Rika Keck

Lyme Disease, Co-Infections and Toxic Mold Sickness

Welcome to this page.

Rika has been studying Lyme disease and co-infections since 2007. The first conference she attended was with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt in NYC, and she still follows his teachings today. For many years, she has participated in conferences with, e.g. Dr. Lee Cowden, Dr. Horowitz, Dr. Anne Corson, Julie McIntyre (Stephen Harrod Buhner), Dr. Neil Nathan, and also attended multiple conferences with leading doctors in the vector-borne infection arena.

She is proud to be an ongoing member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society), and a founding member of the Global Lyme Alliance. It is in the latter capacity that she reaches out to the local CT community with “Lyme Disease Prevention” health talks. She also has access to specialized Lyme and co-infection testing laboratories in the US and Europe.

Rika was personally affected with tick-borne infections. Her husband’s was Lyme disease and Babesia divergens after a tick bite that was attached less than 12 hours.

In her health coaching practice, Rika’s expertise in vector-borne infections and drug-free treatment modalities are highly valued by her clients. Many have been on antibiotic treatment in the past, but still were exhibiting ongoing symptoms.

It matters at what stage the correct diagnosis was made, and what emotional traumas, surgeries or stressful events occurred near the time – it is not just about the tick bite and Lyme disease.

After consulting with many clients, she felt the need to write her book: “Nourish, Thrive, Heal: A comprehensive and holistic guide to living with Lyme disease.” This is a health-building blueprint that will support any Lyme disease treatment program (available on AMAZON)

As a health professional that has been active in the Lyme disease community for many years, Rika is able to collaborate with LLMD’s (Lyme-Literate Medical Doctors)

A Brief Overview Of How Rika Partners With Her Clients:

  • Foundational health, detoxification modalities, recent blood labs, and ongoing toxic exposures (and new tick bites), are considered.
  • Nutrition and lifestyle interventions are discussed.
  • Short and long-term strategies are considered, plus what interventions are deemed a priority.
  • Functional testing to assess baselines in GI health, detoxification pathways, and sex hormones is helpful, as various biological systems in the body get disrupted. (There are financial considerations, the lab fees are additional.)
  • Botanical and homeopathic interventions are implemented as part of a mind-body health-building program. These are titrated in slowly to ensure tolerance, esp. in sensitive individuals.
  • Available detoxification and structural interventions are discussed.
  • Toxic mold exposures are considered, as these greatly impact the body’s ability to overcome vector-borne infections.
  • Viral infections and biofilm are considered within the landscape of bacterial and parasitic infections.
  • Genetic testing is helpful. Proprietary testing is done with the NutriGenetic Research Institute (Bob Miller)

Rika is clear before embarking on a holistic coaching program, that building-health is a long-term process. Clients value her expertise and her availability when they commit to a coaching program. Having a knowledgeable and trusted guide, who understands what is happening, helps to calm fears and anxiety.

Various challenges include:

  • Unreliable testing methods (ELISA and Western Blot)
  • Lack of recognition of co-infections and viral transmission
  • Untreated infections can spread throughout the body, potentially resulting in severe debilitation and fatigue
  • Myths regarding transmission time of pathogens from a tick bite
  • Insufficient or abbreviated treatment with initial known infection
  • Late stage diagnosis resulting in chronic disease
  • The classic bull’s eye rash occurs in less than 50% of infected individuals, and it will only show on Caucasian skin
  • Belief that a single 24-hour treatment dose of doxycycline will prevent a Lyme disease infection
  • Covid-19 can mimic symptoms associated with an acute Lyme disease infection
  • Possible exposure to mold toxins in a water damaged home dampens a robust immune response, and this will impact recovery even with appropriate treatment for Lyme disease and co-infections
  • Conventional medicine is not trained sufficiently in this arena
  • Ultimately, Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis
  • Lyme disease can be dormant for many years, but can become activated with lowered immune resilience
  • Individuals have reported seeing no tick, or no rash
  • Post-treatment Lyme disease is misunderstood, and often includes a shift in autonomic nervous function

Toxic Mold Sickness:

“Is it Lyme disease, or is it mold that is keeping me sick?”

It is imperative to remove the sick individual from toxic mold exposure, or remediate: Health cannot be attained while living in a toxic environment. Eliminating exposure at home, school, or church is critical. The home must be checked, including the HVAC system, and other A/C systems where mold can accumulate. Car air conditioners can be another source of mold exposure.

  • Individuals, who live in a toxic mold environment, are more susceptible to having difficulty of overcoming vector-borne infections.
  • Mold illness can also cause a reactivation of dormant Lyme, co-infection and viral infections
  • Individuals, who are dealing with chronic infections, will be more susceptible to being affected by mycotoxins and other VOC’s emitted from toxic mold in the living and working environment.

Dr. Nathan says,

Often, mold toxicity causes patients to develop symptoms from Lyme infections and vice versa, and people with weakened immune systems are far more susceptible to sickness from mold. So mold is a huge issue, and doctors are just beginning to understand and explore it, and like Lyme disease, many conventional physicians are not even aware of it.”

Rika will assist clients in:

  • Making optional food choices to lower the inflammatory burden
  • Recommending specific home testing from reputable companies
  • Investigating if mold sickness is part of their Lyme & Bartonella / Babesia journey (symptoms can be similar) with specialized urine testing
  • Addressing of MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci). The sinus area, besides the gut, is vulnerable to colonization
  • Considering EMF exposures that worsen myctoxin-induced symptoms
  • Organic Acid Testing to assess for colonization of mold in the gut
  • Brain detoxification option. Mold has affinity for the nervous and endocrine system


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