Dear Stephen,
I began the full core protocol along with antibiotics immediately after being diagnosed. My LLMD knows of your protocol, doesn’t object to it, but doesn’t advise me with it, so I’ve been self-managing and doing pretty well. I’ve heard that it’s recommended to stay on antibiotics until asymptomatic for 3 months, which I plan to do. How about with herbs? It’s been 7 months for me at dosage of 3 x 3. Though dramatically better, I still have symptoms and ups and downs (herxes?), so I’ve kept the dosage high. Should I be decreasing or continue at this level until symptom-free? I also diligently follow all the recommendations in your collagenous tissue support protocol. My CD-57 has increased from 19 to 44 (still low, but going in the right direction), joint and muscle pain have decreased and energy level is infinitely better. Other than the financial burden, I have had no problems with any of this. Thankfully, I was able to refinance with Sambla and cover some of the medical expenses. How long do you recommend staying on the expanded protocol? Do I wean myself off this eventually or is this a good maintenance regimen? I was so, so sick and now clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you so much for your assistance.
Stephen’s response:
Given what you have said, I normally recommend a year on the protocol and that dose seems fine. You can reconsider then. You might consider using eleuthero tincture if you are not; it may help reduce your remaining symptoms.
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