This is my continued story between March and September 2017.
1. Failed herbal protocol (that shall not be named!)
2. Desperation. Lymenet inspires me to contact Ginger Savely, the foremost expert doctor in Morgellons Disease diagnosis and treatment.
3. Travel to Washington, DC to meet my doctor
4. Treatment begins, immune system supplements, blood test results
5. Syphilis research
6. Testing positive for bartonella henslae (but no borrelia or babesia?? ?)
7. Lyme Disease Mapping Project
8. Announcing a upcoming book on morgellons disease, “Morgellons911”
Story to be continued. Thanks to all my readers and Facebook friends for their compassion and support!
Now this is encouraging news, Health Canada plans to ban neurologically harmful hydrogenated oils from the Canadian food chain.
“Health Canada is taking the final steps toward a ban on the main source of artificial trans fats in Canadian diets.
The department says it is banning partially hydrogenated oils or PHOs, which are the main source of industrially produced trans fats in all food sold in the country, including those foods prepared in restaurants.
The oils are used in the production of pastries, other baked goods and some packaged goods as a means of extending shelf life.
The ban will come into force on Sept. 15, 2018, in order to give the food industry enough time to find suitable alternatives. After that date, it will be illegal to sell any food containing PHOs.”
Trouble remembering what meds to take when, and how much?
Have an iPhone or iPad?
I’ve used this app for a while now and don’t know how I’d have scheduled everything without it. A+
Pill Reminder – All in One, Medication Reminders by Sergio Licea
Legit recommendation – not an ad.
Sore lymph nodes and lymph stagnation are common symptoms of a tick-borne infection*, and nature offers many tools to safely stimulate motion and cause drainage.
Cleavers (galium aparine) and Red Clover are well-respected tools of naturopathy for promoting lymphatic movement. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if cleavers is compatible with your meds.
These are the ones I have experience with. St Francis Herb Farm is a great brand here in Canada, I’ve heard wonderful stories from people who went to see their little forest.
For those of us suffering with a compromised immune system, this can get terribly complicated – especially when living in a “hard water” aka mineral-rich area.
Chanca Piedra is an herb long used in indigenous medicine for gently breaking solidified accumulations in the kidney and urinary systems. This is something worth checking out.
Here’s a product with some great reviews:
“This is the list of most well-known and effective adaptogenic herbs, and information about all of these adaptogens is provided in this article:
• Goji berry aka Lycium barbarum
• American Ginseng also known as (aka) panax quinquefolium
• Ashwagandha aka Withania somnifera
• Asian Ginseng aka Panax Ginseng
• Codonopsis Root aka Dang Shen
• Eleuthero Root aka Siberian Ginseng
• Licorice Root aka Glycyrrhiza glabra
• Reishi Mushroom aka ganoderm lucidum
• Rhodiola rosea
• Schizandra Berry
• Tulsi aka Holy Basil”
October 28, 2011
Lyme & Babesiosis: Updates on Treatment & Diagnosis 2011, 2011 ILADS Conference, Toronto, Canada
“If adrenal function is low (patient has a low cortisol), they will not respond to antibiotics.”
Adrenal function can be improved in several different ways, however the most accessible method involves daily supplementation of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) which is also an Adaptogen in Ayurveda and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Learn about Ashwagandha here:
Information on Adaptogens:
There are also animal-based products for boosting adrenal function, and concentrated desiccated (dehydrated) bovine (cow) adrenals are long used for this purpose.
However you choose to boost your adrenal function, it is crucial to the effectiveness of your antibiotic prescriptions!
Good products I use every day:
+ Dabur Chyawanprash
It’s a tasty jam made of amla (indian gooseberry), honey, piper longum (long black pepper), ashwagandha, gudduchi (tinospora cordifolia), and over a dozen Ayurvedic mainstay herbs including cinnamon and sesame.
It progressively cleanses your blood (not of critters though), helps lessen the adrenal load, stimulates and revitalizes your gastro with fresh, active, live enzymes, and contains a large dose of vitamin C (40% RDI in 1tbsp).
Buy the largest bottle you can find and keep it in a dark place.
1tsp or 1tbsp eaten straight off the spoon is not only delicious, but has effects that can be felt in 15 minutes. It can also be mixed in hot milk, but never boil Chywanprash as it’s full of honey.
I pay an average of $15 for 1KG from local vendors.
(very expensive here!)
+ Standard Process Desiccated Adrenals
Standard Process is new to me, I’ve only begun using their supplements in the past two weeks. Their desiccated adrenals product has replaced a homemade ashwaganda candy I was previously using (1 tbsp raw ashwagandha to 1 tbsp maple syrup), and the results are excellent. I notice a big boost when I take them.
Standard Process products are much more affordable when you buy them from a local naturopath practitioner. If you need a referral, just ask.
But what happens when these pathways are closed and the systems cannot effectively drain themselves? The entire system backs up into the bloodstream where inflammation spreads.
One solution to rebuilding deficient detox pathways is to fix chronic mineral deficiencies of Manganese, Zinc, Copper, and Selenium. This is easily done using a tool I developed in 2009, and continued to perfect through 2013. It is a system of minerals in liquid form, and an iPhone/iPad app to effectively manage them to permanently fix your chronic deficiencies.
Learn about Liquid Minerals, the myMinerals app, and my 2012 book “Bodygarage” here:
DETOXIFICATION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ANTIBIOTICS
Here’s a message I received from a well-experienced lymie buddy who went into remission 12 years ago and has not relapsed:
I recommend making lemon water your ONLY drink until you get through this. You must use fresh lemons and cut them up and squeeze them into the water.
My lyme doc wanted me to eat 4 lemons per day. He said lemons are God’s natural cleansers of the body and water flushes everything out. So, drink, drink, drink!
Also, Alka Seltzer Gold with lemon or lime squeezed into it 4 times per day.
If you have any glutathione, take that also. I believe the ala is a precursor to glutathione, so if my memory is correct there, you sort of have that base covered.
Here is what Horowitz tells his patients re detox:
Herxheimer reaction (from 2010 Lyme Conference, Horowitz):
Take-home message: DETOXIFY YOUR LYME PATIENTS!
It does NOT matter what antibiotic you give people, they will NOT get better without detoxification
For Herxheimer reactions: 2 Alka-Selzer Gold (no aluminum) in 8 ounces of water with lemon or lime followed by 6-8 capsules of glutathione or 1500 mg of oral liposomal glutathione.
70% will feel better in hours
On the topic of water: Dilution is the solution to pollution. This suggests that in order to help our bodies detoxify, we must drink more water
From Horowitz patient, Sept, 2013:
Flare protocol in a nutshell:
–Burbur, 10 drops every 10 minutes for 2-3 hours or [for?] 10 days until flare resolves
–Parsley (same as burbur)
–Lemon/lime in H2O sipped through straw 4x/day
–Alkaseltzer gold OTC or sodium bicarb 4x/day
If above doesn’t help, add:
Oral glutathione (Essential Pro) 6-8 caps at once, repeat as needed, up to 3x/day
If no help w/above steps, try:
–Pekana drainage 15 drops of each bottle 3x/day
–Sydetox 15 drops 2x/day
–LDN, as prescribed at bedtime
Hope this helps!
Alka Seltzer Gold (Amazon Canada)
Every lyme patient should be familiar with the treatment guidelines of Dr Joe Burrascano. He is working in tick-borne disease treatment since at least 1984, when the First Edition of his Guidelines were issued. Now in it’s 16th Edition, it continues of be a treasure-trove of information and especially in the managing of detox from antibiotic-induced spirochete die-off.
ADVANCED TOPICS IN LYME DISEASE
DIAGNOSTIC HINTS AND TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR LYME AND OTHER TICK BORNE ILLNESSES
JOSEPH J. BURRASCANO JR., M.D.
Breakfast of champions (Advanced Edition)
Product links at Amazon Canada:
Great for herxes and your liver ?
#lyme #tickborne #alkaseltzergold #lemons
As you most probably already know, candida and yeasts are expected side effects from being on long-term antibiotic treatment ?. Candida and yeasts are also opportunistic infections, and a depleted immune system will let them on in.
An amazing discovery from my hometown of Montreal, Canada has left me yeast free, and cleared up my GI candida as well as a nasty nasty skin overgrowth. It took less than a week. As a man I can now say I sympathise with ladies yeast infections – oh dear.
Add no-flush Niacin (Inositol Hexanicotinate, Nicotinamide/Niacinamide, Vitamin B3) to your daily supplements for Candida control. 3g/day once a day = 6x 500mg capsules. Watch for it! There it goes.. it’s a miracle!
I wont pretend to understand it, but this is what the research says:
“In yeast, histone H3 Lys56 acetylation (H3K56ac) is an abundant modification regulated by enzymes that have fungal-specific properties, making them appealing targets for antifungal therapy.
Here we demonstrate that H3K56ac in C. albicans is regulated by the RTT109 and HST3 genes, which respectively encode the H3K56 acetyltransferase (Rtt109p) and deacetylase (Hst3p).
We show that reduced levels of H3K56ac sensitize C. albicans to genotoxic and antifungal agents. Inhibition of Hst3p activity by conditional gene repression or nicotinamide treatment results in a loss of cell viability associated with abnormal filamentous growth, histone degradation and gross aberrations in DNA staining.
We show that genetic or pharmacological alterations in H3K56ac levels reduce virulence in a mouse model of C. albicans infection. Our results demonstrate that modulation of H3K56ac is a unique strategy for treatment of C. albicans and, possibly, other fungal infections.”
I used both nicotinamide and niacinamide types, and found that they worked equally well and *shockingly* fast. My overgrowth vanished within a week and has not returned. I continue to take it every day.
Hope this helps!
Also worth checking out:
Niacin (B3) Cream
⚠️ ONLY BUY A “NO-FLUSH” NIACIN OR YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A BAD TIME. NIACIN RASHES ARE AWFUL!