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.
- Last Updated: November 08 2015 November 08 2015
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.
- Last Updated: October 12 2015 October 12 2015
Curing the Incurables 2015
September 11-13, 2015 was the weekend that the Curing the Incurables was hosted by Dr. Simon Yu MD in St. Louis, MO.
I went to his conference in 2013 as well and learned a lot. I once again combined this conference with a consult with Dr. Yu to confirm that my cavitation surgery from two years ago had worked and that there was no return of dental infection. Fortunately, there didn't seem to be which was great. He did find a bite issue that I will need to explore, but not having to do another surgery is certainly welcomed news.
- Last Updated: September 22 2015 September 22 2015
Atlas! Something That Was Amazing!
Sorry for my sense of humor, but I intended to suggest that "Atlas, I found something that really made a difference!". Get it? Atlas instead of "at last". Ok, ok. I tried the same joke on the doctor and I'm not sure it went over well there either. Never hurts to try.
Nonetheless, many years ago, I saw Harvey Bigelsen who sees holograms in the blood under a microscope. This was when I still had active Lyme. Dr. B said that my number one issue was structure and that nothing would resolve entirely if that were not addressed.
Since then, I have seen at least two dozen DOs, DCs, physical therapists, and so on with little or no result.
- Last Updated: July 07 2015 July 07 2015
An Integrative Approach to Chronic Infections and Tick-Borne Illness
Beyond Balance hosted a superb event entitled "An Integrative Approach to Chronic Infection and Tick-borne Illness" in Parsippany, NJ on May 16, 2015. When I saw the list of speakers, I knew I needed to get on a flight and head to New Jersey as this event had some of my favorite healers. I'm glad I did.
Speakers included: Ann Corson MD, Kristine Gedroic MD, Tom Moorcroft DO, Marie Matheson ND, and herbalist and naturopath Susan McCamish. Susan McCamish is also the formulator of the many umbrella-like in nature herbal blends offered by Beyond Balance and ones that I personally use on a daily basis for my own continued health improvement.
The entire event was videotaped and is available through Beyond Balance for those that would like to listen to the full detail from each speaker which goes far beyond what I am able to represent here.
- Last Updated: June 07 2015 June 07 2015
My Talk at AutismOne
I was honored to have been asked to speak on Lyme disease at AutismOne 2015 in Chicago. I spoke as part of a THRiiiVE.com track with Dana Gorman, Tami Duncan, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, and others.
It was a superb event with many amazing speakers and exhibitors. I will be writing a separate blog about some of what I learned, but I wanted to share the slides that I used for the talk I gave at the event.
There were probably about 100 people at my talk and lots of interest in learning more about Lyme disease.
I highly recommend this event for anyone that has children on the spectrum or a general interest in chronic illness and recovering health. It was amazing!
- Last Updated: May 27 2015 May 27 2015
The Many Layers to Recovering from Lyme and Chronic Illness
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dana Walsh and Brent Martin from LymeLessLiveMore.com and talk about "The Many Layers to Recovering from Lyme and Chronic Illness".
Their site does such a great job at creating a community for those recovering from Lyme disease. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with them.
- Last Updated: May 25 2015 May 25 2015
Apheresis: A Synergistic Detoxification Strategy
Dr. Klinghardt has been my primary mentor for many years, and I credit him with being the guide that has led me back to a good state of health. In 2013, Dr. Klinghardt started sharing his thoughts on filtration apheresis. I shared some of his thoughts from a May 2013 lecture on my blog. Until recently, apheresis of this nature has been available only outside of the United States; though similar treatment has been available in the United States for conditions such as hyperlipidemia.
A number of patients have traveled to Cham, Germany to pursue this method of detoxification. Some have had remarkable progress while others have seen less notable benefits; though this is the nature of a chronic illness such as Lyme disease.
In an apheresis procedure, blood is removed from the body from one arm, filtered through a series of filters, and then returned in the other arm minus many of the compounds that contribute to illness.
- Last Updated: June 15 2015 June 15 2015
Dr. Michael Lebowitz Energetic Testing Seminar
I have followed the work of Dr. Michael Lebowitz DC for several years. I have used many of the unique products he works with in my own recovery journey and think they are some of the best available. Additionally, I had studied his system of energetic testing in the past via DVD and online classes. We've also spoken on the phone over the past couple of years, but had never met in person.
Fortunately, that recently changed as I had the opportunity to attend "Treating the Complex Patient 2014" in Phoenix, AZ on November 9, 2014. It was a great event and I learned a lot of new information. Dr. Lebowitz is certainly a leader in the world of treatment of complex illness in my opinion. I have great respect for him and his work.
- Last Updated: November 30 2014 November 30 2014
I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Dr. Christine Schaffner ND, naturopathic doctor and clinic director of Sophia Health Institute. We talked about chronic illness, my path to recovery, and my general thoughts on illness and wellness.
It was great fun spending the hour with Dr. Schaffner, and I hope that you find our discussion interesting and informative.
- Last Updated: November 23 2014 November 23 2014
ILADS 2014 Washington DC Conference Takeaways
This blog entry summarizes some of the notes I took at the ILADS conference in Washington DC in October 2014. As there were many concurrent sessions, the below does not reflect the overall nature of the ILADS event, but rather the specific interest in topics that most resonated with me. Thus, this may be a more integrative or alternative view of the event than others may have experienced. It was a superb weekend with many great practitioners and healers to learn from. It was my 9th ILADS conference! The full event or individual sessions are available for purchase as videos or DVDs at the ILADS site at http://www.ilads.org.
- Last Updated: November 18 2014 November 18 2014
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