Lyme Disease Treatment

By June 13, 2018Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Treatment

As you may already know, I (Craig) was diagnosed with Lyme disease in December. Since then I have learned a lot about chronic lyme disease and have started on a proper Lyme Disease treatment path that I hope will someday get me back to being myself again. Here is an update on my progress with healing Lyme Disease. Writing this was quite difficult and emotional. My purpose in writing this is to help others suffering such a terrible disease.

Starting Treatment

We spent some time in Hawaii this year and I didn’t want to delay my treatment so I found a doctor that specializes in Lyme treatment and could see me before we left for Hawaii. You see, if you can find a Lyme literate doctor in your area, many times they are booked out months. There are so few Lyme literate doctors and so many people dealing with chronic Lyme that getting a doctor just to start treatment can take months.

The doctor I found was in San Francisco. She worked under Dr. Klinghardt (one of the top Lyme doctors in the country) and could see me before our trip (in early January). I flew out and got started with my treatment.

But this is where Lyme differs from a lot of other treatments. If you catch Lyme quickly it is fairly easy to treat. A course of antibiotics and most people are good. When you have chronic untreated Lyme, that is when things get very complicated. Lyme breaks down your immune system. This allows lots of issues that your body can normally deal with to go unchecked. Parasites, heavy metals, mold and other issues can become a problem due to the broken down defenses.

This is where today’s healthcare system is really failing people when it comes to Lyme disease. The standard Western Blot Lyme test has a 60% false negative rate. This means that up to 60% of the people that get a negative test result actually do have Lyme. But most doctors take the Western Blot as 100% so if you get a negative they think there is no way you have Lyme and start looking for other diagnosis  like MS, fibromyalgia, ALS. This is exactly what happened to me. I had pain for 2-3 years and went in to get tested for Lyme. The Western Blot test came back negative so the doctor referred me to a specialist to look into ALS, AS or another condition. This is why a good Lyme test like the Igenex test is so important (more on that in THIS post).

So many people are being denied a simple cure (a couple weeks of antibiotics at time of infection) because of these flawed tests. As a result, chronic Lyme becomes an awful disease to try and reverse and can even lead to other conditions as the body develops autoimmune responses (like MS, ALS, AS). This is where I am after 4-5 years of dealing with unexplained pain. I have been lucky enough to not get the neurological symptoms (foggy memory, lack of focus, etc). I don’t have any evidence for this but my belief is that being keto the whole time protected my brain for allowing the Lyme to cross over.

I began treatment right away. Here is an account of the process so far.

Hawaii – Treatment Continues

Lyme can effect so many systems of the body that a lot of tests are needed to see where your issues are but also to see how your body is reacting to the aggressive treatments. The last thing you need it your liver to fail while you are trying to treat Lyme. This requires a lot of blood draws. About once a month I get a series of tests done to see how my body is reacting to the treatment but also to see how certain markers are improving or not.

My baseline labs had a very strange result to start with. I was very low in homoglobin (red blood cells) and iron. If I were a vegan, this would make sense. But since I ate tons of red meat, this was puzzling. First we had stool tests and other tests done to make sure I didn’t have an internal bleed of some sort. Those came back negative. So what was causing the low iron and red blood cell count?

Being anemic made things even more challenging for me. I already was dealing with chronic pain which made things hard enough but adding the anemia made it hard just to do our walks each day that Maria and I do together. I had no energy.

So more blood tests were needed. This is a photo of the cute Tiki style desk at the Hawaii clinic where I can more blood drawn while we were in Hawaii.

These test for Thyroid, and a bunch of other markers didn’t supply the answer. It showed my hemoglobin was getting worse. It also showed that my ferritin was 130 which is a good level. But why wasn’t the iron getting into my cells?

During this time I also started some very aggressive and very expensive anti-parasitics. Many Lyme doctors now know that with the compromised immune system things like parasites are allowed to flourish. So attaching the parasites before or during the antibiotic treatments is important to ensure that the parasites are killed off. You see, Lyme can hide in the parasites. So if you don’t kill the parasites first, the Lyme can re-infect you after antibiotic treatment.

I started with Biltricide then moved to Ivermectin, Albenza and Alinia. This was all while in Hawaii. Between the low hemoglobin, chronic pain and these drugs that gave me terrible diarrhea it was a challenging trip for me while in Hawaii. But I didn’t want to wait any longer to treat this disease.

Back Home – Starting Antibiotics

As soon as we got back home I starting taking antibiotics. With chronic Lyme it is not nearly as simple as when you catch Lyme early. With chronic Lyme it is important to have 3 different antibiotics taken together to fight the disease. One is a general antibiotic for Lyme. I am taking Minocycline. Then another that is for crossing the blood brain barrier. I am taking Azithromycin. Then a third that is a cyst buster. I took Tinidazole (or tindamax). You see Lyme can revert to cyst form when the environment is not favorable (antibiotics are present). It stays in cyst form until the antibiotics are stopped and then the come back out of cyst form and re-infect you. This is why so many people take antibiotics for Lyme, feel better, then feel bad again after a couple months.

My protocol calls for taking these until I feel better. This will likely take 6-9 months of taking all three of these antibiotics. Some people the Tinidazole is too hard on their liver and they have to switch after 3 months or so. My liver has been holding up well so I will continue with it as long as my liver holds up.

Shortly after getting back I had a bunch more blood tests done (12 vials, had to tap both arms to get it done). The low red blood cell counts and iron are still an issue I deal with. These test results came back and showed a couple things. First, my liver is holding up well to the treatment. But the important thing they showed was that something was inhibiting the uptake of iron into my cells.

It turns out that I have very high mercury levels. It was the highest my doctor has ever seen. Mercury blocks iron from being absorbed. High Mercury levels in the blood indicate active exposure (exposure in last couple weeks). I didn’t eat any fish in that time frame. So the culprit was the 4 silver amalgam fillings I have had since I was a kid.

Next Phase of Treatment

I now need to get my filling replaced to stop the mercury from leaching into my body. Hopefully this will reverse the low hemoglobin and help me get my energy back. To put this in perspective, I have eaten 150-200 grams of protein a day, mostly from red meats for the last several years and stayed as active as I could given the pain (I built a tree house with my boys last summer). But in the last year, I went from a comfortable 150 pounds (lean at 5 foot 6 inches tall) to suddenly dropping to 137 pounds. I lost upwards of 20 pounds of muscle even though I was eating lots of protein and moving as much as I could. In order to start the process of rebuilding my muscle I need to get the hemoglobin problem fixed.

Next week I get a 3D scan of my jaw and teeth to determine if I have a cavitation or not. A cavitation is a space left from getting wisdom teeth pulled or getting a root canal done (I have had both). This space can get infected and you have this cavity of infection that Lyme can thrive in and hide in. So before getting my fillings replaced, we hope that I don’t find a cavitation. The surgery for cavitation runs $20,000 and it not a pleasant experience.

That is where I am at. I am 2 months into treating with anti-biotics and I also added monolourin (a natural anti-microbial) which made me “Herx” (or Herxheimer reactions) as much as the antibiotics. Herx reactions are where pain goes way up when you fight the disease and it floods your system. I don’t feel better at this point. In fact I feel worse as the pain is increased with the medications I am taking.

I am very hopeful that I will be able to report back in a couple months that I am finally seeing relief and reversing my pain. Hopefully I will also have dealt with my mercury issues and got my energy back.

We want to thank you for all of your support and love during this very difficult time in our life! Blessings to all of you!

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83 Comments

  • Kristin says:

    There is life after Lyme. Stay the course and keep hitting those spirochetes hard! Both my twin daughters have recovered after showing symptoms at 8 years old. One was put on the spectrum b/c it hit her neurologically so hard. The other would double over in a fetal position from unbearable stomach pain. The symptoms are long and sad. It was a hard fight and over a year on 3-4 hard core ABX daily. We threw the kitchen sink at this disease…homeopathic, energy medicine, anti inflammatory diet… They are both thriving at 13 yrs of age! Will always have to work on repairing the gut biome since heavy use of ABX. My biggest fear is reinfection. But for now, life is good!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Glad to hear they are doing better!

      • Deanna says:

        Maria; did Craig check his ferritin levels? If ferritin normal it low / normal – with low iron levels; it can also be anemia. of inflammation. The body sensing there is an illness or disease -doesn’t want to feed it – thus it keeps iron levels low- as a defence mechanism. It seems not many doctors are well-versed in that either . Wishing health and healing.

        • Maria Emmerich says:

          Yes, He has normal ferritin and low iron and is anemic. But the source of the anemia is what they have been searching for and the high mercury is likely one cause as it block iron. Also, babesia and other lyme co-infections attack red blood cells which is also likely a factor. And yes, the inflammation is also a contributing factor.

    • Angela says:

      Both my girls (age 4-10) and I have Lyme disease. My 4 year old has constant stomach pains and they can’t figure out why. Any info on what you did would be amazing.

      • Maria Emmerich says:

        Finding a Lyme literate doctor will help you a lot. Sorry to hear about her issues.

  • Mary says:

    I will add you and your family to my prayer list as you fight this horrible disease. Thank you for being transparent and sharing your experience so you can help other people fight their battles. Bless you!!!!!

  • RayK says:

    Not sure if it is effective on Lyme, or chronic Lyme, but colloidal silver has been effectively treating a lot of bacterial and viral infections, including antibiotic MRSA bugs. It is definitely worth looking into, and perhaps worth a try.

    Sorry to hear about your ordeals. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

    Ray

  • Barbara says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with chronic Lyme, Craig! I was recently diagnosed with chronic Lyme after over a decade of symptoms – conventional medicine paradigm was not helpful at all unfortunately! Also thank you to both you and Maria for all the wonderful content that you share with the public – you both have such BIG hearts!

  • Wishing you all the best Craig!

  • Michelle says:

    Have you gotten a good test for Babesia? The blood tests for Babesia are not great; getting a urine PCR test is, I think, the most accurate. I ask because Babesia, a common lyme co-infection, is famous for causing anemia. I believe Bartonella can as well, and sometimes mycoplasma (all Lyme co-infections). I am like you, it took years to get a proper diagnosis (but I have neuro lyme, no pain just neurological and immune effects– I laughed when I read you expressing gratitude for not getting neuro symptoms, as I have always felt grateful I didn’t get pain!). My blood tests for Babesia, Bartonella, and Erlichia were negative but their DNA showed up in my DNA Connexions PCR test. Now that I’ve been treated for a year (herbally, by an LLMD who uses herbs) my Babesia blood test now shows recent past infection (high igg titers)– but the antibodies didn’t show up until after treatment because my immune system was too compromised to produce them. But now even the labcorp blood test shows I had it, even though it showed nothing before. Mycoplasma is a blood test and not part of the PCR panel. But if you have not done a PCR panel for co-infections I very strongly recommend doing so because Babesia and Bartonella require their own treatments. One of the abx you are taking may also treat Bartonella, but Babesia, if you are taking drugs, requires an anti-malarial drug. I have been taking herbs for it.

    I have gone ketogenic for a short time and felt a bit better, before treatment, but don’t eat meat and have had trouble staying ketogenic and have sometimes felt bad about this and wondered if I’d get better more quickly if keto (I am low carb and almost grain free, but I do some fruit and legumes and beans). Seeing that you have been keto for so long and still have these problems has made me feel ok about the fact that I cannot stay in keto for long, as you can clearly be brought down by these diseases even in a ketogenic state.

    I wish you the best, and hope you find the cause of the anemia soon so you can treat it.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thank you! I would say that being keto has helped limit the progression in my opinion. I have dealt with this pain for 4-5 years but it has never gotten neurological. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I tried to submit a comment but it doesn’t look like it went through. Long comment about Babesia (a co-infection) causing anemia and the importance of getting a urine PCR test if blood test shows no antibodies to it, because like the western blot the antibody test has a lot of false negatives especially if your immune system is shot. I can share more info if my last post did not go through and you are interested.

  • Jen says:

    Really touched by your story. We recently had a friend diagnosed with Lyme and she also suffered for years before discovering the root cause. She was bedridden for quite some time and unsure if she would ever recover. Luckily she finally found an answer and can start to address the issues.

    Thanks for sharing and I have a bunch of Maria’s books and have been taking good photos along the way. Will make it a point to leave a review for every book I have.

  • Donna Z says:

    Thank You so much Craig (and Maria). I will forward this email on to Anne. I’m so anxious to have her have this IGeneX test. Blessings to you both and your sweet family.

  • Sharon Perry, Yuma Health Coach, RN, MSN says:

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/stevia-kills-lyme-disease-pathogen-better-antibiotics-preclinical-study
    Just saw this article on GreenMedInfo.com, Sayer Ji’s Newsletter about stevia and Lyme disease treatment. Have you tried this Craig?
    I love your book Keto and recent interview with Robb Wolf. You cover all the details and make it easy to understand! Please keep up the good work!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks! Yes, stevia is part of the Cowden protocol that I have been doing for 5 months.

  • Shirley says:

    Craig, I wish you the best. You have gone through so much. I hope and pray you get relief soon. With all you do, I hope you take more time for YOU ! Please take more time for yourself.

  • Craig I use a nontoxic product that pulls heavy metals out and it is amazing, I feel great on it. I treat my patients all the time with Lyme.
    What are you taking for the biofilm and have you tried CBD oil for some of the pain, it can be very helpful. I don’t know how to leave my number or email so you can contact me. I would be more then happy to share any information with you. I don’t advertise on the internet, so can’t find me there.
    Dr. Zenia Richler

  • Debbie says:

    I know you will overcome this, Craig! You and Maria are incredibly strong!! Wishing you the best through this challenging journey!

  • Juliann says:

    Craig, I’m sad to know how Lyme has basically taken over your,life for so long and the hellish
    Treatment you’re enduring. My heart goes out to you. But despite all the pain and misery you’ve ensured, there is a bright spot: you were properly diagnosed and are receiving care. So many people have been misdiagnosed thanks to the idiocity of poor testing and misinformed doctors. This infuriates me!
    But with your tenacity and determination, you’ll heal and enjoy once again the life you were meant to have.
    The loving support from Maria and your sons is so key to your recovery!
    You know all of us send our blessings and encouagement…and love, too.
    I’m praying you feel better each day.
    Thanks for sharing
    It’s humbling to know that all of us need love and compassion as we all have our own challenges.

  • Nancy says:

    Craig good luck on your healing journey. Lyme is such a horrible disease. My husband was infected back in 82 but only diagnosed 2.5 years ago. He was treated by a lyme doctor in NY but his progress had stalled. She had recommended DNRS in February and he had so many brain issues that a brain injury from the infection made sense. He attended a seminar 7 weeks ago and has committed to six months of training. Already his fatigue is gone, his cognitive function is back to normal and his memory is getting better. Something to think of if your treatment stalls.

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you for sharing this difficult process. Maria’s recipe book enabled me to finally master ketosis, after decades of not knowing how I could do it. I’m so grateful for all generous keto-ers who are showing the way to better health (it’s about time!)

  • Brooke says:

    Craig, you and your family are in my prayers as you battle Lyme disease. Thank you for sharing your journey here…I hope you will find answers soon, and that your pain will dissipate.

  • Monica Bucklin says:

    My sister and a couple of her kids have been diagnosed over the last few years. They have tried a variety of Lyme-literate treatments that have had varying degrees of success. They are all starting to turn a corner after adding Plexus probiotics to their regimen. From all of the antibiotics for the co-infections, they needed gut healing in a big way. Be open to whatever your body needs to heal. Thank you for sharing your journey. The more that is known, the more comfortable the conventional medical arena will be open to treating the individual.

  • CynthiaK says:

    Craig, thank you for sharing. I wish you strength and healing and hope that you are indeed on the road to recovery.

  • Patrick says:

    Hi Craig! Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you and everyone else well in this journey. I have been blessed to have no issues. However, a friend from Newport, RI had experienced what you did years back. Everything you had mentioned had occurred for her about 8 years back. It has motivated her to start the first Lyme support group in New England. She has lobbyied for change with the insurance industry to assist the chronic Lyme individual. She has lobbied with w the attorney general and state of RI to include the director of public health. Her name is Jane Barrows and my inside voice said I should mention her name to you. This is the first time in my life I have responded to ones article, but I felt it could help many. Jane has a vast knowledge, as it appear you do as well, of working w Lyme patients and getting appropriate care. Hopefully, this power of numbers will create change and allow everyone access to the appropriate protocols to eradicate these nasty spirochetes!!!!! Good luck!

  • Greg Solberg says:

    Hi,
    I sure wish you all the best Craig! Have you looked into CBD as a possible add on to your treatment regime? There’s quite a bit of research available pointing to good things. Here’s a site with some links to such studies: https://echoconnection.org/education/#LymeDisease
    You can also Google: Lyme Disease and CBD, or Lyme Disease and cannabinoids…

    Take care,
    Greg

  • Valerie Geib says:

    WOW! You guys are certainly going through a difficult season. Much prayer for your Craig for complete healing for you. Gentle hugs.

  • Pattie Campbell says:

    Oh my! This is so shocking to read. I had no idea Lyme disease could progress to this. Thank you for sharing your story. My heart goes out to you and all the suffering that you are going through. I am so sorry. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope that the worst is behind you. You give so much kindness and support to all of us, I wish there was more I could do or say.

  • Crissy says:

    I was just thinking about you yesterday, please keep us updated!

  • Jessica says:

    I too am a chronic Lyme sufferer. A good Lyme literate dr is the way to go. I chose to treat naturally with herbal tinctures. And just as I was getting to the end of my protocol and feeling pretty good I found Advanced Cell Training (ACT). I am on the journey to freedom from this awful disease. So the combo of both have given me life and hope for the future back.

    I pray you feel better soon

  • Tara says:

    Thank you for taking the time for sharing, so honestly and with great vulnerability, your experience with Lyme thus far. I have had Lyme for ten years now and have gone through some of the treatments you mention. It’s very helpful to hear about your experience. I’m stuck at the point of needing cavitation surgery, but it will cost us about $35,000. I have been hearing unfavourable reports from a few people I know that had the surgery and the surgery itself is still sort of in its infancy so I stall. I just don’t have the gut feeling that this will be “the thing” that heals me. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know… Sending you and your family all the best. I am sure your keto diet helps you even more than you know. For me, going from “low carb” to keto is what blew out my brain fog and reduced my pain dramatically.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thank you! It is very challenging each step of the way with treatments that cost SOOO much. Makes you question whether they will help or not and if they are worth it. Sad we have to make those choices and nothing is covered by insurance.

  • Francie Epperson says:

    Oh Craig! My heart aches for you. My hubby and I both have Chronic Lyme – so I totally relate to your struggles and journey. He has horrible pain – my symptoms are different than his, but all Lyme symptoms are awful. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We just got the name of a LLMD in La Jolla and I am going to try to get Dave an appointment with him soon. We can only afford for one of us to go – and his pain is horrible so he’s going first. You are greatly appreciated by me, Craig. Your quiet but helpful responses mean a lot. I wish you so much good and health and energy! Blessings and Hugs.

  • Laura Gall says:

    I have confidence that you will overcome this difficult diagnosis Craig. It sounds like you are doing everything you possibly can to heal. I’ve watched you on our webinars…intelligence is one of your many strong suits. Having Maria at your side is an incredible asset too! Please let the world watch you recover…I am sadly confident that there are many more un-diagnosed lyme patients out there. I was one of the lucky ones…my doctor started treating full force BEFORE the blood test came back (which took 3 weeks!) By the grace of God, I have no health problems currently, at 60 years young. You and Maria have shared your incredible keto knowledge…you may be being called again…to help all of us with this ever growing problem? I have put you in our prayer group….much love, from many, coming your way….

  • Talitha says:

    Hi,

    Have you considered oil pulling as a possible low cost treatment against your cavitations? Pulling has been beneficial for me following an abscess and tooth extraction.

    Blessings

  • Koshie says:

    Dear Craig, thank you for sharing. My 2 nieces (it is believed) contracted Lyme some 20 years ago and have only last year been diagnosed. They have been suffering for so long I think they have forgotten what it is to feel good. I’d like to be supportive, but they and their family are very close-mouthed about what they are going through and what they are doing about it. I am forwarding your story to my sister-in-law (my nieces’ mother) in hopes that it offers insight and some solid info that they don’t already have.
    i really feel for all the pain you are experiencing; and I’ll add your family to my prayer list! God bless you!

  • Krissy says:

    Wishing you wellness!!! Perhaps some areas to research for Lyme, carnivore/ zero carb, and camel milk. I hope to get my Igenex test soon. Thank you for sharing this journey for you and your family! Please keep us posted.

  • Candy Learn says:

    Joette Calabrese has a homeopathic protocol for Lyme disease. Our family uses it every time we get a tick attached. It does get a little more complicated if you are chronic. It would probably be worth it to do a consult with her.

  • Linda says:

    Craig – praying for a speedy and complete recovery for you! 😊

  • MaryK Humber says:

    Keep fighting, Craig! Lyme warriors Unite!!

    I, too, have Lyme disease. Diagnosed about 11 months ago. I also have serious genetic detox pathway problems, Chronic Mold Ilnness, and CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome)–all of which we’re addressing… Here’s my questions:

    A few of my supplements (Binders for Mold Toxin Illness) and food treatments (Pomegranate juice, 2oz daily to address a gut bacteria issue AND 2oz Kale daily for detox help) add up to 24 total grams of carbs. This means if I eat ANY carbs daily in just a few vegetable servings, I am WAAAAAY over the 20 g carb limit.

    Since I need to stick with my protocol (and I am feeling better)…would you suggest that I eat no vegetables or carbs beyond that? It means eating only protein sources for most meals. That feels like Atkins!

    I’ve been doing Keto for 3 weeks and may be keto-adapting already. Fasting 16 hours isn’t difficult, but weight loss is slow (5 lbs in 3 weeks…). Ketostix are now only light pink. Trying to afford a blood ketone monitor. I have at least 50lbs to go, maybe more if my body will let me get below 180lb, but as a 52 yr old woman nearing menopause, I’m not sure that can be achieved…yet!

    I’m very interested in your thoughts…. Thanks in advance! (PS) I own and am using your 30 day Ketogenic Cleanse book) — but Ican’t stand for more than about 10 minutes at a time…so cooking with recipes is almost impossible. i usually just do a plain protein with roasted veggies.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks!

      Yes, I would just focus mainly on the protein for the other meals. 🙂 Good luck in your treatment!

  • Marg says:

    Have you checked out the Autoimmune Secrets site – with protocols from Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Nuzum? Their protocols start with parasite cleansing (followed by heavy metal detox, etc.) in a particular order – most of the supplements (mimosa pudica seed for example) come from Microbe Formulas. I’m thinking taking all those antibiotics would really do a number on your gut biome. I think there might be better ways of dealing with the Lymes….

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks! This is an aggressive protocol meant to put the lyme in remission. Which for chronic lyme like mine is not easy. So I am using all available methods to get over it. Yes, I have upped my probiotics a lot to counter the antibiotics. I am also taking tons of natural tinctures and products (cowden protocol) and I am taking mimosa pudica along with many other things (chlorella, burbur panella, etc).

  • Paige says:

    Craig …we are so grateful that you are sharing your story. I’m actually in the hospital for the second time with my 30 yr. old son who has been suffering with many of the Lyme sysmptoms. All test are Negative. He had no tick bite that he knew of but definitely has had ticks on him from hiking. The dr. did give him 3 weeks of Doxy and he had five wonderful days then BAM! The Infectious Disease Dr. Said there’s was nothing else they could do without a fever. So….. We ordered the Igenx and of course the Drs are poo pooing it. Two questions….what type of dr. Drew your blood and which test did you do? We have done two PCR test….spinal tap fluid was used. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      You have to search for a lyme literate doctor. I went to a holistic doctor we knew locally to get the test signed off and get the blood work drawn for the igenex. When it came back positive I then got a lyme literate doctor.

  • Melody says:

    My husband and I have been dealing with Chronic Lyme for a couple of years now. You can go to youtube and plug in healing yourself.life to hear our story. We have also had two lyme literate doctors on our show. My husband and I did the Jemsek protocol for a year, and had to go off it because of Candida. Which is another disease you can get herxing from. We are now doing herbal remedies. Also are doing grapefrut seed extract, and food grade diatomaceous earth. Saunas will kill Candida and Lyme if you raise your body temperature above 100. But Lyme will do a protective coating when it senses you getting a fever so you must take Cats Claw and Otoba bark. Not sure of the spelling on Otoba bark. CBD oil is also apparently effective. We had a doctor on our show and he discussed that as well. Take care and good luck with healing. Please take plenty of Probiotics to avoid getting Candida on top of the Lyme.

  • Joe Simones says:

    Maria I would also recommend a supplement for your husband that worked for me with my Lyme. In addition to the antibiotics I also took monolaurin (which I saw he is taking) and a protalytic enzyme called serrapeptase that dissolves biofilms. There is a growing idea in the community that the reason Lyme doesn’t die is that it is hiding in colonies protected from the antibiotics by secreting a mucus type biofilm. As a result the antibiotics kill the bacteria in the bloodstream but these protected colonies will inevitably pump more bacteria into the bloodstream and you’re back at square one. Be sure it’s taken on an empty stomach as it will work on the food in the stomach and not on the Lyme colonies.

    I have remained symptom free after my treatment a year ago.

    Good luck!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, he is also taking those both. He is also taking cyst busting antibiotics (Tindamax). Thanks! 🙂

  • Celestte says:

    Dear Craig, I am so sorry to hear of the extent of your Lyme disease. Thank you for sharing your story and experience. We have to be our own advocates and continue to educate ourselves. And thanks to you and Maria, so many of us now know the proper way to live Keto. You both selflessly have helped so many. In reading your update, you talked about having high levels of mercury from your childhood fillings. This peaked my interest as I have several left from childhood. I remember my one dentist appointment being told I had 11 cavities. 😳 I think I was 10. Weak teeth run in my family. Plus eating sugared cereals like Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms I’m sure didn’t help. I’ve often thought about replacing the three silver fillings I have left. Can they leak that much mercury into your system? I’ve been following you guys since 2011 and have been Keto / paleo for most of that time. I’ve tried following others who say they are “Keto experts” but quickly realized they were not. So I solely follow you two. I’ve always had success following your protocol. I have almost all of your cookbooks and have made delicious meals from them. We love your recipes. I will be sure to leave a review on each one. Many prayers being lifted for you, Craig and Maria as you live through this. You will overcome. Blessings. ❤️

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thank you. If your immune system is compromised like with Lyme disease, more mercury can build up in your system. But yes, all silver amalgam filling can leach some mercury into your system. It is best to have them removed by a biological dentist to ensure more isn’t put into your system when taking them out. Thanks!