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!
Contrary to what you may have been told, ticks and tick-borne disease have existed for a very long time. Babesia, as well as Lyme and Bartonella, is now world-wide, and needs a concrete environmental controls action plan.
Tick-borne disease diagnostics and treatment is a science unto itself. Since 1984 Dr Joseph Burrascano (of ILADS, International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) has issued sixteen editions of his Treatment Guidelines, and they serve as a strong foundation for many Lyme-literate MD’s (LLMD’s). You can read his last edition from 2008 here:
ILADS-style LLMD’s follow a certain philosophy, that long-term antibiotics are part of an effective treatment, and that the criteria for determining Lyme and Related Co-Infections do not depend on test results that are most often false-negative.
When I began looking for a doctor, I was desperate and posted in Lymenet’s ‘Seeking a Doctor’ section (http://flash.lymenet.org). I said I would travel anywhere on the planet to see a morgellons-literate doctor, as long as they would know what they were doing.
I had done plenty of searches for credible morgellons information and sometime in December Amazon.com let me know there was a new book out that might interest me. I had read about Cindy Casey’s morgellons experiences with her hubby, but it would take some time for me to make the connection to this book written by Ginger Savely, also a registered nurse who had been working with morgellons patients since at least 2004.
When lookup and TF responded to me on Lymenet, I was reminded of the book and was told to inquire if Ginger was seeing new patients. What an idea! I wrote to her and she responded quickly. Within a matter of a day or two I had filled out the new patient kit, set up an appointment, and on April 24th, 2017 I traveled to Washington for a three-day visit.
The trip was hard, really hard, on my body. I had just quit a 25 day herbal protocol that was on the verge of killing me, and I was suffering terribly from heart palpitations, heart arrhythmia, air hunger, and exhaustion. When I arrived at her office I was quite literally gasping for air. I was clinically diagnosed with lyme, bartonella, babesia, and morgellons. Ginger saw my fibers and lesions and there was no doubt in her mind what was going on. 17 doctors, 13 ER visits, and finally someone who really saw it for what it was. Not only was she able to determine my situation, but her compassion is what made my experience so positive. I returned home with hope, the first glimmer of light in almost 10 full months.
I started treatment the next day, upon arriving home. Again the ride and airports and metros were hard on me, but I had stocked up on all my meds while in Washington and was now armed to return to the barren wasteland of Canada where very little knowledge of tick-borne disease exists.
The first two weeks of treatment were insane, my body had never done anything like this before. The first three or four days my body would entirely lock up, unable to move off my bed. My back and neck was on fire. I posted in Lymenet asking for advice, and was consoled that this is part of the journey out of the rabbit hole. Two weeks passed, and I found solutions to cope with the excessive inflammation, and my palpitations stopped as well as my air hunger. Two months later I was starting to feel other tangible improvements, the amount of fibers drastically decreased, and the appearance of sand/crystals stopped entirely.
There is so little information out there on morgellons disease, but the two torch-bearers lighting the way are Ginger Savely and Cindy Casey.
Here is Ginger’s Book, if you’re reading these posts with interest you should not skip out on reading this. It is full of ideas and comfort.
“Morgellons: The Legitimization Of A Disease: A Factual Guide By The World’s Leading Clinical Expert”
Read my Amazon review here:
Ginger is taking on new patients, however there is a waiting list. I only had to wait a month, and the key to getting the appointment was completing the new patient kit quickly. I understand that since the Morgellons conference earlier this year the waiting list has grown to three months or so, but seeing her really is worth the wait. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about availability.
If you cannot afford or travel to see Ginger, her book has a section dedicated to solutions. For DIY people this is imprecisely what may work for you. Why imprecisely? Because it takes skill, intuition, and experience to clinically diagnose based on symptoms. One person may have lyme and morgellons but no other co-infections, or like me, who only tested positive for bartonella (PCR test) but also presents with the symptoms of lyme, babesia, and morgellons. And there is no test yet for the bacteria that causes morgellons. So the solutions in the book can be experimented with, three months or more at a time, assuming you can obtain access to genuine antibiotics and other suggested supplements. There really is no replacement for an experienced Lyme/Morgellons-literate doctor, but if cost and/or ability to travel is limited, you can try to work your situation out by following Ginger’s suggestions.
Here is Cindy Casey’s Foundation for Morgellons Disease Awareness
The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation
And here is ILADS, The International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society
Morgellons Disease is not just a skin problem, it affects every system of the body, most notably the immune system.
As with most tick-borne infections, you may not remember being bit, or maybe you weren’t bit by a tick at all, it could be a spider or other insect carrying the bacteria. The question is – which bacteria?
In Lyme Disease (Borrelia) there are additionally related Co-Infections such as Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichemia, Mycoplasma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and the list goes on. I assume Morgellons Disease is a Tick-Borne Co-Infection, similar in its ways to Bartonella, but even moreso complicated. In September 2016 ILADS (The International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) recognized #Morgellons Disease as a tick-borne Filamentous Borrelial Dermatitis. Their September article can be read here (download the pdf):
You may not know what you are dealing with, and as unreliable as the testing is, it’s still worth the trouble (if you can afford it) to get tested for Tick-Borne Diseases via a well-respected lab such as IGeneX (http://igenex.com), DNAConnexions (http://dnaconnexions.com), Fry Labs (http://frylabs.com), or Galaxy Diagnostics (http://www.galaxydx.com). Depending on where you live, you may have access to another well-respected lab that offers both microscopy and automated analysis.
When it comes to testing, here is a crib sheet:
– ELISA is unreliable to the degree of useless and a complete waste of time
– PCR is unreliable
– Western Blots are good, but still unreliable
– FISH microscopy is reliable, if the bacteria is in your blood
Due to the situation with unreliable testing, tick-borne diseases are most often diagnosed clinically. Lyme-literate and Morgellons-literate doctors know the symptoms of each individual Co-Infection well, and are able to determine an appropriate treatment plan that may span several years to see remission. In the case of Morgellons, the appearance of Fibers is the primary indicator, however there are also black specs and sharp crystal/sand-like objects that emerge from the skin.
Morgellons fibers are understood to develop from overactive fibroblasts, the melting pot at the lowest layer of your skin where connective tissue is built. While these fibers may appear to move, they are electrostatically attracted and inanimate. My fibers appeared at 7 months, and were dark black/blue in color. Shortly after experimenting with herbal tinctures the fibers changed to a fluorescent blue and stayed that way until I abandoned that protocol in April, soon before Lymenet (http://flash.lymenet.org) helped me get to the Lyme/Morgellons-literate doctor I am now seeing. More about my doctor in the next post.