Lyme Disease Treatment Institute
The majority of our Lyme Disease patients have previously undergone treatment by 20 or more physicians.
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we have successfully treated Chronic Lyme Disease patients from around the world. 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.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is most often transmitted by black-legged tick bites and in recent studies has also been found in mosquitos. The 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.
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 also has 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?
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.
New evidence has found Borreliae detected in mosquitos. This is what causes Lyme Disease in humans, spread from ticks.
A relative of the STD Syphillis, our research has shown Lyme Spirochetes can be transmitted by sexual intercourse.
What are the symptoms?
Lyme disease can present a variety of symptoms ranging from flu-like illness to neurological impairment. A bull’s-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 those infected often include fever, headache, fatigue, chills, swollen lymph nodes, muscle or joint pain, and other flu-like symptoms. As discussed above, many suffers notice a bulls-eye like rash called “erythema migrans” which is a sign of the bacteria multiplying in the bloodstream. If left untreated, 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
- Shortness of breath
- Nerve pain or numbness
- Tingling pain
- Shooting pain
- Memory loss
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:
- Facial palsy
- Muscle aches
- Confusion or memory loss
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
- 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.
Unfortunately, Treatment is Not Covered by Insurance.
Patient Success Stories
Patients from all over the world, many confined to wheelchairs, regaining their health and their life. These are their real stories.
What Makes Treatment At Sponaugle Wellness So Successful?
Holistic 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:
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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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.
Understanding Biofilm in Connection with Lyme Disease
Biofilm is a protective shield manufactured by invading organisms to escape attack from our antibodies and natural killer cells of our 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 (left).
Biofilm formations – serve as a protective shield for Lyme spirochetes, co-infections, parasites and viral infections (like Epstein Barr). The image on left shows Biofilm; the image on right shows no Biofilm.
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:
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
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.
Meet the Medical Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institu
With emphasis on Environmental Medicine, Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating brain and neurological disorders derived from Neurological Lyme disease, Mold Toxicity, Industrial Toxicity, Gut Toxicity, and more. Dr. Sponaugle approaches healing on an intracellular level using biochemistry and detoxification protocols to optimize mitochondrial function.
From his beginnings in the 1980’s practicing Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology Dr. Sponaugle felt there was a better way to heal his patients. He began Sponaugle Wellness and has helped thousands of people get better. Dr. Sponaugle has gained national acclaim for his work including being invited to the white house, celebrity collaborations and treatments, publications and numerous television appearances.