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Despite Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 20,000 new Lyme disease infections occur each year, the true figure, as Harvard medical school researchers have found, nearly approaches 200,000. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to incapacitating mental dysfunction. And despite medical pronouncements to the contrary, extensive research has found that tests for the disease are not very reliable and antibiotics are only partially effective; up to 35 percent of those infected will not respond to treatment or will relapse. The spirochetes that cause Lyme are stealth pathogens—they can hide within cells or alter their form so that antibiotics cannot affect them. Lyme disease is, in fact, a potent, emerging epidemic disease for which technological medicine is only partially effective.

Healing Lyme examines the leading, scientific research on Lyme infection, its tests and treatments, and outlines the most potent herbal medicines and supplements that offer help—either alone or in combination with antibiotics—for preventing and healing the disease. It is the essential guide to Lyme infection and its treatment.

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Scott Forsgren, BetterHealthGuy

For those that are looking for options other than conventional antibiotics or looking for a complementary treatment approach, Stephen Buhner’s book provides the best single-source of information available. I have spent hundreds of hours researching Lyme Disease in my own quest for better health. This book is a must-read in my opinion for anyone with chronic Lyme. I also highly recommend that all conventional Lyme doctors read the book as well. Be well!”

Connie Strasheim, Lymebytes

Buhner is a genius when it comes to herbal medicine and understanding Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme Disease. This book provides mind-boggling insights into ticks, the dissemination of the Lyme bacteria, as well as into the bacteria’s life cycle, survival and proliferation tactics. Additionally, it includes information on a number of herbs that not only kill the bacteria and its co-infections, but which also support the body’s systems and help reverse the multiple biochemical dysfunctions found in Lyme sufferers. He includes in-depth information on how these herbs work for treating Lyme as well as how they have been effective for treating other illnesses. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the process of formulating a treatment plan for Lyme.”

Dr. Steven Sponaugle, Florida Detox

Healing Lyme is easily the best discussion of herbal Lymes treatment, which I have found…The herbal Lymes treatments, described by Buhner are far more gentle and effective for the majority of Lymes sufferers than the conventional prescription antibiotics. Florida Detox specializes in chemical dependency treatment but we do encounter patients suffering from Lymes Disease, Bartonella, Babesia and Ehrlichia, who have benefitted from some of the herbs discussed by Buhner.

…We have found the Source Naturals Resveratrol especially effective for reducing MMP 9 to levels, below 300. We have also seen Polygonum cuspidatum decrease excessive VEGF levels. Cat’s Claw has been very helpful for our Lyme and rheumatism patients and we have seen it increase deficient White Blood Cell counts. Andrographis paniculata has produced dieoffs, in some of our patients, who had already been treated with oral antibiotic protocols and Dr. Zhang’s Chinese Lymes Herbal protocol. Andrographis can kill spirochetes, without the side effects caused by prescription Doxycycline. One of our Mycoplasma patients also experienced a dieoff with Andrographis.

…Stephen Buhner is a genius. Healing Lyme would be a bargain at ten times the price…due to the incredible volume of detailed biochemical and immunological information. Buying even one of the journal articles discussed in this book, would cost more than the entire cost of this book, which obviously reviews hundreds of published peer review articles.”

Bryan A. Rosner, LymeBook

I am the author of a different Lyme book, “When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines.” I just finished reading Stephen Buhner’s book in my process of researching to write another book on Lyme. I found his book to be excellent – both highly informative and informationally accurate.”

Dr. Tedde M. Rinker

As a physician who works primarily in Preventive Medicine, I find myself meeting people almost everyday with vague multi-system complaints that have come and gone, got worse and better (but steadily, with each episode felt more sick), and played dectective, searching for causes, because it could *never* be one thing that caused so many organ systems to run amuck! Lyme disease can mimick almost any disease from Multiple Sclerosis to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to rheumatoid arthritis, and many infected patients are thought to have psychiatric problems. Mr. Buhner’s excellent and highly educational book dives deep into the “expert system” that a stealth pathogen such as the Lyme spirochete develops to hide itself from our immune system, and to use our immune system to create inflammation that creates it’s “food”.

…He makes an excellent case for cooperative treatment between alternative healthcare providers who can provide the absolutely necessary specific immune support (and not the immune stimulation that will undermine recovery) which will reduce herxheimer reactions and make antibiotic treatment *much* more effective. The content of his book I would estimate to be about 20% bibliography, 80% explanation and direction. Doctors will need it, patients can muddle through it and find it tremendously helpful, and if as a patient you are determined to avoid antibiotic treatment, or your doctor refuses to treat you, this provides a rational protocol. Bravo for Stephen Buhner, this book is brilliant!”

Fran Giaquinto, Bsc PhD

In this original and meticulously researched book, Stephen Buhner sets out to explain Lyme disease, currently the most common vector borne disease in the USA and a serious emerging health threat throughout the temperate world…Healing Lyme covers a huge amount of well-referenced technical, scientific and herbal information. The result is a book that is important for health practitioners, sufferers of Lyme disease and anyone interested to know more about it and the risks of catching it. It is also important for epidemiologists concerned with emerging diseases, and ecologists and microbiologists interested in organism-organism interactions…

There is a fascinating section where symptoms are described and then explained in relation to Lyme pathogenesis. This provides valuable insight into why patients may present with complex symptoms; why progression of the disease differs between individuals, and why accurate diagnosis and treatment of different stages of infection are critical. On this last point, for instance, he explains that although Astragalus is an effective herb for early stage infections it may exacerbate the condition in late stage because of the spirochaete’s effect on the immune system…

In my judgement, Healing Lyme, is an important and timely contribution to the knowledge about this serious and complex health threat. The book demands a wide audience.”

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Page 106, under “Specific indications for Lyme disease:” last line. This should be “bartonella coinfection.” NOT “ehrlichia coinfection.”

Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd edition, published July 2012
Herbal Antivirals, August 2013
Bartonella and Mycoplasma, May 2013
Babesia, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia, tbd
Gaia’s Mind, tbd
Healing Lyme Update Spring 2015

All of Stephen Buhner’s current books can be purchased through the bookstore.