I’m on week six of DSFM. I started my first month at 250 mg per day, and a couple weeks back upped my dose to 500 mg per day (adult male, 170 lbs). In addition, I’ve been taking Plaquenil, minocycline, and rifampin. Supplementing with lots of vitamins and minerals. This is a very aggressive regiment, but I’ve been treating for a long time and had made great progress before ever starting the DSFM. Primary infection at this point appears to be bartonella, as evidenced by the distinctive rashes that manifest when adding effective killing agents.
about three days ago I had an intense Herx. Within two hours of taking my dose of 500 mg I had a sudden onset significant abdominal pain and discomfort followed by two hours of extreme, unrelenting diarrhea. I was concerned it was c-dif, but it seemed to resolve after two hours and I was fine the next day.
What’s noteworthy is that it I have absolutely been experiencing more frequent bartonella rashes since adding DSFM into my regiment. I don’t know whether as a singular agent DSFM effectively kills bartonella, but in combination with my other meds it definitely appears to be inducing significant herxing. For those struggling with bartonella, I believe that DSFM is likely an effective treatment when used in conjunction with other proven antibiotics.
While my overall functioning is good, today I am feeling crappy. My primary remaining symptoms are joint stiffness and cracking, which seem to worsen with increased inflammation. I believe I need to increase my detox protocol, so I will be taking more Epsom salt baths, drinking more lemon water, and adding bentonite clay into my regiment. I have not pulsed or taken beaks from my drug regiment since starting DSFM, and suspect that my body is struggling to detox that amount of bacteria Im killing. I’m hoping that by pushing forward aggressively with this regiment I can break past the plateau I had been stuck at before beginning DSFM.
TLDR: Six weeks in, DSFM is absolutely doing something for suspected-bartonella.
That sounds like it's a possiblity. Of course a lot of it is speculative. It's awful because, there is no universally accepted standard of testing, no universal standard of treatment. None for any of these illnesses, no study into the synergy of them as coinfections.
Anyway, there is thread on facebook that speculates this as well and really highlights how bad we with lyme actually have it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ygfgd5z8jz7pqij/dsf%20bartonella%20reaction.pdf?dl=0