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Food & Inflammation – the final frontier in Lyme disease treatment

It’s been over 10 years since I wrote my first Lyme disease book. In 2014, I completed my last book, Freedom From Lyme Disease.

Now, in 2015, I’m reflecting on the final frontier in Lyme disease treatment. As it is very difficult to COMPLETELY eradicate the bacteria, we are faced with controlling the final symptoms after 99% of the bacteria are removed or under control.

As it turns out, the two areas with a very high degree of importance in this time frame are FOOD and INFLAMMATION.

During this final healing period, food reactions become much more pronounced. Food sensitivities – as well as inflammatory foods like sugar – have an exaggerated effect as the body is desperately attempting to maintain equilibrium (and now for the first time, can actually have a chance at doing so). Therefore, the goal in the last phase of healing should be strict control of the diet, eliminating most sugars and greatly limiting fruit, as well as trying to eliminate ALL food sensitivities including gluten, most grains, and other foods a person can be allergic to. This can literally be the make or break in the Lyme disease end game, as food reactions can throw a person into old Lyme symptoms while a clean diet can allow one to feel normal.

In contrast, early on in the recovery process, food reactions and sugar made things worse but the body was too overwhelmed to really notice, so the results of eating a good – or bad – diet didn’t really make much of a difference.

Remember, the key elements here are: avoid sugar (even fruit sugar) as much as possible, avoid carbohydrates as much as possible, and avoid all food sensitivities including gluten and other personal allergies.

The next area to consider, then, in the final phases of healing, is inflammation. Inflammation can remain at a low grade long after most bacteria are gone, and it can allow depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and other symptoms to persist. For inflammation, use the diet guidelines above but also consider herbs like curcumin, nettles, tart cherry, and others.

If you listen to your body and control your diet and inflammation, along with using the rotation protocol described in my books, you should be able to maintain a very low level of symptoms during the final phases of healing.

Dr. Burrascano: “Putting Lyme Behind You” 2-DVD Set

Let Dr. Burrascano tell you how to “Put Lyme behind you.” A 2-DVD set brought to you by (formerly CALDA) and Gordon Medical Associates. Buying this special DVD set from us will also get you the special bonus: a 1-year FREE membership to, featuring the quarterly “Lyme Times” periodical mailed to your doorstep, a member’s only area, and many other benefits. Order your copy of this DVD set today or learn more here.

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2-DVD Set • $50

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Holy Cow, It Works! New rife testimonial

This was posted on one of the Lyme/Rife groups recently, I thought I would share:

About three years ago, the balls of my feet began to hurt and my toes were going numb while I was running. It got worse and worse until it was hard to walk too many steps in a day. 3 podiatrists, cortisone shots, sonograms, and an MRI turned up nothing. 

My wife of 18+ years has had Lyme for 25+ years, but was just diagnosed a few months ago. Working on a guess that I might have contracted Lyme from her (as an STD), I bought a used EMEM from a nice person on this board.

I gave myself a treatment directed at my feet (2m@432, 2m@800, 2m@4328, 2m@10K) before bed one night last week. I could feel electrical pops every couple of seconds in my feet at 432 and 800. I woke up the next morning with no pain in my feet. It lasted for five days, longer than I’ve been pain free for a couple of years. I’ve followed it up with another treatment to not as good an effect, but I’m patient.

In a word, I’m stunned. I was a HUGE skeptic, and here I have evidence it works, at least for me.

I don’t know that I have lyme, but I apparently have something, and the EMEM is working.

Free Lyme Book Chapter + New Mercury Audio CDs

FREE LYME DISEASE CHAPTER! If you don’t yet own Connie Strasheim’s book, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment, now is a good time to explore its content. Last year we made Chapter 1 available for free online, and today, we are releasing Chapter 6 (with content on Bionoic / Photon therapy for Lyme disease)  online for free! We hope you enjoy this free, informative content.

NEW MERCURY AUDIO CD SERIES! Many people are familiar with Dr. Andrew Cutler’s books, Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis & Treatment and Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities. Now, Andrew Cutler has a new audio CD series – don’t miss it.

My Lyme Guide Binder

My Lyme Guide is a new binder for helping patients and their friends, family and caregivers with the difficulties of managing Lyme disease & co-infections. It is written and compiled by Marjorie MacArthur Veiga, a Lyme disease sufferer, and her doctor, Sarah Fletcher, M.D.

The binder provides tools for organization, medical information and emotional support for patients and caregivers. My Lyme Guide is designed especially for parents and the children they care for, but can be used by any patient with chronic illness.

Coming soon: Website to purchase My Lyme Guide Binder

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My Stand Up Paddle Board Race … Because Life Isn’t All About Lyme!

This is off topic. Thought I’d share a picture from my first stand up paddle board race. This sport is highly addicting, it’s like surfing but you don’t need real waves. Please test out my new blog comments system and tell me what you think. Want to try it? Done it?  Because Life Isn’t All About Lyme!  :-)     PS: That’s me in the hat. Yep, I still avoid the sun when I can! The Marshall Protocol helped me a lot and while I don’t use the drugs anymore, I still do avoid the sun. Life goes on even in long pants and a long sleeved shirt when everyone else is wearing swim trunks.


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New…FREE chapter online from Lyme Insights book

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients published a full chapter from Connie Strasheim’s new book, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment.

To read the free chapter, you can buy a copy of Townsend Letter or you can view the chapter online for free on Townsend’s website.

The interviewee in this chapter, Dr. Nicola McFadzean, ND, also recently published her own excellent book on Lyme disease dietary guidelines.

CLEARANCE SALE: 2008 Annual Report + FREE E-Book

$14.95 for the 2008 Lyme Disease Annual Report (shipped to you by snail mail) and with your order, at checkout, you can download the FREE E-Book I wrote entitled 9 Immune-Supporting Supplements Every Lyme Sufferer Should Know About. You get the book and E-Book for $14.95. Also, for my blog readers, I’m offering free shipping! Enter coupon code frshp2008 during checkout and your grand total is only $14.95. Order now or learn more.

Information de Lyme Disease en Espanol

¡Nuevo Libro de Lyme, Ahora a la Venta!
“Perspectivas en el Tratamiento de la Enfermedad de Lyme”
Para comprar el libro, haga “click” aquí: 
Pedidos por teléfono: +1 (303) 800-5387 … Se Habla Espanol

We are working on getting together some information on Lyme disease in the spanish language. Connie Strasheim, author of Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment, is bilingual, and has put together this rough draft of information. We hope to expand on it and possibly even create / translate books in spanish for the spanish-speaking population. Here is what we have so far:

Informacion de Lyme Disease en Espanol, Spanish

Lyme sufferers – Start a business?

Lyme sufferers already have reason enough to look for self employment – the flexibility, autonomy and (sometimes) work-at-home benefits are often the only conditions under which a chronically ill person can consistently bring home living wages. Pre-planned corporate schedules and the rigor of a 9 to 5 work day are usually too much for the Lyme sufferer and can lead to unemployment (and if you are lucky, disability benefits).

This is why I believe Morris Rosenthal’s web page on starting a new business and making a living may be valuable to some readers who have been considering, or should be considering, alternative means of bringing home a paycheck. If it isn’t enough to propel you into a new career of your dreams, I suspect the information will least serve to get enough juices flowing for you to evaluate if you are cut out for self-employment and if so, which roads you may want to go down and which you may wish to avoid. (I’ve learned that avoiding the wrong roads is twice as important as finding the right ones). Best of luck meeting the challenge of procuring income while at the same time being dedicated to your physical recovery.

Marshall Protocol – For real?

In my book, The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments, there is a chapter on the Marshall Protocol, which helped me tremendously in my recovery. Since the book was published, many people have said they feel the Marshall Protocol is not a valid treatment. So, I like to see other success stories similar to mine and I like to post them, to add validity and credibility to the Marshall Protocol. Here’s one that appeared today on a discussion group:

I just wanted to put out to the group that I have been using the Martial
Protocol now for 6 months. I don’t post much on here but if anyone wants to know
more I would be willing to answer, and I will try and keep and update on how I
am doing.

I like others have tried many things, spent alot of money. I came across the MP
about 2 yrs ago and wasn’t willing to try it. Due to nothing else working was
willing to give it a try with not much trust in it, but it is cheaper and I
needed to do something more. But to my surprise it is working.

I want to say I also rife on a regular basis and have great herxes from this. I
purchased the Doug Coil Machine not quiet a year ago. I herx for Mycoplasm,
Bartonella, and Lyme, I have played with times and how often I treat. I do one
every week for 30 min a time and rotate the 3, and this seems to be working. If
I do too much, my nervous system gets way out of wack.

The MP consists of taking a blood pressure pill called Olmetec every 6 hrs, and
a low dose of Minocycline and a diet consisting of no VIt D, you never get above
the dose of 100mg, you are on this for about a year, called phase one. Then
another small dose of ABX is introduced along with the above. This is called
phase 2.

I am amazed at where I am at today, I almost gave up in believing anything
worked for us lymies. I am able to have many more good days than bad, I still
have the bad, but they pass and are tolerable, I have had symtpoms that have
left that I look back on and say to myself, was it really that bad. I sleep now,
I may have the odd bad night. My headaches have cleared, I get the odd one, but
mainly stress brings them on. I actually have the energy to endulge in things I
enjoy. My depression use to be so dark at times, now I can handle it much better
before I spiral down and can’t see the light.

I have an amazing, passionate doctor who also has lyme and his wife. He was an
MD and saw his wife suffer, untill one day, he said enough. He is now an
Integretive Doctor and he and his wife are well. He has a very busy practice
and takes time on his own at home to answer patient emails. He makes very little
money on treating lyme patients in his practice, and this to me speaks huge
volumes about his passion for helping people.

Be Well, Keri

Success Story

All too often we hear of people not getting well from Lyme. Here is a success story I just read:


Depression in Lyme Disease

Someone recently posted a question about depression and Lyme disease. I answered by excerpting a part of a book I wrote. Here is my opinion on the topic – written 3 years ago – my stance hasn’t changed.


Rife Treatment and Heart Herx Reactions

In this post I am re-posting a question about rife and herx reactions of the heart.


Marshall Protocol Overview Video

May 10, 2008

Over the past few months, I have created one video which overviews the Marshall Protocol and one video which provides practical instructions for using the protocol. Hopefully you have found these videos to be helpful. 

Today I am going to share a video put together by Amy Proal, author of the Bacteriality
. Her video is very, very comprehensive and goes into detail on all aspects of the Marshall Protocol. I highly recommend watching it (below). Comprehensive at 89 minutes, this video is a must-see for anyone considering the Marshall Protocol.

One of the most fascinating aspects of her video, in my opinion, is that she talks about a topic which I have always known to be true: that cephalosporin antibiotics (also known as beta lactims) actually PROMOTE formation of dangerous l-form bacteria, meaning that using antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, or rocephin, can lead to a worsening of chronic disease. This is a must-watch video!

An Overview of the Marshall Protocol from Amy Proal on Vimeo.

Guest Blogger…Bonnie shares her biblical perspective

Blog post from Bonnie Slack, Bonnie is a guest blogger and shares her thoughts on spirituality as it relates to the Lyme struggle.

The biblical concept of sowing and reaping has always intrigued me.  There is a barbaric and creepy example of it in Judges 1.  The Israelites go in and capture a local king, Adoni-Bezek, and they cut off his thumbs and big toes.  Yikes! Then he says, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table.  Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.”


Mold and Lyme Toxins

This article was contributed by Richard Loyd, Ph.D., founder of Note the recurring theme of mold issues appearing over and over in Lyme Disease literature. This is shaping up to be a very important issue. For more information, I suggest reading “Mold Illness and Mold Remediation Made Simple” by James Schaller, M.D., available at You may also visit to find out the latest on Dr. Schaller’s mold research.


The Dangers of Antidepressant Drugs

April 30, 2008

Today I want to show you some shocking information about antidepressant drugs, their overuse, and their danger when used on many segments of the population, including children and Lyme sufferers.

First, lets look at the use of antidepressant SSRI drugs in Lyme disease. Here is an excerpt on the topic from my book Lyme Disease and Rife Machines.


Guest Blogger…Sue’s 2nd Post

Blog 2, by Sue Blanton – After learning that I had Lyme, I read every book
that I could get my hands on about treating the
illness.  My MD gave me several options that I might
want to explore, the herbal antibiotics or the
standard Doxycycline/Flagyl route. 


Guest Blog Post…Cathi’s Lyme Diary

We will be featuring guest blog posts by various members of the Lyme disease community. Here is Cathi’s diary. Enjoy!


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Guest Blogger….Sue’s Lyme Story

Another guest blogger. Welcome Sue Blanton!


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pH Testing

Recently I posted about whether or not rife machines are fact or fiction. People want evidence. Do they work? Where’s the science? In that post I presented a few places to dig deeper and find that type of information. pH test strips represent another piece of this puzzle and also offer a bunch of other benefits. Lets explore…


Herx Reaction Fundamentals

You get to see more and more of my book, Lyme Disease and Rife Machines, online for free these days! This post is an excerpt from the book addressing herxheimer reactions, also known as “herx reactions.” Have no clue what that is? Keep reading to find out. Believe it or not, the herx reaction is one of the most important topics you will ever study as a Lyme disease patient or practitioner.


Lemon Water for Alkalizing the Body

During my recovery process I was convinced that sparkling carbonated water with lemon was healing me. I could never go without it. But which part was it that helped me – the sparkling water or the lemon? The truth is quite interesting. 


The Long Recovery Process

Many people believe they can heal from Lyme disease relatively quickly. This is not the case. It can take months or years to heal. This requires a careful treatment plan that utilizes non-toxic therapies so as not to bombard the body with toxic treatments (such as antibiotics) for years at a time. This post is an excerpt from my book Lyme Disease and Rife Machines and it looks at the long recovery process.