It’s been 6 months since I started the Buhner’s protocol for Lyme disease to which I added several other changes in my habits. I’ll break it up in sections.
The Herbal Antibiotics
I started with Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) and with Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa).
Dosage: 200-300 mg/day of either one, because in the first four months I could not take the two in the same day – awful herxing with chest tightness, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath during the night and burning brain during the day.
Every day I had this cold flame running through my brain and giving me a specific headache and extreme mood swings – I could be totally normal one moment and then I could go to extremely angry/stressed/pissed/depressed/etc. It was like switching in a second from +100 (normal/okay mode) to -100 (the worst intensity of any negative emotions). This improved once I started on Lion’s Mane and Gotu Kola (the nerves began to heal).
It was not awful in and of itself since I’m used to such things, but I didn’t want to have to call an ambulance at night and talk to doctors and tell them I am treating with plants an “imaginary” disease (chronic Lyme). The days when I go to doctors and am told “you’re mentally ill and need to do yoga and meditation to heal” are gone.
The minimal therapeutic dose for each of the Buhner’s antibiotics is about 3 grams per day if I remember correctly. So I was taking about a tenth of that. Even inhaling some of the dust of the powders while making capsules would give me what I call “an instant herx”.
I switched to Cat’s claw and Andrographis paniculata after 2 months, because the Chinese Skullcap affected my blood pressure due to its effects on the nervous system. The same minimal dosage.
After another 2 months I managed to start rotating Japanese knotweed/Andrographis paniculata/Cat’s claw each day — 1-1-1.
The last few weeks I added Houttuynia cordata for my chronic mycoplasma infection and since then I take Japanese knotweed/Andrographis/Houttuynia with every meal (1 capsule of each, with a larger dose of Japanese knotweed since I noticed it improves the quality of my sleep – it’s also a very powerful anti-inflammatory in the brain).
Lion’s mane powder – 1 teaspoon, Cordyceps sinensis extract, Gotu Kola 500 mg capsules 2x/day, collagen 3x/day, reishi, maitake, shiitake, Alpha-lipoic acid, NAC, Sarsaparilla
All help with a quicker healing of the nervous system (of course, besides other benefits). Lion’s mane helped immediately with the extreme mood swings from the neurotoxins that were flooding my brain as the bacteria was dying. Gotu Kola helps with my memory – I started learning German and Spanish a month ago and my memory is better than it used to be 5-6 years ago when I started learning German for the first time. I remember that only few words stuck in my brain at that time, in a very chaotic manner, which made whatever German I learned unusable.
The Other Changes
1. Intermittent fasting – fasting for 16 hours each day, every day, eating whatever my body accepted. In the first 3 months, I could only eat goat cheese camembert and sheep cheese along with vegetable soups. Everything else gave me bloating/migraines/stomach pain/liver pain…and some other things which I don’t remember right now.
Three months ago I realized I could eat a few cherry tomatoes, a little bit of bell peppers, oats and some more. I did not eat and will never eat again: cow dairy (A1 milk) and gluten containing products.
I will probably never know the full weight of this fasting in my recovery. It has systemic benefits and I have a systemic disease. I lost 13-14 kilograms and 10-11% body fat since I started eating like this. Since the beginning of my crash in 2015 I started putting weight, craving sweets, feeling hungry ALL the time, went into full pre-diabetic mode and insulin resistance (high carb meal meant feeling extremely sleepy at work and sleeping while at home).
“The 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Japan’s Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of the underlying mechanisms of a physiological process called autophagy. […]
This is the body’s way of cleaning house. It happens during starvation, calorie restriction, and fasting. If the body fails to engage in autophagy, damaged cells and structures can accumulate dangerously. Autophagy is one method that the body uses to naturally neutralize cancer cells and degrade cells infected by harmful bacteria and viruses.”
The original article is here. This may have well been the reason why I could tolerate only such small doses of the herbal antibiotics. My body was on a bacterial/viral killing spree, without any outer help.
2. Total rest
I went against my doctor’s advice of moving one hour per day when the cold hit. Since my body’s thermostat has not been working properly since 2015, cold is something my body still cannot adapt to. Five minutes in the cold and then I would spend 4-5 hours trying to warm my body up. Also, rheumatism/Sjogren syndrome symptoms would intensify to the point where I could not use my right hand.
So I did no physical exercise, though intermittent fasting was a pretty good substitute in terms of its impact on the body. I only sat in bed and cooked a small meal every day.