Monday, November 10, 2008
The trip to the airport was a non-issue and we arrived in Stuttgart around 7pm. Unfortunately, it was already dark and so finding the hotel which was not in our GPS was a bit challenging. It was more challenging that there are 2 hotels with the same name right across the street from each other.
Finally, we parked the car near one of them and the only elevator was blocked off. So we walked down the traffic lane and into the hotel.
We finally got to the room which was the best room I have ever stayed in. High tech beyond belief. I'll try to post the photos another time as I cannot get them right now. When you walk into the room, you put the key into the wall and everything lights up like a toy store.
We found a cart for the luggage just like the grocery stores that takes 1 euro to unlock.
They then told us where to park and we moved the car to the appropriate garage. We then decided to take all 4 of our bags (which had grown from our arrival) to check in early tonight. Unfortunately, KLM does not do early check-in.
They told us to go to Customs to get our stamp for the Bionic. We finally found customs after asking 10 people and learning that the word we needed was "Zoll" and that the "Zoll" sits secretly between an exit and a flower shop.
Then the lady with the gun came out and told us we have to come back tomorrow at 5:30am. The flight is at 6:20am so the cards are already stacked against a good morning, but that is all we can do they tell us.
So, we went to Burger King, ate our last terribly unhealthy meal, had a great sundae with oreos and likely the last diet coke before returning, we hope, to the US tomorrow.
That 1 euro cart was well worth it as it now sits right next to my bed overnight. Hopefully, no 2am alarm goes off when it finds it is not where it should be.
Then the rental car had to be returned. That was fortunately not too difficult except they could not print a receipt and so I have no idea how much the bill actually was. Since they wanted me to return to another counter to get that information, I decided to come back to the hotel.
I then walked through the airport with my underwear in my arms that I had taken out previously and left in the car when I actually still believed I might be able to check my bags tonight.
It is now 9pm and I have to get up at 4am.
Morals - wear a watch (would have been good many times on this trip), don't arrive in a big city after dark, and don't leave the first flight out, and find a better way to carry around your underwear....
In times past, I would have been insulted by such a comment coming from a doctor as I would have interpreted such a statement to mean "it is all in your head". However, after learning about the Klinghardt Axiom and how past emotional conflicts impact our health, I can now accept that some portion of our illnesses are due to emotional traumas, how we think about ourselves, and how we respond to things that happen to us.
The exploration of how to overcome the emotional factors that contribute to illness is still one that I believe I need to further investigate. We all have issues. We all need better ways to deal with these disease contributing factors.
I remember hearing a prominent LLMD in the US recently state that a very significant number of his patients have had some history of abuse or severe psychological trauma.
Dr. W.'s comment made me stop and think that these emotional co-factors are worth further investigation. Our bodies know how to get well. They know how to let go of our illnesses. We just have to create the right environment to allow this....
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today, I went to Bad Wilbad and had lunch at one of only two places open. Sundays are like a ghost town in Germany - everything is closed. At first it did not look too appealing, but it turned out to be great. Started with a wonderful potato soup with sunflower seeds and some unknown other things on top. Wow. Then had a cake called "tortilla" but was really a big, heavy mix of potatoes and onions with egg. It was interesting and quite tasty.
The only downside was that the owner and only worker in the place seemed to have a cold and kept making horrific snotting noises and then serving up the food. That was enough to make me not want to eat there but the food had already arrived....
Then I went to the Bad Wildbad spa called "Palais Thermal". It was not as good in my opinion as the one in Baden Baden and I accidentally ended up in the "Douche Damen". This one had lots of heavy, naked people running around in it. After staying there for awhile, I started getting a bit of a detox headache and decided I had enough for the day.
Returned to the guest house in Dobel in the afternoon and started to prepare for the journey home. Tomorrow will be the last appointment with Dr. W. and then the home experiment with the photons will begin....
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Being here continues to be great fun. The language barrier is not too difficult and at times can be somewhat comical. Today, when my friend Russ was being treated with ozone, the assistant doing the treatment said "Do you have terror?" when she really meant "Are you feeling anxious?". It was kind of a funny moment. For the most part, communicating here with the office staff is not terribly difficult though can take explaining some things a couple of times to be sure everyone is on the same page.
After several attempts at getting blood today from my friend Russ, they joked that they often call these people a German word which I did not catch, but the translation was "Swiss cheese" after the patient is so difficult that it takes a few tries to get the needle just the way they need it.
Today, the ozone was a bit challenging for me but all turned out fine. One of the tubes did not behave properly and some of the blood spilled out and we had to do the treatment again. This is not entirely uncommon and has happened to friends of mine doing ozone in California as well. It is just something to be prepared for. The ozone treatment can be a little unusual for those that have not had it before or are not used to seeing blood. Nevertheless, their office is very professional and never once I have I felt as though something was being done that was unsafe or unprofessional.
I talked quite a bit with Dr. W. today about photon treatments. He suggests that if the photon treatment does not work for Lyme after the first 5-8 treatments and D60 or D200 potency is still testing, this is often a sign that EMFs or electro-smog are an issue and are impacting the efficacy of the treatment.
He also feels that supplements are best avoided during photon treatment, at least at the onset. He feels that the treatment is still too early to know how supplements and photons interact, but that in his experience, the photons work better when supplements are avoided. He calls me "Super Supplement Boy" as I had the most supplements he had ever seen one person taking.
I did a SCENAR treatment with Dr. W. today as well. It lasted about an hour. I still have to understand more about exactly what it all meant but it essentially helps cellular communication, removes blockage, and helps to detoxify. As the treatment ensued, I started feeling drops of sweat coming out from under my arms and then more and more. It was a bit embarrassing and I finally asked if that was common. He said it was common and meant that the body was detoxing things that the treatment was mobilizing. Whew... I thought I was going to have to go back to a stronger antiperspirant.
The treatment was mixed with some chiropractic and was very good. Dr. W. indicates that my head is not correctly aligned on my neck and that my spine has some scoliosis likely from a car accident in 1993. This fortunately is consistent with another practitioner I started working with just about 2 months ago in the US and so I felt good that I will continue to address that issue when I return. His chiropractic treatments are absolutely amazing. One suggestion if you do them - relax. It makes the treatment work so much better. Just let go and don't resist. It is easier said than done.
Dr. W. is someone I feel very blessed to have been treated by. He clearly has some very good ideas about Lyme disease and options for treating that are unique. I would however caution anyone planning to come here to have reasonable expectations. Lyme will not be cured in 3 weeks. It may not be cured in 3 months. Generally, with German patients, Dr. W. works with them for about 3 months before he feels that the major work around Borrelia has been completed. Thus, it would be difficult for anyone coming for only 3 weeks to comment on the efficacy of the treatment. Thus, other than to say that it has been less noticeable for me than it has for some others, I am optimistic and will continue the treatments at home after I return next week. Hopefully, a few months down the road, I will be able to comment further.
This may not be the cure to everything that ails us, but it certainly does seem to be a piece of the puzzle. Whether or not the puzzle of chronic illness is solved with photons remains to be seen, but the puzzle is becoming a bit more clear as a result of this treatment.
On a side note, Germans here this week are very excited that we have a new President. Today at the "backerei" where they spoke limited English, the lady picked up the paper and pointed to Obama and said "Good" and smiled. I was told by someone else today that Americans are far less liked now in Europe than they were before George Bush was in office. We have a lot of healing to do on many levels....
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today was an off day for treatment. Tomorrow is treatment #4 with the photons. I went to Stuttgart for the day to see the birthplace of my dear friend and mentor GiGi. It was a great day. I walked for miles and have to say that I am feeling a bit tired tonight but I really did run around for a good eight hours, most of it on foot, up and down stairs, etc. So, I expect I will sleep good tonight. I have noticed that the photon treatments also make you a little more tired at times.
I took the train from Pforzheim to Stuttgart and then visited the main shopping district near the train station. It was a plethora of upscale stores and lots of wonderful bakeries. In fact, a bakery on every block if not two or three. Of course, one has to sample these delights to fully take in the culture. In the photo above, you can see the large strudel. I have never seen such a big strudel!
After several hours of walking, I then went to "The Television Tower". The views from the top were superb. A little bit hazy but just remarkable.
I then got back on the train and stopped at another train stop and then walked a good ways again to the Killesburg Tower. This is the photo at the very top and below. It is almost like free-hanging stairs that you walk to the top. I am not the best with heights but it was a must-do as well.
After having spent a good full day in Stuttgart, it was time to get back on the train and head back to Pforzheim and then drive back to Dobel to watch some TV and get ready for treatment tomorrow.
This country is such a wonderful, beautiful place.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I then went to the pumpkin soup restaurant only to find that they were out of pumpkin soup. After I dealt with the emotional issues around them having no more pumpkin soup, I found something else to order and then returned back to Dobel. :)
Monday, November 3, 2008
Today was the 3rd of 5 treatments planned. The next will be Thursday and the final will be next Monday. I think even when I complete the treatment here, it will take more time to really determine the ultimate benefits of the therapy.
I did ozone again today as well. No negative reaction like I had the 2nd ozone treatment. I do think the ozone is helpful and is something I will do more of as well when I return home. The photo above is a picture of me with the nurse that does many of the treatments at Dr. W.'s office.
I believe enough in the treatment that I will return with a machine that I can continue treating with at home for other issues besides Borrelia. I cannot however say that I have seen any significant progress with the first 3 treatments. I think it is unreasonable to expect miracles in a few short weeks with the complexities of the illnesses most of us with Lyme have.
There are two others here now that are being treated as well and I think their comments would be similar. Optimism is present. A belief that the treatment can provide benefits is also present. However, there are no easy miracles and it will take more time to realize the benefits of the photons.
I had a friend of mine ask whether or not it was worth coming here for treatment. I think at this time, I am cautiously optimistic. If one can afford to come to Germany to do the treatment, I would say do it. However, I think more time is needed to fully determine how Americans with complex Lyme illnesses do over time.
Other than that, today was a quiet day. Went to the mall. Stopped at a bakery. Bought some groceries. Had a pizza.
My 4th treatment is Thursday. I will likely return to Baden-Baden tomorrow to go through more of the exhibits and see what I might find there again.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I had a good discussion with Mr. Buschkühl. He heads up the company that created the Bionic 880 which is the device that Dr. W. is using for the treatment of Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) and the main reason I came to Germany. He feels very confident that the device will cure Borreliosis. It can be used for other things as well such as depression, weight loss, balancing hormones, and more. It was nice to meet him in person and I look forward to more of what his machine may do in terms of bringing benefits to my health and to others who are also trying it.
Dobel is a great little town with bakeries, a grocery store, and a couple of nice places to eat. It is so nice to get out of the fast lane of life for a couple of weeks and just focus on healing and recovery. I am already dreading going home in about 9 days!