Mold, Micotoxins, and Lyme

Authored by Michelle McKeon Recovering from Lyme disease has been a huge part of my life for almost a decade now. When I first began this journey I had no idea how many pieces to this puzzle I would have to put together to solve my body’s health crisis. What I had learned is that the devil is in the detail. The devil for me was MOLD, and boy did it put me through hell and reek havoc on my already Lyme immunosuppressant body. As, being in an environment with mold, can make ones Lyme disease experience much more severe. Mold can develop indoors and outdoors and while it can grow in any season or environment, it flourishes in warm, damp, and humid places. Mold implies many [...]

By |2019-08-08T16:11:35+00:00January 8th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

Dental Amalgam

Authored by Michelle McKeon In 2010, when I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease, I remember sitting in my Lyme Literate Medical Doctor’s (LLMD) office. He asked to look inside my mouth. As I opened up real wide, I thought Now what is he going to find inside my mouth? Later I learned that he was checking to see how many dental amalgam or “silver fillings” I had. Well, I was hiding quite a few in there, and as my LLMD shook his head, I asked him if he had found any buried treasure? When he responded No gold just silver, I realized he was talking about my cavities. For the past 200 years dentists have used mercury as the prime component of amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings [...]

By |2019-08-08T16:14:03+00:00June 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Detoxification of Heavy Metals with Chelation

Authored by Brendan Fillar Chelation is the standard treatment for removing heavy metals from the body.   A few of the heavy metals that are quite common in people include mercury, lead, nickel and arsenic. Lyme disease and many other chronic illnesses can impede the process by which the body filters heavy metals, resulting in heavy metal toxicity.  Heavy metals are not excreted from the body effectively and tend to gather in the soft tissues. Dental fillings, cosmetics, antiperspirants, drinking water, air, food, and lead paint in our environment all attribute to heavy metal toxicity.  Chelation therapy can involve intravenous injections, suppositories, and oral doses of chelating agents.  A chelating agent is a compound that reversibly binds to another metal.  In terms of heavy metal detoxification, a chelator pulls [...]

By |2019-08-08T19:38:04+00:00February 11th, 2015|Articles|1 Comment

Interview on Hyperthermia Treatment

Authored by Michelle Mckeon Hyperthermia treatment has been around for centuries as a safe and successful treatment option for various illnesses. However, recently it has become a therapy that is gaining more popularity with patients suffering from cancer, Lyme disease, and co-infections. While hyperthermia treatment is offered in the states, it is only available for patients with cancer. This is due to the hyperthermia machines not reaching temperatures that are high enough to kill the spirochetes causing Lyme disease. Therefore, many people travel overseas to clinics in Germany where extreme whole-body machines are available. I am someone who battled with a severe case of Lyme disease complicated by multiple co-infections. The disease had left me completed debilitated before I decided to make the journey to Germany for [...]

By |2019-08-08T19:12:56+00:00December 8th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

What is Lyme disease and what causes Lyme disease?

Authored by Michelle Mckeon What is Lyme disease Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia Burgdorferi. There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi, more than 100 strains in the US, and around 300 strains all around the world. Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite.  However, fleas, mites, lice, mosquitoes, and biting flies can also transmit this disease. While it is thought that only deer carry this disease, birds, mammals, and rodents are also carriers.   Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease Lyme disease can affect multiple organs including the heart, skin, joints, and nervous system, producing a wide range of symptoms. Lyme disease has been called the great imitator and should be considered when diagnosed with rheumatologic and neurologic conditions, as [...]

By |2019-08-08T19:06:52+00:00October 10th, 2014|Articles|0 Comments

Stages of Lyme Disease

Authored by Michelle Mckeon Lyme disease occurs in three stages. The stages of lyme disease are known as Early Localized, Early Disseminated, and Late Disseminated.  The severity of the symptoms can depend upon where the infection has spread in your body, genetic susceptibility, the strength of your immune system, if the tick that bit you carried any co-infections, and the length of time the infection has been in your body. During Early Localized Lyme disease, the infection has not yet spread throughout the body.  Therefore, the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.  During the first few weeks of infection, some people develop a “bullseye” rash.  The technical name of this rash is erythema migrans, and it occurs at the site of the tick [...]

By |2019-08-08T18:33:41+00:00August 31st, 2014|Articles|1 Comment

Whole-body Hyperthermia Treatment

Authored by Michelle Mckeon A little over two years ago, I remember looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out who the person was that was staring back at me.  Growing up I felt that while I had my insecurities at times, my sense of self had always been strong.  What was happening to me? I wondered.  Not only did I feel completely disconnected from my body, but my friends and family did not look familiar either. I was suffering from late stage Neurological Lyme disease. My particular strain of Lyme disease was called Lyme Encephalopathy.  After having Lyme disease for five and a half years and trying numerous treatments that my body didn’t respond to, I began to decline rapidly enabling the virulent disease to completely invade my [...]

By |2019-08-08T18:36:54+00:00July 22nd, 2014|Articles|6 Comments

Chronic Lyme Patient Undergoes ‘Treatment of Last Resort’

On a summer day in July 2006, Michelle McKeon was shopping in a grocery store in Fire Island when she felt her body shutting down. As she lost feeling in her extremities, she was unable to think or speak. “Ever since that day, I never felt well again,” said McKeon, now 24. She left her summer plans to work in an ice cream parlor with college friends behind and came home to Ridgewood, where she was diagnosed with a case of heat stroke. But the symptoms never went away. Each day she felt like the room was spinning, and there was a constant pressure in her ears. Any temperature hotter than 75 degrees made her feel overwhelmed, and any bright light or loud noise gave her an [...]

By |2019-09-30T21:41:05+00:00July 21st, 2014|Articles|1 Comment