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Editorial Reviews


“[Wolf] Storl’s fast-paced journey through the material reads like an adventure story of the author’s own migration from sickness to health and of his education in Lyme disease.”
—From the foreword by Matthew Wood, author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Hearthwise Herbal

“Medical anthropologist and herbalist Wolf Storl presents a thoroughly fascinating compendium of science, history, and ethnographic lore on this mysterious and multi-faceted illness.”
—Ralph Metzner, PhD, president of The Green Earth Foundation and author of Green Psychology and MindSpace and TimeStream

“Paracelsus fought against the medical establishment of his time by demonstrating that folk medicine is not just ‘old-wives’ tales,’ and Wolf Storl does the same in this remarkable book.”
—Richard Rudgley, PhD, anthropologist, BBC television presenter, and author of Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age and The Encyclopedia of Phsychoactive Substances

“Wolf Storl uniquely combines science and his personal account of Lyme disease with insightful philosophy. Healing Lyme Disease Naturally is an important contribution to the literature of this misunderstood disease and a delight to read.”
—Kris Hill, herbalist

“Storl’s experience as a well-seasoned anthropologist is evident in his exploration of the relationship between medicine, culture, and politics. … I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in herbalism, natural healing, or the history of chronic disease treatment, and would consider it required reading for anyone dealing with chronic Lyme disease. Storl puts faith in nature’s ability to heal, but also puts responsibility on the patient to create an environment that facilitates healing. … The book is intriguing, and stimulates you to ask many questions and self-reflect. It has spoken to me so clearly with words that reflect my philosophy and desire for my own treatment. Truly one of the best books I’ve read in ages.”
—Kim Christensen, Lymenaide

About the Author

Wolf D. Storl received his BA in anthropology from Ohio State University, his MA in sociology from Kent State University, and his PhD in Ethnology/Anthropology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. He has been a guest professor at the University of Berne, lecturing on cultural ecology, a Visiting Scholar at the Benares Hindu University, India, Department of Sociology, and has taught courses such as medical anthropology at Sheridan College in Wyoming. Dr. Storl, who has spent time pursuing anthropological interests in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, China, and Japan, has published twenty-eight books in German (as well as three in English: Culture and Horticulture: A Philosophy of Gardening, Witchcraft Medicine, and Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy) covering such topics as traditional folk medicine, medicinal paradigms of native people, herb lore, and ethnobotany. His books and articles have been translated into various languages (Czech, Polish, Lithuanian, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Japanese). Currently a freelance writer and lecturer, Dr. Storl has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Great Britain (BBC). He lives in Rohrdorf, Germany.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438738
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wolf Dieter Storl was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Saxony, Germany and emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 11 years old. After finishing his undergrad studies at Ohio State University, he received an MA in anthropology and sociology at Kent State University, whereupon he taught there as a full time instructor. In 1970 he went to the University of Vienna for post graduate studies and was an instructor at the Institute for International Studies. In 1974 he received his PhD in Ethnology (magna cum lauda) in Berne, Switzerland, as a Fulbright scholar (American Exchange Scholarship). During his time in Switzerland he met master gardener Manfred Stauffer, student of Rudolf Steiner and learned biodynamic, organic gardening from him. Back in the United States teaching sociology, anthropology and organic gardening at a college in Grants Pass, Oregon, the students and gardeners who had attended his very popular gardening classes asked him for literature. Since there was hardly any literature available, this resulted in the writing of his first book, Culture and Horticulture, in 1978. After years of travel in southern Asia, mainly India, and research among alpine peasants in Switzerland, he settled with his family in the foothills of the Alps in southern Germany, writing books in English and German. Since childhood Storl has had an especially close relation to plants. When he was ten years old he grew the biggest tomatoes in the neighborhood in a small garden behind the house. The neighbors were jealous and one even accused him of secretly using artificial fertilizer. However, this was not the case. It was merely intuitive and empathetic knowledge that ena bled him to provide for the needs of his plants. With his intuitive knowledge for what plants need and like, he had gathered horse droppings at a nearby farm as a treat for his potato plants. Through his anthropological - and specifically ethnobotanical - studies, alongside his own hands on experience over the years, he has grown to have a very profound understanding of the green world around us. Our relationship to the plant world is the theme of most of his books, also herbalism, ethnobotany and cultural lore. He has also written books on the spirituality of India. His discussions and narratives weave together myth and folklore with the natural history of plants. Storl displays an avid interest in world-wide mythology, and his books are also full of interesting cultural lore. He maintains that plants are divine beings and that mythical tales reveal more about their true nature than strict, exclusive science is capable of doing.

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This book provides interesting cultural and historical information on healing, traditional medicine, and herbal medicine. For someone looking for a comprehensive approach to treating Lyme, however, this isn't it. It focuses on basically one herb - teasel. Storl writes in the 1st chapter, "In short: Teasel root tincture or tea, taken for a few weeks, in addition to hot baths every day, or every other day (sauna, thermal baths, sunbathing), is a very good cure for Lyme disease." It may have been a very good cure for him, but not everyone manifests in the same way, with the same co-infections, and with the same severity. For example, if I had hopped in the sauna or hot bath every other day at the height of my symptoms, I think my brain would have exploded. I had to avoid any source of heat for over a year because it aggravated my already highly-inflamed brain and nervous system. For me, at that level of severity, heat was not an option. Plus, I took teasel for more than the prescribed few weeks and it didn't turn out to be the magic bullet for me (although I know it has helped others).

Also, I don't agree with his stance on antibiotics. I avoided antibiotics before I got Lyme disease, I wouldn't even use antibacterial hand soap. However, I believe that antibiotics were crucial in lessening my bacterial load and in coaxing my suppressed immune system to re-emerge. Now that my symptoms are much more manageable, and my immune system on board, I'm going to switch over to more natural methods. But I do believe that in certain severe and/or long-standing cases of Lyme, antibiotics may be necessary, at least at first. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

Storl has written an absurd section called "Fashionable Diseases" in the chapter called "Fear of Nature.
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I almost didn't buy it because of Lymedoc's review, but I was able to see the reference through Amazon's preview and found the article in the New England Journal. Storl did not overstate the conclusions the authors stated in both the abstract and also in the body of their study. I actually had to reread the New England Journal article several times to make sure that I hadn't missed something. So I bought the book and I'm glad I did! Maybe "Lymedoc" has an agenda to defend that has nothing to do with objectivity and providing tools for personal health and well-being. Enough about a misguided reviewer, though it is disturbing that such irresponsible comments could deflect people from a beneficial treatment path or protocol.

Thoughtful and meticulous, Dr. Storl wrote very clearly and where one might have been tempted to "push" a point, he would just state it in a very objective manner. While his conclusions challenge current medical and scientific orthodoxy, this book was certainly not preachy. I enjoyed the narrative aspects of the book along with the medical, medicinal and pharmacological descriptions. If one is unfamiliar with these plant based practices, I would suggest reading Stephen Harrod Buhner's work -- I started with Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation and his discussion of fermentation got me to begin to see plants in a very different light. Then go on and read any or all of his body of work.

Building on this, I would urge someone considering Storl's work to get a copy of Timothy Lee Scott's work
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I've read many books on Lyme Disease and on healing Lyme Disease.
Some include antibiotic use. This one does not. The author
himself had Lyme disease and chose not to use antibiotics
due to a long-term super-infection he had gotten in the
past (from strong meds/antibiotics) that took years to heal. Anyway, it
is a refreshing book to read with lots of ideas of natural/herbal
remedies for helping to strengthen the immune system and heal from
Lyme Disease. He includes some information/ideas/protocols from a
few other docs treating Lyme Disease naturally, including Buhner.
The 3 main books I'm using (along with my Lyme doc) to help guide me
on my healing journey (I'm 9 months into the Lyme diagnosis) are:
1. this one; 2. Buhner's "Healing Lyme" and 3. Kenneth Singleton's
"The Lyme Disease Solution"
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In the spring I bought a couple books: "Healing Lyme" by Stephen Buhner, and "Healing Lyme Disease Naturally" by Wolf Storl. Both are excellently written, and Storl, being an anthropologist, reads more as a philosophical study of disease and all the implications on society long ago and through the present. I believe most, if not all, inquisitive types would be very interested in his book. It really enhanced my understanding of Lyme, Syphilis, and the history and impacts of the diseases and medicine while simultaneously being a practical and philosophical piece. I plan to draw on it heavily for some parts of my classes.

Buhner's book is to the concise, well written, and highly recommended... just beware the outline of the core protocol on page 76, it says take 3-4 cat's claw, 3 times a day, and should say 1-4, 3 times a day. I made the mistake of reading the book and taking a couple weeks before beginning treatment. I looked at the chart, took 3 cat's claw on my first dose and began feeling a sense of euphoria a while after...

I have seen progress... I feel more energetic and my mind is a little sharper... I have been on max dose, plus teasel (15+ drops a day), for 2 weeks and 6 weeks, respectively. I think chronic lymies may have to do some long term treatment, but also hope these natural cures prove to be effective for the long haul.
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