Jul 19, There are a large number of options for treating Lyme disease and the is based on Stephen Buhner’s recommendations in, Healing Lyme. Mar 28, Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, 2nd Edition.
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If these test s pyme B. Some have struggled with getting a proper diagnosis, some have struggled with the efficacy of treatment, and more often, both is the case.
How were you turned onto the subject of infectious disease? My bio, background, is the usual long story, incredibly interesting to me but buhnet few others. To make it as short as possible, I became enamored of a simpler kind of healing from my close ylme with my great-grandfather who, though an M. After he died, the 60s caught me up and I immersed myself in the back to the land movement and learning the forgotten crafts, among them the use of herbal medicines.
I began teaching workshops inprimarily focused on the human growth potential movement in various of its shades, and fully immersed myself in depth understanding of herbal medicine beginning in Two things pulled me into infectious diseases.
The first was an article in a newspaper about antibiotic resistant bacteria.
I had formerly majored in mathematics and I was well aware of the implications of an exponential growth curve. I became curious, how would herbs work for resistant strphen and how would bacteria respond to them. It turned out that that conflict has been going for some million years.
As the bacteria develop resistance, the plants create a response. So, the answer was that plant medicines were the more sophisticated response.
The second was this: What are the most common misconceptions about Lyme disease? Up front I need to make clear that all the information I present in my updated second edition of Healing Lyme Raven Press, about Lyme disease is cleverly concealed in open source peer reviewed journals easily found via the internet.
For several reasons, I decided to focus the book through the lens of the research that hundreds of researchers and physicians around the world were conducting. Over the past 4 years or so, I have read some 10, journal articles on Lyme and its major coinfections.
Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner at Chelsea Green Publishing
I then created a synthesis of all this information to give as ehaling a picture of what was happening as possible. To finally get to the point, everything that most people hear is wrong.
Here is a tiny sampling of what is actually true and which conflicts with most common beliefs about Lyme:. There are many more, but that covers most of the misconceptions. Lyme bacteria are a poignant teaching for human hubris about the controllability of the natural world. It is just that that is a lesson very few humans want to understand. There is a lot of investment in that model.
Most of our industry and nearly all of technological medicine is dependent on it. Unfortunately that model has little to do with the real world. As the real world begins to intrude more and more strongly into that world view, through the regular emergence of new forms of bacteria, new viruses, and stealth pathogens, the system will inevitably begin to buckle. Newer generations of healers do understand the problem, at least to some extent, but the older generation has to die off for a more reality based understanding to take hold.
It is the insistence of the older generation of practitioners, as well as the entrenched financial orientation of most medical facilities and I guess I should say as well, the insurance companies on that outdated model that is the real problem. All three assertions are untrue.
As most bacterial researchers will readily admit, bacteria are significantly more intelligent than we are, they possess cities, culture, language, technology that far exceeds our own, and are far more adaptable than we are.
After all, they have been at this business of living for some 4 billion years. Would you recommend those who spend a lot of time in areas highly prone to Lyme disease, such as the Appalachian Trail, to carry and take antibiotics in the case of developing symptoms related to Lyme? It was discontinued over a decade ago.
What advice would you offer to a loved one who was undertaking a several month-long backpacking trip in a region known for a high incidence rate of Lyme disease? Besides reading the book, I generally suggest taking mg of astragalus a day to keep up the immune parameters that are most effective against a Lyme infection. Additionally, I would take with me a bottle of andrographis tincture.
As soon as a tickbite is found, remove the tick, and then mix the tincture with a little green clay powder or something like that and put the paste on the bite area, then cover with a bandaid.
Oddly enough this will often prevent a Lyme infection. And finally, perhaps, get and take a large bottle of the Lyme protocol in capsules from Green Dragon Botanicals https: If you do start getting ill, this can often turn it around. At what point should someone get tested for Lyme? How accurate is testing? I go into all this in the book and it is rather tedious to go into it again in any depth.
It would bore the readers to sleep. In general some tests are better than others, none are really that good. The best outcomes in studies come from using a panel of maybe 10 different tests simultaneously and even then they miss a lot of people who are infected. Testing is not good, is not going to be good for some time, and it very inaccurate. Again, the reasons why are incredibly tedious to wade through. What do you recommend for someone who has been exposed to Borrelia carrying organisms but is suffering from only general symptoms i.
The herbal protocol or antibiotics if they want to go that route.
They cause a significant deterioration of life and happiness. At root is the use of Astragalus all the time if you live in an endemic area, as a regular part of the diet.
They do this in various parts of Asia, the herb is a good grade herb and they often use it as a base for stews and soups. So, yes it is very safe and usable all the time. The core protocol for an active infection is based on the use of three herbs: There are occasional side effects: Japanese knotweed root can cause loss of taste in about one in people from reports we have received lymee andrographis can cause an allergic reaction in about one percent of stfphen who use it.
The most common allergic response is hives that takes a few weeks to resolve. There are contraindications for women who are pregnant. Other than that, the protocol is very safe for the majority of people.
We have had contact with some 25, people over the past decade, so we do have a pretty good sense of what kind of impact it has. Continual complaining and activism by Lyme activists. That is the only thing that has raised awareness as much as it is.
There are numerous Lyme activist groups throughout the US.
They are easily found by Googling them. Quite often, there is one near you. Is it unsafe for Lyme disease carriers to give blood?
Yes, very much so. Please note, that despite data and journal papers indicating this is a common route of transmission, most physicians still deny it. I am not much a fan of industrial chemicals both for environmental pollution reasons and personal.
But I feel people should follow their own sense of what to do in all of this, not just repellents. Yes, really, read the book. I know this sounds as if I am just trying to drum up sales, but I think that being deeply informed is the best thing of all. It really does lower fear levels and enhances personal empowerment. I am an buuhner enthusiast of the human capacity for reason and deep thought, especially in those without Ph.
Why Western Medicine Misses the Mark on Lyme Disease: An Interview with Stephen Harrod Buhner
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Will dance if provoked. At the risk of creating a false equivalency between this guy and actual science and evidence-based medicine, why not offer some equal time to the people at the University of Rhode Island who maintain the https: These are testable claims and should hold up under scrutiny. There is a lot of woo in the outdoor industry and I hate to see people use shams and scams to enjoy the outdoors.
Using those for medical treatments is even worse. Thanks for the recommendation, I will most certainly reach out to the University to see if someone would be willing to do an interview. A well rounded discussion is what this topic deserves. The bibliography is 54 pages long and what appears to be in a size 6 font.
Book Review: Stephen Buhner on Mycoplasma and Bartonella Treatment – Neil Nathan MD
I obviously am unqualified to attest to the validity of the studies referenced in Healing Lyme vs. He hsaling actually have some valid general points such as insect repellent use wow, never thought of that approachbut looking at his body of work removes any shred of credibility for me as a scientist myself, especially in matters of health and safety.
Also, be careful not to fall into the trap of false equivalency for well rounded discussions — sometimes BS is just BS. Your making heaaling on the buhne of his books and workshops. Niot much of a scientist now are you. Its the standard disclaimer for ineffective herbalist and homeopathic garbage. I forwarded it to a PhD scientist I know who is an expert on Lyme disease. She may be interested in providing information.