Healing Lives & Creating Futures
The Sponaugle Wellness Institute is a premier world-class medical facility located in Oldsmar, FL, providing advanced, research-based alternative and conventional medical treatments to patients needing to recover from the most complex cases of chronic illness worldwide.
At Sponaugle Wellness, we practice integrative medicine combining the best of western medicine and natural medicine. The foundation of our Lyme disease treatment is to enhance mitochondrial function, which increases the killing power of the immune system's natural killer cells and antibodies. This is accomplished by reversing toxin-induced mitochondrial dysfunction.
Our typical patient has undergone treatment from multiple doctors and wellness centers, yet they have failed to regain their health. These complicated patients normally suffer from multiple undiagnosed medical disorders. They require a more comprehensive diagnostic workup and a more intensive treatment than is available through routine “wellness” medicine.
Our Medical Director, Rick Sponaugle, MD is an integrative physician who attempts to prioritize treatment through quality forensic medicine. Performing an analysis of 400 numerical bio-markers in his initial consultation, Dr. Sponaugle's goal is to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your multiple symptoms.
To more effectively treat patients with Lyme disease, Dr. Sponaugle uses experience acquired from working 20 years in critical care medicine and brain expertise derived from treating thousands of patients with brain and neurological disorders.
Dr. “Rick” Sponaugle has been recognized throughout the world as a leader in the integration of modern brain science into his addiction treatment model. He has been featured in the national media spotlight on such shows as the Dr. Phil show, Suzanne Somers show, Ricki Lake show, CNN, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News, and PBS.
Conditions We Treat
The average patient who walks into Sponaugle Wellness has seen 20 or more physicians, most of whom were not Lyme Literate or misdiagnosed the patient with one of the countless diagnoses mistaken for neurological toxicities from lipophilic toxins such as trichothecene, or infections such as Lyme Disease or Epstein-Barr Virus. Dr. Sponaugle’s opinion is that a healthy immune system does not allow significant Biofilm to “build up” in the bloodstream as proven through the correlation of mathematical biomarkers for immune function, and through hundreds of blood smears.
The longer a patient has unknowingly suffered from toxin-induced immune suppression, the higher probability he/she will have of significant biofilm formation, leading to a variety of neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. The majority of Sponaugle Wellness patients require simultaneous treatment for multiple medical disorders including Mold poisoning, Industrial Toxicity, Gut Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Babesia, Protozoa infections, and intestinal parasites.
Wheelchair Success Stories
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we believe truly “holistic” wellness treatment should not only heal the body, it should also heal the brain!! The brain is our most complex organ. Optimizing brain function in sick patients requires extraordinary knowledge of brain physiology, modern brain science and the expertise derived from treating thousands of patients with brain disorders.
We succeed where others have failed. At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, bedridden patients or wheelchairs for years have hope that they will be able to walk again. We cannot enable every patient we treat to come out of their wheelchair. However, 35 chronic Lyme disease patients have come out of their wheelchairs at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.
PET Scan Review & Consultation
The doctors at Sponaugle Wellness Institute use PET-brain imaging to obtain more sophisticated data of these regions for treatment. Additionally, our PET-scan database now catalogs hundreds of Lyme Disease patients, allowing us to continuously improve treatment for the benefit of others.
Through computerized calculation, PET scans provide numbers for more objective evaluation of brain activity. The PET-scan computer calculates glucose metabolism by brain region, and glucose metabolism correlates with electrical activity.
Our preference for treating Lyme Disease is to reduce the brain’s toxin load to ground zero, before commencing to kill protocols in Neurological Lyme Disease patients.
However, because the effective killing of Lyme spirochetes, Bartonella, Protomyxzoa, and other infectious organisms releases lipopolysaccharide (LPS) toxins from their cell walls, the brain becomes temporarily more toxic during treatment.
We address this as part of treatment by clearing this toxic effect during brain scans, making it easier to evaluate and treat the brain regions that are under-active due to infection.