How Energy Healing Helped Lyme Actress Christa Nannos

Christa Nannos, Lyme Warrior, Actress and Author of Tick Tock Lyme O’Clock

Healing takes time and the timeline to get better is different for everyone – it took 10 years for her to receive a proper Lyme diagnosis and over 20 specialists to get on a healing path. As an actress in LA whose life was thrown off course due to Lyme and COVID, Christa focused on healing and building a community for other chronic illness warriors. Her biggest progress happened after discovering energy healing. She is now working on recovering, her documentary, and her book Tick Tock Lyme O’Clock launching on January 11th.

Her Decision to Document and Write About Her Lyme Journey

Mimi:
Christa, thank you so much for coming on today. I really appreciate it. I’m excited to hear about your recently launched book.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
And your journey and what you’re also working on as far as a documentary.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
So welcome. Thank you so much.

Christa:
Thanks so much for having me Mimi. I’m so excited to be here.

Mimi:
Yeah. So what made you… I mean, there’s a lot of us listening that have been sick, but not many of us have written books about it. So what made you decide to write a book about your journey?

Christa:
Yeah. Basically, I got diagnosed two years ago, January 2020, but after being sick and misdiagnosed for over a decade, about 10 and a half, 11 years.

Mimi:
And what did people think you had during that time?

Christa:
A lot of it was it’s all in your head, a lot of Candida, you have SIBO, you have gastritis, whatever all those names were, anxiety, tendonitis, joint pain, all these things that just weren’t lining up and I was getting worse and worse. So finally ended up really putting the pieces to gather myself, got diagnosed two years ago.

Tools That Helped Her Get Diagnosed

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Mimi:
What tool did you use to diagnose and was it a Lyme literate doctor or regular doctor? How did that happen?

Christa:
Well, it really was first speaking with friends of friends who have Lyme. I really got to a point over those 10 years, I’d say the last five I really spiraled down and was actively searching for answers from everyone. And all of my symptoms lined up with Lyme. I got bit by a tick as a child. I remember the tick. I did not have a bullseye rash, but I did not tell anyone about it. I had no idea about Lyme disease and I’m like, I know it’s Lyme. I have proof of this tick bite it. I remember it, living in Pennsylvania, number one state for Lyme disease.

Mimi:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Christa:
So it just made sense. So then I went to a clinic in Reno, Nevada, which was amazing, Sierra Integrative Medical Center, and that doctor, day one, was like, “You have Lyme disease.” We looked at my blood under a dark field microscope. I saw thousands of spirochetes. They were replicating. They were having babies. Then we did hygienics and I had more bands present than he’d seen in a very long time, despite the bite being over 20 years ago. I was CDC positive.

Christa:
So yeah, I was like, “I have Lyme.” Ended up doing about six weeks of hyperthermia there, detoxing IVs. It was great. I thought that was going to be it. We learn over time that it’s not nearly as simple as that. And then I really embarked on this journey and it’s been a journey, major, major ups and downs. I’m still learning. I’m still healing. But I think I started writing this book really a year after being diagnosed because this is the book that I wanted back then. This is a book that is easy to understand. It has medical aspects. I talk about all the treatments that I know of out there. There are amazing medical books like Unlocking Lyme, How Can I Get Better? and they’re great, but they can be hard to understand, at least for me, battling brain fog and a Lyme patient.

Mimi:
Yeah. It’s very hard to get your head around some of these medical terms.

Christa:
It’s really hard. So I wanted an easy to understand, straightforward book, all of my advice, everything I’ve learned from the past 12 years when I was misdiagnosed to now almost in remission. And a lot of it is also talking about living with Lyme disease. I didn’t know it was Lyme at the time, but I was sick and I was working and I was dating and I was doing all these things that no one talks about in these other books. So my book is how you can live with Lyme and still have a really happy life, how you can manage, how you can get through. And I wanted a book that was very hopeful and so I wrote it.

Mimi:
That’s great.

Christa:
Yeah.

Self Publishing and The Challenges as a Lyme Warrior

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Mimi:
And then did you self-publish it or how did you get it out?

Christa:
I’m self-publishing it. Yeah, it’s going to come out officially in January. January 11th is the date

Mimi:
Go on Amazon? What’s the best way to get it?

Christa:
Yep. It’ll be on Amazon. I’m looking into IngramSpark as we speak. It seems a little bit more difficult, but it’s already uploaded to Amazon, so it’ll be ready to go in early January.

Mimi:
That’s great. Now, was it hard? You have to make sure when you write a book like that, that giving medical advice or how does that work?

Christa:
Yes. Well, I definitely have some big disclaimers in the beginning of it. I had an editor and a book formatter who really helped walk me through that whole process. I was like, “I want to be covered,” because it’s not really a medical advice book because I’m not a doctor, but I have life advice and this is my story and it’s one worth sharing.

Mimi:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Christa:
But yeah, basically I’m like, “Constantly consult with your own practitioner. Do what’s best for you. All of us are different. We have one major similarity and that’s Lyme and these coinfections and other toxins in our bodies, yet all of our stories are different. All of our bodies are so different. We each need different treatments in order to heal.” So really, I mentioned all of them that I know of and do what’s best for you, but take it or leave it. Here’s my order of operations that I think have helped me the most.

Her Advice for Someone JUST Diagnosed with Lyme

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Mimi:
Now, if someone were to call you right now, a friend or someone were to reach out and say, “Okay, I have Lyme. What do you think? What should I do?”

Christa:
I would first say like, “Is this an acute infection or is this a chronic infection? Were you just fit by a tick?” Because I do have a lot of friends that reach out to me now.

Mimi:
I’m always like, “I don’t care if it was on you for an hour, get [crosstalk 00:07:47]

Christa:
Let’s go. Not everyone listens to me too, which is just unfortunate. I’ve learned so much over these past 12. You cannot change someone’s mind. You cannot make them do anything they don’t want to do, but I will give you all my advice.

Mimi:
I tell people now that’s my biggest regret. I knew exactly when I was bit. And I was like, “Oh, it was only on me for a little bit.” I knew it was only on me for an hour. I was like, “Oh, I don’t really want to take antibiotics. I’m against antibiotics.” And I didn’t take it and to this day, it was my-

Christa:
Regret.

Mimi:
If you think about it, common sense, I know they tell you 24 hours, but once the skin’s broken, it’s in there.

Christa:
That’s it.

Mimi:
If you think about it, why does it take 24 hours? No, the skin’s broken. Like any other infection, like AIDS, anything, once the skin’s in contact, it’s-

Christa:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). I think science is learning more and more too about that. A lot of people are changing their minds in the medical field, slowly.

Mimi:
And it doesn’t even need a tick, right? It’s actually transmitted gestationally.

Christa:
Fleas, mosquitos. Yep. Sex.

Mimi:
Yeah.

Christa:
Yeah, in the womb, all of this. I think a lot of it’s coming to light hopefully sooner than later, but I do think it’s imperative.

Mimi:
There’s another agenda though that’s causing it not to, I personally-

Christa:
Yeah. Oh, it’s so political.

Mimi:
It’s not because it’s like, oh, the science isn’t caught up. There’s an agenda behind it. I don’t know what it is.

Christa:
It’s big pharma. It’s big pharma.

Mimi:
They don’t have a cure, so therefore, they don’t want to push it.

Medical Gaslighting and The Battle for Lyme Recognition and Awareness

Christa:
Yeah. I make a lot, I don’t know if you’ve seen, I make a lot TikTok videos. I’ve had some go viral and a lot of people started following me and I really started sharing this Lyme journey, comedy videos because that was my thing before I knew I had Lyme, comedy in LA, and I experienced extremely hateful comments right off the bat. I was so excited to get that diagnosis two years ago because it was a mystery illness until then and I’m like, “Yes, I have chronic Lyme disease. It’s in my blood. I see it.” All this stuff. Within, I want to say 24 hours, it’s like, “Chronic Lyme disease doesn’t exist. You’re making it all up. It’s all on your head.” It’s like, “Are you serious?” I had no idea just how political this disease is.

Mimi:
It’s crazy until you have it.

Christa:
You don’t know.

Mimi:
I mean, even the doctors. I’ve been in an emergency room with sepsis, dying. Like, “Hey, we don’t even know if you’re going to make it through the night,” and the lady’s like, “It’s all your fault.” This is the head ER doctor. “It’s all your fault. If you die, it’s your fault. There’s no such thing as chronic Lyme. Why did you put this port in?”

Christa:
Yep.

Mimi:
And finally, I was like, “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but F you. You haven’t been through what I’ve been through, so back off lady. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” I literally had a fallout. I think the woman I was sharing my room with was like, “Uh.” Because I finally was like, I was mad. I was like, “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Christa:
My fair share of ER visits, terrible experiences.

Mimi:
They don’t believe what you’re talking about. It’s ridiculous. Okay. So what would you say if someone has chronic illness, forget that they just got bit, but they just found out, they got diagnosed and they’re chronic and they’re waiting the six weeks, two months to see a Lyme doctor or they don’t have the money to go see a Lyme doctor, because we all know it’s not covered by insurance and it’s not cheap. So is there anything at home that you would recommend?

Christa:
Totally. And I do write about this in my book too because it’s so important to have cost effective treatments because not everyone has parents who can afford everything or a spouse or money themselves. I think detoxing is so important. Taking your binder. You can change your diet. That was my saving grace for that decade of being misdiagnosed, changing my diet. I don’t think that’s the answer, now that I’m doing all this energy healing and actually able to eat a lot more foods with no reactions.

Getting on the Right Path with Energy Healing

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Mimi:
Yeah, I am too now. I’ve gotten to that point.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
But before that, you couldn’t have bread, you couldn’t have sugar, you couldn’t have alcohol.

Christa:
No dairy. None of it. And it can help. It manages symptoms. So if you’re just starting out and you don’t know what else to do.

Mimi:
It’s not going to kill the Lyme or it’s not going to kill the parasite.

Christa:
No, it’s a Band-Aid.

Mimi:
It’s a Band-Aid.

Christa:
But sometimes Band-Aids are needed, so definitely change your diet. I work with remote doctors and I think that is something that people put off a lot, but I found the most success now working remotely and their wait times aren’t usually that high, maybe a week or two. So that’s also something I’d look into. Mine are also very affordable.

Energy Healing with a Remote Doctor

Mimi:
I find most Lyme doctors want you to do IVs and stuff like that, so what do you do if you have a remote doctor?

Christa:
So I do remote energy healing, but I also work remotely for parasites. And I think over my journey, what I’ve learned is really that detoxing is number one. You got to open these drainage pathways because when you’re going to kill something, if your pathways aren’t open, you’re going to herx and you’re going to feel terrible, sweating, peeing, pooping, every day, multiple times a day. But then it’s parasites. Parasites hold Lyme. They hold mold. They hold heavy metals. I’ve been treating parasites actively, daily, for seven months now and it’s been over a year since I passed my first one, which I can tell you that story if you’d like, but I haven’t needed to even treat Lyme. My symptoms are just down. They’re gone.

Mimi:
Most of the time the parasites or mold actually are the symptoms, not the Lyme.

Christa:
Are the main things.

Mimi:
Yeah.

Christa:
Even energetically testing, my levels are at zero for those infections. So I do think in hindsight, I wish I had treated parasites first, but we live and we learn. So that’s what I would tell someone too. I was like, “Even if you don’t think you have parasites, even if your stool tests are negative.” For 10 years mine were negative. Mine have still been negative and yet I’ve passed thousands of parasites at this point.

Parasite Cleansing and CellCore

Mimi:
So do you need a doctor to do a parasite cleanse? Is it just CellCore? Do you need a doctor or can you just go online and buy something?

Christa:
You definitely don’t need one. I do recommend working with a practitioner, a CellCore practitioner, but can buy Microbe Formulas, which is the same company. I don’t know why they have two different names. One is just for you to directly buy it, Microbe Formulas, and the other is to work through a practitioner and that’s CellCore. I think it’s important to work with someone because I constantly change my protocol almost every week. They can muscle test me remotely to really have that guidance because parasite cleansing can be rough. The symptoms, there can be herxing, a lot of mental symptoms, a lot of anxiety, depression, rage. And if you don’t have someone walking you through it, it can be really scary. I also do enemas almost every day, which really helps get rid of these.

Mimi:
Do coffee or what do you do?

Christa:
I do mainly water, so distilled water. I do do coffee enemas every couple days.

Mimi:
Just water or do you put garlic or anything? Because garlic is supposed to be great for parasites.

Christa:
Garlic is great. I don’t do that though. I have had so much success just from doing distilled water enemas and I’ve also learned that drinking distilled water is a game changer. It is a parasite bomb. It is a major detox of the body because these parasites are living off of toxins in our filtered water. That’s environmental toxins, herbicides, pesticides. I had no idea. So I switched a couple months ago to distilled, herxed for weeks. It was an absolute nightmare, but now it’s all I drink and I’m almost done with the parasites. I know. I can see the finish line. I feel so much better. It’s just been a game changer and CellCore doctors talk a lot about distilled water and that people just aren’t that aware of it. And it’s really coming-

Mimi:
Is it still the same as having bottled water, like if you’re going to have Mountain Valley or…

Christa:
Mm-mm (negative). So distilled is very different than spring because spring carries all of those environmental toxins still. And the major thing that people think, they’re like, “Well you’re not getting minerals from your water,” but your body really takes minerals from food anyways. It doesn’t really process the minerals it takes from spring water. So it is important to up your electrolytes. I like to do something called a Salty Marg, which is just distilled water and then Celtic salt and a lime and it’s like a margarita, but not.

Mimi:
Yeah.

Christa:
And it’s really beneficial in fueling you and bringing those electrolytes and that salt that you need, those minerals.

Mimi:
Yeah. I definitely think minerals is a huge other game changer for me, at least it was and people don’t really talk about that is because the Lyme and the parasites love minerals. Right? So if you’re depleted, and that’s a lot of your symptoms too, and the feeling exhausted.

Christa:
Yep. But basically drinking distilled water, it just starves all the pathogens and the parasites in your body. So I was just drinking distilled water, really not trying to parasite cleanse and I was passing these massive tape worms afterwards just from drinking distilled water. But I really recommend people starting slow because it was such a parasite bomb for me. I was so sick and I didn’t know why.

Mimi:
Wow. That’s interesting.

Christa:
Major detox.

Documentary Chronicling Her Journey – Coming Soon!

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Mimi:
So you’re also working on a documentary and do you have a name for that yet?

Christa:
Okay. So as of now I have a teaser trailer out on YouTube and it’s called Chronically Christa: When Life Gave Me Lyme. I don’t know if the title’s going to change because ideally I’d like to pitch it around. Having been in LA for 10 years and in the film industry, I understand that process, but I’ve just been focusing on healing a hundred percent and that’s a lot of work. But I started filming when I did hypothermia treatments two years ago. The treatments were brutally intense and I had been watching some documentaries about a man who went on a hike and he touched a bear that was laying on top of a electrical device and then he got electrocuted and it went through his heart or brain or something and he lost his arm. He’s a famous chef.

Christa:
I wish I remember the name, but it was so inspirational and he filmed a lot of that on his phone. And me being a storyteller and an actor and a writer in LA, I was like, “I got to do something with this,” having no idea what I was going to do with it. It just started to fall in line. Same with writing my book. It just came so naturally, like share my story. I used to share other people’s stories as an actor and now it’s time to share my own. So I started filming everything on my phone, the goods and the bads, the highs and the lows, the parasites, the ER visits, you name it. A lot of times I laugh and dance through treatments. During the hyperthermia, I was always known for singing and we called it shake and bake because we would get really cold and then we would shake uncontrollably almost like having a seizure and then our fevers would skyrocket. And during that time, I would try to sing off the pain and inspire the other people in the room to sing too, so we filmed some of that.

Christa:
I just like to bring joy. I’m such a comedic relief in this community, I think, I try to be at least, and I just wanted to bring people hope. And I thought that my story was going to be something different than other Lyme documentaries I’ve seen that are very depressing, that are very scary and I wanted to have a different perspective from it. So I’ve just been filming everything. I have a much bigger vision for my documentary to have more people and more voices in it. I don’t know exactly where that’s going to go because I’m focusing all of my energy right now on the book. But hopefully later this year and if I can fully be in remission and feeling much better, I want to plow back into that because I think it’ll help a lot of people too.

Mimi:
That’s great. So where are you at now in your healing journey? Are you almost done? What are you still doing for treatments? I know you mentioned the parasite cleanse, but what’s next?

Christa:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). So last June, what is this year, 2021, I had to move home with my parents. I’m at their house now in Pennsylvania having been in LA for almost the past 10 years. I was just so sick. I had COVID January, 2021. Took me out, really rough, had to go back into Lyme treatments immediately after that. It just triggered everything again. And I realized that I hadn’t addressed parasites, so that was my kind of my downfall, which is why I think I got so, so sick again with Lyme and I needed the support, so I surrendered. I’m completely surrendering my healing journey to God’s plan and I’m home. I have days where I’m a hundred percent, I have days where I am symptom free and I’m like, “Oh my God. This is what remission feels like. I’m so excited for it.” And then I’ll have days where I’m at 20%, like the last two days I was herxing.

Mimi:
And couldn’t get out of bed.

Christa:
Couldn’t get out of bed.

Mimi:
I would say before when it was bad, I was in bed five out of the seven days a week and then it would flip and then it would go from two out of the seven days I would be in bed and then now it’s two out of the month.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
You still have your bad days. It’s just so much more so manageable.

Christa:
Yeah. And I really think I’m almost done with the parasites. It takes way longer than people would think, unfortunately too. I saw a holistic doctor when I first passed my first parasite, ended up in the ER because my body ejected it on its own. I wasn’t taking any anti-parasitics. It fell out of my butt. No poop, just the worm, completely white.

Mimi:
Just from the water?

Christa:
No, I didn’t even do a water enema. It just fell out of my butt.

Mimi:
No, no, no. You were drinking the distilled water.

Christa:
No, this is a year and a half ago.

Mimi:
Oh shoot.

Christa:
No, this was after Lyme treatment, six months later-

Mimi:
Did you freak?

Christa:
Oh my gosh, freaked. I had done series of Colonix, didn’t pass anything. And then at home, a couple hours later, crippling pain, went to the bathroom. I’m so open about everything. Farted and then a worm was in the toilet. I called my neighbors and I was on the floor crying. Called my Lyme doctor. It was 10 o’clock at night, emergency appointment. He was like, “Go to the ER. Maybe you ruptured something.”

Mimi:
What was the ER going to do?

Christa:
Well, I didn’t even know that was a parasite. I was like, “A worm was in the toilet,” but I had no idea what parasites were. It wasn’t part of my journey yet. So I was like, “I had burst my appendix or something. I’m dying right now.” Go to the ER. Of course, they’re like, “No, you don’t have parasites.” I’m like, “What’s the worm in the toilet?” “No, it’s not a worm.”

Mimi:
Did you take a picture to show them?

Christa:
I had a picture. They didn’t care. They didn’t care. Then they shot me up with morphine and then I was out. I also had been moved from room to room because I was in such hysterics.

Mimi:
What is the morphine do? Because you were in pain or you just were so freaked out?

Christa:
Pain. Oh my God. I was on the floor crying. It took them an hour to see me. It was during COVID, so no one could go with me.

Mimi:
But even after you passed, you were still in pain?

Christa:
Oh my God.

Mimi:
Why?

Christa:
The worst pain possible. So I think I probably passed that one partially alive and when you pass a parasite, they release so many toxins in your body, you have to take binders. It’s like killing Lyme disease at the same time and then not having a game plan. It was like a massive, massive herx and I was just alone, physically, emotionally, everything. The doctors didn’t believe me. It was an absolute nightmare. Why were we talking about parasites?

Mimi:
Oh, what’s your next step, once your parasites are done?

Christa:
My next steps.

Mimi:
Yeah.

Christa:
So yeah, so then that’s when it all started. Oh, and I saw a holistic doctor who was like, “Take three weeks of Mimosa pudica seed and you’ll be better.” I was like, great. Well, here I am a year and a half later and still not done. It just takes longer than people think, especially because they’re reproducing all the time. And if you’re still drinking filtered water, you’re potentially still feeding them. I think everyone’s body is different, but that’s been my story.

Mimi:
Especially if you’re also if you’re having sugar and alcohol. That feeds it.

Christa:
Totally.

Mimi:
They love sugar. They love the Lyme.

Christa:
All of that.

Mimi:
They feed off pretty much a lot.

Christa:
Yep. So moved home, was like, I’m going to attack these parasites just for the summer. Hit it really, really hard. Started to get better. And then I learned about distilled water and my parasite practitioner also had just learned about distilled water because I was like, “Why do I still have these tapeworms? Why are they not fully leaving?” So that’s where I’m at now. I’ve been treating parasites for seven months daily and I do energy healing twice a week, clearing all these food allergies, all these environmental toxins and it’s been such a game changer. I would say I do have some bad days, like the last two days passing that tapeworm. I was at a low, bed bound, probably 20%, felt really sick. And then I’m at 90% today. I feel great.

Mimi:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). Great news.

Christa:
But overall, over the past decade, I didn’t know someone could eat three meals a day and feel okay. I didn’t know people could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was like, “My body can’t do it. It’s just not possible. My stomach hurts every time I eat.” And now I don’t have that issue at all.

Mimi:
It’s like SIBO or whatever, right?

Christa:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). I had SIBO, Candida. It’s parasites. People don’t realize that. Usually the root cause is parasites because I treated SIBO, it came right back, and now I have none of those symptoms.

Mimi:
So once you finish this parasite, are you done? Are you now like, “I’m back. I’m moving back to LA,” or are you like-

Christa:
I literally am learning as I go and I feel like every time I finish treatment, I’m like, “I’m done.” I’m hoping this is the last piece of my puzzle just because I feel so great. I don’t think I’m going to have to treat Lyme again after this. I think the parasites are going to be it. My goal was to go back to LA. I think I’m probably going to be moving home in January, just because I’m not fully myself. Days like yesterday were scary and I have a puppy. I got a pandemic puppy who I love to death. She’s my little Nova, but I need the help. I need the support. I didn’t have family in nearby in LA.

Mimi:
Do you still have your apartment in LA?

Christa:
I do. Does anyone need an apartment? No, I do because I thought I was moving back and I tried to sublet it and then my landlord was like, “No,” which was annoying. But my goal was to be gone for two and a half, three months max and then be back in the apartment and I’ve just been too unwell to go back. I went back for a week just to see how I felt and I loved it and then I was so sick. I passed four tapeworms when I was there and it just was a miserable time. And I think I’m finally a hundred percent putting my healing first.

Christa:
I don’t really know my next game plan with acting. I was a personal assistant for a very long time. Had a really great job. Loved my life in LA. Still love it. Have all my friends in LA and I don’t know really what next looks like, what my next chapter of life looks like, but I want it to be healed and that’s number one. And so I think I’m probably going to come back in the new year, pack everything up and go from there and then maybe move back if I feel like I can fully support myself, but I don’t know yet and that’s okay.

Mimi:
No, it is okay. That’s great.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
Well, thank you. This has been great.

Christa:
Yeah.

Mimi:
I can’t wait to read your book and I can’t wait to see what happens with your documentary.

Christa:
Thank you, Mimi.

Mimi:
Thank you so much, Christa. Each week I will bring you different voices from the wellness community so that they can share how they help their clients heal. You will come away with tips and strategies to help you get your life back. Thank you so much for coming on and I am so happy you are here. Subscribe now and tune in next week. If you want to learn how I detox and you want to check out my detox for Lyme checklist, go to lyme360.com/detoxchecklist. You can also join our community at Lyme 360 Warriors on Facebook and let’s heal together. Thank you. 

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