As Amy Scher speaks to groups and continues to write about Lyme and her experience, the biggest question always pops up – is this really a cure?
Of course trying a homeopathic treatment that is$20 – $50/month seems possible financially, especially if you don’t know how long it will work and even IF it will work. Even a treatments such as Rife which can range from $75 – $5,000, is tempting but beyond most people’s resources. So when you consider spending $40,000, you want to be completely certain it works 100% of the time, because we know that insurance companies are unlikely to help cover costs.
This blog post was originally posted back in 2008, and due to the number of questions I still get about Amy’s health, I thought I would re-publish this and publish Amy’s last update on her physical condition,
Here are some more excerpts from Amy’s blog www.HealthcareHacks.com:
It seems I have to answer this, totally emotionless, once and for all. I may paste it on my forehead and the signature tag line in my e-mail. I get asked it so many times that my answer seems e-mail. I get asked it so many times that my answer seems canned.
And despite absolutely loving that I can inspire hope in so many via the phone and e-mail, prospective patients need a place to go and read this for themselves. Over and over if they wish…
Question: “Are embryonic stem cells a cure for Chronic Lyme Disease?”
Short answer: I believe (disclaimer: Although I am not in any way a medical professional qualified to advise, so please consult your own…) that in conjunction with antibiotics, embryonic stem cells can be a cure for debilitating symptoms associated with Chronic Lyme Disease. I feel that this can happen in two ways. One, by pumping up the immune system to better cope with the infection and other issues and diminishing chances of a relapse (with the help of adequate antibiotic treatment and possibly supplements and alternatives); and two, by helping to repair the body’s degeneration which can be causing many symptoms because of damage to the body systems (such as nerve damage, heart damage, etc.).
Long answer: In my opinion, nothing kills the Lyme bacteria and other co-infections except antibiotics (and anti-parasitic medication, etc.). However, the bacterial load is not the only problem with Lyme Disease. And often after one has gone through rigorous treatment protocols, it may not be any part of the problem. The degeneration of the body due to having an untreated or undiagnosed infectious disease for so long is a huge challenge (arthritis, brain lesions, a damaged nervous system, heart problems and the list goes on).
Western medicine is there to help treat the actual infection (even if it’s near impossible sometimes thanks to this nightmarishly “smart” bacteria). But, what can we do to repair our tormented bodies once doctors have helped us erradicate the bacteria?
As well as all of those lovely issues of degeneration, a severely compromised immune system makes things worse by allowing the body to become a sponge, soaking up every little germ, chemical and whatever else might be floating around an environment. To take it a depressing step further, a patient’s system can’t detoxify properly so they becomes stuck with all of that inside of them. Even the simplest of ways most people detoxify such as urine and sweat, are not reliable.
Many Chronic Lyme patients over time, will become unable to sweat since it is a function of the nervous system, causing a further problem with detox. If the kidneys don’t work right, then toxins may not be excreted through urine. An immune system that doesn’t work though, goes far beyond that, keeping the body in a state of inability to control the Lyme infection, as well as often becoming misdirected, turning on your body instead of the infection (autoimmune diseases).
Yes, we can all agree how important it is to strengthen and support our immune system, but will this new treatment actually finish off any remaining bacteria that antibiotics and other protocols have destroyed?
The title of the following excerpts from: http://healthcarehacks.com/the-embryonic-stem-cell-proof-is-in-my-brain-scan
I am still marveling at the color copies of my SPECT brain scan, although somewhat in disbelief. My passion for photography does not come close to producing pictures like the ones that manifested from last weekaEAÂs scan, just days before I left India.
In fact, I could not intentionally capture colors so vivid, or an image so real and telling of an illness that has now officially lost its battle, little by little and day by day since my first stem cell injection December 11, 2007. I hold in my hands not only pretty pictures; but proof so substantial that I dare to invite even the most mainstream, by-the-book, anti-embryonic-stem-cells-because-it-just-can’t-be-if-I-didn’t-invent-it-doctor, to contest.
When I got to Delhi in December of last year, my brain scan revealed three lesions in the frontal lobe of my brain (both sides). That was two more than I had after the torturously aggressive treatment in the U.S. to try to stop the progression of Chronic Lyme Disease, and subsequently, the degeneration of almost every body system in my 28-year-old being (including my brain tissue).
The embryonic stem cell treatment has now completely demolished two lesions, and near but eradicated the last one. I study the images of my brain trying to locate the last part of the one remaining lesion. It’s improved beyond recognition, so much so that I’m having a hard time deciphering where its exact location is.
The part that stuns me the most I suppose, is that I left Delhi with two lesions in February of this year. One disappeared during my two-month treatment there. But consistent with the research that embryonic stem cells continue to work for months and years, they were repairing my body long after I left India and stopped receiving daily stem cells shots.
Dr. Geeta Shroff’s embryonic stem cells are the future of treating incurable and terminal illness. Like it or not Western world, here they come. You can try to slow down this remarkable technology, but you can’t stop it. And if you ever met the two doctors behind this, you’d silently laugh at anyone who thought otherwise.
After failing the mini-round of IV antibiotics due to boycotting veins in India, we decided a month of oral antibiotics would suffice. This is just to make sure the infection stays under control, if there is any still left at all. I hate the pills and the pills I have to take to make sure those pills don’t hurt me (my liver, kidneys, etc.). And I despise worrying that my stomach will just one day decide it hates me, enough to fall completely apart.
But, I have this healthy, vibrant, functioning body and the inconvenience of the medication is a small price to pay for big “insurance.” I feel like sometimes I’m holding on so tight that I’ll crush the mere possibility out of a far-fetched theory that this disease could ever do again to me, what it once did.
This might just be the shortest blog post in the world for a girl as wordy as me. But, what can I say? My overcomplicated life has become so simple that it takes less and less words to describe.
And in all fairness, compared to the indisputable proof that embryonic stem cells regenerated an otherwise progressively degenerating 20-something-year-old brain aE” does anything else really even matter?
Thanks to Amy Scher for generously sharing her amazing and wonderful story. I hope we will find more and more stories of people who are willing to step out of the box and forge new trails for the diseased families and individuals whose lives are falling apart.
This story gives us all something solid to hold on to when we are herxing and feel like giving up.
NEVER give up!
Originally posted on September 29, 2011