A Gut-Brain Approach To Treating Lyme

Located in Oldsmar, FL, the Sponaugle Wellness Institute has successfully treated thousands of Chronic Lyme Disease patients from around the world.  The average Lyme patient who walks into our clinic has seen 20 or more physicians, most of whom were not Lyme Literate or misdiagnosed the patient with one of the countless diagnoses mistaken for Lyme Disease. Our Lyme Disease treatment protocols focus on a hybrid of conventional and alternative medicine that promotes holistic healing for the patient while addressing the underlying infections and toxicities.

Vastly misunderstood, Lyme Disease symptoms mimic those of other diseases making it commonly misdiagnosed as something else. Symptoms of Lyme Disease are extremely severe and debilitating, leaving sufferers feeling like it has stolen their lives. The Sponaugle Wellness team of doctors have dedicated their lives to understanding and successfully treating Chronic Lyme Disease.

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Dr. Sponaugle designs an individual treatment plan for every patient suffering from Lyme disease. The standard medical treatment of Antibiotics for Lyme Disease is highly effective when the disease is diagnosed and caught early. Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating Chronic Lyme disease in which standard medical Lyme disease treatment has failed. No two Chronic Lyme patients suffer from the same extent of Lyme-induced brain damage or neurological impairment.

Chronic Lyme Disease is an immune-suppressing infection. Long-term immune suppression from Chronic Lyme Disease opens that gateway for multiple co-infections of every type of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic. Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, and the mosquito parasite, Protomyxzoa Rheumatica, will wrap themselves in biofilm if they are not immediately destroyed upon entry into our bloodstream. Biofilm is a protective shield manufactured by invading organisms to escape attacks from our antibodies, natural killer cells, and antibiotics.

Effective Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment requires a deep understanding of the Lyme Spirochete and tickborne infections like Bartonella and Babesia infections that live inside the cells of every organ in the body. Causing chronic illness and chronic Lyme disease symptoms throughout the entire body. Treatment for chronic Lyme disease requires much more than knowledge of microorganisms, antibiotics, and the immune system. Effective Chronic Lyme disease treatment requires additional expertise in the brain, and functions of multiple body systems including the endocrine system, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular system.

During your initial treatment, we perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine how well your brain and various body systems are functioning and specialized DNA testing to determine genetic antibody deficiencies that predispose you to a compromised immune system. This extensive consultation evaluates your immune system and neurological system, including an extensive analysis of brain chemistry and brain function, your gastrointestinal system and endocrine system, the entire hypothalamic system and your pituitary adrenal (gonadal axis with emphasis on pituitary [brain] hormones and specific hormones that are required for activation of the immune system). Immune function or “kill power is dependent on every organ in your body, therefore we analyze over 500 numerical biomarkers from various body systems.

From this analysis Dr. Sponaugle determines the complete causation of sickness, to better prioritize and design your individual treatment. Our testing will reveal if you have any additional stealth infections such as Babesiosis, Bartonellosis, or Protomyxzoa Rhuematica that are also destroying your mental and physical health. Our treatment is designed so you will receive the benefit of being treated for Lyme, while at the same time receiving a whole-body wellness protocol.

Wellness treatment is centered around clearing toxins, optimizing your endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system resulting in optimized immune function. Hormonal deficiencies will be corrected to enhance neurotransmitter receptivity and subsequently the brain’s ability to “turn on” the immune system. Special emphasis is placed on pituitary brain hormones and downstream hormones that German research has proven are responsible for activating specific cytokines, cytokines are chemical messengers that activate your natural killer cells and regulate your overall “kill  power.”

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What Makes Lyme Disease Treatment At Sponaugle Wellness So Successful?

Holistic Lyme Disease Treatment Backed by Science. In short, we use brain (PET) scans to determine diagnosis and best possible treatment options.

Our research has proven that Chronic Lyme Disease patients suffer from a combination of Mold Toxicity and Industrial Toxicity. Mold Mycotoxins and Industrial Toxins reduce the “kill power” of the immune system via multiple mechanisms.

These toxins have been proven to have the following impacts on the body:

  • Inhibit bone marrow production of natural killer cells
  • Destroy TNF alpha, the primary “messenger” of the immune system
  • Destroy the Peyer’s Patch, the antibody factory in our intestine
  • Reduce the brain’s electrical activity (our brain is the computer that “runs” our immune system)

 

Neuroimmunologists are now emphasizing that “the immune system is simply the tail-end of the neurological system.” Our brain is the computer that “runs” our neurological system, therefore our brain is responsible for activating our immune system. Our Chronic Lyme disease patients have proven this concept to be true.

When we medically reverse the toxin-induced reduction of brain activity in our chronic Lyme disease patients, their sluggish immune system ”wakes up” and begins to effectively kill Lyme spirochetes they were unable to kill for years*. A healthy brain recognizes ‘foreign invaders” and actively stimulates the immune system to move into attack mode.

When we utilize our intravenous neurological protocols to detoxify the brain of Lyme disease patients, we dramatically increase their brain activity leading to healing from the source.

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Optimizing Brain Function Increases Immune Function

With Neuroimmunologists emphasizing that the immune system is simply the ”tail end” of the neurological system, it becomes apparent that we must first fix the suffering brain of Chronic Lyme patients, in order to increase their immune function.

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that modulate the electrical function in our brain and body. These neurotransmitters effectively control the up-regulation and down-regulation of our immune function. Chronic Lyme patients always suffer severe deficiencies and drastic imbalances of their neurotransmitters. The more antibiotic therapy they have received, the more severe the distortion of brain chemistry and, subsequently the brain dysfunction.

Dr. Sponaugle’s research on how antibiotic therapy down-regulates brain function by changing brain chemistry began in 2006 and has been proven in thousands of patients. Dr. Sponaugle’s expertise allows for far more effective treatment of Lyme induced depression, brain fog, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and panic disorders.

Detoxifying Environmental Toxins Increases Immune Function

Our clinical research has proven that many environmental toxins, industrial toxins like Toluene and, the black mold toxin Trichothecene, cause more global immune suppression than the Lyme toxin.

The toxin produced by the Lyme bacterium suppresses the production of a specific white blood cell, the CD 57 Lymphocyte. However, German research has proven that the Trichthecene T2 mold toxin suppresses both the humoral [antibodies] and cellular components of the immune system. Furthermore, German research has proven that Trichothecene destroys 1NF-alpha, the immune system’s primary messenger.

Trichothecene also inhibits RNA/DNA replication affecting om fastest-growing cells the most. Trichothecene toxicity at high levels causes leucopenia because bone marrow production of the white blood cells has a turnover of 120 days. Trichothecene and industrial toxins like Benzene reduce the production of all killer cells, not simply the CD 57 killer cells like the Lyme toxin. We have diagnosed severe Trichothecene toxicity in a majority of our “Chronic Lyme” patients, patients who have previously endured years of failed Lyme Treatment because of environmental toxicity.

 

Our Intensive Intravenous Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease

Our chronic Lyme disease treatment protocols begin with healing detox IV therapy treatments to pull out toxins before moving into the “killing” phase.

Lyme disease treatment begins with up-regulating your natural immune system, so that you can increase your body’s natural immune system “kill” power. These healing IV therapy treatments optimize the endocrine system, replace nutritional deficiencies from Gastrointestinal system dysfunction and leaky gut syndrome. These Detoxification infusions to optimize your immune system ” killing power” and clear Mold toxins, Industrial toxins out of your body.

Once the healing IV therapy treatment is accomplished, you start the Lyme Kill Protocol. “kill protocol” IV therapy infusion treatments busting Biofilm, effectively treating the many diagnosed and diagnosed infections that Chronic Lyme disease patients suffer from.

Most of our Chronic Lyme treatment patients suffer from the following infections; Bartonella, Protomyxzoa, Mycoplasma and sometimes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Each patient has a different level of cumulative toxicity, or infection, or parasite, as well as a different level of generalized sickness. So when we talk about a timeline for treatment, all of these factors must be considered.

Lyme Disease Treatment Testimonials

Take a moment to watch these amazing stories of healing and know that we are always ready and eager to make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one who may be dealing with chronic Lyme disease or neurological symptoms of Lyme disease.

Wheelchair Success Stories

At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we believe truly “holistic” wellness treatment should not only heal the body, it should also heal the brain!! The brain is our most complex organ. Optimizing brain function in sick patients requires extraordinary knowledge of brain physiology, modern brain science and the expertise derived from treating thousands of patients with brain disorders.

 

We succeeds where others have failed. At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, patients who have been bedridden or in wheelchairs for years have hope that they will be able to walk again. We cannot enable every patient we treat to come out of their wheelchair. However, 27 chronic Lyme disease patients have come out of their wheelchairs at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

Click on the link below to read these "Wheelchair Success Stories" and their journey to healing from wheelchair to walking. 

Founder of Sponaugle Wellness

Dr. Rick Sponaugle, MD is an integrative physician who attempts a more precise diagnosis through quality forensic medicine. He performs an analysis and correlation of approximately 400 numerical biomarkers. This extensive evaluation enables Dr. Sponaugle to diagnose the underlying cause of his patient’s illness.

 

Our Medical Director, Rick Sponaugle M.D., is an integrative medicine physician who has treated 10,000+ patients from around the world suffering from the most complex brain and neurological disorders. Dr. Sponaugle has performed sophisticated brain research correlating over 10,000 Brain Chemistry analyses with neurotoxin levels and their associated changes in SPECT and PET brain imaging. Many of these patients suffered from undiagnosed Lyme disease, Bartonellosis, Mold Toxicity, and environmental toxicity.

 

With an emphasis on environmental medicine and tick-borne infections, Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating brain and neurological disorders that are derived from severe neurotoxicity.

 

The majority of Sponaugle Wellness patients require simultaneous treatment for multiple medical disorders including Mold Toxicity, Industrial Toxicity, Gut Toxicity, Lyme Disease, and several additional tick-borne and mosquito-borne infections. These “stealth” infections commonly attack the brain and neurological system.

 

Click on the button below to read more about how Dr. Sponaugle approaches healing on an intracellular level using biochemistry and detoxification protocols to optimize mitochondrial function.

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Dr. Sponaugle treated ex-NFL player Bernie Kosar for CTE

Real Housewives star Yolanda Hadid (Yolanda Foster) received treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute for Lyme Disease. She opens up about it in her new book, “Believe Me.”

Suzanne Somer’s interviews her granddaughter Violet about her struggle with Lyme and her successful treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute

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What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is most often transmitted by black-legged tick bites and in recent studies has also been found in mosquitos. The Lyme literate medical team at Sponaugle Wellness Institute have also concluded it can be sexually transmitted or passed on to an unborn child.

Black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are most prevalent in the Northeast United States but have been found in all 50 states and Canada. These ticks live in wooded and grassy areas. Cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in recent years showing reported cases nearly doubling since 2014. The CDC estimates cases in the United States at more than 300,000 people infected annually while acknowledging that Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose.

Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, is a corkscrew or helix-shaped organism called a spirochete. These spirochetes are known for being serious pathogens with Lyme disease’s cellular make-up being close to that of syphilis. Borrelia burgdorferi can attack any organ in the body, including the central nervous system, the brain, the muscles, joints, the heart and more. Lyme Disease is known as the “great imitator” as Lyme disease symptoms have a widespread list of symptoms that mimic many other diseases causing it to be misdiagnosed for fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and various psychiatric illnesses such as depression.

WHAT CAUSES LYME DISEASE?

Ticks

Lyme Disease is most commonly spread by the bite from a blacklegged or deer tick. These tiny ticks and tick bites are very small and difficult to see.

Mosquitos

A relative of the STD Syphillis, our research has shown Lyme Spirochetes can be transmitted by sexual intercourse.

Sexually Transmitted

A relative of the STD Syphillis, our research has shown Lyme Spirochetes can be transmitted by sexual intercourse.

What Are The Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can present a variety of symptoms ranging from a flu-like illness to neurological impairment. A bulls-eye shaped rash is often a tell-tale sign of Lyme disease, however, some infected people do not develop one at all. In fact, many patients who are diagnosed with Lyme disease do not remember ever being bitten by a tick.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease for those infected often include fever, headache, fatigue, chills, swollen lymph nodes, muscle or joint pain, and other flu-like symptoms. As discussed above, many suffer notice a bulls-eye like rash called “erythema migrans” which is a sign of the bacteria multiplying in the bloodstream. If the Lyme disease is left untreated, Lyme patients may experience a wide range of physical and neurological symptoms including, loss of memory or concentration, depression, speech problems, pain and swelling, cough, facial palsy or muscle loss and more.

Lyme disease can be broken down into 3 stages.

Stage 1 (Detection)

Often called the “early localized” stage of lyme disease, symptoms start a few days to a few weeks after contraction. The symptoms of stage 1 lyme disease mimic those of the flu making them difficult to link to a bite, especially if the sufferer does not remember being bitten.

  • Erythema Migrans or bull’s-eye rash
  • Severe headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nerve pain or numbness
  • Tingling pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Memory loss
  • Swelling

Stage 2 (Early Disseminated)

Stage 2 of lyme disease can start weeks to months after the Borrelia burgdorferi enters the system. This phase is known as the “early disseminated stage” of lyme disease and the symptoms often overlap with those of stage 1. Stage 2 occurs when lyme disease is not detected immediately or initial antibiotic treatment does not kill the bacteria in its entirety. In this stage the Borrelia burgdorferi has started to invade and multiply within the body. Early disseminated state of lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Stiffness
  • Facial palsy
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Pain
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Cough

Stage 3 (Late Chronic)

Chronic Lyme disease, or stage 3, can effect patients months to years after initial contraction. By this point, the Borrelia burgdorferi has multiplied and infected tissues or organs within the body. It often creates a biofilm, or protective barrier, around itself making it difficult to penetrate and kill. When multiplying, many patients experience little or no symptoms, leading them to believe the bacteria is no longer within their system. When symptoms reappear, they often mimic that of other illnesses like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia and other autoimmune disorders. It is important to mention that patients who have received treatment for lyme disease may still be at risk. Post-treatment lyme disease (PTLD) may affect up to 50% of people who receive treatment at stage 1. Stage 3 symptoms are severe and debilitating and can include:

  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain and Soreness
  • Depression, Anxiety, Stress
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Loss of Vision
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Irregular Heartbeat

How Is Lyme Disease Diagnosed?

Lyme disease is most often diagnosed and confirmed through blood tests or testing of the cerebrospinal fluid. During a blood test, blood is usually drawn from a vein in the arm and tested for the antibodies a person’s body produces in response to the invading Borrelia burgdorferi. Patients experiencing neurological symptoms may be recommended a spinal tap to test the cerebrospinal fluid. In a spinal tap, fluid is drawn a lumbar puncture between two vertebrae in the lower spine.

These tests reveal if there are antibodies in the blood or cerebrospinal fluid. They do not check for Borrelia burgdorferi. Although this could mean Lyme disease, it can also be a sign of other autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

A positive result on these tests paired with lyme disease symptoms or the acknowledgement of a tick bite are often keys to a successful diagnosis. Patients who have been previously undergone antibiotic treatment for lyme disease, yet are still experiencing symptoms, are also considered a positive diagnosis, more specifically a condition called post-treatment lyme disease.

Successful Treatment for Lyme Disease

Thousands of Success Stories

With almost 10,000 successful recoveries from over 25 countries worldwide, we succeed where others have failed.

We Treat the Cause, Not Just the Symptoms

At Sponaugle Wellness Institute we use PET scans to create a precise diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.

Co-infections are Prevalent in Lyme Disease Sufferers

A weakened neurological system often leads to co-infections causing a multitude of debilitating symptoms.

Treatment All Under One Roof

Diagnosis, treatment and even family accommodations all happen in our beautiful medical clinic.

  • The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) surveillance criteria for Lyme disease were devised to track a narrow band of cases for epidemiologic purposes. As stated on the CDC website, the surveillance criteria were never intended to be used as diagnostic criteria, nor were they meant to define the entire scope of Lyme disease.
  • Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash. Although the erythema migrans (EM) or “bull’s-eye” rash is considered classic, it is not the most common dermatologic manifestation of early-localized Lyme infection. Atypical forms of this rash are seen far more commonly. It is important to know that the EM rash is pathognomonic of Lyme disease and requires no further verification prior to starting an appropriate course of antibiotic therapy.Elisa Screening Misses 35 Percent of Culture Proven Lyme Disease
  • The elisa screening test is unreliable. The test misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease (only 65% sensitivity) and is unacceptable as the first step of a two-step screening protocol. By definition, a screening test should have at least 95% sensitivity.
  • Of patients with acute culture-proven Lyme disease, 20–30% remain seronegative on serial western blot sampling. Antibody titers also appear to decline over time; thus while the western blot may remain positive for months, it may not always be sensitive enough to detect chronic infection with the Lyme spirochete. For “epidemiological purposes” the CDC eliminated from the western blot analysis the reading of bands 31 and 34. These bands are so specific to Borrelia Burgdorferi that they were chosen for vaccine development. Since a vaccine for Lyme disease is currently unavailable, however, a positive 31 or 34 band is highly indicative of Borrelia Burgdorferi exposure. Yet these bands are not reported in commercial Lyme tests.
  • When used as part of a diagnostic evaluation for Lyme disease, the western blot should be performed by a laboratory that reads and reports all of the bands related to Borrelia Burgdorferi. Laboratories that use FDA approved kits (for instance, the mardx marblot®) are restricted from reporting all of the bands, as they must abide by the rules of the manufacturer. These rules are set up in accordance with the CDC’s surveillance criteria and increase the risk of false-negative results. The commercial kits may be useful for surveillance purposes, but they offer too little information to be useful in patient management.
  • There are five subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi, over 100 strains in the USA, and 300 strains worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete and its ability to evade the immune system and antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection.
  • Testing for Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and Bartonella (other tick-transmitted organisms) should be performed. The presence of co-infection with these organisms points to probable infection with the Lyme spirochete as well. If these coinfections are left untreated, their continued presence increases morbidity and prevents successful treatment of Lyme disease.
  • A preponderance of evidence indicates that active ongoing spirochetal infection with or without other tick-borne coinfections is the cause of the persistent symptoms in chronic Lyme disease.40 Percent of Lyme Patients End Up With Long Term Health Problems
  • There has never been a study demonstrating that 30 days of antibiotic treatment cures chronic Lyme disease. However, there is a plethora of documentation in the American and European medical literature demonstrating by histology and culture techniques that short courses of antibiotic treatment fail to eradicate the Lyme spirochete. Short treatment courses have resulted in upwards of a 40% relapse rate, especially if treatment is delayed.
  • Most cases of chronic Lyme disease require an extended course of antibiotic therapy to achieve symptomatic relief. The return of symptoms and evidence of the continued presence of Borrelia Burgdorferi indicates the need for further treatment. The very real consequences of untreated chronic persistent Lyme infection far outweigh the potential consequences of long-term antibiotic therapy.
  • Many patients with chronic Lyme disease require prolonged treatment until the patient is symptom-free. Relapses occur and retreatment may be required. There are no tests currently available to prove that the organism is eradicated or that the patient with chronic Lyme disease is cured.
  • Like Syphilis in the 19th century, Lyme disease has been called the great imitator and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of rheumatologic and neurologic conditions, as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Somatization Disorder, and any difficult-to-diagnose multi-system illness.

Neurological Lyme Disease Treatment

Neurological Lyme Disease

Dr. Sponaugle has acquired extensive brain expertise from treating thousands of patients with brain and neurological disorders. This greatly enhances his ability to treat Lyme Disease-induced brain dysfunction in neurological Lyme disease patients.

For this reason, Lyme-literate doctors often refer to neurological Lyme disease patients to Sponaugle Wellness Institute. Dr. Sponaugle is extremely adept at treating Depression and Anxiety caused by Lyme disease and excessive antibiotic treatment.

Dr. Sponaugle believes that the brain of chronic late-stage Lyme disease patients is always affected by Lyme spirochetes. Many neurological Lyme patients suffer from more severe brain infections. They often suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Lyme Partial Complex Seizures
  • Ataxia
  • Dyscoordination
  • Unilateral neurological symptoms – such as Bell’s Palsy, facial twitching, one-sided arm or leg weakness, right or left foot drop, unilateral intentional tremors, or resting tremors.

How Do Lyme Spirochetes Attack the Brain?

In worldwide MRI studies on patients who tested positive for Borrelia, antibodies in their spinal fluid have proven that spirochetes – which is the corkscrew-shaped bacterium causing Lyme Disease (called Borrelia Burgdorferi) – have a propensity to attack three regions of the brain (which modulate motor function):

  1. The Sensory Motor Strip
  2. The Cerebellum
  3. The Basal Ganglia.

The Basal Ganglia includes the three motor regions that control involuntary movement:

  1. The Caudate Nucleus
  2. The Lentiform Nucleus
  3. The Substantia Nigra (known as the Parkinson’s region).

Dr. Sponaugle uses PET-brain imaging to obtain more sophisticated data of these regions for treatment. Additionally, his PET-scan database now catalogs hundreds of Lyme Disease patients, allowing him to continuously improve treatment for the benefit of others.

Through computerized calculation, PET scans provide numbers for more objective evaluation of brain activity. The PET-scan computer calculates glucose metabolism by brain region, and glucose metabolism correlates with electrical activity.

Dr. Sponaugle’s preference for Lyme Disease Treatment is to reduce the brain’s toxin load to ground zero, before commencing to kill protocols in Neurological Lyme Disease patients.

However, because the effective killing of Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, Protomyxzoa, and other infectious organisms releases lipopolysaccharide (LPS) toxins from their cell walls, the brain becomes temporarily more toxic during treatment.

Dr. Sponaugle addresses this as part of treatment by clearing this toxic effect during brain-scans, making it easier to evaluate and treat the brain regions that are under-active due to infection.

How is Lyme disease prevented?

Understand the location
The north east, mid-atlantic and upper midwest have the highest reported cases of Lyme disease in the country. This does not mean the other states are completely safe, but the risks are greater in these regions.

Disease carrying insects live in humid, grassy or wooded environments. It’s best to steer clear of thick brush or vegetation where these ticks and mosquitos reside.

Wear protective clothing and spray
Long sleeves, pants, socks, gloves, boots and hats cover the skin making it more difficult for insects to bite. Clothing can also be treated with permethrin (0.5%) for an additional layer of protection.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) also recommends using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, or 2 undecanone for an added layer or protection.

Check Daily for Ticks
Although our research has proven mosquitos can also carry lyme disease, ticks are a major component in infecting and spreading the bacteria. A quick, yet thorough check in front of a mirror is an easy way to spot ticks on the skin. Take special care to specifically check these parts of your body (and child’s) for ticks:

  • In and around all body hair
  • Behind the knees
  • Inside the belly button
  • Under the arms/armpits
  • In and behind the ears
  • Around the waist
  • In and around the private parts

Be sure to check clothing and pets carefully as they may carry ticks into your home. If they are found, carefully remove them and wash clothing and dry on high heat to kill the ticks. The first 24 hours are the most important time to effectively remove a tick. The best way to remove a tick is with tweezers.

WHAT ARE LYME SPIROCHETES AND HOW DO THEY ATTACK THE BRAIN?

In worldwide MRI studies on patients who tested positive for Borrelia, antibodies in their spinal fluid have proven that spirochetes – which is the corkscrew-shaped bacterium causing Lyme Disease (called Borrelia Burgdorferi) – have a propensity to attack three regions of the brain (which modulate motor function):

  1. The Sensory Motor Strip
  2. The Cerebellum
  3. The Basal Ganglia

The Basal Ganglia includes the three motor regions that control involuntary movement:

  1. The Caudate Nucleus
  2. The Lentiform Nucleus
  3. The Substantia Nigra (known as the Parkinson’s region).

The doctors at Sponaugle Wellness Institute use PET-brain imaging to obtain more sophisticated data of these regions for treatment. Additionally, our PET-scan database now catalogs hundreds of Lyme Disease patients, allowing us to continuously improve treatment for the benefit of others.

Through computerized calculation, PET scans provide numbers for more objective evaluation of brain activity. The PET-scan computer calculates glucose metabolism by brain region, and glucose metabolism correlates with electrical activity.

Our preference for treating Lyme Disease is to reduce the brain’s toxin load to ground zero, before commencing to kill protocols in Neurological Lyme Disease patients.

However, because effective killing of Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, Protomyxzoa and other infectious organisms releases lipopolysaccharide (LPS) toxins from their cell walls, the brain becomes temporarily more toxic during treatment.

We address this as part of treatment by clearing this toxic effect during brain-scans, making it easier to evaluate and treat the brain regions that are under-active due to infection.

Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Many patients suffer chronic infections because their toxin-induced immune system isn’t strong enough to destroy Biofilm. When we use integrative medicine protocols to restore immune function in Chronic Lyme Disease patients, their immune system properly attacks and destroys Biofilm formations in the bloodstream. Patients will then test positive for multiple undiagnosed Bacterial, Parasitic and Viral infections that were previously hidden in Biofilm*.

Infectious organisms are then released to the free floating-bloodstream. Most commonly diagnosed, in addition to Borrelia Burgdorferi (typically the cause of Lyme Disease), are the following:

Babesia

Bartonella

Borrelia Miyamotoi (CA patients)

Brucellosis

Chlamydia Pneumoniae

Chaga’s Disease

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae

Protomyxzoa Rheumatica

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Toxoplasmosis

Tularemia

West Nile Virus

Lyme Disease Linked with Gut Toxicity

We have correlated abnormal brain chemistry patterns with Lyme bio-marker CD 57 levels and the abnormalities seen on the brain scans of our Lyme patients. Our Chronic Lyme disease research has proven that antibiotic-induced changes in brain chemistry cause excessive electrical activity in two specific brain regions

gut toxicity brain
When these brain regions become severely overactive, patients develop depression and a “worry-worry” type of anxiety. When Chronic Lyme disease patients develop an overactive deep limbic center, they suffer with depression, moodiness, negativity, irritability, hopelessness, excessive guilt, social anxiety, and they become more easily offended. When Chronic Lyme Disease patients develop an overactive anterior cingulate, they become more argumentative, more stubborn, hyper focused on the negative, and they develop obsessive-compulsive worry*.

Overactive Deep Limbix Center

Patients who have overactive deep limbic center often suffers from...

DEPRESSION

NEGATIVITY

MOODINESS

IRRITABILITY

SOCIAL ISOLATION

HOPELESSNESS

EXCESSIVE GUILT

EASILY OFFENDED

Overactive Anterior Cingulate

Patients who have overactive anterior cingulate often suffers from...

EXCESSIVE WORRY

UNFORGIVING | HOLD GRUDGES

ARGUMENTATIVE

TUNNEL VISIONED

HYPER-FOCUSED ON NEGATIVE

COMPULSIVE CLEANING

OCD TRAITS

Antibiotic-Induced Gut Toxicity Suppresses Immune Function

Lyme disease patients often become more debilitated after months of aggressive antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, prolonged antibiotic therapy suppresses the immune system in Chronic Lyme disease patients. Lyme disease treatment consisting solely of antibiotic therapy can ultimately destroy the intestinal lining (where 70 percent of our immune system is located). Intestinal dysbiosis is the term used to describe an imbalance of intestinal organisms.

Prolonged antibiotic therapy ultimately kills our good intestinal bacteria. Lactobacillus is a healthy intestinal bacterium that produces lactic acid. Lactobacillis thereby ensures that the ph of our intestine remains more acidic disallowing overgrowth of foreign invaders. After prolonged antibiotic therapy, the intestinal ph becomes more alkaline allowing excessive overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and the following toxic bacterium: Klebsiella, Proteus, and Enterobacteriaceae. When Candida mycotoxins and bacterial endotoxins destroy the intestinal lining they also destroy our antibody factory, the Peyer’s patch which is located in our intestinal lining.

Destruction of the intestinal lining also causes severe malnutrition. Several of the essential amino acids are utilized to make natural killer cells. Thus production of killer lymphocytes suffers from a malnourished state. With enough antibiotic-induced destruction of the intestinal lining, Lyme disease patients develop severe Leaky Gut Syndrome. Once Lyme patients develop significant Leaky Gut Syndrome, their Immune System will waste resources attacking undigested food particles that “leak” across the damaged intestinal lining into the blood stream. Normally, these food particles are too large to cross over from the gut into the bloodstream.

Understanding Biofilm in Connection with Lyme Disease

After Chronic Lyme disease patients develop antibiotic-induced gut toxicity, yeast mycotoxins and bacterial endotoxins migrate from the gut to the brain. These toxins are fatty in structure and deposit in the fattiest organ, our brain which is 60 percent fat. These neurotoxins inflame the brain’s white matter, the insulation on brain neurons called myelin, adding to the cumulative level of neurotoxicity which is already significant from an accumulation of Lyme toxins in Lyme patients.

Antibiotic-induced neurotoxicity causes further suppression of the immune system by “shutting down” the electrical current in the brain. This is problematic, because the brain’s electrical activity is responsible for stimulating cytokine activity. Cytokines are the chemical messengers that activate our natural killer cells. When neurotoxins inflame the myelin sheath of brain neurons, they change the electromagnetic field surrounding the neuron; slowing the speed of the electrical impulse. By this mechanism, neurotoxins essentially suppress the brain’s electrical activity. In a healthy brain, electrical current jumps over the myelin on brain neurons in rapid fashion. However, when the myelin sheath becomes infiltrated with fatty neurotoxins from the gut, in addition to toxins from the Lyme disease spirochete, it fails to effectively modulate immune function.

Anitbiotic induced Myelin damage from bacteria

 

Bradley – Australia*

Bradley - Lyme Patient - treatment for lyme disease

Dr. Sponaugle Reduced Bradley’s massive infection, seen as localized yellow in his cerebellar tonsils (see PET-Brain scan image below).

After undergoing years of treatment for Lyme Disease in Australia, Bradley suffered from multiple neurological symptoms of Lyme Disease. He was unable to drive a car due to a lack of coordination, severe ataxia (imbalance issues), and continuous facial tics.

When Bradley came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute for Lyme Disease treatment, Dr. Sponaugle showed Bradley, on his PET-Brain scan, how his Lyme Disease Symptoms correlated with localized under-active areas in his brain’s cerebellum (as seen in yellow in the 4/29/15 image below).

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He also had resting tremors, more pronounced on his right side, which correlated well with the severe reduction of activity in his left Caudate Nucleus.

Even though Bradley refused Dr. Sponaugle’s advice to add antibiotics to his Natural Lyme Disease Treatment, Dr. Sponaugle was still successful in reducing Bradley’s massive infection*. The PET-computerized calculation also revealed tremendous improvement of activity in Bradley’s bilateral Caudate Nuclei and Cerebellum.


Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Many patients suffer chronic infections because their toxin-induced immune system isn’t strong enough to destroy Biofilm. When Dr. Sponaugle uses integrative medicine protocols to restore immune function in Chronic Lyme Disease patients, their immune system properly attacks and destroys Biofilm formations in the bloodstream. Patients will then test positive for multiple undiagnosed Bacterial, Parasitic, and Viral infections that were previously hidden in Biofilm.

Infectious organisms are then released to the free floating-bloodstream. Most commonly diagnosed, in addition to Borrelia Burgdorferi (typically the cause of Lyme Disease), are the following:

  • Babesia
  • Bartonella
  • Borrelia Miyamotoi (CA patients)
  • Brucellosis
  • Chlamydia Pneumoniae
  • Chaga’s Disease [small](which has moved North in the U.S., and is under-diagnosed in many immunosuppressed Americans)[/small]
  • Mycoplasma Pneumoniae
  • Protomyxzoa Rheumatica
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tularemia
  • West Nile Virus

What is Biofilm?

lyme disease treatment biofilmBiofilm is a protective shield manufactured by invading organisms to escape attacks from our antibodies and natural killer cells (immune system). Biofilm consists of a polysaccharide extracellular matrix described by microbiologists as a “super glue-like” substance.

Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, and the mosquito parasite, Protomyxzoa Rheumatica, will wrap themselves in Biofilm if they are not immediately destroyed upon entry into our bloodstream. Thinking in three-dimensional terms, visualize Biofilm “bubbles” floating among red blood cells throughout the bloodstream, as seen in this blood smear [small](upper-left)[/small].

Lyme Disease Treatment Causing Gut Toxicity

We have correlated abnormal brain chemistry patterns with Lyme bio-marker CD 57 levels and the abnormalities seen on the brain scans of our Lyme patients. Our Chronic Lyme disease research has proven that antibiotic-induced changes in brain chemistry cause excessive electrical activity in two specific brain regions (as seen in red in the brain scan below).

When these brain regions become severely overactive, patients develop depression and a “worry-worry” type of anxiety. When Chronic Lyme disease patients develop an overactive deep limbic center, they suffer from depression, moodiness, negativity, irritability, hopelessness, excessive guilt, social anxiety, and they become more easily offended. When Chronic Lyme Disease patients develop an overactive anterior cingulate, they become more argumentative, more stubborn, hyper-focused on the negative, and they develop obsessive-compulsive worry.

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Gut Toxicity Brain from Lyme Disease

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Taurine and Serotonin Deficiency Gut Toxic

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Antibiotic-Induced Gut Toxicity Suppresses Immune Function

Chronic Lyme disease patients often become more debilitated after months of aggressive antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, prolonged antibiotic therapy suppresses the immune system in Chronic Lyme disease patients. Lyme disease treatment consisting solely of antibiotic therapy can ultimately destroy the intestinal lining (where 70 percent of our immune system is located). Intestinal dysbiosis is the term used to describe an imbalance of intestinal organisms.

Prolonged antibiotic therapy ultimately kills our good intestinal bacteria. Lactobacillus is a healthy intestinal bacterium that produces lactic acid. Lactobacillus thereby ensures that the ph of our intestine remains more acidic disallowing overgrowth of foreign invaders. After prolonged antibiotic therapy, the intestinal ph becomes more alkaline allowing excessive overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and the following toxic bacterium: Klebsiella, Proteus, and Enterobacteriaceae. When Candida mycotoxins and bacterial endotoxins destroy the intestinal lining they also destroy our antibody factory, the Peyer’s patch which is located in our intestinal lining.

Destruction of the intestinal lining also causes severe malnutrition. Several of the essential amino acids are utilized to make natural killer cells. Thus the production of killer lymphocytes suffers from a malnourished state. With enough antibiotic-induced destruction of the intestinal lining, Chronic Lyme disease patients develop severe Leaky Gut Syndrome. Once Lyme patients develop significant Leaky Gut Syndrome, their Immune System will waste resources attacking undigested food particles that “leak” across the damaged intestinal lining into the bloodstream. Normally, these food particles are too large to cross over from the gut into the bloodstream.

Antibiotic-Induced Gut Toxicity Causes Increased Brain Toxicity

After Chronic Lyme disease patients develop antibiotic-induced gut toxicity, yeast mycotoxins, and bacterial endotoxins migrate from the gut to the brain. These toxins are fatty in structure and deposit in the fattiest organ, our brain which is 60 percent fat. These neurotoxins inflame the brain’s white matter, the insulation on brain neurons called myelin, adding to the cumulative level of neurotoxicity which is already significant from an accumulation of Lyme toxins in Lyme patients. Antibiotic-induced neurotoxicity causes further suppression of the immune system by “shutting down” the electrical current in the brain. This is problematic because the brain’s electrical activity is responsible for stimulating cytokine activity. Cytokines are the chemical messengers that activate our natural killer cells. When neurotoxins inflame the myelin sheath of brain neurons, they change the electromagnetic field surrounding the neuron; slowing the speed of the electrical impulse. By this mechanism, neurotoxins essentially suppress the brain’s electrical activity. In a healthy brain, the electrical current jumps over the myelin on brain neurons in rapid fashion. However, when the myelin sheath becomes infiltrated with fatty neurotoxins from the gut, in addition to toxins from the Lyme disease spirochete, it fails to effectively modulate immune function.

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Chronic Lyme Disease

Mauryah and Mia - Lyme Disease Patients at Sponaugle Wellness Institute

At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we have successfully treated Chronic Lyme Disease patients from around the world. The majority of our Lyme Disease patients have previously undergone treatment by 20 or more physicians.

Mauryah from Canada (at right) arrived at our clinic in a wheelchair due to dizziness and pain. In 16 weeks of Dr. Sponaugle’s integrative Lyme Disease treatment, her brain was clear and she was again running and exercising as she had in high school.

Mia from Australia underwent treatment of Lyme Disease at Sponaugle Wellness Institute and was out of her wheelchair in 12 weeks. She returned to Australia without her wheelchair and continued residual treatment for Lyme disease.

 

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick, and the disease is prevalent across the United States and throughout the world. Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient's county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel, and ticks travel. This creates a dynamic situation with many opportunities for exposure to Lyme disease for each individual.

Lyme Disease is a clinical diagnosis. The disease is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia Burgdorferi. The Lyme spirochete can cause infection of multiple organs and produce a wide range of symptoms.

Study Proves What ILADs Physicians Have Been Saying For Years: Standard Lyme Disease Testing Fails Up To 70 Percent of Time

A respected University Medical Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, has proven that standard Lyme Disease testing fails to diagnose 60- to 70-percent of patients who are truly affected with Lyme Disease.

For this reason, nearly all of the Lyme Disease patients at Sponaugle Wellness Institute have been infected for years. Because these patients went undiagnosed for so long, they have become "Chronic Lyme Disease" patients, and a majority are suffering from brain infections and therefore have Neurological Lyme Symptoms.

Chronic Lyme Disease

Our research has proven that Chronic Lyme Disease patients suffer from a combination of Mold Toxicity and Industrial Toxicity. Mold Mycotoxins and Industrial Toxins reduce the “kill power” of the immune system via multiple mechanisms. These toxins:

  • Inhibit bone marrow production of natural killer cells
  • Destroy TNF alpha, the primary “messenger” of the immune system
  • Destroy the Peyer’s Patch, the antibody factory in our intestine
  • Reduce the brain’s electrical activity (our brain is the computer that “runs” the immune system).

Neuroimmunologists are now emphasizing that “the immune system is simply the tail-end of the neurological system.” Our brain is the computer that “runs” our neurological system, therefore our Brain is responsible for activating our immune system. Our Chronic Lyme disease patients have proven this concept to be true.

When we reverse the toxin-induced reduction of Brain activity in our Chronic Lyme Disease patients, their sluggish immune system ”wakes up” and begins to effectively kill Lyme spirochetes they were unable to kill for years. A healthy brain recognizes ‘foreign invaders” and actively stimulates the immune system to move into attack mode.

When we utilize our intravenous neurological protocols to detoxify the brain of Chronic Lyme Disease patients, we dramatically increase their brain activity, as seen in Dennis’ before-and-after PET-Brain scans below (middle image).

Dennis - Louisiana

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Dennis - Louisiana

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Dennis’ brain was saturated with industrial toxins like many unsuspecting Americans (see his GPL toxicity testing report above). After three weeks of Sponaugle Wellness Institute's brain detoxification protocols, Dennis’ brain activity increased dramatically, and subsequently, his immune system began attacking Lyme spirochetes as it should.

Effective detoxification of the brain, as seen on Dennis’ before-and-after PET scan above, raises our patients' “kill power” to a level God intended. Then the immune system begins to attack every foreign microorganism (anything that should not be in the bloodstream) - including the Biofilm formations that float throughout the bloodstream.

Biofilm formations - as seen in the before-and-after Blood Smear image below - serve as a protective shield for Lyme spirochetes, co-infections, parasites, and viral infections, like Epstein Barr. The image on left shows Biofilm, while the image on right shows no Biofilm.

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Neurological Lyme Disease

Neurological Lyme Disease patients are often referred to Sponaugle Wellness Institute by quality Lyme-literate physicians who understand Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating Lyme Disease patients with Brain and Neurological issues.

Dr. Sponaugle believes that "Lyme Disease is always a brain disease." His expertise shows Neurological Lyme patients suffer from more severe brain infections, especially those patients who experience Lyme Partial Complex Seizures, Ataxia, Dyscoordination and unilateral neurological symptoms - such as Bell’s Palsy, unilateral limb weakness, unilateral foot drop, unilateral intentional tremors and unilateral resting tremors.

How Does Lyme Disease Attack the Brain?

In worldwide MRI studies on patients who tested positive for Borrelia, antibodies in their spinal fluid have proven that spirochetes - which is the corkscrew-shaped bacterium causing Lyme Disease (called Borrelia Burgdorferi) - have a propensity to attack three regions of the brain (which modulate motor function):

  1. The Sensory Motor Strip
  2. The Cerebellum
  3. The Basal Ganglia.

The Basal Ganglia includes the three motor regions that control involuntary movement:

  1. The Caudate Nucleus
  2. The Lentiform Nucleus
  3. The Substantia Nigra (known as the Parkinson’s region).

Dr. Sponaugle uses PET-brain imaging to obtain more sophisticated data of these regions for treatment. Additionally, his PET-scan database now catalogs hundreds of Lyme Disease patients, which allows him to continuously improve treatment for the benefit of others.

Brain Expertise Makes Lyme Treatment More Successful

Dr. Sponaugle is an expert on the human brain. This greatly enhances his ability to correct Lyme Disease-induced brain dysfunction, which also causes immune dysfunction. Dr. Sponaugle also treats Lyme Disease-induced Depression and Anxiety as part of patients' overall treatment.

Through computerized calculation, PET scans provide numbers for more objective evaluation of brain activity. The PET-scan computer calculates glucose metabolism by brain region, and glucose metabolism correlates with electrical activity.

Dr. Sponaugle's preference for Lyme Disease Treatment is to reduce the brain’s toxin load to ground zero, before commencing to kill protocols in Neurological Lyme Disease patients.

However, because the effective killing of Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, Protomyxzoa, and other infectious organisms releases lipopolysaccharide toxins from their cell walls, the brain becomes temporarily more toxic during treatment.

Dr. Sponaugle addresses this as part of treatment, by clearing this toxic effect during brain-scans, which makes it easier to evaluate and treat the brain regions that are under-active due to infection.


Bradley - Australia

Bradley - Lyme Patient

Dr. Sponaugle Reduced Bradley's massive infection, seen as localized yellow in his cerebellar tonsils (see PET-Brain scan image below).

After undergoing years of treatment for Lyme Disease in Australia, Bradley suffered from multiple neurological Lyme symptoms. He was unable to drive a car due to a lack of coordination, severe ataxia (imbalance issues), and continuous facial tics.

When Bradley came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute for Lyme treatment, Dr. Sponaugle showed Bradley, on his PET-Brain scan, how his Lyme Disease Symptoms correlated with localized under-active areas in his brain's cerebellum (as seen in yellow in the 4/29/15 image below).

[highlight]Click to Enlarge Bradley's PET-Brain Scans Below[/highlight]

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He also had resting tremors, more pronounced on his right side, which correlated well with the severe reduction of activity in his left Caudate Nucleus.

Even though Bradley refused Dr. Sponaugle's advice to add antibiotics to his Natural Lyme Disease Treatment, Dr. Sponaugle was still successful in reducing Bradley's massive infection. The PET-computerized calculation also revealed tremendous improvement of activity in Bradley’s bilateral Caudate Nuclei and Cerebellum.

Grateful Patients:
Neurological Lyme Disease Patients

Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Many patients suffer chronic infections because their toxin-induced immune system isn’t strong enough to destroy Biofilm [small](see next section for overview)[/small]. When Dr. Sponaugle uses integrative medicine protocols to restore immune function in Chronic Lyme Disease patients, their immune system properly attacks and destroys Biofilm formations in the bloodstream. Patients will then test positive for multiple undiagnosed Bacterial, Parasitic and Viral infections that were previously hidden in Biofilm.

Infectious organisms are then released to the free floating-bloodstream. Most commonly diagnosed, in addition to Borrelia Burgdorferi (typically the cause of Lyme Disease), are the following:

  • Babesia
  • Bartonella
  • Borrelia Miyamotoi (CA patients)
  • Brucellosis
  • Chlamydia Pneumoniae
  • Chaga’s Disease [small](which has moved North in the U.S., and is under-diagnosed in many immunosuppressed Americans)[/small]
  • Mycoplasma Pneumoniae
  • Protomyxzoa Rheumatica
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tularemia
  • West Nile Virus

What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a protective shield manufactured by invading organisms to escape attack from our antibodies and natural killer cells (immune system). Biofilm consists of a polysaccharide extracellular matrix described by microbiologists as a “super glue-like” substance.

Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, and the mosquito parasite, Protomyxzoa Rheumatica, will wrap themselves in Biofilm if they are not immediately destroyed upon entry into our blood stream. Thinking in three-dimensional terms, visualize Biofilm “bubbles” floating among red blood cells throughout the bloodstream, as seen in this blood smear [small](upper-left)[/small].

Why Do We Care About Biofilm?

Clinical research at Sponaugle Wellness Institute has proven the quantity and consistency of Biofilm determines a multitude of outcomes. Dr. Sponaugle believes two things cause Chronic Lyme Disease:  1) A suppressed immune system; and 2) Biofilm.

Biofilm would not exist if the patient were not immunocompromised.

Dr. Sponaugle also believes Biofilm causes the "waxing and waning" - or feeling better temporarily after receiving antibiotic therapy - that many Chronic Lyme Disease patients experience. These patients feel better temporarily after antibiotics effectively kill spirochetes in the free-floating bloodstream, where many Lyme Disease Symptoms originate. The problem is that the antibiotic therapy does not kill the spirochetes located inside the Biofilm formations that are floating through the bloodstream.

Several months later, the Biofilm-ridden spirochetes have produced enough off-spring to reach a new critical mass effect, and they begin busting through the Biofilm. Once again, a high volume of spirochetes travel through the free-floating blood stream, where they attack joints and multiple other organs, most concerning of which is the brain. For this reason, it is important to eradicate Biofilm formations in Lyme Disease patients.

Biofilm Causes Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

While antibiotics can be very effective for killing Lyme Disease spirochetes and other bacteria in the “free-floating” bloodstream, antibiotics do not effectively penetrate the four-layer outer wall of Biofilm formations.

However, a small amount of antibiotics do get inside the Biofilm, but just enough to cause antibiotic resistance in Biofilm-protected bacteria.

Validating this concept are recent studies from the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University (MSU). The center's research has proven that antibiotics do not effectively penetrate the protective Biofilm produced by Lyme Disease spirochetes and other tick-borne microorganisms.

In fact, microbiologists at MSU have stated, “Antibiotic therapy not only fails to produce a bactericidal-kill in Biofilm-protected organisms, antibiotic therapy given before Biofilm has been adequately dissolved induces bacterial mutations, creating even more resistant phenotypes."

According to the American Association of Quantum Medicine (AAQM), the more we use antibiotics to treat Biofilm-producing microorganisms, the stronger and more resistant they become. Furthermore, AAQM suggests Biofilm-producing, drug-resistant microorganisms can only be conquered by enhancing the killing power of the immune system.

For this reason, Dr. Sponaugle has spent years designing and improving Integrative Lyme Disease treatment, which enhances immune function, even in the most immunocompromised Lyme disease patients.

As a result, Dr. Sponaugle's patients have no difficulty destroying Biofilm, as seen in our patients' "before-and-after" blood smears images below.

In addition to destroying Biofilm, Dr. Sponaugle also optimizes brain function, which subsequently optimizes the immune function, as the brain ultimately modulates and activates an immune function.

In 2015, Dr. Sponaugle made great advances in our clinic's neurological protocol for “waking up” the neurotoxic brain of Lyme Disease patients. This has enabled the majority of his patients to begin destroying Biofilm within two- to three weeks after starting treatment.

BioFilm Case Study

Carol’s story is a good case study for validating the concept that antibiotics are extremely ineffective, if not worthless, in Lyme Disease patients, particularly those who have developed significant Biofilm.

Dr. Sponaugle said, "Carol and her husband are one of the nicest couples I have met through 30 years of practicing medicine. Prior to finding Sponaugle Wellness Institute, Carol was treated for six years by the best and brightest LLMDs in New Jersey and New York.

"Over that six-year period, she was prescribed multiple antibiotics. Most significant is the fact that she was prescribed four grams of IV Rocephin daily for three years.  Unfortunately, the Rocephin was ineffective in killing the massive Bartonella infection."

You can see this infection within the Biofilm formation on her blood smear below:

The last three years of excessive antibiotic treatment rendered Carol essentially bedridden.

"Carol's Lyme Disease Treatment made her worse than the Lyme Disease infection itself, much like my daughter, Alexa, who had the same experience in her treatment," said Dr. Sponaugle. "Our Lyme disease treatment in 2012 was not nearly as advanced as it is in 2016, and I credit Carol's amazing transformation - in just three months - to the fact that she is truly a Christian woman who sincerely prayed for, and believed in her recovery."

Is There A Place For Antibiotic Therapy In The Treatment of Tick-Borne Bacteria?

Absolutely. Once a patient's immune function has been optimized, repeat testing is then used to prove the immune system is effectively destroying Biofilm, which then allows the use of antibiotic therapy.

When supplementing a healthy immune system, antibiotic therapy will provide a more "desired kill" of Borrelia spirochetes, and get patients home faster.

Of more importance, withholding antibiotic therapy in Neurological Lyme Disease patients demonstrates a lack of judgment.

Our Research Has Proven Biofilm Contains Mold Toxins and Industrial Toxins

Carol was the first patient in which Dr. Sponaugle was able to determine that Mold Toxins and Industrial Toxins are sequestered in Biofilm formations.

"Because Carol's husband was a brilliant mathematician, like me, he wanted to prove or disprove concepts with numerical data, not guesswork," said Dr. Sponaugle. "Therefore he allowed me to perform testing precisely before and immediately after we used our "biofilm-busting" IV Infusions."

"To prove many of my theories through clinical research, I have had to eliminate variables, perform biomarker testing with precise before-and-after time frames, and use deductive reasoning. Patients remain the best teachers if we pay attention," Dr. Sponaugle said.

Why Would I have Excessive Biofilm?

Immunosuppression

Dr. Sponaugle's opinion is that a healthy immune system does not allow significant Biofilm to “build up” in the bloodstream. He has proven this concept through correlation of mathematical biomarkers for the immune function, and through hundreds of blood smears. The longer a patient has unknowingly suffered from toxin-induced immune suppression, the higher probability he/she will have for significant biofilm formation, as seen in Carol’s blood smear above.

Exposure

Another variable that determines whether patients will have excessive Biofilm is exposure. This doesn't necessarily mean long-term immune suppression, but a patient may still have significant Biofilm if he/she has had excessive exposure to mosquitoes and ticks.

If you are, as many spouses have jokingly stated "my mosquito repellant," you most likely have excessive Biofilm formation. Mosquitos are drawn to patients with higher lactic acid levels. Why? Toxic patients suffer from more hypercoagulability and excessive clotting, which decreases blood flow in the microcirculation, causing a reduction of oxygen delivery and subsequently excessive lactic acid production.

Lastly, an anecdotal, non-scientific Sponaugle-ism:  "Patients who have abnormal 'welts' from mosquito bites typically have more mosquito-borne pathogens that have been injected into their bloodstream. Hence, they develop excessive antibodies to mosquito-borne parasites. The mosquito parasite, Protomyxzoa Rheumatica, is extremely 'gifted' at producing Biofilm."

Biofilm Before and After Treatment

Mauryah - Canada

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Alison - Australia

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Lyme Disease Treatment Causing Gut Toxicity

We have correlated abnormal brain chemistry patterns with Lyme bio-marker CD 57 levels and the abnormalities seen on the brain scans of our Lyme patients. Our Chronic Lyme disease research has proven that antibiotic-induced changes in brain chemistry cause excessive electrical activity in two specific brain regions (as seen in red in the brain scan below).

When these brain regions become severely overactive, patients develop depression and a “worry-worry" type of anxiety. When Chronic Lyme disease patients develop an overactive deep limbic center, they suffer from depression, moodiness, negativity, irritability, hopelessness, excessive guilt, social anxiety, and they become more easily offended. When Chronic Lyme Disease patients develop an overactive anterior cingulate, they become more argumentative, more stubborn, hyper-focused on the negative, and they develop obsessive-compulsive worry.

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Taurine and Serotonin Deficiency Gut Toxc

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Antibiotic-Induced Gut Toxicity Suppresses Immune Function

Chronic Lyme disease patients often become more debilitated after months of aggressive antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, prolonged antibiotic therapy suppresses the immune system in Chronic Lyme disease patients. Lyme disease treatment consisting solely of antibiotic therapy can ultimately destroy the intestinal lining (where 70 percent of our immune system is located). Intestinal dysbiosis is the term used to describe an imbalance of intestinal organisms.

Prolonged antibiotic therapy ultimately kills our good intestinal bacteria. Lactobacillus is a healthy intestinal bacterium that produces lactic acid. Lactobacillis thereby ensures that the ph of our intestine remains more acidic disallowing overgrowth of foreign invaders. After prolonged antibiotic therapy, the intestinal ph becomes more alkaline allowing excessive overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and the following toxic bacterium: Klebsiella, Proteus, and Enterobacteriaceae. When Candida mycotoxins and bacterial endotoxins destroy the intestinal lining they also destroy our antibody factory, the Peyer’s patch which is located in our intestinal lining.

Destruction of the intestinal lining also causes severe malnutrition. Several of the essential amino acids are utilized to make natural killer cells. Thus production of killer lymphocytes suffers from a malnourished state. With enough antibiotic-induced destruction of the intestinal lining, Chronic Lyme disease patients develop severe Leaky Gut Syndrome. Once Lyme patients develop significant Leaky Gut Syndrome, their Immune System will waste resources attacking undigested food particles that “leak” across the damaged intestinal lining into the bloodstream. Normally, these food particles are too large to cross over from the gut into the bloodstream.

Antibiotic-Induced Gut Toxicity Causes Increased Brain Toxicity

After Chronic Lyme disease patients develop antibiotic-induced gut toxicity, yeast mycotoxins, and bacterial endotoxins migrate from the gut to the brain. These toxins are fatty in structure and deposit in the fattiest organ, our brain which is 60 percent fat. These neurotoxins inflame the brain’s white matter, the insulation on brain neurons called myelin, adding to the cumulative level of neurotoxicity which is already significant from an accumulation of Lyme toxins in Lyme patients. Antibiotic-induced neurotoxicity causes further suppression of the immune system by “shutting down” the electrical current in the brain. This is problematic because the brain’s electrical activity is responsible for stimulating cytokine activity. Cytokines are the chemical messengers that activate our natural killer cells. When neurotoxins inflame the myelin sheath of brain neurons, they change the electromagnetic field surrounding the neuron; slowing the speed of the electrical impulse. By this mechanism, neurotoxins essentially suppress the brain’s electrical activity. In a healthy brain, the electrical current jumps over the myelin on brain neurons in rapid fashion. However, when the myelin sheath becomes infiltrated with fatty neurotoxins from the gut, in addition to toxins from the Lyme disease spirochete, it fails to effectively modulate immune function.

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