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My 5 Year Stem Anniversary Update!


WOW, time has flown by! 

I cannot believe it has been over 5 years since my stem cell, thymus, and supportive therapies for Lyme and co-infections. The five year mark seems like a perfect reason for an update!

I have been doing well since my last update 2 1/2 years ago. 

Over the past 2 1/2 years I’ve:

  • I graduated with honors from the nutrition consultant program from Bauman College. 
  • Started my nutrition consulting business, Flourishing Health.
  • Continued building our urban homestead. 
  • Tent camped numerous times, without concern for tick bites
  • Got to the root cause of our unexplained infertility.
  • Took vacations to far away places like Bali, without fear being bit by ticks or getting sick.
  • Worked with a mindset coach to help release negative emotions/thought patterns, and post Lyme stress.
  • Stayed healthy and no relapse’s, even through a very stressful few months in fall 2018.
  • Had my first podcast interview, more to come in 2020!

I found myself on vacation in Germany during my 5 year ‘stem anniversary’ and took the opportunity to take a quick visit to see the wonderful Michael Wittstadt at his clinic Villa Medigrun in Otzberg, Germany. 

It was super fun to see Michael again! I feel extremely fortunate that he was still working with Infusio when I had my treatments in 2014. I am very happy he decided to open his own clinic, which has allowed him to provide high quality, attentive, and individualized care to this patients.


My 5 year stem anniversary photo with Michael Wittstadt

Here’s a snippet of Villa Medigrun’s ‘About’ section on Facebook

“First of all: We are naturopaths in our practice, and we work together with MDs in other practices and towns. We offer stem cell therapy since 2016, but our experience with stem cells goes back to 2013, especially in the treatment of tick borne disease. We opened this place to offer patients blood stem cells from peripheral blood or bone marrow because we believe that these stem cells have the biggest impact on the immune system and can also trigger repair in distant areas like the brain or in muscles. We are working together with experts in their fields to give you the best chances for a positive outcome and to limit side effects to a minimum. We just like to cooperate and learn, therefore we also share our protocols with your home care provider if necessary and we are always open about our procedures and what we are using. Transparency is the foundation for trust!”

Villa Medigrun is located in the village of Otzberg, 31 miles from Frankfurt Airport. It took me about a hour to get to the clinic via Deutsche Bahn, the German public transportation system. I was easily able to find my way using the DBB app on my phone and even purchase my tickets via the app. I believe if you are a patient booked for treatment, Villa Medigrun will arrange for staff to pick you up from the airport. 

Otzberg is a quiet village, there is a grocery store and a couple restaurants within walking distance of the clinic. My understanding is most people stay at Airbnb’s near the clinic during their treatment. Michael said he picked this location because it was more peaceful than Frankfurt and has better air quality. Apparently, Frankfurt has some of the worst air quality in Germany! 

One of Michael’s main reasons for opening Villa Medigrun was his desire to provide more comprehensive treatment post stem cells. The minimum treatment time at his clinic is 3 weeks, instead of the 2 weeks that was standard at Infusio. He feels  working with patient’s an extra week for supportive therapies allows his patients to be more stable upon returning home.

The clinic is located on the 2nd floor in a beautiful stone building. It feels warm, inviting, and peaceful. The ceilings are tall and the color scheme of the clinic is white, light gray, and complimented by green accents. Every treatment room has a picture of nature or trees. There are separate rooms for IV’s, colon hydrotherapy, massage, and yoga.

During my visit, Micheal was “kind” enough to let me try the infamous “green drink,”  also know as  artemisinin. It was intense but a bit easier to drink than some of the bitter Chinese herbal formulas I’ve taken over the years! This green drink is used as the “killing agent” instead of IV dioxychlor treatment that I had at Infusio.  I also was finally able to meet the famous Elke, who was off when I had my treatments at Infusio. 

Micheal and I talked a bit about diet and we both agreed there is no “ideal’ diet for Lyme. Everyone’s body is different and we both also agree it is most important that people do what feels right for their body. My diet is drastically different today than when I was actively treating my infections. I also changed my diet as needed while treating. I think it is very important to remember that dietary flexibility may be required to recover. Be willing to try new things if your current diet isn’t working, even if a particular diet seems to be working for everyone else!

Near the end of my visit, I was kind of bummed I hadn’t schedule a week of supportive therapies. Guess I’ll need to take a trip back to Germany!

I personally feel that Michael and the team at Villa Medigrun are the best option for those considering thymus, stem cell, and supportive therapies for Lyme and co-infections. I believe thymus therapy is a huge asset to those with immune dysfunction and I do not know of any other clinics, besides Villa Medigrun and Infusio, that offers this helpful therapy. Michael is very aware of the potential for histamine issues post stems cells and I believe only one patient since the clinic opened 2 years ago has experienced histamine issues. Besides keeping his patients an extra week, Michael also runs a full blood and stool panel on every patient, this allows him to further customize treatments. Michael has also had success treating people with COPD and Hashimoto’s.

Here’s the list of treatments offered at Villa Medigrun as of October 2019.

  • Autologous bone marrow and fat stem cell therapy
  • Ozone treatments in blood, anally, sinuses, or on the skin
  • Oxygen therapy according to Regelsberger
  • Hypersound therapy (sophisticated TENS)
  • BEMER treatments
  • Intravenous laser therapy
  • IV therapies that include:
    • Cats claw
    • EGCG,
    • Licorice
    • Alkalizing IV’s
    • Chelation
    • High dose vitamin C 
    • B-vitamins, including methylated versions
    • NADH
    • Germanium, 
    • Myers cocktails can be modified with choline, zinc, etc.Thymus and other peptides
  • Injections
    • Homeopathic’s like Metavirulent or HEEL products
    • Thymus and other peptides
  • Neural therapy in trigger points
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Oral supplements – too many to list!

I can say with confidence that if you are considering stem cell and supportive therapies, that Villa Medigrun should be on the top of you list!

Currently, for English speaking inquiries, the best way to contact Villa Medigrun is via their Facebook page. The clinic does have a website that is currently only in German, the English version is coming soon.

If you are in the United States, Michael typically makes a two trips a year to have consultations with potential patients. He often makes stops in New York and Dallas, Texas area. He is hoping to add the California Bay Area on his next trip in 2020. I recommend following Villa Medigrun on Facebook to keep with his travel schedule.

If you want to learn more about stem cell therapy in general, the Facebook group, Stem Cell and Exosomes Focus Group is extremely informative.  

I do not plan on reviving this blog, however I will try to update occasionally as the years go by.  If you want to keep up with me follow me on Facebook or Instagram. I host several online classes and offer remote nutrition consulting.

Wherever you are in the your Lyme journey, know that you can get better and life a healthy and full life. Do not doubt your body’s amazing ability to heal! I wish you an amazing new year and new decade!

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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


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


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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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.



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 .