Below, you will find links to the specific products I am using to follow the protocols outlined in: The Lyme Disease Solution, Healing Lyme and its Co-infections, Why Do I Feel This Way, and Unlocking Lyme. I will provide links to a variety of different companies/distributors, but you will notice that several of my links direct you to Shaklee products. In all my research, it is the Shaklee company that lines up with my expectations for safety, purity, and efficacy. They are backed by solid scientific clinical studies and have over 60 years of guaranteed quality.
For any purchase that is made by using my Shaklee links in order to follow a Lyme protocol, I will DONATE the proceeds to lymedisease.org. So, you can be confident that you are not only supporting your own healing, or the healing of a loved one, but you are helping fund research and advocacy for the healing of thousands around the globe. I will not keep these proceeds for myself.
BASIC NUTRITIONAL FOUNDATIONS
NO GLUTEN! People with Lyme must be gluten free, and must avoid foods with refined sugar. These pathogens LOVE wheat gluten and sugar. My LLMD told me, “You must go gluten free–no substitutes!” So, I don’t buy the gluten free bread at the grocery store. He told me that the Paleo diet is the way to go, so that’s what we are doing. Buy organic foods when possible. Drink purified water (tap water can destroy the good gut bacteria you have that are essential to fighting this disease).
EXTRA NUTRIENTS NEEDED: All four of the afore mentioned books stress the importance of a basic nutritional foundation. These pathogens eat up the nutrients the Lyme patient’s body. Consuming raw, whole foods is not enough so supplementation is vital for healing. I am including quotes from what I call “the Lyme bible” which is Dr. Kenneth Singleton’s The Lyme Disease Solution. Your LLMD will have read this book many times from cover to cover. He has an extensive chapter on the basic nutrients a Lyme patient needs.
As a foundation, I take the Shaklee RX for a Healthier Life with Life Strip, which includes the following. I also get a coupon for any Shaklee product $100 and under for only $10. I use that $10 for an extra Vivix.
A 30 day supply of:
- 2 High Potency Multi-Vitamins (based upon 7 clinical studies)
- 2 Omega 3 Fatty Acid Capsules
- 1 B + C Complex (Lyme scavenges the B vitamins, so it is very important that I have all the B vitamins replaced each day. Vitamin C is also crucial for beating Lyme).
- 2 Resveratrol capsules (includes the Japanese Knotweed recommended for Lyme)
- Protein (has both pre and probiotics, fiber, additional omegas, and comes in several flavors and is crucial for keeping muscle tissue)
- Nutriferon: A natural immunity booster developed by a Nobel Prize winning scientist.
This strip provides the extra nutrients my body needs to fight these infections. I will put an ** by the vitamins that this strip provides, so you can see how cost effective this is, in the end and you won’t have to buy extra supplements unless your doctor requires it.
Also, I truly believe that this is what has protected my endothelial tissue from permanent damage from the bacteria. It is also why I haven’t had as severe of symptoms as many who have had chronic Lyme for years.
**Vitamin C: in doses of 500-2000mg per day. Dr. Singleton notes that vitamin C “is perhaps the most versatile and important vitamin because of the wide range of functions it supports in the body.” The multi vitamins I listed above provide 500 mg. I want the 2000mg, so I add 3 of these a day, and I spread them out into three doses at mealtimes. Vitamin C is water soluble, so our bodies use it up. That’s why I don’t take it all at once.
**Vitamin A: 3-5000 IU. The strip above provides enough, so I don’t take extra Vitamin A. It is not a water soluble vitamin so I don’t want to take too much.
**Vitamin B Complex: My strip listed above also provides all 8 B vitamins in a bio-available format. Some Lyme patients need more than this. Check with your doctor. B vitamins are also water soluble, so our body uses them up pretty quickly. If your doctor wants you to have higher doses, this B complex is excellent.
**Vitamin D: Get 20 minutes of sunshine each day–avoiding the hottest hours of the day. A morning walk is perfect. Taking a supplement is helpful too. The strip I listed above provides 1,000 IU of Vitamin D, which should be enough for most people. Or, this Vita-D is cheaper than most you find in stores. “Treatment with vitamin D can reduce musculoskeletal pain in a certain percentage of Lyme patients” (Singleton). “Vitamin D plays an important role in the reduction of autoimmunity by helping the body to control excessive Th1 responses” (Singleton). Your LLMD can run tests for vitamin D deficiency. He/she can recommend the right dosage for you.
**Magnesium: “Both Lyme and Bartonella significantly deplete the body’s supply of magnesium” (Singleton). He suggests 400 mg per day. The strip above provides 200 mg. But if you have a deficiency, your doctor my require more. Just take in divided doses. This is the Magnesium I take. It is very inexpensive.
Coenzyme Q10: This plays an important role in helping your mitochondria “manufacture cellular fuel” or ATP. “Without an adequate supply of CoQ10, the cells are unable to produce enough ATP, resulting in energy loss and fatigue” (Singleton). CoQ10 also helps Vitamin E do its job in the body. Many Lyme patients have a CoQ10 deficiency–which makes sense because fatigue is often one of the first symptoms Lyme patients notice. I take one CoQ Heart a day.
**Omega 3 EFAs: “The major usefulness of these oils in the treatment of Lyme is their potent anti-inflammatory effects” (Singleton). These are included in the strip of vitamins I listed at the beginning, and I also consume Flax seeds, walnuts and the like. Another great option is OmegaGuard. 1,000-4,000 mg per day as recommended by your doctor.
GLA: (Gamma-Linoleic Acid) This is an Omega 6 oil. 240-960 mg is the usual dosage, but check with your LLMD. I take this GLA.
**Probiotics: The protein listed above provides patented pre and pro-biotics. I also take Shaklee’s Optiflora, that delivers acidophilus and bifidus right to my intestines. I take one everyday no matter what, but while I was on an antibiotic for 30 days, I took 3 a day to avoid getting candida. So, if your LLMD prescribes an antibiotic for your treatment, probiotics are ESSENTIAL! My LLMD also wanted me to take Sacchromyces bulordii twice a day, so I went to my local whole foods store and bought this one by Jarrow brand. So, while on an antibiotic, I took 3 optiflora and 2 sacchromyces bulordii (keep these refrigerated).
**Selenium: All you would need is found in the vitamin strip. Selenium helps with collagen protection.
Liver Support: Dr. Singleton, Dr. Rawls, and Stephen Buhner all recommend taking Milk Thistle for liver support. Whether you are on antibiotics or not, your liver will need to be able to clear out all the dead bacteria from your body and maintain its health in the process. “Silymarin, the primary active component of milk thistle, offers potent antioxidant protection for liver cells…it has also been found to induce regeneration of liver cells. It is the most widely researched of all liver protective herbs and is well known for low toxicity and high safety” (Rawls). I take 3 of these everyday, one per meal.
Now that you have your basics, I am going to jump to Stephen Buhner’s Healing Lyme books. He also has a website with his basic Lyme protocol. I have done a lot of researching of products to use, and I will provide links here. Some of these are companies Stephen actually recommends in his book. I will also list any pertinent information given by Dr. Rawls.
Before beginning ANY herbal protocol, run it by your doctor. If you are pregnant, ESPECIALLY run it by your doctor before beginning any of these protocols. Also, read Stephen Buhner’s Healing Lyme intently. He lists any substance interactions and warnings in his book. He is extremely thorough!
BASIC LYME PROTOCOL
Japanese Knotweed Root (aka Resveratrol): This is the number one herb that LLMDs suggest for fighting Lyme disease. Singleton, Buhner, and Rawls all listed as the first thing to take, outside of the vitamins listed above. Little did I know that I had been taking it for years–just not at a high enough dosage. I believe this is what has kept my Lyme from totally debilitating my body systems. This is the product I take along with the capsules I list below from Green Dragon Botanicals. This amazing herb regulates the inflammatory process. It is a protector of the brain and heart. Buhner calls it “an endothelial structure protector”. “Because borrelia orient the majority of their infection of the body around their penetration through endothelial cells and junctions, it is imperative those cells be protected. The bacterial assault on endothelial structures, especially the brain and heart, is the root of the most damaging symptoms that occur during infection. Thus, protecting endothelial cells and junctions protects the brain and heart from damage. This is THE foundation of successful treatment of Lyme infections. The best herb for this is polygonum cuspidatum root” (Buhner). Buhner lists the maximum dosages on his website. I am aiming for 2,000-2,500 mg per day. But if my blood tests reveal that isn’t enough, I’m bumping it up to 4,000. Dr. Rawls, in his book Unlocking Lyme adds, “This is a very important general antimicrobial for Lyme, Mycoplasma, and viral infections. Japanese knotweed root provides coverage against Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Candida, and viruses as well.”
Cat’s Claw Bark: uncaria tomentosa. “Cat’s claw is considered an immunomodulator, meaning it calms an overactive immune system (reducing inflammation), but at the same time, enhances how the immune system works. It is known to increase white blood cells, natural killer cells, and granulocytes” (Rawls). The natural killer cell, called CD 57, is deficient in Lyme patients. This herb increases them in the body. Many LLMDs will run periodic CD57 panels in their patients. When the numbers rise to about 200, they know the body has fought the disease effectively. My levels tested at 67 for my first panel, before I started the protocol. I’ll be anxious to see what my next panel shows, after being on the protocol for a couple of months.
Andrographis: andrographis paniculata. This herb offers antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. This amazing herb also offers protection for the heart, liver, and immune system. “In vivo and in vitro studies confirm that Andrographis enhances natural killer cells, while reducing proinflammatory cytokines” (Rawls). Stephen Buhner recommends starting with a small dose and working your way up. He recommends 600mg 3x daily for the first week, then increase to two capsules 3 x daily. Some people can have an allergic reaction to this, so check with your doctor. Our family has not experienced any side effects.
Garlic: Dr. Singleton and Dr. Rawls add Garlic to their protocol. Garlic has been shown to break down the biofilms that these bacteria create around themselves. Break down the films, kill the bacteria. Garlic is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. “Stabilized garlic has been shown to have potent broad-spectrum activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties” (Rawls). I take about 20 of these a day. Some people take up to 60. It all depends upon the severity of your infection and your doctor’s recommendation. My girls swallow these like pros! Every time I place them in front of them, we chant, “Kill, kill, kill!!!”
Dr. Rawls also offers a Lyme protocol capsule through his Vital Plan website. It is called Advanced biotic. (There is a link for a $25 off coupon in the quick link section below). The Green Dragon botanicals version, gives you more capsules for a cheaper price. However, Dr. Rawls’ formula has garlic included, and berberine which is a known antibacterial. So, you get a few more antibacterial options in each capsule as compared to Green Dragon. The option would be up to you.
Dr. Rawls and Stephen Buhner also suggest these other herbs for Lyme and its co-infections:
ECGC (aka GREEN TEA): I drink this everyday, but you can find green tea everywhere. Yes, there are capsules, but drinking a few cups of it a day is the best and safest way to get it in your system.
Cordyceps mycelium: Suggested dosage: 1000-3000mg powder or 400-800 mg extract 2 to 3 times daily. “Cordyceps is highly protective of the lungs, brain, and the kidneys. It acts as an intracellular anti-oxidant. Cordyceps stimulates ATP generation…and has many protective effects on the lungs” (Buhner). “Cordyceps specifically stimulates killer cells and enhances cellular immunity. At the same time, it decreases inflammatory cytokine cascades and therefore decreases tissue damage. Cordyceps also offers anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Provides coverage against Bartonella and Mycoplasma” (Rawls).
Chinese Skullcap: Recommended dosage: 400-1000 mg 2-3 times daily. (Scutellaria baica) This amazing herb offers both antiviral and antibacterial qualities. It is also one of the primary herbs to use against Mycoplasma and Bartonella. It is also used to fight Ehrlichia and Chlamydia co-infections. It also contains melatonin, which is helpful for sleep. My LLMD actually prescribed melatonin for me, and Dr. Singleton lists it in his book as a must for Lyme patients. Some experts consider it to be very beneficial for auto-immune responses to the bacteria.
Withania Somnifera (Ashwaganda): Recommended dosage: 1/2-1 tsp of powder in a capsule 2-3 times daily. Stephen Buhner writes, “This herb does have a nice range of actions, especially for co-infections. It is an immune tonic, stress protective, nerve sedative, neural protector, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-tumor, and astringent…Its primary use is to restore vigor and energy in a body worn out by long-term disease or old age.” Stephen warns to avoid high dosages during pregnancy. It can also cause drowsiness.
I am taking all of these in some form. I take Dr. Rawls Adaptogen Recovery, which has the cordyceps and chinese skullcap, along with other herbs and mushrooms. I take Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex, which has the ashwaganda. I also take Shaklee’s CorEnergy which has cordyceps, ECGC, and ginseng (I use this to battle the ehrlichia bacteria). Three strikes against the bacteria! Plus it gives me energy in the afternoons.
The beautiful thing about all these herbs is they are helping me to kill off not only the Lyme borrelia, but the chlamydia pneumonia and mycoplasma. And with all of these, I am still under the maximum dosages these doctors and herbalists recommend.
If you have been diagnosed with any of the co-infections, please consult all of Stephen Buhner’s books. He has a book for all of the common co-infections and lists separate protocols for each. Also, consult with your LLMD. He/she may recommend antibiotic treatment. If so, just make sure you are taking lots of probiotics! Also, please be aware that these herbs will increase the potency of your antibiotic. This could increase your Herxheimer reactions. Stephen Buhner clearly states that you can take the herbs and antibiotics at the same time, but again, clear it with your doctor.
Here is everything I take in “quick link” form.
I will put an ** by what is considered essential by these doctors and herbalists.
Again, if you choose to purchase any of the Shaklee products, I will donate my proceeds from your purchase to lymedisease.org. I will donate every month that you are on the protocol for healing purposes. I will send out a screenshot of my donation receipt each month to any customer who is on the lyme protocol.
- **Vitamin, Omega 3, B & C Complex, and Resveratrol: Life Strip
- **Extra Vitamin C: Sustained Release Vita-C
- Extra B Complex: B Complex
- Vitamin D: Vita-D
- Magnesium: Vital-Mag
- **CoQ10: CoQ Heart
- GLA: GLA
- **Garlic Complex
- **Extra Probiotics: Optiflora & Sacchromyces bulordii
- **Liver Detox: Liver DTX
- Extra Omega 3s: OmegaGuard
- **Resveratrol: Vivix (In the Life Strip or can be purchased separately)
- **Lyme Herbal Protocol Option 1: Green Dragon Botanicals LB Protocol
- **Lyme Herbal Protocol Option 2: Vital Plan’s Advanced Biotic
- Extended Protocol for Lyme and Co-infections: Vital Plan’s Adaptogen Recovery
- Cordyceps, ECGC, Ginseng: Cor Energy
- Ashwaganda: Stress Relief Complex
For those of you who are already in Shaklee, and are looking for the complete protocol offered in Why Do I Feel This Way, here is what is listed. I’m taking every one of these products but didn’t want to bog down into all of them in this post. Listen to Jen Armento’s testimonial and watch the Lyme Disease webinar for more information.
- Vitalizer or Life Strip
- Protein (Life Shakes & Physique)
- GLA/Omega Guard/Lecithin
- Vitamin D
- EZ Gest (These have been life savers for my gastrointestinal problems)
- B Complex
- Joint Health Complex
- Vitamin C/Vitalized Immunity
- Vitamin E
- Shaklee Energizing Tea
- CarotoMax &/or FlavoMax
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