The Best of Chronic Lyme Disease Summit/ FREE Sleep Book and Update on Prayer Conference Call Meetings


Did you know that over 150 symptoms may be caused by Lyme disease? - It's a present-day epidemic that's terribly difficult to diagnose. In April, at the Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease summit, nearly 40 experts from the last three years' summits will be sharing on treatments, diagnostics and other topics related to Lyme disease. I will be sharing about the link between Lyme disease and cancer, and what antimicrobial supplements and treatments also have anticancer benefits! I encourage you not to miss The Best of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit from April 15-21, 2019, which is free and online! To learn more and sign up, click here: https://bit.ly/2T0NNL0 .

On another note, if you or someone you know is battling depression or anxiety related to Lyme or another neurological  disease, I encourage you to check out my just-released book, Healthy, Happy and Free; Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression.  As an added bonus, and TODAY ONLY I am offering my 130-page sleep book, Beyond a Glass of Milk and a Hot Bath: Advanced Sleep Solutions for People with Chronic Insomnia for FREE when you purchase Healthy, Happy and Free! Just enter "Free sleep book" in the comments when you check out!

Finally, my sweetheart Bill and I will most likely be resuming our prayer conference call meetings in April - as many of you know, we have recently taken a break since Bill was hospitalized for complications of congestive heart failure, but we believe we'll be up and running again soon! We are so thankful to all of you who have been praying for us and who have sent us kind messages of encouragement - we have been in a difficult battle but we believe God is hearing your prayers and that he will be home from the hospital soon!   

Thanks and many blessings! 

Connie Strasheim 
www.ConnieStrasheim.org

What If Jesus Asked You, "What have you done with your life to show me?"

I'm reading an amazing book called Imagine Heaven, in which people relate their near death experiences and subsequent visitations to Heaven. The visitations are strikingly similar, and people often meet Jesus and their loved ones in this glorious place. More than half recall a life review, whereby they see the events of their lives instantaneously replayed before them.

Then Jesus will ask them the following question, "What have you done with your life to show me?"

The question is non-judgmental and filled with love, but causes the people to reflect upon how they have spent their days on earth. Many were surprised to find that their achievements, promotions, and things that they deemed important on earth, meant little to God in their life review. Instead, what counted was how well they loved others with His love - seemingly little words and actions were often most important. "Love your neighbor as yourself..."

It made me think, I don't want to do anything in this life that won't count in Heaven - and to reflect upon what it means to truly serve Him, and others, while I'm here. How about you? In any case, I highly recommend Imagine Heaven - it is a fantastic, encouraging, and uplifting read!

TODAY ONLY! Buy 2 Copies of Healthy, Happy and Free (One for You, One for a Friend) and Get My Sleep Book for FREE!

Depression can cause insomnia, but insomnia also causes depression! It's a bit of a chicken and egg game....so if you battle both, why not address both, for best results? The good news is, if you struggle with both depression and insomnia, I can help you...because I have created resources with solutions for both! (These two symptoms have been two of the worst that I have dealt with over the years in my battle with chronic Lyme and environmental illness, so I know a lot about how to overcome them!).

And, today only, I am offering a copy of my book on sleep for FREE when you purchase two copies of Happy, Healthy and Free (one for you, one for a friend)! A $15 value. Simply input "free sleep book" in the checkout page of the shopping cart: https://bit.ly/2C3yH0O. May you be blessed in your healing journey!

Seven Steps to Recovering Your Joy and Emotional Health When You’re Battling a Chronic Illness

Note: This article was originally published on ProHealth.com.

There’s no doubt about it—diseases and health conditions that affect the mind and emotions, such as Lyme disease, mold illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and many others, can make life incredibly challenging. When your mind and emotions are a mess, nothing in life feels enjoyable, and you may even struggle to function enough to carry out basic tasks.

What’s more, you may even blame yourself for not being able to “be more positive.” But I’m here to tell you that it’s not your fault! You aren’t battling because of a moral or emotional weakness, or because you aren’t trying hard enough. Disease takes a toll on the strongest of minds and most stable of people. Aside from treating the health condition that you’ve been diagnosed with—whether Lyme, mold toxicity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or whatever it happens to be, what can you do to recover your joy and emotional health?

The good news is—a lot! Earlier this month, I shared a little about my battle with depression, anxiety and cognitive dysfunction while in the throes of Lyme disease. The tools that I used to overcome these symptoms are featured in my just-released book, Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression.

 Following is a summary of some of the most important of these tools, although I encourage you to get the book for more comprehensive information on how you too, can overcome these conditions (note: while the book title only mentions depression, most of the tools found therein are helpful for people with anxiety, too!):

1).Cultivate a relationship with God. I’m not talking about joining a religious group, although if that works for you, then that’s great! I simply mean seeking to know the Creator of the Universe through prayer and prayerful meditation, as well as via other means, which I share in Healthy, Happy and Free. If you struggle to believe that God loves you, or that God even exists, I especially encourage you to read Happy, Healthy and Free, where I share some tips for getting to know the One who loves you more than anyone on earth, and who doesn’t judge you for your weaknesses or shortcomings.

2). Try a brain retraining tool, like Dynamic Neural Retraining (DNRS) or Amygdala Retraining. These programs have been astoundingly beneficial for a large number of people who battle Lyme disease, mold illness, CFS, fibromyalgia and other conditions that affect the mind-body, especially the limbic system. Part of the programs involve focusing on teaching your brain how to think positive, happy thoughts. I have done these programs myself, within the context of my relationship with God. A well-known Lyme literate and mold doctor whom I greatly respect, Neil Nathan, MD, has shared in his new book, TOXIC, that over 200 of his patients have done DNRS, and all but two experienced positive changes to their wellbeing. Few programs can claim those kinds of statistics.

3). Discover your life’s purpose. This is so important for recovery! Perhaps you’ve given up on your dreams because you feel like you aren’t healthy enough to do much. Paradoxically though, training yourself to do something daily that will move you in the direction of discovering and/or pursuing your life’s calling can have profound effects upon your health. Even if you can only envision it, (which I highly recommend doing within the context of a brain training program like Dynamic Neural Retraining), I encourage you to consider, meditate on or pray about the purpose for which you were made, and take steps to do something daily that will move you in the direction of fulfilling that purpose.

4). Take time to get out and be with people. If you’re really sick, I know this can incredibly challenging, and it can be difficult to be with friends or family members who may not understand the disease you battle and all that goes along with that. But I believe that wired into our DNA is a desire and need for face-to-face connection with others. I don’t believe that social media, or even telephone conversations, can replace that, although if that’s all that you can manage, it’s certainly better than nothing. Even if you don’t have friends or know people that you can spend some quality time with, consider going to a park, coffee shop, church, or Meetup event a couple of times per week, just to be around other humans. Talk to them and ask them about their lives. Pray for them. You’ll be surprised at how connection can really uplift you and even help you to feel better physically, especially when you have no expectations of how other people will respond to you. Let’s face it, nobody gets chronic illness until they “get it” –which is why seeking to give something to others without any expectation of getting anything back can be so beneficial. You can’t be let down if you don’t have expectations, but you’ll be surprised at how giving ends up filling your emotional gas tank, when it’s done in the right spirit and within your abilities

5). …And on that note, I encourage you to find ways to contribute positively to another person’s life. When we’re sick, we sometimes believe that we don’t have much to offer others, and at times we probably truly don’t! However, I’ve found that when I go the extra mile to do something for someone else; whether that means calling a friend to encourage them, praying for someone who is struggling, sending a donation to a cause that I care about, or volunteering to bring meals to the elderly—it uplifts me in a way like nothing else can. It helps me to take the focus off of myself and my problems and reveals to me the potential that God has placed within me for greatness. We all have the potential for greatness, no matter how we feel. You may be surprised at what you can achieve when you simply believe and reach out to another with a willing heart.

6). Feed your brain, mind and mood with a brain-supportive diet and supplements. I found these things to be so incredibly important for my recovery. It’s beyond the scope of this article to share everything that I did to heal my mind and emotions, but you can find more information on these things in my book, Healthy, Happy and Free. In a nutshell, I discovered both the Plant Paradox Diet and the GAPS diet to be especially beneficial for reducing brain inflammation and supporting my mood, energy and cognition. The Plant Paradox isn’t a plant-based diet, as it sounds, but rather, an anti-inflammatory, gut-healing diet that promotes a healthy mood and body, as is GAPS. Gut health has been intimately linked to mental health, so anything you can do to heal your gut, will also help to heal your brain, mind and emotions.

7). Try some mood-supportive amino acids, like L-phenalalaline, L-tyrosine, tryptophan and/or 5-HTP. L-phenalalaline and L-tyrosine are both precursors to dopamine, one of your brain’s primary mood-enhancing neurotransmitters. Dopamine has been found in studies to also provide energy to the body and enhance cognition. Tryptophan and 5-HTP are precursors to serotonin, another primary mood-enhancing neurotransmitter, which also has been found in studies to promote sleep and relaxation. One of my former doctors, Jeremy Kaslow, MD, taught me that dopamine and serotonin must be balanced in the body in order for the brain and rest of the body to function optimally; therefore, it’s important to balance the two with the appropriate amino acids. Many people with chronic neurological conditions have imbalances in these neurotransmitters and take antidepressants to manage symptoms. But the right amino acids and other nutrients may restore the chemistry so that antidepressants aren’t necessary.  I encourage you to get your amino acids and neurotransmitters tested or ask your doctor about amino acid therapy for managing anxiety, depression and other mental-emotional conditions caused by illness.

Other nutrients play a role in promoting a healthy mood and emotions, as do hormones, but it is beyond the scope of this article to share all those with you here. To learn more, please read my latest book, Healthy, Happy and Free, for more on this, and other tools for cultivating joy, health, and emotional freedom.

In the meantime, I hope this article has been helpful to you! I have personally done all of the above and found all of these tools and strategies to be crucial to my healing journey and for restoring my mood and mental-emotional wellbeing. My healing wasn’t overnight; indeed, it took me many years to discover and implement the tools that I share with you here, but over time, I recovered significantly and hope that I can now be a light and provide better answers to those of you who may need it. May you be richly blessed in your healing journey! 

There Is Hope - My Story of Overcoming Depression and Anxiety Caused By Neurological Disease

Note; This article appeared originally on ProHealth.com.

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of chronic Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other neurological conditions, are the debilitating emotional and mental symptoms that they cause. Indeed, depression, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss, slowness of mental processing and speed, among other issues, are common among the afflicted.

Throughout my recovery from Lyme disease and environmental illness, I battled all of these symptoms, and more. Some days, I would arise and be in tears before I could even make it to the coffee maker. I’d spend hours lying on the floor, toilet roll in hand as tears flowed from my eyes, as I struggled to find the will do get up and sit at my computer, or do whatever needed to be done that day. My decision-making capability, desire to carry out basic daily tasks, and ability to think, socialize and were greatly affected by illness.  The isolation, financial struggles and other circumstantial difficulties of chronic illness exacerbated the depression, anxiety and cognitive problems even further.

Even worse, the challenges of my recovery were compounded by the fact that I felt inadequately supported by well-meaning loved ones and people in my church, who seemed to struggle to understand why I just couldn’t “pull myself up by my bootstraps.” My doctor prescribed anti-depressants; my friends told me to “just trust God” or pray more, while others admonished me to get counseling or exercise more. All of these things were useful, but none addressed me as a whole person and the roots of disease, which weren’t just infection.

In any case, over time, I realized that while Lyme disease and illness were largely responsible for the mental and emotional symptoms I battled, they weren’t the only cause. The root of disease had actually started in my early childhood, and it was there that I had to begin my healing journey. By addressing the pain in my soul, and the early life traumas that set the stage for Lyme disease to take hold in my body, I was able to achieve a more complete recovery.

Depression, anxiety and other mental and emotional conditions caused by Lyme and neurological disease are not easily resolved, because the root causes are often multiple. Even if a major part of the solution is to eliminate the infections, or take supplements to help balance the body’s chemistry, I have personally not found these things to be enough.

Further, health care practitioners focus on healing different aspects of the person. Some will advocate medication or supplements to correct a chemical imbalance in the body, while others focus on cognitive and behavioral tools to address harmful beliefs and behaviors. Still others focus on the spiritual side of things and developing a relationship with God to strengthen the spirit.

Yet my more than decade-long battle with a severe neurological disease, fourteen years of medical research, and ministry to many dozens of others with chronic illness, especially Lyme disease, have taught me that depression, anxiety and other mental-emotional symptoms are caused by a combination of spirit-soul-body factors.  In addition, since our spirit, soul and body are interconnected, what happens to one part of us often affects the other two, so it’s often necessary to address healing on all three levels.

Fortunately, over the years, God and the many wonderful doctors and other practitioners that I have worked with, have helped me to largely overcome depression, anxiety, and the cognitive issues caused by Lyme disease, trauma and the other factors that set me up for a lifetime of illness.  I have gone from crying daily and taking antidepressants and sedative drugs for over a decade, to now living most days with optimism, emotional stability and strength, peace and mental clarity. I no longer take medications (although I don’t judge anyone who does, as sometimes you just do what you need to do to survive!)—and I have largely resolved the underlying traumas , biochemical imbalances and infections that contributed to my emotional and mental challenges. So if you battle depression, anxiety, cognitive dysfunction, or other mental-emotional issues, be encouraged-there is hope for healing from these devastating, debilitating issues.

I wish I had known what I know today, fourteen years ago when I first became ill. I believe my recovery would have been much faster, but my hope is to now spare others from the same tremendous suffering that I endured by sharing all that I’ve learned over the years.

To that end, I’ve just released a new book called Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression.

While the book is focused on depression, the principles outlined in it apply to other mental-emotional symptoms common in people with Lyme, CFS, fibromyalgia, mold illness and the like.  This book contains everything that I’ve learned over the past decade and a half about how to heal from depression and anxiety, and is unique because it doesn’t just focus on providing solutions for the biochemical causes of depression, but the emotional and spiritual ones, too.

It’s also unique because it addresses the root causes of disease, so that you can be healed from the ground up, rather than simply giving you information on pharmaceutical medications and other treatments that only mask or manage symptoms. I also pepper the book with anecdotes of my own story and battle with depression, to encourage readers throughout.

Because of my experience and research, I believe that Healthy, Happy and Free provides hope and practical help to those who have not found it through the means that have been made available to them. More

If you or a loved one battles depression, anxiety or other mental-emotional symptoms caused by neurological disease, I encourage you to check out Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression. I believe you’ll find new answers here that will help you to recover, on all three levels of your person: spirit, soul and body. The book is available on Amazon as well as my website, although if you order from my site, it is less expensive, and you can also get a signed copy of the book.

In the meantime, if you are looking for some nutritional supplements to help support your mood, mental function and chemistry, I encourage you to check out the following articles, in which I share some of the supplements that have helped me and others I know, to either manage or recover from depression, anxiety, and cognitive issues caused by Lyme and neurological disease.

May you be richly blessed in your healing journey!

Connie Strasheim

New Answers for Overcoming Depression in Neurological Disease

In case you missed it…here’s the press release for my latest book! If you battle depression, anxiety or other mood disorders due to neurological disease, trauma or for any other reason, I encourage you to check out this resource, which is based on 15 years of medical research and my personal journey of having overcome depression caused by neurological disease. Many blessings and Happy New Year!

PRESS RELEASE

January 22, 2018 –Dallas, Texas.  In a new book, Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression, medical researcher and wellness book author Connie Strasheim shares a comprehensive, novel approach to healing from depression, using tools that address the health of the spirit, mind and body.

Depression is epidemic in the United States, with one in every six people having experienced the condition sometime during their lives. Further, the incidence of depression has been increasing exponentially, due to the proliferation of manmade toxins in the environment, social isolation, lack of relationship with God, and other factors. 

Depression is a spirit-mind-body disorder, yet most resources on depression focus on healing only one or two aspects of the person. For instance, some advocate medication, supplements or nutrition to correct a chemical imbalance in the body, while others focus on cognitive and behavioral tools to address harmful beliefs and behaviors. Still other resources focus on spiritual health and/or relationship with God.

Yet, Ms. Strasheim’s more than decade-long battle with a severe neurological disease called Lyme, fifteen years of medical research, and ministry to hundreds of others with depression have taught her that the condition isn’t just caused by one thing, whether a spiritual problem, emotional trauma, or physical and environmental factors. Commonly, it’s a combination of all of these things. What’s more, because the spirit, soul and body are interconnected, what happens to one part of the person often affects the other two, so Ms. Strasheim contends that it is necessary to treat depression on all three levels.

Consequently, Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression provides a comprehensive approach to healing that focuses on relationship with God and strengthening the spirit as the cornerstone to healing. In addition, it provides solutions for the physiological, or biochemical causes of depression, along with lifestyle tools that address the root causes of disease. These tools heal the person from the ground up, rather than simply control or mask symptoms, as do pharmaceutical medications.

Some of the topics covered in Healthy, Happy and Free include:

 

·       How to experience and know the love of God

·       Why it is always God’s will to heal, and how to receive divine healing, through relationship with God and prayer

·       How to create new neural pathways in the brain using the Word of God, affirmations and other brain retraining tools

·       Foods that heal the brain and rest of the body

·       Supplements and other natural agents that restore brain chemistry

·       The role of toxins, infections and inflammation in depression and how to mitigate their effects

·       Creating a lifestyle that fosters wellness

·       Discovering and healing emotional trauma through prayer and cognitive-behavioral tools

·       Discovering and developing one’s purpose in life

 Ms. Strasheim is uniquely qualified to write on this topic because she has overcome lifelong, severe depression caused by multiple traumas and neurological illness. She is also a recognized authority in both holistic medicine and healing prayer ministry.

Ms. Strasheim peppers the book with anecdotes of her own story and battle with depression, to encourage readers throughout. Her experience and research allow her to provide hope and practical help to those who have not found it through the avenues that have been made available to them.

Availability

The book retails on Amazon for 19.99 and Ms. Strasheim’s website: www.ConnieStrasheim.org for 14.99.  Readers who wish to receive a signed copy may purchase the book from: ConnieStrasheim.org.

About the Author

Connie Strasheim is a medical researcher and author, co-author or ghostwriter of 14 books on Lyme disease, cancer, nutrition, depression recovery, spiritual healing and sleep, including Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies that Work. She is also a prophetic healing prayer minister and health consultant, who enjoys helping people with complex chronic illnesses find freedom from disease through relationship with God, prayer, whole body medicine and lifestyle changes. Over the years, Connie has collaborated with over 100 integrative doctors and healers in her books and podcasts. To learn more about Connie and her work, see: ConnieStrasheim.org.

 

 

 

 

Twelve-Week Spirit-Soul-Body Wellness Coaching Program – Coming This Spring!

Despite all the great discoveries that have been made in medicine and which have helped me, and perhaps many of you in your healing journeys, God has been showing me that as the world becomes increasingly toxic, we will need better tools to heal and/or remain well. As part of that, I believe that focusing on knowing God, and the health of our soul and spirit is vital.

 Like me, I’ve observed that many people who are battling chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, mold illness and other forms of environmental toxicity have spent many thousands of dollars, and many years trying to get well—with limited success. As I’ve prayed about this in recent years, God has been showing me that there are better answers in the supernatural realm.

 Therefore, the 12-week coaching program will focus on restoring the whole person: spirit, soul and body – and will include tools that God has given me in recent years to do that. The program will include 12 teachings, followed by healing prayer. As well, I will offer one-on-one coaching for those who are interested, to help you personally implement the tools in your life. So you can sign up to simply listen to the teachings, and/or get further guidance and one-on-one coaching and prayer.  If you are interested in the program, please email me so I can add you to the notification list when it begins.

In the 12-week program, you can expect to receive tools that will empower you to do the following:

  • Know God better, receive His love and find healing through relationship with Him. Overcome any roadblocks to relationship.

  • Discover the true identity that God has given you, including the power to heal and overcome disease.

  • Discover 3 Ways that God supernaturally heals: 1) The anointing 2) By living out His Word and 3) Faith.

  • Understand why healing is always God’s will and how to appropriate it within the context of brain retraining programs and mind renewal.

  • Clean up your home: how to mitigate EMFs, mold and toxic chemicals. Supernatural solutions for living in a toxic world.

  • Assess your lifestyle: what’s working, what isn’t, and how to identify “root” issues that may be holding you back in your healing

  • Discern emotional blocks to healing and replace lie-based beliefs, thoughts and behaviors with those that are life-giving

  • Discover your life’s purpose and what you were created for. How to advance in your calling, even while sick.

  • Find foods that fit a unique you, and which foster wellbeing

  • Take nutrients that support your recovery from chronic illness, especially brain nutrients.

  • Be balanced hormonally

  • Detoxify your body from environmental pollutants

  • Establish life-giving relationships and identify unhealthy behavioral patterns that may be keeping you mired in disease

Also, if there is a topic that you’d specifically like to learn more about, or which you feel would benefit you in your healing, feel free to send me your suggestions and comments at: Connie9824@aol.com. Thanks!

It's Here! My New Book - Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression

Some of you who read my blogs and books know that I’ve battled depression and anxiety as part of my near decade and a half battle with Lyme disease, mold illness and environmental toxicity. And if you have also battled Lyme disease, mold illness or another chronic neurological condition, you know how horrific and debilitating the mental-emotional symptoms of such can be.

 Throughout my long journey with chronic Lyme disease, depression and anxiety have been two of the most crippling symptoms I’ve experienced, along with insomnia. I’ve had many other symptoms to contend with along the way—but these were for me, among the most difficult to live with. I wish I had known 14 years ago (when I first became really ill), what I know now about how to heal from the mental-emotional manifestations of neurological disease, as I believe I would have healed much faster, but I’m thankful because I can now share with others the tools that have helped me most over the years. It is my hope that in doing so, it will shorten the treatment runway for many people.

 To that end, I’ve written a book that is a compilation of my near decade and a half of experience healing the spirit, soul and body from depression in neurological disease, called Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression. It is based on my personal healing journey, interviews with many dozens of doctors, medical research, and conversations with God and many others with Lyme disease who battle depression, anxiety and other mental-emotional issues that have to do with chronic illness.

I wrote this book because I felt like the challenges that people with neurological disease face are unique, and not easily solved with an antidepressant, counseling or the traditional advice that’s typically given to those with depression. And I wanted people to know that if I could do it, then they can, too.  I had numerous challenges that made healing feel insurmountable—at times, I wondered if I would ever overcome depression and the crippling fear that comes along with disease and the challenging life circumstances it creates, but with time, much prayer, research, and work with some brilliant doctors and healers, I did!  Believe me, you can, too.

What I discovered during my journey is that most resources on depression leave people struggling because they only address one aspect of the person: the body, soul or spirit. Yet depression, even in neurological disease, isn’t usually just caused by infections, such as mold or Borrelia. It is caused by other environmental factors such as chemical toxins, a poor diet, and an unhealthy lifestyle. It is also caused by long-ago and current traumas, unhealthy relationships and separation from God. Commonly, multiple factors combine to cause the mental-emotional conditions involved in Lyme and other neurological conditions.

 Therefore, Healthy, Happy and Free provides a powerful, top-down approach to recovery, with spiritual wellness and relationship with God as the foundation, followed by tools that heal the body and soul, such as natural medicine, nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, brain training, lifestyle strategies for healing, and tips for discovering and living out God’s purpose and plan for your life. While it is written from a Christian perspective, I believe that people of all faiths will find nuggets of wisdom and practical help in this book. Read it, and take hold of and apply to your life those tools that resonate with you. Chances are, you’ll find something that will help you here.

If you battle depression or anxiety, it’s important to get healed from these things because it will accelerate your healing on all levels. When your mind and your mood function well, everything else works better. Your spirit, mind and brain control the rest of your body, so healing your heart, mind, beliefs, thoughts and emotions will do more to heal you than any drug or treatment. That’s another reason why I wrote this book! And, when you have hope and optimism, you can begin to “see the forest for the trees,” identify opportunities for healing, healthy relationships and living out your life’s purpose, and begin to operate out of wholeness, rather than fear, or a sickness or hopelessness-based mindset.  

Healthy, Happy and Free provides new hope and practical solutions to people who have not found it through their relationship with God, the church, counselors or medical doctors. It also helps readers to connect with God and cultivate a more intimate relationship with Him. You can expect to be healed and made whole, have a greater knowledge of God’s love for you, experience greater prosperity of soul, and have an increased awareness of your calling and purpose in life.

Some tools and topics shared in this book include:

  • A top-down approach to healing. Your spirit is in charge of your soul and body, and you can be made whole on all three levels when your spirit is strong and intimately connected to a loving God who wants you to be fully healed.

  • How to cultivate a deep relationship with God, and get past roadblocks that have kept you from knowing Him and His love for you   

  • Why God always wants you healed, how He will work with you to help you heal and how you can be divinely healed by His Spirit

  • Strategies for removing harmful beliefs, thoughts and behaviors that keep you sick and sad, and replacing them with God’s loving truths

  • Natural anti-depressants and other nutrients that restore your body’s chemistry, rather than just masking symptoms as drugs do

  • Medical treatments that address the biological causes of depression, such as infections and environmental toxins

  • Tips for living a balanced life and being in life-giving relationships

  • A 7-day plan for living out the principles outlined in the book

Following is a more detailed overview of the book:

Chapter One – Depression: A Spirit-Soul-Body Disorder

1. What causes depression and why there's hope for you

2. The hierarchy of healing: spirit-soul-body

3. My story of overcoming depression

 Depression is a spirit-soul-body disorder that often must be addressed on multiple levels, because it can be caused by many factors, including separation from God, emotional trauma, and environmental toxins and infections. Yet when you develop a strong relationship with God as the foundation and cornerstone for wellness, sometimes, you can be made whole by His Spirit alone, or be more easily healed using the other resources that He has provided for your wellness. I share my own story of healing from depression here and the massive battle that I overcame in the hopes that my story will inspire you to believe that you too, can be healed.

Chapter Two- Get to Know the God Who Loves You Just As You Are

 1. Why God loves you just as you are

2. How to discover who He is in you and who you are in Him

3. Tips for cultivating intimacy with God

4. The power of praise and worship

5. How to focus on God and His solutions

 Knowing who and what God created you to be, and how you can live out of the power of His Spirit, while developing an intimate relationship with Him, will enable you to be healed and live a victorious life. This chapter tells you how to do that, and how to get past any roadblocks that may have held you back from knowing and receiving His love.

 Chapter Three - Receive Divine Healing Because He’s Already Said Yes

 1. Why healing is in the Atonement

2. How to receive divine healing

3. Historical and Biblical proof that Jesus still heals supernaturally today and desires to heal all who come to Him

4. Remove roadblocks to receiving a miracle

5. How to cooperate with God for your healing

When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, over 2000 years ago, He was made an atoning sacrifice for not just your sins, but also sicknesses, including depression. When you understand the Biblical basis for this, you can be set free from depression by faith in Jesus Christ alone. If you have been prayed for many times and yet not received healing, this chapter explains how you can cooperate with God to receive the healing that Jesus died for. God uses tools in both the supernatural and natural realms to heal, yet regardless of the tools He uses, He wants you to be well!

Chapter Four – Find Healing for Your Soul

 1. Forgive yourself and others

2. Replace harmful beliefs and thoughts with God's

3. Say good-bye to performance and perfectionism

4. Eliminate bitter-root judgments and expectations

5. Remove poverty thinking

 Trauma can create lie-based beliefs, behaviors and thought patterns that must be uprooted and dismantled in order for you to walk in the fullness of life that God has intended for you. Here you will find simple but powerful tools for replacing any lie-based beliefs, thoughts and behaviors with life-giving ones. As well, you will discover how to forgive others, remove bitter root judgments and expectations, performance-orientation, perfectionism, a poverty spirit and other attitudes that foster depression and chronic illness.

Chapter Five – Discover Your Life’s Purpose

1. Find joy in serving others and in surrendering your life to God

2. How to discover what God created you to do and be for His Kingdom

God created you to love and serve others, as you love and serve Him. He designed you with a unique purpose and once you know what that is and begin to live it out, you can experience a higher level of freedom from all that ails you. In this chapter, you will discover how to use your gifts and talents for God’s Kingdom, even if you’re sick or feel ill-equipped, and in so doing, fulfill your purpose and mission in life, and experience greater wellbeing on all levels.

Chapter Six – Cultivate a Lifestyle that Fosters Wellness

1. Do something that you love daily

2. Be renewed by the power of sunshine, movement and nature

3. Get out of isolation and get connected

4. Balance your life with rest and recreation

5. Find life-giving relationships

A balanced life that includes work, rest, recreation and healthy relationships, encourages a balanced mind and body. This chapter provides some basic, yet important lifestyle tips for cultivating health and wholeness, even when you’re struggling with a chronic condition. Isolation is a common stronghold of depression and chronic illness that must be demolished in order for healing to occur, and here I share some tips for doing that, as well.

 Chapter Seven – Heal with Life-Giving Foods

1. Why your food may be making you sick

2. Discover life-giving foods created by God for your good

3. How to create a diet plan to restore your brain and body

Our food is contaminated with chemicals and other pollutants, which many doctors are now finding to be a major cause of depression and disease in people. Diet factors powerfully into mood, so choosing the right kinds of foods that foster wellness and a balanced mood is essential for recovery from depression. Here, you will learn some fast and easy tips for creating a diet plan that will help to heal your brain and body.

 Chapter Eight – Balance Your Brain and Body with Anti-Depressant Nutrients

 1. How hormone, nutrient and neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression

2. Replenish your body with nutrients and supplements that support a healthy mood and mental function

 Nutrient and hormonal imbalances are a major cause of depression, especially in peri-menopausal and menopausal women, and the chronically ill. By giving your body the proper nutrients, amino acids and bio-identical hormones that it needs for recovery, you can heal more fully from depression caused by a myriad of biochemical issues. Natural anti-depressants provide a better solution than drugs, which only mask symptoms, rather than heal the underlying causes of the condition.

 Chapter Nine – Recover by Removing Infections, Toxins and Inflammation

1. How infections and environmental toxins cause depression

2. Solutions for diagnosing and treating infections and toxins

3. Put out the fire of inflammation

4. Heal your gut for a happier you

 Subclinical chronic infections and environmental toxins are an overlooked cause of depression, yet common in today’s toxic world. Discover what toxins and infections, such as Candida, mold illness and Lyme disease, may be causing or contributing to your depression, along with some things that you can do to remove these, as well as the mood-altering inflammation that they cause.

 Chapter Ten – Putting It all Together: A Sample 7-Day Plan for Wellness

1. Do one thing first. Spend time with God.

2. How to prioritize solutions

3. A sample 7-day plan for wellness

 Here, you will find a roadmap for pulling together everything that you’ve learned in this book, along with a sample 7-day plan for wellness, along with some tips for prioritizing solutions. It includes activities to do daily, such as spending time with God and in His Word, taking a walk in the sunshine, or pursuing a hobby that brings you joy and peace.

 

 

What to Do About the Never-Ending Quandary of Mold Toxicity?

I have been pondering and praying a lot lately about the issue of mold toxicity. As many of you know, it has been given a lot of attention in recent years - in part because doctors are discovering mold to be a huge factor in many diseases, including Lyme. I also think it may be becoming an increasingly important problem due to the proliferation of electromagnetic fields in the environment, which cause mold to multiply exponentially and become more virulent.

But the big joke (or frustration, depending on how you see it!) with mold sickness seems to be that to heal, you need to be in a "mold free" environment. After speaking with my publisher and friend Bryan Rosner, who has been doing mold avoidance for about a year now and is doing very well! - and researching the topic extensively, I think there are truly few places that qualify as "mold free." You can live in the desert, or perhaps find a relatively low mold-free place to live in one of the four driest US states: Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and perhaps areas of Northern California (I may be missing a few but there are not many). It's kind of a joke...

Mold tests are not accurate, and remediators often miss it, too. We spent 13 K to "remediate" our former home and the problem got worse (as usually happens with even professional remediation). Further, mold treatments only help so much unless you are in a "mold free" environment. However, I know some people have improved doing mold treatment without having moved to the middle of the desert - but are they truly well, or just well enough to live a normal life again? Or did they happen to find housing that was truly mold free?

Others have found healing from mold toxicity by doing Dynamic Neural Retraining, but mold treatment experts like Neil Nathan, MD, have not found brain retraining to be sufficient for completely restoring many people who are mold toxic. Yet I have met a handful who felt they fully recovered with DNRS alone.

What I currently believe about mold toxicity is this: it is a huge problem, but equally troubling is that we have made it a big problem by our excessive focus on it. Does God not have better answers than to move people with mold toxicity to the middle of nowhere, where they can't be a part of society anymore? Does He not have better answers than to have people move from one home to the next and then the next, in the elusive quest to find "mold free" housing? How about spending thousands of dollars, year after year, on mold treatments, only to find out that you are still mold toxic because you are bringing in penicillium spores from the outdoors, which easily colonize on furniture?

Yep, it's not just about water damage. As our environment grows increasingly toxic, it becomes increasingly difficult for many of us to find "safe" housing that doesn't make us sick. This is a fact. This is the truth. And the highest truth and best way for some of us to heal may be to do treatment, find mold-free housing, or to live in the desert.

But God's Word also says that "the prayer of faith will heal the sick" and that the Spirit of God lives in those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. And the Spirit of God can manifest divine healing and divine life through us. These are all higher truths that supersede the truths of the physical realm. We are also called to be in the world to be a light to those who are lost and who suffer. How can we do that if we aren't in society because we have to live in a tent in the desert or constantly manage symptoms?

I don't know, and I have taken measures to avoid toxins myself, with beneficial (albeit imperfect) results. But, as the world becomes increasingly more toxic, I realize the day will soon come when there are no more places that are truly "safe". Yet I believe that because God created the world, and because He is bigger, greater and stronger than all the garbage that surrounds us, He has supernatural provision for those of us who will trust in, lean on and believe in Him. Indeed - supernatural solutions for living in a toxic world!

And to the degree that we lean on, trust in and have faith in Him, and learn to live in His love, and surrender to His Spirit within us, is the degree to which we will be unaffected by the toxins around us and within us. It's not a formula though, and few of us could swallow a gallon of gasoline without getting sick, but I feel that focusing on "the wind and the waves" in the desperate search for the next great medical answer, is not where it's at. I am currently pressing into Him for the higher answers, and I feel He is giving me revelation. :-) 

As I prepare to do some group coaching courses this year, I think this is one area I will be focusing on. Anyone interested? (Please email me if so! Connie9824@aol.com). In the meantime, I still eat my greens, take my toxin binders, retrain my brain, and renew my mind daily to conform to His Word, as I look to Him who has all knowledge and wisdom...and the keys to freedom, which can unlock even the strongest and most complicated of cages.

Depression: Not Just An Emotional Problem, Biochemical Imbalance or the Result of Spiritual Weakness

"You just need to learn to think more positive."

"If you'd get out more, you'd feel better."

"You just need to 'get right' with God."

"Maybe you need a new antidepressant."

"How about exercising more?"

"You are sad because you think too much."

"Your problems are psychosomatic."

...How often have you heard one or more of these things in response to your battle with depression? I know that over the years, and throughout my battle with Lyme and environmental illness, I have heard them more than I care to remember. While well meaning, such comments are usually off-base and don't address the real reasons why people with depression suffer, especially in those with complex chronic illnesses. And if you've looked for better answers, only to be discouraged in the end...take heart! God has given me some amazing solutions to the problem of depression - through my research, as well as through many years of tears, suffering and my battle with neurological disease. I share these in my upcoming book, Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from Depression, in the hopes that they might help you, too! The book is now available for pre-order and will be in stock on January 22, so I encourage you to check it out! Chances are, you’ll find something new here that will help you or your loved ones in their healing journey. Many blessings!

Winter Newsletter: Prayer Conference Call Group, 12-Week Group Healing Seminar, Personal Consulting, My Healing Journey Update, and More!

Winter 2019 Newsletter
 
Hello Friends!
 
I hope this finds you all hopeful, happy and doing well in your healing journeys! I’m excited about 2019, and some new things that God has given me to share with you all.  

Just Released! - New Book on Healing from Depression

If you’ve been battling depression and anxiety, either as part of a challenging chronic health condition such as Lyme disease or mold illness, or simply as a standalone issue, I want you to know that I understand how difficult and disabling these conditions can be. For many years I battled both conditions as part of my battle with Lyme and environmental illness, as well as for other reasons.
 
The good news is, I have learned a lot over the years about how to manage and overcome depression and anxiety! It took me years to find the tools that finally set me free. But now that I am doing well, I can finally share those tools with you in my latest book, Healthy, Happy and Free: Spirit-Soul-Body Solutions for Healing from DepressionWhile the book is targeted to those with depression caused by neurological disease, most of the principles are applicable to those with anxiety, as well. While the book is written from a Christian faith perspective, I believe people of all faiths will find nuggets of wisdom that will help them in their healing journey.
The book will be out on the market around January 25th, but you can pre-order it here, for delivery approximately 2-3 weeks from now.
 
Depression and anxiety are complex conditions that affect the spirit, soul, and body, so I’ve found that a solution that addresses the whole person, on all three levels, is vital. This is what makes Healthy, Happy and Free unique! You’ll find biochemical solutions, as well as mind-body and spiritual solutions for healing in this 325-page book.

Sleep Solutions Book NOW Available in Paperback! 

In addition, I have just released my 2017 E-book, Beyond a Glass of Milk and a Hot Bath: Advanced Sleep Solutions for People with Chronic Insomnia in paperback format! The paperback will also be available toward the end of January, but you can pre-order it here.  The book is targeted to those who struggle to sleep due to neurological disease.  

Bi-Monthly Prayer Conference Call Group – Coming Again Soon!

 Next, I’m thrilled to announce that Bill and I will be resuming our prayer conference call meetings on the first Sunday and third Monday of the month, for those of you who would like prayer for healing, or any other need. The meetings will start at 6 PM Central (5 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Eastern) and last 2-3 hours. We pray for people on a first-come, first serve basis and in the past have seen God do many healing miracles! If you aren’t signed up to be notified of the meetings on a regular basis, please email me: Connie9824@aol.com so I can add you to the list!

TheGodWhoLovesMe.com - A Place to Receive Prayer and Encouragement, and Connect With Others! 

 We’ve also set up a new website and ministry: TheGodWhoLovesMe.com where you will be able to post prayer requests, receive words of encouragement, or sign up for one on one prayer. (Note: The site is still under construction, so bear with us as we put the finishing touches on it. It should be up and running fully by February!). Spearheaded by Bill, the site is intended to be a place where you can encounter God and be encouraged and uplifted.
 
Bill has also released a new book of short essays (his first one!), called In His Presence, in which he shares his spiritual revelations, anecdotes and short stories that God has given him over the years. To learn more, click here. 

Twelve-Week Spirit-Soul-Body Wellness Coaching Program – Coming This Spring/Summer

 
Despite all the great discoveries that have been made in medicine and which have helped me, and perhaps many of you in your healing journeys, God has been showing me that as the world becomes increasingly toxic, we will need better tools to heal and/or remain well. As part of that, I believe that focusing on knowing God, and the health of our soul and spirit is vital.
 
I’ve observed that, like me, many people who are battling chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, mold illness and other forms of environmental toxicity have spent many thousands of dollars, and many years trying to get well—with limited success. As I’ve prayed about this in recent years, God has been showing me that there are better answers in the supernatural realm.
 
Therefore, the 12-week coaching program will focus on key principles of healing the whole person: spirit, soul and body – and will include tools that God has given me in recent years to do that in my own life and in the lives of others I know. The program will include 12 teachings, followed by healing prayer. As well, I will offer one-on-one coaching for those who are interested, to help you personally implement the tools in your life. So you can sign up to simply listen to the teachings, and/or get further guidance and one-on-one coaching and prayer.  If you are interested in the program, please email me: Connie9824@aol.com so I can notify you when the program is out.    

In the 12-week program, you can expect to receive tools that will empower you to do the following:

 

  • Know God better, receive His love and find healing through relationship with Him. Overcome any roadblocks to relationship.

  • Discover the true identity that God has given you, including the power to heal and overcome disease.

  • Discover 3 Ways that God supernaturally heals: 1) The anointing 2) By living according to the principles He has set forth in the Bible and 3) Faith.

  • Understand why healing is always God’s will and how to appropriate divine healing within the context of brain retraining programs and mind renewal.

  • Clean up your home: how to remove EMFs, mold and toxic chemicals. Supernatural solutions for living in a toxic world.

  • Assess your lifestyle: what’s working, what isn’t, and how to identify “root” issues that may be holding you back in your healing

  • Discern emotional blocks to healing and replace lie-based beliefs, thoughts and behaviors with those that are life-giving

  • Discover your life’s purpose and what you were created for. How to advance in your calling, even while sick.

  • Find foods that fit a unique you, and which foster healing

  • Take nutrients that support your recovery from chronic illness, especially brain nutrients.

  • Balance your hormones for a better you

  • Detoxify your body from environmental pollutants

  • Establish life-giving relationships and identify unhealthy behavioral patterns that may be keeping you mired in disease

 Also, if there is a topic that you’d specifically like to learn more about, or which you feel would benefit you in your healing, feel free to send me your suggestions and comments. Thanks!

Update on My Healing Journey

 
On another note, I’ve had some remarkable gains in my own healing journey this past year. As some of you may know, I had a major setback in 2016 as a result of mold exposure in my home and a poor remediation job, and after taking some very powerful, but inappropriately prescribed homeopathic remedies for mold.  It has taken me a long time to unravel the mess of MS-like symptoms that I was broadsided with after these events, but I’m happy to say that I’m now doing relatively well again!
 
I attribute my improvements over the past year and a half principally to the following:
 

  • Brain re-training techniques, utilizing aspects of the Dynamic Neural Retraining SystemGupta Amygdala Retraining and God-directed prayers/visualizations and Scripture-based affirmations. I have been doing this for 10 months and continue to do it daily.

  • Homeopathic growth hormone (HGH). This powerful hormone, which also contains homeopathic adrenal gland and thyroid hormone, helped to shut down much of the inflammation and MS-like symptoms in my body.  I also take pregnenolone, 7-keto DHEA, progesterone and licorice root for ongoing adrenal support. To learn more about HGH and the product that I use, click here.  (Note: I am a distributor for this product). 

  • The Plant Paradox diet. I followed a relatively strict version of this diet for about nine months, after which time I added other foods back in. It is a highly anti-inflammatory diet that also helps to heal the gut. For more information, see: ThePlantParadox.com.

 
Finally, one of my all-time favorite products and which has significantly and positively impacted my brain function, energy and mood over the past few years, possibly more than any other supplement is Xenesta’s Memory Works. Developed by a chiropractor that overcame ADD and learning problems, I have found the product to be very beneficial. To learn more about this and other products by Xenesta, click here

As we move forward into this year, and many things in the world seem to be growing darker, I encourage you to be a light in the darkness, because it’s the presence of light that extinguishes darkness! The world isn’t in turmoil because of darkness—it is in turmoil because of a lack of light. No matter where you are in life, you can be a light to someone else. As we all do our part to better the lives of those around us, I believe we can achieve significant things!
 
I look forward to connecting with you more throughout the year! If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, feel free to email me at: Connie9824@aol.com.

Blessings, peace and all the best to you in your healing journey -
 
Connie Strasheim

 

March Newsletter: New Prayer Group, Update on My Healing Journey, Free Lyme Audio Book...and More

Hello Friends!

I hope this finds you well and enjoying life! Just wanted to send you an update on some exciting new things that I am doing this year, which may help you in your healing journey, as well!

As some of you know, the past few years have been quite rough for my sweetheart Bill and I. Bill was hospitalized SEVEN times in 2017 alone, after suffering two strokes and other complications from congestive heart failure. At the same time, I have been digging my way out of a Lyme relapse and serious complications from mold toxicity over the past year and a half…

But the good news is, thanks to much prayer, and wisdom from some of the best doctors in the world, including the Great Physician God we are both back “up and running” and overall doing well, after what was perhaps the rockiest season of our lives. And trust me, I’ve lived through some heavy stuff!

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for us during this time and who continue to pray. We appreciate your ongoing prayers, as we are still battling health challenges, although this year has so far been light years better than the last two!

Now that life is a bit more back to normal we are resuming our bi-monthly prayer conference call meetings so that we can pray one on one for YOU and witness God do miracles in your lives as He has done in ours!

We’d like to invite you to our first meeting THIS Sunday, March 4th at 4 PM Pacific, 5 PM Mountain, 6 PM Central and 7 PM Eastern Time. To join, just call: 877-575-7392! We start the meetings with a word of encouragement and group prayer, then we pray one on one for all attendees on a first come, first serve basis.

The meetings generally last 2-3 hours but you can come and go as you wish...we've seen God touch many lives and restore people, both emotionally and physically at these meetings, so we encourage you to attend!

We pray from a Christian perspective but people of all faiths are welcome to join. And, if you aren't yet on my email notification list for the prayer group and would like to be added, please email me at: Connie9824@aol.com so we can notify you every time we host a meeting. We hope to "see" you next week and look forward to what God is going to do!

On another note, if you are battling Lyme disease and need better answers for your healing, I encourage you check out the new AUDIO version of my latest book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies that Work. Sean Patrick Hopkins narrated the audio version of this best-selling Lyme book, and did a superb job, not mispronouncing a single medical term. I interviewed over 50 narrators before I found one who could do that!

I created the audio version of NPLDT especially for those of you who struggle to read due to Lyme fog, or those of you who prefer to multitask and learn while driving, walking or doing household chores. For a limited time, you can get the audio book for FREE when you purchase a trial membership with Audible. To learn more, click here:

Finally, I am excited to announce that in late 2018, I will be releasing my latest, and perhaps last book for a while, which is tentatively entitled, Freedom from Depression: In Spirit, Soul and Body. This book is near and dear to my heart because it’s based on my personal battle with depression and what I have done to overcome it, on a spiritual, physical and emotional level. It is targeted toward those with neurodegenerative disease, although if you are battling depression related to other causes, you will find this book to provide a rich repertoire of tools to address other causes, too. The book will be featured on my website.

Depression isn’t just caused by spiritual problems, medical conditions, or trauma—often, it’s caused by all three, which means that healing requires a multifactorial approach that addresses all three levels of the person: spirit, soul and body. This is what makes this book unique! I believe it will provide better answers for those of you for whom one-size-fits-all, unilateral approaches have not worked.

I just want to conclude this newsletter of sorts with an update on my health and current treatment regimen, in case this information is helpful to those of you who are battling Lyme disease, mold illness or related chronic health conditions (my apologies as this section turned out to be much longer than I intended!). As some of you know, I had a pretty significant setback in my healing in June 2016, after feeling better than I had in years.

Exposure to mold after a poor remediation job, in combination with an inappropriate healing regimen sent my immune system into a massive inflammatory flare that left me bedridden for nearly 5 months. Never, since I was first diagnosed in 2004 with chronic Lyme, have I been that sick! The massive stressors that Bill and I went through in 2017 did not help things, but thank God, we have both improved significantly since then, and I’m back to working from home full time and walking 30-40 minutes 4-5 days per week.

I still have a ways to go in my healing, but I’d like to share a few tools that I have used over the last year and a half that I believe have brought me from being bedridden to relatively functional again, and which have helped to shut down the MS-like symptoms that I have battled since mid-2016.

The Plant Paradox diet. This is a strongly anti-inflammatory diet that heals the gut and shuts down inflammation via the avoidance of gut-damaging lectins in certain plants, as well as grains, legumes and animal-based foods. It’s one of those diets that you first wonder, after reading Steven Gundry MDs book, The Plant Paradox (upon which the diet is based) WHAT you can eat, but I’ve found that it’s actually one of the easier diets to follow. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all diets but I do believe that this diet can be helpful for many people with chronic illness.

The Plant Paradox diet calls for a lower protein intake from animal protein (4-8 oz. max) but I’ve found my body needs a bit more, so I really follow a modified version of the diet, but I feel so much better even on a modified version! You have to find what works for you and not get stressed about strict food rules. If fasting, or a keto diet, or this or any other makes you feel worse, consider trying something else.

TKM (The King Method). TKM is a simple bodywork technique that is surprisingly powerful for rebalancing the body’s energy field, and with that, mitigating symptoms. Glen King, PhD, Founder of TKM, healed himself of metastatic melanoma and grand mal seizures largely through this gentle technique that contains over 100 sequences for healing all kinds of diseases. Dr. King is based in Dallas but there are a handful of TKM practitioners across the country. 

You can also purchase Dr. King’s teachings and learn the basics of TKM on your own (if you are ambitious!) to do on yourself or another person, although I highly recommend visiting Dallas or a professional practitioner at least once to see how it works. It is very powerful and what kept me functional last year through so many medical emergencies. I continue to do TKM once a week for increased energy, improved sleep and to keep inflammation down.

Ketotifen. This prescription antihistamine shut down much of the inflammation that I was battling due to mold and mast cell activation, and has dramatically helped me to function since 2016. It is a Band-Aid treatment, but one that can really help lower inflammation and symptoms until the root causes of illness are addressed. Ketotifen is a compounded medicine that you can purchase from Key Pharmacy.

Supplemental Nutrition.  Most of US are deficient in nutrients due to the poor quality of our soil and food supply. Seems like all of us could use more Vitamin B-12, magnesium and Vitamin D…among other nutrients. Of late, I’ve discovered a couple of new key nutrients that can help the body to detoxify environmental toxins by improving the detox pathways: calcium-D-glucarate and DIM, both of which remove aldehydes, plastics and other “xenoestrogrens” (or fake estrogens, which contribute to making us sick and fat!).

My complete supplement protocol is a bit lengthy, so I’ll just summarize a few of the key items that I believe may be especially beneficial for many battling chronic Lyme and mold illness, and which have made a world of difference in my wellbeing. (Note: I do not sell or advertise for the companies that make any of these products except for the first one, because I believe in it so much!)

Memory Works. This amazing product has done wonders for my energy, cognition and emotional wellbeing and has significantly reduced symptoms of brain fog, depression and fatigue over the past few years. My mind works well most of the time thanks in part to this product, which contains brain-supportive nutrients like L-carnitine, L-tyrosine, green tea extract, huperzine A, club moss and choline. However, it does have caffeine from green tea so if you are sensitive to caffeine I do not recommend it. Yet it’s one of the best overall energy and brain-supportive supplements I’ve found. To learn more, click here:

Transdermal pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is a bio-identical hormone that the body uses to make other hormones. One of the main issues that I’ve battled over the years is adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol, and pregnenolone has been a powerful adrenal support that has helped me to function at a high level. 

Transdermal phosphatidylcholine. I take phosphatidylcholine transdermally, which aids in cellular repair and detoxification, as well as memory and cognitive function. I’ve found transdermal products to be superior in their effects to oral forms of the same products. I order them through Sabre Sciences labs in California. The products are a bit pricey but well worth it!

Mountain Valley Spring Water.  Practitioner Sean Bean recommends this water to his clients and has found that it makes a world of difference in some of their wellbeing, and I believe it has improved mine, as well. It comes in glass bottles, which is good for avoiding contamination from plastics.

The 5-gallon glass bottles that the water comes in are very heavy, so I leave mine on the floor and use a dolphin pump (sold by Mountain Valley) to access the water. Mountain Valley delivers nationwide. Their water is a bit pricey, but I figure, so is being sick. If you are drinking dirty water (as nearly all tap water is), your cells will be dirty, so I encourage you invest in good water. 

Transdermal Vitamin B patches. These are from PatchMD.com. Sean Bean also introduced me to this product, which is a bioavailable Vitamin B-complex product. The B vitamins aid in detoxification and many other processes in the body. I’ve found it to help mitigate symptoms of PMS, which are caused largely by toxins, especially xenoestrogens from the environment, which inflame the body and cause estrogen-progesterone imbalances.

Liposomal Dandelion Bitters. Quicksilver Scientific makes a great product called Bitter X, which helps to detoxify the liver, and decongest the bile ducts.

Frequency Therapy. I’m experimenting with doing targeted frequency therapy to address microbes, using a device called the PFG2Z by Pulsed Technologies.  I don’t yet have an opinion about its effectiveness but it’s a nice therapy that you can do while working at your desk or watching TV, and doesn’t seem to cause Herxheimer reactions if the right frequencies are used.

Over the years, I’ve personally found that herbs and antibiotics weren’t enough to eliminate all the layers of Lyme infection that I’ve had, although they can be sufficient for many people, when combined with a strong protocol that supports the body on many levels.  If I had to start over in my healing journey though, I would probably use essential oils or frequency therapy for infection, as I believe that both can be stronger than herbs (if the right products are used) yet are safer than antibiotics when used properly.

Mold Treatment. I am still overcoming mold toxicity, and take a variety of toxin binders such as activated charcoal, zeolite, and bentonite clay to mop up mold toxins, in addition to nasal sprays and prescription medications like Spronox and Nystatin to kill active mold in the sinuses and gut. I’m not a fan of prescription drugs but am deferring to my doctor on this one J. I follow Neil Nathan MDs mold protocol.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I continue to work on developing my relationship with God. I believe that intimacy with God and knowing that God loves us are the key and foundation to optimal health and wellness, because we were created for relationship with our Creator.  Many people have a flawed view of God and who He is based on false religious doctrines or what their primary caregivers communicated to them early on in life. This is sad, as I believe that God desires for all of us to be healed and whole, and in close relationship with Him.

Further, God still heals people supernaturally today just as He did when Jesus walked the earth, and that healing is accessible to all of us! If you’d like to learn more about divine healing and friendship with God, I encourage you to check out Bill Johnson’s teachings on the subject. You may also want to download my webinar, Hierarchy of Healing – Spirit, Mind and Body or attend one of our prayer meetings, where we discuss healing and relationship with God.

Well, I think I’m done here! Please let me know if this newsletter blessed you, and if not, what you’d like to see less or more of—so that I can improve upon the content for future newsletters.

Many blessings!

Connie Strasheim

www.ConnieStrasheim.org

Copyright © 2018 Connie Strasheim, All rights reserved.

 

 

New Year's Eve Prayer Conference Call Meeting! Please Join Us :)

To ring in the new year, I will be hosting a prayer conference call meeting TONIGHT at 6 PM Pacific Time, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central and 9 PM Eastern to personally pray for anyone who needs healing and restoration, as well as to pray blessings and words of encouragement over everyone for 2018!!

Let's start off the new year right with a fresh outpouring of God's presence, healing and encouragement for the upcoming year! The meeting will run 2-2.5 hours. To join, simply call; 877-575-7392. You don't need a PIN or passcode. Feel free to join in anytime -and expect to receive a blessing from God for 2018! We look forward to "seeing" you there!

Dr. David Jernigan Shares a FREE Chapter from New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment

David Jernigan, DC is a renowned Lyme-literate health care practitioner who has been helping people to recover their health for more than 20 years. Today, Dr. Jernigan, my publisher and I are excited to share with you his chapter from my new book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment, for FREE. To read the chapter, just click here: http://bit.ly/2pmyKjH

Ten Common Causes of Symptoms in Chronic Lyme Disease

 

Note; This article was originally published on April 26, 2016 on ProHealth.com: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=28828.

If you haven’t battled Lyme disease, you might think that Lyme is simply a disease caused by a bacterial infection called Borrelia burgdorferi. If you are a bit more Lyme-savvy, you know that Lyme involves not just infection with Borrelia, but commonly, at least a half-dozen other parasitic, viral and bacterial infections.  And yet, this is still an inadequate definition to describe what Lyme is, and what causes symptoms in people with Lyme.  As I often tell people, “Lyme disease isn’t just ‘all about the bugs.’”
 
If I were to paraphrase the words of the many doctors that I’ve interviewed over the years, I would say that Lyme disease is a multi-systemic disease that causes disorder and dysfunction in the entire body. It affects literally every organ and tissue, and as such, healing the body from Lyme involves not only killing and/or managing infections, but also supporting and rebuilding the body from the ground up. It also requires identifying and treating other co-conditions that are common in Lyme, such as mold illness. Following are ten important causes of symptoms in Lyme, (in addition to Lyme-related microbial infections), which you may want to discuss with your doctor if he or she has treated you solely with antimicrobial remedies and you aren’t getting better.
 
1). Mold toxicity.  This is one of the most insidious and important causes of symptoms in people with Lyme.  Increasingly, Lyme-literate doctors tell me that many of their patients with Lyme are also infected with mold and mycotoxins (mold toxins) so it’s important to identify whether mold is playing a role in your symptoms and get treated right away.  Real Time labs is among the most accurate of labs for mold testing. Effective mold toxin binders include the medication cholestyramine and activated charcoal. 
 
2). Parasitic Infections.  Many people with Lyme have protozoal and other parasitic infections that are unrelated to Lyme and which are compromising their recovery.  Parasitic infections are often not detectable on conventional lab tests, and may not even show up in sophisticated stool tests; therefore, using multiple forms of testing to detect parasites, such as electrodermal screening tools such as the Zyto or muscle testing, is important, along with lab testing with reputable labs such as Doctors’ Data.
 
3). Hormone and Neurotransmitter Imbalances.  Lyme disease profoundly affects the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis, and can even damage neuroendocrine (or brain, nervous system and hormonal gland) tissue, such as the pituitary. As a result, the body does not produce proper amounts of hormones and neurotransmitters. Replenishing the body’s stores of these chemicals can therefore profoundly support the healing process and Lyme doctors will commonly prescribe bio-identical hormones such as pregnenolone, DHEA and thyroid hormone to their patients, along with amino acids such as L-tyrosine, GABA and 5-HTP, which the body uses to make neurotransmitters. To make these amino acids work in the body, supplemental co-factors such as P5P, SAMe and/or methyl B-12 are also sometimes important.
 
4). Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies.  It’s not uncommon for people with Lyme to have vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by Lyme and/or which exacerbate Lyme symptoms. Common deficiencies include magnesium, Vitamins D, C and B-vitamins; zinc and iron—among others. Supplementation with these nutrients can help to support the body during healing. (For more information on common nutritional deficiencies in Lyme disease and supplements that support the body, I encourage you to check out my 2012 book,Beyond Lyme Disease).
 
5). Inflammation.  Many symptoms are caused by inflammation, which in turn, is caused by many factors, including environmental toxicity, infections, stress and a poor diet. Reducing inflammation involves mitigating all of its causes, such as removing pathogens and toxins from the body, and downregulating the immune response with nutrients and tools such as low-dose immunotherapy. High-quality natural anti-inflammatory substances such as curcumin may also be helpful for supporting the body’s inflammatory response.
 
6). Mitochondrial Dysfunction.  The mitochondria are the cell’s energy furnaces from which ATP, or energy, is created. In Lyme disease, the mitochondria don’t function properly, which in turn causes anaerobic metabolism and hypoxia, a condition in which the cells don’t receive enough oxygen and which results in fatigue. Supporting the mitochondria with supplements such as L-carnitine and CO Q-10 can help to mitigate fatigue and other symptoms related to mitochondrial dysfunction. 
 
7). Emotional Trauma. Many studies have proven that trauma suppresses immune function and when prolonged, can open the door to chronic health challenges.  Many practitioners also now believe that trauma is stored in the organs and tissues of the body, and that this trauma can be removed with hands-on techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) www.emofree.com and limbic system retraining, among others. Dynamic Neural Retraining is one limbic system retraining program that some people with chronic Lyme have found to be helpful: http://dnrsystem.com.
 
8). A Poor Diet. Our food supply has been greatly adulterated and contaminated with genetically modified, antibiotic, hormone and pesticide-laden foods, all of which interfere with the proper functioning of the body.  People with Lyme disease may be even less tolerant of foods that have been contaminated and adulterated by the food industry, and bad foods, along with food allergies, are a significant contributing factor to symptoms.  Therefore, removing allergenic foods and consuming fresh, organic “real” food, such as non-GMO, antibiotic, pesticide and hormone-free meats, poultry, eggs and other proteins; non-starchy veggies and low-glycemic fruits, along with healthy fats such as olive and coconut oil, can help to alleviate symptoms caused by food.
 
9).  Poor Gastrointestinal Function.  Poor gastrointestinal function can be a precursor to disease, as well as the result of it. Lyme disease commonly causes deficiencies of hydrochloric acid, enzymes and beneficial gut bacteria, and an overgrowth of Candida and other infections. These things in turn cause nutrient malabsorption, gut dysbiosis and Leaky Gut Syndrome, all of which cause symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, brain fog, inflammation, depression and pain, among others.  Supplementing with GI nutrients such as hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and probiotics may help to support gastrointestinal function in those with Lyme.
 
10). Environmental Toxicity. We all live in a sea of chemical and electromagnetic toxins. Studies show that babies are born with more than 200 chemical toxins in their bodies, (such as aluminum, cadmium, mercury, plastics and other harmful compounds) and these toxins have been proven in many studies to damage the organs and systems of the body, especially the neurological system. Many people with Lyme even have environmental toxicity as the primary cause of their symptoms, which means that removing these toxins with well-thought-out detoxification strategies is essential for healing. Sauna therapy, rebounding, coffee enemas, liver cleanses, and taking toxin binders such as zeolite, chlorella, EDTA, activated charcoal—among others, are just a few ways to remove toxins from the body.  Ideally, you’ll want to work with a practitioner who can test your body for toxins and prescribe a regimen based on your needs. The same holds for the other causes of symptoms described here. 
 

Hyperthermia: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Lyme Disease

 

Note: This article was originally published on ProHealth.com on October 1, 2016: on http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29469

Hyperthermia has been widely used in Europe and some other parts of the world as a viable alternative cancer treatment.   Whole body hyperthermia involves incubating the entire body inside of a thermal chamber and heating it to 107-108 degrees Fahrenheit, and then cooling it over a period of six hours, during which time the heat kills of any cancer cells and microbes deep within the organs and tissues. Local and regional hyperthermia heat specific areas of the body where tumors are located. 
 
When combined with other treatments, local, regional and whole body hyperthermia have a high rate of success in treating various cancers—even late stage cancers that have failed to respond to more conventional treatments.
 
Of late, a few practitioners have also discovered hyperthermia to be an extraordinary tool for treating Lyme infections, especially Bartonella, Borrelia, Mycoplasma, and viruses. One of these practitioners, Friedrich Douwes, MD, a renowned integrative cancer doctor in Bad Aibling, Germany accidentally discovered that hyperthermia could kill Lyme infections over 13 years ago, when two of his cancer patients who also had Lyme disease saw their Lyme infections go into remission after he treated them for cancer using hyperthermia!
 
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Douwes stumbled upon research that showed that syphilis spirochetes--which are similar to Borrelia spirochetes- were susceptible to heat and would die when the body’s temperature was elevated to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, as in hyperthermia.  He then surmised that Lyme spirochetes might also be susceptible to heat, and so continued to treat Lyme patients using hyperthermia, with great success.
 
What's more, Dr. Douwes discovered that the effects of hyperthermia were potentiated whenever he would administer IV antibiotics to his patients during the treatment, and that the treatments penetrated deep into the tissues, where they normally would not reach without hyperthermia. This was a revolutionary discovery for him, and has turned out to be a great benefit to his patients, many of whom who have been healed of Lyme after failing years of antibiotic tretament and/or other therapies. 
 
In my upocming book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies that Work(which will be released later this month!), Dr. Douwes describes his protocol for Lyme, which includes hyperthermia, in conjunction with other tools that he uses for Lyme treatment such as IV ozone, peptides and nutritional therapy. He has a high success rate in treating patients for Borrelia and Bartonella using these tools, although admits that hyperthermia is not as effective for Babesia.
 
Still, Dr. Douwes’ website has some incredible testimonials of people who have been healed after just one or two hyperthermia treatments, along with a couple of weeks of adjunct therapies, and his reputation as a renowned cancer expert has also opened the door for him to becomes widely successful at treating Lyme and related conditions.
 
Hyperthermia may not be a suitable treatment for everyone; indeed, there is a risk of side effects for a small percentage of people, although Dr. Douwes believes that these effects can be greatly minimized with conscientious preparation and planning. He contends that he has never had a patient experience serious side effects though, because he and his staff take great care to ensure that all necessary preparatory precautions are taken, before, during and after the treatment.
 
Dr. Douwes charges approximately 15,000 euros for two weeks of treatment, which includes the adjunct tools that he uses to heal his patients. While this is a lot of money for some people, considering that many people with Lyme disease spend well over that much money on treatment, year after year, 15,000 euros may be a bargain for others. What's more, hyperthermia may be an important treatment for those who have failed more conventional regimens involving herbal remedies and antibiotics. Indeed, I believe that it may become a more popular treatment in the days to come as more and more people learn about it.
 
In any case, I encourage you to check out Dr. Douwes’ chapter in New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment, where you can learn more about this new, cutting edge Lyme treatment that is setting thousands of people free from this insidious disease.
 

The Amazing Benefits of Siberian Ginseng in Lyme Disease

Note: This article was originally published on February 21, 2017 at ProHealth.com: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29987

Siberian ginseng, or Eleuthero is one of the most important and widely used herbal remedies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has long been used as an adaptogen and tonic to strengthen “qi” or “chi,” –or the body’s energy. It invigorates the body and mind, and has been shown in studies and among users to reduce mental and physical stress.  Among its other benefits, it has been found to help maintain healthy blood circulation, support healthy immune function and a healthy inflammatory response; help the liver to detoxify, enhance memory, mood and cognition, relieve symptoms of menopause and menstrual disorders, and, perhaps most significantly, relieve chronic fatigue.
 
Master herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of multiple books on herbal remedies and Lyme disease, advocates Siberian ginseng for managing a variety of Lyme-related symptoms, including chronic fatigue and depression.  In his book, Healing Lymehe writes that Siberian ginseng is useful for alleviating chronic fatigue, mental fog and confusion, low immune function and difficulty in overcoming the disease.
 
On page 135, he writes, “A number of clinical trials have shown significant immune-enhancing activity, including significant increases in immunocompetent cells, specifically T-lymphocytes (helper/inducers, cytotoxic and natural killer cells. Tests of the herb have repeatedly shown that it increases the ability of human beings to withstand adverse conditions, increases mental alertness and improves performance.”[i]
 
Siberian ginseng has long been one of my favorite herbal remedies, and I used it often during the first years that I battled Lyme disease, especially when I was deeply fatigued and needed an energy boost. I also found that it significantly improved my mood and cognition, and helped me to work longer throughout the day.
 
Recently, I began taking it again after my sweetheart Bill was hospitalized for congestive heart failure and I became exhausted and overwhelmed by the stress of traveling to and from the hospital daily for a month. I hadn’t taken Siberian Ginseng for at least five years and so had kind of forgotten about it. But one day as I was driving to the hospital, I became shaky and weak, and thought, “My adrenal glands need help. I badly need energy. What can I do?” And then it popped into my mind—Siberian Ginseng!  So I ordered some and since re-starting this marvelous herb, I have begun to recover some of my energy and stamina, and as a side benefit, have found that my focus and concentration are better.
 
Siberian ginseng can be used long term, although Buhner, in his book, Healing Lymerecommends a weaker tincture for long-term use (say, 12 months), and stronger formulations (eg. 2 parts herb to one part liquid, or one part herb to one part liquid) for severe or acute cases of Lyme disease.
 
Most researchers agree that Siberian Ginseng is most likely safe when it’s used for just a short period of time. In a few people, it may cause insomnia, headache, nervousness, drowsiness, and hypoglycemia, so it’s a good idea to consult your doctor or other qualified holistic health care practitioner before taking this herb. Siberian ginseng may also be contraindicated in people with heart conditions, diabetes, or hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer, so if you have one of these conditions, again, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before taking it.
 
A handful of studies have proven some of the benefits of Siberian ginseng. For instance, one study, the results of which were published in Phytotherapy Research in 2005, showed Siberian ginseng to inhibit brain inflammation and microglial activation in conditions of brain ischemia, a condition in which there is insufficient blood flow to the brain. Because the brain is often highly inflamed in Lyme disease, it may be useful for helping to relieve neurological symptoms caused by Lyme.
 
In another study on rats, the results of which were published in Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicology, Siberian Ginseng was shown to inhibit histamine release from peritoneal mast cells. Some integrative doctors have found that people with Lyme disease, mold illness and other severe health conditions have mast cell activation disorder (MCAD) or other histamine disorders, which are either a contributing cause or effect of their conditions. MCAD and excessive histamine release cause widespread inflammation and symptoms. This study suggests that Siberian ginseng may therefore be a useful therapy for controlling histamine release.
 
In a third study on the elderly, the results of which were published in 2004 in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Siberian ginseng was shown to improve energy, mental health and social functioning after just four weeks of treatment. These findings confirm its usefulness as an energy and mood enhancer.  Depression is a common symptom of Lyme disease, and occurs both as a result of the disease process itself and the difficult circumstances that it creates in a person’s life, so Siberian Ginseng may be an ideal remedy for helping to mitigate this symptom.
 
Indeed, I am re-integrating this marvelous herb into my list of go-to remedies, whenever I need a little energy boost, encouragement or push to get through stressful times. Perhaps you will find it to be a useful go-to remedy, as well.
 
Further Reading and References. 
 
Buhner, S. 2005. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections. Raven Press, Pp. 135-137.
 
Yungmin Bu, Zhen Hua Jin, Sun Young Park, Sunkyung Baek, Sungju Rho, Nina Ha, Seong Kyu Park, Hocheol Kim. Siberian ginseng reduces infarct volume in transient focal cerebral ischaemia in Sprague-Dawley rats. Phytother Res. 2005 Feb;19(2):167-9. PMID: 15852490
 
H J Jeong, H N Koo, N I Myung, M K Shin, J W Kim, D K Kim, K S Kim, H M Kim, Y M Lee. Inhibitory effects of mast cell-mediated allergic reactions by cell cultured Siberian Ginseng. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2001 Feb;23(1):107-17. PMID: 11322643
 
A F G Cicero, G Derosa, R Brillante, R Bernardi, S Nascetti, A Gaddi
Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim.) on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial.Arch Gerontol Geriatr Suppl. 2004;(9):69-73. PMID: 15207399
 
Hartz AJ, Bentler S, Noyes R, Hoehns J, Logemann C, Sinift S, Butani Y, Wang W, Brake K, Ernst M, Kautzman H. "Randomized controlled trial of Siberian ginseng for chronic fatigue." Psychol Med. 2004 Jan;34(1):51-61.
 
Lee YJ, Chung HY, Kwak HK, Yoon S. "The effects of A. senticosus supplementation on serum lipid profiles, biomarkers of oxidative stress, and lymphocyte DNA damage in postmenopausal women." Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Oct 10;375(1):44-8.
 
 [i] Buhner, S. 2005. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections. Raven Press, Pp. 135-137

The Link Between Electromagnetic Pollution and Lyme Disease and How to Remediate Your Environment for a Faster Recovery

 

Note: This article was originally published on December 2, 2016: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29722

We are all awash in a sea of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which come from a variety of sources, including power lines, cell phones, smart meters, Wi-Fi, microwave towers, appliances and other places. Hundreds, if not thousands of studies have proven the detrimental effects of manmade electromagnetic fields upon the body, yet the amount of electromagnetic fields in the environment increases exponentially every year.
 
What’s more, studies have shown that pathogenic microbes multiply more quickly and act more virulently in the presence of EMFs and that healthy, beneficial bacteria that the body needs to fight disease multiply more slowly. If you have Lyme disease this is important to understand as it means that your recovery can become compromised if you are living in a high-EMF environment.
 
Thomas Rau, MD of the renowned Swiss Paracelsus Clinic stated in an interview on ElectromagneticHealth.org: “Cultures of normal human endogenous bacterial cultures grow much less when exposed to EMR. They grow less when they are around a mobile phone, a tower or cordless phone. Growing less good bacteria in your body means you will have an overgrowth of bad bacteria that can result in things like Lyme disease. Especially from the east coast of the USA, we have many patients with Lyme.”
 
And in my just-released book, New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment, renowned Lyme-literate doctor Dietrich Klinghardt, MD contends that the same happens with mold. He says, “A Swiss mold researcher once conducted some simple experiments to measure the virulence and presence of mold and mold toxins in high EMF environments. He exposed molds to a Wi-Fi router and found that the production of mycotoxins was dramatically increased by the energetic frequencies. The virulence of the mold toxins also increased 600-fold.”
 
EMFs are also immunosuppressive. In New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment, Dr. Klinghardt states, “The negative effects that EMFs have upon the body are cumulative and twofold. First, EMFs—particularly the microwave radiation from cell phones and cell phone towers—are highly immunosuppressive. Secondly, (and as I just mentioned) electromagnetic pollution drives the growth of microbes within the body…”
 
Many studies that show the detrimental effects of EMFs upon the body can be found here Electromagnetic pollution has been found to cause or exacerbate a multitude of disorders, including cancer, autism, chronic fatigue, and insomnia—among others. Dr. Klinghardt shared with me in his interview for my book that he has even seen people relapse from conditions such as Lyme and Parkinson’s just as a result of having smart meters installed onto their homes!
 
I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but I find that EMF remediation is one of those things that people don’t tend to take as seriously in their recovery process; perhaps because EMFs are invisible and their effects upon the body are not always obvious.  Yet I believe that EMFs are one of the foremost causes of disease today (especially cancer), and one of the factors that can hinder recovery from Lyme and other chronic illnesses.
 
The good news is, there are things that you can do to lower the amount of EMFs that you are exposed to in your home environment. It is especially important to create a sleep sanctuary and ensure that the EMFs in your bedroom are low, as nighttime (or whenever you sleep) is when the body regenerates itself.
 
Many of you who are reading this will already know about the obvious things to do to lower EMFs in your bedroom. These include:
 
·       Unplugging your Wi-Fi and all appliances
·       Turning off your circuit breakers (if possible)
·       Turning off your cell phone and unplugging or getting rid of any cordless phones. (Many cordless phones emit more EMFs than cell phones).
·       Using an EMF-blocking sleep canopy over your bed to create a Faraday cage, which will block out EMFs from radio frequencies that come from sources such as cell phone towers and Wi-Fi. 

As a side note, the shielding material that is used to create EMF canopies varies in its effectiveness, depending on the type of material used. Given that we are continually being exposed to higher frequencies and concentrations of EMFs, I would recommend purchasing a shielding material with a high level of protection; up to 60 db or 10 Ghz. (LessEMF.com sells one with this level of shielding). They are pricey, but a one-time investment and well worth it.

·       Sleeping with a grounding sheet, which connects your body to the earth and helps to normalize its energy field.  For more information, see: www.Earthing.net.
 
Electromagnetic remediation can be a bit complex, because there are different types of electromagnetic pollution, each affecting the body in a different way, and each requiring its own solution.  And the shielding needs to be used in the proper way or it can make things worse.
 
For instance, bed canopies will filter out RF frequencies from microwave towers and cell phones, but not magnetic fields from wall wiring, power lines and other sources. So you’ll want to find a solution for both the RF frequencies and magnetic fields, if you find that you are being exposed to both. Online stores such as LessEMF.com sell shielding material and other solutions for every type of EMF exposure, and can often provide good guidance about what you’ll need (Note: I am not affiliated with LessEMF.com nor do I receive any kind of compensation from them for mentioning their products).
 
But the first thing you’ll want to do is purchase a high quality EMF meter that measures magnetic fields, as well as high and low RF and electrical fields.  The least expensive, best all-inclusive option that I have found is the Tri-Mode High + Low Frequency Meter. This one may not be as sensitive as some of the more expensive models but according to the folks at LessEMF.com, it will give you a pretty good idea about the fields that you are being exposed to, and it is very reasonably priced at just under $200.
 
Guidance and being able to measure the fields is important as electromagnetic pollution can come from a variety of sources from inside and outside the home (many of which I mentioned earlier in this article, although this list isn’t all inclusive). When determining what type of meter and shielding you need, I encourage you to ask lots of questions. Many companies that sell EMF shielding products can usually provide helpful information about what you’ll need as can Building Biologists.  
 
I have wasted a lot of time, money and energy on poor shielding products and often ended up living in the wrong places because I did not understand EMF pollution well, so I encourage you to take the time to really learn about it. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but the rewards that you’ll reap as a result of understanding and doing EMF remediation; better sleep, less fatigue, and a faster recovery—among others, are well worth it.

 

Foods that Support Adrenal Function and Facilitate Recovery

Note: This article was originally published on ProHealth.com on December 17, 2016: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29765

When you battle Lyme disease, the adrenal glands can really take a beating. These two little triangular-shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys are responsible for a multitude of functions, including helping to manage the body’s immune function, blood pressure, blood sugar, mineral balance and more. They secrete hormones such as cortisol that support the immune system, but under conditions of extreme stress, such as illness, the adrenals may under-function and not produce the proper amount of hormones required for recovery.
 
Fortunately, you can give your immune system a boost by supporting your adrenals with nutrients such as ashwaghanda, licorice, Siberian ginseng, Vitamin C and pantethine, as well as adrenal glandular formulas and even bioidentical hormones. All of these can be incredibly beneficial in the recovery process. I discuss some of these nutrients in my 2012 book, Beyond Lyme Disease. I also recommend Dr. Lam’s book, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome - Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs and his website: www.DrLam.com, for more information on adrenal-strengthening supplements.
 
Equally important for supporting the adrenals is a healthy diet. In general, my research and personal experience indicate that a high-fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet tend to be best for most with exhausted adrenal glands. This is because healthy fats support the production of hormones, provide healthy nutrients to the body, and balance the blood sugar, as does protein. Carbohydrates, especially higher-glycemic fruits, grains and simple sugars, when consumed in excess, tend to spike the blood sugar and stress the adrenal glands over the long run.
 
One particularly nourishing adrenal food that I have personally found to be very beneficial in my recovery process is fresh bone broth. Bones contain lots of adrenal-building nutrients, and when broth is freshly prepared (not store bought in a box or can), nutrients that help to rebuild the adrenals and connective tissue get extracted out of the bone marrow into the broth. One hallmark of adrenal fatigue is connective tissue breakdown, and the gelatinous substance that comes from cartilage and tendons and which is found in fresh broth helps to rebuild that tissue.
 
Preparing fresh bone broth is easy. Simply take some bones (those form beef and/or chicken work best) and place them in a large pot of boiling water for five minutes. Then, turn the heat down, add some carrots, onion, celery, salt and/or other seasoning, and simmer for anywhere from 4-12 hours. The longer you simmer the bones, the more nutrients that will be extracted from them. Add a bit of vinegar to enhance this effect.
 
In addition, soups and stews tend to be hearty adrenal-building foods. When prepared in a Crock Pot or other slow cooker using a variety of fresh vegetables and meats, they can provide some similar benefits to bone broth in that they extract some nutrients from the bones (if bone-in meat is used) and are a rich source of minerals.
 
While some people may be able to tolerate potatoes in their stews and soups, I don’t recommend using potatoes if you have adrenal fatigue, because potatoes can spike the blood sugar, and many people are allergic to them because most are genetically modified (at least in the United States).
 
Instead, include some celery, onions, parsley, sweet potato (which is higher in fiber and nutrients than white potatoes, and has a less dramatic effect on blood sugar), and carrots in your soups and stews. Carrots are higher on the glycemic index but are rich in nutrients and when consumed with animal protein, have less of a detrimental effect upon the blood sugar.
 
Personally, I find bone broths, soups and stews to be more satisfying, energizing and strengthening to my body and adrenals than when I simply consume some animal protein and a salad or a vegetable. Perhaps this is due to their rich mineral content, and the fact that more nutrients get extracted from meat that is slow cooked.
 
Debate exists within the Lyme disease medical community about whether healthy grains and legumes (rice, millet, beans, etc.) are healthy for the body. While I believe that some of us need some “heavier” carbohydrates in the form of grains and legumes from time to time, the healing of the gut can be compromised by eating too many grains and legumes. High carb foods are also thought to feed pathogenic organisms and cancer cells. What’s more, many people with Lyme suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome, a condition whereby small particles of food pass through damaged junctions in the small intestines into the bloodstream, and cause inflammation, instead of being fully processed by the digestive system. Consuming too many grains can inhibit the healing of the gut (even if they are non-gluten), while also stressing the adrenal glands, as they cause more of a blood sugar spike than vegetables.
 
Other foods that people with Lyme disease are commonly allergic to, such as dairy products, soy, nuts, sugar, nightshade vegetables and of course, processed and artificial foods—also stress the adrenals. This is because allergenic foods cause inflammation, and the adrenals release a hormone called cortisol in response to that inflammation, which puts a drain on the endocrine system. Inflammation causes a host of other problems in the body that can further tax the adrenals. So simply avoiding allergenic foods can go a long way toward strengthening these glands.
 
Finally, it goes without saying that stimulants such as coffee and sugar heavily tax the adrenals, by causing the adrenals to release fight-or-flight hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.  
 
Therefore, many medical experts believe that the best diet for people with adrenal fatigue includes ample amounts of healthy fats from foods such as avocado, coconut, and olive oil; moderate amounts of healthy protein from sources such as organic, free-range beef, chicken, bison, turkey, low-mercury fish (such as salmon and tilapia); and generous amounts of low-glycemic fruits and vegetables.  In general, I have found that apples, pears, berries, lemons and limes are OK for most people with Lyme, although those who are diabetic or have highly unstable blood sugar may prefer to stay away from fruit entirely.
 
I believe that it’s also essential to eat clean food that doesn’t contain pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or growth hormones. All of these things damage the body and cause inflammation which again, can stress the adrenal glands. I don’t believe that eating organic should be optional for those who are battling a major health issue. The body was not designed to ingest chemicals and artificial hormones and antibiotics on a regular basis. Doing so causes a chronic inflammatory response that can impede healing.
 
It can difficult and expensive to maintain a diet that includes only animal protein, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits and veggies, but even if you are only able to do this some of the time, you are likely to reap great rewards in your healing journey and help to restore your adrenal function, which in turn will help you to overcome Lyme.

Tips for Healing from Mold Toxicity, A Common Lyme Disease Co-Condition

Note: This article was originally published on ProHealth.com on October 16, 2016: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=29503

Mold illness, or biotoxin illness, as it is sometimes called—is a common Lyme co-condition that can debilitate and weaken the body as much as Lyme, but up until recently, it hasn’t been widely recognized by the medical community. When Ritchie Shoemaker, MDs renowned book on mold toxicity, Mold Warriors was first released in 2005, I believe that it got some people with Lyme disease thinking that mold might be a component of their overall symptom picture, but it seems as though it has only been in the past few years that doctors and patients have started to take the issue of mold seriously.
 
I don’t know why so many people with Lyme also suffer from mold illness; it may be that having Lyme compromises the body in such a way that makes the body more susceptible to Lyme. At the same time, becoming sick from mold may create a scenario whereby people are more susceptible to becoming sick from Lyme infections. In the end, both conditions weaken the immune system, which then predisposes the body to other problems.
 
If you look on the Internet, you’ll find a thousand and one solutions for remediating mold. Not all of these work—I surmise, in fact, that many of them don’t.  Healing from mold toxicity is a complex, multifaceted process that requires more than just taking a binder or two for mold toxins, ozonating your environment, or diffusing some essential oils into the air.
 
First, if you suspect that you have mold toxicity, I recommend doing a urine mycotoxin test from RealTime Labs. Neil Nathan, MD, one of the doctors featured in my just-released book New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment recommends taking 500 mg glutathione daily for a week before doing the test, and then doing a sauna 30 minute before the test, for best results. It’s also a good idea to see a doctor who specializes in both Lyme disease and mold.
 
Next, if you find out that you are mold toxic, it’s important to discover whether you are being currently exposed to mold, or whether you are sick from a prior exposure. You can test your home for mycotoxins (mold toxins) through Real Time Labs, or do an ERMI test.  Alternatively, Raj Patel, MD, who is also featured in New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment, shares a strategy for testing for mold in your home via C4a testing.  Mold is produced mostly via water leaks, which are not always obvious, which is why testing is so important. The absence of a musty smell or an obvious water leak does not preclude the possibility of mold being an issue in your home.
 
If you find that your home has mold via testing, in most cases, you will need to move. If you are certain that the mold is confined to a specific area, you may be able to have the area remediated. If you remediate, make sure to find a reputable company recommended by a mold-literate doctor or practitioner as improper remediation can make matters worse. Sadly, up to half of all homes in the United States have mold. Not everyone will be affected by it, but if you know that you are susceptible to mold, you may want to play it safe and live in newer construction in a drier state such as Arizona, Colorado or Nevada.
 
Several of the doctors that are featured in New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment describe their comprehensive approach to mold treatment. For instance, Dr. Nathan contends that it’s necessary to not only bind mold toxins according to the type of toxin that’s in the body (whether ochratoxin, aflatoxin, tricothene, gliotoxin, and so on), but to also take medications and/or remedies to kill the mold in the body, particularly the sinuses and gut. 
 
This is because when you get sick from mold, you need to kill off the “live” mold, as well as bind the toxins that they produce. According to Dr. Nathan, mold colonizes in the gut and sinuses because these areas provide a favorable, moist environment in which it can grow. Removing it from these places requires taking medications or strong herbal remedies to remove it from the gut, as well as sinus sprays to remove it from the sinuses.
 
Effective mold binders range from activated charcoal, to chlorella, bentonite clay and the medication cholestyramine. You can find more information about Dr. Nathan’s and Dr. Raj Patel’s mold treatment protocols in New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment. 
 
Treating mold toxicity is important, and most of the doctors that I’ve interviewed tell me that you can’t get better from Lyme disease until you treat mold. Mold, in fact, must be treated first in many cases—and Lyme disease, only after that. Symptoms of mold illness mimic those of Bartonella, a common Lyme co-infection, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a doctor that understands both conditions.  Fatigue, depression, anxiety, brain fog, respiratory problems, rashes and neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, neuropathy, dizziness and gait problems—are just a few symptoms of mold. For more information on mold and mold symptoms, I highly recommend reading Ritchie Shoemaker, MDs page, SurvivingMold.com, and his books that are featured there.
 
Fortunately, I’m finding that more and more Lyme-literate doctors are becoming educated about mold, which is good news if you’re having trouble finding a doctor who understands both conditions.  When seeking out a Lyme-literate doctor, it’s a good idea to ask about their experience in this area, as mold toxicity is complicated and must be treated by those who truly understand it. If your doctor wants to throw some cholestyramine at you, while neglecting to address the other aspects of treatment—run! A comprehensive approach is important, and must include treatment for mold and mycotoxins, as well as perhaps for inflammation and mast cell activation (more on mast cell activation in my next article), a condition whereby the body continually releases histamine, which causes inflammation, as a result of mold toxicity and other factors.
 
If you have treated yourself for Lyme for years and haven’t gotten better, consider that mold may be one reason why. The good news is, if you discover that you have it, you can get treatment for it, and as you do, you may just find yourself removing a major roadblock to healing and feeling better than you ever have before.