard her speak many times over the years and always learn so many new things.  Most recently, she gave two lectures that I was fortunate to attend at the "Managing Chronic Complex Illness" conference in San Diego, CA in early 2016.  

It says the world to me that Dr. Corson is willing to share her deep experience and many years of work for free through these presentations.  Thank you, Dr. Corson!

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Autism Recovery Telesummit: Recovering From Lyme Disease, A Potential Factor in Autism

In January 2016, I was honored to be a part of the online Autism Recovery Telesummit event.  The event was put together by Luminara Serdar and made so much great information available to the public.  I listened to a number of the sessions and found it very insightful. 

Luminara was very kind to allow speakers to post their talks with her on their own blogs at no charge.  Thanks Luminara!  So, here it is.... My interview with Luminara on "Recovering From Lyme Disease, A Potential Factor in Autism".  I hope you enjoy it.  

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LDI (Low Dose Immunotherapy)

I recently suggested that LDI was one of the most exciting new things I had encountered in 2015 in the treatment of Lyme, and I think it will continue to be a top new treatment in 2016 based on all of the patients and practitioners I have spoken to about it.  Is it a home-run for everyone?  No, nothing is.  Can it cause major flares and Herxheimer reactions?  Yes, absolutely.  So, please don't think that LDI is a panacea, but it makes total sense to me, and I am very excited about it. 

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ILADS 2015: From Bench to Bedside: Translating Research Into Clinical Practice

This blog entry shares my notes from some of the sessions I attended at the 2015 ILADS conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  As my interest is in more integrative and alternative treatment options, this may not be an accurate representation of the overall content of the event as there are several concurrent sessions, and thus, I was unable to attend many of the lectures at the event.  Recordings of the sessions may be found from the ILADS web site at http://www.ilads.org.  

I started going to ILADS in 2006 and this was my TENTH YEAR! to attend the event.  I haven't missed a single annual conference since 2006.  I am grateful to ILADS for all they have done to help those of us that have dealt with Lyme and for all that they continue to do.  I'm excited to see how many people come to this event every year.  It should be even larger, but it has grown notably in the past decade.  

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Finding Your Way With The Complicated Patient

Finding Your Way With The Complicated Patient was hosted by Gordon Medical Associates and was held in Santa Rosa, CA on September 26, 2015.  Gordon Medical is one of the clinics that I have the utmost respect for; their practitioners are top notch and really care about helping people.  The conference was a lot of fun; almost like a reunion seeing so many people that have come into my life over the years through my journey with chronic illness.  

The below represents only a subset of the great information shared at this event.  The event was recorded so I recommend watching the GMA web site for DVD ordering information.  You will learn so much more than I can possibly share below.

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  BetterHealthGuy.com is intended to share my personal experience in recovering from my own chronic illness.  Information presented is based on my journey working with my doctors and other practitioners as well as things I have learned from conferences and other helpful resources.  As always, any medical decisions should be made only with the guidance of your own personal medical authority.  Everyone is unique and what may be right for me may not be right for others.