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Lyme & Fatigue Webinar

Lyme + Fatigue with Dr. Bill Rawls

Physically exhausted. Mentally drained. Totally weary. While symptoms of Lyme disease can vary from one person to the next, extreme fatigue is the one just about everyone struggles with.

Why is chronic and debilitating fatigue so common among Lyme patients, and what can you do to get your energy levels back to normal again?

Join a live webinar with Dr. Bill Rawls, author of the bestselling book Unlocking Lyme, who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with chronic Lyme disease and related fatigue. He’ll shed new light on how Lyme steals energy on a cellular level, and share natural ways to ease physical and mental fatigue and restore your overall health. 

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

Tuesday, July 19th, at 8pm EDT

In this webinar, Dr. Rawls will discuss:

• Why fatigue is a sign that your cells are suffering from more than Lyme disease alone

• The internal and external forces that break down cell function and communication and drain your energy

• The best herbs for restoring cellular health, immune strength, and vital energy

• Additional supportive therapies and lifestyle habits for combating fatigue

• Numerous insights and answers during the LIVE Q&A with Dr. Rawls


US Data Shows “Vaccine” Injuries Skyrocketed; Strategies to Recover

Latest US Data Shows Vaccine Injuries Skyrocketed; How Will We Recover?

BY Dr. Yuhong Dong and Health 1+1 May 28, 2022

At present, the adverse events brought about by the COVID-19 vaccines are getting more and more attention from the public. If vaccination causes injury or damage, how can the body heal itself?

Juliana Mastrantonio of New York is an 18-year-old full-time college student and part-time pharmacy technician. Prior to the vaccination, she was in good health and exercised daily. Juliana was infected with COVID-19 in December 2020 and recovered without long COVID symptoms.

Juliana received her first dose of Pfizer vaccine on December 10, 2021 and her second dose on January 2, 2022. Within one week after the second dose, Juliana developed pelvic pain that gradually worsened, and she became hospitalized.

Four days after being discharged from the hospital, she developed other severe symptoms, headaches, and tremors. When she woke up the next morning, she found herself immobile from the waist down, and was paralyzed. And she is currently undergoing rehabilitation.  (See link for article)



  • Since Juliana was previously healthy and only developed these severe symptoms after ‘vaccination,’ it is highly likely there is a link.
  • The EMA has updated AstraZeneca’s shot product information to include rare spinal disorders as a side effect of the vaccine.
  • The shots can cause mitochondrial damage and induce cytokine storms that impair the immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases.
  • ALL the COVID shots have been hastily used without adequate testing andmay cause autoimmune diseases in organs if they contain the spike proteins and components of the virus.
  • As of May 13, 2022 VAERS has received more than 1.2 million adverse events reports; however, AHRQ states this only captures less than 1% of the true number.  Events include:

    • more than 28,000 deaths
    • over 157,000 hospitalizations
    • over 129,000 cases requiring urgent care
    • more than 190,000 cases requiring doctor office visits
    • all of which meet the definition of a serious adverse event
    • the vast majority of events occurred within 3 days of ‘vaccination’
    • 65% of deaths were related to the Pfizer shot, the most used injection
    • 26% were related to Moderna
    • 9% were related to J&J
    • the rest are unknown
    • The most common COVID-19 vaccine related adverse events reported by VAERS:
      • Permanent disability: nerve injury
      • Myocarditis, Pericarditis: cardiac injury
      • Heart attacks: cardiovascular injury
      • Bell’s palsy: facial nerve injury (with unknown etiology)
      • Shingles: dormant virus activated
  • Three strategies to detoxify the “vaccines” are:
    • prevent attachment of spike protein to ACE2 receptors by using ivermectin, suramin, catechin, curcumin, prunella vulgaris extract.
    • neutralize the downstream toxicity by using NAC, Vitamin C, other antioxidants.
    • enhancing self repair mechanism (autophagy) of cells through intermittent fasting as well as consuming polyphenols such as EGCG, Oleuopein, punicalagin, apigenin, resveratrol, pterostilbene, curcumin

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Lyme & Autophagy: A New Way Forward For Those With Chronic Symptoms?

Lyme + Autophagy: A New Way Forward for Those with Chronic Symptoms?

by Dr. Bill Rawls
Updated 5/27/22

Note: The topics addressed in this article present a glimpse into the broader scope of my work and insights from my forthcoming book on cellular wellness. Are you interested in learning more? Visit for information.

The human body is a complex, interconnected collection of cells. Depending on your age, your body contains anywhere from 20 to 40 trillion cells. All of your tissues and organs are made of cells. Absolutely everything that happens inside your body results from the actions of cells. Whether it’s your heart beating or brain impulses firing, it’s done by individual cells working in synchrony with other cells. But when microbes like Lyme disease-causing borrelia enter the picture, these actions can get derailed, and a range of symptoms emerge.

Borrelia infection in the blood. Borrelia bacteria cause borreliose, transmitted by ticks and by lice.

Although Lyme disease is mostly thought of in terms of the physical and mental misery it causes, technically, Lyme disease is an assault on the cells of the body. When the Lyme spirochetes enter the bloodstream by way of the tick’s saliva, they have only one goal — to get to the cells that make up the tissues of the body. The bloodstream is the highway that takes them there.

They course through the bloodstream, and when they arrive at tissues of the body, they invade cells — all types of cells — heart cells, brain cells, joint cells, intestinal cells, and many others. And you might be wondering, why?

To borrelia, cells offer a bountiful source of nutrients and resources. It causes harm by invading and destroying cells of the body to gain the nutrients that cells are made of. Borrelia and coinfections like bartonella, babesia, and mycoplasma invade and replicate inside cells and are called intracellular bacteria. Existing inside cells shields them from antibiotics and the immune system.

The types of cells the bacteria invade are one factor that defines the symptoms of the illness. For example, invasion of heart muscle cells causes cardiac symptoms. Invasion of joint cells and tissues causes joint symptoms. Invasion of cells that make up brain and nerve tissues causes neurological symptoms. More general symptoms, such as fatigue and malaise, are from cells throughout the body being weakened by invading bacteria.

Of course, the body doesn’t take the assault nonchalantly.

The Immune System’s Response to Infection

The job of the immune system is to eliminate the bacteria before they get to tissues. The very instant that bacteria invade the bloodstream, white blood cells of the immune system jump into action. They engulf the bacteria and destroy them with potent acid and enzymes.

3d rendered medically accurate illustration of too many white blood cells

In most cases, the vast majority of the bacteria are eliminated before they get to tissues. If some bacteria make it to tissues of the body, however, the infection can become chronic. The degree of symptoms associated with the initial infection and whether symptoms become chronic can be influenced by several factors:

  • The load of bacteria at the initial infection: Multiple tick bites simultaneously or prolonged attachment increases the bacterial concentration in the bloodstream, which increases their chances of reaching tissues of the body.
  • Whether or not antibiotics are taken: During the initial stage of infection, when bacteria are coursing through the bloodstream, antibiotics can reduce the concentration of bacteria. Taking antibiotics, however, doesn’t guarantee that all bacteria are eliminated. Once the bacteria invade the cells of the body, antibiotics have little effect.
  • The presence of coinfections with other microbes: All ticks carry a variety of bacteria, and coinfections with multiple bacteria are well documented in Lyme disease. Infections with multiple bacteria at once may influence the severity of symptoms and the possibility of chronic infection.
  • The strength of the immune system: An immune system overtaxed or weakened by poor health habits is less able to fend off or control any type of infection.
  • The health of cells of the body: As it turns out, cells of the body aren’t defenseless. Using a process called autophagy, cells can expel or destroy intracellular microbes. It means that healthy cells are less vulnerable to invasion by bacteria.

Autophagy and Cellular Defenses Against Lyme

Autophagy is the process by which cells perform internal housekeeping. Cells continually gather misfolded proteins, burned-out mitochondria, damaged DNA, and other worn-out parts and wall them off into contained areas within the cell, called vacuoles. Within the vacuole, worn-out parts are broken down into component organic molecules (such as amino acids) that can be recycled into new proteins and cell parts. In this way, cells stay lean and strong.

cellular autophagy diagram, microbes enter cell, from vacuole, recycled materials into cell, enzymatic breakdown

Cells of the body use this same process to destroy or expel many types of intracellular microbes. And although pathogens have mechanisms to attempt to circumvent autophagy, healthy cells can overcome it and purge themselves of infections with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The ability of cells to expel microbes is a key part of the healing process for combatting any type of infection.

Impaired Autophagy and Lyme Disease

When cells of the body are chronically stressed from various factors, they must work harder and use more energy. Harder work and increased energy demands overtax mitochondria and accelerate wear-and-tear inside cells. If the capacity for autophagy and internal cleanup is exceeded, worn-out parts and damaged proteins accumulate inside the cell, compromising its ability to function properly. It also impairs the ability of cells to expel or repel bacteria and other microbes.

Woman sick in the bed, flu and virus infections, allergy, seasonal health issues.

This is what happens when Lyme disease becomes chronic. Most people identifying with chronic Lyme disease don’t become sick around the time of a tick bite. If a person is healthy — in other words, if cells of the person’s body are healthy — then symptoms at the initial infection are often mild or nonexistent. That’s true with or without antibiotics. However, the Lyme bacteria and any other coinfections can stay dormant inside cells of the body without causing chronic symptoms.

The onset of chronic symptoms is typically associated with other predisposing stress factors. That can be chronic exposure to a toxic substance such as mold, unrelenting mental stress, years of poor dietary habits, prolonged physical stress or trauma, or a new infection, such as COVID-19. Typically, however, it’s a combination of multiple stress factors coming together in a perfect storm.

Chronic cellular stress overwhelms the mechanics of autophagy and compromises cellular functions. That makes cells vulnerable to invasion by intracellular bacteria. Microbes emerge and infect vulnerable cells, increasing cellular stress and creating a vicious cycle of widespread cellular distress. Because cells are affected throughout the body, a wide range of chronic symptoms occur.

In this respect, the obvious solution to overcoming chronic Lyme disease is reducing cellular stress and normalizing autophagy. While reducing bacterial load is a part of that process, there’s more to it than just killing bacteria.

Normalizing Cellular Autophagy

Healing from chronic Lyme disease requires minimizing cellular stress such that cellular mechanisms of autophagy can rebuild the ability of cells to function normally. Minimizing cellular stress requires creating an ideal internal environment for cellular wellness. That includes:

  1. Optimal cellular nutrition
  2. Clean environment
  3. Low mental stress and adequate sleep
  4. Low-intensity physical activity
  5. Suppressing intracellular bacteria

But good health practices alone aren’t sufficient to achieve the escape velocity necessary to normalize autophagy, expel the invading microbes, and regain wellness. This is where herbal therapy can give you the extra edge you need. Herbs not only suppress microbes but also reduce cellular stress at every level.

Herbal Therapy to Support Autophagy

image broken into sections, showing japanese knotweed, cats claw, andrographis, garlic, cryptolepis, reishi mushroom, cordyceps

Research suggests that many herbal phytochemicals — beneficial plant compounds — positively affect autophagy in a variety of ways. And many of the phytochemicals are from herbs that are well recognized for suppressing borrelia and coinfections. Some of those herbs include:

To overcome chronic Lyme disease, taking herbs should be at the top of your list. The great advantage of using herbs over antibiotics is that the herbs suppress the pathogens associated with Lyme disease but don’t disrupt the balance of normal flora in the gut and on the skin.

However, herbs do a lot more than just suppress or kill microbes; herbs counteract all cellular stress factors. Reduced stress optimizes cellular autophagy and restores cellular functions — and this is what healing is all about!

Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking Lyme.

You can also learn about Dr. Rawls’ personal journey in overcoming Lyme disease and fibromyalgia in his popular blog post, My Chronic Lyme Journey.

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Bartonella With Dr. Brian Plante, ND

Why You Should Listen

In this episode, you will learn about the vector-borne infection Bartonella.

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About My Guest

My guest for this episode is Dr. Brian Plante. Brian Plante, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor with extensive training in integrative healthcare approaches. He specializes in working with patients suffering from complex immune dysfunction such as Lyme disease, chronic viral infections, environmental toxicity (such as from mold and heavy metals), autoimmune disease, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Additionally, Dr. Plante helps patients recover from functional gastrointestinal conditions, adrenal and thyroid disorders, and neuropsychiatric disorders. With each patient Dr. Plante meets, he conducts a comprehensive evaluation in order to get a complete picture and then creates individualized treatment plans to address that patient’s specific concerns. Dr. Plante is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, as well as a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He believes that one integral step in helping patients heal from complex chronic illness is by empowering them with knowledge and understanding. He facilitates this by patiently taking however much time is needed to investigate a patient’s symptoms and concerns thoroughly. Through compassionate listening, thoughtful instruction, and a steadfast commitment to helping patients experience lasting, positive change, Dr. Plante can combat the frustration patients often experience in their struggle to find answers. His goal with every patient with whom he interacts is to provide support and guidance in their journey toward achieving optimal health.

Key Takeaways

  • What symptoms provide clues for the potential of Bartonella?
  • Could Bartonella be an explanation for many neuropsychiatric conditions?
  • Might Bartonella play a role in SIBO?
  • What are the vectors through which Bartonella may be acquired?
  • What labs are useful for exploring the potential presence of Bartonella?
  • How often does mold exposure play a role in Bartonella patients?
  • Can Bartonella be a trigger for MCAS?
  • Can Bartonella be a driver of autoimmunity and immune dysregulation?
  • Might Bartonella play a role in hypermobility syndromes and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
  • What role does Bartonella play in Morgellons?
  • What is the foundation for treating Bartonella?
  • What modalities can be helpful for terrain optimization?
  • What role do nutritional IVs play in Bartonella treatment?
  • Are antibiotics necessary in treating Bartonella?
  • What herbs may be helpful for addressing Bartonella?
  • How might oxidative therapies such as ozone, EBOO, and ozone plasmapheresis be used?
  • How often do biofilms need to be addressed?
  • What antimicrobial and immune-modulating peptides have a role?
  • Can Bartonella be fully eradicated?
  • Once a patient has recovered, can treatment be stopped? Or is there a maintenance strategy for longer-term support?

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FREE Webinar: Impact of Gut Microbiome on Immunity & Inflammation

Impact of the Gut Microbiome on Immunity and Inflammation


The gut microbiome consists of a complex set of microbial communities that shape human physiology in multiple ways, both subtle and profound. Two-thirds of the body’s lymphocytes reside in gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) or traverse GALT and return home to other organs. Interaction between gut microbes and GALT creates a basal state of immune activation that starts at the mucosal surface and impacts the entire body. The composition and metabolic activity of intestinal microbes yields effects that promote inflammation and that help resolve inflammation. These effects result from the impact of structural components of microbial cells (e.g., lipopolysaccharides) and metabolites of microbial enzyme activity (e.g., butyrate, hydrogen sulfide).

Recent studies have shown that T-lymphocyte function is especially sensitive to the bacterial composition of the microbiome. The structure and function of the gut microbiome is molded by personal genetics, diet, co-habitation, environmental toxins, hygiene, personal care products, psychosocial stress, intercurrent infections, vitamin D, tryptophan metabolites, nutritional status, medications, herbs, probiotics, and prebiotics. Disturbances in the ecology of the microbiome/host relationship create a condition called dysbiosis, which influences the development and the outcome of many different diseases. The ability to recognize and correct dysbiosis is a skill that can help clinicians improve the outcomes of infectious, allergic, and autoimmune disorders and may aid the immunotherapy of malignancy.

We hope you can join us live on May 18th at 4 PM MT. If not, don’t worry, signing up will still grant you access to the webinar recording.


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Leo Galland, M.D., is recognized as a world leader in functional and integrative medicine and a pioneer in the study of intestinal permeability and the gut microbiome as they impact immune function and systemic health. Educated at Harvard University and the NYU School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the N.Y.U.-Bellevue Medical Center and held faculty positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Stony Brook University and the University of Connecticut, where he also completed a fellowship in Behavioral Medicine. He subsequently served as Director of Clinical Research at the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven, Connecticut. Since 1985, he has maintained a private consulting practice in New York City where he evaluates and treats patients with complex medical disorders, who visit him from all over the world. Board certified in internal medicine, he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Galland has received the Albert Norris Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who for his contributions to medical innovation and the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute of Functional Medicine for developing basic principles of functional medicine. He is recognized in The Leading Physicians of the Worldand America’s Top Doctors. Dr. Galland has contributed to world medical literature with several dozen articles in scientific journals and chapters in medical textbooks. He created the section on Functional Foods for the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. An international best-selling author, Dr. Galland has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, on the Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. His PBS Special, The Allergy Solution, aired over a thousand times. Since January 2020, he has studied the COVID-19 pandemic in depth, compiling his findings in an online, extensively referenced and free Coronavirus Guidebook, and has created educational videos on the long COVID syndrome.
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