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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


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


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


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


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!