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The Healing Power of Plants & Herbs: A Discussion with Stephen Buhner

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Friday, February 20, at 2 PM Pacific

The Healing Power of Plants & Herbs: A Discussion with Stephen Buhner

Today I have the great pleasure of talking with Stephen Harrod Buhner, internationally respected as an authority on the healing capacities of plants and herbs. Stephen has long been known for his classic book: “Healing Lyme” which he is currently revising, and his in-depth description of working with plants in several volumes including “The Secret Teachings of Plants.” In the past several years he has expanded his explorations, writing about Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Viruses, Babesia and Ehrlichia. His grasp of the natural world and our relationship to it is unparalleled so I anticipate a remarkable discussion.

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Neurotoxic Disorders: Reactivity to Lyme, Coinfections, Molds, and Petrochemicals

By Wayne Anderson ND
interview by Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH

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We originally thought of Lyme disease as primarily an infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. In the decades that followed, researchers began identifyingother tick-borne bacteria and toxins that frequently accompany Lyme infections. We have come to realize that the symptoms which we once described as “Lyme disease” frequently involve other bacteria, such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, or Mycoplasma, or rarer species such as the Rickettsia group or tularemia. Transmitted in the digestive tract of ticks or fleas, these pathogens may be carried by cats, rats, mice, deer, and other animals, depending on the microbe. These pathogenic bacteria are among the smallest known life-forms on earth. Unlike most bacteria, they are harbored within the cell as a virus would be or within the interstices between the cells, making it difficult for the immune system to dislodge them.

Certain types of toxigenic mold can also be a major factor in neurotoxic conditions. Petrol-based pesticides, insecticides, and solvents are a third major contributor to neurotoxic inflammation. The extensive neurotoxic effects of pesticides, for example, have been well documented. Heavy metals are sludge toxins with some of the same neurotoxic effects as petrol-based chemicals. Mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic involve similar neurotoxic mechanisms of action and can cause similar symptoms.

Microbes and toxins stored in fat tissue: Lyme, molds, and petrol-based chemicals all contain lipid molecules. The lipid molecules in the structure of the pathogens and toxins are attracted to the fat in our bodies (lipophilic) and can become embedded in that fat tissue and persist. [Read more…]

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Babesia Like Organisms (BabLO): Consideration, Signs and Symptoms

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Wayne Anderson ND combines Functional and Integrative Medicine disciplines with the best of conventional medicine.

By Wayne Anderson N.D.

Copyright c 2010 Dr. Wayne Anderson

Disclaimer: given the fact that Borrelia (Lyme disease) and the co-infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and others) all have the same mechanisms of action there is significant symptom overlap. These symptom pictures are meant to be used as templates that will vary given the diversity of the >100 Babesia subspecies and the individual patient’s co-morbidities, strengths and weakness. This information is primarily written for practitioners, but may be useful to patients as well.

Overview:

When a patient’s symptoms are predominately head and neck you must think of Babesia Like Organisms (BabLo). When the patient has depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit disorder (ADD),  with sweats that are worse at night, think BabLo. If the patient has severe [Read more…]

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Coinfection Testing

Question: Does Igenex Labs Test for coinfections?

Answered by Susan Friedl – Gordon Medical Research Coordinator:

Igenex Labs does test for many of the tick borne coinfections, including a variety of tests for Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Babesia microti and Babesia duncani, Human Monocytic Ehrlichia and Anaplasma Phagocytophila, Bartonella henselae, and Rickettsia species (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Mediterranean spotted fever, Boutonneuse fever, Israeli spotted fever, Astrakhan fever, Indian tick typhus, Murine typhus, Cat flea rickettsiosis, flea-borne typhus.) [Read more…]

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Still Have Symptoms After Treatment for Babesia

Question: With a history of dysnomia related to babesia, although the babesia may be gone, I still have Neurally Mediated Hypotension, high BP (blood pressure), POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia), temperature problems, sleep off and on, it often takes until 5 AM to fall asleep, 8 years post-function adrenal collapse.  Please explain the physiological dynamics of what is going wrong with the autonomic nervous system and the hypo-pituitary adrenal system.

Answer from GMA Staff:

We have written about factors predisposing to infection, the “total load” and the cycle of maladaptive responses that can follow Lyme and tick-borne diseases.  In fact, these problems also are common among chronic fatigue (syndrome or not) patients, people suffering from long-term stress and others who are chronically-ill.

Our writer comments that after the infection has been treated, his (let’s assume) adrenal, autonomic, and other symptoms persist. [Read more…]