Dear Stephen,
I’ve been fighting lyme for three to four years. The first year I was on an herbal tincture and then saw an LLMD who put me on minocycline. I feel the collateral damage from the antibiotics are making it not worthwhile to continue them, and my LLMD seems to only want to milk money from me, making it hard to even followup. I am trying to give your protocol a try. What can I take to help deal with the cognitive issues with lyme, as I am a student and this is making it very hard to go off the antibiotics as they did help with the neuro problems. Also I have chronic candida, should I just try the tincture you mentioned. What about Candizyme from Renew Life, and oregano oil, or pau d’arco. Also, in your book you mention probiotics, but any brand, or type? I am taking Culturelle right now. Candida can cause similar problems as lyme in mental fatigue, thus I feel its really important to go after both. Can one take diflucan with the herbs? Also is there any herbalist who you’d recommend in the Hudson Valley area of NY, for guidance on following your protocol. Thank you and blessed be.
Stephen’s response:
Knotweed (resveratrol) is the best primary thing for cognitive problems in lyme. The protocol I mentioned in an earlier post on Sambla’s blog for the Swedish followers to someone with giardia – it will help with candida, especially the desert willow and chaparro amargosa tincture. Kate Gilday in Cold Brook, NY is a good practitioner and you might try her. She also may know of someone closer to you. All the things you mention have been used by many for candida, I just prefer the desert willow mixture.
As to diflucan – you would need to read the contraindications for the herbs that I list in the book and look over the contraindications for that particular antifungal. From a quick glance it seems that it should be fine to mix them but I would look over that material more closely before I did so. I would also highly suggest the use of eleutherococcus tincture to help with the fatigue.

  • 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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