Dear Stephen,
In reference to this post on your website: My son has very high titers for mycoplasma (1:320). He is also lyme positive and we suspect bartonella. Can I treat mycoplasma first before I target lyme? And is the protocol listed in the post above suitable for children? He weighs only 40lbs. Thank you.

Stephen’s response:
Yes, you can treat the mycoplasma first. I would suggest getting the book that details that organism and its treatment. You just have to reduce dosages to the child’s weight, in this instance dosage would be ¼ of the adult dose.


  • 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. Maria Atwood, CNHP

    Dear Stephen:
    I have recently ordered Japanese Knotweed from Green Dragon Botanical
    but I am not sure if to take it with or without food. I am taking it for some serious joint inflammation. Since I am also taking fermented cod liver oil which has the same tendency to thin the blood as I understand JK also does,I wonder if taking both is OK and can I take two capsules daily? – Thank you so much for your help.

  2. healing lyme admin

    Hi Maria,
    Apologies but the Q & A is closed to new questions. Based on past answers from Stephen, I know that you can take the herbs with or without food. It is better without but if you have a sensitive digestive system, it might help to take them after eating. I don’t know the answer to your second question but you might try checking the archives or doing a search for “blood thinner” and other relevant search terms. Best, Julie

  3. Jezebel O'Rourke

    Maria, as long as you aren’t on any prescription blood-thinner, you’re probably fine to combine them. This is based on past answers from Stephen, others who’ve successful treated lyme, and my own experience. As Stephen said to another question, if you notice your blood becoming too thin, make some changes, otherwise it’ll be fine.

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