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Using Herbal Treatments for Lyme Disease

By Mara Williams, NP

Last November I was blessed to spend a weekend with one of the world’s top herbalists, Stephen Buhner. He is an extraordinary man, fabulous story teller and brilliant in his field of herbalism. Everything he writes is backed by research.

Basic wisdom imparted that weekend included many clinical pearls. Some of my favorites are that Bacteria are sentient beings, have been around the planet for 3.5 billion years and are not going anywhere. (See Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth.) As they are sentient, it is important to develop a relationship with them. We can communicate with bacteria. Their intelligence is astounding as they can communicate and exchange genetic information with other bugs and adapt according to that information. What is so fantastic about herbs is that, as plants, they adapt to the changes in the bugs. The bugs do not develop resistance to the herbs as a result. [Read more…]

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Effective Herbal Formulas for Complex Chronic Illness

New Visions for Health Talk RadioNew Visions for Health talk radio with Joanna C.

Are you interested in Lyme, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & other chronic complex illness?

Tune in for an interview with special guest Susan McCamish of Beyond BalanceSusan McCamish, naturopath.

Susan is best known for her effective herbal formulas for people with chronic complex illness – including Lyme, other tick borne illness, acute and chronic infections, autoimmune illness, and environmental toxicity. Her formulas are used internationally by prominent holistic and Lyme literate M.D.’s and other health practitioners. She has had personal experience with chronic illness and is truly dedicated to helping others.

Sunday, March 9th 2-4pm Pacific Daylight Time  (Set your clock ahead – this is the first day of the time change for Daylight Savings)
New Visions for Health
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Watch an excerpt of Susan McCamish speaking at the 2011 ILADS Conference.

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Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem – NY Times

The New York Times recently published an article based on a study done to find out the integrity of the herbal products available for the public’s use. You can read the article, “Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem“, on the Times website, and the original study by using the links below.

Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds. [Read more…]

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Introduction to the Byron White Formulas And Their Use in Lyme Disease

Wayne Anderson imageBy Wayne Anderson ND

The Missing Piece in Lyme Disease Case Management

Having practiced medicine for 30 years, I know how hard it can be to take on new therapeutic tools. As busy practitioners, we are inundated with the latest and greatest. But I believe when you begin using the Byron White Formulas, you’ll quickly appreciate their distinct benefits.

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Treatment Fatigue

Answers from the Gordon Medical Staff

Question:

Please talk about treatment fatigue in general, in particular, what are your options if your body cannot tolerate antibiotics, maybe the liver function is limited?

By “treatment fatigue” I assume you mean that a specific patient cannot tolerate ongoing standard doses of antibiotics. I would like to address a broader view of this problem, since what it is really addressing is how capable the individual is of mobilizing their immune system (with the aid of antibiotics) to kill the infecting organisms (Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, etc.), and then how capable it is to remove those dead organisms and toxins from the body. This requires the coordinated workings of the organs of detoxification: the liver, intestines, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, lungs, and spleen, along with the immune system, to do this properly. [Read more…]

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Treatment: Antibiotics or Herbs?

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Is it possible to effectively treat Lyme disease and co-infections without antibiotics?  Is the immune system able to wipe it out if given the right support?

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

I would say unequivocally, maybe. The difficulty goes to the heart of the Lyme war between ILADS  and the IDSA. Since active Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, which means it is determined by the patient’s history and current symptoms, we can’t really say how many people diagnosed with Lyme have Lyme, or other infectious or toxin caused diseases.  If you look at symptom lists, the overlap with other illnesses is huge.

My answer is yes, I have read reports of people treated with herbs, and their symptoms and their CD57 tests have normalized. In my practice,  I often start with herbal treatments, but almost always use antibiotics at some point in the therapy. The biggest issue is not drugs vs. herbs, but rather the underlying toxicity of the person, and whether or not their immune system can manage inflammation.  I have had several patients who had severe “Herx’s” to herbs and yet did well on antibiotics. [Read more…]