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Support Access to Complementary & Alternative Healthcare

Sorry for all the posts today!  I just got over the virus from hell and am going to be away for a week but wanted to get this last bit of information out about Wisconsin’s “Safe Harbor” Practitioner Exemption bill, which I’ve posted about before: (I apologize for the tardiness of this but have literally been flat on my back)

Please Help Fill the Senate Hearing Room at the Wisconsin Capitol on Thursday, January 23, 12:00 p. m.

Please Support Access to Complementary and Alternative Healthcare!

Great News! Wisconsin’s “Safe Harbor” Practitioner Exemption bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health Committee on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 12 p.m.  The first hearing was Jan. 7 in the Assembly and now we are happy to report that the Senate will hear the bill too!   This bill, S492/A546 protects access to practitioners who provide complementary health care services in Wisconsin, including herbalists, traditional naturopaths, homeopaths, nutrition consultants, and many others. We need you there!  A strong showing will help this bill pass out of the Committee!  Read the bill here.  Please complete the Take Action steps below to help pass S492 into law and join us in Madison this Thursday!

Take Action Steps (How YOU Can Help Right NOW):

1. Click here to email your personal legislators to ask for their support on S492.  Please personalize the letter prepared for you to make your message more impactful.

2. Call Committee Members to ask for a YES vote on S492.  After completing step one, you’ll receive an email with phone numbers for members of the Senate Health Committee and an example message to share with them.

3. Prepare and Submit your personal testimony.  Sharing your story – whether in person or in writing – is so crucial to the success of this bill!  Legislators love personal stories and hearing your successful experience using complementary and alternative health care could be key to unlocking a committee member’s yes vote.  Use this simple form to send WIHFC your testimony and we’ll submit it to the committee for you. See below for an example.  If you have questions about testifying or anything else, please join us for a conference call tomorrow night.

Pre-Hearing Conference Call with NHFA on Monday, Jan 20 at 06:30 PM:

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Dial:  +1 646 876 9923;  Meeting ID: 648 841 471

4. Come to Thursday’s Hearing.  Testimony on S492 might not begin until around 12 pm so please come even if you’ll arrive late, or can’t stay for the entire hearing, or even if you don’t want to provide public testimony!  Showing up to “register in person in favor” of the bill is an important form of public participation and will be necessary for this bill to pass. If you choose, you can also testify at the hearing.  You can read your testimony or just tell your story.  This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. The more testifiers the better!

When: Thursday, January 23 at 12 PM to TBD
Where:  Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 411 South

FYI the committee won’t actually vote at the hearing; it’s our job to persuade them, now and at the hearing, to want to schedule it for a vote.  For more about what this WI bill does for complementary and alternative health practitioners and their clients, see our website here.

Thanks in advance for your help!  Together we can convince Wisconsin legislators to protect WI residents’ health freedom rights to access the healing modalities and practitioners they want.  WI’s legislative session could come to an end as early as late February so it’s crunch-time and things could be happening fast.  We want to do all we can to keep the momentum going on these bills but we will need your help! 

Example Testimony: “Members of the Committee, my name is [insert name].  I live in [city].  I support S492 and I want you to please VOTE YES on S492, the “Consumer Protection for Complementary Healthcare” bill.  This bill is important to me because [insert your own brief reason why you support access to complementary and alternative health care]. Thank you.”


– I depend on complementary and alternative health care for myself and my family and I want Wisconsin law to protect my rights as a consumer to a free and educated choice in health care providers.


– I am a practitioner of complementary healthcare and a small business owner in Wisconsin. I want to serve my clients without the fear that my state’s laws could be used to treat me as a criminal.  Please update WI law to reflect what is happening in our state.]


Have a great week and chins up!  Lyme/MSIDS is not who you are.  It’s just a pot-hole in the journey.  Keep trucking and remember – Spring’s coming!



Scots to Take Part in New European Tick Project

Scots to take part in new European tick project

15 January 2020
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Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures

Scotland is to be part of an initiative aimed at improving the detection and treatment of tick-borne diseases.

The NorthTick Project involves the wider UK, also Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Scientists at the Inverness-based Scottish Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Infections Reference Laboratory (SLDTRL) are among experts involved.

The project hopes to develop new tests to make diagnosis of diseases easier and also more targeted antibiotics… (See link for article)

Antibiotics Could Be Promising Treatment For Form Of Dementia

Antibiotics could be promising treatment for form of dementia

Summary: Gentamicin and G418, two aminoglycoside antibiotics, were effective at correcting genetic mutations associated with a specific form of frontotemporal dementia. The findings are promising for the treatment of frontotemporal dementia.Source: University of Kentucky

Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine have found that a class of antibiotics called aminoglycosides could be a promising treatment for frontotemporal dementia.

Results of their proof of concept study, which was a collaborative effort between UK’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and the University of California San Francisco’s Department of Pathology, were recently published in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics.

Frontotemporal dementia is the most common type of early onset dementia. It typically begins between ages 40 and 65 and affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, which leads to behavior changes, difficulty speaking and writing, and memory deterioration.

A subgroup of patients with frontotemporal dementia have a specific genetic mutation that prevents brain cells from making a protein called progranulin. Although progranulin is not widely understood, its absence is linked to the disease.

A group led by Haining Zhu, a professor in UK’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, discovered that after aminoglycoside antibiotics were added to neuronal cells with this mutation, the cells started making the full-length progranulin protein by skipping the mutation.

“These patients’ brain cells have a mutation that prevents progranulin from being made. The team found that by adding a small antibiotic molecule to the cells, they could ‘trick’ the cellular machinery into making it,” said Matthew Gentry, a co-author of the study and the Antonio S. Turco Endowed Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

The researchers found two specific aminoglycoside antibiotics – Gentamicin and G418 – were both effective in fixing the mutation and making the functional progranulin protein. After adding Gentamicin or G418 molecules to the affected cells, the progranulin protein level was recovered up to about 50 to 60%.

These results could be promising to drug development. Currently, there are no effective therapies for any type of dementia.

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After this preclinical proof of concept study, the next step is to study the antibiotics’ effects on mice with the mutation that causes frontotemporal dementia, Zhu says. Another focus is to possibly develop new compounds from Gentamicin and G418 that could be safer and more effective. Although Gentamicin is an FDA-approved medication, its clinical usage is limited as it is associated with a number of adverse side effects.

“If we can get the right resources and physician to work with, we could potentially repurpose this drug. This is an early stage of the study, but it provides an important proof of concept that these aminoglycoside antibiotics or their derivatives can be a therapeutic avenue for frontotemporal dementia,” said Zhu.


University of Kentucky
Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Chapin – University of Kentucky
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The image is in the public domain.

Original Research: Open access
“Frontotemporal dementia nonsense mutation of progranulin rescued by aminoglycosides”. Haining Zhu et al.
Human Molecular Genetics doi:10.1093/hmg/ddz280.


Frontotemporal dementia nonsense mutation of progranulin rescued by aminoglycosides

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is an early onset dementia and is characterized by progressive atrophy of the frontal and/or temporal lobes. FTD is highly heritable with mutations in progranulin accounting for 5-26% of cases in different populations. Progranulin is involved in endocytosis, secretion and lysosomal processes, but its function under physiological and pathological conditions remains to be defined. Many FTD-causing nonsense progranulin mutations contain a premature termination codon (PTC), thus progranulin haploinsufficiency has been proposed as a major disease mechanism. Currently, there is no effective FTD treatment or therapy.


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Heavy Metal Detoxification Could Aid in Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease

Heavy Metal Detoxification Could Aid In Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease

Sufferers of chronic Lyme disease often have a defective immune response when taking the antibiotics needed to help cure them of the disease. This lowered immune system response can be caused by the Lyme disease itself, or by other internal problems such as heavy metal toxicity. The role of heavy metal detoxification in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease has been a point of study for many experts. Some have posited that heavy metal toxicity and Lyme disease go hand-in-hand, and that heavy metal detoxification could help in the long-term treatment of the chronic illness.

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can cause the infected person to experience a wide array of symptoms such as numbness in the limbs, memory loss, dissipated cognitive function, flu-like symptoms and chronic headaches. Antibiotics are generally used to treat both short and long-term Lyme disease, but due to the attack on the body, sufferers also have weakened immune systems that can lead to antibiotics having less efficacy.

Although more research needs to be done on certain stressors and their correlation with antibiotic resistance in Lyme disease patients, promise has been shown in heavy metal detoxification therapy.

Heavy metal toxicity and Lyme disease

Heavy metal toxicity is the build-up of certain heavy metals in the body that can cause a range of problems such as chronic fatigue, depression and other mental health issues, digestive issues and altered cognitive function. It’s also worse in people who have the MTHFR (Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase) gene mutation, as this mutation leads to problems with the body’s natural methylation process. The methylation process helps keep things functioning at an optimal level by removing certain stressors such as bacteria, pollutants and heavy metals.

When heavy metal toxicity is present in a person suffering from Lyme disease and the MTHFR gene, the treatment of Lyme disease becomes that much more difficult. To help the body process antibiotics, heavy metal detoxification could play a vital role in helping to smooth things along.

The first and simplest way is through diet. What a person eats has a lot to do with how the body functions, and when certain toxins are present in large amounts, as with the case of heavy metal toxicity, the body does not function at the optimal level. Adding foods rich in vitamins and minerals will encourage heavy metal detoxification throughout the body. Good foods to eat are organic fruits and vegetables such as wild blueberries, tomatoes and lemons; cilantro and garlic; and green tea. To avoid increasing ingestion of heavy metals, it’s good to avoid certain foods such as fish, alcohol and brown rice (because of its high levels of arsenic).

Image by Geralt on Pixabay: The human body needs to run at its most optimal for antibiotics to work properly.

Chelation therapy for Lyme patients

Another process used to help rid the body of its overload of heavy metals is chelation therapy. Chelation is a type of chemical process used by doctors for patients whose heavy metal toxicity is too severe to be tackled by diet alone. The process involves the medication ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA is given intravenously for direct contact with the bloodstream. 

When the drug enters the bloodstream, it finds the minerals in the body that attribute to the overall heavy metal detoxification and attaches to them. Once the EDTA has attached itself to the heavy metals it sought out throughout the body, it then begins the process of detox. The compound created by EDTA’s attachment to the minerals is then passed through the body, eventually leaving through the urination process. This is especially important for sufferers of Lyme disease because it contributes to the body’s overall absorption and use of the antibiotics needed for treatment.

Hyperthermia therapy for Lyme patients

As understanding of alternative treatments for Lyme disease is low, patients recovering from the disease are often solely reliant on the strength and efficacy of the antibiotic course they take. That is why their body needs to be running at its best for the antibiotics to work as they should. Hyperthermia is a process used to help lower antibiotic resistance, thus making the treatment more effective for Lyme patients.

Hyperthermia is the process of heating the body internally until a fever breaks. When a fever is present, white cells in the body work overtime to help combat infection. This actually helps antibiotics attack and kill the Lyme bacteria, because the cells designed to fight the disease and elicit an immune response react much faster than if the body was at its regular temperature.

How to treat chronic Lyme disease

Antibiotics are the most efficient treatment of chronic Lyme disease, but there are a variety of ways to help treat both acute and severe cases in conjunction with medication. Supplements aid in the body’s natural processes so that when a Lyme disease patient takes the antibiotics they need to fight the disease, the body is ready to fight. Things such as Vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium and 5MTHF all aid in the proper function of the body. These supplements can affect the way people with the MTHFR gene combat Lyme disease because those vitamins and minerals can duplicate the processes of a normal MTHFR gene. In sufferers of Lyme disease, this encourages the body to complete its natural methylation process with close to full efficacy.

Image by Daily Nouri on Unsplash: Supplements aid in the proper function of the body’s systems.  

Another way to help the antibiotics do their job is through the use of infrared saunas while doing an antibiotic course. The infrared sauna helps to sweat out heavy metals and other toxins trapped in the body. The heat also helps quicken the metabolic rate, which can aid in quick digestion (and passing) of certain things that aren’t necessary in optimal health. Some studies even go so far as to suggest that sweating can cause the body to get rid of more toxins than the passing of toxins through urine, but both are effective ways of ridding the body of harmful chemicals that can decrease the efficacy of antibiotics used in the treatment of Lyme disease.

*This article is based around the expertise of BCA’s new doctor, Dr. Hollenhorst, who specialises in pain management and heavy metal detoxification. If you have any questions regarding how heavy metal detoxification and chelation therapy could help patients with Lyme disease, please email us at*

Featured image by Vegan Liftz on Unsplash 

Can Treating Mast Cells Help Neurological Lyme?

07 JAN 2020

“With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” ― William of Ockham

For a review that explains the book a bit:

In essence, Lyme/MSIDS messes up the immune system and causes wide-spread inflammation. Due to this, many suffer with sensitivities, from food to their environment.  The body over reacts to these things as if it’s being attacked, causing a wide variety of symptoms, making life miserable.

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Wisconsin Resident Alert – Tues. Jan. 7, 2020 – Support Bill A546 (Or Email If You Can’t Make It in Person)

Wisconsin Residents: Many of Wisconsin’s healing practitioners, such as herbalists, homeopaths, health coaches, nutrition consultants, traditional naturopaths and many others, are currently at risk of being criminally charged for the “practice of medicine without a license.”

With Wisconsin Bill A546, there is an opportunity to change that.

Bill A546 would eliminate the threat of criminal charges for practitioners who adhere to the Safe Harbor requirements and thereby allow them to provide the healing work they are called to do without fear of being shut down.

Please join the National Health Freedom Action and Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition in Madison TOMORROW, January 7th, at 9am to voice your support for this bill and protect your right to access and practice the health care modalities of your choice. RSVP TODAY to attend the hearing in support of A546.

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By attending, you show legislators that WI citizens want Bill A546 to become law. A full hearing room convinces legislators a bill is important to Wisconsin residents and gets them to pay attention.

Please show up even if you can’t stay for the entire hearing. When you arrive, you can “register in favor” of the bill by simply signing your name on a sheet of paper. This is an important form of public participation and could be necessary for this bill to pass.

When: Tomorrow, January 7th at 9:00 am

Where: WI State Capitol, North Gar Hall, Room 417

Can’t attend the hearing? Another critical way to make your voice heard is to email your legislators and committee members telling them why you personally support access to complementary and alternative healing modalities and asking them to support bill A546.

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Together, with your help, we can convince Wisconsin legislators to protect WI residents’ health freedom rights to access the healing modalities and practitioners they want. Thanks in advance for helping pass A546 into law.

To your health,

Dr. Mercola
My guess is this bill is in response to the latest FDA action:

Under the new guidance ALL homeopathic medicines will be considered illegal. This is because the Draft Guidance declares all homeopathic medicines to be “new drugs” which have not undergone the agency’s pre-market approval process known as a New Drug Application (NDA). This “new drug” designation makes this new guidance particularly damning for homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines cannot be patented and therefore cannot justify the enormous expenditures that an NDA entails. If the FDA insists that a homeopathic medicine be put through the NDA process, the agency will essentially be issuing a potential  ban on that medicine in the United States.

If the Draft Guidance is adopted unchanged ─ and especially if the designation of all homeopathic medicines as “new drugs” is allowed to stand ─ consumers will likely begin to see homeopathic medicines disappear from store shelves and practitioners’ offices as the FDA takes aim at one homeopathic medicine after another.

This will also show the back-story and how the FDA may make ALL alternative medicine illegal:


Regardless of your opinion of homeopathy, I find it interesting that the only things the FDA seems capable of regulating are competitors to Big Pharma. Compounding pharmacies have the strictest regulations on earth and now it appears they want to screw the bolts into homeopathy as well.  Small labs such as IGeneX that specialize in bacteriology and virology are continually under intense scrutiny for their creation of tests for tick borne illness that are much more sensitive than the current CDC’s recommended two-tiered testing which misses over half of all cases (not to mention the CDC has patents on these tests which is a severe conflict of interest: ConflictReport

Here’s the thing – first it will be homeopathy, next will be herbs, essential oils, silver, bee venom therapy, and after that only God knows.



Lyme Mind Podcast: Dr. Leigner & Dr. Horowitz

#255: Lyme Mind 2019 – Drs. Leigner & Horowitz

In this episode you will learn three main things:

  1. How Disulfuram is being used to treat Lyme Disease.
  2. Why Dr. Richard Horowitz is combining Dapsone and Disulfuram.
  3. How these treatments have lead to long term Lyme remission.

Kenneth Leigner, MD

Dr. Leigner practices in Pawling, New York, and has been actively involved in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and related disorders since 1988. His work has focused on the serious morbidity and (occasional) mortality that can comes from chronic and neurological Lyme Disease.

Richard Horowitz:

Dr. Horowitz, the best-selling author of “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease,” has presented at numerous scientific conferences on Lyme Disease and the role of co-infections and toxins in Lyme Borreliosis.


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