Online Workshop

Living Well With Lyme Disease

Get the Information & Support You Need

On Demand Until: Jun 30 2018 Online

Get the Information & Support You Need

When it comes to Lyme disease, where do you turn? Many people go from doctor to doctor looking for answers about their aches and pains, sleep and mood disorders, and memory or concentration problems. Unfortunately, Lyme disease and associated tick-borne coinfections are often overlooked because Lyme disease mimics many other common diseases and can be difficult to diagnose.

Whether you are a patient, a family member, a doctor, or a concerned citizen, how do you get the information and support you need?

This empowering program is for those afflicted with Lyme disease, health-care providers who want to improve their diagnostic and treatment skills, and anyone else who wants the most up-to-date information on Lyme disease. Guided by a medical doctor, a naturopath, and an expert in natural care, you gain the knowledge and practical tools you need to demystify Lyme disease and navigate this perplexing illness.

Through nine modules (detailed below under Schedule), you learn to:

  • Determine the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and associated coinfections
  • Create a personalized treatment regimen to address chronic or resistant symptoms
  • Explore the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing
  • Practice stress reduction techniques to support the mind and body through chronic illness
  • Transform fear and the feeling of being overwhelmed into feeling inspired and empowered
  • Effectively integrate conventional medical treatments with complementary naturopathic therapies

You gain leading-edge information to help you heal your body, mind, and spirit.

Meet the Teachers

  • Richard Horowitz, MD, is medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, where he h …
  • Tom Francescott, ND, has dedicated his life to helping people awaken t …
  • Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH, has worked in natural health care for 33 years. …


Module 1:

Introduction & Overview with Dr. Richard Horowitz

In this opening module, we learn through lecture and slides, what the Lyme disease is, what the most common tick-borne coinfections are that can make us sick, how tick-borne infections are transmitted and how to reduce our risk, how to determine if you have Lyme disease, the reliability of blood tests, and why one doesn’t get better after treatments.

Module 2:

A 7-Point Action Plan for LYME-MSIDS & Inflammation with Dr. Richard Horowitz

Part 1

Dr. Horowitz offers medical and technical details and an action plan for dealing with Lyme disease. He provides 7 rules within an action plan for all those afflicted by Lyme disease: 1. Symptoms drive diagnosis and treatment. 2. Lower inflammation. 3. Detoxify. 4. Repair the damage. 5. Provide internal balance of hormones, microbiome, and cytokines. 6. Master the “Big Three”—sleep, food, and exercise. And, 7. Heal your emotional wounds.

Module 3:

A 7-Point Action Plan for LYME-MSIDS & Inflammation with Dr. Richard Horowitz

Part 2

(A continuation of Module 2)

Module 4:

Energetic Healing Exercise with Katina I. Makris

In this intimate breakout session, you experience how to heal yourself through “inner journaling,” an ancient energetic healing method of accessing information within you, using exercises, and then processing your discovery.

Module 5

Healing Patients With Lyme Disease & Chronic Infections with Dr. Tom Francescott

Part 1

Through lecture and slides, you learn how homeopathic remedies, diet, and detoxifying will help you heal your body and reduce the symptoms of Lyme disease. Dr. Tom takes a holistic approach in his work, describing the importance of breathwork and meditation, and he talks about how maintaining balance in healing supports good health, internally and emotionally.

Module 6

Healing Patients With Lyme Disease & Chronic Infections with Dr. Tom Francescott

Part 2

(A continuation of Module 5)

Module 7:

Understanding Self-Help Homeopathic Remedies with Katina I. Makris

In this module, you learn about the history of homeopathic medicine, how it works, and how it can help heal your Lyme disease. Discover self-help remedies for various symptoms of Lyme disease.

Module 8:

Three Case Studies with Dr. Richard Horowitz

Dr. Horowitz describes the detailed case studies of three patients suffering with extreme symptoms of Lyme disease, how their symptoms presented, and how his diagnosis and treatment helped heal them.

Module 9:

Closing Statements with Richard Horowitz, MD, Tom Francescott, ND, and Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

The three presenters offer an overview of their teaching, while providing positive affirmations and support.

Seek and Find! PCR analyses of skin infections in West-European travelers returning from abroad with an eschar.

 Travel Med Infect Dis. 2018.


BACKGROUND: Skin infections are among the leading causes of diseases in travelers. Diagnosing pathogens could be difficult.

METHOD: We applied molecular assays for the diagnostic of a large collection of skin biopsies and swabs from travelers with suspected skin infections. All samples were tested by qPCR for Coxiella burnetti, Bartonella sp., Rickettsia sp., Borrelia sp., Ehrlichia sp., Tropheryma whipplei, Francisella tularensis, Mycobacteria sp., Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Leishmania spp., Ortho poxvirus and Para poxvirus and then screened for the presence of bacteria by PCR amplification and sequencing, targeting the 16S rRNA gene.

RESULTS: From January 2009 to January 2017, 100 international travelers presenting with a suspected skin infection were enrolled. We detected 51 patients with an identified pathogen on skin samples. Travelers presenting with eschars were more likely to have a positive PCR sample (n = 44/76, 57.9%) compared to other patients (n = 7/24, 29.2%). Spotted fever group Rickettsia (n = 28) was the most frequently detected pathogens (19 R. africae, 6 R. conorii, 3 R. mongolitimonae); S. aureus were detected in 11 patients; S. pyogenes in 3; Leishmania sp.; M. leprae and B. henselae in 1 patient, respectively.

CONCLUSION: By targeting the most commonly encountered causative agents of travel-related skin infections, our strategy provides a sensitive and rapid diagnostic method.



 Approx. 40 Min

Dr. Elena Frid:  Children & Lyme

Published on Mar 9, 2018

Dr. Elena Frid, a Board Certified New York City Neurologist, with clinical interest in Autoimmune and Neuro-Lyme discusses Children who have been effected by Lyme disease at an annual Tick Talk in Pennsylvania.
She goes into depth about Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE), Neuro-developmental issues with Lyme and co-infections, PANS/PANDAS, illustrates case studies, discusses blood work protocols, and protective methods all must follow in order to prevent and protect themselves against Lyme disease.


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Want to Know More about Low-Dose Naltexone?

Hoey Apothecary is hosting an informational seminar on how LDN can be used in autoimmune disease & chronic pain.

WHEN?  Thursday, March 15, 2018
TIME?  6:30-8pm
WHERE?  Door Creek Church 6602 Sprecher Rd, Madison, in lower level

They will review current research along with information regarding optimal dosing and timing for a variety of medical conditions.  They will also share the results of the internal survey provided to their LDN patients detailing their impressions of LDN.

You will also hear from a number of their patients on their personal experiences with LDN.

All are welcome – light refreshments served!

RSVP: or 608-221-4639


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Approx. 1:24:00

Wednesday Nite @ The Lab
Published on Jan 16, 2018

“Susan Paskewitz’s talk will focus on the activities of the newly created Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease. The center was established in 2017 as a response to the increasing rate of human illness caused by tick and mosquito-transmitted diseases in the region, including Lyme disease and West Nile encephalitis. In addition to these familiar problems, new ticks, mosquitoes, and pathogens have been discovered. Solving these issues will require a new generation of trained vector biologists, cooperation and collaboration among public-health professionals and scientists, and creative and innovative research to reduce human and insect contact.”

About the Speaker

Paskewitz is the director of the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease and the chair of the Department of Entomology at UW–Madison. Her research focuses on the ecology, epidemiology, and management of ticks and mosquitoes. She teaches classes in global health, medical and veterinary entomology, and the One Health concept, during which she enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students who seek to gain experience in public health, infectious disease, and vector-biology research. Paskewitz earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale and her doctorate at the University of Georgia–Athens.



4:45 Believe it or not, Wisconsin used to have cases of Malaria.

Zika, discovered in 1947, wasn’t even in our hemisphere. Very few people infected until 2007 when there were 13-14 cases. 2015 it showed up in Brazil. First time a mosquito spread disease that is also sexually transmitted. A medical entomologist felt he gave it to his wife and then wrote a paper on it.

(I guess we need a medical entomologist to infect his/her wife with Lyme/MSIDS so that a paper can be written to prove sexual transmission…..) Please see: and

UW did a lot of work on Zika. Cases in the U.S. occurred when people traveled abroad, became infected, were bit by mosquitoes here, and then spread from there. Only 63 infected people in 2016, 9 more in 2017.

Do we have the mosquitoes that can pick up the virus and transmit it? The Yellow Fever mosquito is the one transmitting Zika. The mosquito is here in U.S. but NOT in WI.  The Asian Tiger mosquito is a secondary vector that transmits the same viruses but not as well. Has a wider distribution and is a daytime feeder.

She looked in all the records – couldn’t find the Asian Tiger in Wisconsin.  It is found in Illinois and Indiana.  However, since that time they have laid many traps and found the Asian Tiger Mosquito here but she doesn’t feel they are abundant or wide spread.  She also feels they won’t survive our winters but experiments are in progress.  Females bite, lay eggs in wet aquatic spots, as larvae need water to grow.

(The same sort of diligence needs to happen in the world of Lyme.  For instance, borrelia has been found in other insects, but entomologists downplay it and say numbers are small.  This is a great example of how Lyme is treated differently then other diseases that are big money-makers for researchers.)

25:32 The Lone star tick has popped up in a number of places in WI – she doesn’t feel they will survive our winters.

Spent a lot of time talking about mosquito issues happening down South.

She admits the Center was created due to Zika.  

(Don’t be shocked when all the research dollars go to Zika & not tick borne illness despite the much higher prevalence of TBI’s in WI)

Wisconsin has cases of West Nile, La Crosse Virus, and Jamestown Canyon Virus – which has increased human cases – they don’t know why.

They are working on a bacterial based topical repellent.  Also working on using fish and copepods to eat mosquitos at the larval stage.

38:00 TICKS

Ticks transmit Lyme Disease – a lot and it’s not just in the North. Could pick it up anywhere in Wisconsin.

Please see:

Map showing Deer tick population between 1907-1996 and 1907-2015 –

Our entire state is infested.  

Sky rocket of LD in WI CONFIRMED.  She admits the CDC says the cases are hugely underestimated – more like 30,000 cases per year in WI.

WI is a hotspot for newly emerging TBI – Anaplasma, Ehrlichia muris, borrelia miyamotoi (relapsing fever), Babesia divergens (in Michigan but Paskowitz feels it’s probably here too).

Anaplasma seeing 400-600 cases a year in WI.  Again, much underreporting.

44:00 talks about tick distribution maps.

Please see: (go to page 6 and read about Speilman’s maps which are faulty but have ruled like the Iron Curtain, and have been used to keep folks from being diagnosed and treated)

They are working on a way for public to take pictures of ticks, send it to the lab and get answers.

Trying to reduce the risk….they think it’s the nymphs that do most of the transmission because they are tiny and we don’t feel them.

Larvae and nymphs love little rodents
Adults love adults, dogs, and deer

50:00 what we can do to stop LD

52:30 One experiment removed buckthorn – looked like a significant impact after first year but nothing after that.

53:20 tick tubes for micefound a decrease in host-seeking nymphs with this seen it three years running.

Trying to come up with a do it yourself toolkit to implement methods for tick control.

55:55 Working on the tick app – to pool info to show where we are picking up the ticks so education can be more targeted.

ends @ 58:30 then questions

Funding by:  CDC, NIH, USDA, WI Dept HEalth services, WI Dep Natural resources



by Lonnie Marcum
MAR 2018

Mast Cell Activation: When the Immune System Goes Haywire


Mast cell

We’re hearing from increasing numbers of Lyme patients who have suddenly developed serious allergic reactions to foods they used to be able to eat with no problem whatsoever. Many have learned that this can be a sign of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Sometimes, the condition is referred to as Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD).

So what exactly is MCAS, anyway? And what can be done about it?

Mast cells are part of the immune system and are present in nearly every tissue of the body. Their purpose is to signal when a toxin, infection or foreign invader has entered the body, so that the immune system can then launch the proper attack.

Do you have Lyme disease? Use our symptom checklist today:

When operating properly, mast cells are our friends. But when the system goes haywire and too many mast cells are triggered at once, this can result in massive inflammation that brings all kinds of problems.
Symptoms of MCAS can include skin rashes or hives, lip swelling, extremity swelling, itching, flushing, abdominal pain, digestive issues, nausea, diarrhea, asthma, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, low blood pressure, and fatigue.

In the following “Better Health Guy” video, Scott Forsgren interviews Dr. Jill Carnahan, who treats patients with MCAS in her functional medicine practice in Louisville, Colorado.

 Approx. 50 Min


For more on MCAS: Dr. Carnahan’s article also found here.

Some docs are using LDA/LDI to treat this:

Another presentation on MCAS & parasites:


By Jennifer Crystal

When I was in elementary school, I developed a barking cough every spring. Loud, disruptive and persistent, the cough drew annoyed looks from teachers and students alike. Hearing me coming down the hall, the school nurse would call out, “Drink water!” But a few sips of water were not the solution to this cough because its cause went much deeper than a simple tickle in my throat. After a visit to an allergist, I learned that I was allergic to a number of seasonal and environmental irritants, including pollen (hayfever), fresh cut grass, dust mites, and mold.

I was given two inhalers, and the cough subsided. Besides some lesser springtime sneezing, I didn’t think much of my allergies after that. I forgot about the mold allergy entirely until I was in my early twenties when the ceiling of the schoolroom in the building where I taught started to leak. Shortly after, the teacher in that room came down with fatigue, migraines and sinus issues. The leaky ceiling had caused mold, which in turn caused my colleague to get sick.

I felt lucky not to be in that classroom. It didn’t occur to me that my room could also have mold spores, and that perhaps a lot of places where I’d worked or lived had also been infested with mold, which tends to hide in unseen areas like behind ceiling panels and in basements. Like Lyme disease, mold can quietly cause damage and create a litany of health problems. Also like Lyme, mold toxins can cause systemic inflammation.

For Lyme patients and others with compromised immune systems, moldmycotoxins and heavy metals can seriously impact recovery. In his talk titled “Mycotoxins and Chronic Illness: New Insights: The Role of Gliotoxin, the Immune System and Chronic Infections” at the 2017 Boston ILADS Conference, Infectious Disease Specialist Joseph Brewer (of Kansas City, Missouri) said that greater than 95% of chronic illness patients test positive for mycotoxins, and at least 90% recall prior exposure to mold. Symptoms can show up immediately or years later. Due to inhalation exposure, most of these molds live in our nasal cavities, causing infection of the sinuses and lungs. Mold and mycotoxin exposure, as well as exposure to heavy metals such as lead, might directly cause illness, or might suppress the immune system just enough so that a patient can’t fight off acute infection. Dr. Brewer studied two patients with mononucleosis who never got better, and found black mold in their houses.

Throughout my battle with Lyme, I suffered constant sinus infections, ear infections, and bronchitis. I wonder, now, if mold and mycotoxins also played a role. They could have been culprits of these infections, or perhaps they weakened my immune system, making it difficult for me to fight off Lyme, Babesia, Ehrlichia,mono and other acute infections.

Though it took a long time, treatment for tick-borne illness did finally work for me. Other people, though, don’t respond to treatment. They may wish to consider whether mold and mycotoxin exposure is perhaps getting in the way of their recovery. As Dr. Richard Horowitz writes in his book Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease, “Some patients, whether due to their genetics, their total load of these toxins, or their inability to properly detoxify, become ill when the load of toxic substances reaches a certain level.” They might experience symptoms such as “fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain, paresthesias, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, depression, loss of balance and/or incoordination, abdominal complaints, urinary symptoms, visual symptoms, auditory symptoms, changes in weight, increased susceptibility to infection and cardiac symptoms.”

So how does a patient determine if they’ve been exposed to mold or toxins? If they have, what do they do about it? It’s really important to talk to your Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) about testing for mold, mycotoxins and heavy metal exposure. Your doctor may recommend intranasal anti-fungal therapy. I use a nasal spray every other day which keeps my allergy symptoms at bay and helps stave off sinus and other infections. A cool mist humidifier during these cold months also helps, but you have to be very careful about cleaning it, or, ironically, it will grow mold!

While most mold lives in our nasal cavities, D.O. Thomas Moorcroft (of Origins of Health in Connecticut) said in his ILADS talk, “The Glymphatic System and its Role in Brain Detoxification,” that 70% of brain detox and drainage comes out of the nasal cavity. To be sure, brain detox is a huge part of recovery from neurological Lyme; once the bacteria has crossed the blood-brain barrier, it causes inflammation and build-up of both live and dead toxins in our craniums. Dr. Moorcroft talked about the importance of glymphatic drainage, also known as deep cervical lymphatic drainage. My integrative manual therapist often uses light pressure of his hands to open up drainage from my brain to my neck. There are also more traditional detox methods, including diets and supplements. Talk to your doctor about what might be best for you, and remember that those big culprits can live in dark, unseen places.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.

Jennifer Crystal is a writer and educator in Boston. She is working on a memoir about her journey with chronic tick-borne illness. Do you have a question for Jennifer? Email her at




In my experience, the mold/mycotoxin issue is significant with Lyme/MSIDS patients.  The mention of heavy metals (chelation & supplements like chlorella and DMSO/MSM:, infected nasal cavities (intranasal anti-fungal sprays), systemic inflammation (diet, supplements including Systemic enzymes, MSM, & LDN:,,, allergies (MSM & LDA/LDI:, detoxification (lymph massage, epsom salt baths, DMSO/MSM, & Systemic Enzymes:

One statement by Master Herbalist Stephen Buhner has alway stuck with me – paraphrasing, it went something like this:  A sophisticated treatment is one which does many things simultaneously.  

If you notice there are treatments repeated above that do many things simultaneously, thereby lessening your cost and effort.  Make sure to talk to your doctor on anything you wish to add or delete from your treatment.

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