Dear Stephen,
I started Smilax tincture yesterday with 15 drops. I did them undiluted yesterday, and was completely confused but with a few minutes of focus. Today I did 15 drops diluted in water and the OCD symptoms were through the roof. This is my first time doing herbs. I had remission after IV antibiotics a few times in the past but it didn’t last. IgG positive or Bartonella quintana and hensalae, 12 lesions. Are 15 drops too much? Thanks.
Stephen’s response:
Some people are very sensitive and do find that they need to begin with only a few drops. So try that and see if it helps.

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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1 Comment

  1. Marlena Ward

    Is there a nasal swab test that shows lymes? Someone said he was tested this way, and 5 days later, it came back positive.
    I am doubtful, but it would be great if it is true.
    Thanks for all you do.

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