Evaluating the Success of Hyperthermia Treatment in Chronic Lyme Disease

November 5, 2019 | Lyme Stories, Symptoms, Treatment By Bay Area Lyme Guest Post from Michelle McKeon, MS, President, Lyme and Cancer Services Bay Area Lyme is happy to share the editorial contributions of care providers, patients, caregivers, and others in the community who are eager to share their knowledge for the benefit of others suffering from Lyme and related tick-borne illnesses. There is still so much we don’t know and so much we are just learning. It is critical that we keep an active dialogue and share and collaborate to continue to move our understanding forward. What follows is an article written by a guest contributor and practicing care provider who shares that view and her personal and professional experience in hopes that it can help [...]

By |2019-12-17T21:23:49+00:00December 17th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Answering questions about hyperthermia treatment for Lyme disease

Authored by Michelle McKeon If you have never experienced the traumatizing effects of Lyme, take my word, it is a complete nightmare. I spent years in pain, battling confusing symptoms and feeling as though I had very little control over my life after antibiotics failed to improve my condition. Common Lyme co-infections such as Bartonella, Protozoa Rheumatica, Mycoplasma Pneumonia, and Powassan virus were so virulent in my body that I didn’t respond to any of the therapies offered by some of the best Lyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMDs). When I discovered hyperthermia treatment, my body was already in crisis and I doubted my ability to recover at all. Whole-body hyperthermia treatment puts a patient in a special thermal chamber. Then, using infrared-A-irradiation, the core [...]

By |2019-09-30T21:45:15+00:00September 30th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

The Explosion of Ticks This Year and How to Protect Yourself!

Authored by Michelle McKeon Why 2019 is the Worst Year Ever in Tick Numbers Tick, Tick, Tick Boom! This season it is as if a “ticking” time bomb has exploded across the country! Ticks are found in parks, yards, fields, and even beaches! Along with ticks, can come some pretty devastating diseases. Many of you are probably familiar with Lyme disease, which is caused from the Lyme bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, spread through the bite of an infected tick.1 However, it is very likely that if a tick is carrying Lyme disease, it may also be infected with co-infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehrlichia just to name a few. The combination of having a mild winter and the absence of acorns this year has [...]

By |2019-09-30T21:44:31+00:00August 8th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Hyperthermia Treatment

Authored by Michelle McKeon | Original article from the Townsend Letter Hyperthermia treatment…not really a treatment that is often talked about in the United States, is it? Similar to Lyme disease, this treatment has been around for a while, though it has not received the recognition that it deserves. We are at the cusp of acknowledging the immense impact Lyme disease has on our society and the complexity of tick-borne illnesses in general. I like to think of tick-borne illnesses as a puzzle – like those puzzles called Impossibles where all of the pieces look the same, yet they are not; there are no edges or corner pieces, and there are a few extra pieces in the package just, you know, for the fun of it, to [...]

By |2019-09-30T21:43:51+00:00February 17th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

What is Plasmapheresis?

Plasmapheresis is a process where the liquid part of the blood, or plasma, is separated from the blood cells. Usually, the plasma is replaced with another solution such as saline or albumin, or the plasma is treated and then returned to your body. Some people refer to this procedure as apheresis but these are two slightly different procedures. Apheresis is the procedure where a patient’s blood is filtered and a particular component of that blood is removed and the rest is returned to circulation. But plasmapheresis is the procedure where the plasma is filtered out and then replaced with a fresh plasma infusion. If you have Lyme disease, the plasma in your blood can sometimes be full of inflammatory compounds from the Borrelia and other co-infections. These [...]

By |2019-08-09T19:00:43+00:00September 27th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Avril Lavigne Releases Her First Single in Five Years After Her Long Battle With Lyme Disease

After a difficult and at times, life threatening battle with Lyme disease, Avril Lavigne is making a return to the music scene with the release her new single – Head Above Water – which she wrote from her bed during the height of her illness. Lavigne took to social media and wrote a letter to her fans on her website, announcing her new single will be released on September 19, with a full album to follow. In her letter to her fans, she says she wrote her new single during one of the scariest moments of her life: “I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up [...]

By |2019-08-09T18:52:20+00:00September 25th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Infrared Saunas and Lyme Disease

Authored by Michelle McKeon Working with Lyme and Cancer Services, we are huge advocates of two things: hyperthermia treatment through the use of infrared heat, and detoxification to aid in the recovery process.  One of the main points I have my clients try to take away is DETOX, DETOX, DETOX! While hyperthermia treatment kills a significant amount of pathogens, we see that people who detox before treatment are able to tolerate hyperthermia treatment better, and people who detox after treatment have a more optimal sustained recovery.  Detoxing has been a crucial part of my recovery process with Lyme disease.  Sweating out toxins through the use of infrared saunas has been one of my go-to therapies, and I still use it for maintenance therapy today.  One [...]

By |2019-08-09T18:58:34+00:00September 10th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Lyme Disease Memory Loss Treatment

Lyme Disease, caused by the bite of a bacteria-infected tick with Borrelia burgdorferi, mayonii, afzelii or garinii (depending on the region of the world), not only attacks the patient’s organs and joints, but causes significant changes in their neurological state, sometimes called “Lyme brain.” This serious and debilitating illness affects an estimated 365,000 individuals each year - and numbers are rising. For those who suffer from the cognitive impairments of Lyme, such as short-term memory loss, difficulty with speech and word recollection, loss of motor skills, depression, anxiety, hallucinations and other symptoms that may closely resemble Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia, finding a way to fight back is an absolute must. Fortunately, the cognitive impairments often associated with Lyme Disease are well documented, and there are doctors, specialists [...]

By |2019-08-08T18:42:00+00:00September 10th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Cutting-edge Lyme Disease Clinic in Mexico Gives Hope to Sufferers

With Lyme disease now one of the fastest growing infectious diseases worldwide, a state-of-the-art lyme disease clinic called Sanoviv Medical Institute, located one hour’s drive from San Diego airport in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, is giving Lyme patients from all around the world new hope with its wide range of innovative treatments. While Australia still doesn’t officially recognise Lyme disease, the number of Australian residents who’ve tested positive for Lyme disease is on the increase. Last year, a Senate Inquiry was held, though despite many good recommendations the Australian government has chosen not to act on these.  So until Lyme disease is recognised here, many Australians who are suffering from a ‘Lyme-like’ illness end up seeking treatment overseas where similar diseases have been treated for many years. What [...]

By |2019-08-09T18:59:50+00:00August 25th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

Those of us who are sick are the ‘canaries in the coal mine’

Authored by: Pamela Connellan Recently Dr Neil Nathan, a specialist in chronic illness, spoke at a conference for Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Tick-borne Disease. He said: “We live in an incredibly toxic world and unless we change things, we could all be sick… those of us who are sick are the canaries in the coal mine.” With over 44 years of medical practice, Dr Nathan is well-qualified to speak on this subject. He has spent the past 25 years specialising in treating patients with chronic, complex medical illnesses. During the conference, he explained that there are a number of underlying factors which are often the reason why a particular patient does not respond well to treatment. “There are a number of patients with tick-borne illnesses [...]

By |2019-09-30T19:37:27+00:00June 28th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments