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Baby chicks grow FAST!

The chicks are two months old and I am in AWE of how fast they grow! I’ve really enjoyed this whole process of having a broody hen and watching the babies grow. It’s been a great learning experience! Once the babies where a month old, I let them and mama hen out of their separate enclosure so they could begin to forage and integrate with the existing flock.

Within a couple weeks of exploring the orchard with their mom, she decided it was time to kick her babies to the curb and officially began hanging out with her original flock. It literally happened overnight! She’s just as territorial as the other hens and will even peck at them to get out of her way when she wants to use the chicken feeder. It is like they were never babies…..so harsh!

Now that they’ve grown they move fast! It is almost impossible to catch them and since their wings are still much bigger than their bodies, they can fly! I’m sharing some progression photos so you can see just how fast they’ve grown. You’ll notice the biggest changes in coloring and wing size. Some photos are blurry, like I said they move fast and rarely stay still!

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Mama and her flock drinking water, they were about 1 month old.

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Before they split, mama and babies loved roosting on our old compost bin.

Now here’s some photos that show their major growth!

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Three days old

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One week old

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Two weeks old

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Same chicken that was in the prior three photos! This one is definitely a rooster, he’s about six weeks in this photo. My husband was stoked he actually caught him!

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Yep, definitely a rooster!

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Three days old

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Two weeks old, notice how fast the wings grew!

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Same chicken, two months old, I’m pretty sure it is also a rooster!

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Two weeks old

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One month old, also fairly certain this one is a rooster!

These next photos are of three different chicks at three days old that all looked very similar, one had much bigger wings, and as they’ve grown they still look a lot a like.

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The next two pictures below are the same chick, you can see at two weeks (photo with the red background) how much bigger the wings got and the face changed a bit.

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Here’s of two of the chickens in the photos above, I think one is a rooster and one is a hen. The mostly black one is a for sure a hen!

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Here’s two of the mostly black one as a baby

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Three days old

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Two weeks old

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We added a new roost to our run and the little ones like it!

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Half the flock grubbin’ – the first, third and fourth ones are all roosters.

Here’s one last photo progression, this was one of my favorite babies and he’s growing into a handsome rooster. I’m super bummed my zoning doesn’t allow me to keep roosters because I’d love to keep this guy!

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One day old

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Two weeks old

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Two months old, look at the beautiful colors!

And last but not least, what we do for fun around here :)Enjoy the video of my husband being silly with this chicken!


Do you have chickens? What’s you’re favorite thing about them, besides the eggs? Do these photos make you want chickens?


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After Infusio – McKenzie’s 100 Day Update

Thanks everyone for your patience with my very intermittent posting on my blog!  June proved to be a busy month with a vacation, family visiting me, the plum and peach harvest began. Adding to the fun, our well started to go dry, so we had NO water for 3 days and I had to get an emergency permit to have a water main installed. Whew!

I’m very excited to share another 100 day update from a fellow Infusio patient! McKenzie visited Infusio Beverly Hill’s in early May for a belated a 100 day follow-up appointment. It sounds like she is progressing well. Here’s the update her mom sent me on on June 22:

Treatment dates: January 11 – January 22, 2016

We saw Dr. Sara Whitney for the follow-up. The Global Diagnostic scan  did show McKenzie’s Lyme was reduced 50%. We were expecting more, so were a little disappointed. There were also a lot of positives to celebrate!

Her immune system is completely restore and working! Overall, her energy has improved and there has been significant improvement in skin. McKenzie has lost 21 pounds (not so important but to a 15-year-old it is!).

Infusio thought more treatment was necessary,  so we completed 3 days in Beverly Hills. During that time she did the ten pass ozone therapy (she completed 9, yay!), infrared sauna, and some detox IV’s.

They recommended three thymus shot’s (which we took home to administer), she is taking tinctures three times a day, and digestive enzymes for stomach issues.

We returned a week later and the Global Diagnostic scan showed her immune system fighting about 20 different virus and bacteria. She is  still suffering with digestive issues but really feel we’re heading in the right direction!

McKenzie had undiagnosed Lyme for 5 1/2 yrs so it not going to go overnight. Thanks Infusio for putting us in the right path to healing!


It is great to hear that McKenzie is improving and progress is being made! Thanks so much to her mom, Amanda, for taking the time to share! Please leave any questions or well wishes in the comments section.

 


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After Infusio – Brian’s 30 Day Update

Treatment dates – April 4 – 14, 2016

Was the administrative staff in Frankfurt helpful?    

Yes – Elka(the cook/massuse) helped us find meat (heart and kidney) that was not at the regular grocery stores and overall she was great, as she would bring us water/tea, clean up after us, and was always willing to answer questions or help out.

Bogdan (the driver) was always cheerful and helpful. It was really nice to have a driver one gets to and knows us and our needs vs having a random cab driver (which we had to have a few times as Bogdan was busy driving other patients to various places (airport, hospital, apartment).

The others were also helpful as needed and friendly.  They moved chairs around for me and other patients as I prefer to sit up rather than lie down etc.

It would be nice if they had a designated coordinator to ask questions of etc, as the staff/practitioners were all busy and seemed a bit stressed out at times.

Did you feel the doctor and nurses handling your care were competent care providers?  

Philip Battiade was not there, we have not met him. We’ve been told he is very positive and explains the process very well. Helena, Joichim, and Nadine all tried to explain things and answer our questions.  I don’t think they are used to a lot of questions.  There was a bit of a language problem at times and also they seemed very rushed as they were perhaps understaffed at times.  Overall they were friendly, showed concern, and seemed competent.

Was it easy to communicate with everyone at the clinic?

Fairly well.  Again, they were all very busy and sometimes the language was a barrier.

Were any questions and/or concerns you had during treatments addressed?

Mostly, they did not go into a lot of details.  They would tell us not to worry about details instead of answering our questions.  Although, when we pressed them they did do their best to help us understand.  I expected more information during the final report session.  I believe, again, that they were pressed for time and it seems they have a different philosophy about treatment. They just wanted me to go home and relax and not worry.

Did you have any type of bodywork? If so, which type?

Foot reflexology massage, ear acupuncture, lymph detox massage machine (it applies pressure up and down the lower body for 45 minutes and a patient there says that tri-athletes and ironman athletes use it to help recover from races).

Energy massage (she felt around the body for where energy was blocked and tried to release it), and electric muscle workout (like electro-stim but with the electrodes on both calves, quads, glutes, abs, lower back, chest, and biceps; and then you would flex muscles for 5 or so seconds and relax for maybe 5 seconds and repeat the cycle). The only one that was repeated was the Lymph detox massage.

What microbes did the Global Diagnostics find?    

They said they did not see the Lyme bacteria or any common co infections.

But I am not sure if that means I don’t have them.  I may have misunderstood but I believe they said that the machines in Germany cannot detect Lyme and the co-infections and inferred that the machines in Los Angeles can

One of them said the one in Germany either can’t diagnose you as a Lyme patient or can’t tell which stage of Lyme you are. But one of the other practitioners said it was common not to see those strains on the first scan and that they might show up in the final diagnosis. So it seems either they had different understandings of the machine or there was some language barrier or something.

It would be nice to have this explained but I guess we won’t worry about that for now (another patient had the same exact question as they didn’t mention anything about lyme or the common co-infections to her either).

They told me I had a few other bacteria that were common to most people.   I saw the list on the computer but they would not give me a written list.

Did the Global Diagnostics find any heavy metals? If so, did you receive treatment for those?    

They did not specifically tell me any details on heavy metals.  They did say that my body had a lot of toxins including heavy metals.  There is a percentage of 57% showing on the Global Diagnosis chart for heavy metals.

But they didn’t specify what type of heavy metals they might be nor did they think that any of the toxins in particular were something to focus on. It seems they think that their treatment will help rid of all toxins whether microbial, heavy metal, hormone mimickers, etc.
Did the Global Diagnostics find any health issue you weren’t aware of? If comfortable, please share.

None that they told me about. It basically picked up all the problems I felt I had I’ve never been able to get any diagnosis other than SIBO from regular doctors. So even though I was pretty positive that I had HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) axis problems, none of the endocrine doctors in the U.S. found any hormonal problems.

The Global Diagnostic machine did though, so it does seem pretty accurate at picking up where your body has weaknesses or where it is lacking energy. The Global Diagnostic machine also mentioned that it seems my body has a very hard time digesting carbs and protein; and then in the next line it said that it seems I cannot digest fats very well or at all either which is pretty much dead on for me and is my main problem.

Did your final Global Diagnostics still show Lyme and/or co-infections?

Same as above.  They did not even mention Lyme in the final session.

How did you feel during your treatments?

I was stressed out and exhausted before the treatment.  The plane ride/time change was exhausting even though I had a direct flight. I have a limited diet due to my digestion problems and arriving on a Sunday when all the grocery stores are closed was pretty stressful. I can’t eat out at restaurants.

They did supply our apartment with pretty good food, but I was allergic to a lot of it.  We had to be ready to go at 8:00 am most days and often did not get back to the apartment until 4:00 or later.  I had to shop and cook or prepare for meals each night for dinner, and breakfast and lunch the next day.

Then on the first Tuesday and last Thursday we had to be ready by 7:00 am and were driven for a 3 hour drive to and from Dr Pesic’s office for the stem cell treatment.  There really was no time to relax their either as we had to get back to Frankfurt to avoid the rush hour traffic.

They were pretty good at finding veins for the treatments although it is always painful for me to get IV’s started and they did break a few veins.  All in all it was pretty exhausting. They provided a lot of tea, daily green juice and bone broth for lunch. I believe they made it as comfortable as possible (although everyone agreed that their main chairs are not comfortable at all). The clinic is pleasant in general.

Did some or all of your main symptoms improve or resolve after treatment?

Immediately after, I felt no change. It has now been four weeks and I really don’t feel much change yet. Perhaps I have a bit more energy but it is really hard to tell as I have gone back to eating less overall and eating more carbohydrates (I was on a very low carb diet due to SIBO but no diet I’ve tried seems better than any other).

If you still have symptoms, please list your top 5-10 symptoms and rate each on a scale of 1-10. (1 = mild and 10 = severe)

  1. Inability to digest food/intake calories   8
  2. Constant burning pain from left temple to left hip    6/7
  3. Lack of energy      5/6
  4. Body can’t relax   7/8
  5. shoulder/lower back/jaw pain  4/5

Please rate your overall well being immediately after treatment, using a percentage. For example, 100% would be in perfect health and symptom free.

Pretty much no change yet so maybe I’m 40% on bad days and 60% on good days.

What continuing care did the doctor recommend on your last day of treatment?

Helena and Joichim basically said to relax and to slowly resume normal activities such as: do yoga, exercise, go out with friends, and find a hobby.  Do a little more each day. This is also what Dr. Pesic said (the head doctor at the stem cell clinic). I would do all of the above if I had enough energy and I did all of the above before my health became too bad.

They said to stop taking digestive enzymes (which is odd as the diagnostic machine saw that I had difficulty digesting all macronutrients), multi vitamins, detox products and basically just stop taking all supplements.

They gave me

– four B12 shots to take home as my body was not getting it from my digestion.

– ZeobentMed for leaky gut and binding toxins.

-Psyllium Husk for constipation for at least six weeks.

On a scale of 1 – 10 (1 = terrible and 10 = excellent) please rate the accommodations Infusio provided?

8, although some of the other patient’s rooms weren’t as good as ours

We stayed at Couva boarding house in the Merianplatz area.  We had a good size one room with a microwave and oven.  We had a tub and shower combination.  It was on the 6th floor and the elevator only was out for one day during the 2 weeks. There was only one large bed for me and my mom but it was comfortable.

We had to buy a few supplies for the kitchen that we found pretty cheap at Oxfam which is a second hand store in the bottom of the building.  Other patients of Infusio that stayed at Couva did not have a microwave or oven or a shower. All the rooms seem to be different.   I think we got very lucky as I had to cook all my food. It was clean and modern.

There was a nice roof top garden with sitting area and the neighborhood was nice. The Basic grocery store was across the street, there were a lot of restaurants around, and a beautiful park about four blocks away.

On a scale of 1 – 10, (1 = terrible and 10 = excellent) how would your rate the overall experience at Infusio? 

6/7 – Accommodations were good as was the transport and food (except for not having food on Sunday due to my food allergies and stores being closed).  The staff were very nice and helpful and the staff was usually not too busy to answer questions and help. Would rate it higher but felt stressed out the whole time by the treatment and not sure if it is helping yet so hard to give it a final rating yet.

Please share any additional information you feel may be helpful to those considering treatment at Infusio.

In general, in case of an emergency, I would be sure that your phone works in Germany and that you know how to contact the Infusio personnel. I could only contact via phone, our driver and only by texting. I could only email the Infusio personnel.

I would suggest bringing about $200 Euros with you just in case. Be sure you have a chip credit card.  (one of my cards did not have a chip and so it did not work).

Consider arriving on a Saturday to get acclimated to the time and to shop on Saturday as grocery stores are closed on Sundays.


Wow, Brian, thanks so much for this extremely informative interview! Leave any questions or well wishes for Brian in the comments .


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Baby Chicks Pics = Cuteness Overload!

 

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One day old!

About a month ago, my only chantecler hen, aka brown chicken, decided to go broody. This meant she was determined to be a mama, by almost any means necessary. Broody hens will sometimes sit on fake eggs or golf balls for several weeks hoping they will hatch. When a hen gets broody, they first lay a clutch of eggs and then sit on that clutch for 21 days, until they hatch. They stop laying eggs ,the entire time they are broody, which is an annoyance for many since usually the sole purpose for having hens is to enjoy their eggs.

I had a few choices of how to handle this “situation” I could remove her non-fertile cultch of eggs daily and hope to break her broodiness, I could separate her to try and break the broodiness, or I could give her some fertile eggs to hatch.

When I learned that most chicken breeds have had the “broody trait” purposely bred out of them,  I decided to encourage her natural instinct and let her try to hatch some fertile eggs. A hen that is allowed to hatch eggs usually has a 100% hatch rate versus incubated eggs, which yield an 80% hatch rate.

My friend has a rooster and was generous enough to give me 10 eggs from her hens. On May 1st, I placed the eggs in the separate nest area I had created for “Miss Broody” using an old dog crate and decided to see what would happen. Thankfully, everything went as nature intended and last Saturday the first batch of baby chicks began hatching.

Sadly, one of the eggs did not hatch even though there was a fully developed chick inside😦 Yes, I looked…..I was curious what happened and wanted to be sure there wasn’t a chance it could survive before I buried it.

I believe it would’ve hatched but because it was a “late hatcher” and mama didn’t have time to continue to sit on it with 9 baby chicks to tend. This being a new experience for me, I didn’t realize until it was too late that I should’ve taken the egg and placed it in an incubator to give it more time. Lesson learned!

It has been difficult to not spend most of the day outside watching the cute little fluff balls! They are just so darn cute! The rest of the post will be lots of pictures and videos of mama and her babies! Enjoy!

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Learning To Do Less – Update On Me :)

Hello there! I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog! I’ve had to scale back some things over the past couple months and focus on taking care of myself because I don’t want to get weak and have Lyme gain a stronghold again.  I’ve learned a lot about how important rest and routine is!

Since my blog a 100% “volunteer work” aka it doesn’t provide any monetary support to our home, it is one of the first things I have to put on the back burner, especially since I’m still working on completing my nutrition program.

After returning home in January from our 30 day road trip, I was feeling a bit “off.” This “off” feeling started about halfway into our trip. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. January was also an extremely busy month, it was all fun stuff, you can read more about how busy things were in this post.

The most bothersome part of my “off” feeling was a rash on my neck that WOULD NOT disappear. It started off as a very tiny patch and eventually spread until my entire neck was covered in large, red, splotches, that were extremely itchy, sometimes the itch kept me from sleeping! When it didn’t subside after two months, I started to get worried I was having a Lyme relapse, since one of my main symptoms was a neck rash. Continue reading


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Pre-Infusio – Brian

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Here’s a photo of Brian, he said this about the photo “The picture is from two and a half years ago when I was near my normal of 140 pounds and only had some of the symptoms affecting me.”

Infusio Treatment Dates: April 4 – 14, 2016

Name:  Brian

Age: 26

What have you been diagnosed with?  

 – Lyme Stage 3 by Infusio in California

– SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth).

When were you diagnosed?

  • Lyme  02/05/16
  • SIBO   12/31/15

How long have you been treating Lyme and/or other infections?

  • SIBO – 14 days Rifaximin  in February 2016
  • Lyme – no treatments except two days of IVs when at Infusio for diagnosis
  • Two years prior to diagnoses:  I’ve been surviving on supplements and diet.  Also had similar problems 7 years ago (2009 – 2011).  Never got a diagnosis although I went to Mayo Clinic and Medical College of GA.  I recovered enough to complete BS in Bio Engineering, Masters in Dietetics, and internship in Dietetics 2014, surviving on various diets and exercise whenever possible.

How were you diagnosed?

  • Lyme –  Global Diagnostices
  • SIBO  – small intestine biopsy at Georgia Regents Hospital (Dr Rao).   (2 SIBO breath tests came back negative)

If you had a Western Blot test, did it show positive for Lyme according to CDC standards?

2011 –  I was tested for Lyme at Mayo Clinic.  I don’t know what test they used.  It came back negative.

Were you misdiagnosed with anything else prior to Lyme diagnosis?

No diagnoses from any Doctor or anyone in last 7 years until recent diagnoses with Lyme and SIBO. So, no.

Do you remember a tick bite and/or bulls eye rash? 

No rash but had about 5 baby ticks when I was around 9 years old while on vacation in Arkansas Ozarks. Parents took me to a doctor to remove them.

How long do you think you’ve been infected?

Not sure.  I’ve had major head and joint aches from about age 12 to 21.   When I was about 21 it got worse for about two years as I lost weight (about 20 pounds from 5’10” and 140lbs to 120lbs) and had no energy, then somehow I became well enough to finish school as I stated earlier.

What treatments have you tried? If possible, please list what medications, herbs, and/or supplements you’ve taken.   

Nothing specific to Lyme

  • Chiropractic, some acupuncture recently, intermittent massages, yoga and meditation, salt spa
  • Diet:     Paleo (and low carb Paleo), Weston A Price,  raw food,  a raw milk diet, SCD  (specific carbohydrate diet), and intermittent fasting.
  • Food and Supplements:
    • Homemade yogurt, raw pastured egg yolks, grass fed liver & organ meats (kidney, heart, and tripe), lots of home made bone broth, home-made fermented veggies and sauerkraut, MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)
    • Digestive enzymes, probiotics, Betain-HCL, L-glutamine, green super foods, vitamin D & cod liver oil, PepZin (zinc and L-Carnosine), mastic gum, bromelain, bitter greens, licorice, nettle marshmallow and other teas, gelatin powder, multivitamins, parasite cleanse, leaky gut protocols, milk thistle, and molybdenum,
    • Essential oils (clove, oregano, cinnamon, etc)
    • Seaweed for iodine, colloidal silver as a natural antibiotic
    • Bovine Colostrum (ThereaPRP) for immune system
    • Probably some others that I can’t remember off top of head.

Do you feel any of your current and/or prior treatments helped?

Intermittent fasting with lots of sun bathing and calories (especially from cheese, egg yolks, and milk and cereals) put some weight back on me and gave me energy for about a year but left me with the head and joint aches. I could basically tell I was just delaying the worsening of my condition.

Please rate your overall well being at this time, using a percentage. For example, 100% would be in perfect health, and symptom free.

50-60%, but hard to really judge because I might say 20-30% if I was forcing myself to eat anywhere near the amount of calories I need (which I’ve done very often over the past 2 years in which I’ve gone from being 140 lbs again down to about 110 lbs now). Key thing I’ve learned is forcing the calories in made things worse symptom-wise and led to being unable to eat due to pain and loss of weight anyways; therefore I try not to force food in me.

Please list your top five to ten symptoms, in order of severity. Give a rating of pain and/or severity, if possible. (1=mild to 10=severe)

1. Nerve Pain – pain level 7-9

Generally after eating or fasting the pain starts.  The pain can start from any of about 9 points out of the following: left temple, back of left head, back of left neck, top of left shoulder blade, under left shoulder blade, two other spots along left spine, under left lower rib of my front side, and outer left hip. But, usually it will start in one of two locations with the main one being under the lower left rib near stomach (around the spleen’s location) and the next major starting point being under the left shoulder blade. Then, the pain will radiate to most of the other spots although it might not hit them all and it might not go in any particular order.

Pain also radiates down left leg and arm if I eat too much or eat non-paleo type foods (grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nightshades). My arm and leg will often fall asleep/go numb on their own accord at these times and the arm and leg will be in major pain upon regaining feeling (as will the nine spots along my main nerve pain axis).

At times this pain results in a pulsing at the top of my head for about thirty minutes and I end up unable to stay awake.

2. Energy – severity level 7-8

Low Energy- worse if I eat too much although eating less obviously means less calories so even though I feel more energetic on less food I know I can’t overdue it.  Either way I have to sleep about 10-12 hours to keep nerve pain down. I might walk a total of 15 minutes a day. Often I’ll be unable to stay awake if the meal I’ve recently eaten is more than 500 calories or if I’ve eaten more than one meal already in the day.

3. Constipation – severity level 6-7

Usually have a bowel movement every 3 to 5 days even when eating upwards of 2500-3000 calories a day (which I was doing a year or so ago). As you might expect the constipation affected me much more when I was eating more as that meant major bloating and more resulting pain.

4. Brain fog – severity level 5-7

 Yet again, when I was actually eating more calories this might be rated more of a 7-9 as I just can’t handle digestion for some reason.

5. Headaches – pain level 4-5

6. Joint aches – pain level 4-5

7. Depression, irritability, anxiety – severity level 3-4

These could easily be 7-8 if I were eating any grains, dairy, legumes, nightshades, eggs, nuts, or many carbs (basically I have to be low-carb paleo diet these days).

Also have a drop in blood pressure upon standing from a laying down position and feel much worse standing than sitting and sitting than laying down.

Why did you choose to get treatment at Infusio?

I have a friend who has had a near 100% recover from lyme stage 4 there (he was treated just over a year ago and got better within months). He kept pushing me to go to Dr. Battiade even before I had any clue about what Lyme really was. It helped to talk to many of those he knew that got better from lyme at Germany Infusio.  Also, it has helped to talk to some people from your blog as well as others who have spent tons of time and money trying treatments here in America without very satisfactory results.

What is your Infusio treatment goal?

To recover the ability to digest without major pain which will hopefully help with all other symptoms.

Long term goal is to use my dietetics degree and possibly look into functional medicine and help others who are going through similar symptoms/pains to what I and many others have gone through.

Also, I plan on continuing to try protocols and diet afterwards with the hope that they will actually be effective with a healthier immune and digestive system (which the stem cells will hopefully boost).

If you’d like to share anything else, please include it here.

I am curious to know if there are others who have similar nerve pain as I described above.


I’m extremely grateful for the detailed information Brian shared, it amazing to read how much he’s done via his diet to support healing. I can’t wait to hear how he’s doing after treatment at Infusio. Brian is finishing up his treatment in Germany this week, so if you’d like to share encouragement, please do so in the comments. I am sure he’d appreciate it!

 


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After Infusio – Robyn’s 100 Day Update

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great week!

I received this update from Robyn in mid-February, sorry for the delay in getting it published!  Besides working on my next therapeutic nutrition assignment since the end of February, I’ve been dealing with internet connectivity issues for the past two weeks, so it put a bit of damper on both homework and blogging! I hope you find this update from Robyn helpful.

Treatment Dates:  September 21 – October 2, 2015

According to Philip and Dr. Sara in Beverly Hills, many of the Global Diagnostic indicators show improvement but my body isn’t quite where we hoped it would be at this point and we are considering additional support for my adrenals and immune system.

This wasn’t a total surprise since I know my body is slow to respond to treatments. I was hoping I would hit the 100 days and things would turn around and I would have better news to share. They explained it could take up to 6 months, so I’m hopeful. Continue reading

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