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Demystifying Lyme Detox – Dr. Rawls Webinar

Join Dr. Bill Rawls for a live webinar on Wednesday, January 24th at 8PM (EST) as he shares his knowledge and research on the the myths and truths of Lyme Detox.

Topics include:

How toxins enter the body
Misconceptions about detoxification
Toxic and cleansing foods
Herbs to support detoxification>
And more!

As always, a live Q&A session with Dr. Rawls follows to answer your detox questions.

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P.S. If you have any questions about the webinar call 800-951-2414.



Dr. Sue Massie – Lyme Webinar

In case you missed the webinar session, or in case you’d like to watch it again, here’s the link to the replay video:


Title: “Lyme: The Great Imitator”

Description: TDI/Health Through Awareness presents Sue Massie, ND, CNHP who will be discussing her personal experience and latest information on Lyme disease.

Host: Liesha Getson, BCTT, CHHC, Sue Massie, ND, CNHP, Philip Getson, D.O.

If any of our followers are experts in a particular field and have a topic they think our audience would appreciate and that they would like to present on or know of any practitioners that would like to participate please contact:

Liesha at TDI: 856-596-5834



Lots of great info here.  Since Lyme/MSIDS is such a complex illness(es), it’s imperative you deal with all the blow-back as well as imbalances these infections cause and exacerbate.

Listen to this, take notes, think about what symptoms and issues you have and take ideas to your practitioner.  Nobody knows your body like you do.  With your input, doctors are much more helpful.  Speak up at your appointments and take ideas to them for consideration.





Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury

Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury

by jameslyonsweiler, Nov, 2017

When Dr. Chris Exley and his research team discovered aluminum co-localized with amyloid plaques in the brains of patients who died from Alzheimer’s, it made big news, even though a study in 1985 discussed the aluminum silicate portion of amyloid. That’s right. We’ve known since 1985 at least that amyloid plaque in the brain is partly aluminum silicate. Now, Exley’s findings completely destroy any hope that aluminum somehow stayed out of the brain,  unnamed
Aluminum, it turns out, plays a critical role in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of vaccine injury. In this article, I will review the scientific evidence of four major ways that vaccines can cause harm. These are (1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy; (2) Vaccine-Induced Persistent Gliosis; (3) Vaccine-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Damage, and (4) Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity (to appear as a separate article). My intent and purpose is not and has never been to discourage anyone from accepting vaccines, nor to provide medical advice of any kind; rather, my intent is to make a clear path toward safer routes to artificial immunization and communicate the state of scientific knowledge about mechanisms of the pathophysiology of disease caused by vaccines, and how such human pain and suffering can be mitigated.


(1) Vaccine-Induced Mitopathy
Individuals born with mitochondrial disorders have partially disable cellular energetics. Mutations that alter proteins in the various specific mitochondrial pathways lead to a variety of congenital conditions, including encephalomyopathy and seizures. We need mitochondria to work in all of our tissues. However, our brains consume so much energy, any weakening of mitochondrial ATP flux will almost certainly lead to neurological disorders.

Environmental damage to mitochondria is known to occur from exposure to lead and includes depletion of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ) and intracellular glutathione (GSH), elevation of caspase-3 activity, intracellular reactive oxygen species, and malondialdehyde levels, and inhibition of GSH peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity (Liu et al., 2014).

Why discuss lead-induced mitochondrial toxicity in an article on vaccine injury? In part because many individuals familiar with brain injuries and conditions that lead to brain injuries will recognize the critical role of GSH, the importance of shutting down ROS, and the potential use of malondialdehyde as a screen for brain injury following vaccination. Another reason is that 25% of the homes in Pittsburgh have higher lead levels in the water coming into the homes than the levels found in the water in Flint, MI, and individuals with mitochondrial damage due to lead are likely to be a higher risk of the toxic effects from vaccines.

The science of the specific actions and mechanisms of mitochondrial injury from vaccines include some of these events, including recognition of aluminum as an intracellular ROS generator (Han et al., 2013). Aluminum is present in vaccines as an adjuvant in a variety of forms, most commonly aluminum hydroxide (a well-known neurotoxin Vaccine risk denialists spend a lot of time denying the massive literature on the neurotoxicity of aluminum. Nevertheless, studies show that aluminum also disrupts cytoskeletal dynamics (Lemire et al., 2009).

Thimerosal also has damaging influences on mitochondria, including direct damage to the mitochondrial genome. Sharpe et al. (2012) found that thimerosal induced a five-fold increase in the levels of oxidant damaged mitochondrial DNA bases and increases in the levels of mtDNA nicks and blunt-ended breaks.

Increases in DNA damage to mitochondrial DNA can only increase the likelihood of heteroplasmy (the occurrence of >1 mitotype in a tissue or a person) – and low-energy regions of the brain can result because mitochondria are inherited in soma via cellular division.

Repeated exposures to mercury can have myriad ill effects as well. Exposure to Methyl mercury (not the type found in vaccines) shows an increase in total reactive oxygen species (ROS) over time in the brain in autoimmune encephalomyelitis (Kharizi et al., 2016). The same ROS-generating effects, along with mitochondrial DNA damage, are seen due to the exposure of ethyl mercury in thimerosal, found in vaccines (Sharpe et al., 2012).

(2) Vaccine-Induced Persistent Gliosis
Mice injected with aluminum adjuvant doses equivalent to those given to US military service personnel showed both neuroinflammation and cell loss in the spinal cord and motor cortex, with consequent memory deficits (Petrik et al., 2007).

The cause of macrophagic myofascitis (MMF) has since been identified asaluminum hydroxide from vaccines lesions (Gherardi et al., 2001; Authier et al., 2006; Gherardi et al., 2012; Rigolet M et al., 2014). Patients with MMF have an unusually long reaction at the site of injection of aluminum-containing vaccines in their muscle, and biospies show infiltration of muscle tissue by macrophages. (See:

Here is chilling description of the effect of aluminum when used as an adjuvant:

“…poorly biodegradable aluminum-coated particles injected into muscle are promptly phagocytosed in muscle and the draining lymph nodes, and can disseminate within phagocytic cells throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain” (Gherardi et al., 2015).

While reading thousands of studies for “The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism”, I was amazed by the number and the high diversity of types of studies that showed that microglia are chronically activated in autism. Microglia are cells in the brain that normally work to help form complex many:many synapses, leaving behind an abundance of 1:1 synapses. This is reflected in the altered Inhibitory/Excitatory ratio found in ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Microglia also play the role of pruners. When there is a physical injury or an infection that damages nerve cells, glutamate is released. This amino acid is a neurotransmitter, and in high concentrations, glutamate is also a signal to microglia that cellular damage exists in the brain. Local microglia respond by changing shape, becoming macrophagic, and they go to work cleaning up cellular debris. They can induce apoptosis (cell death) and destroy both dendrites and neural precursor cells.

When metals such as aluminum and mercury enter the body, they are taken up by macrophages, and they slowly accumulate in the brain. Harm to astrocytes can occur, as we have seen, via direct mutagenesis, ROS species generation, endoplasmic dysfunction, and other mechanisms (including blockage of normal functioning of cytoskeletal dynamics (coordinated actions of actin and microtubule filaments, nucleolar membrane pores). The individual or cumulative effects of these insults reduce astrocytic uptake of glutamate, causing a rise in the brain-wide concentration of glutamate, leading to excitoxicity – the activation of microglia leading to specific types of deficits and surpluses of pruning activity, and unwarranted, unhealthy microglia-mediated apoptosis (cell death). (See the Companion site “Causes”: The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism Reference Resource: for relevant references).

The destruction of dendrites, neural precursor cells and otherwise healthy nerve cells leads to the further release of glutamate – and cytokines – signaling the brain inflammasome. Astrocytic cell death leads to the re-distribution of accumulated metals to new brain cells.

The reactive microglia are induced on a repeated basis – 33 times – over the course of the first 18 months of life (See CDC schedule to 18 mos: If any child has a mutation in any number of genes encoding proteins involved in cellular detoxification, downregulation of microglial activation, mitochondrial function or even synaptic transmission, these environmental exposures can lead to devastating encephalopathy. Clearly, vaccine safety science at the population level will be uninformative on the reality of specific risk in certain families.

(3) Vaccine-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Damage
Like mutations that reduce a person’s ability to detoxify their brains (and other tissues)

normally, both aluminum and mercury have toxic effects on the cell’s garbage removal system – the endoplasmic reticulum. The effects of aluminum are rather dramatic – it causes the ER to “glom-up” against the nuclear membrane. This is due in part to the failure of microtubule functions, which aids in the “unfolding” and movement and function of the ER. This mechanism is independent of the P53 apoptosis pathway (Rizvi et al., 2014) – but neuronal death occurs nevertheless.

A very important study by Stamogiannos et al. (2016) showed that thimerosal specifically inhibits the protein Endoplasmic Reticulum Aminopeptidase 1 protein (ERAP1). ERAP1 is is responsible for the proper shortening of proteins on their way to functioning in the adaptive immune system. From the UNIPROT database entry for ERAP1:

“Aminopeptidase … plays a central role in peptide trimming, a step required for the generation of most HLA class I-binding peptides. Peptide trimming is essential to customize longer precursor peptides to fit them to the correct length required for presentation on MHC class I molecules”. ml6b00084  (article here)

The significance of disabling ERAP1 to immunity to pathogens cannot be underestimated. The very proteins that patients are attempting to use to protect themselves against infectious agents that cause disease are prevented from being properly trimmed – thus disrupting proper everyday immunological signaling. This may explain why patients who have received a vaccine against influenza have higher rates of non-influenza respiratory infections (Cowling et al., 2012).

The vaccine studied (Vaxigrip) from Sanofi Pasteur includes thimerosal:

Widespread “anecdotal” experiences by patients reporting “getting the flu” after receiving the flu vaccine are likely due to them becoming immunologically compromised by thimerosal-containing flu vaccine, allowing viruses to which they were immune prior to the vaccine to exert a pathogenic effect.

A study in 2011 found that annual vaccination of children against influenza indeed hampers the development of virus-specific CD8+ T cell immunity (Bodewes et al., 2011). Clearly, vaccination using thimerosal is not benign to human health. Patients who choose to receive vaccination as an attempt to achieve immunity against influenza can opt for the flu vaccine without thimerosal. Quite problematically, however, many doctors are not even aware that they are injecting thimerosal into patients. It is important, therefore, for patients to share all of these findings with their health care providers and their county and state health departments.

An exciting new realization is the finding that amyloid plaques may play a direct role in severe autism with self-injury and aggression. Amyloid is made partly of aluminum. The notion that aluminum cannot cross the blood-brain barrier has been known to be false since at least 1985 (Colin et al., 1985).

Dr. Exley’s most recent findings of record measurements of aluminum in the brains of people who died from Alzheimer’s confirms the truth: aluminum is at the very core of Alzheimer pathophysiology. The most significant source of aluminum in children from birth to three years of age is vaccination. This is reversed in adults due to increased body weights and higher amounts of aluminum in the diet. Generally speaking, humans absorb 0.2-0.3% of the aluminum present in their water and food. In contrast, every microgram of aluminum injected must be dealt with metabolically. Around 10% aluminum introduced to the body (past an epithelial layer, either by diet or by injection) makes it to the brain and stays there for decades.

Children with severe autistic behavior and aggression have increased levels of beta-amyloid precursor protein (Sokol et al., 2006). Aluminum from all sources in their brains (water, food, vaccines) would foster the development of amyloid plaques, and should be avoided.

This knowledge is also exciting for families with loved ones with ASD who are suffering from self-injurious behavior and aggressive behavior because intranasal insulin is known to activate the enzymatic pathway that clears amyloid plaques: Research studies on the efficacy – and safety – of intranasal insulin in ASD are needed.

It is very important to reduce the total aluminum and toxin exposures to children being vaccinated. Some water filters such as Zero Water reduce aluminum absorption from the diet; silica drops and high-silica mineral water both cause aluminum in the diet to become bound as aluminum silicate and thus pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed.

Part (4) Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity
This section will be published in a separate article.

Allegheny County Health Department dropped the ball on lead in the drinking water:, calling on a vaccine risk apologist to distract from the lead in the water coming into their homes. In a press conference, the individual pointed out that there was more lead in the soil and paint in these homes than in the water the occupants consume: This was a move to try to (but failed to) deflect responsibility away from the Allegheny County Board of Health’s (ACBH) failure to address the issue of lead in the water in homes in and around Pittsburgh. However, as discussed elsewhere, ACBH should have been more, not less concerned about lead exposure from the water due to the presence of lead in the soil and paint, because toxicity is dose-related. Risk of neurodevelopmental disorder cannot be siloized by mere mention of sources of toxins that have accumulative effects and that interact with other toxins.

The ill effects of lead on the mitochondria should therefore also cause ACBH and health care workers everywhere to pause when recommending vaccination for children known to have high lead levels. Children in urban areas should be tested for lead prior to vaccinations – and those with high lead levels should be recommended to avoid vaccines with thimerosal and aluminum. The ACBH knows where these children live, and who they are. Will they alert the parents of these children to the potential for increased risk of vaccine injury due to their lead exposures?

My most ardent supporters, many of who are completely against vaccines because, in part, they see the future of immunity as stemming from healthy societies instead of artificial immunization, understand that I will never call for an end to improving means of artificial vaccination, for to do so would to be lock into place the specific vaccines that currently are causing millions to suffer from autoimmune and neurological disorders across the globe. Many of them disagree with me on this point, some quite vigorously. Vaccine industrialists take note: the flaws in your products are putting the entire immunization paradigm at risk. Those who develop the next-generation of infection-protection products should be aware that as long as you shield yourselves from liability, they will remain unacceptable to a growing segment of the general population. The public correctly believes that it is immoral to indemnify anyone against liability for flawed products, medical or otherwise. Removing the protections of yourselves and products from liability will be one gesture that could possibly restore some confidence. Conducting randomized double-blinded clinical trials large enough to detect rare adverse events, designed to include and report on those likely to suffer adverse events (at least in the math, preferably in the study design), avoiding the use of confidence intervals, not over-correcting your analyses, defining, publishing and sticking to a data analysis plan prior to conducting any analyses, reporting NNT (numbers needed to treat) and related measures (numbers needed to invite) and providing a fully transparent report of the fate all patients enrolled in the study will help restore confidence.

I join many voices from around the globe calling for the ban on the use of thimerosal at any stage of vaccine development. We have forthcoming results that show that aluminum dosing in pediatric vaccines is too high, and was not determined by dosage escalation trials in which aluminum was injected into animals. I also strongly recommend that unsafe epitopes should be identified, and excluded from all vaccines. Legislation from the people at the state level banning the sale or distribution of vaccines with mercury, aluminum and unsafe epitopes could prove to be an effective means for the people to gain control of what goes into their bodies.

The NVCIA (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34) mandated safer vaccines. I am grateful to Informed Choice Washington for this info, esp. Bernadette Pajer)

I’ve also called for biomarkers to screen people away from vaccines due to increased risk. This is consistent with the legislation that mandated the identification of individuals most susceptible to risks from vaccines.

Doubly grateful for Informed Choice Washington for sending this information (esp. Bernadette Pajer)

Specifically, the Act mandated the identification of “the groups, categories, or characteristics of potential recipients of such vaccine who may be at significantly higher risk of major adverse reactions to such vaccine than the general population“.

Not only has that not happened, the CDC has actually taken action to weaken the available information – and for that, last December (2016), Bernadette Pajer and my joint public comments were censored:, along with hundreds of other public comments. Our redacted comments and hundreds of others were made public after a brief consultation with my lawyer.

In my view, and in the view of thousands of parents, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act has been abrogated due to the failure of our government, vaccine manufacturers, and the medical community to do their part. They are now pushing mandates at the State level at frenzied pace with legislation designed to strip citizens of their existing liberties to opt out of vaccination. Exemptions exist in 48/50 states, and they must be defended so people who have reason to believe they, or their children are at risk of vaccine injury, can opt out.

Under any other area of biomedical inquiry, these rational moves would come as recommendations. Under the current likely rates of vaccine injury, these steps are not mere recommendations. Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34), they are mandated by Congress.

Religious exemptions must also be respected, in part due to the use of aborted fetal cells in the production of vaccines:

The rate of death on the first day of life in the US is highest among all rich nations. Maternal deaths during pregnancy are at an all-time high, and yet CDC is still recommending Tdap vaccination, against FDA label, every pregnancy, every time. This recommendation was made with no safety studies – and the safety studies conducted since left out mothers who were at risk of complicated pregnancies, or simply excluded fetal deaths due to a lack of scientific ability to know the date of a spontaneous abortion. See the first #braintrust episode on this topic here:

The not-for-profit I founded, IPAK, has called for a ban on vaccination in the NICU (see #nicuchallenge on social media) until studies are produced that demonstrate that vaccination in the NICU is safe. Many people don’t know that NICU’s vaccinate all of their patients at once, and have crash teams that stand by for respiratory distress, seizures, and other serious adverse events that occur due to the vaccination of low birthweight infants with 250 mcg of aluminum in the HepB vaccine. IPAK has also published a major report: on the potential role that vaccination against HepB on the first day of life has played in preventing the bankruptcy of the medical industry in the US, Canada and the UK. It includes a call for screening programs to keep those most at risk out of harm’s way.

Reform Must Happen
I join many other voices in calls to mandate reporting of vaccine adverse events with fines for failing to report. VAERS is a failed system, capturing only between 1% and 10% of adverse events from vaccination, and users are required to acknowledge that the data are so poor they cannot be used to determine causality. The legendary VSD of CDC folklore is not available for public review and use. Professional obfuscationists currently inhabit high-ranking offices at the CDC, the NIAID, and the NIH. Their continued involvement in the areas of infectious disease, and public health insures that no reform can take place, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are making many – if not most – recipients sick. They need to resign, accept early retirement, or get behind the movement sweeping the nation to protect our children – and ourselves – from serious adverse events and injuries. The misinformation campaign based on fear that people will stop vaccinating must be replaced by science.

As a scientist and a citizen, I am calling on every citizen, vaccine manufacturer, ACIP, the CDC and independent researchers to request funding from Congress for $1Billion in funding to be distributed to Universities to conduct immediate prospective RCTs on the safety of all vaccines currently on the market to determine if we can predict who will experience immediate, short-term and long-term adverse events and injuries from vaccines. CDC cannot be trusted, and won’t be trusted. Vaccine manufacturers have lost all credibility to a fast-growing portion of the American public, and other than joining their fellow citizens in a call for science, they should step aside and let vaccine safety science occur. Only a bought press and captured regulatory agencies are keeping the vaccine house of cards from falling apart. Moves to make the vaccination a police action are happening around the world. Dishonest moves by the likes of State Senator Richard Pan leading to the persecution of his former colleagues – medical doctors who honor requests for exemptions – show a true lack of personal character. The entire medical industry ignores the right of patients to refuse to participate in clinical trials – fully aware that the vaccines they are administering are subject to ongoing clinical safety trials.

A clause in the 21st Century Cures Act: allows doctors to enroll their patients in clinical trials as long as the IRB overseeing the trial has determined that the risk to those enrolled is minimal. Clearly this act cannot possibly be relevant for vaccines, for which post-market surveillance studies are needed to determine long-term risk – the very information needed to allow this clause to be invoked. Citizens can opt out of vaccination on the basis of their refusal to be enrolled in the ongoing post-market safety studies. Citizen groups can also consider challenging and educating individual medical doctors who enroll patients in the ongoing clinical safety trials without securing informed consent.

We need outcome studies of injured vs. non-injured, and studies of rates of vaccine adverse events in genetic groups defined by the basic and translational science conducted that points to increased genetic risk of mysterious diseases with no known cause but many suspected environmental triggers. It is morally wrong to hide specific risk to identifiable subgroups in whole-population comparisons. Where is the study to determine if people with HLA genotypes with high risk of RA are at higher risk of RA due to vaccines than people with HLA genotypes with low risk of RA?

In part two of this article, I will review the evidence of autoimmunity from vaccines as the fourth mechanism of vaccine injury.


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Cowling, BJ et al., 2012. Increased risk of noninfluenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine. Clin Infect Dis. 54(12):1778-83. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis307.

Gherardi RK et al., 2015. Biopersistence and brain translocation of aluminum adjuvants of vaccines. Front Neurol. 2015 Feb 5;6:4. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00004. eCollection 2015.

Han, S. 2013. How aluminum, an intracellular ROS generator promotes hepatic and neurological diseases: the metabolic tale. Cell Biol Toxicol. 29:75-84.

Kahrizi F 2016. Repeated Administration of Mercury Intensifies Brain Damage in Multiple Sclerosis through Mitochondrial Dysfunction. Iran J Pharm Res. 15:834-841.

Lemire et al., 2009. Aluminum-induced defective mitochondrial metabolism perturbs cytoskeletal dynamics in human astrocytoma cells. J. Neurosci Res 87:1474-83

Liu G et al., 2014. Puerarin protects against lead-induced cytotoxicity in cultured primary rat proximal tubular cells. Hum Exp Toxicol. 33(10):1071-80. doi: 10.1177/0960327114521048.

Mizra et al., 2017. Aluminium in brain tissue in familial Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 40:30 – 36.

Petrik MS et al., 2007. Aluminum adjuvant linked to Gulf War illness induces motor neuron death in mice. Neuromolecular Med 9:83–100.

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For more on vaccines: (I highlight Dr. Gentempo’s 9 part vaccine series)

Lyme Vaccine:


House Making You Sick? Mold & Lyme/MSIDS

Patients with Lyme/MSIDS are often sensitive to many things and have to remove them before they begin to heal.  Mold is one such item on the often long list.

My own personal experience with a reaction to mold happened pre-Lyme/MSIDS, thankfully, so I was aware of how devastating it can be for many people.  I was sick a lot.  Finally, we discovered mold and moved but the next place had it as well.  Once I got out of the moldy environment my body no longer was susceptible to every little illness.  I couldn’t believe the difference.

Published on Oct 27, 2017

Why You Should Listen:
In this episode, you will learn about illness resulting from water-damaged buildings and the importance of the environment on our health.
About My Guest: My guest for this episode is Andrea Fabry. Andrea Fabry is a former journalist, a radio host, and the mother of nine children. Her road to awareness began in 2008 when a serious toxic mold exposure compromised her entire family’s health. She is the Founder and President of momsAWARE’s mission is to provide practical assistance to families and individuals displaced by toxic mold, and to raise public awareness of the negative impact of toxic mold, chemicals, pesticides, and other environmental hazards on human health. Andrea is certified in the field of Building Biology and is passionate about the overuse of chemicals, the disregard for indoor environmental issues, and the proliferation of electromagnetic radiation. Her story is available on her blog “It Takes Time” at She currently resides in Vail, AZ, with her husband, Chris, and four of their children. She authored the book “Is Your House Making You Sick: A Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold” which is available on
Key Takeaways: – How was Andrea’s family impacted by illness resulting from water-damaged buildings? – What factors lead to the growth of mold in an indoor environment? – What options may be helpful for testing for the potential of mold in the environment? – When mold is visible, how should it be cleaned? – What should one look for to find a good inspector and/or remediator? – When should one consider moving as opposed to remediation? – Might ozone or fogging solutions be helpful? – What should not be taken with you from a moldy environment to a new environment to minimize cross-contamination? – What treatment options were helpful? – Is it possible that the exposure to environmental mold leads to a colonization within the body? – Why is it important to reduce our exposure to EMFs to optimize wellness? – What are the top ten things Andrea learned the hard way?
Connect With My Guest: Related Resources: Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner’s
Guide to Toxic Mold –
Why you should not use bleach to clean up mold.  What air filters she recommends.  Her four step approach to healing.  What other infections and chemical exposures she looks for.  What natural and pharmaceutical medications she uses.  How to test to see if you have mold and the genes that make you susceptible.
Make sure to replace your pillows periodically.  They can harbor mold.


Removing Parasites to Fix Lyme & Chronic Illnesses – Dr. Jay Davidson  Sept. 2017

by Dr. Jay Davidson

Article Summary

  • Parasites are more common than you might think. About 50% of the western world has parasites. Importantly, parasites can play a part in almost every common illness, and they can prevent the effective treatment of chronic disease.
  • Parasites can range from microscopic creatures, to huge tapeworms. Anyone can be affected by parasites, but there are some patients, such as those with poor immune systems and Lyme sufferers, who are more risk-prone.
  • The symptoms of parasites and Lyme are often very similar. It may be easy for many people to overlook the presence of a parasite in their body. Common symptoms range from insomnia and bruxism, to anemia, skin conditions, and more.
  • Parasites and Lyme disease go hand in hand. When parasites are within your system, it is impossible to remove Lyme. Some studies have even found that parasites can protect the bacteria of Lyme inside themselves.
  • Treating parasites can also mean treating chronic illness. Often, treatment for parasitic infections will begin with a careful consideration of diet. Make sure to remove grains, sugars, and pork from your diet. You should also consider adding substances like garlic, diatomaceous earth, and coconut oil.
  • One of the most powerful treatments for Lyme and parasites is Mimosa Pudica. This substance paralyzes parasites and flushes them from the system.
  • Management for parasite die-off will be necessary during a cleanse. Removing Lyme and parasites from your body can be an exhausting process.


It is difficult to think that there might be parasites crawling around inside you. The concept is nerve-wracking, and just plain disgusting. Experts believe that more than 50% of people in the Western world will suffer from a parasitic infection in their lifetime. It is easy to understand why this is the case when the human body is crawling with bacteria. The digestive tract holds more than three pounds of bacteria alone.

Although some bacteria can be good for your body, improving nutrient absorption and digestion, other bacteria can be devastating. When the bacteria in your system gets out of balance it creates a perfect place for parasites to thrive.

Parasites can enter your body in many ways and eating lot of fructose and glucose feeds the parasites helping them multiply. Pharmaceuticals, such as antibiotics, can also deplete the digestion system of bacteria and encourage parasitic growth.

For people with chronic Lyme, the problem is that they may not know they have a parasitic infection. This can mean that you are attempting to rid the body of disease while the parasites inside you are still acting as a host for Lyme disease itself. Researchers believe that parasites could play a part in every common illness. If you want to get rid of a chronic disease, you need to start by killing parasites.

The first step, of course, is recognizing that you have parasites in your body. The disturbing truth is that you probably do. Studies indicate that most people have parasites – especially those with chronic illnesses like Lyme.

The Symptoms of Parasites: What to Watch For


Parasites are complex creatures. Almost always associated with inflammatory diseases, including chronic Lyme, they actively prevent good health. A parasitic infection can range all the way from tiny microscopic organisms, to tapeworms that are several feet long. A parasite can enter your body through water, food, or even just skin contact.

The key thing to remember is that anyone can have a parasites. These creatures are not just common for impoverished countries and unhygienic environments. Parasites are a common all over the world, including the United States.There are factors that can mean you have a greater level of risk.

Factors that can increase your risk of parasite infection include:

  • You frequently swallow water from ponds, lakes, rivers, or other unhygienic sources.
  • Your immune system is compromised, perhaps because you’re suffering from chronic Lyme.
  • You work in a medical environment that might include direct contact with feces and bodily fluids
  • You travel frequently to tropical regions where parasitic infections are more common.

The symptoms involved with parasitic infections are varied. Many involve skin problems, such as hives, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. According to Parasite expert, Dr. Todd Watts, one of the most common problems links back to trouble sleeping. Many of his patients suffer from insomnia and “bruxism”.

Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, can happen because parasites are more active at night. Additionally, parasites can also be responsible for anemia and blood sugar problems. Before you begin treating your parasites, you may need to come to terms with some of the common symptoms. For chronic Lyme sufferers, pinpointing symptoms can be particularly difficult. Lyme symptoms and the signs of parasites are often very similar.

Some signs that you may have a parasitic problem include:

  • Insomnia, consistent fatigue, and poor sleeping habits
  • Lowered immune systems, the appearance of new allergies, and constant illness
  • Rashes, itching, and skin problems such as sores, or eczema and Psoriasis
  • Mental problems such as brain fog, anxiety, or depression
    Food cravings
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Eye spots or difficulties with sight
  • Anemia, low blood sugar, or adrenal fatigue
    Parasites and Chronic Lyme Disease

It is an uncomfortable truth that the human body is crawling with hundreds of strains of bacteria. When properly balanced, the right bacteria can be beneficial. However, when bacteria falls out of balance, problems begin to occur. In chronic Lyme disease patients, imbalance is a significant problem. Ongoing inflammation within the body, and issues with the immune system can throw the entire system into chaos.

In many circumstances, parasites enter the body because we create the ideal environment for them. With a compromised immune system from Lyme disease, consistent gut problems, and exposure to various chemicals, we are welcoming parasites in. Experts, like Dr. Watts, believe that to overcome chronic infections such as Lyme, we need to first address parasites.

Interestingly, it is also worth noting that some parasites can house Lyme disease. In other words, if you do not remove the parasites from your system before treatment, you’ll still have protected Lyme bacteria in your system living inside of the parasites. One study, which examined the brain tissue of patients who died due to serious neurological conditions, revealed that Lyme can thrive within nematoid worms., and

Without a protocol that takes parasites into consideration, treatments for Lyme disease may be temporary, or completely ineffective. While it is possible that treatments that do not engage parasites might lead to some improvements in your symptoms, many problems will remain or return later on. This is because parasites allow Lyme disease to persist within the body, inside the parasites, even after treatment.

On top of the problems that parasites impose when it comes to Lyme, they also cause a range of problems in general with your health. Simply ignoring the presence of parasites in your body could mean overlooking solutions that could allow you to achieve optimum health.

Treating Parasitic Infections to Treat Chronic Illness

Treatment for parasitic infection can come in numerous forms. There are a range of natural treatments that can help to eliminate parasites and prepare the body for better health. Most of the time the best solutions for parasitic infections involve changing your diet and using the right supplement at the right time.

People suffering from parasitic problems in combination with Lyme can make the problem worse by consuming sugars. It is often recommended that you remove all sugars and grains from your diet during a parasitic removal so you are not feeding the parasites as you try to eliminate them. Dairy can also present problems for some patients, although you should seek out guidance from a professional.

Natural Solutions For Parasites:

Just as there are foods that can worsen parasitic infections, there are other foods that can help your circumstances. For instance, pumpkin seeds help to fight off parasitic infections. There are also a range of other solutions that are commonly recommended, including:

Garlic: Garlic can be a powerful solution when removing yeast and parasites. It is a natural source of health-boosting nutrients. To use garlic, simply mince two cloves into a glass of water.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon can be a fantastic remedy for a range of different illnesses. Cinnamon can break down a parasite infestation and kill fungus in the body.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is wonderful for boosting your immune system. While fighting Lyme disease, Vitamin C can give your body the antioxidants it needs to thrive. For the purpose of parasite removal, it is best to take around 5,000mg per day.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a naturally nourishing anti-fungal substance. You can consume coconut oil throughout the day to support parasitic removal and soothe your gut.
Apple cider Vinegar: A rich source of B-vitamins, apple cider vinegar is useful for neutralizing the pH in your gut, which can help to make the intestines healthier. By boosting your microbiome health, you can improve digestion, and remove parasites at the same time.
Diatomaceous Earth: Effective at killing parasitic eggs, and parasites, Diatomaceous earth is great for improving your digestive tract.

Natural solutions

Foods To Avoid:
Banishing parasitic infections is a complicated process. Generally, you’ll need to focus on introducing positive substances into your diet, while removing dangerous substances. There are some foods that will naturally help parasites to thrive. Since your aim will be to remove parasites at all costs, stay away from:

Pork: Pork is one of the most common sources of parasites. Because pigs consume and process food differently to humans, there are toxins present within the flesh of the animal. It is crucial to avoid pork when cleansing your body of parasites.
Grains: Wheat and many other grains containing gluten can quickly break down into sugar. Sugar not only feeds parasites, but also leads to intestinal inflammation.
Processed foods: Processed foods are bad for your health because they contain a lack of nutrition. However, it is worth noting that these foods also contain a great deal of sugar.
Alcohol: Alcohol impairs the immune system and many other elements in the body. To improve your body functioning during a parasite cleanse, avoid alcohol.
Sugar: Sugar reduces the functioning of the immune system, and feeds parasites.

One of the best treatment solutions for removing parasites is a Mimosa Pudica (Para 1) protocol. The best supplier of premier, fat soluble, additive free Mimosa Pudica, is Microbe Formulas. Importantly, while there are other Mimosa Pudica options on the market, the Organic Mimosa Pudica offered by Microbe Formulas is the most pure form for treating parasitic infections.

Mimosa Pudica actively paralyzes parasites and forces them to fall away from their position on intestine walls. This means that parasites can be effectively flushed from your system.

With Mimosa Pudica, patients have seen huge improvements in their lives, thanks to the removal of parasitic infections. The good news about this substance, is that it is a powerful tool to include in any parasite protocol. This means that regardless of what your parasitic treatment includes, Mimosa Pudica (Para 1) could enhance your protocol.

The system fits into every GI and GAP protocol, because it helps to create a healthier gut microbiome. To make the gut system more effective, it is crucial to get all the mucus, parasites, and other dangerous substances out of your stomach and intestines. Whether mucoid plaque or parasites, you need to begin by clearing out your microbiome.

Mimosa Pudica supplements should be used for at least six months. The supplement mentioned above is particularly effective because it plays multiple parts in recovery. Not only does it bind the toxins in the body, but it also repairs cell membranes. On top of that, it delivers positive nutrients into the blood and digestive system.

Importantly, if you are considering using Mimosa Pudica, you will need to deal with issues of constipation first. If you’re struggling to pass bowel movements, this can be a serious problem for any parasite or detox program. Although the substance itself can cause a little constipation at first by releasing things throughout the body, it is important for patients to manage their bowel movements. Make sure that you use enemas, magnesium, and frequent water consumption to push your bowel movements through.

Managing Parasite Die-Off
As we bring this conversation about parasites and Lyme disease to a close, one important thing to mention is parasite die-off. Crucially, as you move forward with your parasite cleanse, you may notice that you begin to suffer from a range of symptoms caused by the death of parasites in your system.

Regardless of the cleanse you choose, the process of removing parasites and Lyme from your body is exhausting. It is crucial to make sure that you get plenty of rest. Sometimes its best to take some time off of work if possible to reduce stress and recover faster. On the other hand, you might consider using a gentler cleanse to help acclimatize your body. Some of the symptoms you might expect during die-off include:

Headaches: Pain and headaches are common with parasite die-off. Sometimes, these pains are a result of a change in your internal environment. In some cases, headaches can also be a result of parasites moving around in your head.
Crawling sensations: A parasite cleanse is an uncomfortable experience for your unwanted guests. This means that the parasites might begin to move around in your body. The truth is that many patients will not be able to feel this movement. However, you may convince yourself that you can notice a crawling sensation.
Issues with digestion: When parasites are living in your body, digestive problems are common. In some cases, as you begin to rid the parasites from your body, you might find that the symptoms appear to get worse. You may experience issues like diarrhea and bloating as your body eliminates toxins.
Skin sores: As mentioned above, skin problems are a symptom of parasites. However, sores can also occur when the body tries to remove toxins and parasites too fast. The skin can suffer from breakages and sores over time.
Problems with emotional stability: Parasites thrive on your nutritional income. A parasite can also steal away the nutrients and minerals that you need to enjoy good mental health. You might struggle from periods of anxiety and depression during die-off.
Cravings: As mentioned above, parasites thrive on sugars and other types of food. It is important to remove these foods from your diet during a parasite cleanse. However, doing so could leave you with specific cravings. Make sure that you do not give in to them!
Respiratory effects: Killing parasites in the body can mean that your system takes drastic measures to rid you of the infection. Increasing the flow of mucous is a common way to respond to contaminants. There’s a chance that you’ll experience respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold.
Frequent bruising: When parasites begin to feel threatened, they can move around. Sometimes, the restlessness of parasites in your body can cause them to move closer to the skin. When this happens, you might find that you see more bruises on your body.
Ultimately, it is fair to say that removing parasites from your body can be a difficult and uncomfortable process. However, if you want to overcome Lyme for good, it is essential to start by killing parasites.

If you leave parasites unattended in your body, they can contribute to a range of illnesses and diseases, including chronic Lyme. On top of that, it is simply impossible to live in good health with a buildup of parasites in your body.


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Dr. D. KLINGHARDT PROTOCOL – To be used only under the direct supervision of qualified medical practitioners.  
(systemic parasite medications)

The following represents only PART of Dr. K.’s protocol. Other herbs and therapies comprise the complete protocol. They can be found in the “A Deep Look Beyond Lyme” in the note book. That information is from 2011 and is being updated as Dr. K and other physicians learn more.

The following drugs are used for a year in rotation to kill parasites.

1. Biltricide 600 mg – twice daily (q. 12 hours) for two days
Absorption increases most when taken with a high carb meal. A high fat meal increases it almost as much. Take with grapefruit juice to increase absorption also.

2. Ivermectin 12 mg – one 12 mg (or four 3 mg) tablet(s) four times per day for fourteen days (take at the same time as Pyrantel Pamoate) on an EMPTY stomach.
Pyrantel pamoate (liquid – 4 teaspoons) 1000 mg per day at bedtime for fourteen days.

3. Albenza 400 mg – Two 200 mg tablets twice per day for fourteen days (after completing fourteen days on Ivermectin and Pyrantel). Take with food. (every 12 hours)

4. Alinia 1000 mg – Two 500 mg tablets twice per day for fourteen days (after completing Albenza) every 12 hours

(A’s addition from Dr. Clark’s Book – Levimasole 100 mg (3 times/day) before meals)


5. Mimosa Pudica (Biopure) – ½ teaspoon 2x/day for fourteen days mixed drink, milk or juice

6. Arteminisin (Biopure) – 200mgs 2x/day for fourteen days.
ALWAYS take with 4 oz. of grapefruit juice 30 minutes before meals.

REPEAT ENTIRE SEQUENCE 4 TIMES.  Nurse practitioner Rebecca Keith on Parasites and MCAS.

For another take please read this by Susan Luschas, PhD, and mom who has done a lot of footwork for her family:


“Dr. Klinghardt has suggested that when it comes to parasites, this is where some of the pharmaceutical options really shine and are often necessary.” –Quote from Better Health Our family had to learn this the very hard way (See 5 years and thousands of dollars in the previous section).

I no longer believe that you can get rid of parasites in humans without prescription medications. If I could do it all over again, here is a list of what I would do, in order from first to last:

Enemas to get a head start on worms
Kalcker Protocol for worms
Additional Parasite Medications for flukes, protozoans, and more worms
Gallbladder Liver Flush & Massage to flush out the dead ones
Suppositories if itchy bum  and  Excellent articles, both by Dr. Simon Yu, M.D.  Here we learn an inconvenient truth about nearly ALL coinfections including nematodes: Despite the prevalence of parasitic worms, anthelmintic drug discovery is the poor relation of the pharmaceutical industry. The simple reason is that the nations which suffer most from these tropical diseases have little money to invest in drug discovery or therapy. It comes as no surprise therefore that the drugs available for human treatment were first developed as veterinary medicines. There is thus a pitifully small repertoire of chemotherapeutic agents available for treatment (see Table 1). In some respects, this situation has been exacerbated by the remarkable success of ivermectin over the last twenty years (Geary, 2005), which has decreased motivation for anthelmintic drug discovery programmes (Geary, Sangster and Thompson, 1999). This prompts concern, as anthelmintic resistance has been widely reported in livestock and it may also only be a matter of time before this phenomenon occurs in parasites of humans.

The drug industry just isn’t attracted to these pathogens.  Frankly, treatment is in the stone ages on all things TBI.

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Epsom Salts for Lyme/MSIDS

So thankful for the following article.  It explains why every Lyme/MSIDS patient needs Epsom Salts in their tool bag.  See more articles at end.  Dr. David Jockers

This bath pulls toxins out of the body; improves muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow

Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. They have a number of different beneficial properties and are used in gardening, household cleaning and detoxifying the body. These salts are very inexpensive and can be purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere. Using Epsom salt baths is an advanced detoxification strategy that has remarkable health benefits.

Epsom salts are named for a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom is different than traditional salts in that it is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals have very powerful health benefits that can enhance the detoxification capabilities of the body.

How an Epsom salt bath works

Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s bloodstream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.

Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes, helps to improve muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salts replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates. This combination helps to flush toxins from the body and helps build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.

The use of regular Epsom salt baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises and muscle soreness. It is also good for anyone dealing with chronic disease or chronic pain to do regular Epsom baths to help detoxify and de-inflame while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body.

Contraindications to Epsom baths would be if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering from a cardiovascular disease should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.

How to take an Epsom salt bath


The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.

Fill up your bath with warm water. As an added step, having a water filtration system in your house is great for reducing toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals, but if your home doesn’t have one (they can be on the pricey side), regular water works just as well.  Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:

Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

Additional strategies to apply with an Epsom salt bath

Adding in a 1/2 cup of olive oil is also very good for the skin, as the polyphenols soak into the skin and give extra antioxidant benefits. Adding ginger or cayenne can increase your heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins. You can add anywhere from 1 tbsp to 1/2 a cup to stimulate sweating, and these herbs are loaded with antioxidants that will enhance the detoxification process as well.

Do not use soap with an Epsom salt bath, as it will interfere with the action of the minerals and the detoxification process. Try to rest for an hour or two afterward unless you have arthritic joints, in which case you will want to stay active as much as possible to prevent congestion in the joints.


About the author:
Dr David Jockers is a Maximized Living doctor and owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia where he specializes in functional nutrition, functional medicine and corrective chiropractic care to get to the underlying cause of major health problems.

His website features great articles on natural health and incredible recipes. He is the author of the best-selling book SuperCharge Your Brain – the complete guide to radically improve your mood, memory and mindset. He has over 50,000 active followers on his social media and email newsletter and is a big influencer in the Primal Health movement.

Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance consultations and health coaching to help you beat disease and reach your health goals. For more information got to

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Dr. Todd Lepine – Functional Medicine and Lyme Disease

  Published on Jul 20, 2017

Dr. Jay Davidson interviews functional medicine expert, Dr. Todd LePine.  They walk through Lyme disease, parasites, the importance of mitochondria, nutrition, infrared technology, parasites, and much more!

Show Details:

1:12 – Dr. Todd LePine’s Background
5:50 – Top Testing Dr. LePine Uses for his Functional Medicine Approach
8:25 – Dr. LePine’s Preferred Lyme Disease Specific Testing
11:00 – Genetic Testing
14:40 – Mitochondria and Your Health
17:15 – Courtagen- Genetic Testing Related to Mitochondria
18:10 – Exercise and Nutrition Impacting Your Mitochondria
20:00 – PQQ Supplement for Mitochondria
20:40 – Mitochondria as Bacteria
21:30 – Evolution of Nutrition and Cycling Your Diet
25:30 – Intermittent Fasting
25:30 – Circadian Rhythm
28:55 – Lyme Disease aka “Tick-Bourne Illness”
32:45 – The Role of Antibiotics in Lyme
36:25 – Probiotics
38:30 – Parasites
40:10 – Treatments and Protocols for Lyme
42:15 – Chronic Lyme and Lack of Fevers
43:30 – Infrared Therapy
44:15 – Book Recommendation by Dr. LePine: Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease
45:00 – Chronic Conditions and the Immune System
45:50 – Last Thoughts from Dr. Lepine on Lyme Disease: “The Great Mimicker”
48:30 – Visit Dr. LePine’s Website: or additional educational resources at: Genova Diagnostics —