Dear Stephen,
Since the onset of lyme, I have been experiencing very disturbing, constant internal motion, along with all of the classic symptoms of multiple sclerosis. It feels like I am standing in a boat on the ocean, or in a plane in turbulence. This goes on 24/7 and worsens to a greater degree if I become sick or herx. I was also placed on antibiotics for 13 years daily (ugh!) as a child for rheumatic fever, so candida has always been an issue. Your suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
Stephen’s response:
To deal with the long term candida problem, I would actively rework your bowel flora. I would suggest a short fast (primarily juice fasting) and then the use of probiotics as you are coming off it (see my book on fasting for more). I would try both Sida acuta tincture and stephania for the internal motion problems. It may also be that your kidneys are not as healthy as they could be. During the fast I would highly suggest the use of fresh juices that include a lot of celery juice. This can help as well.

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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  1. lori cash

    I have not been tested for Lyme but feel instinctively that this is what I have again. I tested pos. for it 4 yrs ago and was treated with another chinese herbal protocl through my naturopath. It was successful. I have it once again and don’t know if it is from a new bite or if the old Lyme has returned. Is there anyway of knowing and does it make any difference?
    My symptoms are different this time.
    How can I know if I have a co-infection?
    What can I take for muscle weakness and overall sluggishness?

    Thanks ….Lori

  2. kara day

    How did the sida acuta and stephania work for you? I am looking to find relief from this myself. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Cindy

    Hello. I went to homeopathic lady and she said that I have fungal infection and it’s bad . I also have Rickettsia borrelia,not sure about Bart Ehrlichiosis I knoI have its in my heart,kidneys and spine also goes up into the back of my head any thing that you would suggest would be most grateful THANK YOU for your time AND ALL THAT YOU Do!!

  4. Jon

    Why are there links to Rx drugs in many of Buhner’s responses?

  5. healing lyme admin

    Not sure what you are referring to. Can you share an example?

  6. Amy Ralston

    I noticed this too – I think the site may be hacked. There are links to buy prescriptions meds underneath Stephen’s name in his response above. WordPress sites can be vulnerable like that.

    I tried to take a screenshot, but can’t submit it here with my comment.

  7. healing lyme admin

    Thank you, I just saw what you both are referring to. I will attempt to fix it.

  8. healing lyme admin

    Okay, I think I fixed it. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!!

  9. MM

    I see the links again same place they were reported before.

  10. healing lyme admin

    I am not seeing any links. It will be difficult for me to fix something without a screenshot or link to a page showing me where the problem is. Thank you!

  11. daveherz

    I have so many of these symptoms. they nyl thing solid to really I have as far as tests is an Ehrlichia antibody positive.
    suffered for almost 3 years now….changed my life and it feels so bad…fatigue sucks and all of those vertigo and eye internal motion feeling really destroyed my soul, yet i am not giving up…will try the sida acuta

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