I have found this:
8.The flaw in all Bartonella treatment is the lack of one-year blinded follow-up studies. I have found that Levaquin, Rifampin, Zithromax, doxycycline, Mycobutin, Cumunda, Banderol and Rife machines, at various frequencies and power, may lower body load and lead to initial feelings of improvement. None of these treatments leads to Bartonella cure.www.personalconsult.com/articles/whylymetreatmentsfail.html
And then I found this - which is worrisome, since it's from a very well respected LLMD (Dr. Horowitz) that seems to have a pretty good understanding of both pharma and herbal abx for treating these infections:
An excerpt from his book, "Why Can't I Get Better?"
"There were differences between using the limited and the full Cowden protocol. A larger number of patients showed significant improvement with the full protocol. This was because the full protocol also treated mineral deficiencies and biofilms, and assisted with detoxification, and as we've learned, these factors can be important for MSIDS* patients to recover. The full protocol also helped patients with their disturbed sleep patterns and underlying anxiety, since Valerian root is a potent herbal remedy for these conditions. We found both the limited and full protocols to be safe and efficacious. There were, however, no significant effects on co-infections like Babesia and Bartonella, and there were no significant effects on removing heavy metal burdens with just Chlorella and zeolite."/goo.gl/Ymu6y2
*MSIDS - Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome - a term coined by Dr. H to describe the tick-borne infections and what they cause in the body. www.cangetbetter.com/
Of course, this doesnt' mean that you absolutely won't heal your Bartonella infection as there are likely those that have - but it's not likely to do so. Please do keep this in mind as you go through your treatments. More than anything, this means that you do need to ask to be sure that IF those herbs don't work for your Bartonella and Babesia infections (if you have them) that she will have you using other things as well.
We absolutely must be our own health advocates with these infections. Too many people have relied solely on their doctors to heal them and have either had to switch doctors because they were in treatment for years without improvement, or they relapsed due to not being treated completely. We just want you to be aware of these things. I promise we aren't really attacking your doc, only trying to help you protect yourself.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15
*I can usually post a link to any info that I post. Wish to see a link? Please just ask!
Post Edited (Traveler) : 7/7/2015 2:46:43 PM (GMT-6)