Dear Stephen,
I have been dealing with chemical sensitivity, Epstein Barr and lyme and am using herbs, Rife, Carnivora, and flower essences. But have still kept getting worse. Recently got a diagnosis of porphyria which may be genetic and/or may be triggered by infections, chemical sensitivity or metals. A week later I was diagnosed with chlamydia pneumoniae. This infection can produce secondary porphyria. All the practitioners I’ve seen – even the alternative ones – say that the only way to treat the chlamydia pneumoniae is with antibiotics for 6-18 months. I have avoided antibiotics for the last 20 years – except for 1 ten day course. Also many drugs, including some antibiotics can trigger pophyria attacks. Have you worked with chlamydia pneumoniae, and do you know of herbal, nutritional or homeopathic treatments? Do you know anything about natural treatment for porphyria? I am in bad shape, live in a rural area, and have doctors who do not know anything about porphyria and not much about treating multiple infections. Any advice would be appreciated.

Stephen’s response:
I would recommend…
For chlamydia
Luteolin 200-400 mg daily, cryptolepis 1/2 tsp 3x daily.
For porphyria
Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) 200 mg daily for min 30 days, EPA/DHA blend (cod liver oil, fish oil) 10 grams daily for a minimum of 60 days.
The luteolin is ridiculously expensive, nevertheless it does work.


  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectured yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He was a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

– Amazon review by Joseph

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