Smilax removed from protocol

by | Jul 30, 2016 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Herbs, sarsaparilla | 6 comments

Dear Stephen,
Smilax is suggested for neuroborreliosis in 1st edition, but not even listed in the 2nd edition — is it now out of favor? If not, does it work well for brain fog as well?

Stephen’s response:
After a decade, though some people found it useful, we did not find it as potent for Lyme problems as we had hoped.

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. Patti

    Thank you for asking this question, I have both the prior and most recent book (along with others)of Stephen’s. My doc wants me to keep taking Smilax- I do not find it of particular help and it’s another one I will stop when current supply exhausts- I find much more help with herxing from the Red Root tincture. I am so grateful to have learned tincturing from Stephen-saves me many many bucks.

  2. Shawn Porter

    I also noticed the first edition discusses L arginie, but the second edition.. perhaps i missed it, or was that information edited out?

  3. Dianna

    There are many kinds of Smilax; which one was being recommended? My herbalist thinks it kills spirochetes.

  4. Andrew

    Dr. William Rawls’ book “Unlocking Lyme” says that Red Root tincture is a blood coagulant, so people at risk of blood clots should not take it. Also, he advises it should only be used short-term, and not taken w/coagulant or anti-coagulant drugs.

  5. Fred

    Smilax is very good, can kill Lyme spirochetes and even NeuroLyme.
    It should be used as tea infusion once a day. Burdock root is quite good too. For Lyme Vitamin A and D are critical, start eating raw carrots and fatty fish. Kelp (iodine) is curative if used in proper dosage.

  6. Margaret Britton

    Hey Burdock is good for what specifically? What actions? I use it all the time . in broth and stews

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