Dear Stephen,
I’ve read Healing Lyme and it’s a good resource. I would like to know whether you have any experience in having patients use your core protocol along with antibiotics long term. Are there any contraindications? Is there any evidence to suggest that your core protocol SHOULD NOT be used with antibiotic treatment (i.e., could the herbs lessen the effect, etc.)?


Stephen’s response:
Thanks. As to long term antibiotics (abx), many people are using the core protocol with abx long term and as far as I know there have been no problems. From what I have heard and from what the literature shows the abx should prove more effective if used with the protocol.
This is for two reasons. The first is that the better the immune system, the better and more efficiently abx work. The herbs in the protocol do help raise immune function.
The second reason is that knotweed is a good synergist for pharmaceuticals; that is, studies have found that even with antibiotic resistant organisms that have not responded to pharmaceuticals, if the pharmaceuticals are retaken along with the knotweed they suddenly become effective. All this is enhanced even more if a collagen support protocol is also being followed.
Stephen
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