The North Texas Lyme Group meeting began with various announcements.
Of particular importance is the change of meeting location. The address and driving directions are currently on the home page at http://www.ntxlyme.org. Martha Paschall-Boykin, the group founder, shared that, due to space limitations, attendees must register via the Eventbrite website. Additionally, building use regulations prohibit the group from accepting donations at the door. Donation options include giving on the Eventbrite page or via PayPal on http://www.ntxlyme.org.
Dr. Ronald W, who practices in Denton, shared a fast-paced presentation that included information about what are called “persister” organisms. He discussed the work of Ying Zhang, MD, Ph.D. (Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, firstname.lastname@example.org) and referred to it as a “must read.”
Certain combinations of antibiotics and dosing schedules are being studied to see what will address the persistent Lyme. Dr. W. noted that conditions such as leprosy and tuberculosis treatment are models for treatment persistent infection – multiple drugs for an extended period of time. Dapsone is currently being investigated in a trial of 400 patients. Dr. W. further remarked that Dapsone has potentially lethal side effects.
Regarding biofilms, Dr. W. stated that some natural products are actually more effective than prescription medicines. For example, a recent study by Dr. Jie Feng, et al. showed that the top 5 essential oils (oregano, cinnamon bark, clove bud, citronella, and wintergreen) at a low concentration of 0.25% showed more activity than the persister drug daptomycin. In addressing biofilm, Dr. W. uses stevia for 18 months. In his experience, some patients may experience a herx reaction with only 1 or 2 drops.
The following is adapted from Dr. W’s handout, “WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW WITHOUT A PHYSICIAN”
- Stevia: alcohol extraction of the leaf by Nutramedix. In a study by Dr. Sapi, stevia had better activity than 3 persistent antibiotics together. It also kills spirochetes and breaks up biofilm. Dr. Horowitz’s book recommends 15 drops, twice per day. Non-toxic, inexpensive, and may be taken for extended period of time. No glucose so there are no diabetic issues.
- Zhang study published online May 17, 2017 (must read). 5 essential oils studied, 3 had better kill against persisters than any antibiotic or combination used for persisters. Also, the bugs were REAL DEAD, with no growth when subcultured. Best were oregano, cinnamon bark, and clove oil. Others include citronella and wintergreen. No recommendations for dosing. I would refer you to practitioners who do this regularly such as ND’s.
- Herx: stevia and others can cause Herx even in low doses so have your “stuff together.”
- alkalize blood with Alka-seltzer Gold (online) and/or ½ lemon or
lime in water 3 times per day
- alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, resveratrol, curcumin, broccoli seed
- For an acute Herx: pinella/burbur protocol:
10 drops of each every 10 minutes for 2 hrs., repeat up to 3 times
- Combined smilax, redroot, boneset (Researched Nutritionals)
- There may be many others, I go with Dr. Horowitz