Dear Stephen,
I have been diagnosed with lyme after two years of investigations and research. My current doctor recommended the antibiotic course because this is what he works with, but I feel like I have to take the herbs and your input in all that concerns lyme has been of great help in understanding the disease better. There are only two lyme specialists in my country (I am from Europe) and neither of them work with alternatives to antibiotics. Do you think it’s a smart idea for me to choose the herbs based on what I know I have and see how it works? If I have both babesia and mycoplasma can I treat them together with a combination of cryptolepis/artemisia annua, serrapeptase, eleutheroccocus and the myco formula? Thank you very much for all the work you do to help people with lyme.

Stephen’s response:
Yes, you can treat them this way, however, I would highly suggest you add sida acuta to the mix as it is crucial for both myco and babesia and I would use that rather than the cryptolepis for that reason. It is essential, with mycoplasma, that you add some fairly strong herbs or supplements to reduce the inflammatory cytokines they produce, specifically EGCG, NAC, and Japanese knotweed. It is also crucial to use herbs to protect the proteoglycans in the body, I would suggest beginning with glucosamine sulfate. And finally, you need to add the following nutrients: fish oil or equivalent (must contain oleic if possible), multi-vitamins, l-arginine, and a broad grouping of amino acids. Mycoplasma scavenges nutrients from host cells and many of its symptoms are caused by nutrient depletion. If you don’t replace what it is using you basically end up suffering various forms of nutrient depletion. There are some sites that strongly recommend NOT using any of these nutrients, they are terribly misguided. The research is plain on this one, if the nutrients are resupplied, the symptom picture decreases. My complete updated protocol for mycoplasma is due to be published this May. My suggestions here will cover the basics and will help reduce problems.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have active herpes, chicken pox, or shingles DO NOT USE L-arginine.
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