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Alyssa says Dr. Dana promised her that she would feel much better within a year, under a rigorous protocol of antibiotics, natural supplements, and dietary and other life changes.
She also recalls that Rosdahl said she would not mention Lyme disease in her charts because it could cause problems for all concerned.
"Dana also told me not to go any other doctors," Alyssa says, "and if I had to go to an urgent-care center for some reason, not to mention Lyme — just my symptoms. She is a smart and convincing person."
Rosdahl is a bright and blunt-spoken woman who gets her points across rapidly. She met with New Times in her office at Remnant dressed in a white lab coat with her name embroidered on it.
Like many who believe they suffer from Lyme disease (negative test results be damned), Rosdahl has her own tale of misdiagnosis and misery.
She says she developed years ago what she later came to know as Lyme symptoms.
"I had thousands of dollars of tests run on me," Rosdahl says, "and they finally uncovered all kinds of parasites and infections. The experience changed my whole life and practice. The more I did on me, healing-wise, the more holistic and curious I got."
She says her quest led her to a 2006 Lyme disease conference in Seattle.
"There was something going on here — not just with me; some huge infection. I began to realize that I had to start referring patients to Lyme-literate providers. It was an overwhelming realization — Lyme is the culprit!"
Rosdahl soon embraced a new role as a Lyme-ite.
"I have a neighbor, a radiologist from Israel," Rosdahl says, "who doctors say has Lou Gehrig's disease. Well, I think it is Lyme disease. He tells me, 'Dana, you think everyone has Lyme.' I don't. But I would be doing my patients a great disservice if I didn't put it in my differential."
Though Alyssa Goodale and her parents didn't know it yet, Rosdahl and Janet Love already were planning to start their own clinic in Chandler.
The women met through a patient of Rosdahl's who told her she had to connect with "energized medicine" proponent Love. She went to Love "not as a clinician, but as a patient, because I wanted to see if she was hokey or was dealing with sound science."
Rosdahl says the session was an epiphany: "She told me things about me that no one should have known: lots of trauma that I've had, stresses, the parasites in my gut. She totally hooked me up to the SCIO [energy machine], and it was on the money. I did more tests and got on the full protocol that we have created. I'm still on it. It's been a battle, but I am very healthy now, thank God."
Things haven't gone nearly as swimmingly for Alyssa Goodale.
Her medical files show that she took a blood test shortly after her first visit with Rosdahl.
It turned up negative for Lyme disease, like all the others she would take after that.
"But Dr. Dana repeatedly told me that the tests were worthless and that she was absolutely sure it was Lyme," Alyssa says.
Alyssa was about to start her first semester of college and wondered whether she would be up to it. She wasn't feeling any better, despite the regimen of antibiotics and supplements that Rosdahl had put her on.
Alyssa and her mother recall Rosdahl's talking about an alleged government cover-up involving a certain Lab 257.
In 2004, a book titled Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory got a lot of publicity.
All of 840 acres, Plum Island sits off the northeast coast of Long Island, a federal property that once was home to U.S. Army Chemical Corps. In the early 1950s, the corps ostensibly studied animal-borne diseases that might harm the food supply.
That was the official story.
Michael Carroll's book claimed that poor safeguards had allowed Lyme disease (among other infectious illnesses) to escape from the closed-down lab in the 1970s. He admittedly engaged in much speculation, but Lab 257 was a godsend for those who wanted answers about the disease's possible origins.
Rosdahl says she did mention Lab 257 to the Goodales "as another point of reference or view in Lyme disease."
In the fall of 2009, Alyssa says, Rosdahl mentioned Love as a "biofeedback expert" who could help put the girl's health back together.
"Dana said some Christian people — we're Christians — may have a problem with some stuff that Janet does — the New Age stuff — but it really could help me."
Janet Love was doing the same things at Love Healing Center that she does at Remnant. That included a service enabling sick clients to be "diagnosed" over a phone through a so-called "virtual treatment."
A friend sent Lynn an e-mail in late October, shortly before Alyssa first met with Janet Love.