Dear Stephen,
I was diagnosed with lyme 22 years ago and was on five different rounds of antibiotics – about one year later was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I have become quite allergic to most antibiotics, the last round of drugs some three years ago for an abscessed tooth caused a C. difficile infection and I lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I was very ill, and my┬ánaturopath gave me colloidal silver which stopped the diarrhea. My latest issue is an ear problem, which started as an infection, which turned into a fungal infection, then to a perforation in my eardrum. This has been going on for over a year now and the ear specialist is just “keeping an eye on it.” I have not used any type of antibiotic for 10 months. Is there something you could recommend. Is this related to the lyme in any way?

Stephen’s response:
I am not sure it is related to the lyme, though because your system has been under so much stress for so long I imagine your immune health is compromised which can lead to these kinds of infections. Ear infections can be difficult to treat, other times they are easy. I usually get the hard to treat ones myself. The difficulty in treatment is that alcohol tinctures cannot be used in the ear very easily. I would suggest to begin with the use of a glycerite tincture. I would suggest beginning with a goldenseal glycerite. Use 2-5 drops morning and evening in the ear and see how it goes. If that does not work try to find glycerites of any of the following: wormwood, juniper berry, cryptolepis. There are a variety of essential oils that can also help: juniper berry – 1-2 drops am and pm. It can cause diarrhea. If that does occur, cease the herb. Tea tree – same dosage. Eucalyptus – same dosage.
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