as anyone any comments on the use of Samento/Banderol? I am considering these - I was just diagnosed with Lyme (positive testing) 2 weeks ago. However, I think I have had it for many, many years as the symptoms I got (neurological mostly) have impacted me in the past after severe stress events. I have had episodes probably 1/2 dozen times over the last 35 years (I am 51 now) that last anywhere from months to up to 2 years - then they recede. I have been bitten perhaps hundreds of times by ticks in my life - I live rural and in a tick-infested area in Maryland.
Docs did many, many tests but found nothing (1st tests when I was in high school!) and, along the way, I managed to get BS and MS degrees in Engineering, get married, have 3 kids and a very successful career. However, all has not been rosy as major life stressors have caused me to spiral into a flare-up of Lyme (unbeknownst to me at the time). Docs could find NOTHING any of these times and finally concluded that it was "all in my head." So then, I tried anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills which just made matters worse - I am very sensitive to meds and those buggers were too much for me. Plus, I felt like a 2nd class citizen - bordering on being a nut case for all those years - if only, I had done REAL testing for Lyme! My last "episode" happened following a divorce after 17 years of marriage (5-6 years ago). After about a year and a few months of non-stop symptoms and the A/Ds and A/As not working, the doc finally basically threw up his hands and said "try this" and gave me Remeron to help me sleep. It WORKED miraculously - perhaps because it let me sleep and let my immune system rally against the Lyme! For the past 5 years, I have been remarkably well - until about a month ago. This time, there was NO major stressor, rather a bulls-eye rashed tick bite! I test positive for Lyme (Western Blot markers IGG 41 and IGM 41, 39, 23) - my "ailment" finally had a name!!!
Anyway, long story...now I am on Amoxicillin which cleared up ALL my physical symptoms in 3 days (had muscle aches, chills, joint pain)! However, now the brain fog and other neuro sypmtoms came in (including panic attacks). I believe these are caused by the neurotoxins being emitted from the dying organisms but still working this. I should also tell you that I am very active and exercise a LOT - running 35 miles per week generally so I think this has helped me over the years. I also eat very healthy - the only meat I eat is fish and stick to whole foods and the like. The bottom line here for this post is the Samento/Banderol. If I have had this so long, the organisms probably have been able to adapt by hiding out in my body and converting to cystic forms which allows them to rise-up during times of extreme stress (with my immune ystem lowered). I see where these supplements might work on those forms of the disease. I am taking teasel now, too, to help in that regard. Does either the Samento/Banderol help with the neuro-Lyme symptoms?
Thanks all and BE WELL!