Mustardseed- That's exactly what I want to believe/hear. Again I just wish there were more examples of this type of healing. The whole holistic approach just seems far too complex for me. I know that holistic can be of benefit, but Trying to listen to Klinghart protocols and follow those is like decoding advanced trigonometry, more than my brain can handle. Sometimes I think he and others just throw so many things in the mix just to baffle you with BS so to speak. Theres already enough variables in this disease. Not to knock people's healing methods but with all these overly complex natural herbal protocols and special diets with so many things added, how would you know what's helping and what's not? Plus Anytime I'm on Amazon looking at houtinyaya, cryptolepis and Japanese Knotweed and teasel, I just have a hard time convincing myself that A $10-$20 'tincture' is going to be of much benefit to a disease that people are remortgaging their house and spending thousands to treat. I guess i'm just frustrated by the complexity of all this and taking it out on the 'herbies.'
Not that ABX are that much simpler like I said in OP, with pulsing and all the different types, but at least it makes sense from a theoretic standpoint. I would like to think I could have some success using traditional protocols to simply attack the bacteria and get into remission.
Hey Logmoss! I feel your frustration. There is definitely some shady stuff in the alternative healing community generally speaking and it can be hard to tease out from the truth. I got this disease right before I was supposed to graduate with a degree in biochemistry, so of course you know I came at this from a critical angle initially. If the medical community didn't let me down over and over again I probably would have never questioned any of this stuff and proceeded on with the religion of technological medicine. But truth be told, scientifically speaking, herbal medicine actually makes a hell of a lot more sense. Plants are far more equipped to deal with all the various morphologies of microbes, subtle immune modulations, biofilm disaggregation etc. That is a craft they have been developing for hundreds of millions of years. From a scientific standpoint, pharmaceuticals are actually quite crude and unsophisticated in nature by comparison. And honestly, the way most doctors use abx for lyme is only partially sensible from a theoretical standpoint. Often there is one antibiotic that penetrates deeply, one that hits intracellular compartments, and one that hits cystic forms. But as these are chosen for their different abilities, they don't naturally overlap entirely. In other words, is your cyst buster really busting all the cysts that your tetracycline is generating? Or are they just isolating the infection to a particular region? Furthermore they don't really deal with biofilms at all to my knowledge which is probably the biggest issue with chronic infection imo. The best most docs can hope for is to knock the infection far back enough that the immune system can take over and maintain remission, and my doc at least was very up front about
That said, there is a reason abx is valuable. While I have no doubt that there are herbs in the world for darned near every disease, we don't know a lot about
them as a culture or how to approach their use. Our current use of herbs is about
as limited as our current use of antibiotics. So you really just have to play around and see what's right for you. If you want to learn more about
herbal approaches to lyme, I really enjoyed Stephen Buhners books. His approach isn't a silver bullet, but he is one of the few who backs it up in detailed and well thought-out scientific theory. As he says, sometimes you can have the best theory, but the gods will laugh. And aint that the truth. Nonetheless, it's a wonderful introduction to the value of herbal medicine in theory and it is definitely helping people. If you want to go the abx route primarily, I have seen many benefit from it as well. In fact it seems to me the success and failures of each occur with a similar frequency.