Joe Jemsek, MD Speaks the Truth About Lyme Disease

by | Nov 29, 2009 | Lyme & Co-Infections News, NEWS | 1 comment

Dr. JemsekInfectious disease specialist Dr. Joe Jemsek ( discusses the controversy surrounding Lyme disease and what action needs to be taken to provide patients with better care.

Dr. Jemsek began his career as an HIV/AIDS specialist and later took on an increasing caseload of chronic Lyme patients. Both he and his thriving Jemsek Clinic in Huntersville, North Carolina were forced into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2006 after the mega health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, brought ruthless action against him. In January, 2008 his practice re-emerged in nearby Fort Mills, South Carolina. Most recently, in October 2009, the Jemsek Specialty Clinic was moved to Washington, D.C.

Because Dr. Jemsek’s five-year-old daughter, Jordan, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive Leukemia (AML), and his wife, Kay, was diagnosed with breast cancer, clinic hours may be limited. Jordan’s progress is being followed at at jordanjemsek. Please check the clinic website for clinic hours and other details.

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    Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.

1 Comment

  1. Niall

    Hi all, just a quick line to say dr jemsek is the best.I travelled from Ireland to see him,and he’s awesome,and he’s also a real genuine guy aswell as an amazing doctor.I wish him and his family all the best and they are in my prayers.

    Niall mc dermott , Kildare, Ireland

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