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Lyme Detox Webinar Tonight

Lyme Detox

How to Use Detox as an Effective Tool for Lyme Recovery

  • Wed. Jan. 18, 2023
  • 8 PM EST

Live Webinar + Q&A: Lyme Detox

Chronic Lyme patients know that following the right detoxification plan is vital to supporting the body’s ability to heal and avoiding or minimizing Herxheimer reactions that commonly occur with microbial die-off. But finding the right plan amidst all the products and programs out there can be downright confusing.

So which detox methods are best for removing toxins like mold, heavy metals, and bacterial die-off from the body, and when is the right time to put a Lyme detox protocol into action? 

Join a live webinar with Dr. Bill Rawls, author of the bestselling book Unlocking Lyme, as he shares a practical and sustainable approach to Lyme detox at a cellular and whole-body level. He’ll discuss his insights on the safest and most effective ways to naturally minimize the inflow of toxins, maximize the outflow, and speed your recovery.

PLUS: Don’t miss an exclusive gift for webinar attendees, and have your questions ready for a LIVE Q&A on Lyme detox with Dr. Rawls.

In This Webinar, Dr. Rawls Will Discuss:

*Environmental toxins that can overtax the body

*How MTHFR mutations and other genetic factors inhibit your ability to flush toxins

*Lifestyle and diet changes that enhance your body’s natural detoxification processes

*The best time to detox in order to optimize your Lyme treatment regimen

*The best herbs and natural supplements to increase toxin outflow

*Numerous insights during the live Q&A with Dr. Rawls



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The Power of Food For Pain Relief

Delicious Ways to Reduce Pain

Delicious Ways to Reduce Pain

The Power of Food for Pain Relief

The power of food to prevent and treat disease is vastly underestimated by both patients and physicians. This is no accident. Ever since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, it has been a federal crime for food or supplement producers to make any claims about the health benefits of their products. Under the DSHEA, if a health claim is made for a food, that claim classifies it as a drug that requires FDA approval. Offenders can face prison terms equivalent to a life sentence. The sale of the products can be prohibited, and the products can be seized and destroyed. Few, if any, food or supplement producers can afford the hundreds of millions of dollars it costs to get drug approval. When a producer makes health claims for nutritional products, it’s a crime regardless of whether the information is true or is supported by scientific evidence. At the same time, pharmaceutical companies are free to promote their products, leading consumers to believe that the only treatments that are effective are pharmaceuticals.

The truth is that many foods contain powerful, health-enhancing ingredients that are scientifically validated to prevent and treat many chronic health conditions, including chronic pain. And many of these foods are very delicious. You can enhance your health and reduce your pain while enjoying delectable dishes that include cherries, blueberries, chocolate (my personal favorite), salmon and ginger, just to name a few. Read on to learn more. I’ve even included some recipes. (See link for article)



This article brings up an important point many are unaware of: our federal government is a captured agency that functions as a business that is actively using its vast power (paid for by us) to push anything it deems competition out of the way.  They have done this repeatedly with homeopathy, compounded medications, and supplements, and now they are attacking food.  The ‘powers that be’ want us eating insects, lab-grown meat, and whatever expensive, unnatural patented products they create that yield them high profits. Then, they plan on “vaccinating” plants for their diseases, animals to “sanitize the food supply,” and then “vaccinating” us through these “vaccinated,” unnatural foods which will also yield them incredible profits while leaving us all sick.  This, in turn will cause many to turn to Big Pharma for their magic remedy, which will also be lucrative.  It’s a monopoly that that has become a dangerous, tyrannical monolith affecting all of society – which must be broken.

This is the new normal and is a true war on food unless we refuse to go along with the dystopia. 

Having struggled with significant pain myself, I’ve come to learn about the importance of food in healing – particularly with regard to inflammation, detoxing, and nutrition.  A real, whole food diet is a requirement for health.  It should come as no surprise that our corrupt, power-hungry agencies are now attacking this as well.

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RMSF Masquerading as Gastroenteritis

Rickettsia – Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Masquerading as Gastroenteritis

By R.E.D. Laboratories

The recent article by Braun et al. explains the importance of test for Ricketissa tick-borne infection. This infection can hide numerous symptoms like fever, rash, gastrointestinal symptoms such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The article: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Masquerading as Gastroenteritis: A Common but Overlooked Clinical Presentation, shows a case of a 20-year-old male presented to the emergency department with many alarming symptoms.

It is important to test for Rickettsia in order to help identifying infection rapidly as well as avoid expensive workups and invasive procedures which may delay the needed treatment.

To ensure the detection of Rickettsia infections, R.E.D. Laboratories propose the new Phage Rickettsia test which can uncover a broad range of Rickettsias: Rickettsia japonica (multiple strains); Rickettsia heilongjiangensis (multiple strains); Rickettsia parkeri (multiple strains); Rickettsia raoultii (multiple strains); Rickettsia rickettsia (multiple strains); Rickettsia slovaca (multiple strains); Rickettsia montanensis; Rickettsia peacocki; Rickettsia africae; Rickettsia conorii.

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Why Chronic Lyme Treatment Fails – A Review With Strategies

Why Chronic Lyme Treatment Fails – A Review with Strategies

By Dr. Marty Ross

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About Fifteen Percent of People with Chronic Lyme

This article is about the reasons people remain ill with chronic Lyme disease even after taking one to two or even more years of herbal or prescription antibiotics. In my experience, this seems to be about 15 percent of people with chronic Lyme disease. The other 85 percent of people do have various degrees of recovery – most getting very well.

Lyme literate medical doctors (LLMDs) have very limited science to guide us about why treatment works or fails – and what the best treatment options are. The last United States National Institutes of Health funded human trials looking at treating Lyme were nearly 20 years ago. We do know from a study conducted by the MyLymeData project of that the best chance of recovery is provided by a year or more of antibiotics and working with an LLMD. You can read more about the MyLymeData studies, including those on alternative medicine outcomes versus antibiotic outcomes in What Works? Navigating Prescription & Alternative Medicine Lyme Treatments.

With the lack of human studies, most of the science I use to guide my treatment decisions comes from laboratory, non-human experiments. Fortunately, these experiments provide insights about herbal and prescription treatment options that can work in many. These experiments also provide a number of theories about what can work for treatment and why people do not recover even with long-term antibiotics.

How to Avoid Chronic Lyme Treatment Failure

Before I review the treatment failure theories, let’s discuss what steps you should take to have a successful Lyme recovery.

Kill Germs AND Correct All Body Wide Imbalances

Treating Lyme is complicated. The infection triggers an immune system cytokine reaction that affects most organs and systems of the body. In my experience, the great majority of people can recover if they address each of the steps in The Ross Lyme Support Protocol. This protocol is designed to kill Lyme and coinfection germs and to correct all of the sleep, immune system, detoxification, inflammation and hormonal imbalances created by Lyme. If your treatment did not work, but you only took herbal or prescription antibiotics alone, look at The Ross Lyme Support Protocol to see all of the areas you should have addressed that provide the best chance of recovery.

Find and Treat Mold Toxicity

Chronic mold toxicity looks just like chronic Lyme disease. Make sure you do not have this problem. And if you do – correct it. See Mold and Lyme Toxin Illness for more information.

Theories & Strategies About Lyme Treatment Failure

There are a number of theories why people remain ill even after getting rid of mold toxins and treating with a comprehensive regimen that kills germs and addresses all imbalances identified in The Ross Lyme Support Protocol. The reasons include:

  • Borrelia (Lyme) persisters
  • autoimmune disease triggered by the Lyme infection
  • disruption of a healthy gut microbiome
  • germ debris
  • limbic system brain holding of the illness
  • tissue damage from the infection
  • chronic inflammation and immune dysfunction
  • learned illness behavior and/or somatic disorder

The Borrelia persisters theory is an in-vogue and relatively new idea about why treatments do not work. The idea is: under assault from antibiotics (RX or herbal) some of the Lyme germs go into a persister hibernation state. These persisters do not respond to regular antibiotics. We will have to see in time if addressing persisters does help to prevent or correct treatment failures. In my practice, all of my current treatments include antimicrobial approaches to address persisters.

For more information about persisters and how to address them see How to Treat Persister Lyme & Bartonella.

Autoimmune Disease

Through a process known as molecular mimicry, the immune system may attack tissues with protein and molecular parts that look just like parts of Lyme. At this time there is not a Lyme specific way to address this. But for some – using Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) can regulate or reverse the autoimmune attack.

For more information about LDN see Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) & Lyme.

Disruption of Healthy Gut Microbiome

Treating Lyme with herbal or prescription antibiotics disturbs the healthy balance of good germs and microbes in the gut. The germs that live in the intestines are called the gut microbiome. These include healthy bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts and fungae. To put the amount of microbes in perspective, over 90 percent of the genetic material in human bodies come from the microbes in the gut!

We allow these germs to live in us because they serve a purpose. Studies show these microbes regulate the immune system, signal healthy brain function, digest food, remove toxins and things we are allergic to and provide many other healthy body regulating functions.

The theory is antibiotics disturb the healthy gut microbiome leading to ongoing body-wide illness. It is not clear yet how best to address this issue or if the gut disruption really does cause ongoing illness.

One treatment option is to create a healthy gut microbiome using probiotics. Another one is to replace the dysfunctional microbiome through a stool transplant – also called fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). However, FMT is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At present it is only allowed for treatment of C. difficile bacteria overgrowth in the intestines. And there has not been any research done about whether it could change the outcome of those with chronic Lyme disease.

Treating Lyme is about balancing risks and benefits. The benefit of using herbal and prescription antibiotics is decreasing or eliminating the Lyme or coinfection (like Bartonella or Babesia) germs leading to improved health. But the risk of doing so is disturbing the gut microbiome.

See Probiotic Strategies in Lyme Disease Treatment for information about probiotics and C. Difficile Diarrhea: Prevention & Treatment for more information about FMT.

Germ Debris

The immune system is supposed to break down and get rid of dead germs and their parts including DNA, RNA, proteins and fats. One theory why people remain ill is that the immune system does not get rid of all the borrelia germ debris. The debris triggers an ongoing immune inflammatory response. At this time there is not a treatment I am aware of for this possible problem.

Limbic System Brain Holding of The Illness

The limbic system is a part of the brain that regulates our emotional responses and behaviors. This includes fight-or-flight responses, fear, and survival behaviors like feeding the young and reproduction.

For some in Lyme the limbic system becomes overly reactive leading to a brain holding of illness. This causes some of the ongoing symptoms like pain or even fatigue. Much of this is unconscious.

There are a number of programs that can help reprogram the limbic system brain holding of the illness. Two of the more popular programs are the Gupta Program and Annie Hopper Dynamic Neural Retraining System. Many of my patients have found benefit from these practices. Short of doing these programs, developing a meditative mindfulness practice can help too. Counseling may also help to decrease emotional reactivity.

Tissue Damage

Another theory is Lyme and the immune reaction to it lead to ongoing tissue damage and injury even when the infection is gone or under control. This leads to pain, neurologic and brain dysfunction, mitochondria cell energy factory dysfunction and even immune dysfunction.

My current approach to repairing muskuloskeletal tissue injury and peripheral nerve injury is to use the peptide BPC-157. For brain injury I also add the peptide Cerebrolysin. See Repair & Restore with Peptides in Lyme Disease or Mold Toxin Illness for more information about peptides and BPC-157. For people with low energy I work to repair the mitochondria. See How to Fix Mitochondria & Get Energy in Lyme Disease.

Chronic Inflammation and Immune Dysfunction

Under this theory, Lyme infection sets off an ongoing immune inflammation reaction that takes on a life of its own – causing more inflammation and immune dysfunction. One reason this could happen is due to an imbalance between what is known as Th1 and Th2/Th17 parts of the immune system. Th1 is made up of immune cells that attack germs like T white blood cells and macrophages. Th1 is the immune system offense squad. Th2/Th17 is made up of B white blood cells that make antibodies, mast cells involved in allergies and histamine production, and immune barrier cells that line the mucous and skin membranes designed to keep germs out. Think of Th2/Th17 as the immune system defensive squad. If Th2 and Th17 get too active they release inflammatory cytokines that lead to many ongoing Lyme type symptoms and they can suppress Th1 and its germ fighting abilities.

In my practice I work with LDN I mentioned above to increase TReg cells that create balance between Th1 and Th2/Th17. Another option is to use the peptide TB4 Frag. For more information about these treatment options see Repair & Restore with Peptides in Lyme Disease or Mold Toxin Illness and Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) & Lyme.

Learned Illness Behavior and/or Somatic Illness

These are two psychological conditions. I list them here to be thorough, but I am concerned that many non-LLMDs use these diagnoses to say Lyme disease is in a person’s head instead of acknowledging and treating them for a physical illness. In my experience, it is a rare person with chronic Lyme that has one of these conditions contributing to their illness. Counseling is helpful if one of these occurs.


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About the Author

Marty Ross, MD is a passionate Lyme disease educator and clinical expert. He helps Lyme sufferers and their physicians see what really works based on his review of the science and extensive real-world experience. Dr. Ross is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State (License: MD00033296) where he has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients in his Seattle practice. 

Marty Ross, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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Cancers Increasing Dramatically & Did the COVID Shot Worsen A Famous Doctor’s Cancer?

**UPDATE Oct. 2022**

An analysis of U.S. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) data suggests the CDC has been filtering and re-designating cancer deaths as COVID deaths since April, 2021 to eliminate the cancer signal. The signal is being hidden by swapping the underlying cause of death with the main cause of death.  And before it was manipulated, data from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) showed cancer rates in military personal and in their families TRIPLED after the shot rollout. Cancer patients have also gotten younger with the largest increase among 30-50 year olds, with dramatically larger, and multiple tumors, occurring in multiple organs as well as recurrence and metastasis increasing.

Cancers in Adults Under 50 Have Increased Dramatically Around The Globe

By Fiona MacDonald

Cancer has long been part of the human story. But a new review has shown that, recently, something has shifted.

Since 1990, the number of adults under the age of 50 developing cancer has increased dramatically around the world.

What’s concerning is that the increase in early-onset cancers doesn’t seem to be slowing down – and improvements in screening alone don’t seem to be able to fully explain the trend.

“We found that this risk is increasing with each generation,” says one of the researchers, Shuji Ogino, a pathologist and epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

(See link for article)



  • The researchers looked at 14 cancer types:  breast, colorectal (CRC), endometrial, esophageal, extrahepatic bile duct, gallbladder, head and neck, kidney, liver, bone marrow, pancreas, prostate, stomach, and thyroid cancer – all of which are on the rise according to global cancer data.
  • Then they reviewed any available studies that could shed light on possible risk factors for these cancers by looking for clues in the literature describing any unique clinical and biological characteristics of tumors of early-onset cancers.
  • They found that early-onset cancer is an emerging global epidemic.
  • They found the following issues contributed to the uptick:
    • increased screening, however even countries that don’t have screening programs have increased cancer rates.
    • Diet
    • lifestyle
    • weight (obesity)
    • environmental exposures
    • microbiome
    • sedentary lifestyle
    • alcohol consumption
    • type 2 diabetes
  • Among the types of cancers studied 14 are related to the digestive system.
  • Regarding children, they are getting a lot less sleep than in the past.

The research has been published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

While the article doesn’t mention it specifically, radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones which have become prominent today may be adding to this cancer surge as well.  It is commonly known that EMFs wreak havoc in the body and many Lyme/MSIDS are particularly vulnerable.

Another little discussed topic is glyphosate, the major ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto’s Roundup which is the most widely used pesticide in the U.S. WHO and CA scientists both agree it is linked to cancer, yet the EPA concluded it was “safe” and “not likely” to cause cancer. The EPA has been forced to review this due to a federal judge finding the agency ignored human health studies, expert advice, and the agency’s guidelines for determining cancer risk. Source

And a 2021 study links lung cancer with mask usage.

Similarly to research regarding tick-borne illnesses, Alzheimer’s and cancer research have been controlled by a Cabal and researchers are currently accused of doctoring images, plagiarism, and faking data.

The article also doesn’t mention the link between the COVID mRNA shots and cancer:

  • the lipid nanoparticle mRNA COVID injection goes systemically into the entire body and doesn’t remain in the arm as thought.
  • It continues to produce the spike protein at least 60 days out if not longer and is being found 15 months later.
  • It also interferes with cancer blocking genes and they are seeing an uptick in cancers as well as other viruses now after the shots
  • there’s been a 40% increase in deaths those ages 18-64 years of age and an 84% increase in the 25-44 age group according to insurance companies.

The following story is a perfect example of the very real potential link:  Video Here (Approx. 14 Min)


Belgian immunologist and medical research icon, Michel Goldman, had his values challenged when a Covid booster shot appeared to rapidly accelerate his cancer. He decided to go public with his story and tell the world.

Did a Famous Doctor’s COVID Shot Make His Cancer Worse?

A lifelong promoter of vaccines suspects he might be the rare, unfortunate exception.
Sept. 24, 2022
On September 22 of last year, Michel Goldman, a Belgian immunologist and one of Europe’s best-known champions of medical research, walked into a clinic near his house, rolled up his sleeve, and had a booster shot delivered to his arm.
Just a few weeks earlier, Michel, 67, had been to see his younger brother, Serge, the head of nuclear medicine at the hospital of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where both men are professors. Michel was having night sweats, and he could feel swollen lymph nodes in his neck, so his brother brought him in for a full-body CT scan. When the images came through to Serge’s computer they revealed a smattering of inky spots, bunched near Michel’s left armpit and running up along his neck. It was cancer of the immune system—lymphoma.

Given his own area of expertise, Michel understood this meant he’d soon be immunocompromised by chemotherapy. With another winter on the way—and perhaps another wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections—that meant he had just a narrow window of opportunity in which his body would respond in full to COVID vaccination. Having received two doses of Pfizer the prior spring, Michel quickly went to get his third. If he was about to spend months absorbing poison as he tried to beat a deadly cancer, at least he’d have the most protection possible from the pandemic.

Within a few days, though, Michel was somehow feeling even worse. His night sweats got much more intense, and he found himself—quite out of character—taking afternoon naps. Most worryingly, his lymph nodes were even more swollen than before. He conferred with Serge again, and they set up another body scan for September 30, six days before Michel was scheduled to start his cancer treatment. Once again he sat in the radiology waiting room while his brother waited for the pictures to appear on his computer.

Serge’s bushy eyebrows furrowed when he spoke with Michel after having seen the scans. (“I will always remember his face, it was just incredible,” Michel told me.) The pictures showed a brand-new barrage of cancer lesions—so many spots that it looked like someone had set off fireworks inside Michel’s body. More than that, the lesions were now prominent on both sides of the body, with new clusters blooming in Michel’s right armpit in particular, and along the right side of his neck.  (See link for article)



  • It is unusual to see such a swift progression in just 3 weeks
  • He hand his brother had a gnawing feeling the booster made him sicker
  • The article erroneously states this is a very rare life-threatening side effect.  Doctors have been reporting this finding all over the world but are ignored.
  • An avid proponent of the shots, going to far as to reassure others about their safety, he’s definitely having a red pill experience.
  • Unfortunately he bought and propagated the lie that any chance of serious complications from the shots pale in comparison to the chance of complications from COVID.
  • Michael threw him into researching the mechanisms of action of the COVID shots and did find clues suggesting the the mRNA shots might be risky for a subset of the population as they are effective at generating a message and spurring its passage through helper T cells, which could give such a jolt to helper T cells that they go berserk.  Overstimulation on those prone to forming tumors in those already with cancer, overstimulation could make it worse.
  • He learned that body scans of some of those who get vaccines, including cancer patients, have shown heightened activity in the lymph nodes near the armpit on the side where the shot was received.
  • A mouse study also corroborated his experience.
  • Michael wrote a paper, about his experience titled “Rapid Progression of Angioimmunoblastic T Cell Lymphoma Following BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccine Booster Shot”
  • Worried his study would fuel vaccine skepticism he labored over every word, yet his paper follows earlier reports also suggesting a possible link between the COVID shot and lymphoma
  • Another doctor also worried that writing about five patients who had a relapse of kidney disease and eight patients who were newly diagnosed after getting the shot would also fuel vaccine skepticism.
  • Michael’s immunologist stated that the vaccine appeared to be related to the cancer’s behavior and then reneged by stating it’s just a case report – one patient.