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Healing Lyme
Resveratrol gave me vertigo
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
I have had lyme and/or babesia for up to 18 years. Aside from weird illnesses that last a few months and went away, I only began to get really ill in 1999/2000. I was finally diagnosed in Feb 2001, went on mepron by March and felt much better by May…for a while. One step forward, two back. I was on IV for months. Biaxin and zithro for months. And when I tried to find knotweed it was almost impossible until just recently.

One Lyme issue is IBS to the point that for years I barely passed food thru my tract for days at a time. So your basic protocol simply binds me up. On knotweed I felt fab after a day or so, and then TERRIBLY dizzy for days until I stopped it. I started out slow. Now what? I have no life. Achy, exhausted, dizzy, severe pain in hips and knees, forgetful, hurt all over, insomnia, drenching night sweats. High and low thyroid results. Am now on 1000mg of amoxicillin. Dizziness made worse with stress/stage fright type feeling, but it was all the time all day every day while on resveratrol. I am 47 and so night sweats etc. are now also perimenopause, an issue that occured to me a few years back—would I know? Answer: nope! Its Lyme or its the Change….

Stephen’s response:
I would highly suggest you work on the IBS to reduce the symptom picture there. My primary suggestion is the use of fresh juices. This is a problem that I have had over the years and this protocol can help immensely. Fresh juice of cabbage (most important ingredient), celery, and carrot daily. A piece of cabbage the size of a good sized carrot, 3 stalks celery, 2 carrots. Every morning, first thing.

Cabbage contains substances that are specific for inflammation in the GI tract. Follow that by oatmeal for breakfast every day for at least 3 months. Try glutamine 500-1000 mg 3x daily, folic acid 400 mg daily, zinc picolinate 25-30 mg daily, and EPA 1500 mgs daily.

I would highly suggest you cut out all caffeine if you are using any. I would suggest the use of eleutherococcus tincture daily for a long time, start at a low dose (1/16 tsp) and work up to 1 tsp per day over time. Also: the celery juice and oatmeal will help with adrenal exhaustion and immune fatigue and eventually the dizziness.

I would suggest the use of stephania for the dizziness. I would also suggest that you take some herbs for GI tract infection by lyme bacteria. Daily: pepto bismol or equivalent (for the bismuth), cryptolepis tincture 1/2 tsp 3x daily (, goldenseal tincture (1/4 tsp 3x daily). Then, try the knotweed again after 3 or 4 months.

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