There are quite a number of members on the forum who have focused on various alternative approaches to healing.
I agree with Astroman (and Georgia) that diet can be an important key. Gut health and reducing inflammation can make a big difference.
I followed Buhner’s approach to treating lyme as someone in my community healed with Buhner and the approach he outlines made sense to me, which is:
- protect the endothelial cells
- reduce cytokines cascades (this is what causes the immune based reactions essentially)
- support collagen
- take herbs that raise and/or normalize the immune system
- and only then, optionally, take an antimicrobial - note that this step is very optional
For bart and babesia he adds additional herbs to protect various organs and some additional antimicrobials.
Progress was slow but substantial over my first year. I’ve now identified hidden mold in my home, confirmed that it is a problem for me while away from home, and had it removed. I believe that I should be able to make the remaining progress I need to heal. There are other possible rabbit holes that I’m not going to worry about
unless I need to. I am already at around 80% or so I guess and mostly pretty functional. Fwiw, my illness never had an acute phase, following my bite and moving to a mouldy house, my decline was slow and steady until it was undeniable I was truly sick. So I’m a classic case of slow immune dysfunction I think
There are a handful on the forum who have healed following Buhner. I have noticed that many who have said Buhner didn’t work for them focused mostly on his anti-microbial herbs and less on all the supportive ones. I do believe that the crux of his approach is that it is the supportive herbs that work together to tip the body back towards health. It may also be that these people needed a more aggressive approach at the time. I can only speak from my own experience.
All that was just background rambling so you can take or leave anything I say as you see fit. I do think it’s important to decide what resonates for you and then trust that moving forward. For some that’s antibiotics and they have healed. For others it’s something else.
Even if you don’t choose to follow Buhner’s approach I think his book does a really wonderful job of describing exactly what the infections do and how you might subvert them. He also includes a wealth of information on alternative herbs. Dr Rawls book is similar but less detailed and more accessible. I think they are both a good place to start to understand lyme and an alternative way to approach treatment.
My experience with doctors (both naturopaths, and conventional) is that they all have their own pet projects and will tend to see health dysfunction through a single lens. This can make it difficult to navigate as there are often multiple things you may want to address.
Wishing your daughter healing and hope.