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#017 Unveiling the Hidden Crisis: Tickborne Illnesses and Neuropsychiatric Disorders with Dr Kevin Turner and Guest Cohost Dr. Kim Bruno

In this episode of the Vibrant Wellness Podcast, Dr. Kevin Turner dives deep into functional medicine— inspired by his daughter's encounter with a pediatric neuropsychiatric condition.


Joined by Dr. Kim Bruno, they discuss tickborne illnesses and related neuropsychiatric disorders in depth.

They highlight the underestimated prevalence of tickborne infections and the challenges in treating Lyme disease, stressing the importance of comprehensive diagnosis and moving beyond just lab results. The discussion further expands on Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS), emphasizing the expertise needed to understand the multitude of factors affecting patients, especially when diagnosing adult PANS.

The episode concludes with a compelling story of a woman's journey through, and recovery from, a tickborne disease. This story not only underscores the challenges of these illnesses but also brings hope to others facing similar situations. Dr. Turner details his treatment methods, including laser therapy, PEMF, and hyperbaric oxygen, highlighting the essential role of patient dedication.

Tune in to understand the intertwined nature of tickborne diseases and their profound effects on neuropsychiatric well-being.

Episode Chapters

(0:00:01) - Tickborne Illness and PANS Complexity

(0:10:20) - Lyme Disease Treatment and Tick Illness

(0:15:01) - Screening Patients and Utilizing Functional Medicine

(0:25:49) - Understanding PANS and Autoimmune Encephalopathy

(0:34:19) - Healthcare Mentorship and Case Reviews

(0:43:53) - Wellness Centers and Vibrant Wellness Podcast


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