Dear Stephen,
Are the tiny blood red dots that I have all over my torso from babesia? I had three nights of night sweats ten years ago after my initial infection and had the feeling I couldn’t get air for a few days. I still get this occasionally. But not a regular flush or night sweats.
Stephen’s response:
These are commonly associated with babesia and bartonella but other infections can cause this type of symptom. Babesia and bartonella can cause tiny ruptures in small blood vessels under the surface of the skin which lead to the spots. The simplest intervention is the use of Japanese knotweed root or ECGC supplements (or drinking a lot of green tea as a habit). If you have no other symptoms I would not worry about a focused treatment for either of those co-infections.

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    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.

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  1. Scott Thompson

    Could these not be ‘cherry adenomas’, caused by the body keeping toxic ingested bromine away from more critical areas?

  2. Kate Lemons

    Hi there,
    Nursing mom here:) Lyme with no-coinfections but I have been doing Rocephin and have a horrible leg rash that flares. I know you said knotweed,cats claw and astragulus but what about skin rash is that babesia?

  3. Tanya Aldred


    Please advise – I have Lyme disease in mild stains, but lots of different symptoms, new unusual illnesses last 5 months, have been bitten by tick in Spain last Aug, have been tested for co-infections Bartonella PCR & antibodies – negotive, Barbesia antibodies- negotive too.
    I suspect if I have babesia, symptoms:
    It was air starvation, heart racing fast – during 6-8 weeks, then gone
    Lots of red spots on chest, abdominal area
    Muscle pain, shoulders pain
    Was noisea, upset stomach, gone after taking herbal protocol and month of amoxicillin antibiotic for other gynaecological cyst inflammation.
    Started have sols of food very hot and hand few times a day, very severe hot flashes too.
    Can it be barbesia? what is best test to identify?
    Thank you

  4. Pearl

    Flat red circles on left upper thigh, chest pressure and tachycardia when I stand, DNA ConneXions lab test came back showing Babesia, Bartonella and Erhlichia.

  5. Vanessa

    Coming down w/ bartonella rash. Have metal toxicity (mercury) and extreme nuero symptoms like brain on fire. My practitioner suspects lyme and co-infections in brain. Has me on golden flower formula viola clear fire and artecin. Brain gets really strong detox symptoms as well. I live in Iowa andam wondering if i should do anitbiotics combined w/ herbals due to the severity of my brain symptoms. Anyway looking for a really good practitioner in LA area or West Coast, or if not there in Iowa would work.

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