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knowledgeable & wise
on 18 May 2014
I've written 5 star reviews for several of Buhner's books and rank him very high, particularly his books on fasting, plant intelligence and herbal antibiotics. They are thorough, hugely knowledgeable and cover just everything relevant, as far as I can tell.
The author plans to update "Healing Lyme" now that he has finished this book and the later book together covering the five most common co-infections. This book, covering two of the common co-infections, is (as usual) highly informed and detailed on what to take.
Some of the recommended herbs are hard to find. Buhner's website has a page with links:
but many of the herbs are simply not available in the UK and apparently Customs does seize some of them when they arrive here, before they get to you. Even if they don't, you have to pay a 30% customs/tax charge plus £8 "handling fee" before they will be delivered to you.
These recommendations are the leading edge in treatment but they don't always work and are complex, with quite a few herbals required. A friend with Lyme and several coinfections got rid of them more than once, using various alternatives (including antibiotics and later this protocol), but several always came back. At one point we thought the off label use of cinnamon leaf essential oil worked but they came back again. Then she found maitake concentrate helped to eliminate some things but had to be taken in huge quantities. Then alchornea - touched on by Buhner - has been helpful but took a long time and kept returning.
It turns out that Lyme and many of its coinfections, including bartonella and mycoplasma, act more like parasites - they can turn onto a spore/cyst/egg form that cannot be killed in its dormant form. The spores will not develop while something poisonous to them is being taken. What Buhner does not seem to know is that treatments for parasites need to be "pulsed" (taken several days on and several days off at the start, increasing the number of days off over time) to allow the spore-stage to develop so they can be killed off.
Over two decades ago, I was taught to “pulse” parasite-killing herbs and the frequency and sequence might be something like the following: 3 days on and 3 days off to start with. Then immediately move to 3 days on and 5 days off, then to 3 on and 10 off, then 3 on and 15 off, then 3 on and 20 off, and then 3 on and 25 off . Then take a high dosage of the parasite supplement for three days in every month for about a year. And it would probably be a good idea to do 3 days at high dosage about three or four times each year after that – as a preventative precaution.
It is essential to monitor body reactions when starting to take more extended breaks like this. If you feel toxic (not very well, slightly irritable, maybe even feverish) after you take the treatment herbs for 3 days, then it is quite evident that parasites are still being killed. In that case go back to the 3 days on and 3 days off sequence for a few more weeks until enough are killed that you no longer have that toxic response. This is because a toxic response after a more extended break means that there are still too many eggs which have then overgrown during the break between doses. Parasites can grow quite a lot in one week - sometimes it's quite depressing - it's fantastic how fast they can grow.
What you are trying to do is kill most of the parasites during the “three days on” cycle. When you start extending the number of days off the parasite treatment, you should not have a temperature increase on the day after the “3 days on”. You need to check your basal temperature (your first thing in the morning before you get out of bed) body temperature on the first day after your “3 days on” dose to make sure there is no temperature increase.
Once you reach the 25 or 30 days off part of the sequence, you must make certain there is no toxic response on the day after each monthly dose. Do that for a while and then stop. Don't cut this entire cycle short because parasites can adapt and will come back a hundredfold if not cleared completely in this way. If you cannot afford the entire cycle then DO NOT START until you have saved up enough to be able to do it in this way.
P.S. One important point, not covered, needs to be addressed. It is little-understood that pathogens ("bad" bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) are found only where the "environment" (ie the human) is suitable for them. The more toxic and poor the environment (our bodies), the more likely we are to attract such unwanted "guests". They don't find us, the state of our bodies invites them. We each need to accept responsibility for creating a healthier environment within ourselves, one less attractive to such organisms. For example, unless your basal temperature is normal (98.2F/36.8C) - and stable from day to day - and your waking saliva pH is around 7, any recovery is temporary because germs thrive in acidic and lower-than-normal temperature bodies.
Also, if your basal temperature turns out to be regularly lower than normal (98.2 F / 36.8 C) it is likely you have low thyroid – if your doctor told you that your thyroid tests were “normal” do not believe this. If temps are unstable from day to day, this is an indication of adrenal deficiency. (Many of us have both problems.) Mainstream doctors are hormone-illiterate – visit stopthethyroidmadness website for great practical information and advice on both issues.
The lower our basal temperature, more toxic and poor the environment (our bodies) has become, the more likely we are to attract such unwanted "guests". They don't find us, the state of our bodies invites them. We each need to accept responsibility for creating a healthier environment within ourselves, one less attractive to such organisms. For example, unless your basal temperature is normal (98.2F/36.8C) - and stable - and your waking saliva pH is around 7, any recovery is temporary because germs thrive in acidic and lower-than-normal temperature bodies.
However, once health has deteriorated, it can be very difficult to improve the soil until the weeds are cleared and herbs can be helpful with this once low thyroid (if you have this problem) is addressed. Buhner's extensive experience shows up clearly throughout this useful and practical book.