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Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections Paperback – June 25, 2005

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"Stephen Buhner is among the plant geniuses of our time."--Rosemary Gladstar

From the Publisher

* The first comprehensive book on herbal healing for Lyme disease
* the most up-to-date analysis of Lyme research in print
* Contains an herbal treatment compendium for all Lyme symptoms
* Outlines natural approaches for preventing Lyme infection
* Useful for both lay and professional readers
* Treatment protocols and book data extensively referenced

Foreword by Wendy Leffel, M.D.
Introduction: Welcome to the Lyme Wars
Chapter One: Borrelia burgdorferi, a Potent Emerging Disease
Chapter Two: Considerations in the Natural Treatment of Lyme Borreliosis
Chapter Three: The Core Protocol: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis
Chapter Four: The Expanded Protocol: An Herbal Repertory for Lyme Disease
Chapter Five: Herbal Treatment of Lyme Coinfections
Chapter Six: Prevention of Lyme and Initial Treatment after Tickbite
Chapter Seven:~ The Lyme Protocol and Repertory Streamlined


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Press; Edition Unstated edition (June 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970869630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970869630
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this original and meticulously researched book, Stephen Buhner sets out to explain Lyme disease, currently the most common vector borne disease in the USA and a serious emerging health threat throughout the temperate world. The first part covers the life cycle and ecology of the causal spirochaete bacteria; disease symptoms and pathogenesis and a discussion on conventional and alternative treatment options. In the second part he gives a detailed, evidence-based description of two herbal protocols he has developed for different stages of infection.

Healing Lyme covers a huge amount of well-referenced technical, scientific and herbal information. The result is a book that is important for health practitioners, sufferers of Lyme disease and anyone interested to know more about it and the risks of catching it. It is also important for epidemiologists concerned with emerging diseases, and ecologists and microbiologists interested in organism-organism interactions. Some of it is dense; an inevitable consequence of the depth of coverage. However, it is written in a style that for the most part keeps it readable and enjoyable for expert and layman alike. The book is searingly honest and this is necessary: at the outset Buhner describes the extent of misinformation about the disease presented to the public and published in medical and scientific texts.

The opening chapters describe the pathogenic spirochaetes (of which there are several species) and their tick vectors. He presents evidence to support the view that infection can occur independently of vectors; that it may be transmitted directly between humans, and that other vectors exist including mosquitoes. It is clear that the pathogen is undergoing rapid evolutionary change and adaptation.
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As a physician who works primarily in Preventive Medicine, I find myself meeting people almost everyday with vague multi-system complaints that have come and gone, got worse and better (but steadily, with each episode felt more sick), and played dectective, searching for causes, because it could *never* be one thing that caused so many organ systems to run amuck! Lyme disease can mimick almost any disease from Multiple Sclerosis to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to rheumatoid arthritis, and many infected patients are thought to have psychiatric problems. Mr. Buhner's excellent and highly educational book dives deep into the "expert system" that a stealth pathogen such as the Lyme spirochete develops to hide itself from our immune system, and to use our immune system to create inflammation that creates it's "food". He makes an excellent case for cooperative treatment between alternative healthcare providers who can provide the absolutely necessary specific immune support (and not the immune stimulation that will undermine recovery) which will reduce herxheimer reactions and make antibiotic treatment *much* more effective. The content of his book I would estimate to be about 20% bibliography, 80% explanation and direction. Doctors will need it, patients can muddle through it and find it tremendously helpful, and if as a patient you are determined to avoid antibiotic treatment, or your doctor refuses to treat you, this provides a rational protocol. Bravo for Stephen Buhner, this book is brilliant! Dr Tedde Rinker [...]
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If you have Lyme or are concerned about getting Lyme, this is the book you must read. One of the continuing problems with Lyme is the difficulty in getting legitimate information about the disease organism and, more importantly, treatment interventions that are grounded in science - and this includes antibiotic regimens. Stephen Buhner's work in this book is tremendously exact, very deep, and backed up by hundreds of clinical trials and studies. The information has been there but no one, until now, has taken the time to put it into usable form. Buhner has written the first comprehensive work on the Lyme spirochete, its modes of transmission, and the subtle alterations is causes in the body during infection. The book is worth the price for this material alone. But he follows that up with a sophisticated herbal protocol to treat and prevent the disease and its coinfections. The herbal information is astonishing. Buhner's analysis shows how the herbs in the book counteract the subtle physiological shifts caused by the Lyme spirochete, especially striking is the way Japanese Knotweed interferes with the spirochete's ability to initiate MMPs in the body through the exact pathways the spirochetes use.

The book is highly usable for those with Lyme and practitioners who treat it. The protocols are clearly outlined in boxed sections so that the more complex parts of the book do not need to be read for healing to begin. Sources for the herbs are listed in the resource section.

This is the first book I have seen that truly does reveal the complexity of the Lyme spirochete and details a truly intelligent regimen for treatment, a treatment that can be used along with antibiotics or alone.
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