DrGregBrownMD-PediatricsAutismDr. Brown, LLMD, will be speaking at 2:30 Sat. Nov. 21, 2015 at the Pinney Library in Madison, WI.

Brown is the medical director for Serenity Health Center in Waukesha, WI, and is a board certified Internist who has been in practice since 1988 with extensive experience in Internal and Emergency Medicine.

Since 2008, he has been practicing functional medicine with a focus on the integrative medical treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many immune, infectious, gastrointestinal, and systemic problems. His practice has grown to include chronic infectious disease particularly Lyme Disease (MSIDS), PANDAS (Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with Streptococcal infections), and PANS (Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), and the behavior and functional impairments these infections can cause.

PANDAS was initially proposed as a disease entity in the mid-1990’s to describe children who developed the sudden onset of obsessive compulsive disorder and/or tics in temporal correlation with “strep throat” infection. Over time it became clear that the PANDAS model is too restrictive and it has been reformulated to PANS.

Dr. Brown also holds certifications in:
*Medical chelation
*Biomedical therapy in Autism spectrum disorder
*Hyperbaric Medicine
*Lyme Disease therapy by ILADS
*Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner and was part of an expert panel reviewing treatments for seizures in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This will be a talk you won’t want to miss as there are few LLMD’s in Wisconsin who treat children.  He will speak on MSIDS, PANDAS, PANS, and Autism.

For one girl’s struggle through psych wards before Stanford doctors make a bold diagnosis and treatment, go to:


Thursday October 8, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Ambers Resort and Conference Center at 655 N Frontage Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Dr. Waters will be giving a free lecture on native diets.  He will explain the the connection between a drastic increase in chronic disease and diet.  Q & A after the talk with Dr. Waters.

Reminder and Dr. Brown

Don’t forget our meeting tomorrow (Sat. Oct. 3, 2015) at Pinney Library from 2:30-4:30.

Also, I’m thankful to announce that Dr. Brown, LLMD, will be speaking at our November meeting on Sat. the 21st from 2:30-4:30.  Doctor Brown also works with children with autism, PANDAS, PANS, and of course MSIDS (Multi infectious disease syndrome).  More information forthcoming.

Barberry: Friend or Foe?


According to assistant extension professor in the Department of Extension in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Tom Worthley, if the shrub Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is controlled there will be less tick-bourn infections, or TBI’s.

Introduced into the US in 1875 as a hardy plant that is attractive, it was deemed a problem child in the 80’s when it started spreading, crowding out native plants, and providing perfect conditions for earth worms. After the worms ate the litter layer, gullies formed, causing erosion, and negative soil chemistry.

But the kicker, Worthley states, is that ticks love the humid conditions caused by the Barberry. And, since the Barberry is now considered an invasive, it is found everywhere – including the woods. It is also listed as the “least wanted,” by the Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group.

When Scott Williams, wildlife biologist from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, tested the Japanese barberry with humidity sensors, it tested humid enough for tick questing and mating for 23-24 hours a day. They also made a map showing the distribution of the shrub and overlaid a Lyme disease distribution map over it. They are remarkably similar.

But all characters in a good play have many sides.

According to Ray Sahelian, M.D., the delinquent Barberry has the alkaloid Berberine which has a strong history of use in both Indian and Chinese medicine and is found in the roots, rhizomes, and stems. The same substance found in Goldenseal, Coptis or golden thread, and the Oregon Grape, is even stronger in Barberry according to some experts. It also has carbohydrates, organic acids, vitamins, poliphenolic compounds, pectin, tannin, and minerals. The berries have been made into jam and for cooking.  Its wood and its root have a distinctive electric yellow color.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_010260.pdf  Berberis thunbergii or Japanese barberry is a species in cultivation and can be identified due to its flowers being produced in umbels (think umbrella shaped), and has very poor tasting berries, while Berberis vulgarism or European barberry grows wild in much of Europe and West Asia and can be identified by its flowers being produced in racemes and produces large crops of edible berries rich in vitamin C, but has a very sharp acidic flavor and is used by locals similarly to how citrus peel might be used. It is the vulgarism species used predominantly in herbal medicine.

But wait, there’s More.

German researchers have discovered that the vulgarism species can make complex decisions. In a nutshell, it can abort its own seeds to prevent parasite infestation, particularly of the tephritid fruit fly, while its relative, the Oregon Grape, has no such capability. It even appears able to anticipate. The researchers found that if the infested fruit contains two seeds, then in 75 percent of the cases, the plants will abort the infested seeds, in order to save the second intact seed. If the fruit only contains one seed, then the plant will only abort the infested seed in 5 percent of the cases, perhaps speculating that the larva could still possibly die naturally.

There are differences between the two species but they both have antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-cancer attributes, and both contain Berberine, universally present in rhizomes of Berberis species. Since it is not appreciably absorbed by the body, it is used orally in the treatment of various enteric infections, especially bacterial dysentery.

The vulgarism species is rated higher medicinally, and is also an astringent, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, purgative, stomachic (kills intestinal bugs including candida and C. difficile), refrigerant, and useful for TB, diarrhea, and as a tonic for the gallbladder to improve the flow of bile. A tincture of the root bark, about 6% berberine, has been used in the treatment of rheumatism and sciatica. It has also been used against malaria, as well as for opium and morphine withdrawal.

According to Master Herbalist, Steven Buhner (2015), Berberine is a very strong antibacterial and is active against a large number of resistant and nonresistant bacteria. Similar to garlic, he feels it is not systemic and potent enough to work as a primary treatment for Babesia, but it is effective against numerous strains of Mycoplasmas due to the fact most of it is excreted in the kidneys, urinary passages, and bowels. Only a tiny fraction of Berberine is systemic as the body considers it a toxin and is one of those herbs that should not be taken over long periods of time. But, probably, the greatest benefit is it is found to be synergistic with pharmaceuticals by increasing their activity and effectiveness. (2013).

Barberry is perhaps another one of those invasives that needs a second glance. MSIDS sufferers have found many plants considered pests by the experts to be quite helpful in their treatment. A mug-shot lineup would include Japanese Knotweed, the greater celandine, bidens, sida, kudzu, isatis, houttuynina, Eleutherococcus spinosus, teasel, and the thorny delinquent, barberry shrub.

Buhner states some of the most helpful herbs are scattered everywhere and that instead of eradicating them we should be asking why they are here.  I couldn’t agree more.

Perhaps we can work out a deal with the DNR to harvest a portion of these invasives and give them to sick patients!

For more information go to:  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/barberry

Next Support Group Oct 3

Sorry for the short notice, but our October Support Group meeting will be Saturday October 3 from 2:30-4:45.  It will be at the Pinney Library in Madison as usual.

3-D Presentation of MSIDS


Excellent video put out by Envita Medical Center.  While I definitely believe in a comprehensive treatment plan, I’m not endorsing Envita or any other clinic.  Please read reviews and do your own research.  I will state unequivocally that we are desperate patients.  I assure you there is no magic bullet. Absolutely NO MAGIC BULLET.  I often tell people that MSIDS needs everything AND the kitchen sink!  Our immune systems are different and we are infected with different pathogens.  Some have been ill longer than others.  The longer you are infected, the deeper and wider the pathogens have burrowed.  And remember, “If any treatment seems too good to be true, it probably is!”  

Sitting in my doctor’s office, I read an article that intrigued me but made me shudder simultaneously.  In the November 8, 2013 issue of Science pp. 684-687, I read of Plasmodium vivax, the long considered “benign” malaria parasite which threatens billions of people, but more interestingly to me as an MSIDS patient, was it’s historical usage as a cure for tertiary syphilis.  Physicians in the late 19th century believed that high fever could help cure many mental illnesses.  These poor patients were institutionalized with a dismally gruesome future of increasingly neurotic behavior and paralyzation.  They had no hope.

Austrian psychiatrist Julius Wagner-Jauregg initially used tuberculin and salmonella toxins but his fever experiments failed.  He reasoned this was due to too low of a fever, so in 1917 when a soldier fighting in the Balkans was admitted to his ward with Malaria, he tried again using his blood to inoculate nine neurosyphilis patients.  Six recovered.

Thus started the wave of malariotherapy which became the treatment for tertiary syphilis.  No one is sure how it worked but the resulting high fevers appeared to help the patients’ immune systems.  About half resumed to normal activities; many resumed independent lives.

According to Kevin Baird of the Eiikman Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta, this medicinal use of P. vivax is in part to blame for the neglect of the disease it causes as people assumed it must be harmless even though it killed as many as 15% of patients who had the treatment.

This background paves the way for what is to follow:


The above youtube is not only an excellent expose on MSIDS in Australia, but also on the current usage of hyperthermia.   Australian patients, who appear to have MSIDS are ignored and told it’s all in their heads.  The video shows patients getting worse, having to quit work, and breaking down in front of the camera.

Same story, different country.  

Kudos to Dr. Schloeffel who is one Australian doctor who refuses to accept patient abuse and neglect and treats his patients clinically not basing all of his decisions on faulty testing.

Due to the lack of acceptance and treatment, many Australian MSIDS patients are heading to Germany to receive the old fashioned hyperthermia treatment at St. George Clinic.  Dr. Frederich Douwes, stumbled upon Hyperthermia as a possible cure for MSIDS while treating cancer patients.  Again, hyperthermia gives the body an artificial fever.  For over 6 hours a patient’s body is heated to 41.7 degrees.

Dauwes says he has treated over 18,000 whole body hyperthermia patients with no negative side-effects.  Other modalities for MSIDS patients are included as well such as ozone, Reiki, acupuncture, foot spa detox, magnetic and laser therapy and IV antibiotics.  It costs anywhere from $30,000 – $55,000 for treatment.

The video is approximately 23 minutes long and worth every minute of it.  Very well done.  Although published in 2014, nothing much has changed in regards to general physician knowledge either in Australia or the United States.

Lastly, this raises a question:  supposedly “between 1917 and the rise of penicillin in the 1940’s, tens of thousands of syphilis patients were infected with malaria.” p. 686.  We know for sure syphilis is spread through sexual contact.  They not only had syphilis but malaria.  What happened to those people and their off-spring?  Is there a connection between the malaria experiment on syphilis patients and MSIDS today?

And hyperthermia?  I’m just thankful they aren’t using Malaria!


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