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Eric von A.
Hello folks

Despite that last post being nearly 6 years ago, I am up and well. The treatments I have continued on a regular but limited basis, usually once a month or so. Sometimes I feel mildly groggy or spacy the day after, and other times I don't feel a thing. Once in a while I'll use a frequency and it will immediately knock me on my butt for that evening - feeling like I was hit by a truck. Within a day or two afterwards however I'll be back up and ready to go with whatever I have planned in my life.

I haven't been tested for Lyme in a number of years, and at this point I'm not inclined to. I know about halfway through my treatments with the Rife machine my Lyme count had decreased substantially (that was my last test). I think I'll always have Lyme disease to a limited extent, and I'm incredibly aware of my energy and overall level of health, but most the time I feel about as normal as I possibly could - better than I ever thought I could when I was sick and on antibiotics for years. I have shared my Rife machine with friends who have had Lyme disease, and they too have experienced herx reactions from it. As an aside, my Rife machine has a "radius" of about 30 feet... within that 30ft radius of exposure the radio frequencies given off sometimes interfere with electronic gadgets, and when my folks had a TV with rabbit ear antennas, it would completely interfere with the signal.

Since I last posted here 6 years ago, I have gone to college, graduated, have worked some as a sailing captain with incredibly long summers (13 weeks of solid work with about 1 day off), have earned a Master captains license with the Coast Guard, and am running my own woodshop building flintlocks as an artist (lower stress, though less pay). Though I take a little longer to "recover" after working hard, my energy level always returns after some good rest.

What else is new... I think diet and exercise are vital to maintaining good health - the Rife machine allowed me to exercise more, and exercising more released endorphins that help make me feel good. It's a positive cycle. Eating well is also important - I don't eat tons of red meat or things high in fat - I eat lots of vegetables and fruit, fresh fish, and avoid overly processed products. I rarely drink soda, I avoid coffee, and generally avoid high fructose corn syrup too. I have had to adjust my entire lifestyle to maintain my health, in particular making sure I get enough restful sleep each night. Eliminating stress in my life has also made a huge difference.

I keep as active as I can - sometimes I have to make myself get out of my shop and onto my bike. I think I have more aches and pains than most people my age (I'm 28), but I also understand that it's pretty common even for people who have been cured of Lyme disease for years. The aches and pains are worth the feeling of exercise and the positive benefits that go with it - maintaining muscle tone, strength, and stamina. My blood pressure is still pretty low no matter what I've tried to do to raise it, which makes certain exercises more tiring.

Long story short - I do still believe the Rife machine works. I credit it with helping to get me better. I don't know whether it actually vibrates and destroys bacteria outright, or if it simply makes my immune system recognize the bacteria and then kill them, or if it's entirely in my head... It doesn't matter at this point, because what matters is that I'm feeling as close to 100% better as I can. Though the Rifelabs.com website is now defunct, I used an EMEM3d 2-tube analog machine made by them. I think there is a lot of junk out there, a lot of snake oil ("crystals" in a wand that are nothing more than polished agate, what nonsense...), but the one I use is quite simple and legit. I write all of this to encourage you to keep fighting, to keep trying new remedies, to keep up to date with new trends in Lyme disease. Rife machines may not work for everyone the way it did for me, but my experience with it has been overwhelmingly successful. Please consider all of the options available: antibiotics got me out of the gutter, but didn't provide me with a cure. I don't know if the Rife machine could have been as effective as the antibiotics originally were, but it was definitely effective in bringing me back to "life". Good luck, I'm happy to answer any questions when time allows. Best,
-Eric


-Eric
 
 
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Eric von A.
19 July 2007 @ 01:43 pm
Hey everyone, I'm so sorry for not updating this sooner and more often. The truth is that Rifing has become very routine for me now. My treatments hover around 20-25 minutes, with various frequencies from the CAFL for Lyme and co-infections. My tests for coinfections have always come back negative, and I've no symptoms to suggest I have them, but I'm rifing for Babesia, Bartonella, Erlichia (sp?) and various Micoplasma strains. I haven't had any major herx reactions when rifing for those, I don't know whether it's doing any good or not, but it's not going to hurt to try to cover those bases. My symptoms have continued to steadily decrease. It's a VERY slow pace, but over a long period of time it's noticeable.

So, what IS new with me? Well the only real news has occured in the last couple weeks. I saw my doc a month ago and we agreed to try a short stint of the "cyst busting" drug Flagyl. This antibiotic targets the cellwall-deficient form of the bacteria, something my other antibiotics didn't do. Rife machines are also thought to be less effective against this form as it's a round ball, the "marble", as opposed to a spirochete or glass rod, and it's not as fragile. I started taking the antibiotic and immediately noticed my typical herx reaction: fatigue, achy, headache, sweaty/clammy, etc. The severity was as strong as when I FIRST began Rifing back in October. The difference was that I felt more restless and the herx didn't subside after a day or two. It was steady for the first week and the past week it gradually tapered away to much less. This was mostly an experiment to see what, if anything, would happen. It definitely killed some of the bugs, and we'll see if it forced another "layer" to activate into spirochete form. I refrained from Rifing the last two weeks as the antibiotics were hitting me hard enough already. We'll see if the next Rife treatment (I'll give myself a couple days before doing so) will be any more severe or if it'll be the same as usual.

In Rosner's book about Rife and Lyme disease, he mentions that herx reactions from a Rife machine are often more tolerable than those from antibiotics. I couldn't agree more... my Rife herx reactions make me sleep like a rock, I feel genuinely tired and just want to sleep. The herx reaction I had from the antibiotics made me feel very restless and screwed up my sleep schedule entirely (I went from going to bed at 11pm to falling asleep around 3am). This is my first day off antibiotics and I feel a lot less restless, and more energized now that the herx has subsided a bit.

All in all, the past two weeks have sucked, but I feel progress was made in the war. Perhaps in another few months I'll repeat the routine, hitting the bugs hard from another angle. At my next doc's appointment I'll have my blood drawn again and tested with various labs for progress. I know they're just numbers, and what matters is that I'm feeling better, but I really hope to see some progress shown on paper.

One last note before I go... I've found that changes in the weather and barometric pressure effect how tired I feel when I'm already feeling below average. Say, if I'm not feeling as good as normal (for me), and a rain front comes through for a day, I'll feel far worse. When the front passes and clears out, I feel better. Could be entirely psychological, I dunno. When I AM feeling "normal" for me, the weather doesn't effect me much at all.
-Eric
 
 
 
Eric von A.
18 April 2007 @ 02:08 pm
AH, I've really been neglecting this thing lately... Things have been quite busy at home and there really hasn't been much excitement with the Rife lately. I say "excitement", in that there haven't been any strange irregularities or monster herx reactions. My energy continues to stay at the alightly above-average level. The last few weeks it's seemed a bit like a plateau, so I've started adding new frequencies and playing with frequencies for co-infections (even though I've tested negative for them). I was rifing for about 25-28 minutes total, but I found that to be too much. I'd have my typical fatigued, itchy, clammy, achy herx, and then would be fatigues for days and days after. When I drop back down to around 20 minutes or less, I have the same herx (only slightly less "severe"), but I come out of it much quicker. This could be a sign that I need to do more to detox my body after each treatment... I'll look into that further.

So, the past few treatments haven't been anything exciting... it's become mostly routine by now, the only things changing are the numbers. During each treatment I'll usually have one or two frequencies that I feel a "hit" of some sort or another. Not so much the "skin crawling" feeling that some people experience, but usually a pain here or there in my body. Most often the pain will be somewhere in my skull or my upper neck. I've heard of others having the same pains in the neck from Lyme, so I assume the two to be connected. I Rifed last night, a few frequencies for Bartonella and Micoplasma Pneumonia, then more for "Lyme Hatchlings" (Small spirochetes) and Primary Lyme disease. The "Lyme Hatchling" frequencies always seem to hit something, so I stick with them. As of today, I'm tired, clammy, and wicked itchy from my typical herx, but tomorrow should be better as it follows the trend.

Over the past month, My energy has fluctuated up and down quite a bit. I've had lots of good days and lots of not-so-good days, where my fatigue just has me laying low. Iblame some of this on the weather... as it's been pretty consistent with good high pressure days and lousy rainy low-pressure systems. It's not perfectly consistent though... this Nor'Easter that's been overhead for the last 3 days hasn't seemed to effect me as much. Go figure... Time go shower and get un-clammy. I'll try to update this more frequently, even if to just say "still alive, not much new, still Rifing". Even though I feel like I've temporarily come to a plateau, I've still got to remind myself that I've come further in the last 5 months than I ever came with 3 years of antibiotics. This thing works. This particular machine might not take me all the way, but it's given me a lot more hope.
-Eric
 
 
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Eric von A.
18 March 2007 @ 09:12 pm
Just checking in, nothing much new. Saw my Doc on Tuesday. She was thrilled to hear about the progress I've made. She reccomended I start treating for various co-infections as well as the primary Lyme. I've been rifing for Babesia the last month or so, so now I've added frequencies for a couple other possible coinfections. My tests came back negative for coinfections, but it's worth treating just in case (We all know how accurate the Lyme test is... ::chokes on the sarcasm::). So, Thursday I Rifed again for Lyme, Lyme "hatchlings", Babesia, Bartonella, and Mycoplasm Pheumonia. Total treatment was around 25 minutes. I didn't sleep very well that night, was awake several times. The next day I was very tired and clammy as usual, nothing new. That night I slept VERY well, and the day after that I began to come out of the herx and back up to average. I'm not quite back up to "above average", but close. Today I was able to get up at 7 to go to a boatshow in Maine. It's now 9:20. I'm going to bed soon, but actually able to be conscious at 7 is quite a feat for me.
-Eric
 
 
 
Eric von A.
09 March 2007 @ 11:21 pm
And I never posted last week... Sometimes when I'm feeling crappy I don't have the gumption to post, and othertimes when I'm feeling better I feel like doing something else than posting... So I've gotta kick my butt into gear and recap the last two weeks.

Last Week: I rifed on Tuesday, Feb 27th at 11:pm. Did three frequencies for Babesia, two for Lyme hatchlings, and 4 for Lyme disease, with 10,000 for detox last. The total treatment time was 26 minutes. That's about as long as I need to go, unless I use more frequencies for a shorter time each. I had the typical herx the day after, with more fatigue, feeling lousy, sweaty, itchy, etc. Went away the day after but I still felt about average (not above average as before) for the rest of the week. I had to drive my grandparents a few places on tuesday and wednesday, so I couldn't Rife then and waited until Thursday the 8th to treat again.

Last night, the 8th: Another treatment, a couple new frequencies added. Same herx reaction as always. Today I felt rather tired, sweaty, itchy, but I've got more of that gumption back again. Will sleep well tonight I hope and tomorrow should be better.

Treatment for the 27th:
Babesia:
76 for 2m
570 for 2m
1583 for 2m
Lyme Hatchlings
203 for 2m
412 for 2m
Lyme Disease
615 for 3m
884 for 5m
338 for 5m
24 for 3m
Detox
10,000. All of the above had footplate on back and wand on chest.

Treatment for the 8th
Babesia:
5776 for 2m
432 for 2m
Lyme Hatchings or "small spirochetes" as I also read
640 for 2m
1072 for 2m
Lyme Disease
920 for 4m
90 for 2m
1064 for 2m
880 for 2m
I tried a frequency for Bartonella (catscratch fever), with no apparent reaction either way:
364 for 2m

My herx reactions seem to be becoming more and more tolerable. For having only been 4 months, it's extremely unlikely that I've reduced the bacterial load so much to make for weaker herxes. It's possible that the EMEM device has reached the extent of it's capabilities and I'll need to try a different type of Rife machine. They all work slightly differently. The EMEM produces a radiant field and this particular one has a wand and footplate. Others use radiant fields but are FAR more powerful. Others still use an electronic pulse to zap the bugs, not "true" rife machines, but very similar in how they function. Often times people will level out in their treatment, the herxes will be mild, and then WHAM, another layer of the Lyme "onion" is peeled back and the Rife can go at them again. Over the years the Lyme bacteria will burrow and hide in the cyst form, and even the cyst form the Rife machine has trouble destroying. So, in the meantime I have to wait until they come out of hiding. One thing that will usually bring them out is a stressful event... either physical or mental. They perceive this and take the opportunity to spread while your defences are down. That's the time to get them!! We'll see as time goes on, I'm a full believer in this.
-Eric
 
 
 
Eric von A.
24 February 2007 @ 10:01 pm
Well, this is rather late and overdue... Let me try to recap!

I Rifed again on February 13th, a fairly short duration after the mega herx from the week before. I tried mostly different frequencies from that previous week. I didn't have a monster herx reaction, just the same typical headache, fatigue, sweats, etc. I came back up from that herx and felt "better" again... not great, but still had the gumption to get up and do stuff.

I waited another week, and Rifed again on the 20th. I followed the same exact treatment as I did on the 2nd, the one that gave me the mega-herx. I didn't have a mega herx this time, just again the same typical one I always have. I wonder if I just caught the bugs out at the right time on the 2nd, or if I also managed to zap some of the Flu that my family had.

I've been trying to get to sleep earlier... instead of falling asleep around 4am it's more like 12 or 1am. In turn, I'm also waking up earlier, around 11-12am. It seems that as I'm going to bed earlier, while I have more gumption to do stuff, I feel a little more fatigued at the end of the day and actually want to get in bed and sleep. When I was going to bed at 4am, waking up at 2 or 3pm, 1 or 2am would roll around and I wouldn't feel like sleeping at all. Go figure...

Next week I'll treat again with some new frequencies for a longer duration. Just so long as I keep having those herx reactions I'll be very happy! I'm also hoping this lift in energy and gumption continues to stay with me, or better yet, to get even better. Time will tell...
-Eric
 
 
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Eric von A.
10 February 2007 @ 05:43 pm
So last week I Rifed, had the herx of my life, and then promptly came down with a nasty cold. The herx only lasted a day or so (just fatigue once the fever thing went away), while the cold has taken until today to get rid of. I know some people Rife for their colds and flus, and normally I would, but after last week's treatment I wanted to lay off and take it easy. While the cold made me miserable, overall I "felt" somehow better, like I had the week before. Now that the cold is gone I do feel better. I'm back up where I was last week before I Rifed. Certainly a good thing! I'm going to wait a couple more days before I Rife again, maybe Monday or Tuesday evening. I'm going to try the footplate on my back and wand on my chest again, but I'm not going to rife for as long. I want to see if I get another herx like last week. It's interesting to acting feel a little different... to feel somewhat decent. As I said before, I certainly don't feel up to running a marathon, not even around the block, BUT it's enough that I have more gumption to get up and do something. For this time of year (dead of winter, not as much sunlight), that's really surprising to me! I'll update again after I Rife soon,
-Eric
 
 
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Eric von A.
04 February 2007 @ 10:56 pm
I Rifed on Friday night and had a very unexpected reaction. I'm still not certain on what exactly the reaction was (herx, flu, who knows), but it was intense. My doc has me on Cholestepure for a continual detox and I drink tons of water. After last week's treatment, I actually began to feel a bit BETTER after the herx. I herxed, came back up to average, and then went one step above average and stayed there. Another quick little note... my brother and mom have both been sick with the flu for the last week. Started out as a bad cough, progressed to fever, chills, achy, lack of appetite, etc. As of yesterday I was flu-free, but had a cough that I figured was from the dry air. Last night had been a week and one day since my last treatment, I had drifted back down to average yesterday and decided it was time to Rife again. I did an 18 minute treatment and went to bed. The only difference with this treatment was that I put the footplate on my back and the wand on my chest (instead of my feet and my chest) I couldn't fall asleep, and after not even 30 minutes I got chills, sweats, heart rate increased, and moderate fever. I dealt with it as long as I could, but as 3am rolled around I figured that I must have come down with what my family has and I took a tilenol.
Two hours later I finally fell asleep and slept until 2 this afternoon.
I woke up tired, but with no fever, no headache nor eye-ache. I feel fatigued as with my typical herx reactions, but not sick. Actually, I kind of feel a little bit BETTER than my typical herx
reactions.

I'm trying to figure out just WHAT happened to me last night. I
have two theories: First theory: The cough I had was indeed the onset of the flu, BUT in
Rifing and killing the Lyme, I may have also killed some of the flu, triggering an enormous response from my immune system which combined to eliminate the flu for me which is why I now feel better not even
12 hours later. Second Theory: It was just a monster herx! I've never had a herx reaction like that, but with the improvement last week, perhaps something changed. I've tried the wand and footplate on my chest after the first month with no such increase in the herx. Next time I Rife I'll try the wand and footplate on my chest for a shorter duration and see what happens.

As I am now I'm tired from the long night and have the typical
fatigue/herx I always have the day after, but no flu symptoms at
all. Someone from the Lyme and Rife group on Yahoo suggested that in using the footplate and wand on my chest and back, I probably focused the energy on that area, killing a lot of spirochetes in the spinal fluid, heart, lungs, etc. I'll wait a week minimum before I Rife again. I think I now have a bit of a cold, with a runny nose and cough, still no fever or anything like what my brother and mom had.

Treatment:
Babesia
432 for 2m
1538 for 2m
Lyme Hatchlings
640 for 3m
412 for 2m
Lyme Disease
880 for 3m
24 for 3m
920 for 3m
Lyme/Detox
10,000 for 2m
 
 
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Eric von A.
31 January 2007 @ 02:30 pm
So last week I did the rather short treatment. As I said, I hadn't been feeling well the week before and I wanted to take it easy. The next day was again the typical herx reaction of excess fatigue, sweats, and just not feeling too hot. Saturday was back to average. Sunday I woke up and felt above average. Didn't feel like I could run a marathon :-p, but I feel about where I was on my last bout of antibiotics (Biaxin and Omnicef). The Biaxin/Omnicef combination made me feel decent. I was on it over the summer and then stopped prior to beginning Rife therapy. Of course, after that antibiotic combination the lyme/blood count hadn't changed at all (and in fact my antibodies had gotten worse). When I came off the combination my fatigue returned a bit and has stayed with me until now. So, Sunday went pretty well. I didn't do much, but overall things felt decent. Who would expect that to last...

Monday rolled around... hey, I still feel decent... ::knocked on wood:: Yesterday came and again, I felt decent. Today I slept pretty late, but I once again feel decent. I feel a little more alert, less foggy, more gumption to get up and go do something (despite the temperature). I don't know how long this will last, but I like knowing that for the first time in years, I'm feeling decent and I'm NOT on antibiotics. I'm almost scared to Rife again tomorrow for fear of losing this, BUT it has to be done. Many people lose the battle with Rife when they stop after they feel good. You can only stop when you cease to have herx reactions. In fact, most people who do make it that far usually continue anyway, just as maintenance (and often experience an occasional herx months after their last). So, we'll see... If anything this gives me more hope and belief in the Rife. Will post tomorrow or Friday when I Rife again,
-Eric
 
 
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Eric von A.
11pm Thursday the 25th. Well, Actually, I didn't post last week because I didn't Rife last week. Lets back up two weeks ago. Did a long treatment with a bunch of different frequencies. Had my typical herx reaction, lasted 2 or 3 days, then came back up to average. The typical herx was accompanied by an eye ache that lasted about two of the days and slowly faded away. Average lasted for a couple days and then I went way downhill again. The secondary "herx" didn't feel as much like a herx, but it was just constant "ughh... i'm tired...", constant fatigue and I just felt entirely wiped out. This lasted several days and only the last two days did I feel well enough to consider Rifing again. So tonight I did a very short Rife treatment. Two frequencies for babesia, one for Lyme hatchlings, and three for lyme. I finished off with 10,000, a "detox" frequency, but also believed to kill Lyme. I've had similar "secondary herx" reactions in the past, but none that lasted quite that long. On the otherhand, I'd never rifed as long either. I'm heading to bed early tonight. We'll see what happens with this much lighter treatment. G'night
-Eric

Treatment:
Babesia:
570 for 2m
753 for 2m
Lyme Hatchling
640 for 3m
Lyme
484 for 3m
742 for 3m
880 for 3m
Lyme/Detox
10,000 for 2m