Your question is very thought provoking. You obviously are trying to be very
open-minded and have even revealed that you have a slight bias. You are in a very good position right now. Your desire is not to win an argument, but rather, to get better. Part of the problem on a forum is that we can easily be misunderstood. and someone else will become defensive because of it. I am really encouraged by this forum however, as I feel that people are free to express their sincerely held opinion, and will not be attacked for it.
Your question has 2 separate issues. I will first address the timeline for improvement. It really varies from person to person. When Heather was at the 4 month point in treatment like you are, some of her her Babesia specific symptoms seemed to be improved, but her overall condition seemed to have deteriorated. That observation caused us to start to have strong suspicion that her antibiotics had become part of the problem, i.e Azithromycin, Mepron, Ceftin, and Biaxin. At the 5.5 month point in treatment, compatibility testing revealed that they were part of the problem. Also, Liver enzyme tests revealed that she had highly elevated liver enzymes. When antibiotics were discontinued, her liver enzymes eventually returned to normal. Could she have continued the same antibiotics or other toxic antibiotics for 1.5 to 2 years without expecting permanent damage? I know that her LLMD was very concerned about
her protracted elevated enzymes. We later allowed Heather to be put back on antibiotics by her second LLMD. These were first tested for compatibility however.
Believe it or not, I do not hate antibiotics. In fact, every member of my family has used them on occasion when needed, i.e. prescribed by an M.D. We have never used them for over a month at a time however, other than for Heather's Lyme illness.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is an M.D. He was trained to prescribe antibiotics, and he in fact did prescribe them early in his medical career. He gradually formed the opinion that the use of antibiotics was counterproductive, and that potentially herbals were as good or better than the best antibiotic. He uses mostly herbals and other "alternative" forms of treatment today as a result.
I read a lot of Dr. Klinghardts articles when Heather was very ill. He said one thing in particular that sent chills down my spine. He said that his observation is that when patients come to him after being on antibiotics for 18 months or more, that their immune systems were more depressed than his other chronically ill lyme patients. It was also less likely that the immune systems of those patients would ever become strong again. I had already spent enough time reading the posts on Lyme forums that I had formed a similar opinion. I have just seen several people with relapse reappear on this forum in the last couple of days. I see a lot of other people that consider themselves "cured," but they have to be careful not to exceed their "limitations." Simply put, we had higher expectations for Heather.
Heather's doctor, Dr. Jernigan does not believe that antibiotics are a bad choice for newly discovered Lyme. His opinion is that they should only be used up to a maximum of 4 months. After that point, the cumulative toxic and deleterious factor that they introduce is counterproductive to the overall result that the patient is seeking.
Every person experiences their own individual timeline for improvement. Is there a norm? I would certainly expect that you would see some improvement within the next 2-4 months, but it is unpredictable. The real question is- what is acceptable to you? I cannot answer that question for you. I too admit of my own bias. I trust Dr. Jernigan's opinion, and the accuracy of my personal observations.
The second issue is "compatibility testing" Some Chiropractors and many Naturepathic Doctors (ND)have frequency-based testing equipment that can accurately tell you how compatible or incompatible your medications and supplements are. In actuality, the tester is not testing the medication for toxicity. The tester tests your body's response to each medication or supplement. Is the medication right for you? Your body elicits a neurological response to everything. I am very pro-supplement, but I know that I wasted a lot of money on supplements that we didn't need before we used this type of testing. The generic name of this type of testing equipment in general is "Electro Dermal". Some of the specific equipment technology names are Computronix, Asyra, and Ondamed. Dr. Jernigan developed his own proprietary testing called "Bioresonance." There are probably others as well. "Muscle Testing" is a more crude way of detecting incompatibilities. Some people on this forum have both M.D.'s and N.D.s working to make them well. It might be worth your while to call around, and to see whether someone can test your medications.
I would encourage other people to chime in as well. I cannot prove any of what I have stated. It is only one person's opinion. Four months of treatment experience is probably insufficient to motivate you to make a change. I have found that time changes things, and is a great teacher eventually. You are on the right track by asking such questions! We all have to experience the learning curve. Most of us cannot escape it.
Post Edited (Heathersdad) : 1/2/2013 10:01:24 PM (GMT-7)