Thanks for your kind words, Huddie. This forum helped me so much that I'm just paying it forward.
I completely understand the challenges associated with reading Buhner's books and figuring out protocols.
I was totally overwhelmed with Buhner's first Lyme book that I tried to read during my time on abx. I couldn't make any sense of it.
My LLMD surprised me a month before taking me off abx when he told me he wanted me to start an herbal protocol at that point. I was given a choice of Buhner, Cowden or White. My "regular" life was crazy at that time (I was moving and my mother had some serious health issues happening). I found I still couldn't wrap my head around Buhner and chose Cowden for simplicity.
I wound up switching to Buhner because I only herxed on Cowden and experienced no improvements. Taking Kudzu (as recommended by Buhner) cleared my brain fog within a month and I slowly improved by following the protocols along with herbs geared towards my symptoms.
While the herbalist thinks I've been dealing with mostly Lyme and a little Bartonella (based upon my symptoms history), I had treated for Babesia for a year before consulting him. Many of the herbs used to treat Babesia are effective for Lyme or Bartonella. I got myself almost to 99% healed (a couple of super-mild symptoms).
Still, I felt my protocol was ready to be modified and I couldn't take my own advice to listen to my body lol The herbalist filled in some blanks for me and his recommendations have brought me solidly to 99% in just a few weeks. I'm hopeful ;)
Only time will tell what your story will be. Pay attention to your body - it will tell you what it needs.
Best of luck to you moving forward!!
Please let us know how things go.
Jul '14 tick bite - inadequate abx from PCP
Sept '14 met LLMD - clinical Lyme dx due to Bells Palsy/started abx (CDC positive IgM)
Feb '15 weaned off abx and started full Cowden protocol along w/LDN - 90% healed
Aug '15 started transition to Buhner's Lyme, Babesia & Bartonella protocols
Nov '15 stopped LDN - 98% healed
Aug '16 started modified Buhner Lyme/Bart protocol - 99% healed!
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