The resources below are compiled from blogs that Regina Weichert, Lyme Nation’s founder, wrote about her experiences traveling for medical treatments in Germany. Lyme Nation shares this information to make the trip easier for other patients who plan to go.
Mechanical filtering of the blood through a machine, along with intravenous treatments including B vitamins, glutathione, Vitamin C, alpha lipoic and homeopathic. This treatment removes heavy metals, chemical toxicity, bio-toxins and by products from Lyme that can cause autoimmunity. It is also used to support people dealing with viral infections and cancer. Men receive treatment two days in a row. Women rest for one day in between treatment, due to having typically less blood volume than men. Cost is roughly 1900 Euros per treatment, and typically two treatments are recommended for the first trip.
INUS Medical Center, Cham, Germany, info@firstname.lastname@example.org. If you speak English only, it’s best to put “For Theresa” in the subject line of the email as she assists English speaking folks. If dialing from the US, the phone number for Inus is 011 49 9971 200 32 30.
- Side effects during and after treatment can vary widely from person to person, including fatigue, appetite changes, smelly urine and stools for a day or two after. You may (or may not) experience some emotional releases and tears, puffy and aching eyes, aching kidneys and liver the day after treatment. Enemas and castor oil packs post treatment help ease these after effects.
- The second apheresis is usually easier than the first. The first one takes out a layer of toxins, so that the second time the blood flows through the filters more easily.
- At least one day of rest after apheresis is suggested, before embarking on travels homeward – and it’s even better if you can give yourself two days of rest.
- If making this trip for the first time, you may want to do it with a support person, because it’s no small thing to go to a foreign country for a new treatment. But if you are traveling solo, you will find the people in Cham and at INUS Medical Center very helpful and hospitable.
Cham is in the Bavarian countryside, so you will need to take a train or a car from whatever airport you fly into. The closest major airport is Munich, about a two hour drive away. You can take a taxi for roughly 200 Euros, train will be much less expensive. Another option is to fly to the Nurmberg airport, and take a train from Nurmberg to Cham (a direct train, travel time about 2 hours). A few notes on German trains:
- If you want to travel between cities in Germany by train, you can reserve your seat here. First class seats are not overly expensive and worth the price in terms of space and cleanliness especially if you are traveling in the summer when the trains are crowded due to German holidays.
- Purchase train tickets in advance, as you will save over 50% versus purchasing them last minute. The ICE train can get crowded, so buying reserved rather than open seating may be advisable.
- German train stations and trains are fairly easy to navigate. They have a fast train called the ICE similar to the US Acela, other local trains are slower and less posh. The trains have digitized displays announcing the stops, and fellow passengers and conductors are helpful.
- The train station in Cham is just a few minutes drive from town. Usually taxis wait there, but if not, there’s an excellent cab company in Cham called Taxi Tomaschko – 011 49 99 71 4141 if dialing from the US. They are super prompt, with clean Mercedes Benz vehicles. They may be willing to pick you up in Munich, and if so may be less expensive than taking a cab from the Munich airport to Cham.
- Conductors will not help you lift your bags in or out, so travel as lightly as possible.
- The Cham train stop has no elevator or escalator, so again, pack light, as you will need to carry your bags on two flights of stairs.
- Trains are sometimes delayed or re-routed due to track work. Bring some food and water just in case.
The Hotel Randsbergerhof is the place that Inus clinic recommends. It’s a European 4 star, but closer to an American 3 star. On the plus side, it offers:
- Pleasant staff.
- Free WIFI.
- Good food (limited menu, but fresh and generally tasty – German “soul food.”) Gluten free bread is available if you ask for it.
- It’s clean.
- Sauna, steam, and both indoor (heated) and rooftop pools (unheated).
- Inus clinic is 5 minutes away by cab from the hotel.
- Cost is roughly 50 Euros per night.
- Centrally located in Cham, near the river park and various sightseeing locations and shops.
- The Bio Markt is a good organic food store about five minutes walk from the Hotel Randsbergerhof. They sell produce, groceries, toiletries, and fresh cheeses.
- They remodeled rooms starting in 2014, so people who are chemically sensitive may have issues with smells from new carpeting and furnishings. They do have some older (non-renovated) rooms still; if you are concerned about sensitivity you can request them.
- There’s no laundry service for clothing so pack enough to tide you through your trip.
- Intermittent to nonexistent wireless in some rooms – you may want to request a room on the 4th floor facing St. Jakob church – I stayed in room 412, and had good wireless service there – so rooms in that area likely have good wireless as well.
- For those who are sensitive to EMF’s and radio waves, request a room next to the elevator as that will help reduce the impact of the radiation.
- Limited vegetable offerings on the menu.
- No air conditioning at the hotel.
- The rooms have a flat carpet (no pile).
- Dogs are allowed at Randsbergerhof, so if you are allergic to them, best not to stay here.
Alternative places to stay are listed below. Lyme Nation has not yet tested these locations, but other apheresis patients have. So, their direct feedback (in quotes) as shared with us is below. If you travel to Cham and find another good place to stay, please let us know about it and we’ll include it here:
- The B & B at www.fewoweindl.de. The proprietress is Christa Weindl, who works at the local Commerz Bank across from the Hotel Randsbergerhof. The B & B is the entire ground floor of her home, with garden access, separate entrance, chemical free, has a bedroom that sleeps 2, kitchen, bathroom with tub, and living room for 30 Euros per night. One patient who stayed there commented that it is “lovely.”
- Gasthaus Am Odenturm: “The room was great, had an excellent view, was surrounded by trees and had by far the best food in town. Restaurant and patio packed every night from 6 to 10/10:30. I used the sauna a couple times at the Randsburger but could smell the carpets when I walked through and wouldn’t have been able to cope with that. The Odenturm was about a 10minute and €10 cab ride away from INUS though.”
- Parkhotel: “It is a small owner run place. It is located a few miles from Randsbergerhof. The cab ride to the clinic is 6 Euros. The owner will call for the taxi and it is literally a 4 – 6 minute ride to the clinic. We liked it because it has a stream at the back of the hotel and there is also a lot of foliage in the surroundings (countryside). Breakfast is included and in the evening dinners are served in the cosy restaurant at very reasonable cost. The owner is very accommodating and he will pretty much try to cater to one’s dietary needs within reason.”
- The Vitaleria Cafe at INUS Medical Center serves tasty wok dishes made with ingredients bought fresh each day from local farmer’s markets.
- If you don’t want to carry lots of cash while traveling, Commerz Bank right across from the Hotel Randsbergerhof, has a 24 ATM that allows you to read the screen in English, and withdraw cash as from a standard US ATM. There will be a small international transaction fee tacked onto your withdrawal amount. Most shops in Cham do not take US credit cards.
- St. Jakob’s Baroque church, just a few blocks walk from the hotel.
- The River Regan, with park and bike trails.
- The treatment is offered by Dr. Sergej Dorochov, Am Klosterweiher 42, 41747 Viersen, Germany. Email email@example.com, www.kryopraxis.de, phone 011 49 2162 29876. Elisabeth Dorochov, Sergej’s wife, coordinates appointments.
- Cryotherapy can make your throat quite sore afterwards. Bring pain pills in case you need them, and throat-soothing lozenges are not a bad idea. Plan to rest for 1 or 2 days after the cryo before traveling further, as people can be tired after this treatment.
- Bring a method for disinfecting your toothbrush after treatment (denture sanitizing tablets work well for travel purposes).
- Binders (green clay and chlorella), electrolytes, drainage remedies and essential oils that stimulate lymph flow (applied topically on neck and clavicle) help with cryotherapy recovery.
- The closest airport is to Viersen is Dusseldorf. Air Berlin and Lufthansa are both comfortable airlines. Lufthansa has an “Economy Plus” class of seats on some flights – almost like business or first class, but only a couple of hundred dollars more than a coach ticket.
- If flying from the West Coast, check into Condor Airlines – they fly from numerous destinations in the mid-West and West, but few East Coast locations.
- For all international travelers, it’s a good idea to confirm your flight time both 24 hours before and the day of travel as there can be last minute travel delays.
- There’s a shuttle from the Dusseldorf airport to the hotel firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 011 49 211 421 7762, for a fixed price of 57 Euros. This is a good idea as cabs can get stuck in traffic and charge more. It is important to tell them that you are patients of the Dorochov’s. The shuttle company will need your flight date, flight number and number of people in your party. Travel time from the Dusseldorf airport to Viersen is approximately 45 minutes.
- If you want to travel between cities in Germany by train, you can reserve your seat here www.db.de. First class seats are not overly expensive and may be worth the price in terms of space and cleanliness, especially if you are traveling in the summer when the trains are crowded due to German holidays.
The Dorochovs recommend Zur eisernen Hand Hotel in Viersen, which is a convenient 10 minute walk or short cab ride to the cryotherapy treatment. “Zur eisernen Hand” Hotel, An der eisernen Hand, 41747 Viersen, Germany, Phone 011 49 2162 12328, Fax 011 49 2162 23482, www.zureisernenhand.de, email: Stefanpauen@t-online.de. For reservations, send and email with “for Anja” in the subject line. The proprietors, Stefan and Anja Paul, are pleasant, helpful and fluent English speakers. Their staff is helpful too, and everything is organized and well-run. Room rates are roughly 50 Euros per night.
- Rooms are simple and clean. Showers only, no bathtubs, modern bathrooms.
- The building itself is from the 1800s, solid and peaceful. On Friday and Saturday nights you can get some noise from the street from people out on the town, and from people climbing the stairs inside the hotel. The hotel has a garden, with an outdoor dining area. Some rooms have garden access. The building has stairs only, no elevator. Hotel staff will help you with bags, but if stairs are an issue for you, request a lower floor room.
- They offer gluten and dairy free food options (tell them of your dietary needs when you reserve). Food is good, fresh and home-cooked including pork, beef, venison, fish, potatoes, a few veggies.
- If bringing your computer, don’t forget that you need a 2 prong plug on your computer to use Euro adapters (Tumi makes a good one) or else a computer plug with a European adapter already attached.
- Bring an electric teapot if you like tea, as there’s no teapot in room.
- There’s a Thai massage place near the Eisernen Hand. Lyme Nation has not tried it, but it is supposed to be good.
- On Saturday morning, there’s a farmer’s market in a parking lot near to the Dorochov’s office for fresh fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods and more.
TREATMENT: LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage therapy called the Sophia Matrix Technique (SoMA) based on the work of Dr. Barth, a German physician who takes a different approach to the lymphatic system than American practitioners. The German concept is that lymph congestion accumulates in the gut, between the back of the intestines and the spine, forming kind of a toxic pool called a “radix.” While lymphatic drainage in the US can focus on surface level touch or stimulation, SoMA technique involves deep manual work in the gut, then on the neck and limbs. Cost 80 Euros per hour.
Kaufbeuren, Germany at the home office of Ariane Lorenz-Zappe.
Kaufbeuren is roughly a one hour train ride from the Munich airport, or a one and a half hour drive. Train tickets can be booked online on the Bahn website.
The Hotel Goldener Hirsch offers clean and comfortable rooms in the center of Kaufbeuren for roughly 50 Euros per night.