Some news about the auto-immune concept and it's weak points;
"This is very good news and what I am finding elsewhere. The autoimmune concept is BS and the CPn is activating the immune system to find food for the CPn to thrive on, which is inflammation!
Cat’s claw, autoimmunity and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
I remember reading somewhere that cat’s claw shouldn’t be used in its complete form if you have an autoimmune condition as it stimulates the immune system too much and the TOA free form Samento should be used instead. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Can you please advise? Also, I would like to express my gratitude to you for your very informative book and website, and for sharing your knowledge so freely with all. I think that it is the sign of a true healer when one is so willing to share and help as many people as possible.
Thank you for your kind words. Regarding lyme and autoimmunity, lyme and ALL the coinfections have an autoimmune dynamic to them, and I pretty much hate the TOA controversy, for reasons that I go into in the book. I think it misplaced. What needs to happen in autoimmune conditions is that the bacteria stimulate the immune system to cause inflammation in the body which then breaks down cellular tissue so that the bacteria can feed on the nutrients that are released. The bacteria in fact create and control a form of autoimmunity, however, THAT WAY OF THINKING ABOUT IT, I.E. AUTOIMMUNITY, IS NOT VERY EFFECTIVE. It is a controlled use of the immune system of the host species to get food, NOT an out of control autoimmunity which is something that happens during cytokine storms in diseases such as severe influenza. So, what you are doing is activating parts of the immune system and deactivating others. The two herbs that accomplish this the best in lyme are cat’s claw and knotweed root. However, Chinese skullcap and cordyceps are also very good for reducing the cytokine cascade, i.e. the “autoimmunity.” As far as I know, cat’s claw is not contraindicated in Hashimoto’s disease. but if you are concerned, use the skullcap and the cordyceps instead.
Stephen"http://buhnerhealinglyme.com/herbs/cats ... yroiditis/
On the bacterial ABx use I personally have only seen the concerns of 'people' that there will be risk with long term use. No study or research to back the 'concerns'.
There is lots of studies suggesting that bacteria are able to adapt to ABx by entering the monocyte and macrophage cells and therefore being hidden from the ABx in the blood circulation. How 'immune' the bacteria becomes is based on whether with an ABx protocol an amino acid such as NAC to soften or dissolve the outer cell walls of the CPn cells and then the ABx can easily enter them.
So there is no actual risk study rather the standard comment that further studies are needed. So my view as a person with persistent chronic CPn infection and 'MS' is that I don't have any other option than ABx Protocols, full stop!
The knowledge of bacteria as a co-infection at the earliest stages of disease is growing, a very important example is atherosclerosis and Heart Disease leading to strokes and also Alzhiemers disease, http://www.theheartattackgerm.com/a%20short6.htm