Stephanie Canestraro, DC

Stephanie Canestraro

Tick Boot Camp Podcast
Dr. Canestraro was featured on the Tick Boot Camp Podcast:


Dr. Stephanie Canestraro, a Certified Functional Medicine practitioner, chiropractor, and founder/owner of The Vagus Clinic, was fueled to help herself and others through her journey with Lyme disease. It inspired her to delve deeper into the gut-brain connection and become a functional medicine practitioner.

Journey with Lyme Disease
Dr. Canestraro’s battle with Lyme disease began during her last year of chiropractic college when she experienced a range of gastrointestinal and neurological issues. At the time, she didn’t know she had Lyme disease, but she was focused on healing her gut, which ultimately led her to discover the gut-brain connection.

The Gut-Brain Connection and the Vagus Nerve
The gut is often referred to as the “second brain,” as it is directly connected to the brain through the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve plays a significant role in transmitting information from the gut to the brain, making up 80% of the communication pathway. In addition, the vagus nerve innervates the heart and other organs, which is why heart rate variability is often used as a measure of vagus nerve function.

Dr. Canestraro’s Approach to Healing
Dr. Canestraro’s approach to healing is centered around understanding the body’s frequencies and how they affect health. She believes that by “zapping” unhealthy frequencies and encouraging healthy ones, the body can heal itself. Some of her recommended strategies include using beet powder to increase blood flow and oxygen, moving the lymphatic system, and utilizing protective measures against electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). She also uses Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI), various binders, Ivermectin, herbs, and other tools to assist her patients in healing.

Dealing with Heavy Metals and Biofilms
Dr. Canestraro’s personal experience with heavy metals and biofilms highlights the importance of addressing these issues in the body. By carefully breaking down and eliminating heavy metals, she was able to restore balance in her system and address the underlying causes of her symptoms.

The Potential of Fecal Implants
Dr. Canestraro also touched upon the emerging popularity of fecal implants as a potential treatment for those with microbiome imbalances or Lyme disease. While she acknowledges that this approach may not be for everyone, she highlights the importance of finding the right practitioner and knowing when to move on if a treatment isn’t working.

Work with Dr. Canestraro
Visit Dr. Canestraro’s Vagus Clinic website to learn more, set up a discovery call, or work with her on your Lyme disease recovery journey. She works with patients all over the world virtually and has helped countless Lyme patients improve their quality of life.