Lyme disease is an endemic problem in many parts of the United States. Most people get better without diagnosis or treatment—as they did before the early 1970s when the Lyme spirochaete was recognized. Such individuals show positive antibody tests indicating exposure to the microbe for decades. Below I summarize my experience with Lyme disease:, as well as that of other physicians at our center:

☞ All patients with Lyme disease responded well to four to eight week treatment with doxycyclin or Baxin integrated with robust non-drug bowel and liver detox therapies;
☞ None of our patients with Lyme disease developed the so-called chronic Lyme disease while under our care.
☞ I saw over 200 patients we had been treated for “chronic Lyme disease” with multiple antibiotic therapies, including intravenous drugs, for more than nine months had not responded well to those treatments. Indeed, the longer they received antibiotics, the sicker they became.
☞ Patients diagnosed with “chronic Lyme disease”always showed high urinary organic acids, a clear evidence of oxygen dysfunction.
☞ Patients with “chronic Lyme disease”regained their health slowly and steadily when all relevant bowel, liver, thyroid, and adrenal issues were effectively addressed. Nearly all exceptions to this were those with long-standing anxiety and depression, as well as those with extremely difficult life circumstances.
☞ The matter of co-infections was important and required precise laboratory diagnosis and targeted therapies.
☞ Individuals who suffered from chronic anger, deep disappointments of life, and depression had to do deep spiritual work to free themselves from those problems, at least partially, so the healing could begin. I did not patients in this category who benefitted from therapy or analysis.

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The so-called chronic Lyme disease is an autoimmune disorder, which may or may not started with Lyme disease. Among the patients I saw, most did not become chronically ill and disabled just by Lyme microbe. They had clear histories of undiagnosed and neglected problems of: (1) mold allergy and mold toxicosis; (2) sugar abuse and adverse food reactions: (3) antibiotic abuse for ear infections, sore throats, sinusitis, and acne; (4) toxicity of heavy metals and pollutants; (5) gut fermentation and leaky gut state; and (6) chronic stress and anger. Needless to point out, none of these issues had been addressed. Prolonged antibiotic therapy worsen the problems caused by all autoimmune disorders. The so-called chronic Lyme disease was not an exception.

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Fibromyalgia is an oxygen problem. The so-called chronic Lyme disease is also an oxygen problem. Patients who are given these diagnostic labels shuttle between specialists. Most of them also receive other diagnostic labels in their sad journeys. They fumble and suffer, sometimes for years, before they find doctors who detect and treat all their oxygen-related issues, and guide them back to health, albeit very slowly in many cases. I choose the title of this article for those who have been labeled with both problems at different times in their struggle for healing. I hope this will offer them clarity about what the real issues are and how they should approach them. Specifically, I hope it will give them the strength to defy the tyranny of diagnostic labels.

Pain in muscles is the cry for oxygen of muscle cells. In chronic myalgia (muscle pain), what begins with oxygen deficiency is worsened by acid buildup and thickening of bodily fluids which, in turn, deepen oxygen deficiency. Acid buildup and accumulation of thickened fluids occur with greater frequency in some parts of the body called trigger points. When such changes last for more than three to six months, symptoms of fatigue and mentation difficulties often develop. Some doctors call it fibromyalgia. The incidence of the disorder is leapfrogging in the United States.

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Fibromyalgia (FM) is often considered a medical mystery. It need not be. I often hear all laboratory tests are negative in patients with FM. That’s not true. Most physicians are uneasy when confronted with persons suffering with FM. That need not be so. I sometimes hear FM is not treatable. Nothing is further from the truth.

Why are so many people confused about the cause of FM? Because it doesn’t fit into some neat model of a disease category. Why isn’t FM treated successfully by mainstream doctors? Because there are no effective drugs for it. Below, I offer a snapshot of fibromyalgia and suggest that readers consider my video seminar entitled “Fibromyalgia” for detailed information.


1. All symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused by cellular oxygen deprivation.
2. Oxygen deprivation is caused by dysfunctional oxygen metabolism.
3. Oxygen metabolism becomes abnormal due to excessive and cumulative oxidative stress caused
by sugar overload, antibiotic abuse, undiagnosed allergies, synthetic chemicals, and anger.

Dysfunctional oxygen metabolism is not merely lack of oxygen in the air we breathe, in the blood, or in the cells. This is a critical distinction. I coin this term for a much deeper problem of oxygen metabolism within the cells that involves failure of enzymes involved in oxygen metabolism. This also forms the core of my ODD theory of the fibromyalgia/fatigue complex (ODD stands for oxidative-dysoxygenative dysfunction).


Fibromyalgia is Real.
Fibromyalgia is Reversible.
Fibromyalgia cannot be Reversed with drugs.

That fibromyalgia is reversible is the second core point of this article. It is regrettable that many fibromyalgia “experts” emphatically state that it is irreversible. (Why would anyone become an expert in a disease that he can never effectively treat?) I strongly disagree with them.
I consider persons with fibromyalgia as human canaries whose oxygen enzymes are more easily injured than other people. They are more vulnerable to unrecognized allergies, sugar overload, excessive antibiotics, and anger, and have been poisoned by synthetic chemicals. Those human canaries are telling us something important about the shape of things to come. What injures their oxygen enzymes eventually will injure the oxygen enzymes of others, unless we find ways to protect the oxygen metabolism.


1. Persistent muscle pain and weakness.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation causes muscle pain.
2. Disabling fatigue.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in tissue causes fatigue and exhaustion.
3. Brain fog (problems of mood, memory, and mentation).
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in brain cells causes brain fog and dysfunction.
4. Air hunger.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation within the cells causes air hunger.

The last item requires a special comment. Like other physicians, until some years ago I accepted the prevailing view that the body learns about the lack of oxygen through special oxygen sensors in the brain as well as in the walls of large blood vessels in the chest and neck. My fibro canaries have forced me to look deeper into this issue. The sense of air or oxygen hunger in fibromyalgia cannot be explained merely on the basis of those oxygen sensors. Oxygen levels in the large vessels in those locations are within the normal range in fibromyalgia. Thus, I had to look for some other mechanism. Now I believe oxygen hunger is caused by abnormal oxygen metabolism within the cells —though the evidence for my view at this point is indirect.


1. Symptoms of weakened immune systems, such as sore throats, swollen neck glands,
and painful tissues.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in immune cells causes immune weaknesses.
2. Abdominal bloating, cramps, episodes of diarrhea and constipation, and problems
of digestion and malabsorption.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in the bowel causes bloating, cramps, and malabsorption.
3. Cold sensitivity and poor circulation.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in skin causes cold sensitivity.
4. Sleep difficulties, restless leg syndrome, and legs.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation interferes with functions of the sleep center and causes other
problems, such as restless leg syndrome.
5. Lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitations, and skipped beats.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in the heart and vessel walls causes lightheadedness, dizziness,
heart palpitations, and skipped beats.
6. Dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry vaginal tissues.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in the cells of the skin, eyes, mouth and vagina muscles
causes cell shrinkage and dryness skin.
7. Vaginitis, bladder spasms, and bladder infections in women and prostatitis in men.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in genital tissues causes vaginitis, bladder spasms,
and bladder infections in women and prostatitis in men.
8. Joint and muscle stiffness and pain.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation in joints and muscles causes stiffness and pain.
9. Lack of sex drive in both sexes and menstrual irregularities in women.
Explanation: Oxygen deprivation interferes with the enzyme functions of sexual organs and their hormones.

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  • I am shocked that all my problems are on this list of symptoms. I have been to many doctors and lack of oxygen was never mentioned. This gives me hope. I must read more about this and how best I can remedy the problem.


  • I watched fibromyalgia patients deteriorate for years until I became one of them… When I finally took matters into my own hands and treated myself with oxygen I finally got better. NONE of the doctors were able to help me. To this day they don’t help anyone…

    Needless to say I don’t have much faith in western medicine and doctors who are taught in pharma sponsered universities.

    There are many things that contribute to F & CF. The last thing I got rid of was OILS marketed as healthy but actually contribute to the destruction of the energy cell (mitochondria).

    The immune system struggles along heroically, sometimes for a long time before it finally succumbs.. When it does there is no way to trace it back to these toxins, certainly not to the horrible oils.

    I now use only fresh Hemp Oil shipped directly from Canada, organic cold pressed coconut oil, & butter. Read “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill”. Udo Erasmus – JJ


  • I just stumbled across your Sept 8 2010 blog entitled Oxygen, Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia. I contracted Lyme Disease 2.5 years ago and received a course of antibiotics within 2 weeks of initial infection. Though the antibiotics stopped the rash and disfiguring swelling of the joints on my hands, my body has felt drastically different ever since, from what truly seems to be from a cellular level. Formerly a super-energetic and active person, since the Lyme Disease, i have pronounced muscle & joint pain, fatigue, extreme skin dryness and texture change, dizziness, mental fog, pronounced memory issues, abdominal bloating, heart palpitations, cold sensitivity, poor circulation and increasingly, depression. I am interested in understanding more about your views on dysfunctional oxygen metabolism and what I can do to reverse this. Thank you for any help can offer.


  • This oxygen therapy sounds interesting and I have been suffering fibromylagia/lyme symtoms for a while. Please tell me more about what you have discovered and any help you can give me. I live in Sydney Australia and its hard to find anyone who will listen to you let alone offer any kind of treament. You get the usual, “its all in your head”.


  • My only problem with this article is the use of the term canaries. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the term, and its use brings the meaning of the article down.


    • Canaries were sent down into the mines to test oxygen levels in the early part of the century. If a canary died, the men had minutes to seconds to get the hell out of there.
      I think it is an apt description.


  • re: : (1) mold allergy and mold toxicosis; (2) sugar abuse and adverse food reactions: (3) antibiotic abuse for ear infections, sore throats, sinusitis, and acne; (4) toxicity of heavy metals and pollutants; (5) gut fermentation and leaky gut state; and (6) chronic stress and anger.

    I had None of these. I had measles when I was 11. I got my first cold when I was 26. I had a great job, no kids, a wonderful new husband and no health issues – At All. I wore a size 7 and maintained a fairly muscular build with minimum exercise. I was 39 years old.

    I got bit – and it knocked me on my fanny. Within 4 days I was down with what became a 6 year flu…. and you’re aware of all the side issues that coinside with Late Stage Lyme.

    The crazy thing is – I never cared for sugar stuff before Lyme – accept for dark chocolate ice cream (1/2 – 1 gallon a month). After the tick bite, and without knowing why, my body started craving sugar to an almost insane degree. Prior to Lyme, I always preferred to eat something like 5 oranges, or 3-5 tomatoes or a bunch of cucumbers as a meal. Lots of tea and water, no pop, and I had quit smoking 13 years before the tick bite.

    As to whether Lyme is chronic. That may be a question of “is the victim educated and doing everything in their power to avoid the things that help lyme and to strengthen their own system”. When I figured out sugar was a major food source for Lyme (no thanks to my doctors) I literally STOPPED anything and everything that had sugar in it including foods that would break down into sugars once cooked or digested.I kid you not, when I craved chocolate, I learned to eat that awful unsweetened Bakers chocolate.

    It took 2 1/2 years of not one jot of sugar (not even cooked carrots!) while continueing on an antibacterial regimen with constant flushing of water (either pure or w/lemon or apple cider vinegar). When I found out that some people were using Hyperbaric Chambers to kill the Lyme with ***OXYGEN, I started walking, and lifting cans of food until I could lift real weights …. taking deep breaths of oxygen and holding it for as long as I could. It REALLY helped.

    When I started the climb back up the latter, I couldn’t really walk because of the arthritis. Now I do some running on the treadmill. I couldn’t play my harp with my clawed hands, so I sold it. Now, while there is some permanent, but surprisingly not too painful, damage to my joints, I play a guitar.

    If people are educated, and willing to do what has to be done, I believe Lyme can be overcome.


  • I read your blg article about lyme with concern in some areas, as to this clincis own findings about Lyme. although the info about oxygen makes sense, although oxygen at higher levels for too long has its own negative effects on the body, treatments with increased oxygen for short periods do have benefits, but its getting Dr’s to listen or try it.

    my ‘lyme tyme’: I was bit by a tick well a good 18months ago, dispite typical early symptoms, it was dismissed as being not related!!! I was finally tested for and got a reactive result for Lyme 8 months after symptoms of an inflammatory arthritis showed up, plus scabs and spots under the skin, the arthritis was most noticeable in the knees, feet and finger joints, including hard lumps which bent 2 of my fingers in the down postition, I also started to suffer moments where the only way I can describe it as being locked in a repeat program, I was aware of stuf going on about me, but wasn’t able to comprehened what was either said, or being done, they only lasted 30secends to 2 minutes, I also had edema in the legs/feet, so much that presing your thumb into the area left an indent and putting feet up didn’t get rid of it, it would just come and go in waves, as did the arthritis swelling and pains, also started to stuffer stiff neck, headaches, blurred and double vision.

    I was given a month of doxycycline, for first days I was really ill, everything hurt, swollen, then a breakthrough, then backward steps with a reaction the 2nd and 3rd weeks for 3 days each a had occured the first,other than sleeping, drinking and peeing, I was unable to think straight.
    however towrds the end of the last week, I was noticing more improvements, but anibiotics came to an end before I felt truely free of the condition, within days I crashed major flare of flu symptoms, stiff neck, chest pain, flutterig heart, palpations that would awakn me, episodes of not being able to get my breathe, as if the air lacked oxygen, I had headaches that moved about, but felt like my head would explode, double and blurred vision, with flashing lights in eyes and spots like you get if you’ve been out in sunshine and a number of new joint swellings, I had to wait a futher week to get to see the Dr even though it was classed as an emergancy appointment!!
    I also have had fibromyalgia for over 15 years, which was nothing like the symptoms I was getting ith the lyme, the 2 conditions symptoms felt as different as knowing if your being burnt or hitting your thumb with a hammer!

    I now have had a month of amoxicilin, useless, ill through the whole thing, no improvemnts until nearer the end, so given doxycycline again one month and also Metronidazole, used that week 5, I still felt at the end, i wasn’t fully there, sufering chest infections and know eveytime I have them, if I don’t get enough antibiotics, it all comes back and this is what i saw with Lyme.

    I’m now on a month of doxycycline then to follow right after a month of Metronidazole, Suddenly i’m noticing i’m not suffering so much pain, including Fibromyalgia pain, reduced, fibro symptoms of foggy head improved by 40% in days, concentration improved to before tick bite, my sentances are more fluid, i don’t forget words every few words, Tinitus had before tick bite, improving, arthritis swelling improved in some areas the swelling has gone, the bent fingers one is back to norma, the worst one has a little swelling and a slight bend, rather than bend so it could fit exact about a golf ball.

    I know of other lyme people who have taken months of antibiotics to get well and also those that don’t when finally get their dr to test them, find they had co-infections which are not typically checked for, i suspect like these now well people, those that are mentioned from the clinic, whot got sicker had co-infections that were sadly to the well being of the patients.

    I get anoided with Dr who refused to do proper investigations and full, if ticks have been known to carry co-infections, then why are they not being looked for, I have friends and people I know with Fibromyalgia and ME and not one of them has been checkd for lyme, dispit several remembering a typical lyme bullseye rash, one lady I know via someone else I chat to more often, who uses a chair, has demanded her dr do the test, she has had the CFS/ME and FMS Dx for over 10years, results: Lyme, i just hope her heart can take the treatment, cause she had inflammed heart, lesions in her brain. to think if she had had a dr that took her seriously when she mentioned the tick bite 4months before the symptom all began, however she doesn’t show Lyme arthritis. I would go as far as to say with 300 or so strains of b. burgdorferi, world wide that her tick carried a different one to that which deliveried me a dose of Lyme and possibly she has co-infections too, she had typical symptoms of one other.

    My experiance of Lyme disease with results showing on both Elisa and western blot tests does not fit with that, which the IDSA and CDC and certain dr’s seem to state in their reports, the IDSA’s info needs updating, I’ve found very interesting research with round/cyst forms, and bo-films tests done in 2011+ and doxycycline seems to upto double the amount of round forms after a short time. I think all ME/CFS/MS/FMS sufferers get tested for lyme and in those tests should be the 2 protiens that were removed from the tests, to make them harder to pass, these protiens are only found in B. bergdorferi so why remove vital results, especially when these two increase in those that have had Lyme longer, while others fade. thereby making the tests worthless, if someone were told they might have a cancer, but the test they were given might actually miss 30%+ of those with it, even those really ill with it, there would be a mass outcry, yet the poor lyme sufferer gets accused of fabricating, or sufering from fibro or something else and end up having a vey sick, disabled life, that costs them, their family and the tax payer millions
    one day the truth of Lyme disease and the ticks and the too ofen ignored co-infections, will turn up, treatments will come to light and the harmed people (those who are not given enough and of the right drugs, or the right tests) will get treated correctly, I’ve been through the problems and fights with Dr’s would used to say ‘your depressed/making it up for attention’ which those who knew me well, knew that wasn’t the sort of person I was, I had no reason to get attention, I had lots of positive attention with helping friends, neighbours, good family, many hobbies, goups, sports, job I liked and so on. I faught yrs and pooh poohed the the Dr’s would stated FMS was merely a mental illness, made up or that it didn’t exhist, faught against the years of being spoke down to, referred to as a mere patient, even called stupid cause I’m blonde, if anything was going to make me depressed it was the rude, spoken down to and dregatory remarks i suffered at the hand of those whose moto is ‘Do no harm!’ they were harming me, , i se the same cycle over and over, some years back it was the poor MS patients who had to suffer years of treated like frauds, etc just like CFS/ME was called Yuppie Flu and pooh poohed, those with Lyme will one day finally enter the ‘taken seriously’.

    My dilema now is that fibromyalgia isn’t supposed to respond to antibiotics, it was only with the 2nd lot of doxy and first lot of metronidazole, that i really noticed my pain levels reduced below a level they hadn’t been ever in 8 years and i had more go, until the antibiotics were stopped and it crept back, so does this mean i never had fibro in the first place and maybe once I’m at the end of these antibiotics i might be vastly improved with the fibro too, or that acually fibro does/will respond to these particular antibiotics and if thats the case, has anyone ever boherd to research into why, or maybe fibro in many is chronic or untreated lyme, or what? ummmm???

    on a positive note to end with however I have found Metronidazole to be having a quicker result than doxy and also that i’m taking at least 2spoons per day of Active UMF16-20+Manuka Honey the proper stuff, not the pretend stuff that sometimes gets sold, as it has been shown to Block the formation of biofilms tha protect bacteria from antibiotics. and since research is showing that you get these biofilm forms in Lyme, I figure that if it has shown to make MRSA superbug more sensitive to certain antibiotics, it might have an effect on making me well, the other I’ve noticed, my stomach cramps/pain, flare ups and if left for hours urine that changed colour to either darker, slightly purple tinted or be bordering weak lime cordial at the point of passing (i don’t eat Beetroot or asparagras and it only every was occuring on my very worse day) and also fibro pains improve when I had gloucose powder to my breakfast cereal, infact although I don’t do it normally, but the odd time I have put too much on, the pain levels reduce futher, the stomach pains go, as does the strange urine shades, and no-one can, as yet tell me why this is so??….


  • Canaries is a reference to when they were used in mining and their death would be a sign of a gas leak, e.g. people with fibromyalgia are perhaps the more sensitive members of humanity who are succumbing to a disease that is mainly caused simply by the way we live. It is a health warning to everyone that this condition exists: canaries.


  • I’ve been living with Fibromyalgia for over a decade , seeing every specialist know to man had having minimal results at best. The gamut of symptoms has been more mercurial than I could ever explain and it wasn’t until I discussed Oxygen Therapy with my doctor and simply started taking Oxygen at home twice a day that I began to feel a restored energy level and now am able to accomplish many simple tasks the were former beyond my ability. I can say that I honestly do believe in the benefits of Oxygen Therapy and highly recommend trying it to anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia.


  • Look up canaries in a coal mine……..


  • This is a really interesting article. I am just learning about oxygen therapy and considering it as a treatment option for myself. It makes a lot of sense in theory, I hope it works for me in practice!




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