Following is a custom protocol for chronic Lyme disease called the “Synergy Protocol”. He wrote this detailed post for the the readers of this blog and would like to share his success and the principals behind the protocol with any who can benefit.
Treating the Pathogenic Synergy in Chronic Lyme Using Polypharmacy by Don Mau (pictured here).
This article is about taking advantage of a common theme in nature to make chronic Lyme treatment more effective, that theme is synergy. The protocol was designed for myself and adheres to a philosophy and anyone using the ideas presented should take their own health factors into consideration.
I became symptomatic in July of 2011, although I traced the infective insect sting to 2005 and dealt with many strange health issues in the time between, now clearly seen as Lyme symptoms. After becoming symptomatic I struggled with a diagnosis and went to 5 different doctors in the Denver area and finally one in California gave me a definitive diagnosis.
The California doctor did biopsies and microscopic examination, and gave me a signed pathology report with pictures. The pathology report from the California doctor stated, “The clinical figures and histology figures prove you are suffering from Granlomatous Perforating Skin Disorder commonly called Morgellons skin phenomenon.”
At the point I went to the California doctor I already suspected I had Morgellons and it was a step in the right direction to get that diagnosis however I questioned the reasons presented for the condition.
When I returned to Colorado I started to review the material about Morgellons and found a wide array of explanations. The work Marc Neumann did on his site made a lot of sense to me. Then I read the publications of the Charles Holman foundation researchers determining that the “Morgellons” condition had a close association with the Borrielia spirochete.
After reviewing everything that I could find that was pertinent, I accepted that the Lyme infection of Borrielia was at least partly responsible for the skin condition.
Morgellons as a co-infection of lyme disease is caused by a pathogenic bacteria that is opportunistic so it takes another infection or factor that compromises the immune system. These co-infections also form a symbiosis with the MD bacteria. So this synergistic protocol that has strategies for gram negative, gram positive bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites also deals with the MD bacteria.
Learning about chronic Lyme and the wide variety of possible co-infections caused me to read many anecdotes of what people were treating with and their results. I also read many research papers about a variety of treatments and in those was the work of Dr. Eva Sapi.
Dr. Sapi determined that two herbal extracts were actually synergistic and as a result more powerful than Doxycycline. The herbs also worked to combat the different pleomorphic forms of the infection. The synergy she observed showed the two herbals to be more powerful than what they demonstrated singularly when added together.
At this point I was just basically following clues to see where they would lead and came across a very good research paper by Michael McIntyre titled “Synergy a Key Herbal Concept”. http://anh-europe.org/files/Michael_McIntyre_Synergy_in_1000_words.pdf
I had decided by this time, since the accounts of treating with synthetic antibiotics (ABX) weren’t demonstrating very good results and causing damage to body systems, that I would follow an herbal treatment.
What drove the creation of my “Synergy” protocol was trying to expand the practical limits of the synergy of the herbs that Dr. Sapi published in the Townsend Letter: http://www.townsendletter.com/July2010/sapi0710.html
From Michael McIntyre’s paper I came to understand that “Polypharmacy” is common in herbal medicine and is the combining of several herbs in one combination that acts synergistically more powerful.
There is “pharmacodynamic” synergy which is two or more medicinally active phytochemicals acting together on a single weakness and there is “pharmacokinetic” synergy when one phytochemical changes part of the infective pathogen’s defenses to make another phytochemical more effective. My thought to expand the practical limits of this synergy was reinforced.
When you take into account that there are a collection of infections inside a person that are causing this “Chronic Lyme” then what is happening is pathogenic synergy.
Pathogenic synergy is a commonly occurring phenomenon in nature and can be demonstrated by the phenomenon of “colony collapse disorder”, this is where whole colonies of bees die. What is happening there is that a parasite called Varroa Destructor changes the internal host dynamic so the deformed wing virus can take over. That would be an example of kinetic synergy: http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1002735
There are numerous examples of pathogenic synergy in the scientific literature.
Currently it is agreed by all the top researchers and doctors that current testing is inadequate. The evidence would suggest that available testing should be rated less than inadequate because the possible variety of infections that a person is subjected to and that accumulate in the body are for a great extent not tested for or not detected.
I know many people will disagree with the conclusions I came to about testing for infections, but I came to these conclusions to put my own needs in perspective and still believe them wholeheartedly.
The pathogens that a person may become infected with are bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasitic organisms, and mycoplasma and are often thought of as simple creatures not capable of advanced systems of survival. There are also pleomorphic forms and biofilms to consider.
My conclusion was that since a “clinical” diagnosis was given by LLMD’s using only the tests to reinforce such a diagnosis and that since the tests were too inadequate to tell me that without a doubt I was clear of being infected when I was “cured” then for me personally they were irrelevant.
The pathogenic synergy increases the virulence of the collection of infections. The collective pathogens readily share information by “quorum sensing’ and exchanging DNA to share resistance.
Essentially the collection of infections form a symbiotic relationship resulting in pathogenic synergy that is commonly called virulence. The pathogens work as a team so they must be treated as a unit.
Another reason that they should be treated as a single infection with many components is that the pathogenic DNA can cause re-infection. DNA is the genetic material that when combined with nutrients will generate life.Mycoplasma is the smallest bacteria and has a very simple genome some researchers have asserted that Mycoplasma can grow from DNA remnants from other pathogens.
Not only does the infection need to be treated as a whole, but the body needs to be treated as a whole because all the body systems influence the overall health of a person and these infections are systemic and go everywhere in a person’s body.
The Synergy Protocol
In order to prepare someone for actual treatment of the infection a good course of action is to maximize detox potential and support organ function.
When pathogens are inside a person they release exotoxins and those toxins are responsible for symptoms. When they are killed the pathogens release a flood of endotoxins and those are responsible for the symptoms people experience in a Herxheimer reaction. The symptoms of the Herx are directly related to the symptoms of the particular type of infection. Those toxins need to be detoxed to return to health because they are very detrimental to health themselves.
I suggest the following to prepare the body for treatment.
*Taking Natural Taurine as a supplement promotes bile production and that greatly aids in removal of toxins, and strengthens the immune system.
*Taking a Lecithin supplement like Lecithin Mega PC-35 helps to promote a healthy liver and the liver is what cleans the blood. Lecithin also helps to repair damaged cell walls, and the probiotics keep the intestines healthy and better able to remove toxins.
Lecithin is an Omega 6 and needs to be balanced with an Omega 3 lipid. Omega 3’s are fish oil or cod liver oils supplements.
*A probiotic is essential to restore immunity and to process toxins out of the body. There is an obstacle to the probiotic bacteria reaching the colon and that is stomach acid. It is estimated that only 2% to 4% of probiotics survive stomach acid. This accounts for the months of time it takes to rebuild gut flora when taken orally and in chronically infected people that might not do anything.
“Implantation directly into the rectum greatly increases the absorption and effectiveness of probiotics since they are deposited directly into the sigmoid region of the colon and they do not have to survive the acid bath of the stomach in order to reach their destination”
*Your fat cells store toxins and these toxins leach back into your system causing negative health effects. The ingredients I used as an aid to detox also have powerful functions which fight the disease and ease symptoms. I used these not only for the detoxing abilities but also because , Honey is biocidal to biofilms and niacin expands capillaries. The biofilms produced by the pathogens can get into the smallest of blood vessels and the Niacin works to open these.
*½ cup of Fresh organic Parsley
*½ cup of Fresh organic Cilantro
*500mg Bromelain capsule, (Source Naturals doesn’t have silica or silicon dioxide in it, and it is made purely from pineapples.) Bromelain is a protease enzyme that helps to break down biofilms, and reduces inflammation. Note: If you take it in between meals, it acts as an natural anti-inflammatory. If you take it with meals, it acts as a digestive system enzyme. Some of the herbs selected for treatment in this protocol also penetrate and break down the biofilms. Bromelain is used in the smoothie only to help remove biofilms in the vascular system and prepare for the use of the comprehensive herbal protocol. Protease enzymes are not required in this protocol to penetrate tissues because the herbs have organic acids in them that break down biofilms and cysts in the tissues. The organic acids also work to penetrate areas like scar tissue. Previous treatment failures that were using herbals and not protease enzymes were because the amount of herbal phytochemicals were very insufficient. Typically two popular antimicrobials being used when looking at the concentration in the dosing glass were barely detectable. In this protocol the deep color and flavor of the two glasses of herbal tinctures are indeed robust.
*300mg of Niacin (vitamin B3 – not naicinamide) out of the contents of a capsule, do not use niacinamide as it is ineffective and hard on the liver. Start with only 100mg of Naicin and work up to the 300mg as your body adjusts or the flushing and itching may become uncomfortable. Your body will adjust to this so don’t think that the first time you drink the smoothie will be the standard, it gets much less annoying after a week or so.
*2 tablespoons of Honey, this is approximate the best way is just to estimate and pour out of the honey container into the blender because it is too sticky for a spoon.
*4-6 ounces clean water, approx.
Mix the above ingredients in a blender until liquefied without many chunks.
*The parsley and cilantro stays fresh when the bunches are put in cups with some water in the refrigerator as if flowers in a vase.
*The smoothie does this, detoxes your fat cells, Your fat cells store toxins and can hold many detrimental things that will leach back into your system causing complications in treatment. By detoxing the fat cells before treatment you also create a buffer to help ease your herx. It also expands capalaries so that the first dose of the day goes deeper. It also breaks down biofilms, mainly directed at very small blood vessels that could actually become clogged with a biofilm, some blood vessels are so small that only a couple cells can pass. The expansion causes an interface differential between connected surfaces which can result in the disconnect of an anchored biofilm making it much more vulnerable to treatment. The honey is also biocidal to bacteria and biofilms, the Bromelain has some biocidal activity but as a protease enzyme it is kind of like drano for the small blood vessels. I chose Bromelain because it is not synthetic and won’t be identified as a toxin in the body, it is also half as potent as some of the popular protease enzymes like Serrapeptase, Lumbro~, Natti~. I had read some people saying they had collagen issues with use of these stronger protease enzymes although the vast majority of people are fine with them, and the collagen issue might have no merit since what I read in that account were forum posts.The smoothie also helps to carry toxins out of the body.
* Zinc deficiency is very common in people and this deficiency causes a myriad of health problems. The microbes in Lyme also cause DNA damage and zinc is a binding protean in DNA so DNA needs that building block.
“Zinc is known to be an essential component of DNA-binding proteins with zinc fingers, as well as copper/zinc superoxide dismutase and several proteins involved in DNA repair.”
There are a few different types of zinc supplements available and zinc is poorly absorbed, there is a particular version of zinc that is now made by a few suppliers and is marketed under the name opti-l-zinc or similar. The zinc is bound to monomethionine and an amino acid of copper which makes it much more available to your body.
* I just read and interesting article titled “Australian Researchers Discover How Infection Is Stopped By Zinc When It Starves Lethal Bacteria” in the MEDIndia publication from 13 Nov 2013. A net search for the article explains how it robs bacteria of essential manganese.
*Resveratrol is a very beneficial supplement in Lyme patients. In his book “Healing Lyme” by Stephen Harrod Buhner he discusses the use of resveratrol in his protocol. From my own personal experience the resveratrol was very beneficial in reducing the effects of the over production of Quinolinic acid. Quinolinic acid is a large factor in the fatigue and brain fog people experience from the Lyme infection and herx.
Taking both Resveratrol and Dragon’s Blood herb should be done. I used a resveratrol that was “double strength” , it is derived from Japanese knotweed and red wine extract. Using Resveratrol in conjunction with Dragon’s Blood herb gives a full complement of antioxidants to address inflammation caused by the die off toxins. When using double strength resveratrol 2 capsule daily is sufficient. This dose would be higher but since you will also be taking Dragon’s Blood herb then those doses are fine and the Dragon’s blood goes a long way for cost effectiveness. In one study it was found 90% of dried Sangre de Drago sap was composed of one of the most potent antioxidants, proanthocyanidin, also known as Pycnogenol®.
Dragon’s Blood Herb , the most powerful antioxidant in the world.
Another wonderful antioxidant that also has great antimicrobial activity is “Dragon’s Blood” or Sangre de Drago.It is the most powerful antioxidant in the world, and also has extraordinary skin healing ability.The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have been using it internally medicinally for centuries. There are extracts from pharmaceutical companies marketing it as a super antioxidant, why? As Inflammation is caused by these infections, the toxins they release, those will generate many negative effects then the use of this herb internally increases effectiveness of this protocol. The herbal extract from the plant contains the full compliment of phytochemicals and this is how it should be taken. Just take the sap in a glass of water. The antioxidants in this protocol are the best available to take care of toxins that cause inflammation during the healing process. The dosing with Dragons Blood is to start with 2 drops a day in a glass of water then add 2 drops daily each week until 8 drops are reached. Many of the other herbs in the protocol offer a lot of antioxidants to deal with inflammation by design as well. There is a lot of info on the web and youtube about Dragon’s Blood as an antioxidant. The less inflammation then the faster the healing process. A web search for “rainforest tropical plant database ” and “sangre de grado” will reveal a wealth of info. Sangre de Grado and Sangre de Drago are the same herb. Take this anytime during the day 15 minutes away from anything else to be consumed. In keeping with the principles of this protocol Dragon’s Blood also adds a multitude of beneficial antimicrobial activities to the rest of the components and in turn increases Synergy. Dragons Blood should absolutely be done with this protocol in the manner described above.
*Dragon’s Blood dose-2 drops a day in a glass of water then add 2 drops daily each week until 8 drops are reached. Take this 15 minutes away from anything else consumed. Apples are high in antioxidants and 8 drops of Dragon’s Blood is like eating 24 apples. After doing the protocol for 4 months the vast majority of pathogenic microbes will be gone and at this point the Dragon’s Blood dose should be doubled to 16 drops daily. This is done to more aggressively deliver treatment to deep tissues and to make sure any Biofilms left will be aggressively attacked. It is not done earlier than this in order to manage the herx. When getting to the point where you are increasing the dose of Dragon’s Blood then two doses at 8 drops each in a glass of water is recommended. You can take this 15 minutes after the tea with the Moringa, etc. for convenience. Dragon’s Blood Herb should be started along with the rest of the herbal components so that support mechanisms are in place.
Dragon’s Blood Herb also helps to break down Biofilm’s due to it’s high content of phenolic compounds.
An article I read on naturalscience.com titled “South American Tree Sap is pain killer, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic” Quotes Dr. John Wallace of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine as to the following.
“Not only does Sangre de Grado prevent pain sensation, it also blocks the tissue response to a chemical released by nerves that promotes inflammation. There is currently no other substance that we know of that shares these same activities”
Trace Mineral Supplement.
*Use a Trace mineral supplement. There are formulas available that are “ionic” and this is the best type to get inside of cells. The variety of infections have many intracellular forms, cell wall deficient borrielia, babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, mycoplasma, etc. This trace mineral supplement can be discontinued 3 months into the protocol as the Moringa will establish this.
The trace minerals help to restore cellular respiration and also are important for nutrient uptake. They have quite an array of uses in the body and a deficient body will become dysfunctional to a degree.
Doing the above will help to ease the severity of the herxhiemer reaction. I suggest doing the above for 3-4 weeks before starting the synergistic herbal part of the protocol. The above recommendations treat the body as a whole, or holistically, because all the body systems influence each other and are codependent. Your health is a function of your body’s systems working together.
After helping your body to prepare for the toxins that will be released during the treatment the next step is to move to the synergistic herbal protocol.
The protocol is not only synergistic from the inherent polypharmacy it is also strategic and some of the items were chosen because of the demonstrated activity .Why not antibiotics, you might ask. The reason that pharmaceuticals are identified as toxins in the body is that they are synthetic chemical isolates. They are not naturally occurring substances in the body or any organism.
All organisms are essentially made of the same building blocks or molecular structures, just rearranged to make a person, a wolf or a rose. The medicinal ingredients in the herbs work against these pathogens because they are the plant’s natural defense systems against the same types of pathogens.
In the rain forest where it is warm and moist that is a good environment for these types of pathogens to grow. Not all medicinal plant tinctures come from the rainforest, some of them are made from the roots of the plant. The root is in the soil where pathogens also thrive. That’s why these plants have these kinds of defense systems.
Plants have natural defense systems that are extremely sophisticated and complex and science doesn’t have the capacity to understand all the intricacies of their function. Medicinal plants can have 1,000 or more different phytochemicals inside each plant. These phytochemicals naturally occur in an organism and the historically used medicinal plants are compatible with organisms like Lyme patients. Synthetic chemical isolates do not occur in nature and cause a burden to the body because they are toxins. This is also why medicinal plants have few or no side effects. The tinctures used are organic and will be easily metabolized and processed in your body. Synthetic ABX toxins can stay in the fat cells for life if not properly detoxed.
Synthetic ABX do nothing to address the issue of biofilms. Biofilms are the symbiotic communities that the pathogens use as command centers and fortresses. A treatment plan using synthetic antibiotics absolutely also requires the use of Protease enzymes like Serrapeptase, Lumbrokinase or Nattokinase. However when using this herbal protocol it is not needed to be put on adjunct treatment of biofilms because the herbs have astounding abilities in this area due to organic acids. An example is Usnea, Cinnamon , garlic and Moringa .
Some would suggest that supporting your organs and getting good nutrition will help your immune system to rally against the infection however these infections infect the immune system and have complex ways of avoiding your immune system so you need to introduce an artificial immune system that goes deep into tissues. The artificial immune system must also have enough tools to fight the pathogenic synergy that is chronic Lyme. It also has to be non toxic because treatment duration is lengthy, I suggest 1 year.
Here is an interesting article on how the pathogens actively shut down the immune system. This reality lead me to understand the need for an artificial immune system.
Moringa Leaf powder
*When considering the treatment fatigue that is so common in the Lyme community. It is treatment induced Anemia. Of course there can be other factors but this is going to occur.
This is the fatigue a person gets from treating these kinds of infections. The infections are in the bloodstream, but they are also intracellular. They infect the Red Blood Cells.
When an intracellular bacteria is killed from treatment it releases an endotoxin flood inside the cell. Very often the cells die also. This results in a low Red Blood Cell count and that is Anemia. Anemia results in fatigue because the Red Blood Cells convert Glucose into Glutathione, which is the body’s antioxident and also ATP, Adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the body’s energy source. You need to make new cells and what rebuilds Red Blood Cells is nutrition.
That is one reason why using Moringa Leaf Powder in the protocol is so important, It is the most nutritious food on earth. Especially the comprehensive amount of amino acids it contains that facilitate cell growth.
You also need nutrition to rebuild the cell count of your immune system cells, the macrophages, t-cells and b-cells, so it can assist the artificial immune system. Moringa use causes this to happen.
Here is also why you need to use the Moringa with the artificial immune system that is the collection of herbal tinctures. In the blood the cells are suspended in the blood plasma. The microbes are pretty good swimmers and make it easily from cell to cell in the plasma. Once inside the cells they use efflux pumps to remove antibacterial substances from their cells so the cells become a safe haven.
As new immune system cells are created and red blood cell count goes up then those newly created cells would also become infected if their wasn’t in place the artificial immune system of the herbal tinctures. When there is any attempt to migrate to another cell that causes the pathogens to be killed. Many components in the herbs erode the efflux pumps over time and cause the infection inside the cells to be killed. This also results in cell death. However because of the artificial immune system the newly created cells won’t become infected. This causes a regeneration of the immune system so the natural immune system can assist the artificial immune system in removing the infections..
Once the Red Blood cell count in up then you will also start producing Glutathione. Detox pathways shut down from inflammation caused by not enough Glutathione. Inflammation is actually a symptom of a wound in the tissue and infections cause a “wound” by releasing irritating toxins. These toxins are neutralized in the body by glutathione and as inflamation subsides detox pathways function will return.
*Also one of the chemical weapons that bacteria use to shut off and kill our immune system is Violacein, this is created in Biofilms. The Violacein production has been associated with marine bacteria but Microbiologists have also found it in skin samples of infected people. Some terrestrial bacteria have also acquired the ability to produce Violacein through natural evolution or even gene manipulation. Leaf extracts of Moringa have been shown to inhibit Violacein production. This is one way Moringa helps to reactivate the immune system. If you have seen the new genetically modified animals that glow in the dark they do that because they have had a gene inserted in their DNA to produce Violacein. This Violcein gene is also used as a common “marker” gene in genetic engineering so scientists can readily view microbe components under the microscope.
You should also check your food purchases to eliminate refined sugar from your diet. Juicing is very popular but it breaks down the natural fiber in fruit. That natural fiber causes a slow release of the natural sugars in fruit. Juicing of fruit should be avoided because it creates a sugar surge which upsets hormone levels. Caffeine promotes adrenal fatigue. Alcohol in excess is bad for the liver. Eat as much of an organic diet as possible, especially avoid meats that have synthetic antibiotics and hormones as well as nitrate preservatives. The idea that you are going to “starve” the microbes by taking something out of your diet that you need is a flawed approach. If you eat anything they want to feed on while using the protocol you will likely experience a die off reaction because that food item and nutritional component is just like the cheese in a mouse trap.
The length of treatment is long because these infections get everywhere in the body including the bone marrow. The herbs selected were selected because of scientific studies supporting their effectiveness in vitro and using anecdotes of success. Some of the herbs only have success testimony from long standing traditional medicine systems. The amount of herbs is because of the philosophy of expanding herbal synergy to it’s practical limits.
The Herbal Component
*You have to work up to the final doses or you could herx too much. Herxing is needed but you have to manage it and tailor the use to your own specific needs. Start at 1 drop of each and add another drop every 2 days. If herxing becomes overwhelming then reduce the dose by half and build back up. From all the accounts I’ve read and my personal experience my herxing was gentle in comparison and didn’t incapacitate me.
*Tinctures are used because of quick uptake of the component phytochemicals and because they are most often processed from the herbs right at the growing site using an herb press from fresh plants. The longer dried herbs are shelved then they can become stale losing potency. The use of an herb press yields a more concentrated version and you would have to consume a large amount of dried herbs for the same dose. The quick uptake is a positive factor and you will notice a mild die off reaction right after ingestion that will dissipate as the readily available pathogens are killed and only they sequestered ones remain. As the Dragon’s Blood works to reduce inflammation then you will also feel the quick presence of the herbal treatment in the brain during times in the protocol.
Make and drink the smoothie containing Parsley, Cilantro, Niacin, Bromelain and Honey.
Wait approx. 25 minutes and drink the following in a full glass of water on an empty stomach. All the tinctures from the first group are in one glass of water. I used my stove timer.
Rosemary tincture- 30 drops
Cinnamon Bark tincture -30 drops
Olive leaf tincture -30 drops
Cat’s Claw tincture -20 drops
Sarsaparilla tincture- 30 drops
Usnea tincture – 15 drops
Quina tincture – 10 drops
I put one tincture in the glass with the dropper then added a little water and proceeded the same way with each tincture. Wait 15 minutes and then take the next collection in the same manner as above. Take this in a full glass of clean water on an empty stomach.
Sichuan Teasel – 15 drops
Cryptolepis tincture- 15 drops
Sida Acuta tincture-15 drops
Anamu Tincture- 15 drops
Banderol tincture-10 drops
Chanka Piedra tincture-15 drops
Barberry root tincture- 15 drops.
Wait 15 minutes and then take this;
Houttuynia Cordata powder- ½ teaspoon Moringa leaf powder- ½ teaspoon
I took the houttuynia and moringa in a popular herbal detox tea that contains about 20 different herbs. I also added some powdered organic cinnamon to help carry the houttuynia into tissues.
*After 3 months use of the Moringa leaf powder and herbal tinctures the majority of the available pathogens will have been killed and the resulting herxheimer reactions are managed at a reasonable level. At this point, 3 months of being fully engaged in the protocol, raise the dose of Moringa leaf powder to 1 teaspoon twice a day. This will create more red blood cells and immune system cells. The increase in the natural immune system will result in an additional die off as it assists the artificial immune system. This will be the continuing dose of Moringa leaf powder going forward as your body rebuilds tissues and functionality. The use of Moringa leaf is done in this way to manage herx symptoms.
Approx. 15 minutes after drinking the tea then drink a glass of water with the Dragon’s blood . wait another 15 min. then I had breakfast and after breakfast I took the Taurine, Lecithin and cod liver oil supplements. You only need to take these in the morning. The smoothie is also only taken in the morning. I took a 1000mg capsule of Taurine, a 650 mg softgel of cod liver oil and 2 sofgels of Lecithin for 2400mg of lecithin and 840mg of PC. The PC is combined with the lecithin. Also take Resveratrol (2 capsules DS), and an Allicin supplement(1tablet). The best Allicin comes from products made from fresh garlic.
You will need to take the herbal component twice a day, once on rising and then before dinner. Before dinner you only need the herbals.
*I have posted some cost effective sources I found for the items in the comment section. Comment #2.
The links below are a partial list of the information I used in selecting the herbs. I wanted to duplicate the action demonstrated by an herb several times so that particular weaknesses would be attacked by more than one mechanism of action, to use pharmacodynamic synergy.
Some of the herbs change factors that other herbs can then exploit, pharmacokinetic synergy. This first link explains that the medicinal synergy in plants as pharmacy is so complex that current science can not completely understand it.
This next link supports my opinion that you should use cat’s claw instead of Samento because the idea that TAO’s that are removed from cat’s claw to make Samento make it more effective doesn’t make sense.
The TAO’s and PAO’s are part of the plant’s defenses and if you had to take the TAO’s out to make it effective then Cat’s claw wouldn’t have a defense system and all the Cat’s claw would be dead.
This protocol will make you herx. The “herx” is a body reaction to toxins released from the death of a pathogen. Those types of toxins are endotoxins. While the pathogens are living inside you they produce exotoxins. An exotoxin can cause damage to the host by destroying cells or disrupting normal cellular metabolism. They are highly potent and can cause major damage to the host.
They can have a localized effect like the redness of an infected wound or produce systemic effects. The exotoxins of an ongoing chronic Lyme infection can cause a quickly debilitating condition or be a slow drag on the body’s attempts to keep the body well.
The endotoxins are held within the pathogen and are released when the pathogen is destroyed. These are the toxins responsible for the herxheimer reaction. In holistic medicine it is sometimes called a healing crisis.
If the only consideration was to kill the pathogens inside you then recovery wouldn’t be as difficult. When there is a large infection load of many types combined with chemical toxins from the environment inside you then there is a need to moderate the release of these toxins so that the body will be able to process them out without becoming very sick from that release.
If you want to avoid the herxheimer reaction completely then you won’t be making progress in eliminating the infections. Some herxing is required to kill the infections inside you and the goal is to keep it at levels that are manageable and not detrimental to the body. Increasing the capacity of your body to detox the endotoxins and chemical toxins, perhaps from synthetic antibiotic use, will make the process of killing the internal infections and processing those toxins out of the body more efficient and less of a healing crisis. When you are having a herxheimer reaction it can manifest in many ways depending on what you are infected with.
Since the pathogens that cause certain symptoms in a particular illness cause those symptoms because of what the pathogens carry then killing that pathogen and releasing those endotoxins will exhibit similar symptoms. This is a way to determine what type of infections you carry to some degree. Although when using this protocol, which carries a philosophy of treating for all pathogen types, the symptoms could be so varied and wide spread that the conclusion could be that you were infected with a lot of different microbes. That was the case with me.
There were definite symptoms relating to particular infection types but also many unanticipated herxheimer symptoms that caused me to invest a good amount of time thinking about what was actually happening to me. When you consider all the pathogen types that someone is exposed to in their lifetime it could inspire you to live in a plastic bubble. Using a reduced form of this organic and non toxic protocol just for defense once you are recovered can be your plastic bubble.
The herxheimer reaction or “acute inflammatory response” typically raises human temperature, heart rate and blood pressure and particular accompanying symptoms will depend on the source of the endotoxin.
I spent approximately 2-3 months in a constant daily herx and about another month in fading waves of herxing after arriving at the point when I was fully engaged in the protocol. Out of all the many numerous symptoms I had I could always attribute them the endotoxin release and never found the symptoms to be directly caused by the protocol. This was proven out because I continued steady usage and dosing and those symptoms left when the endotoxins were detoxed.
*The timeframes for an individuals recovery are governed by many variables and the herx timeframes as well. It depends on what you are infected with and there are many strains of each microbe. It also depends how loaded up with biofilms the body is and how long you have been infected.
Your personal experience with the herxheimer reaction will depend on how infected you are and how efficiently you are detoxing. Your progress and time frames are dependent upon those variables. The dosing recommended should be considered in the context of your own situation. It’s a good thing to drink lots of water in order to flush these toxins out of your system. A popular rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. I did spend a few days in bed during that time but it was because the herx was an indication of effectively killing a lot of pathogens and that my body was telling me it needed to recover. I also had some pretty good fevers and used a detox bath to break those and it always did. The recipe for the detox bath is as listed, it has been used to aid in detoxing radiation victims.
The Detox Bath is used to break the fevers I had because when the endotoxin load builds up the herx symptoms do also. There are variants of this recipe on the internet.
½ cup Epsom salt
½ cup Sea salt
1/3 cup of ground mustard seed.
Mix all ingredients and put into a bath that is as hot as you can safely handle. Keep two glasses of water near the tub so can stay hydrated because this will make you sweat a lot. Stay in at least 20 minutes.
I found the organic mustard seed at my local organic grocery store in bulk and just ran it through my blender until it was powder. I made up batches that would last for 5-6 baths.
*After the bulk of the herxing is over and fevers from herxing are no longer an issue then the salt/mustard bath will no longer be needed. At this point switch to just castile soap. This soap is all natural and is made from just coconut and glycerine. The coconut give the soap a high content of lauric acid. This is highly antibacterial and will kill microbes that have moved to the skin to avoid the treatment. Don’t use a brush with this soap just use it with your hands , it is strong.It is discussed again at the end of the article.
When doctors talk about allergies they sometimes use the analogy that your body is like a bucket and once it is full then it overflows and you experience allergy symptoms. At one point I was talking to someone who had chronic Lyme and she told me she was allergic to the herbals. I believe this was because she was very infected and that when she tried herbal treatments it induced an almost instantaneous endotoxin release and that her detox pathways were dysfunctional so that there was a massive endotoxin release that essentially had nowhere to go. She had told me she was treating her Lyme only with nutrition and juicing so I suspect her infection level was high. Working on your ability to detox a few weeks before starting the herbal tincture part of the protocol should be done. A herx symptom that I had was pain in the muscles and this lasted about a week initially and came back once or twice in less intensity. A lot of the herx symptoms repeated themselves several times if not more. My joints hurt and especially my knees.
Something I noticed about my knees hurting was that it would only take a few days for them to feel better and each time they hurt again it felt like it was coming from a deeper area in the joint. Normally the borrelia infection is associated with the joints but other microbes are involved there too.
There were drenching night sweats where I would wake up soaked and had to change my t shirt so I could go back to sleep. This happened for about a week and then became less. I did have the same type of sweating around the back of my neck and on my head for a couple weeks but not like the initial phase where I would wake up in a puddle.
This type of herxing is associated with babesia. I also had some bacterial rashes on my chin and face after shaving, making absolutely sure I had a clean razor. This is caused by the bacterial toxins and bacterial being detoxed in that area and infections being killed in the hair follicles there.
The best remedy I found for the bacterial rash was to scrub the area very good with a clean mild soap and rinse with warm water a few times then the irritation would leave. You don’t want to use a soap that is full of perfumes or chemicals. You also don’t want to use any crèmes or lotions on your skin that your body can absorb or that will clog your pores because you detox through your skin as well.
There was also some redness on both of my elbows that looked like the redness you see sometimes around a wound. As the die off was taking place in my elbows the infection debris was moving out and dissipating until it was gone. I had the same type of occurrence on the sides of my neck.
There were a few cysts that popped up near my knees on the skin that took about a month to heal and return to normal.
The burning in my feet during the herx lasted for about 10 weeks and initially was a little painful. There were also some stinging sensations there. This is associated with a bartonella infection. I came to welcome the burn because I saw it as a sign of the treatment’s effectiveness. I noticed often that the burn would be a little more intense about an hour or two after the dosing was complete.
Something I didn’t mention before was that prior to me becoming symptomatic in July 2011, I had some mild chest pains off and on and contributed that to job stress. I realize now I was most likely making my own job stress through the neuro-lyme. There was a period of the herx that lasted about two weeks where I was coughing up mucous almost constantly and had to keep a spittoon with me. I made an extra point of staying hydrated during that time. This was some sort of infection that seemed to focus in the bronchial area.
During the herx I had headaches but they weren’t a whole head headache, they were more of a spot headache where I could feel a particular small region of the brain being acted on by the herbs. I also had toothaches and these were the kind of toothaches you would normally go to the dentist for but I waited and after the endotoxins from those regions were detoxed I felt fine there.
Strangely my slightly receding hairline regrew and I attribute this to infections being removed from my endocrine system. I also had some mild pain right inside my eyeballs and have worn glasses for about the last 10 years. I can go shopping and read the labels now without my glasses but I still use them at the computer. It’s a kind of new found freedom not having to where my glasses all the time though.
I had bone pain from the herx which lasted a couple weeks and it was a welcome sign of the treatment actually penetrating the bones. It made clear to me that given time the treatment would get everywhere in my body.
After the initial 2-3 months or so then I would have completely normal days only to be followed by a few days more of herxing that was progressively less intense as time went on. During the main herxing stage fever and fatigue was common. I also had liver and kidney discomfort which dissipated as that particular burst of released endotoxins was processed out of my system.
Drinking a lot of water helps to alleviate the liver and kidney herx symptoms quicker. Half your body weight in ounces of water per day is a good rule.
I believe some of the infection being killed was right inside my liver and kidneys and that came as the most intense discomfort in the first couple of weeks after being on the whole protocol. Had there been any actual hepatoxicity or kidney toxicity then the discomfort would have intensified because I did not reduce the dosage or frequency of dosing. There was some anxiety as to what was happening to me but I was always able to associate it with making progress in eliminating the infections and that gave me the inspiration to stay the course.
I had thought about reducing the dosage a couple of times but in those cases my more intense herx symptoms subsided by the next dosing time so I never did.
Some sources may suggest limiting your gluten intake because gluten turns to glucose in your body and that is supposed to feed the infections. I actually ate a lot of wheat and rye breads but bought good organic ones without sugar in the recipe.
Eating fruit is fine and healthy, it is a great detoxer. Blueberries neutralize neurotoxins. Fruit has natural fiber in it that slows the release of fructose and glucose so there isn’t a surge of hormones just don’t juice the fruit.
Gluten is the energy for your body and unless you are confident that you are allergic I think it is fine and even helpful to eat because of the sterols and lipids in clean grains. Lipids and sterols ,which are good fats, will work to revitalize your cells.
Something that occurred during the herx about 10 weeks in is the annoying crawling feeling that I had on my skin off and on completely and finally disappeared. Some sources suggest this may be neuropathy but I believe it could also be from an infection of the hair follicles or pores.
The Usnea in the protocol is also used as a treatment for acne and treats bacterial infections of the skin very well in addition to acting on systemic bacterial infections. The crawling sensation is normally associated with a babesia infection. Additional herx symptoms included ringing in the ears, runny nose and insomnia.
What would be a good idea, if you have a thermometer handy, is to take your temperature every day about the same time around noon and write it down for what day in a journal .The herx will make you have a temp so you can track how the herx is responding and the amount of endotoxins released over time, to see your progress. other symptoms can be tracked in the journal. Something to keep in mind is that the trend toward health is important and not the experience of any given day. A given day may be influenced by a biofilm breakout or even the birthing cycles of the microbes.
When you consider that LLMD’s give a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms and history because the testing is so inadequate then how are they going to tell you you are 100% uninfected? In my case I base my recovery on not having any symptoms and feeling better than I have in years. I don’t have any aches and pains either. Getting the variety of infections out that a person acquires over their lifetime does wonders to let the body thrive.
*I’ve read many accounts of how people are treated in stages. For example a doctor might treat for Babesia for 3 months and then blood testing would say that the babesia infection is gone and it’s time to move to another microbe to treat. This approach is fundamentally flawed for this reason. Biofilms get into all the tissues and treatment takes time to penetrate these tissues, 2-3 months very often for tissues like the bone marrow. The biofilms take time to break down whatever the treatment, 4-6 months for the herbs and the same when using protease enzymes with ABX treatment. Adding those time together you can see that the Babesia parasite is likely still hiding in those biofilms long after the doctor said that infection is clear.
*The items used in the protocol all occur in organic chemistry, from organisms (plants), and as such are readily metabolized out of the body. No gaps in treatment are advised in order for this to be effective. The protocol needs to be administered consistently for the duration and this should be planned for. Taking a “break” for a week or whatever length adversely effects the outcome and allows a resurgence of the pathogens. Some of the items are available in 2 or 4 ounce bottles and this is cost effective as well.
*I was recently reading on another forum where people were saying that Cat’s Claw causes tendonitis. This is a misinterpretation of the symptoms. When the tendon becomes infected and those infections are killed it is essentially like ripping off thousands of tiny scabs and rubbing toxins in the wounds. After the infection is cleared from any tissues then they will return to normal. This is accomplished while maintaining the dose and if the protocol itself caused side effects like that then that wouldn’t be the case.
*There is much discussion in the lyme community about Methylation and MTHFR gene deficiency causing an inability to detox. I don’t feel it is the right perspective that has been made out to be, it’s not a gene deficiency that is causing the detox issue instead it is decreased cell function. When cell function is low from the catalog of intracellular infections that generally go with “Lyme” then glutathione production is also low. Glutathione is the body’s powerful antioxident. Exotoxins and endotoxins released by the infections cause a blockage of detox pathways because they cause tissues to become inflamed because there isn’t enough glutathione to deal with those toxins. So when doctors tell you your not detoxing because your glutathione is low then glutathione is low because of low cell function not from a gene deficiency. Once cell function is restored glutathione levels will restore and detox abilities will also. Resveratrol, Pycnogenol and Dragon’s Blood herb will be needed during the transition back to cell health. Once the artificial immune system is in place AND using the moringa leaf in the protocol then glutathione production will rise with the Red blood cell count. Red blood Cells create glutathione and any effective treatment usually kills those cells that are infected. The comprehensive battery of amino acids in the Moringa cause new cell growth and those new cells won’t become infected so glutathione production goes up.
The taurine and lecithin also help to repair and clean these detox pathways. In my own case I had Multiple Chemical Sensitivity during my illness and couldn’t process any smells of chemicals, even minor chemical smells would result in nose irritation for hours. After doing this protocol my MCS symptoms are gone.
*For anyone with Morgellons reading this article here is what I have found best to heal the lesions;
To heal lesions the best thing is to take a hot bath with Castile soap (30min.) and rinse and dry then apply the herb “Dragons Blood, this herb not only heals but it replaces collagen in the area that the Morgelons robbed. For localized treatment use the soap . Just scrub that area with castile soap and wash it off and apply Dragon’s Blood.
Be aware if you have a big bacterial load your not going to make much progress with the lesions until that is reduced by this protocol.
If you google “Dragon’s Blood Herb Pharm” that is one brand. The Castile soap is made of Coconut and glycerin and has a high Lauric acid content which is very active in killing bacteria in the skin. The brand that is available at my local mega retailer is “Kirk’s Castile”
*Sleep – As your body repairs itself during the sleep cycle it is very important. Being able to sleep is a function of brain chemistry and the neurotoxins created from die off of pathogens in the brain are a big obstacle to sleep. Using the minor hormone Melatonin as a sleep aid can be helpful as it regulates sleep cycles. There is also an herbal preparation called “Deep Sleep” that when combined with melatonin works well. However sometimes the neurotoxins in the brain are too much to overcome even for these sleep aids. In this case you can create a push /pull scenario. Cilantro readily crosses the blood brain barrier and binds toxins. Take a 1/2 cup of cilantro and run through the blender with a cup of water and drink that. About an hour later take a hot bath with a half container of sea salt. The bath will cause toxins to be released from the skin and “pull” the cilantro that has bound to toxins in the brain out of the brain. This should be done late in the day perhaps an hour or so after dinner in preparation for sleep. Just use these suggestions as needed.
Colloidal Silver and MMS-Although silver is an effective antimicrobial agent, the concentrations required for any systemic effects are not likely to be obtained safely with oral administration. Silver is not an essential mineral for humans and can accumulate in the body’s tissues, effecting cell respiration and causing a disfiguring skin condition called Argyria. Additionally, medical literature shows that neurological problems may develop with long-term use of oral silver products. None of the beneficial claims of silver supplementation have been proven. MMS is actually a 28 percent sodium chlorite solution mixed with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. These are both toxins and do not naturally occur in organisms.
My goal in creating this article was to show a path to recovery and to hopefully have other people beside myself recover using this method. Everything that I thought was pertinent is included so that sufferers can drive their own recovery. Some people have viewed this protocol and came away asserting that it is just a collection of stuff thrown in a bucket. It was created following principles and these are;
1.You have to treat all pathogen types at the same time, because of Pathogenic Synergy, Quorum Sensing and DNA exchange.
2. You have to induce an artificial immune system.
3. You have to recover the natural immune system using complex amino acids.
4. You have to dramatically reduce and treat inflammation that prevents detoxing and delivery of the treatment to all the tissues.
5 You have to take advantage of Synergy to it’s practical limits instead of just acknowledging it’s existence.
6 Dragons Blood is used in the protocol because it not only is the worlds most powerful antioxidant, it also blocks the chemical signal form the nerves to the brain that produces inflammation. Traditional antioxidants like resveratrol or pycnogenol don’t do this , they treat inflammation passively by neutralizing the toxins that cause inflammation. Dragon’s blood does treat by the same was as Resveratrol/ Pycnoginol , however it is unique in treating inflammation actively because it blocks that chemical signal. This activity of Dragon’s Blood allows the treatment to penetrate quicker and deeper into tissues.
To your health ~Don