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My 2 1/2 Year After Infusio Update…and my “official” hiatus post

Well hello stranger!

If you’ve visited this blog in the past 8-ish months, I am sure it’s obvious that I’ve been taking a break. I made the decision last fall but I never wrote an “official” hiatus post…..so here’s the “official” post 🙂

**Disclaimer** this is a LONG post but I’m covering lots and this will probably be my last post for a few months!

My hiatus is NOT due to health issues or a relapse of Lyme! I still do not have any Lyme symptoms, that’s right, ZERO Lyme symptoms!

I did wear out my adrenals during my 2015 road trip and realized taking that trip was too much, too soon. It took me almost a year to get things back to normal and the month leading up to that trip was extremely stressful, which added to my adrenals being exhausted. Continue reading


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Q&A – June 2017

Wow, after putting this post together, I realized I should have been answering questions this way for the past 2 1/2 years!

I’ve complied all the questions I’ve received in the past couple months into this one post. I hope sharing the questions and answers here will be more helpful that me replying individually.

I’ll plan on answering questions this way in the future and if I get more questions, I’ll try my best to do a Q&A post monthly. Continue reading


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After Infusio – Emily’s 6 Month Update

Yay! Once I publish this update, I’ll finally be caught up on my back log of Infusio updates!  Most of August was spent working on a report for school and finishing up my work with my first practice client. I plan to share what’s been going on around the homestead within a week or so. It’s been a summer full of learning!

My sister-in-law Emily reached her 6 month after Infusio milestone at the end of May and traveled to Beverly Hills for her follow up. Here’s what she shared with our family back in July:

Treatment dates:  November 9, – November 20, 2015

You’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to with my health. I wanted to know more facts before sharing my progress. For six months I had to wait. Wait for those tiny baby stem cells to infiltrate my body and replace the dying or dead ones. Now it’s time to share.

Going to Germany last year was a fantastic experience and extremely helpful in my remission from Lyme Disease. Recently, I have been to Infusio’s LA clinic for a follow-up. The results are encouraging.

My immune system seems be able to act more efficient. The Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia, which has wreaked havoc on my system for the past 23 years, has been controlled. It is not gone yet, but they haven’t done anymore damage and some of my symptoms have been resolved.

Let’s start off with some of those major symptoms:

Fatigue. It’s still there, but drastically improved and still improving. In Germany, my energy levels were so low, they were amazed I was functioning. Now my energy is higher and I almost don’t know what to do with it. I’ve lived with low energy for so long, now I have to readjust my life to accomplish more. Darn. I used to make lists of what needs to be done, then split it up into days. Normal-ish people would accomplish it all in one day. I’m getting there. I still have to split up my list, but the list is bigger and it doesn’t take multiple days to finish a task. Unheard of before, but greatly appreciated. A month after I got back from Germany, I wrote a whole screenplay. From start to finish. I had the energy and concentration to do it. Which brings me to the next one.

Brain fog, gone. Most people cannot fathom what it is. Hopefully, I can paint a picture. Everything is foggy. Like you are in a dream. Some information gets to your brain and some doesn’t. You try really hard to put the pieces together and create a scenario or solution, but it’s tiring. It’s like running up a sandy hill in a zigzag without your glasses, in desperate need of coffee. Others are passing you by on Segway’s and on a paved path. You’re literally trying 10 times harder than everyone else to get to the same destination. When my “fog” lifted it was almost indescribable. But I’ll try anyways. The light bulb turned on and I had a moment of clarity. Like I got those glasses on and had the best caffeinated beverage ever! I jumped over to that paved road and found my own Segway. It was amazing! I never knew how much fog there was until it cleared. The best part is that I can read a book. I can read it, comprehend it, and not have to re-read every time I stop. My Kindle is finally getting used. Any suggestions on a must read? Continue reading


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After Infusio – Robyn’s 10 Month Update

Robyn lives a couple hours away from the Infusio clinic in Los Angeles, so she’s been able to have in person, follow up appointments since her 100 day mark earlier this year.  She emailed me an update on July 28th, which included a detailed recap of what’s happened in the 10 months since her treatment in Germany. I will also include the links to her previous updates at the bottom of this post. Here’s Robyn’s most recent update:

Treatment dates: September 21 – October 2, 2015

I know everyone is hopeful about Infusio’s stem cell protocol. Unfortunately, at 10 months post treatment, my symptoms have NOT improved and continue to be chronic insomnia, chronic daily headaches, and fatigue. I’m sad that the blood stem cell treatment did not work. I’ve restarted a Chinese Herb protocol as per Dr. Sara of Infusio. Here is my summary. I hope it helpful to someone else.

Consultation to 10 Month Summary Post Infusio

July 2015: Consultation with Dr. Philip at Infusio, Beverly Hills. The Global Diagnostic showed a “2” for Borrelia2 (they test for Borrelia and Borrelia 2) . “2” for Babesia and “2” for TBE (Tick Borne Encephalitis). I had been on antibiotics, Ceftin, Azithromycin, Plaquenil, and Mepron for 4 years. For 2 of those years I was added the Buhner protocol herbs. I was on all of these during  the Global Diagnostic Consultation. Most of my systems were heavily taxed including my immune system. I went to Infusio Germany in late September 2015 for the 10 day IV treatment and stem cells treatment. The stem cell treatment extracts your stem cells from a pint size blood drawn and grows your stem cells for a week, in a culture.

  • I stopped all antibiotics and herbs 2 months prior to arriving in Germany.
  • I did 11 shots of Thymus prior to arriving in Germany. I had another 10 shots of Thymus while at Infusio.
  • I had 605,000 stem cells harvested from my blood
  • 7 days later, after growing in a culture, I received 2,740,000 stem cells back via injection in my upper left arm
    • Jen here, I thought it’d be helpful to share a couple other stem cell recipients counts after one week. From what I understand the more that grow in a week, the better the outcome.
    • Me: Original amount of stem cells harvested was 1,390,000. Dr Michael said the “vitality” of my stem cells was at 90%, which is lower than average, most people have a vitality of 95%. After one week of culturing, the vitality increased to 100%, and my count increased to 5,220,000. He said the that amount is higher than they usually see in women, and was a good sign.
    • Richard: Original amount of stem cells harvests 700,000 and after one week, his increased to 5,000,000.  I’ll try to get stem cell counts from others and update this post later.  

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After Infusio – Chriti’s One Year Update

It is wonderful to have another person that is one year post Infusio sharing their experience! Christi went to Infusio Beverly Hills for a couple follow-up appointments before reaching her one year anniversary. She’s provided an excellent summary of each visit plus a brief one year update. I hope you find her updates helpful!

In early March 2016 Christi had her first follow-up appointment, this what she learned during her visit:

Well we’ve been back for a few days and I am already feeling better. While at Infusio I had another scan done, good, as well as not as good news came from it, however all of it is stuff we can fix.

The good news is my body has significantly improved from this time last year, (very significantly). My systems all are functioning at higher levels than they were before and for the most part, are working. In addition, my body responds well to treatment and showed improvement after just three days. However, my immune system took a couple of shocks when I was exposed to gluten back in October and again in January.

These instances caused some issues by overloading and over-stressing my body making me unable to fight the Lyme as strongly as I should have been able to. I was also unable to ward off all the sicknesses I was exposed to. What’s great is the Lyme was significantly reduced and my body is still fighting it, even better news is the debilitating co-infections I had with the Lyme are GONE! Continue reading


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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 of 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 grew and the face changed a bit.

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The two brown and black chickens below are the same as in the photos above, I have a feeling  one is a rooster and one is a hen. The black chicken is a for sure a hen!

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The two photos below are of black chicken as a baby.

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Three days old

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Two weeks old

Next up is a video of two of the chicks fighting, these two are most likely roosters. Here’s some interesting facts about fighting from the University of Kentucky –

“By 16 days of age, fighting to determine the pecking order begins. Research has shown that with groups composed entirely of female chicks, the pecking order is established by the 10th week. In small groups, the order is typically established earlier, around eight weeks. With groups of males, the social order may remain unresolved for many weeks.”

 

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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.