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Two years ago, a friend of mine handed me a business card and said, “This man really helped my uncle… maybe he can help you too.”  Little did I know, the card I had just been handed was my life’s winning lottery ticket, and Stephen O’Neill was the grand prize, waiting to be claimed.
I was 30 years old, I had been sick for three years, and though I’d recently been diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease, I had taken five months worth of antibiotics and still could hardly vacuum without completely exhausting myself.  I walked with a cane, I ached all over, and I trembled so badly I couldn’t sit still.  I was frustrated, scared, and approaching despair.  And I was nearly broke.
Like many Lyme sufferers, I had spent over two years of my life and earnings as a hot potato, passed around from doctor to doctor.  Eventually I struck gold and fell into the hands of a well-informed, open minded family doctor who was suspicious of Lyme soon after taking me on and encouraged me to fork over the cash and be tested in the U.S. 
Though I knew my health was in my family doctor’s best interest, and I was grateful that he believed and supported the idea of a natural treatment for Lyme, he lacked the knowledge and experience to single-handedly guide me back to health.  I longed for a practitioner who had extensive knowledge of the disease and success in its natural treatment.  But was there such a person?  And if there was, God only knew how much it would cost. 
My hope of recovery grew dimmer and dimmer. 
Then one fine day, a friend slipped me that business card.  Desperate to get well, I was eager to try anything and phoned him up right away.  Within the first few minutes of our conversation, it was clear Steve was a man who understood Lyme disease through and through, had successfully treated numerous patients, and was certain he could help me reclaim my heath.  And he was affordable!  Within months of following his natural treatment plan I experienced marked improvement: I no longer needed a cane, I had stopped trembling, and I had enough strength to return to fulltime work.   
Steve’s extensive knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with his vast understanding of Lyme disease and all its complexities is the perfect combination for a natural recovery - not to mention everything you could possibly want in a health care practitioner overseeing your recovery. He has always made himself available to answer my questions, whether by email or by phone, and checks in on me regularly to monitor my progress.  He is patient, meticulous, and most importantly, he truly cares. 
I don’t like to think about where I would be had I not been handed Steve’s business card.  Being at the mercy of Canada’s health care system is a challenging position to be in when dealing with Lyme.  But I don’t have to think about that.  I have things to do, people to see, and places to go.  I’m a healthy woman with my whole life ahead of me, and that is all thanks to Stephen O’Neill.  I’d take that over a winning lottery ticket any day.
Sarah Jane Gilchrist,
Toronto, Ontario.

I have been trying to figure out how to thank the person who quite literally saved my life.

While in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in July of 1989, I was bit on my left leg by a tick.  What started as repeated flu-like symptoms, over the years grew into what I can only describe as the most agonizing pain to every part of my body.  The fatigue associated with Lyme Disease is relentless.  The physical and emotional struggle to myself and my family has been extensive and overwhelming.

Up until being diagnosed by Steve O'Neill in June, 2008, I was labeled an unstable hypochondriac by my physician of over 15 years.  As I got sicker and sicker, I was told that it was all in my head, that there must be a history of mental illness in my family, and that I suffered from depression.  Nothing was ever done by my doctor to properly investigate the source of the pain and fatigue that I was forced to endure for such an extended period of time.

In July, 2008, under the care of Steve O'Neill, I began a protocol of natural and herbal supplements.  Within weeks, it became apparent that the treatment was working. 

Thirteen months later, although not yet free of the collateral damage that 2 decades of Lyme Disease had done to my body, it became apparent that I was for the most part free from my Borrelia burgdorferi bacterial invasion.

Two years ago I truly believed that at best I had another 5 years to live. However, by the summer of 2009, at 45 years of age, I began to realize that I have as good a chance of having a normal life expectancy as anyone else.  An amazing revelation.

What I ultimately find most offensive is the Canadian Heathcare System's blatant ignorance with regard to what is clearly a curable disease. There is simply no excuse that anyone should have to live like I have, let alone for anyone to die of this disease.  That I had to travel to New Jersey and pay for proper testing to confirm that I had contracted Lyme Disease is just the beginning of the disgrace that the Canadian Healthcare System has become.

I am living proof that the natural treatment protocol that I have received, really works. I am undeniable proof that Lyme Disease can be eradicated without the use of prescription antibiotics.

It is my belief that Steve O'Neill's comprehensive knowledge of Chinese Medicine is the cornerstone of his insight into the treatment of Lyme Disease and the collateral damage that it creates.  Steve's attention to detail and professionalism sets Steve into a class of his own.

After being forced to hide from society for well over a decade, I am finally starting to live again.  Despite the damage that 20 years of Lyme Disease has done, in the last few months the body pain and heart palpitations have all but disappeared.  At 45 years of age, it is an understatement to say that I am getting a second chance at life.

How do I thank the person that has literally given me my life back?

When I figure that out, I will let you know.
James Christie
Newmarket, Ontario

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