I was not diagnosed with lyme and ehrlichiosis for at least 5 years after I became infected and I was on Dr. Jernigan's protocol for about 8 months and have been in remission ever since. That was about 3 years ago.
So no, I do not believe a person has to be on chemical antibiotics for years unless they are the type of person who is not able to think "outside the box".
I do believe with the right protocol, diet, daily detoxing, a person could get better as I did much sooner. I am living proof of this.
Please read and learn as much as you can. Have you read Dr. Jernigan's new book called Beating Lyme Disease? A person has nothing to lose by reading this eye-opening book that gives a totally different perspective on this disease.