Episode 416: Stinging Lyme – an interview with Kerri Ciullo


In this inspiring episode of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast, we’re joined by Kerri Ciullo, a 29-year-old Lyme warrior from rural New Jersey. Kerri opens up about her extensive battle with Lyme disease, highlighting her current success with Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) as a pivotal component of her treatment.

  • Early Signs and Misdiagnoses: Kerri shares her early symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and digestive issues, which began in childhood. She expresses the challenges of being misdiagnosed and overlooked by numerous healthcare providers.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Journey: After being misdiagnosed by over 20 specialists, Kerri received a diagnosis of late-stage Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia at age 19. She walks us through her long treatment history, from antibiotics to intravenous therapies, leading up to her current focus on Bee Venom Therapy through The Heal Hive.
  • Bee Venom Therapy Focus: Kerri provides an in-depth look at her BVT regimen, explaining how this treatment has brought significant improvements to her health. She discusses the process, the science behind BVT, and why it has been more effective for her compared to previous treatments.
  • Living with Chronic Illness: Kerri touches on the personal adaptations she’s had to make, including running her own Etsy business from home to accommodate her health needs. She also discusses managing multiple autoimmune conditions that have been activated by Lyme disease.
  • Advocacy and Advice: As an advocate for Lyme disease awareness, Kerri offers crucial advice on prevention strategies, such as performing regular tick checks and choosing non-toxic repellents. She stresses the importance of self-advocacy and listening to one’s body.
  • Future Plans and Hopes: Despite ongoing challenges, Kerri is optimistic about her future. She plans to resume her college education and continues to dedicate herself to a comprehensive self-care and treatment plan.