Lyme Warrior * Activist * Friend
Today as the Lyme community and Jim’s family suffers a terrible loss, Heaven gains an angel. Jim is a one of a kind man. He was sweet, kind and forever would do anything to help others. I know personally, as he helped me in so many ways, building a Douglas Coil for me, doing live bloodwork for me, driving me to protest after protest. And that is just me. He did so much for so many and I can’t imagine the loss others are feeling right now.
Jim suffered from Lyme disease for many years. He found out in an ironic way. Jim had a sister who had cancer. The doctors had given her days to live. Jim wouldn’t accept that and started learning about rife technology. He built his own rife machine and kept his sister alive another three years. He also helped an autistic child speak for the first time and built rife machines for Lyme patients from all over to use, for free. Jim had a friend with Lyme disease and was invited to speak about the rife machines at the meeting. While Jim was there listening to other Lyme patients tell their stories he started noticing he had a lot of the symptoms that they did also. He tested positive for Lyme disease.
Jim got heavily involved with the non profit Lyme Support Network. He became family to all of us. Sadly, a couple years ago he got diagnosed with cancer. It spread to his bones. He never gave up, he was trying many alternative treatments to cure himself along with having surgery and other treatments. . Kimberly Heeres-Frank, the founder of Lyme Support Network and her family took care of Jim in his final months.
Jim was also a marine who served his country. His friend Ron also talked about how Jim’s cancer was linked to Agent Orange. At his memorial there were marines there to do the Taps ceremony. It was beautiful. If anyone has more info on the time Jim served for his country can you send it to us so we can add it here. Thank you.
There is so much to say about Jim. He was involved in so much. I will post many of the articles about Jim and his activism events he coordinated and let his work speak for himself.
- Jim Berger: Illinois Lyme Disease Activist
- 2014 Worldwide Lyme Protest in Chicago
- 2013 Worldwide Lyme Protest in Chicago
Jim’s Illinois Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at 511 Lake Zurich Rd., Citizens Park, Barrington, Illinois at the Jewel Tea Pavillon. Visitation will begin at 4:00pm with the Memorial service at 5:00pm. There will be a balloon release (provided) followed by a dinner. All are welcome! Please come and help celebrate in the larger than life person we have all come to love. Dress in lime green or Hawaiian to make him smile from the Heavens above! Aloha! Update: See pictures at bottom of post of Jim’s Memorial. Kimberly Heeres-Frank did a beautiful job of putting this service together to honor Jim.
Here is Jim’s Bio in his own words:
“Hello, my name is Jim Berger. I have been employed as a Medical Device Engineer at major healthcare companies since 1979, first in Orange County, California and then in Lake County, Illinois. In my professional career I have worked on the following products: Cardiac Output Computers, Holter EKG Monitoring Recorders and Playback Equipment, Ophthalmic Laser Systems, Plasmapheresis and Plateletpheresis equipment, Medication Delivery Infusion Pump Automated Test systems, and Renal Peritoneal Dialysis equipment. I have held positions in Engineering Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality & Reliability Engineering, Field Service support, and Systems Engineering. Since 1985 in my spare time, I have also studied different modalities of energy medicine such as Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Eden Energy Medicine, Intuitive Shiatsu, Native American shamanism and Hawaiian shamanism.
I had been an amateur runner, cycler and triathlete in Southern California; however, after moving to Antioch, IL, on the Illinois/Wisconsin border in the early 1990s, I started having severe pain and cramps in my joints and temporary partial paralysis of my legs, feet and arms, hands, cramps in the abdomen and chest, temporary blindness, as well as, numerous mental issues. In late summer 2007, I had an insect bite that looked like a brown recluse spider bite that resulted in necrosis of the skin and a hospital stay of almost a week. Over the next few years I ended up having a couple heart attacks, severe breathing issues, pancreatitis and then gall bladder (overfilled with stones) removal. Doctors put off my severe breathing issues as chronic bronchitis and told me to get rid of my cats. Finally after hearing about lyme disease, I ended up going to a chiropractor and naturopath, who ran the Igenix tests for Lyme disease which came back positive, as well as, further tests that came back with high levels of mycoplasma pneumonia and chlamydia pneumonia.
Everything began to make sense, I had indoor outdoor cats, one who lived 23 and ½ years with me. She was a great huntress, bringing mice, moles, and birds she killed up to my bedroom at night. It is now obvious that the red blood spots I would occasionally see on my sheets were from engorged ticks that were crushed by my body while sleeping. If If had ended up with a bull’s-eye rash where I could have seen it, I would have probably ignored it not knowing it would indicate Lyme disease. I did not even know what Lyme disease was at that time. Then, after learning about it, I found out that tick bites could present a wound, looking similar to a brown recluse spider bite. Finally, about six months ago, I had a stroke, resulting in partial blindness and memory loss. I am 64 years old now and was to be laid off from my engineering job at the end of last year, but was put onto full disability last October due to the stroke. Since the stroke, it takes me about four times as long to accomplish any type of mental task.
To digress a bit, over ten years ago I started researching Rife technology, when my sister-in-law, Kathy, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That story can be found on my website at www.bestsolu.com. After finding out about lyme disease, I read Brian Rosner’s book on Lyme Disease and Rife Machines. I purchased one and built two Doug Coil Machines and read what I could about other experimental Rife and Lakhovsky type machines being used for treatment of different types of pathogen based disease. Over a three month period of time over two years ago, I used my 1958 vacuum tube replica Rife Machine and pathogen frequencies from the cpsBioResearch website at www.dnafrequencies.com, treating myself for Borellia, Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma and Chlamydia. After so many years of sickness, I started feeling normal again and decided to stop experimenting on myself until I could find a way to verify and validate the results. I stopped treating myself and over the past two years began my studies in biology, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, darkfield & phase contrast microscopy. However, along with my normal engineering job, and the return of my lyme and co-infection symptoms my body and mind broke down resulting in partial blindness and memory loss.
I have joined the Worldwide Lyme Awareness Rally to stand up to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), against their campaign of misinformation about Lyme disease, and against their position that after a couple weeks of antibiotics Lyme disease is cured. In Chicago during the Worldwide Lyme Awareness Rally, May 10 and 11, I would like to raise awareness of our Lyme community’s plight to get proper treatment by targeting primarily the Chicago Tribune for supporting the IDSA view and completely ignoring the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) view that Chronic Lyme Disease does exist, and that it has reached epidemic levels around the world. We will not be ignored any longer. Chicago Tribune, at least fairly present both views.”
Your friend, Jim
Videos and Pictures of Jim
Rest in Peace Jim ♥
Jim’s Memorial Pictures