Did you know that Germany has the world's third largest economy? This fact intrigues me. I wonder how come I didn't learn that until I got here four days ago. Well, never mind. Lyme brain!
After a couple of days here, I noticed that, in fact, when it comes to producing innovative, quality goods and services on a large scale, Germans often do it better than we in the States. And I surmise that this is true when it comes to medicine, too.
So when I noticed that five squares of German toilet paper were about as effective as ten American squares, and that I didn't have to wait thirty seconds for the water in my shower to heat up (I simply adjusted the temperature gauge), for some reason, learning about these little technological advancements was enough to bolster my confidence in German medicine, too. And also because Germany is big on energy medicine.
I've only received one treatment so far on the Bionic 880, but my test for borrelia on the Bicom (one of many energetic tests that the fabulous Dr. Woitzel uses) revealed that indeed, the spiraled suckers are still stealing a significant amount of my energy, and apparently they have been there for over fifteen years. I don't recall ever getting a tick bite, but I have generally thought that I have had Lyme for less than ten years.
Still, I'm not yet convinced that Lyme is the major reason for my symptoms but only time and another five treatments with the Bionic 880 will tell.
I am impressed with Dr. Woitzel and his staff, however. Who says that Germans are cold and inhospitable? This man greeted me with a bear hug and I received multitudes of smiles and friendly words from him and his staff during my first visit. And, apparently his practice is expanding so much that next month he will be moving into a new, bigger office, and hiring more assistants to work with him! I think that is a good sign.
During my first appointment, Dr. Woitzel reviewed my labs and I spent some time telling him of my symptom woes. Then he did the Bicom test and declared my energy to be halfway in the toilet, thanks to borrelia.
I was immediately shown how to treat myself with the Bionic 880, and after my initial treatment, Dr. Woitzel's assistants ozonated my blood and then followed that up with a detoxification cocktail involving some homeopathic lymphatic, kidney and liver detox products, as well as minerals.
After my first treatment, which was approximately thirty-six hours ago, I felt a little sleepy afterward, but I can't swear that the sleepiness wasn't a result of jet lag. After all, I just arrived on Saturday and managed to skip two nights of sleep before my Monday morning appointment. Still, the five other folks who are here with me have all said that the second treatment is the one that really knocks you for a loop.
Good. That means I have something to look forward to on Thursday.
Dr. Woitzel has told me to get off of all of my supplements in the meantime. Had I known before I came to Germany that my melatonin and anti-depressant would be included in the list of non-essential supplements, I might have started weaning off at least one of them before coming here. Or maybe not.
So when he told me to shuck the mirtazapine and the melatonin, I protested a little, telling him that I've been on this stuff for almost five years. He then patiently explained that the biophotons would nullify the effects of my anti-depressant anyway, and that it would be better that I not receive therapy while dependent upon all this other stuff. So getting off the drug isn't necessarily a bad thing, I suppose, because the photons regulate serotonin production, and I don't want my body to rely on it in its attempt to "re-regulate" itself through the biophoton therapy, anyway. (Because that is what the biophotons do--re-regulate the body's energy).
So I bravely embarked upon a weaning program last night, and, still not over jetlag, I attempted to cut my melatonin dose in half, and skipped my anti-depressant dose entirely. I slept fitfully for four hours, before awakening at four A.M. with paranoid thoughts about simultaneously becoming an insomniac and schizophrenic filling my brain. Questions like, "Can I really trust the biophotons to re-program my brain and biochemistry?" raced through my mind.
After a couple of hours of fidgeting beneath my covers, I decided that I needed to give this weaning thing a shot, in any case. But no kamikazee dropping the melatonin and mirtazapine in the same week. I don't think that would be a good idea.
So I didn't survive the night without another half-tablet of melatonin, but fortunately today, Dr. Woitzel wrote me a prescription for some valerian that cost twenty euros (or about thirty bucks). I don't know if herbs are just pricey in Europe or this is just some super stellar valerian. Tonight I'll find out.
Today, Dr. Woitzel also gave me a great chiropractic adjustment that shifted one heck of a bone in my lumbar spine and removed some of the pain that I have been experiencing over the past six months. The two other osteopaths I had seen prior to Dr. Woitzel couldn't get to that bone.
I confess, doing this therapy is starting to stir up a plethora of other questions in my mind. While Dr. Woitzel has advised against taking supplements during biophoton therapy, if this is something that most of us who come here will need to continue for months afterward, can we be confident that the machine is all that we will need in order to be restored to health again?
Don't get me wrong; I am tentatively optimistic about this treatment and the great things it can do for those with Lyme, but sometimes the body has biochemical deficiencies and I'm not sure that biophoton therapy can make up for such nutrient deficiencies. The more I study medicine, the more I think that healing must be about balancing as much as about supplementing missing nutrients. Fortunately, I think it is easier to supplement what is missing than to balance what is amiss, so perhaps those of us who are able to do the Bionic 880 can use the machine to balance what is out of whack and get the critters out of our bodies, and then utilize supplements in between treatments to make up for any nutritional deficiencies.
Anyway, that's my preliminary conclusion after only two days in Dr. Woitzel's office. I am sure my opinions will be revised in the days to come.
For those of you who have already come to Germany, Dr. Woitzel really emphasizes doing detoxification after the treatments, especially when you decide to use your own blood as a nosode. If it is possible to get the same types of detoxification remedies that Dr. Woitzel uses, ideally, this might be best. But I haven't yet looked into whether it is possible or convenient to purchase these remedies from the United States.
Finally, although I have yet to herx or notice change from my first treatment, all those who are staying here at the guesthouse with me have been experiencing herx-like reactions, and a couple have had minor symptomatic improvements. Most of them have done only two treatments, and one or two have done three. Mrs. Klein, the kind and sociable owner of the guesthouse, has also affirmed to me that the majority of those who have gone before us have left Germany feeling much better than when they came, so I am encouraged.
There is something beautiful and wonderful about living in community with five other Lyme disease sufferers here in this peaceful German town. This, along with the exciting sights, smells and sounds of a new place, I think are, in themselves, worth the price of admission for this treatment.
So stay tuned for a more "social" commentary...and I'll try to get a photo or two in here sometime soon. But sorry, it won't be of the nude sauna that we have here in town!