Dear Stephen,
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt suggested that I contact you. My wife is 7 months pregnant with our second child, though she is relatively well she has frequent fatigue and migraines. Dietrich diagnosed bartonella with his ART muscle tests (lyme did not show up at the moment) and he wants her to take a “5-in-1” tincture (andrographis, stephania root, smilax, red root and Japanese knotweed) at a low dose of 4 dropperfuls a day. He would like her to use this combination at double or triple this dose but was unsure of contraindications in pregnancy. Are you aware of any contraindications? Do you know where we can purchase the “5-in-1” tincture? Many thanks and best wishes.

Stephen’s response:
Healing Lyme does outline the herbs that are NOT safe in pregnancy and many of these are NOT safe. I would suggest the use of eleutherococcus tincture for the fatigue ONLY at this point.

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.

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