Lyme Disease and Bartonella: More Common than you think – This article is my #1 recommendation and must-read for understanding Lyme Disease. From DearPharmacist.com.
Dear Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen’s list of trusted Lyme Disease Physicians:
Suzy Cohen explains that Bartonellosis can easily be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis:
“Bartonellosis commonly affects the joints, it is often misdiagnosed as Rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re RA factor is normal, but you are being treated for Rheumatoid, it’s possible you have Bartonella infection. I wrote an article about that here: Maybe You Don’t Really Have Rheumatoid Arthritis .” From DearPharmacist.com.
Dear Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen, notes that proper testing is vital:
“As I said earlier, proper testing is crucial and I recommend PCR testing, not ELISA or “two tier” testing.A baseline CD57 isn’t a bad idea either, it’s not conclusive, it’s just part of the picture. If you have symptoms of Lyme, and your CD57 result is less than 150, I’d suspect Lyme, even before you got your PCR (Igenex) test results done.” DearPharmacist.com.
For Babesia, Dear Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen states:
“Dosing the Artemisinin is tricky. You can doublecheck with your Lyme doctor. There are different ways this herb is used. According to Dr. Marty Ross the most effective is to take it three days in a row, then you take 11 days off. Your intestines have the ability to deactivate the Arteminisin, and that develops 3 to 4 days into treatment, so it’s good to take a high dose then stop (for about 11 days). Most people cycling like this will often get a worsening of their Babesia symptoms but that gradually goes away…For this herb, I recommend Artemisinin by Allergy Research, 300mg taken three times daily for 3 days, then stop for 11 days. Then next cycle goes up in dosage, about 400mg three times daily for 3 days, then go off for 11 days. This is not gospel, just an idea, you need to ask your doctor what’s right for you” http://www.dearpharmacist.com/2013/06/11/lyme-disease-and-bartonella-more-common-than-you-think/
She also suggests trying Nutramedix:
“I mentioned Banderol with Samento ,these are sold as liquid droppers without a prescription. by Nutramedix (www.Nutramedix.com). As I mentioned earlier the Nutramedix protocol is an entirely natural protocol touted by a well-respected Lyme-literate doctor, Lee Cowden Banderol is an herb and it’s pretty much anti-everything! Antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, antiprotozoal, antirickettsial and so forth. It is also anti-inflammatory. It may help with prostatitis, asthma, thrush, urinary tract infections, psoriasis and other conditions….In combination with Samento, another amazing anti-everything herb, lovely things happen for Lyme patients. Samento is TOA-free Cat’s Claw….Even though I like Banderol and Samento in combination, it’s not a foolproof program. For some patients, they need a little bit more to kick the infection altogether, but it’s a great start and worth your time to research.” http://www.dearpharmacist.com/2013/06/11/lyme-disease-and-bartonella-more-common-than-you-think/
Dear Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen recommends Lyme and Bartonella testing through the following Labs:
“To learn more about testing, visit here: Here’s a webpage that discusses testing for LD, and Bartonella (as well as other co-infections):http://www.ilads.org/lyme_research/lyme_articles6.html”
A Few Other Links
LymeProject.com/ Dr. Cameron has been at the forefront of Lyme disease research and treatment since the early l990s, and is considered one of the pioneers in successfully treating recurrent or chronic Lyme. He is the lead author of a recently peer reviewed published treatment guideline for Lyme disease. These guidelines have become a standard of care in the treatment of Lyme disease.
lyme-disease-research-database.com Their mission is to help educate the public on all aspects of the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease, primarily by providing up-to-date information from reliable Lyme experts.
Columbia University: Lyme Disease Established in 1994, the Lyme Disease Research Program of the New York State Psychiatric Institute is the first in the United States to focus research efforts on the neuropsychiatric aspects of Chronic Lyme Disease in adults and children.