Dear Stephen,
Many lyme doctors are using Transfer Factor Multi Immune to help jump-start the immune system. The makers of the product (Research Nutritionals) are up-to-date on lyme disease and have even geared many of their products to lyme treatments. They claim this product works on the cellular – not humoral – immunity, and thus modulates as opposed to stimulates (making it okay for chronic lyme). I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following ingredients, considering one of them is astragalus:
NK Maximezer Bioplex™
Transfer factor NK+™ (is a proprietary super blend of chicken derived transfer factors and bovine colostrums, containing growth factors and immune components), Larch Arbinogalactan, IP-6 (inositol hexaphosphate)
Macrophage & T-Cell Pro Blend™
TMG, Beta Glucan, Astragulus 5:1 Extract, Green Tea Extract (standardized for 95% polyphenols, 75% catechins, and 40% EGCG, Pomegranate Extract (standardized to 40% ellagic acid)
Stephen’s response:
The amount of astragalus is too small to be a problem in my opinion. The ingredients are many things I often recommend for various things. The macrophage and T-cell blend would be very good for bartonella actually. I wouldn’t necessarily (in my own system of thought) consider it all to be a “jump-start” for the immune system (other than the colostrums and maybe the arabinoglactan). Even though arabinogalactan is touted as having immunostimulatory properties, the research is thin. I am sure it is useful but at this point it is more an herb of the day thing than anything else. I have some, and I do use it from time to time but it is too soon to tell if it is just another marketing ploy or not. Inositol is more of an antidepressant than anything else; it does help with anxiety attacks to some extent. In any event, Transfactor Multi Immune has a lot of good stuff in it, it will help your health, whether or not it will “jump-start” the immune system I can’t tell.

  • 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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  1. Verónica

    Hi Stephen,

    if I am taking 2 pills of Transfer Factor Multi Immune which contains Astragalus, is this wnough to cover the core Lyme protocol or should I reinforce with an extra dosage?

    Macrophage & T-Cell Pro Blend™ (645mg)
    TMG, Beta Glucan, Astragulus 5:1 Extract, Green Tea Extract (standardized for 95% polyphenols, 75% catechins, and 40% EGCG, Pomegranate Extract (standardized to 40% ellagic acid)

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Tri fro

    I’m not a Dr or an herbalist but for Lyme you would need Transfer Factor L-Plus. You would have to get dosing from an herbalist depending on where you are (guessing between 9-6 a day.

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