Dear Stephen,
I’m working with a naturopath that has started treating me for marcons staph bacteria, using Terminalia chebula in a sinus spray. Her results with patients is very promising, she says. She explains that the infection present in the sinuses prevents the body from using essential fats and sugars that allow the body to fight off the lyme. (I’ve used a very simplistic explaination, hers was much more scientific.) My naturopath as been working with a lyme specialist MD in Palo Alto (Dr. Patel) for the past 12 years. Dr. Patel considers this a breakthrough in lyme treatment. I was wondering what your opinion is on marcons. Thank you very much!
Stephen’s response:
Marcons is not new, I have been writing about multiple-resistant staph over 15 years. As to biofilms: ALL bacteria that can, do make biofilms. It is just one of the methods they use to protect  themselves and they have been doing it for, well, many millions of years. Plants and all living organisms have developed methods to respond to biofilms, just as they have developed methods to deal with antibiotic resistance mechanisms such as efflux pumps. The human body is filled with bacterial organisms and they all interact with each other. Coinfection with bartonella (for example) does make treatment of lyme more difficult but it does not make it impossible. You don’t have to eliminate the bartonella before you can treat the lyme. Nor do you have to eliminate the staph before you can treat the lyme. The claims I have read about Marcons are more extreme than I can comfortably endorse. Nearly everyone has resistant staph in their nose – that is part of the function of the nose (and various organs in the throat and the sinuses, and . . . ), that is, to intercept infectious bacteria. If it really bothers you, 30 days of a cryptolepis/sida acuta/alchornea tincture regimen (from will clear it up quite nicely. Or its use as a nasal spray. Terminalia is a good herb and it is active against staph, so use it as well if you want to.
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