Colloidal Silver and Lyme Disease
Experts agree that Lyme disease – an infection-based chronic degenerative disease caused by a bacterial spirochete known as Borrelia burgdorferi – is one of the most crippling (and often baffling) diseases of the modern era.
It’s also one of the fastest growing diseases in the Western world. More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the dread disease each year in the U.S. and more than 65,000 cases are year are diagnosed in Europe.
According to the Daily Mail, “Lyme disease is known to wreck lives and strike when people least expect it. Transmitted from ticks, it can take years to diagnose, leaving people suffering painful and debilitating symptoms doctors are unable to explain.”
These symptoms can range from overwhelming fatigue to crippling muscle and joint pain and inflammation, severe muscle weakness, “brain fog” and other serious cognitive impairments, sleep disturbances, headaches and more.
While there is said to be no real “cure” for the disease, natural health experts agree that symptoms can be dramatically reduced and victims of the disease can return to a relatively normal life if they understand how the pathogen behind the disease works… which natural, infection-fighting supplements can be used to help conquer or suppress the pathogen…and which additional nutrients can help the body repair the damage caused by the pathogen as it spreads.
Here’s what we know so far…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
Probably the best book on the subject of colloidal silver and Lyme disease is Dr. M. Paul Farber’s book, The Micro-Silver Bullet: A Scientifically Documented Answer to the Three Largest Epidemics in the World: Lyme Disease, Aids Virus, Yeast Infection, and the Common Cold.
His book has probably done more to educate Lyme patients about the use of colloidal silver for this condition, than any other.
In his book you’ll see the clinical research evidence he presents demonstrating that colloidal silver does indeed kill the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, which is to say the bacterial spirochete known as Borrelia burgdorferi.
According to Dr. Farber:
“Two studies have been conducted with colloidal silver and its effectiveness against Borrelia burgdorferi. The first study conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, showed growth inhibition in low concentrations (2-10 ppm) and much faster action in higher concentrations (15-75 ppm).
The Department of Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, tested cultured spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi…using 150 ppm and 15 ppm colloidal silver…none of the treated cultures contained live spirochetes after 24 hours.”
In other words, in test tube studies concentrations of colloidal silver as low as 15 ppm wiped out the Lyme disease pathogen.
Dr. Farber later claimed to have witnessed “a 100% killing effect of the Lyme pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi, “within less than five minutes of exposure” to a colloidal silver preparation.
He went on to say that “Studies by Margret Bayer, Ph.D., at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have shown that the growth and replication (spread) of Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi are measurably slowed or stopped” by a colloidal silver preparation “when viewed in a laboratory test tube.”
Finally, he states that researchers Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, Ph.D. (the scientist who actually discovered the Lyme disease pathogen) and Dr. Tom Schwan, Ph.D., while working at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services, found that silver was “uniformly deadly” to the Lyme pathogen and a related fever-inducing pathogen.
See the below letter (on U.S. Department of Health & Human Services letterhead) from Dr. Burgdorfer confirming these dramatic results. (Click image to see a larger and more readable version of the letter.)
Lab Studies v/s Real-Life
It’s important to note that these were laboratory test tube studies, and that killing the Lyme pathogen in lab tests v/s killing it in the human body are two different things.
There have, to the best of my knowledge, been no clinical studies conducted showing colloidal silver to kill Lyme inside the human body. But plenty of people – including Dr. Farber himself – have claimed to have “cured” themselves of Lyme disease using colloidal silver along with other supplements.
The problem is that inside the human body, these pathogens can do things they can’t do in a laboratory test tube, i.e., for example, hide in the inner sheaths of the nerve ganglion and go into a state of hibernation, or even cover themselves with a portion of human DNA, thus fooling the immune system into not attacking them.
This is one of the reasons Lyme patients often have to undergo many weeks or even months of treatment with a cocktail of powerful prescription antibiotic drugs – it’s very difficult to reach the pathogens when they go into “hiding” (so to speak) inside the human body.
But with persistence, many Lyme disease victims have found that regular daily usage of small amounts of colloidal silver, along with other nutritional supplements discussed later in this article, can indeed help bring about dramatic relief from the symptoms of Lyme disease.
Here’s a quick excerpt from Dr. Farber’s book, The Micro-Silver Bullet: A Scientifically Documented Answer to the Three Largest Epidemics in the World: Lyme Disease, Aids Virus, Yeast Infection, and the Common Cold, explaining how he “cured” his own case of Lyme disease. In his own words:
“In July of 1992 I was bitten by the Deer Tick (Ixodes Scapularis) which according to Dr. Thomas Craig, D.V.M. of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology carries the spirochete which is the causative agent of Lyme disease.
After my diagnosis was confirmed a medical doctor, who is a neurologist, put me first on Penicillin orally for two weeks, and then intravenously for four weeks. The results to my symptomatology were minimal and I experienced many side effects including Candida Yeast Infection because of the penicillin’s destructive effect on the friendly acidophilus bacteria in my stomach and colon.
Since this treatment did not work, the neurologist prescribed a cephalosporin called Rocephan. Unfortunately, this treatment accomplished no more than the penicillin, had many unpleasant side effects, and worsened my candida yeast infection.
Not knowing what to do, or where to go next I was led to a Dr. Joeseph Cardot from Colorado. Dr. Cardot told me that Mild Silver Protein [i.e, an older form of colloidal silver – ED] was helpful against spirochetes and suggested a regiment to follow.
I began with two tablespoons a day for the first month holding it under the tongue sublingually for a minute, swishing it around the mouth for ten seconds, and then gargling and swallowing. I did the same thing for the second and third month, but only one tablespoon per day.
By the end of the first two weeks my 35 different symptoms, including extreme pain, paralysis, and numbness were about 25% relieved with no side effects.
By the end of the first month I was over 50% well. By the end of the second month I was 75% well. After 3 months of treatment I was 100% well. I have been 100% well for over 2 years.
Was I cured from Lyme disease and candida yeast infection?
In my opinion and the opinion of Dr. William Burgdorfer, Scientist Emeritus who discovered the spirochete as the causative agent of Lyme disease, and Dr. John Parks Trowbridge, M.D. an author and expert in the field of candida yeast infection, I appeared to be CURED…
This ‘antibiotic’ is attenuated silver that has been broken down, electrically charged and suspended in colloidal solution, having been reduced to microscopic silver particles smaller than .001 microns in diameter (smaller than a virus or bacteria).
I have done considerable additional research on this potent antibiotic, conferring freqauently with knowledgeable people in the field, including two years of interaction with Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, the world-renowned scientist who discovered and pinpointed the spirochete as the causative agent of Lyme disease.”
Clearly, Dr. Farber’s personal account of his healing from Lyme disease using colloidal silver is a dramatic one, and offers profound hope to millions who now suffer from this dread disease.
Dr. Farber concludes, “Lyme disease is treatable and can be conquered through the use of the natural antibiotic that I have discovered and call the ‘micro-silver bullet’ [i.e., very small particle-sized colloidal silver – ED] used in tandem with holistic supportive methods.”
How Colloidal Silver Is Used
According to an article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors:
“Colloidal silver, a product that some Lyme patients have found helpful, is a suspension of ultra-fine, electrically-charged (ionic) silver particles in water.
This form of silver kills bacteria and other microorganisms, apparently by inhibiting enzymes common to microorganisms but not found in mammalian tissue cells.
Colloidal silver was used to treat and prevent infection before pharmaceutical antibiotics became available.”
As one natural health site recently noted, when dealing with Lyme disease it’s important to utilize a colloidal silver suspension consisting of very small particles of silver when using silver as a nutritional adjunct for treating Lyme disease. They state:
“When using colloidal silver for Lyme disease, we should keep in mind that smaller particle sizes are typically better.
This allows for more free silver ions to be available, and more surface area for the silver to generate its ‘oxidative’ actions for killing the Lyme pathogen.”
In other words, the smaller the silver particles are, the more bioavailable they are in the human body. The body is able to absorb, utilize and afterwards excrete such small silver particles with ease, compared to the larger silver particles found in most conventional colloidal silver preparations.
What’s more, numerous clinical studies have found that the smaller the silver particles are, the more effective they are against pathogens of all sorts. While the silver particles in most colloidal silver preparations are 200 nm in size, or larger, clinical studies show that silver particles under 25 nm work best against pathogens.
(Editor’s note: You can make your own high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver for just pennies per quart using a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge. Learn 7 reasons why you should make your own colloidal silver here, and view the profound size differences between conventional colloidal silver and micro-particle colloidal silver, here.)
Another natural health site explains that only very small amounts of colloidal silver are needed when using colloidal silver as a nutritional adjunct for Lyme disease. They write:
“A reasonable starting amount [for Lyme disease] would be 1 fluid ounce that is taken twice a day. An ounce is equal to two U.S. tablespoons.
For maximum effect in the bloodstream, it should be held in the mouth for a minute before swallowing.
If the patient gets noticeably sicker [i.e., Herxheimer’s reaction caused by the toxins being released by dying pathogens – ED], then you need to immediately decrease the daily amount.
Later, you should increase the dosage, but you must not increase it too rapidly, due to the toxic die-off reactions.
One method of determining the ideal therapeutic amount would be to increase the dosage every day until the patient gets slightly sicker, and then cut back to a dosage that is slightly lower than that amount.
Then use this ideal dosage for a couple of weeks before trying an increase again.”
Over the years of interviewing experienced colloidal silver users, some people with Lyme disease have told me that they’ve “cured” their Lyme disease completely by taking colloidal silver.
Others have told me that they’ve only been able to significantly “control” their Lyme symptoms by taking colloidal silver (presumably by keeping the activity of the pathogen suppressed).
As one Lyme patient recently stated online:
“I have been put on doxycycline and minocycline and amoxycillin all to no avail for my Lyme…none of them did the trick in the last 4 years…
But now after only getting sicker and sicker for 4 years and 30 doctors later, I am getting treatment in AZ. And they are giving me colloidal silver every day. I had never even heard of it. What is stranger is that it is not harmful.
It targets the Lyme inside the cells and cuts off its oxygen supply therefore killing it. I bought some online and it does not have any taste to it at all.
Why is there not more information about this great product? Is it because the pharmaceutical companies cannot patent it and make a killing off of it? Does greed really come before lives?
I have a friend who was on colloidal silver for his cancer treatment. The others methods did not work for him. Chemo and radiation. But he got silver and his cancer tumors shrunk and went away. He is fine now.
So what is the deal with this colloidal silver? It has been around for 2,000 years and seemed to have worked pretty darn well for everyone before other antibiotic drugs were invented.”
Interestingly, an Australian gentleman named Phillip Jones also claims to have cured his Lyme disease using colloidal silver and other natural health products. He had originally been reduced to a wheel chair-bound patient after a six-week stay in a hospital for his Lyme symptoms.
“I couldn’t even pick up a cup of tea, let alone sit down or stand up… there was nothing left of me,” he later told news reporters.
While he first went through the usual gamut of antibiotic drugs, he found that natural substances – including colloidal silver – worked better for him. According to a news story about his remarkable recovery:
“Mr. Jones swears by his daily dosages of colloidal silver…four years later he’s finally feeling normal, he’s surfing again, playing golf and doing yoga at least five days a week. He now has people contacting him from Australia and the US desperate to seek answers to the disease.”
Another Lyme disease sufferer wrote of her experiences with colloidal silver:
“I believe that colloidal silver has been a major component of my being healed from Lyme Disease. I contracted it in September of 2000 from a tick bite, but wasn’t diagnosed until July of 2001 so I have been battling the chronic form ever since.
I would say my “cure” is still ongoing, but I am symptom free (finally!) as of December 2010.
I know the Lyme CANNOT defend itself against colloidal silver and so wherever it still lurks in my body, my strengthened immune system plus the silver is seeking it out and destroying it as I still take 25-30 drops 1-2X per day. My doctor started me on it (30-40 drops 3X/day) in June of 2009.”
Another gentleman from Australia claims colloidal silver is the only substance that’s helped him with his battle against Lyme Disease. In an online news article published by The Observer, the newspaper states:
“After Robert Sears was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1993, he expected to receive a course of treatment.
Instead, doctors and other medical professionals turned their backs on him, some even going as far as calling him a liar.
I’ve lost 15 years of my life,” he said. “I lost faith in the health system a long time ago, none of them want to help me, they just turn their backs on me.”
Life changed for Mr. Sears in 1992 when his body began to ache from chronic pain. “I just started to have unbearable pain, then my body began to swell and I was uncontrollably itchy,” he said.
“My head felt like it was about to explode. The one doctor who was willing to confront Lyme disease left town, and then I was on my own.”
Mr. Sears has resorted to drinking colloidal silver, which he brews himself, in a desperate attempt to relieve his pain.
After two decades of pain, he claims it is the only medication that will take the edge off his suffering. He takes two glasses of colloidal silver daily to remain mobile.”
Another individual who had previously undergone a 10 month regimen of treatment with the antibiotic drug Doxycyline for chronic Lyme disease makes some eye-opening observations in the an online article about his ordeal:
“I decided to try colloidal silver. Many Lyme patients say that it helps them. Rather than buying expensive products from the store, however, I ordered a top grade colloidal silver generator that I could use at home to make quarts of quality colloidal silver.
I took a small dosage every day for the next few months, and finally felt I had beat the Lyme. This was late 2001.
Lyme disease however cannot be cured. It goes into remission when the bacteria (and co-infections) are beat down in numbers to the point where one’s own immune system can deal with them. But it can and will break out again if the immune system is weakened.
It is helpful to have something at hand to give one’s body some help, and all wise Lyme patients have one or another antimicrobial ready to use at the first sign of relapse.
For the next three years, I would rely on colloidal silver, using it briefly whenever I felt Lyme symptoms such as pin prick pain or numbness. Each time, the overt symptoms disappeared. But Lyme was affecting me in less obvious ways.
In the spring of 2002 I developed bursitis–a painful condition in the right shoulder (the same shoulder where I’d had the tick bite in 2000). I saw a physical therapist, did exercises and so on, but the condition did not improve.
It happened that I’d promised to play the guitar and accompany some musicians on a recording, but I developed a very bad cold a few days before. I reached for colloidal silver, which is often used to reduce the duration of a cold.
Because I needed a strong healing boost, I drank down an entire quart on the evening before we recorded the music. My right arm was very busy of course, strumming the guitar (as it had been during several rehearsals.)
Perhaps the colloidal silver and good blood circulation to the shoulder combined to help. The day following the recording, all the pain in my shoulder was gone–and it hasn’t returned.
I have to suspect that what I’d thought was bursitis was actually an inflammation caused by Lyme bacteria that had settled into that area (the closest joint to the initial tick bite).
Now, people with Lyme disease become expert at understanding where they are in their healing cycles. They learn to tell the difference between normal fatigue after a hard day of activity from debilitating fatigue due to the illness or a healing crisis. They become expert in telling if therapy is working, by seeing if it makes them herx. .
Online, you can read many reports from the FDA and Quackwatch, saying that colloidal silver is bogus. But I believe the experiences of people with Lyme disease who report improvement using colloidal silver. They do not report complete cures, but, like me, they experience definite benefit from its use.
Lyme patients develop an extraordinary sense about what is happening in their body. This, in combination with the general lack of knowledge and support from the medical community, has led to unprecedented experimentation in healing and detox modalities by Lyme patients – and has helped many to get well.
I am confident that our struggles will eventually benefit the world community, as this disease continues to spread around the globe.”
The above experiential account is pretty typical of the portion of Lyme patients who find that antibiotic drugs have not helped them, and who then turn to natural healing modalities such as colloidal silver and others.
They begin experimenting with supplements such as colloidal silver, and in many cases suddenly find dramatic relief.
The observation made by the individual in the above account however, is extremely important: Lyme disease often cannot be “cured.” In many cases, the Lyme pathogen cannot be completely eradicated from the body, even after months of treatment with powerful prescription antibiotic drugs. But the numbers of the pathogen can be lessened to the point that the immune system steps in and keeps them suppressed.
However, even when there are long periods of what appear to be remissions, Lyme symptoms can flare back up after bouts with either physical or emotional stress, trauma, or even after bouts with viruses, such as after a nasty case of the flu.
That’s because the entrenched Lyme pathogen senses weakness in the body, senses that the immune system is busy elsewhere, and comes out of hiding in order to take advantage of it.
But natural health experts say the Lyme pathogen can indeed be suppressed to the point that a normal life can once again be lived.
The key lies in understanding how the Lyme pathogen affects the body…which natural, infection-fighting supplements can be used to help stop the pathogen’s destructive activity in the body…and which additional nutrients can help the body repair the damage caused by the pathogen as it initially tries to spread.
This brings us to the topic of the type of damage to the body’s normal operating systems that can be caused by infectious pathogens such as the Lyme pathogen…
The Most Important Thing to Understand:
Lyme Causes Damage to Multiple Body Systems
Lyme disease, much like CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome), Fibromyalgia and similar chronic degenerative diseases, all have one thing in common. Which is to say, they are caused,
triggered or exacerbated by pathogens that wreak havoc on multiple bodily systems, usually the five main ones:
- the immune system
- the nervous system
- brain system function
- hormonal system function
- energy-metabolism system function
Though the pathogens behind chronic degenerative diseases like Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia are quite different, they all work to cripple these five bodily systems in particular. They attack these five systems so they can ultimately take over the body and spread throughout it unhindered.
As Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper points out:
“Unfortunately, some physicians still view antibiotics as the only solution to this disease. But chronically infected patients require multidisciplinary care…
The disease affects so many of the body’s systems, and has such a debilitating impact on the life of the affected patient…(that patients) need help across different specialisms to address all simultaneous complications.”
So, according to health and medical experts, not only does the pathogen either have to be eradicated or suppressed (hence the need for antibiotic drugs, or infection-fighting supplements like colloidal silver), but also – and this is the key – the damage to the multiple bodily systems has to be repaired in order for the disease symptoms to diminish.
You’ll find a LOT of information on the internet about taking extremely high dosages of colloidal silver – such as eight to sixteen ounces per day – to bring about relief from Lyme disease.
And based on these anecdotal accounts, it appears to be true. Lyme disease victims say they begin to feel much better after taking high daily dosages of colloidal silver, and that’s largely because the silver either outright kills the pathogen, or at least suppresses its ongoing activity.
But in many, many cases, people notice that if they try to stop taking the large daily amounts of colloidal silver, they gradually relapse, often feeling worse than they did before they started taking the colloidal silver.
So they go back to taking large amounts of silver daily, and regain relief, and then are afraid to quit taking it at those high amounts because they don’t want another relapse.
A Two-Fold Problem
From Using Too Much Colloidal Silver
The problem with this is twofold:
One, taking such excessively large amounts of colloidal silver on a regular daily basis is bad for the body over the long-term. As with any natural substance, if you take overly large amounts for long periods of time, there are going to be consequences sooner or later.
With silver, the main consequence is the fact that when the body gets overwhelmed with more silver being ingested than it can excrete, it begins to store the excess silver particles in the tissues, and gradually begins to push those silver particles out to the skin, which is the body’s 3rd major organ of elimination.
At that point, the excess silver can get embedded in the under layer of skin, and when enough sunlight hits the skin, the silver particles begin to “tarnish,” turning the skin blue/gray. This condition is commonly known as argyria, or in layman’s terms “blue man syndrome.”
Argyria is very rare. But it is indeed a very real potential side effect of taking too much colloidal silver on a regular daily basis. You can learn more about colloidal silver and argyria in four of my previous articles:
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, using excessive daily amounts of colloidal silver ignores the simple fact that colloidal silver can only help resolve the singular issue of eradicating or suppressing the pathogen. It cannot help repair the multiple bodily systems that have already been damaged by the pathogen.
Therefore, a person might feel a lot better after taking large daily amounts of colloidal silver, because the silver, in killing or suppressing the activity of the pathogen, is able to halt the progression of the infection. But it’s not repairing the damage already done to multiple bodily systems.
So there are a lot of debilitating symptoms that can remain active and continue to drag down a person’s health and well-being because of the damage already done by the pathogen to the immune system, the nervous system, brain system function, hormonal system function, and the body’s energy-metabolism system.
This generally makes people think all they need to do is take more colloidal silver, since the silver made them feel better in the first place.
But what natural health experts say they REALLY need is to do is address the damage the pathogen has done to the five bodily systems that are almost always attacked by these pathogens.
Success With A Multi-Pronged Approach
That’s why many natural health experts recommend a more rational, multi-pronged natural approach to recovery from Lyme disease, very similar to that which has successfully be used by victims of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia over the past few decades.
In this approach, colloidal silver (in far smaller daily amounts than some people on the internet recommend) is used, along with a handful other important nutritional supplements known to help heal and repair specific bodily systems that are malfunctioning due to the damage caused by the pathogen.
First, of course, you have to kill or at least suppress the activity of the pathogen, which is where small daily amounts of colloidal silver come in.
But you also have to begin repairing the damage the pathogen has done in its attempts to take over the body, i.e., damage to brain function, nervous system function, hormonal system function, immune system function, and energy metabolism.
No matter which pathogen is involved in a chronic degenerative disease with an infectious basis – such as Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia – they ALL attack these five key areas of bodily function in order to deprive the body of being able to put up a defense against the pathogen’s life-destroying activities.
And colloidal silver alone (or antibiotic or antiviral drugs alone, for that matter) cannot resolve this. As long as the five crippled bodily systems remain damaged and left untreated, the recovery will never be complete.
Natural health experts therefore agree that along with small daily doses of colloidal silver to eradicate the pathogen or suppress its activity in the body, a number of additional healing supplements must be used if a more complete recovery is desired without having to ingest excessive amounts of colloidal silver for the rest of one’s life.
Many holistic practitioners recommend the following additional natural health supplements:
- D-Ribose to help restore proper energy-metabolism function which is often crippled by the pathogen in order to deprive the immune system of the energy it needs to function. See below for more information on D-Ribose. Learn where to obtain high-quality D-Ribose here.
- Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan to help restore proper immune system function (You can learn more about Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan and its remarkable ability to help restore flagging immunity here: The Beta-Glucan Manual.) Learn where to obtain the best brand of Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan, here.
- Methylcobalamin – this is the most active and most bioavailable form of vitamin B-12 which experts say helps restore proper nervous system function, as well as helping with brain function and energy levels. Learn where to obtain high-qaulity methylcobalamin here.
- Vinpocetine – the brain supplement dubbed “Viagra for the brain” by smart nutrients expert Dr. Ward Dean, M.D.; helps eliminate “brain fog” and restore proper brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain and triggering brain cells to release adenosine triphosphate (ATP) so the brain’s neurons can fire better, resulting in quicker, clearer thinking and reduced cognitive impairment. Learn where to obtain the highest-quality Vinpocetine, here.
- Pregnenolone to help restore proper hormonal system function; Pregnenolone has been known for decades as the “happiness hormone,” thanks to its remarkable ability to relieve depression by helping balance the body’s hormonal system. Pregnenolone is the “mother hormone” through which the body is able to produce all other hormones.
Each of these nutrients is specifically targeted to one of the five main bodily functions that are most commonly disrupted by infectious microorganisms that cause chronic degenerative diseases such as Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and others.
And the good news is that you don’t have to take all of them at once. People who have used these supplements to help repair the damage caused to the body’s main functional systems by infectious microbes behind chronic degenerative diseases such as Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and more, generally start with the supplement associated with their most debilitating symptoms.
For example, if one’s energy and metabolism has been the most damaged by the pathogen, then experts say you might start by taking the energy-booster D-Ribose until energy levels are back on the upswing.
D-Ribose is not a stimulant, by the way. It’s a complex carbohydrate that all 70 trillion cells in the human body need in order to produce cellular energy (i.e., ATP).
By taking D-Ribose, the cells are able to produce their own energy, which in turn powers every organ, muscle and tissue in your body. In other words, you’re giving your body what it needs to produce its own endogenous energy.
But if one’s immune system has been damaged more extensively than one’s energy metabolism system (which is almost always the case with these pathogens, by the way) then you might start by taking the Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan, documented by science to be the world’s most powerful natural immune system booster.
Likewise, if one’s nervous system function has been the most impaired by the pathogen (i.e., resulting in restless legs syndrome, nerve pain, impaired reflexes, etc.), then taking the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B-12 would be a great starting point to get the needed repair going.
If “brain fog” and other symptoms of cognitive impairment are the most predominant symptoms one is experiencing, then taking the brain-booster Vinpocetine would probably be a good “first choice.” Once brain function is back at peak levels, the other four bodily systems can be worked on utilizing the other four supplements.
And, of course, if hormone-related symptoms are most predominant (i.e., depression, decreased sex drive, poor muscle strength and low muscle mass, low self-confidence, sadness, difficulty concentrating, etc.) then Pregnenolone, known as the “happiness hormone” for its dramatic mood-enhancing benefits can be taken first.
In my own personal experience (I do not have Lyme disease, but I’ve battled with Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome for some 30 years and can attest to the fact that its symptoms are very similar to those of Lyme disease) taking the D-Ribose, the Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan and the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B-12 together several times a week gives my body a dramatic “kick start” every time.
These three nutrients seem to be synergistic for me, i.e., they work together to help heal the body and do not seem to conflict with each other at all. But everyone’s different – i.e., biological individuality – so take things slowly and don’t be in too big of a hurry.
Likewise, when brain and hormonal problems seem to predominate, natural health experts say Vinpocetine and Pregnenolone can be taken together. Both of these nutrient supplements aid proper brain function, helping neurons fire faster and increasing blood flow to the brain so that “brain fog” and impaired thinking is no longer a problem.
But Pregnenolone has the added advantage of helping balance the body’s hormonal system, bringing down levels of hormones that might be too high, and bringing up levels of hormones that might be too low; in other words, helping the body establish hormonal equilibrium.
Since symptoms like “brain fog,” cognitive impairment, difficulty concentrating, sadness or depression, low sex drive and more can all be interrelated, taking Pregnenolone and Vinpocetine together in small doses several times a week seem to have an uplifting effect on both the brain and the hormonal system, in a synergistic fashion. After all, the brain basically controls the body’s hormonal system, and the body’s hormonal system helps power the brain.
I’ve used Vinpocetine and Pregnenolone together when my symptoms tell me that both my brain and hormonal systems are flagging, and there results have often been wondrous. I’ve found that I only need to do so several times a week, for a few weeks, in order to trigger dramatic healing and experience a significant rebound in well-being.
A Typical Nutritional Strategy
Natural health experts say that when fighting chronic degenerative disease triggered by a pathogen, these supplements should be taken along with a high-quality multi-vitamin/mineral complex, plus essential fatty acids such as those found in Borage seed oil and Omega-3 fish oil which help nourish brain cells, tame hidden inflammation, inhibit blood clotting, and even help the cells become more fluid and pliable so they absorb other vital nutrients more efficiently.
(Remember to always consult your local experienced natural or holistic health care practitioner before undertaking any nutritional supplement program. This is vital because your natural health practitioner can monitor your progress through blood tests as well as through observation, and suggest changes as needed that can increase your well-being at a faster rate.)
So a typical way to deal nutritionally with Lyme disease and other chronic degenerative diseases caused by infections is to take:
1.) Colloidal Silver. Take a small amount of colloidal silver every day, to help the body eradicate the pathogen, or at least keep its activity suppressed. For some people, that might be as little as a teaspoonful of 10 ppm colloidal silver each day, or as much as an ounce a day. See the Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage Report to learn how to determine your own daily dosage based on your body weight and the ppm (concentration) of the colloidal silver product you’re using.
2.) Vitamins and Minerals. Take a good, high-quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement every day (not the cheap stuff from Walmart; count on paying $30 to $60 a month for high-quality, bioavailable vitamins and minerals, such as Ultra Protection III from Douglas Laboratories). Typically, the pathogens behind chronic degenerative diseases such as Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and others work to cripple the body’s ability to absorb enough vitamins and minerals from food. By augmenting one’s diet with a good, high-quality, bioavailable multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, you can give back to your body the nutrients it’s been missing, which in turn will help stimulate healing and repair.
3.) Essential Fatty Acids. These too, need to be taken daily. Dr. Stephen Langer, M.D. points out that victims of chronic degenerative diseases caused by infectious microbes often don’t get enough essential fatty acids in their diets. But essential fatty acids are said to be critical for brain health and function, blood health, hormonal health, cellular health and function, and much more. Therefore, many natural health experts recommend people fighting chronic degenerative diseases caused by pathogens to take 1,000 mg. per day of Borage Seed Oil and 1,000 mg. per day of Omega-3 Fish Oil daily. These help nourish brain cells, tame hidden inflammation, inhibit blood clotting, and even help the body’s 70 trillion cells become more fluid and pliable so they absorb nutrients more efficiently.
4.) Supplements that Support the Body’s 5 Main Functional Systems – With the above as one’s foundational daily nutrient supplement program, you can then experiment with taking D-Ribose, Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan, Methylcobalamin, Vinpocetine and Pregnenolone on a rotational basis, determined by one’s symptoms.
Again, if exhaustion and low energy levels are a predominant symptom, then adding a capsule of D-Ribose to one’s normal supplement regimen three or four times a week (or more, if necessary) might be a good way to start.
Once energy levels are back to normal, the D-Ribose can be tapered off (and used from time-to-time when energy levels might dwindle a bit), and you can work on the next most debilitating symptom by adding the corresponding nutrient to your daily supplement protocol.
In this manner, one by one, each of the body’s five basic functions (energy system, immune system, nervous system, brain function, hormonal function) can be addressed, repaired and restored to proper function.
I must repeat that having a good holistic health doctor to guide you through this and monitor your progress is imperative. A good natural health doctor can see things you might miss, and make suggestions that will speed recovery and enhance well-being.
To learn more about using the above natural supplements as a nutritional adjunct to healing the body from the debilitating effects of Lyme disease (or other chronic degenerative diseases caused by pathogens), consider reading my previous article at this link, which documents what I did – personally – in order to heal my body of Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
The article gives some suggestions regarding what others dealing with chronic degenerative diseases caused by infectious microorganisms (like the Lyme disease pathogen and more), can do as well.
Yes, my previous article is largely about my own personal experiences in using natural substances to heal the crippling effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (caused by Epstein Barr virus and Cytomegalovirus).
But again, the underlying principle is the same as with the Lyme disease pathogen. You have to deal with the pathogen first (colloidal silver). But you also have to deal with the damage caused by the pathogen to the body’s five main systems of function (i.e., the other recommended supplements) which is where the supplements like D-Ribose, Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan, Methylcobalamin, Vinpocetine and Pregnenolone come in.
Please keep firmly in mind that I’m not a doctor, and I’m not “prescribing” anything, here. I’m just reporting what cutting edge natural health experts have been saying for years, and what people (including myself) who have conquered the symptoms of pathogen-induced chronic degenerative diseases such as Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and others have done.
So check out my previous article on using the above nutritional supplementation to deal with infection-based chronic degenerative diseases, and let me know if the ideas spelled out in that article help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Where to Obtain High-Quality Colloidal Silver
If you’re interested in trying colloidal silver as a nutritional adjunct for Lyme disease, or any other pathogen-induced chronic degenerative disease, it’s important to know that it can be found in almost every health food store in America. It’s also available online at Amazon.com or SwansonVitamins.com, or many other websites.
Some people prefer the Sovereign Silver brand, at a 10 ppm concentration. And others prefer the ASAP Colloidal Silver brand, at 24 ppm concentration. They’re both widely considered to be excellent choices.
If you try colloidal silver and find that it helps you overcome your Lyme disease symptoms, you’ll then likely want to look into purchasing a home colloidal silver generator so you can make your own colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart, rather than paying $20 or $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle at health food stores.
After all, you can also safely use colloidal silver internally to stop colds and flu in their tracks… alleviate intestinal infections…stop urinary tract infections…cure upper respiratory infections…wipe out infection-based prostate problems…and much, much more! (To learn more, see A Colloidal Silver Primer.)
Most people who try colloidal silver find that it quickly becomes their #1 “go to” nutritional supplement for helping the body fight active infections, nutritionally.
- To learn how tens of thousands of people are curing their own infections with safe, natural colloidal silver, see the real-life colloidal silver success stories at this link.
- To learn how truly simple it is to make your own high-quality colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart, click here.
- To learn what makes the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator superior to conventional colloidal silver generators, click here.
- To save $100 on a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, click here.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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