Dear Stephen,
I was diagnosed with lyme 22 years ago and was on five different rounds of antibiotics – about one year later was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I have become quite allergic to most antibiotics, the last round of drugs some three years ago for an abscessed tooth caused a C. difficile infection and I lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I was very ill, and my naturopath gave me colloidal silver which stopped the diarrhea. My latest issue is an ear problem, which started as an infection, which turned into a fungal infection, then to a perforation in my eardrum. This has been going on for over a year now and the ear specialist is just “keeping an eye on it.” I have not used any type of antibiotic for 10 months. Is there something you could recommend. Is this related to the lyme in any way?

Stephen’s response:
I am not sure it is related to the lyme, though because your system has been under so much stress for so long I imagine your immune health is compromised which can lead to these kinds of infections. Ear infections can be difficult to treat, other times they are easy. I usually get the hard to treat ones myself. The difficulty in treatment is that alcohol tinctures cannot be used in the ear very easily. I would suggest to begin with the use of a glycerite tincture. I would suggest beginning with a goldenseal glycerite. Use 2-5 drops morning and evening in the ear and see how it goes. If that does not work try to find glycerites of any of the following: wormwood, juniper berry, cryptolepis. There are a variety of essential oils that can also help: juniper berry – 1-2 drops am and pm. It can cause diarrhea. If that does occur, cease the herb. Tea tree – same dosage. Eucalyptus – same dosage.


  • 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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