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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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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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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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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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My Late, One Year Update!

Hello there! I am so sorry I’ve been missing in action on my blog for over a month! After returning home from a 30 day cross-country road trip on January 1st, I had a jam-packed January that included:

  • A surprise visit from my best friend from Michigan
  • A visit from my sister and her boyfriend
  • A “family” reunion trip to Oahu, where we met up with friends that live around the U.S. 
  • Celebrating my husbands birthday in Oahu  

I spent the month of February playing catch up on laundry (6 weeks of dirty laundry is no joke!), homework, my first therapeutic nutrition assignment (it was intense and I have five more to complete!), more homework, getting our income taxes done, more homework, getting prepped to list our previous home that we can finally sell, and MORE homework!

I wrote the first draft of this update at the beginning of our road trip in early December. I finally had a moment to review it for grammar and spelling errors. Thank you for your patience and here’s my one year update:

It’s December 2015 and I’ve made it past the one year mark since having treatment at Infusio. I still have ZERO Lyme or co-infection symptoms.

My official “anniversary” date was October 17, 2015. It was quite an uneventful day, I thought about having a party to celebrate but realized that was kind of silly! I’d rather focus on celebrating my wedding anniversary (October 16th) during that time of year 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write in this update, especially since I don’t have many health related things to share; so in addition to an update on my health, I’d like to share some encouraging words I received from a friend a couple of months ago.

First, let me start with my overall health. “Stable” is the word that continues to pop into my head. It’s been nice to feel good almost ALL of the time! For years, I’d been used to having random issues flare up almost daily. Not having random things occur is really amazing, it is nice to feel “normal.” It has changed my life for the better! Continue reading


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My 6 Month…Umm….I Mean 9 Month Infusio Update!

This was supposed to be a six month update, so, so sorry it is super late! I felt it was important to wait until I had a follow-up appointment with Infusio before sharing how I’ve been. And honestly, at the 6 month mark there wasn’t much to share.

I still have been feeling really good! After returning from vacation in mid-June, things have been extremely busy with school, harvesting fruit, and getting ready for the arrival of chickens! I’ve had a few 10 hour days of studying, working in the orchard, and/or working in the kitchen preserving fruit and I’ve handled it really well.

For this appointment, I had to travel to L.A., which is part of the reason it took so long for me to have a follow-up. I kept waiting for Phil to make a stop in Marin so I could see him there, and unfortunately his schedule hasn’t allowed him to be in that area.

During this appointment, I wasn’t able to see Phil in person, instead I met with  Sara Whitney, the naturopathic doctor who also practices in L.A. She was super nice and seemed extremely knowledgable. We ended up calling Phil via FaceTime to get his opinion of my scan.

My most recent scan was very interesting! It was definitely not as “pretty” as the scan I had one month after Germany.

The great news is no Lyme or co-infections showed up AT ALL!!

Yes, you read that right – NONE AT ALL!  Continue reading


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After Infusio – Four and Five Month Update

It’s almost been five months since I returned from Infusio. Life has been busy but good! Since I’m almost a month overdue with my update, this post will be a combined four and five month update. Next month is a big milestone, 6 months post treatment!

I’m really enjoying my life without Lyme! This is the longest I’ve been symptom free in at least 10 years!! It is really nice not having to deal with weird symptoms, tons of medication, and supplements. I’m so grateful for my amazing Lyme doctor and that I had the opportunity to get treatment at Infusio!

Since returning home, I’ve talked to at least 25 people about my experience. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to talk with each person. It’s been wonderful to talk to others with Lyme.

They understand the frustration of dealing with an illness that has no specific treatment plan, and the uncertainty that comes along with feeling like you’re a human “guinea pig” or as Yolanda Foster tweeted “My life feels like a test nobody studied for…..” Each conversation has been such a blessing to me, and everyone has been so encouraging and friendly!

A few of the people I’ve spoken with will be going to Infusio this year. One of them is en route to Frankfurt today! These awesome Lyme warriors have agreed to let me “keep tabs” on their progress for at least their first year post treatment. I have a series of questions they will be answering pre-treatment and at certain post treatment “milestones.”  I’m hopeful my blog will be more than my Infusio story, and will be a place for many stories of healing and remission.

Okay back to my update!

I’ve still been making sleep a priority, and I’ve been averaging 9 hours most nights. I think it has really helped with my healing, which makes sense since our immune systems do so much work while we are sleeping. I am very surprised at how much more rested I feel just by getting an extra hour a night. I thought I was well rested getting 8 hours, but 9 hours feels even better!

I haven’t been having my daily cup of Nettle tea, and I’m trying to get back on track since it helps the body detox. I have continued with acupuncture and I do believe that has been super helpful during this time of re-modulation. My acupuncturist continues to be amazed by how much my body has changed.

My pulses are stronger, and have less signs of stagnation or deficiencies. My tongue continues to show things are improving and the signs of stagnation have disappeared. As I mentioned in my last update, Chinese medicine believes the tongue has many connections to meridians and internal organs. You can read more about tongue diagnosis here.

The occasional digestive issues are also getting better. I’m continuing a probiotic dose of 50 billion a day. I regularly drink bone broth and eat fermented foods. I keep reminding myself to be patient as my body heals, and remember that all the antibiotics were really hard on my digestive system.

Another thing I’m enjoying is my “clear” mind. There is a noticeable difference in how my brain feels. I know that my sound strange to those who’ve never had Lyme but those of you who’ve experienced minor to major Lyme brain can understand! It has been truly wonderful to not have brain fog, confusion, forgetfulness, word finding, and concentration issues. I don’t think I realized how many brain issues I experienced until I didn’t have them anymore! I just thought that was “normal!”

There is one thing that hasn’t improved, and that is my shortness of breath. As I mentioned in my previous update, it hasn’t worsened, however, it feels stagnant. I was hoping for a complete resolution, but I understand it may just be a permanent side effect, or possibly may not have been related to the Lyme and Babesia.  If that is the only “lingering” effect, I can’t complain.

I haven’t seen Phil for a follow-up appointment and I hope to see him the next time he’s in Marin. I’m really curious to see if the Global Diagnostics scan picks up any Lyme or co-infections.

In the mean time, I’m sharing this link to an informative 30 minute interview with Phil Battiade, the founder of Infusio. He explains how the Global Diagnostics works and give great info on thymus and stem cell therapy.

If you’d like to talk with me about my Infusio experience, please contact me. I’d love to talk with you!