**Update 4/16/2015** It was recently brought to my attention that my blog may not have been clear with regard to who was in charge of my care while at Infusio.
Michael Wittstadt is a Naturopathic doctor and has worked for more than 10 years in the field of integrative medicine. In Germany, Naturopathic doctors receive five years of schooling. The director of the stem cell clinic, Katrin Pesic, is a MD and spent time working in the U.S. at John’s Hopkins.
For me, this was a not an issue since I purposely chose to work with a Naturopathic Doctor for my Lyme treatments. While in school I recently learned this interesting fact:
Naturopathic Medicine flourished from ancient times until the 1930’s, when the American Medical Association successfully suppressed it, both legally & economically. Medical science then predominated, backed financially by the large medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.
So technically, Naturopathic Medicine is the “original” way medicine was practiced!
Okay back to the original post 🙂
Why am I going to Infusio? Because ever since I found out I had Lyme disease I’ve wanted to kick this little, spiral shaped bacteria’s, “boo-tay” and I think Infusio can help accomplish that goal!
This was one of the quickest “big” decisions my husband, and I have ever made. Everything easily fell into place, which is awesome considering we are traveling overseas, at the last-minute. A similar thing happened a couple of years ago when we bought our house, it was unexpected, happened fast, but was a smooth, easy transition, and it’s been a blessing! It’s amazing how quickly God opens doors sometimes!I still can’t believe we decided so quickly!
After my appointment, my husband was ready to pack our bags. I’m a major planner, and last-minute decisions can be stressful for me. I’ve been trying to remind myself that I don’t need to plan everything! I recently saw this Mandy Hale quote and it spoke to me.
“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.”
That’s what I’m attempting to do! I did need few days to ponder this big decision, especially since we’d have to cancel our 15th wedding anniversary trip to Maui. I wanted to talk to my Lyme doctor, and others who’d been to Infuiso.
My doctor was supportive and said the treatments didn’t seem like a high risk undertaking. In his opinion, the type of stem cell treatment done at Infusio is much different from embryonic or skin stem cells. He said because stem cell treatment is relatively new, they don’t know if multiplying cells could cause future issues. He reminded me that because I’m “able-bodied” I should consider the risk to benefit ratio. I really appreciated he was straightforward with me.
I talked with three people who’d been treated at Infusio for Lyme disease, and they had nothing but great things to say. They all made their decisions quickly as well, so that made me feel a bit less “crazy!”
I thought a lot about quality of life, and how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. I don’t want to continue this back, and forth anymore, and keep my body in a constant state of stress.
A big reason for choosing Infusio is that we want kids! I know being a parent is a demanding job, and I would prefer not to be a sick parent. I would like my husband to not have to deal with the Lyme roller coaster anymore. I’d like to ride bikes, and hike without struggling. As much as I try to not let Lyme limit some activities, it does, and I’m over it!
I’m tired of visiting the doctor every 6-8 weeks. I have a great doctor, but honestly I’d rather do something else! Taking tons of supplements and immune support to feel good only half the time, or wondering if something like a teeth cleaning might trigger a relapse, is annoying.
I would like my brain to work correctly EVERY day. Forgetfulness, word finding issues, brain fog, speech issues, etc. are very annoying. Someone in their 30’s shouldn’t feel like their brain function is waning.
I don’t believe long-term antibiotics are the right answer for how I overcome this. The potential for candida overgrowth, and how they weaken your immune system is just not cool with me. The past several months of antibiotics didn’t improve my symptoms.
And finally, I don’t want to get worse! Staying stagnant after almost a year of treatment is concerning.
Out of all the clinics I researched, Infusio felt like the best fit for me. One thing I’ve learned along the way is to trust my gut instinct, and what works for one person trying to overcome Lyme, may not work for another. Something all the clinics I researched have in common is that they are pricey. I guess all of us overcoming Lyme have that in common, it’s an expensive journey, lucky us 🙂
Those are some of the many, many reasons I’m getting on that plane to Germany this Thursday.
My husband said, “If something’s not working, you need to change what you’re doing.” So Infusio here I come!
If you’d like to know more about my Infusio experience, please contact me. I’m happy to speak with you via phone, or connect via email. If you’re interested in learning more about how stem cell work, I highly recommend listening to this 38 minute podcast, How Stem Cells Work.
September 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Good luck. Please keep us apprised of your progress. Lots of us are looking at way out of the box treatments. It would be wonderful for you (and all of us as well) if your healing is truly full and permanent. Hugs as you board that plane from all of us fighting this together.
October 2, 2014 at 11:15 am
Thank you Merle!
October 1, 2014 at 5:45 am
Love and prayers from your Mom as you begin this healing adventure! So proud of you and Trevor. Hopefully you will have time to do some “fun stuff” ! Be safe…I Love You! XOXO
October 2, 2014 at 11:21 am
Love you to Mom!!!
October 2, 2014 at 8:15 am
Wow I haven’t heard of this treatment, do you have a link to it? I’ve been to a different clinic in Germany but I wasn’t very impressed with it. Would love to see what other options there are out there!
October 2, 2014 at 11:20 am
Hi Louise, the link should have been in the post, sorry if it’s not working! Here’s their web address http://www.infusio.org.
October 2, 2014 at 11:39 am
Thanks so much for the link! I’ve not come across stem cell treatment for Lyme disease before, I’m intrigued! Good luck with your trip!
October 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Is there a reason you’re not headed to the Mexico clinic? Do they not do the same treatments at that location? Just asking b.c europe would be impossible with my health status…
October 4, 2014 at 1:13 am
Hi Lee, they told me I would need to come to Germany for the stem cell treatment. The clinic in a Germany is the “main” location. Everything happened so quickly I didn’t have time to ask about Mexico. I personally felt more comfortable being treated in Germany, since they’d been doing the stem cell here for quite some time. My understanding is that the stem cell treatment will be offered at the new clinic in LA starting next year. My husband already had vacation time approved so that’s another reason we decided on Germany. I recommend calling the LA clinic and asking about stem cell treatment in Mexico or LA.
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February 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm
Motivated by you I am going to follow Infusio’s LA treatment starting today.
If you want me to enroll in your blog form and q&a I’m up for it!
March 2, 2016 at 7:38 am
Congrats Vanessa! I’ll send you the invite for the group.
May 14, 2017 at 9:13 am
Dr Wittstadt has left Infusio and started his own stem cell clinic in Germany. I am interested in working with him because of the additional week he offers to assist your immune system that Infusio does not offer and the price is about 6k less. Can you give any reference to your experience with Dr Willstadt? Also how are you feeling since you left? You’re welcome to email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.