Dear Stephen,
I am a desperate mother of a 14 year old girl, weight around 47 kilos. She has had horrible headaches and a lot of other symptoms (e.g., she cannot stand light, noise, movement around her) for the last 7 months. Two weeks ago she was diagnosed with lyme and bartonella and is on rifampicine 300mg and azytromycine 250mg. Luckily I found your book on Internet – could you please, please give us a protocol for this age and weight. We live in Antwerp, Belgium and have nobody to turn to. Thank you so much in advance.

Stephen’s response:
The protocol is designed for someone at 150 pounds, so she weighs around 100 lbs, so just take 2/3 of the dose for her. Use both the lyme core protocol and the bartonella protocol together, but you do not need to use double the knotweed dose, just use the larger amount. It will cover both conditions.

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. Jude Rozenveld

    Dear Mother of 14 year old girl, I know your and your daughter’s pain… Our 13 1/2 year old son has suffered from Lyme, bartonella, Babesia and Mycoplasma for the last 3 1/2 years resulting in chronic daily migraine (approximately 19 hours each day). I just found this website right now too. I pray that your daughter will find relief and a cure.

  2. Sarah

    My daughter had chronic daily headaches for 10 months and was treated for Lyme with antibiotics. The headaches did not go away until she was on Welchol for almost a month for toxins and mold. She stopped all meds after her headaches stopped. Now 1 year later and still few headaches. Try Welchol.

  3. epiphany

    Dear parents – It is 2014 and I just saw this. My son has had Lyme, Bartonella, recently diagnosed mycoplasma and chlamydia since early childhood.
    He now has CFS.
    Without going into a lot of detail, I want to endorse the Welchol idea: Detox is very important. Some use Nutramedix Parsley drops, or charcoal, apple pectin, even the cheapest psyllium.
    It is also a good idea to find out if you have a MTHFR defect, if you can. This gives an idea about how your body methylates, and in turn whether or not you are absorbing folate and also a bit of info on how one might choose diet, deal with mold and other things. I could not afford this test for years, (I was in Canada and they did not cover it) and just assumed (as does the Buhner protocol, I think) that healing and supporting our physical terrain with the herbs is our ultimate goal: we want our bodies to function and heal themselves with assistance of herbs and nutritionals. Now I am in the states again, and my state insurance WILL cover this test – so I have ordered it for my son. It would overcomplicate things to go into so much minututia on the Basic Protocol. However, once you have been on the herbs and hopefully healing, there are future steps we all can take to assist in our knowledge of how our individual terrain functions and this test is a very good start.
    I also am concerned with inflammation markers such as CRP, ESR…because underlying infections can stimulate inflammation (imprecise explanation, but I am not a specialist!) and we now know that inflammation hurts our health in major ways. Someday someone will write a book about “Life After Infection”… In any case I hope your children are better. My son needed a combo of herbs, anti-biotics and Dt. Teitlebaum’s CFS protocol – plus some prescription nutritionals like glutathione for mitochondrial healing. He has relapsed due to the teenager not wanting to be bothered with so much stuff, and we are back to square one, but I am NOT discouraged!
    We can get better! I sincerely believe it. Dealing with chronic illness is not easy, but we can grow in spirit and in health despite the difficulties. I have told my son that school and all the social norms are just not that important – but happiness and peace of mid ARE. So what if he takes a GED or doesn’t go to college until he is 30. Life is a process. Keeping our kids mentally happy and lovingly supported is the most important things we can do. That is the message I would like to give as a parent who has been dealing with this for over 12 years. Love and healing to all. epiphany

  4. Carla

    Epiphany, you are an awesome parent! I have been trying to srot out all kinds of issues with my children who are all teenagers now and it is very hard at times to keep them all on board for the time it takes to heal. One has Type 1 diabetes, one anemia, the other neurotransmitter imballances and the classic bartonella rash. He has not been diagnosed yet but the test was done so we are doing a candida/mold cleanse now while we wait and see what our next steps might be. Anyway, I am completely on board with your thoughts about the importance of SNPs and blood markers and that the body is a system that is part of a larger system that is the self. And illness is part of our physical journey in this life. But I also think that we can come to a place where there is no longer crisis and where things can get easier if we hit upon the right things and sort them out. Anyway, I loved your spirit and wanted you to know that I am a fellow parent riding this journey we are on. Thank you for sending this message out to other parents like us. Love to you. Carla.

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