Episode 312

Published on:

14th May 2021

Paul Johnson - My 20 Year Battle With Lyme Disease

Paul is based in San Diego with his wife and their three children. Starting with the birth of their first child they began a journey into the world of alternative holistic health and wellness. Paul battled with Lymes disease and got progressively worse over the period of 20 years. Despite great efforts to manage the pain through countless pills and thousands of dollars spent in medical treatment, the condition did not get better. In a desperate attempt, Paul resorted to a 14-day psychedelic experience using plant medicine and was completely healed. He is now fully off medication and is living a life of wholeness and health. As a board member of several non-profits Paul has always been passionate about using his business skills and training to help others and maximizing those efforts. Devoted to personal growth and transformation for both themselves and others they have committed to the process of sharing their experience. Because learning through someone else’s best practices is a much gentler road to growth. 


  • [00:13:07] The journey that led Paul to where he is today
  • [00:32:44] Success and money couldn’t solve my problems
  • [00:48:00] The start of Paul’s turnaround
  • [01:15:28] Experimenting with various medical treatments
  • [01:22:20] The deep calling to go to Costa Rica


Paul says, “Adversity is a master teacher. When adversity comes, there is always something to learn from it if I embrace it and shift my mindset.”


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University of Adversity
How to go from living in the backseat of your life as a victim, into the driver seat of empowerment.

The goal of the show is to ignite personal growth and transformation by sharing stories of overcoming adversity and highlighting different areas/topics in our Iives where adversity shows up. We will provide you with educational tools, tips, resources and hacks to help you get through whatever you are struggling with right now-And most importantly help you speed up the process.

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Lance Essihos

As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.