Okay. And we’ve returned with our next guest. We’ve connected over the phone. She is from Marlboro township in New Jersey. She is an integrative medical doctor. She has a plant-based approach and well, we’re going to talk about some of these breakthroughs she’s made and learn about what she does. Say hi to Dr. Jodie Dashore. Hey there.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (00:23)
Hey Chris, how are you?
I’m doing very well. How about yourself?
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (00:27)
Doing well, thank you.
Okay, well again, thank you for setting aside some time. We surely appreciate it. And before we do jump in, do you have a website for our listeners to look at or email…social media?
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (00:40)
Yes, my website is www.bionexushealth.com.
Excellent. And, like I said, I introduced you’re an integrative, plant-based doctor. I see here you specialize in autism and in Lyme disease and other kinds of chronic conditions. But, I’d like to start at the beginning. First tell us about your background and why, the holistic approach, how did that happen?
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (01:14)
Well, my practice is dedicated to plant-based treatment options for all age groups like you said. It’s a specialized family practice, so to speak. Autism, Lyme disease, other vector-borne diseases, mold/ biotoxin illness with 24 years of clinical experience with autism and almost a decade of being Lyme and mold literate. Um, now I’m not a medical doctor. I am a holistic doctor, so I’m currently helping patients virtually and in person from almost all the 50 States and 50 plus countries in the world. But uh, to get back to answering, what you asked me, how did it get started, Chris? Well, I do believe that nothing really hits home until it hits your home. I can vividly recall the day when I thought my only child wouldn’t survive the severity of Lyme disease and mold exposure at school, which was unknown to us. And it had, by the time we found out it had affected multiple organ systems, including brain, bone marrow, and he was only six years old.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (02:16)
So I had a six year old child previously diagnosed on the spectrum, barely verbal, in a wheelchair, excruciating pain for three years while experts debated what was going on because in those days, Lyme disease testing was notoriously inaccurate. I mean, it took seven long years and 19 different specialists in 12 different States, four different countries to figure out how to help him. I would say 60% recovered. After that, what I realized was, you know, after intensive research that plant-based medicine and lifestyle choices was the most effective approach with lasting benefits. So the bonus we got from that was the autism diagnosis was completely overturned. My son made a remarkable, 180 degree turnaround going from being on the spectrum to being on the honor roll and has recently been accepted into medical school. I mean, he wants to be a Lyme literate and mold literate immunologist. So that’s how it all started.
Great. And I wanna unpack the term, plant-based for a moment. Now plant-based is something we’re hearing a lot of nowadays isn’t the same thing as veganism because we’re hearing a lot about that as well.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (03:36)
Plant-based treatment options is using, uh, you know, I’m also a clinical herbalist, so when you say plant-based treatment options, it’s actual treatment using plant-based methods and lifestyle choices. So I have patients that don’t want to use antibiotics, I have patients that don’t want to use any pharmaceuticals and they are looking for a naturopathic option. So it can certainly include veganism as a lifestyle choice. And many of my patients due to their immune system issues and food sensitivities and allergies, they intuitively choose to become vegan. But that is just a very small part of an entire clinical practice that is based on plant-based medicine. So I’m also a clinical herbalist. I have my own line of internationally recognized proprietary herbal formulations that are used to treat all of these conditions. So, you know, I have two doctorates, one post doctoral degree and I’m board certified in multiple areas of specialization all pertaining to integrative medicine and completely natural approaches to treatment.
Excellent. So can you, can you take us through your approach perhaps or maybe give us an idea of what it is like working with you? Especially if it’s my first time working in integrative environment.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (05:02)
You know, this is what brings to the surface a really mindblowing part, right? What if autism in some cases is just a symptom of something deeper? So I don’t really treat symptoms. I look at underlying causes and New Jersey has a large population of people diagnosed with Lyme disease and a large number of diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders as well. I don’t know if you knew, but the Tristate area here, New Jersey, in New York is some of the world’s highest rates of autism and also some of the highest rates of Lyme disease, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, also Pennsylvania, unfortunately. Now over 65% of children with autism, I see in my practice they test positive for Lyme. The improvements that are seen after appropriate treatment can be hugely life altering for autism families. And the treatment approach is completely bio-based, completely biomedically based plant-based using herbal tinctures or glycerin.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (06:08)
There is environmental modifications. There is detoxification techniques, there are anti-microbial herbs that are used. There are anti-inflammatory herbs that are used. Sometimes there is an endocrine imbalance. So we need to do hormonal balancing. Once again using herbal and or complex homeopathy. Now complex homeopathy is known as homotoxicology and that is very helpful with organ support and trying to get a deeper detoxification along with a nutritional balance in the kind of patients that I see. And you know, at some point it is important for me to speak about mold/ biotoxin illness as well. But I’ll, I’ll just wait for you to ask me the next question.
Well, maybe that would be an appropriate next question. You know, that is actually something I’m hearing a lot about. People don’t actually know that they may be affected by mold. This stuff can hide in the walls and it’s pretty hard to detect it from what I understand
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (07:12)
That’s correct. Yes, indeed. Now Lyme and mold I see a lot in my patients. Now due to both of their pervasive pathology, Lyme, they’ve both been called as the infectious disease equivalent of cancer.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (07:29)
It can rapidly and stealthily spread within the body, like you said. You know, and of course the buildings, you know, even the car actually. So the organism, let’s, let’s talk first about Lyme. Okay. The organism is able to disable and, or evade the body’s immune mechanisms and burrow deep into the tissues, harming multiple organ systems in its path. Now often nonverbal or poorly verbal autistic children and adults who are normal and kids who are, you know, normal meaning neuro-typical are unable to really express the debilitating symptoms they experience on a daily basis. You know, there’s pain, there’s disorientation, blurry vision, mood swings, brain fog, and all of which can unknowingly be swept under the umbrella of various things. Oh, it’s just autism. Oh, you know, it’s asthma. It’s just allergies. Sometimes even huge diagnosis like multiple sclerosis and the underlying could be mold and Lyme.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (08:31)
A huge breakthrough was CIRS, which stands for chronic inflammatory response syndrome and over 40% of my patient population and 80% those that I see with Lyme disease who respond poorly to any treatment test, positive for black mold and other mold exposure. Now what happens is anybody exposed to mold can cause brain and neurological and immune system damage in most who are exposed, especially what people don’t know is that research shows approximately 24 to 27% of the general population is genetically susceptible. They are unable to naturally detoxify themselves of mold toxins. So once they’re exposed, the body is unable to recognize these biological mold toxins as invaders. So these biotoxins sit and wait for a trigger. Now it could be anything. You know, some, some people it becomes a vaccine. For some people it becomes a viral infection. For some people it becomes, you know, a head injury, car accident. For me it was a car accident that that brought everything to the surface. And the results can be a variety of illnesses and misdiagnosis. Hey, you know what, it’s chronic fatigue. Hey, it’s fibromyalgia.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (09:53)
The mold exposure, can mimic other diseases. So trigger genetic response in this way becomes chronic inflammation where your innate immune system doesn’t really present these biological toxins to your cellular immune system for antibody production. And you know, once the antibodies are produced under normal circumstances, then that toxin is eliminated from the body. But in genetically susceptible people, these mold toxins, they get stuck in the body. So the innate immune system continues to be activated. It’s stuck on repeat, it’s generating inflammatory cytokine, but the adaptive immune system never respond. And once again, unfortunately biological toxins are fat and water soluble. So there is a wide distribution in the body. So they are absorbed through your lungs, through your breathing, through your GI mucosa, through your skin, your eyes.
Yeah. And now I, I would, uh, I’d hate to cut you short here, Dr. Dashore, but we are a little short on time. So before I, before we wrap things up and take a little commercial break, do you have any contact information just in case anyone wants to carry on the conversation?
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (11:14)
Absolutely, yes. My website is very intuitive and user friendly. It’s once again, www.bionexushealth.com I am also very Google-able if anybody would like to, you know, just Google me, you’ll get all of my contact information. There are various videos on YouTube from, I get invited to speak around the world because my plant-based approach is pioneering in many ways. So you will find many videos as well and on Facebook if you look up BioNexus Health, there is a lot of information there as well, Chris.
All right, fantastic. Again, I wish we had more time, but we’re going to take a break. We’re here with Dr. Jodie Dashore and, Jodie, thank you so much.
Dr. Jodie A. Dashore: (12:02)
Thank you Chris. It was a pleasure.
I send a big thank you to our audience as well.
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