Please Help Us Fight Lyme Disease

untitled-design-6

Living with a chronic illness can be extremely isolating especially when the conditions you suffer are so misunderstood. I have always yearned to connect with others who would understand. Last year I had joined a very niche facebook group that focuses on discussing various advanced complimentary and conventional treatments used to heal the body and reach optimal health. Most of the members were from the USA and Europe but one day I saw a post on the group from a man and he mentioned he was from Australia. I felt compelled to write to him, I wanted to know what his story was. I had never added a stranger on facebook before but I decided to add Boz and send him a message. He asked me about my health journey first so I attempted to write about what I had gone through for the past 10 years. It was hard to summarise but I managed to keep it relatively short. I told him about how I had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at age 20 and how I had tried everything in my power to heal from this for many years. I mentioned how I was finally finding answers and had tested positive for Lyme Disease in 2013.

When I received a reply from Boz I was in shock. I was nervous I had overshared and I was wondering how he would respond to this or if he would respond at all. His message read – ‘That was really bizarre to read. When I first read it I kinda chuckled in disbelief, the second time just now I felt an innate joy, mainly because I realised I’m not alone. I know a lot of people are in very similar situations but everything you said could’ve come from my own mouth. I literally feel like I’ve found the female version of me!’

After reading his entire reply that described everything he had been through I was speechless. I felt so much compassion for this beautiful soul. I could not believe how similar our journeys had been. Boz too was diagnosed with CFS at the age of 17 and was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease in 2016. We have both since been diagnosed with CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) after being exposed to toxic black mould in our homes.

We continued to talk about all things health and wellness and discovered that we had both tried the same modalities, supplements, conventional and complimentary treatments, therapeutic diets and made similar lifestyle changes at an attempt to heal our bodies. We started to bounce ideas off one another about trying new therapies and approaches we could use to heal and get our lives back. We became great friends!

Boz and I are at the point where we have tried everything available to us in Australia to heal without success. Because of the lack of awareness, funding and treatments available here for Lyme Disease and associated conditions many are now travelling overseas to receive the proper treatment and care they deserve. We recently found out about a clinic in Cyprus that is treating Lyme Disease patients using advanced science based medicine combining the powerful effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at 2.4 ATA and the Russian Method of Ozone Therapy. We are desperate to go over to Cyprus and heal but unfortunately we do not have the funds to do so. We have both been unable to support ourselves financially for many years, unable to work because of the severity of our illnesses and we have no savings.

After feeling so much resistance to doing so we both decided we needed to create a crowd funding campaign to raise the money for our treatment, flights and accommodation. I have felt so embarrassed that it has come to this. Boz and I are both extremely independent, driven and ambitious individuals and we never thought we would have to ask for help. After so many years of doing it so tough alone, it is time. We would be so grateful for any help. This could be sharing our fundraiser on social media or it could be a donation.

gofundme.com/helpbozandamygetwell

I am so grateful that you have taken the time to read this. I am blessed to have such wonderful followers. Thank you. Love, light and Blessings, Amy x

Some more details about the treatment below.

The package involves 27 days of daily intensive treatment listed below ~

HYPERBARIC THERAPY TREATMENT CENTRE

HBOT/OZONE PACKAGE

 • 4 ½ – 5 week package – 27 Days treatment.

• Thermal Imaging Scanning- taken at day one, midway and final day intervals to check your    progress.

• IRIDOLAB™, Vitlabs, a Biometric Health Evaluation system using a retinal scanning technology will also monitor your progress during your stay with us.

• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – minimum 27 sessions (40 hours) at 2.4 ATA.

• IV Ozone – 27 daily sessions. Ozonated Saline through drip.

• IV Vitamin C – 27 sessions given daily.

• IV Laser Therapy – minimum 2 per week.

• Projuvenox™ Detox/Massage Sessions – 3 per week.

• Transfers to the clinic from your accommodation in Larnaca and returns daily.

• Colonic Irrigation – Recommended 1 per week at a Colon Hydrotherapy clinic which is five minute drive from the HBOT clinic. (Transfers to and from this clinic are included in the package price)

• Ultrasound – Professional handheld units for personal use on the premises – 27 sessions. This reduces inflammation and helps clear sinuses.

• Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy – 27 sessions.

 Total package price €5 500.00

Advertisements

5 Tips For A Healthier Home With Healthy Home Expert Kathryn Woods

We spend on average 90% of our time indoors and indoor air quality is generally much worse than outside, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Creating a sanctuary in our home energetically as well as in relation to physical health (along with good nutrition) is one of the most profound changes we can make in our lives.

Here are my 5 top tips to a healthier home and a healthier you.

1. Check for and minimise mould and damp. In Australia it’s estimated that 1 in 2 homes have signs of indoor damp, leaking or visible mould.  Mould exposure can lead to many health issues including respiratory (cough, wheeze, asthma etc.) and other infections and allergic reactions.  Some people also experience a chronic inflammatory response of the immune system (often diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome), which has a huge range of symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, joint problems, neurological problems, weight gain and much more. If you have leaks or flooding it’s critical that any water or damp is dried out within 48 hours, depending on the extent you may need to hire experts to help you with this. If you can see or smell damp/mould you need to find the source of damp and have that rectified as a priority, just trying to clean it means it will come back. There are many potential sources including inadequate ventilation, previous flooding that weren’t dried out, plumbing issues, humidity etc. If you have small areas of mould it’s possible to clean them yourself, however for larger areas its best to call in a certified remediator to help.  Non porous surfaces can be cleaned with a mix of vinegar and water, and porous surfaces use alcohol and water. Household items and clothing effected by mould should be discarded or treated by a remediator.  In relation to mould prevention do everything you can to keep the inside of your home free from moisture. If you’re unsure about any of this or feel that you may have a mould problem it would be best to consult a Building Biologist or someone with knowledge in this area.

2. Reduce dust levels. The World Health Organisation has stated that particulate matter is the most important pollutant worldwide, both indoors and outdoors, in terms of human health effects. Particulate matter (or dust to most of us) is a major contributor to allergies and asthma both of which have a very high incidence in Australia, and so it’s an especially important issue here. Dust can also contain large amounts of toxic materials such as heavy metals, mould, bacteria and chemicals. There are some very simple things you can do to reduce the level of dust in your home including not wearing shoes inside which studies have shown can reduce dust (including the toxic kind) by more than 50%, and this simple change will also result in much less cleaning. Making cleaning simpler and easier is another great way to reduce dust by using damp microfiber cloths and mops for cleaning surfaces and floors. The weave technology in these cloths is the most effective way to pick up dust and dirt (for more information on how this technology works (http://www.explainthatstuff.com/microfibercloths.html). A vacuum with a HEPA filter is really important, especially if you have carpet and especially if you have someone with Asthma.

3. Reduce exposure to Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs) where you spend time.  Both AC magnetic fields (from electricity) and radio frequency fields (from wifi and telecommunications) can have a broad range health implications particularly for sensitive individuals including  anxiety, increased blood pressure, mood changes, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, hormonal disorders, insomnia, dizziness, ow concentration, ringing in the ears etc. They have also been associated with a number of cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and fertility issues. Additionally they can suppress the production of melatonin (as can the light from many of the technologies we use), which is an issue because melatonin is critical for sleep and works like an antioxidant in our bodies. In Australia regulations don’t reflect the mounting research and statements made from organisations like the World Health Organisation regarding EMFs, and as a result our standards are hundreds of times higher than many other countries. The most important thing to do is to eliminate as much as you can and create distance, particularly in your bedroom.  Don’t have electrical appliance plugged In your bedroom while you sleep and no wireless technology turned on in your bedroom.  Use wired technology as much as you can for internet use, instead of cordless phones etc. Use an earpiece or speaker for your mobile phone, and make sure they are in flight mode when kids are playing games on them.  Make sure routers are not placed where people spend time and turn them off when they’re not in use. In order to reduce the impact on melatonin release (and therefore sleep) stop any screen activity for an hour or so before bed, use low voltage lamps in the evening to create a soft light, turn off as much electrical and radio frequency devices as you can, and relax and slowdown.  

4. Reduce your exposure to chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).  In Australia cleaning products are not required to list their ingredients and personal care products can be fairly vague about theirs. Additionally building materials, furnishings and clothing can contain a large array of VOC’s such as formaldehyde, particularly due to increases in imported goods. Many of these products have chemicals that can affect our hormones, cause skin irritations, respiratory problems amongst many other things. This can be overwhelming, so I suggest starting with a product you use every day such as soap or toothpaste. Research each products ingredients until you’ve found the best alternative for you, before moving on to your next product. There’s lots of information online to help you research, including from The Environmental Working Group who have developed a number of databases on cleaning products, cosmetics, sunscreens etc. http://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides. Also try to avoid plastics as much as possible and anything with fragrance or perfume, especially air fresheners.  When building or renovating opt for low toxic materials and consider what is used in the production of your clothing and furnishings. Make sure you have good ventilation in your home, for when these things do make their way inside. 

5. Cut down on clutter in your home. Although this isn’t theoretically part of Feng Shui, it is very difficult to create the best energy when parts of the home are stuck with clutter.  When we cut back on our physical clutter we also reduce our emotional clutter and improve our health. Clutter can indicate worry, holding on to the past and can prevent new opportunities coming into your life. It can lead to blockages in a specific area of your life and prevent you from being focused. From my experience the change this one thing can make in someones life is incredibly powerful, and most people will talk about feeling physically lighter and clearer. Additionally giving away, selling or up-cycling unwanted items can create a positive energy. Physical clutter in your home can also increase environmental health risks as there will be a higher accumulation of dust, VOC’s and other toxins; mould and some items can conduct EMFs such as metal objects. So is really important to let go of the things that no longer serve you.

Kathryn Woods is a qualified Nutritionist, and Feng Shui and Environmental Health practitioner. She works with people across all areas of health in clinic rooms in Byron Bay and Ocean Shores, she does home audits and consultations as well as group holistic health workshops in peoples homes. You can find Kathryn on her website www.kathrynwoods.com.au and her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kathrynwoodsnutritionandhomehealth/.

An Update And My Healing Regimen

The past year has been a turbulent one. I thought I had no more lessons to learn from this dis-ease. I was so wrong. After experiencing some serious allergic reactions and in general a severe decline in my condition over christmas my health deteriorated further. I cannot truly put how I felt into words, it was like every single ounce of energy was sucked from me and did not return and I was left with 20 + nightmare symptoms literally within hours. It seemed to be my adrenals that were most heavily affected this time. My ability to function as a human being went to near 0%. Due to the adrenals being so effected my blood sugar was suddenly very dis-regulated, my emotions were all over the place, my heart raced when I moved or stood up, my head ached and the head pressure and ‘brain fog’ was unbearable. I physically felt like I would be stuck in bed again for years. The trauma and emotional distress this brought up was so dark and painful. Admittedly I was the biggest mess I have ever been. The first few months of this year were brutal. I learned some hard lessons and everything slowly became clear to me. I could see how my approach to healing my physical body was so wrong. I am always very honest with you all so is a list of things I have been doing which I will elaborate on in up coming posts.

What has changed this year ~

  • I stopped being so hard on myself. I stopped pushing. I surrendered. I accepted where I was at physically and worked with that. I stopped giving myself a hard time for where I was at. I stopped being ashamed. I have tried everything in my power to heal. I am incredibly determined and driven. It is enough. I am enough.
  • I continued treating Lyme Disease and associated conditions.
  • I continued with a detoxification protocol, but I took it to the next level after finding the work of Alexander Bloom. I look forward to sharing with you the incredible healing powers of suppositories, superfoods, binders and high quality detoxification and nutritional supplements. I will share more details soon. P.S Yes I did just say suppositories. Suppositories have been used for a very long time in medicine and it is a very effective way to absorb nutrients, herbs, antimicrobials and detox supplements fast. It also allows your medicine to be absorbed systemically, very quickly and cross the blood brain barrier. I personally think these top enemas.
  • I began to focus on Mercury detoxification again. I had tested ridiculously high for this a while ago using a urine provocation test and hair mineral analysis as well as other metals such as lead and arsenic. At the time I did not have a doctor who really understood how to properly chelate mercury so I am now working on detoxing mercury using Dr Christopher Shade’s protocol. I am already seeing results after a few months. You can find a really great run down of his protocol here.
  • My diet changed, dramatically. What I eat and how I eat.
  • I learned about the work of Dr Robert Morse and have had amazing results with his protocol. This approach has helped my lymphatic system so much and therefore my health in general. Before my eyes stagnant, hard lymph was dissolved all over my body.
  • I discovered the huge role black toxic mould played in the decline in my health and I did something drastic about it. I now believe mould and CIRS is one of the core triggers for ME/CFS.
  • I learnt further about how important your home environment is, where we spend so much of our time. I now feel educated about how to properly clean my home and I feel empowered. I enjoy cleaning. I can’t believe I just said that! I had the help of my friend Kathryn Woods who is a healthy home expert and nutritionist.
  • I realised calming my nervous system is absolutely crucial for me to heal and I am mastering how to do this. I am always working on this and grounding myself because I tend to become ungrounded very easily.
  • I became familiar with the work of Dr Jack Kruse and committed to working on re-setting my circadian rhythm. Sunshine exposure in the morning and during the day, blocking blue/bright light at night. I earthed more frequently and started being stricter with limiting EMF exposure. I learnt more about DHA.
  • I educated myself on the powerful healing abilities of medical cannabis and experimented with taking it orally to help with sleep and pain. This is now legally prescribed by medical doctors in NSW, Australia.
  • I hacked my sleep and work hard to get the best sleep I can and go to bed early. This entails wearing blue blockers when I can, taking liposomal melatonin, turning off electronics an hour or so before bed, feet up the wall before bed and some yin style yoga, magnesium, oral and transdermal. Sometimes I do have to take a pharmaceutical drug to sleep. The positives of sleeping and taking this drug far outweigh not sleeping for me and it is not something I do daily. I used to be against any pharmaceutical medications but I believe some can be hugely beneficial when used correctly.
  • I discovered the cause of most disease. To put it very simply, at the very core ~ Toxicity – nutrient depletion – infection plus epigenetics inevitably play a role but whether these genes are expressed or not depends on your environment. After seeing a few very experienced practitioners over the last couple of years I learned that there is a certain order you should heal the body in and I basically did it backwards for many years. Addressing toxicity and healing the gut is crucial whilst beginning to treat parasites, the largest pathogen. Then working from largest pathogen to smallest. I initially went after the Lyme and viral load first, then parasites, then mercury toxicity. The completely wrong order!
  • I continued to work on my emotional and spiritual wellbeing experiencing incredible breakdowns at times that led to breakthroughs.

Writing this now makes me realise how much work I have done and how blessed I am to be where I am. I look forward to sharing more of my experiences, knowledge and insights with you. What I share isn’t gospel, it is just my journey.

With love, Amy x

Aggressive Treatment Of Parasites

parasites

Since arriving back from Bali last May, where I was being treated for Lyme Disease my body has been body riddled with parasites. I have done my fair share of intensive conventional and herbal parasite treatments. One of the many lessons I learnt whilst in Bali was that I indeed had parasites even before my trip overseas. I had tested for parasites in the past and tried a few weak herbal cleanses with no change in symptoms, but I did not realise what a huge problem they were for me, until I saw them with my own eyes.

Over the past 8 months, after trialling a few protocols on myself (forever the guinea pig!) and finding myself the most wonderful, experienced and knowledgeable practitioner I have been treating multiple parasite infections. Finally I am starting to see improvements. The severe bloating and pain that would worsen over the day has improved significantly. I am surprised to have a relatively flat stomach after eating most of the time. Certain unusual skin conditions that I forgot were abnormal have disappeared and slowly my energy in increasing. It is certainly not a perfectly linear progression, but the improvements are occurring.

When I first arrived home after my trip to Bali I was still infected with Ascaris, Blastocystis Hominis and Campylobactor, that I know of. The IV flagyl I received in hospital I assumed had wiped out the Entamoeba Histolytica. The PCR test that I did only tests for 5 different parasites! My body was suffering multiple acute infections, I had intense nausea, bloating, pain and weight loss. In this desperate time I reached straight for the pharmaceuticals, I required a treatment that would act fast without a doubt. The first drug I took was flagyl, for one week. Which appeared to work within 12 hours. It was amazing. But after stopping many of my symptoms returned with vengeance. I then started treatment for Ascaris which initially involved taking Mebendazole. After a course of this I then began a 10 day course of Paromomycin. The diarrhea began to ease and I was able to eat properly again which was nice. I then began looking into the Kerri Rivera and Andreas Kalcker parasite protocols. These protocols are extremely rigorous and target mainly intestinal worms which many practitioners I have consulted with believe the majority of the population have. They appear to cause the most significant symptoms in immune compromised individuals.

I did 2 rounds of the Kalcker/Rivera parasite protocols which involved the CD baby bottle method, CD enemas, Mebendazole, Pyrantel-Pamoate, Neem, Castor oil and diatomaceous earth. The protocol is based around the full moon cycles when parasites appear to be more active and susceptible to the drugs and herbals consumed.

After doing a couple of round of the Kalcker/Rivera protocol I noticed a great improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms. But there were still many debilitating systemic symptoms that I experienced and my gut was still far from perfect. I finally tracked down a wonderful practitioner who trained under Dr Klinghardt and we started consulting via skype. It was the best decision I have ever made to see her, we work so well together and I finally have a practitioner who I trust and am in awe of her knowledge. Under her guidance I have done the Kauai Herbals GI Infusions parasite cleanse (which involves milk and salt enemas!) along with Mimosa Pudica implants, more CD enemas, 4 rounds of the Kauai Herbals papaya black seed mix one week on, one week off, neem and 3 x 2 week rounds of the pharmaceutical drug Alinia or Nitazoxanide. It has been extremely tough! On top of this I have been doing liver/gallbladder flushes under her guidance using Super Good Stuff products and castor oil packs on my liver and abdomen.

I have also been taking detox support supplements that tested up as helpful for me such as Bioray Liver Life, Activated coconut charcoal, Viatrexx systemic detox (a homeopathic formula), LivOn Labs Liposomal glutathione, Thorne Methyl Guard, Seeking Health Optimal Creatine, Nutribiotic vitamin c and bioflavonoids, Biotics Calcium/Magnesium Butyrate and A.C Grace Company vitamin E. I also continue to take Byron White formulas A-BAB for Babesia and am about to introduce Liposomal Artemisinin. I have been advised to do another 6 weeks of parasite work and then hopefully we will be able to move onto treating other infections. My practitioner works by treating infections in a particular order from larger to smaller infections. Parasites are always treated first as without addressing them treating Borrelia and other bacterial infections, mold, candida, protozoa and viruses is very difficult.

So there you have it, that is what I have been up to the past 8 months. I also continue to have 3 x infrared saunas per week, dry body brush using a natural bristle brush, scrape my tongue every morning to discard toxic residue, oil pull with coconut oil and sometimes Young Living Thieves oil and flush my sinuses with a netti pot using warm filtered water, sea salt, xylitol and grapefruit seed extract.

The inconsistency can frustrate me, but I try to surrender and accept my bodies desires in the moment. I choose not to be a victim and aim to be equanimous with the physical pain that is present. I try to be the witness, as hard as it can be sometimes, I understand the impermanence of these sensations, they shift and change. Most of all I am forever grateful for my amazing body carrying me through life day to day and allowing me to have this sensational human experience. I try to be my bodies best friend and treat it with the utmost care as it is the most precious gift I will ever receive.

My Top Tips For Flawless, Glowing Skin!

IMG_5391

I really love making an effort to look after my skin, not just by choosing to use the most purest and effective products externally, but by healing and nourishing my body internally. Truly healthy, glowing skin starts from the inside. I learnt this after many years of struggling with painful and embarrassing skin issues and trying various chemical laden skin care products that did absolutely nothing but strip my skin of its natural oils and add to my body’s toxic load. You may already be aware that the majority of skin care products contain awful, unregulated synthetic ingredients and there is no one that regulates the use of these chemicals. Thankfully you can seek out recommendations and research from independent organisations such as The Environmental Working Group that test cosmetic products for toxicity levels, carcinogens and potential allergens.

Could you potentially eat the products that you are putting on your skin? If not, then you probably don’t want to be using them. What we put on our skin, goes within, straight into the blood stream.

What do I do to look after my skin from the inside?

  • Eat a nutrient rich, whole food and highly digestible diet.
  • Consume healthy fats. This macronutrient is crucial to dewy, glowing skin. Essential fatty acids found in foods such as avocado, coconut, hemp, chia, wild seafood and grassfed, free range and organic beef feed your skin from within.
  • Include plenty of fermented foods such a kefir, sauerkraut and coconut yogurt to provide an abundance of enzymes and probiotic bacteria essential for a healthy digestive system.
  • Consume an abundance of mineral rich foods and avoid anti-nutrients found in un-properly prepared grains, nuts, seeds and legumes which bind to essential minerals in the gut, preventing their absorption and inhibiting the digestive process. Zinc and silica are particularly important for skin health.
  • Consume foods rich in fat soluble vitamins A, E and D such as sunflower seeds (activated), avocado, organic eggs and organic chicken liver pate occasionally.
  • Lots of chlorophyll rich foods such as spinach, spirulina, chlorella and kale and green juice!
  • Foods rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids such as berries, amla berry and GMO free vitamin C supplements.
  • Consume gelatin in the form of bone broth and pasture raised bovine gelatin and marine collagen supplements.

What do I do to look after my skin on the outside?

  • Cleanse my face morning and night with Devita Aloe Vera cleanser.
  • I also love the oil cleansing method for a deep cleanse and do this frequently.
  • I make up a facial scrub using aluminum free baking soda, raw honey and sea salt and use this fortnightly to exfoliate dead skin cells.
  • I occasionally do a clay mask using green clay and apple cider vinegar.
  • I moisturise with organic cold-pressed jojoba oil and rosehip oil. I have also recently been adding in a drop of wild frankincense oil at night too.
  • I sometimes wear a natural tinted moisturiser on top of my moisturiser. My favourite is Devita’s Moisture Tint.
  • I wash my body with organic baby castile soap, dry body brush and moisturise with either coconut oil or Young Living’s Cel-lite oil blend.
  • I like to occasionally make up a body scrub using baking soda, organic ground coffee, sea salt, raw honey, raw sugar, jojoba oil and water for a full body scrub. Warning: messy!

There you have it, my tips for flawless, glowing skin. Healing your skin, is a process and does not happen over night. When the bodies toxicity levels fall, the gut heals, hormone levels regulate and the immune system settles, that is when the magic begins to happen.

Trust in the process, trust in your body’s incredible, innate wisdom and healing abilities and love your body to bits! It will love you for it!

Part 2: My Bali Journey

IMG_3645

Dear readers. Thank you for your patience during the past few months since arriving home, and not posting on my blog.

I am so grateful for you!

My entire trip was extremely challenging and I still feel like I am recovering from it all.

Starting from where we left off, I continued to receive the EBOO (Extracorporeal Blood Oxygenation and Ozonation) until the last 2 weeks of my 2 month stay in Bali. I continued to feel worse, until I realised my body was too depleted to cope with any more ‘die off’ from the EBOO ozone therapy which takes out around 2 litres of blood and ozonates it over an hour. I listened and opted for some major autohemotherapy ozone treatment instead where a much smaller amount of blood is taken out, mixed with the ozone and then injected back into the vein. I also continued with the intravenous vitamin C, glutathione, and lipoic acid until the day I was leaving to come home.

My days looked like this: Ride with my scooter taxi through the densely crowded and polluted streets of Ubud, Multiple injections, massage, sip on a green juice and eat amazing raw and organic cuisine, sauna, yoga, eat, rest, eat, sleep.

IMG_3679

Along the way I met some interesting characters, had emotional breakdowns to local Balinese strangers and made friends with some beautiful fellow Lyme sufferers at the Bali Ozone Clinic.

I tried so hard to enjoy every moment I had over there, but it was hard, hard to not feel homesick and not be eagerly awaiting the arriving of a couple of close friends in the last two weeks of my trip. I felt so crap and although I had access to some of the most divine raw food I have ever tasted in my LIFE (I love food) I had nausea and diarrhea most of the time which took away the enjoyment a tad I must say.

I was so excited the day some friends were arriving in Ubud, I took myself out for a celebratory dinner prior to their arrival. I was likely anemic after my hospital stay and craving red meat like crazy so I went to a very expensive Italian restaurant that had been recommended to me. I had a giant lamb roast and vegetables. About half an hour after my meal I become intensely nauseous and just generally feeling really unwell. The nausea had been there previously the night before, but not to this extent. It continued to worsen, my belly swelled up and was terribly painful, my food just was not digesting. I was actually moaning in pain, and then my visitors arrived. I managed to walk downstairs to greet them, but after getting back in bed I just started to freak out! I was profoundly ill, and then I think I had a panic attack on top of it. Adrenaline kicked in and I just ran outside with one of my friends down a path to some local Balinese friends, bawling my eyes out and asking them to take me to the Ubud clinic for help, it was nearing midnight by this stage. Once at the clinic I couldn’t sit up, I was just in agony. The doctors assessed me and all they could tell me was that my stomach was full of air and I should take 3 unidentified types of drugs for high stomach acid. NO THANK YOU! I couldn’t move from their assessment tables so I just lay there, eventually though I had to leave.

IMG_3755

I vomited which relieved some pressure in my stomach, but the intense nausea stayed. I began to sweat profusely, having to lie towels down on my bed, the next day the intense nausea remained, making it difficult to even sip water, and I felt like I had a flu. My body was aching like hell, my face looked green/grey, my skin itched and my poop was pale and clay. This continued for a good 6 days. I requested an ultrasound of my gallbladder, they found nothing. My doctor did not seem to take what was happening seriously at all, I just wanted to go home!

When another beautiful friend arrived a week before I was due to go home, thankfully my symptoms were subsiding. Apart from looking at least 6 months pregnant for the remainder of my trip, I was coping. I intended to enjoy my last week in Bali, indulge with dear friends, laugh and find joy in each day I had left.

My stomach issues remained severe after arriving home with worsening diarrhea, itching, weight loss and cramping. I have since taken a large list of natural parasitic herbs, essential oils, antibiotics and anthelmintic medicines to treat various infections I picked up on my trip. Stool testing picked up campylobacter, blastocystis hominis and there remained strong evidence of ascaris.

Thankfully after 3 months of treatment my stomach issues are very much improved. Yay! I credit this to Flagyl, Paramomycin, mebendazole, Pyrantel Pamoate, The Kalcker protocol in conjunction with Kerri Riviera’s MMS protocol over the full moon (when parasites are most active.) I have also been using Bioray wormwood and artemisia, Global Healing Centre’s Paratrex formula and Young Living oregano, peppermint and Di-gize essential oils.

So there you have it, part 2 of my time spent on the island of Bali, in a nutshell.

If you have any questions regarding my treatment over there feel welcome to ask, I can elaborate for you.

Love and blessings, Amy x

P.S Here are a few photos for you.

IMG_3887IMG_4040IMG_4386IMG_3704IMG_3700IMG_3756IMG_3763IMG_3777IMG_3840IMG_3686IMG_3864IMG_4120IMG_4356 IMG_4364IMG_4191IMG_4046IMG_3831

Anita Moorjani ~ ‘Dying To Be Me’ Review

IMG_4259

I want to introduce you to the woman who saved me whilst I stayed in Bali and underwent ozone and IV vitamin therapy for chronic Lyme disease and co-infections.

She has changed the way I live my life, approach physical and emotional healing and spirituality.

I landed in Bali with so many expectations for the coming months that I truly believed would consist of dramatic, miraculous healing! But as you are aware if you have been following my journey, my trip turned out to be a very different experience.

How can this be so! I do everything right, I think positively ALWAYS, I diligently write down all my intentions for my life and healing and created a gigantic 2 page manifestation list for my trip to Bali which clearly stated I WILL ARRIVE HOME WELL AND AT 100%! I repeat daily ‘I am healthy, I am healed, I am strong, I am well’ and I visualise myself in optimal health daily, running along the beach, surfing, dancing, power walking, glowing, laughing, studying, working as a nutritional therapist, preparing healing and nourishing food for others and travelling. I am not gonna lie, I am in tears writing this. I also do my gratitude practice daily, because there is always so so SO much to be grateful for, I ask for guidance from angels and since my trip to Bali I now like to pray to god.

Now these are all wonderful habits to integrate into your life and healing regime, don’t get me wrong. They serve an important purpose. But I think many people on their healing journeys have been scared into the belief that if even a tiny negative thought creeps into their mind, this will attract a negative situation (the law of attraction anyone?) I fell into this trap. For so long I have bottled up any negative emotions or thoughts that surface when dealing with a chronic illness. They have to eventually come out and it is important to really feel them in the moment, sit with them, surrender to them, accept them so that you can move forward. It is not dwelling on these thoughts and emotions but accepting that in this present moment this is how I feel and feeling like this serves a purpose also. Nothing is permanent, everything is ever changing.

Being in Bali and having everything NOT go to plan was extremely difficult for me. I am a control freak. I like to practice the law of attraction to make my dreams a reality (don’t we all.) I am forever an optimist. But in my darkest hours it became challenging to maintain this. In my darkest hours my spiritual guide Anita Moorjani came into my life, through an audio book. No real life meetings here unfortunately. This woman is incredible and I cannot recommend her book or audio book ‘Dying To Be Me – My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing’ enough. Read about her story here. She had a near death experience and had the most profound insights. Anita’s story spoke to me and came at just the right time. She helped me let go of all the expectations I had for my trip in Bali. Her words helped me to trust and allow the experience I was destined to have unfold. It also made me realise that concealing my true emotions with artificial positive emotions was rather counter-productive. It is OK to feel these negative emotions, it is natural.

“The state of pure allowing seems like the place where most positive change can occur. Let yourself be you, no matter who you are, embracing anything that makes you feel alive.”

ALTHOUGH I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT the best thing I can do for myself and others is to consciously keep myself uplifted and do what makes me feel happy, you may be surprised to learn that I don’t advocate “positive thinking” as a blanket prescription. It’s true that since all of life is connected, keeping myself in high spirits has a larger impact, as it is also what I’m putting out to the Whole.

However, if and when I notice negative thoughts creeping in, it seems best to allow them to pass through with acceptance and without judgment. When I try to suppress or force myself to change my feelings, the more I push them away, the more they push back. I just allow it all to flow through me, without judgment, and I find that the thoughts and emotions will pass. As a result, the right path for me unfolds in a totally natural way, letting me be who I truly am.

Sweeping statements such as: “Negative thoughts attracts negativity in life” aren’t necessarily true, and can make people who are going through a challenging time feel even worse. It can also create fear that they’re going to attract even more negativity with their thoughts. Using this idea indiscriminately often makes people going through seemingly tough times feel as though they’re bad for attracting such events, and that’s just not true. If we start to believe that it’s just our negative thoughts that are creating any unpleasant situations, we can become paranoid about what we’re thinking. On the contrary, it actually has less to do with our thoughts than with our emotions, especially what we feel about ourselves.”

– Anita Moorjani from Dying To Be Me

It is hard to put into words how significant this shift was for me, to let go of control. Anita made me realise how much I had been living in fear, particularly since receiving a Lyme diagnosis. A lot of the decisions I made were through fear, fear of the illness getting worse, fear of never recovering, fear of these organisms living inside of me. The fear was so intense I was trying to do multiple healing protocols at the same time in fear of one not working. If only I could trust in my body’s inner wisdom instead of always seeking for answers from external sources. I now have so much trust in my path and that everything is perfect. I am learning to be gentle and kind to my body and only do what feels good instead of forcing what intuitively feels wrong is or something I think I ‘should’ do.

Here are some major points Anita makes that I would like to list:

Act out of LOVE, not FEAR!

Being true to ourselves is more important than staying positive.

Be yourself, ALWAYS. Honor who you truly are.

Stop seeking so much outside yourself and trust your inner wisdom.

Allow and trust in the process of life.

Everything is unfolding as it should, everything is perfect.

Do what brings you joy and makes you happy.

Here are a few quotes from Anita Moorjani.

“The biggest shift we can make is to make every decision from a place of love, and not because we feel fear of not getting ahead, or not having enough money and so on. For instance, when you choose everything you do from a place of love, then everything you eat, you will eat it because you love the food or because you love your body, or you love your health or you love your life… and not because of some fear such as, “If I don’t eat this, I’ll be unhealthy” or “If I eat that, I’ll become fat.” – Anita Moorjani

“I now also understand that I don’t have to work at being spiritual. Being spiritual is who we are at our core, whether we realise it or not. It is our true nature, so we cannot not be spiritual. Being “ourselves” and being spiritual are one and the same thing.” – Anita Moorjani

“If I do not express my authenticity, the Universe will be deprived of who I came here to be.” – Anita Moorjani

“I knew that was really the only purpose of life: to be our self, live our truth, and be the love that we are.” – Anita Moorjani

Learning to let go and live in this new state of being is something I am working on everyday. I am constantly checking in with myself.

My current mantras are : GENTLE, FLOW, SURRENDER, ACCEPTANCE, MAKE EVERY DECISION FROM A PLACE OF LOVE, BE YOURSELF, INNER WISDOM, ALLOW, TRUST, BE AUTHENTIC, DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND BRINGS YOU JOY.

Want some tips on how to tap into that inner wisdom? Here are some tips from Anita.

“In my book “Dying to be Me”, I speak about not giving our power away to external sources by constantly seeking and searching for all our answers outside, but to awaken the dormant guru within our own self instead, as we all hold our answers within. Recently, someone asked me whether I had any advice on how they could awaken that dormant guru within, as they were starting to feel lost and confused with the barrage of (conflicting) information that was coming at them from all directions.

I have a very simple rule of thumb on how to awaken our inner guru, and not give our power away. Even if the information is coming from an external source (whether a book, a person of authority, or the internet), if this information is making my heart sing, if it makes me feel alive and inspired, if it makes me feel empowered, magnificent, liberated and free, then it means that this information is true for me, because it is speaking to my heart. This information is awakening my own inner guru.

However, if the information I am being given (whether from a book, the internet or a “spiritual authority”) is making me feel fearful, small, limited, or that I have to “work at earning spiritual favor”, then I run a mile in the opposite direction. Buying into other people’s fear-based, limiting beliefs and making them our own is what it means to give our power away.

Nature intended for us to feel strong, empowered, liberated and free; not fearful, small and limited!

Our only purpose is to fearlessly be a full expression of who we came here to be!

When we truly realize this, we will start to attract the right information, the right gurus, and the right teachers at the right time, who will endorse this truth.”

– Anita Moorjani

Have you noticed yourself making decisions out of fear? Have you been afraid of thinking negatively out of fear of attracting negative situations in your life? Do Anita’s insights make you take a big sigh of relief like they did for me?

I now think it is time to fill you all in on the details of the remainder of my trip in Bali. Unfortunately I experienced a second health scare 2 weeks before leaving Bali. A very sudden onset of severe symptoms that led me to seek medical care at the Ubud 24 hour clinic in the middle of the night and left me in bed for days. What happened is still a mystery and it has been difficult to find a doctor that will take my situation seriously. I will elaborate further in my next post.

Until then, sending love to you all, Amy x

My Healing Journey So Far In Bali (Warning: Contains Graphic Details.)

IMG_3887

Hello there gorgeous readers.

Wow I have been in Bali for almost 6 weeks now! Time has absolutely flown by; it feels like a massive blur, a dream almost.

My time has been consumed by appointments with my doctor for ozone treatment (EBOO and ear infiltrations), glutathione, lipoic acid, collagen and vitamin c injections, massages, far infrared saunas, eating amazing, organic, raw whole foods, getting around Ubud with my scooter taxi and heading down to Kuta to trial Bioresonance therapy. I have had barely any time to breathe; it has been intense physically and emotionally.

Coming to this island alone has been so incredibly challenging, especially when dealing with a chronic illness. Booking to come here was a very impulsive decision, and I didn’t really think about how I would cope. Thankfully, I love my own company and spend a fair amount of time alone already, but being in a foreign country and undergoing quite invasive and intense treatment alone is another story altogether. I had massive expectations and ideals for the treatment here, but my experience has not met these. This is OK! I have let go of these expectations; they were not realistic and relevant to me, as an individual.

IMG_3881

I visualised myself bouncing around with an abundance of energy and vitality after 2 or 3 treatments, but the reality for me after doing 10 EBOOs and ear infiltrations so far with 2 to go is that my herxes actually worsened over this period.

My doctor is very cautious and started my ozone concentration on the lowest amount. As he increased the concentration I noticed a stronger herx.

I have also been rifing for Candida, parasites, Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia as well as taking Ozonide Para-rizol and trialling Bioresonance therapy. I have gone overboard and my body is freaking out!!

IMG_3910

I also had a massive set back on my trip. In my second week here I got a parasitic infection that caused diarrhea, chills, worsened fatigue and weakness. I saw Dr Peggy at Alchemy in Penestanan and began Ozonide Para-rizol. I thought with all the antimicrobials and probiotics I take I would avoid this, but I realised many of my poor hygiene habits were not serving me well, primarily biting my nails!!

I knew I had to give this habit up when coming to an underdeveloped, foreign country with poor sanitation, but in recent months my nail biting had gone to a whole new level, and I mean extremely obsessive compulsive, not being able to sleep for hours at night because I could NOT take my hands out of my mouth! I am being very open here.

After 5 days of diarrhea I was trying to sleep at night with an uncomfortable backside. I instinctively knew I had to do an enema. So to the bathroom I went to perform this procedure. After doing the implant I immediately felt a strong urge to go to the toilet. To my surprise, when sitting up from the toilet seat I found I had passed 50 + worms from my colon.

I screamed!!! I yelled! I could not believe me eyes. It was so confronting! But people, this is reality! After this experience I have come to realise how common parasitic infections truly are. These worms were not from Bali, they had to be at least 3 months old because of their size. Do you know what one of the many symptoms of having parasites are…. nail biting! I have not touched my nails since, and they are looking spectacular, for the first time in my life.

A couple of days later the parasitic infection I acquired in Bali seemed to be becoming slightly milder. However I woke up early one morning with some discomfort still present. I did another enema and afterwards felt an intense urge to go to the toilet. I still felt very ill and was experiencing diarrhoea, but this time I went to the toilet it looked like my lower colon mucosal lining had come out. I freaked out a little, which did not help. I then started experiencing excruciating pain and blood started flowing out of my colon… A LOT! I tried to keep calm, I called for help and went to a local clinic at 6 am, trying to consult with a Balinese doctor whilst running to the toilet every few minutes to pass blood and a little diarrhoea. I had a lot gas building in my colon, which was pressing on my wounded colon causing excruciating pain. He prescribed drugs, but I was not convinced I would need to take them. I then went to the ozone clinic at 10 am where I was meant to get EBOO and ear infiltrations but because of the bleeding Dr Chandra advised we just do the ear infiltration not the EBOO as it thins the blood. After the treatment I lay in the clinic for a couple of hours, running to the toilet every 15 minutes, I was scared to go home alone. I was so weak and pale. Eventually I made it home.

My pain was escalating and I continued to bleed, I was yelling prayers from my bungalow!! My mouth was so dry as well (I assume because of dehydration, but also loosing the mucosal layer/moisture from my colon.) I skyped my family in Australia, but could barely speak at that stage and had to be on the toilet most of the time. I am in agony!

I eventually contacted my doctor again from the ozone clinic and asked what I should do, it seemed to be getting worse. I was so scared. I had lost a lot of blood by the afternoon and I was not sure whether anyone was taking it very seriously.

He said he would drive me to the hospital in Kuta. The 2 hour drive to find a hospital was hell and I had to stop off at some random Balinese family compound to relieve the pain caused by gas and any passing faecal matter and blood. They didn’t have toilet paper… but eventually found some facial wipes for me to use.

Eventually we found a relatively new hospital named Siloam in Kuta. I was so lucky to have my doctor with me so he could tell them what had happened and to make sure I got the best care. They were really lovely, thorough and ran many tests immediately. Better care than I had received in an Australian hospital.

They hooked me up to a drip to receive electrolytes and asked for a sample of my stool. They found the parasite Entamoeba Histolytica in my stool which can cause symptoms such as dysentery, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue and abdominal pain. The amoeba can actually pierce its way into the intestinal wall, causing damage and intestinal symptoms, and from there it can make its way into the blood stream. It can then reach various vital organs, but it does generally prefer to infect the liver. The specialist said the parasite must of been damaging my colon over the week leading up to my hospitalisation to the point where it eventually became a serious wound. Within half an hour they had my blood test results, which showed very high white blood cell count, very low red blood cell count, low electrolyes and difficulty with blood clotting. My doctor had called in a friend of his who was an internal specialist doctor, he assessed me and told me I would need to have intravenous antibiotics, another drug the stop the bleeding, another drug to stop the inflammation, another drug to stop the pain! Oh and maybe another drug to sleep. By this stage I had completely surrendered to the situation I was in, to the drugs and put my complete trust in the doctors. I just wanted the bleeding and the pain to stop. The pain and bleeding continued into the night, but thankfully by early morning it appeared the bleeding was easing and so was the pain.

I was told I had to stay for another 2 nights. Which I resisted initally, but I did not want to risk getting worse again, so I listened and obeyed. The antibiotics were already causing a candida overgrowth, my tongue had a thick white and green coating.

The food in the hospital was average at best, and because of my wounded colon all I could stomach was a little liquified food. I was lucky to convince the nurses to let me order deliveries from a local organic café. I managed to get my green smoothie fix and some soup.

After 3 nights in hospital I was getting a bit of strength back and I was told I could leave. I was still very wiped out but my stomach was feeling better.

I then continued on with my treatments at Bali ozone clinic and got back to daily Ubud life.

IMG_3787IMG_3831IMG_3814

I reacted adversely to one of the oral antibiotics the doctor had given me after leaving hospital, which I later discovered was a quinolone. It caused shortness of breath, tight chest and a cramping body. Magnesium seemed to do the trick though. I was told antibiotics can drain minerals from the body.

After continuing with further ozone treatments after my hospital stay, I have been convinced that the ozone therapy has kicked my immune system fair into gear. My body is so overwhelmed right now it is hard to truly tell what is happening. My doctor said that it may take 3 weeks after my last EBOO ozone for everything to settle and to see true results not clouded by toxicity. My body is feeling incredibly exhausted and toxic.

I promise to keep you all informed on my progress over the coming weeks and months. But my next post I want to dedicated to the incredible lessons I have learned on this trip. There have been many! The guidance of an amazing spiritual teacher has made this trip all the more easier. I want to share how overnight my approach to healing and to life has changed dramatically. These lessons have made me so much more accepting of my unique journey and experience on this trip to Bali.

Love and blessings until next time,

Amy x

I Am Off On A Healing Adventure In Bali + My Travel Essentials

 

32231_401399741374_3274930_n

Good evening beautiful followers!

Thank you so much for your patience with me over the past year when my blog posts have been rather infrequent.

It has been a tough one, the past 8 months of Lyme disease treatment has been extremely challenging and blogging was not a top priority, survival was and getting through each day.

So I have some exciting news! I am heading over to Bali this Friday for 2 months of intensive healing. The decision to go over there came about very quickly and spontaneously. I felt so strongly that it was what my next step was meant to be, so I booked the flights. I want my own Eat Pray Love experience y’all.

I am going to be staying in Ubud where I will be undergoing 12 sessions of EBOO (Extracorporeal Blood Oxygenation and Ozonation) Ozone Therapy, Intravenous Glutathione, Vitamin C and R-lipoic Acid injections. I will also be getting weekly colonics at Alchemy and plan on getting frequent massages and infra red saunas.

This trip is also a well deserved holiday for me, because I flippin’ deserve it! So I am extremely excited to live in a lovely bungalow with a house keeper/cleaner, eat out daily at Alchemy, Clear Cafe, Bali Buddha, Yellow Flower and the many other amazing raw and organic cafes in Ubud, Bali that you can find here.

During my trip I will continue to take some of my supportive supplements. I will stop taking most of my anti-microbials (I have been taking ALOT) and stick to my Byron White Formulas A-L Complex, A-Bab and A-Bart. I will also be taking Pure Encapsulations GSE, Doctors Best Artimisinin and take Oreganol P73 oregano oil for emergencies.

I am mostly concerned with surviving the travel over to Bali so I am currently focusing on taking supportive, and detoxifying supplements. Here is a list of what I am taking prior, during and after my flight.

I will take the following on the plane with me as well:

Results RNA ACZ Nano Zeolite

Results RNA Glutathione

LivOn liposomal Glutathione

LivOn liposomal Vitamin C

Thorne Meriva SR Circumin

Earth Circle Raw chlorella and spirulina

Healthforce Nutritionals Friendly Force Probiotic

Dr Mercola Probiotic

Lumina Health Cell food

Leading up to my trip I have been taking:

HealthForce Nutritionals Intestinal Drawing Formula

Pure Encapsulations Nutrient 950 Multivitamin

Doctor’s Best, Quali-C (non GMO ascorbic acid)

Thorne Basic B complex

Metabolic Maintenance zinc picolinate

Thorne magnesium Citramate

Jarrow Saccharomyces boulardii

I also have been making a morning detoxifying drink with whole leaf aloe vera juice, lemon juice, detox tincture, Braggs ACV and concentrated mineral drops.

I will add in some enzymes when I have settled in Ubud:

Kirkman Labs Biofilm Defense

As well as taking high quality supplements on board my flight I am also packing:

A Seychelle water filter bottle which can be used in third world countries, its filtration system is so advanced.

My Iphone loaded with meditations, relaxation music and healing frequencies.

medical Ionizer.

Wild, sustainable salmon, cucumber, carrot, avocado and activated seeds to eat.

Organic tea bags.

I might bust out some basic yoga moves on my flight, in the toilet (if that is possible!) to help with circulation and oxygenation of tissues.’

Wish me luck!

I will keep you all updated on my blog, my instagram @amylouisesouthorn, and on facebook.

 

 

Healing With Art Therapy

blue lotus mandala

When it come to healing myself I have a holistic approach, taking care to nurture my mind, body and spirit. Nourishing my body with healing, nutrient dense whole foods, thinking positive thoughts and practicing meditation, moving my body when I can using yoga, strength training and walking, living a toxin free lifestyle, drinking an abundance of filtered water, using specific therapeutic herbs and vitamins, consuming probiotic rich foods, spending time in nature, connecting with others, Ayurvedic detoxification methods such as netti pot, enemas, oil pulling and tongue scraping, infrared saunas, dry body brushing and adequate sleep all contribute to my increased vitality and healing.

On top of all of this, in the past year I have been able implement another healing ‘modality’ if you like,  doing things that I truly love, that bring me joy and feed my soul. This is where my healing really began to accelerate.

Unfortunately studying nutrition, my other passion, is not possible at present but I have been able to get creative again! I have always had a love for drawing, sketching, painting but the past few years saw my creativity and inspiration run dry.

Being inspired again feels so amazing. I feel like I am finally achieving something, by creating, and sharing my creations. My art is my therapy.

AMY scan 1a

I am enjoying creating mandalas at the moment. I suddenly felt inspired to go in this direction. I also adore drawing portraits and figures as well. I use pencil, watercolour and pen.

‘Mandala’ loosely translated as ‘circle‘ represents the universe, the material and non material realities, the macrocosm and microcosm. These highly intricate illustrations are used as an instrument for meditation and are cosmic diagrams reminding us of our relation to the infinite. Mandalas express ones own visions, beliefs and facilitate personal growth. Many cultures create mandalas as part of their spiritual practice. The intentions that are set prior to and during the creation of the mandala create a powerful piece that is extremely healing for the artist and the viewer.

goodvibesmandalasmall

I hope you enjoy viewing my most recent art collection. Check out my website, my Etsy store, my facebook page, and my blog to keep up to date with what I am creating.

Eco friendly A4 prints and A5 greeting cards and originals can be purchased from my Etsy store. All paper is recycled and the cards feature a recycled envelope and biodegradable cellophane bag. All prints and orders are wrapped in recycled tissue paper and recycled tape.

loveisallaroundmandalaloveroseROSEgrowthmandalahealingmandalalightHeartIMG_2687