ANTIBIOTICS - ANTI-FUNGALS - ANTI-VIRALS - ANTI-PARASITICS (Updated March 2012)
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ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT INFORMATION
What you should do before starting an antibiotic regimen
MONO- or COMBO-THERAPY for different LYME STAGES
What you should do during and after an antibiotic regimen
Additional treatment information for Morgellons and Lyme disease
What you should know before taking any medication!
Before starting with any medication, you should do the usual tests on blood, serum, or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, Liquor cerebrospinalis), joint fluid, stool, sputum and perhaps skin scrapings, to find out which main pathogens may cause your symptoms, instead of starting empirically with any regimen!
The diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease is a very complex and difficult theme, for patients and most physicians, few of whom have any experience with Lyme disease and coinfections. All of the consequences fall on the patients!
As people afflicted with Lyme are aware, you cannot treat Lyme disease alone, without the help of specialists, so treatment might be just an illusion. There are so many other issues to consider simultaneously, such as titers, kidney and liver values, hypertension, red blood cell count and coagulation issues, diabetes, hormonal level, autoimmune diseases, iron level, albumin, homocysteine, and so on.
I don't blame physicians, because they cannot know everything. But then who should be seeking the path forward from Lyme disease -- physicians or patients? Should patients ask Dr. Google for more information about this issue, because doctors do not have and will not get a clue about it? The situation is just ridiculous! Doc, do your job according to the Hippocratic Oath and fight against cuts from your patients' insurance policies!
Pharmaceutical industry, the CDC and insurance companies are actually the main problem in treating Lyme disease adequately, and that is the common opinion from many involved! Check also latest from Dr. Phil Uncensored: "Deadly Consequences - Chronic Lyme Disease or Lie?"
Why are most Lyme tests negative?
It is well known that most Lyme tests based only on antibody detection (IgM, IgG) initially and even later can show a seronegative result, depending also on if the Borrelia bacteria has left the bloodstream and/or switched already into the cystic or cell wall deficiency form (without surface proteins to detect), or on protozoal coinfections or Borrelia which have destroyed antibodies, or on the reliability of the labwork, too.
If you get a negative test result, try again using another Lyme test, instead using only ELISA, such as the Western Blot, Cytokine, LTT-MELISA or ELISPOT test and perhaps a spinal tap or joint aspiration. Read more under the section laboratory tests on this site.
This is your life, and every little day counts with Lyme disease.
The longer you wait, the longer it takes to get any physical improvement.
Very often, you cannot prove Lyme or syphilis by the third or final stages of those diseases, anyway! They won’t tell you this fact, and most don’t even know of this. It’s in this final stage that only anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed.
Certainly there’s also an involvement of the pharmaceutical industry that plays a huge role here. They want to sell more of their anti-psychotic drugs more than ever now. They make 20 billion US-dollars yearly by selling antibiotics, and more than 100 billion with funny colored anti-psychotic drugs!
Why do antibiotics sometimes not work for you?
Most do still work even in the final stage of illness, but many antibiotics that work for one person, might NOT work for another person, who may have slightly different bacteria strains and/or antibiotic resistances, penicillin allergies or persistant/chronic Lyme infection. Chronic Lyme disease actually means, the late stage of Lyme, and not POST-LYME symptoms, the posttraumatic chronification of symptoms!
Furthermore the success of each antibiotic therapy can occur retarded or not at all, so that after 3-4 weeks of treatment a subsequent regimen with other antibiotics is necessary.
In addition, we should be aware that many antibiotics become ineffective, not only due to bacterial resistance against them, but also because the spirochete bacteria can use a kind of pump-mechanism (efflux-pump) to pump out already absorbed antibiotics. On the top the bacteria can escape from the immune system by so-called escape mechanisms and also hide itself intracellulary, even in antibodies!
Bacterial resistance is also caused mostly by farming practices, which involve overfeeding animals daily with high doses of antibiotics, to prevent illness and increase growth for profit! These practices persist on a wide scale, with no meaningful intervention by government authorities. We eat these animals and the resistant bacteria are passed then to our enterobacteria, which are passing then the resistance to the more dangerous pathogens living in us.
Furthermore, we must also take into account that most Lyme treatment protocols are using too low a dosage of antibiotics and too short treatment duration which may force then a bacterial resistance too. Many physicians prescribe only 100 mg of Doxycycline as a one-week treatment, ignoring, among other things, the duration of a present infection and the necessary dosage of antibiotics, which should be calculated ALWAYS according to body weight, and age (if children).
A child does not weigh the same as an overweight adult, and a younger/early infection is not treated in the same way as later or chronic Lyme disease! Ignoring these facts from lack of knowledge, misdiagnosis and other mistreatment may cause a physician-made bacterial resistance to certain antibiotics. As a consequence, an uncontrolled further spread of pathogens in the human body will happen!
Very often this is the sad beginning of a chronic illness for the patient and a huge burden for his family. Many patients no longer accept such ignorance now, bringing lawsuits against their physicians, because they have lost not only their health, but also their former lives (work, partner, friends, family)!
Ironically, wealthy people (e.g. G.W. Bush and wife) who had cash, get 4-6 months of IV in an intensive care unit! So, there seems to be a wide disparity between those who have lower quality insurance and those who have good insurance and money--giving them access to better pysicians and treatments!
Patients are also forced into illness by outdated rules of the CDC and wrong guidelines of IDSA (Infectious Disease Society Of America), or by medical insurance companies, which limit care just to avoid legal liability or to save more money! Hopefully, there is a better way ahead for all parties to handle this complicated Lyme disaster.
Main reasons for wrong Lyme treatments:
Wrong dosage prescribed, not up to the patients body weight and Lyme stage
Wrong duration of treatment, sometimes only given for one week
Wrong antibiotics prescribed for Lyme treatment or for different stages and systemic complications
Ignoring the need for complex treatment for spiral and cystic forms and other bacterial, viral and fungal infections
Resistant bacteria strains
We already see increasing problems with Methicillin- or Multi-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), commonly referred to as the "flesh eating bacteria"; enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), a pathogenic strain of E. coli; and other resistant bacteria strains, including perhaps now Multi-resistant Borrelia burgdorferi (MRBB).
Older antibiotics may still work on occasion (e.g. Cefuroxim-Axetil, second generation), but mainly only the newer types (third generation) of antibiotics are still effective for Lyme treatment. Most infectious disease specialists know these facts. Also, they alternate between different antibiotics over a period of weeks or months, instead of treating always with the same or older ones, even over years.
Their motto is, "Use it and lose it," which means, once used a certain antibiotic as long as it works, they rotate and don`t use the same drug again later to avoid a possible resistance and unneccessary side-effects, losing thereby precious time for patients.
Such an approach signals a huge conflict for physicians, because insurance guidelines are not up-to-date and will not cover newer, longer or higher dosage treatments, however necessary they may be. Insurance companies' refusals and exclusions are simply ways to save money and ignore patient health. Note: the usual price for a package of antibiotic is around 30 US-dollar!
Isn't it a sick world in which we live? Where cattle, pigs and chicken get more antibiotics than real, sick patients, who even have to beg and fight for medication? Ignoring even chronic Lyme disease, means, that they are promoting a legal genocide!
Formerly physicians have promoted an overusage of antibiotics and caused bacterial resistances, and now they have turned 180 degrees around, so that we now have an underusage of antibiotics. For what? After all, the victims are always the patients due to this illogical habit of the medical community!
Anyway, do not be discouraged if you need to change or tailor your treatment for your particular circumstances. It does NOT mean that your situation is hopeless, because most of these pathogens are still vulnarable and the progressive disease complex can be stopped usually in approximately three to six months, perhaps up to a year, if you have appropriate internal treatment of Lyme disease and coinfections, and a good physician.
What you should know before taking antibiotics?
Before starting any antibiotic regimen, you should begin at least one to two weeks prior to treatment with vitamins, minerals, prebiotics and amino acids, and build up your gastrointestinal tract with different probiotic bacteria strains, perhaps Multidophilus-12 or Primal defence. Continue these treatments during any antibiotic regimen, which is always followed by certain detoxification procedures; otherwise, your body will get too weak!
A successful antibiotic treatment depends also on the efficiency of the patients’ immune system, and as well on positive thinking which is stimulating all body cells for survival. If you give up mentally, psychosomatically your cells will give up too!
The world "antibiotic" means "against life"! In addition to all the side effects of antibiotics, as clearly described by manufacturers in their packaging, you should know that most antibiotics, after intake, lower levels of many important vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium or vitamin K, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, biotin and inositol--all of which you have to replenish! Tip: eat more banana and avocado!
Some scientist also claim, that it can not only harm your own good bacteria in the gut, but perhaps also cause leaky gut syndrome. On top of all that, some scientists claim that antibiotic therapy may have also a negative effect on mitochondrial cells, which perhaps originally evolved after endosymbiosis of mitochondria and chloroplasts. Primitive bacterial cells, supplying cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and involved in other processes, such as cellular differentiation and signaling, or to control cell lifecycles, growth and cell death (apoptosis).
For dangerous bacterial infections, such as Lyme disease, tuberculosis, syphilis, plague and malaria, I would rather not miss the chance to treat them at the first opportunity with antibiotics, if you want to survive! All the experiments with the other, perhaps natural, remedies can be done later or for minor issues. Particularly with Lyme disease, time is running against you, sometimes slower, sometimes faster.
What you should avoid during an antibiotic treatment?
Avoid taking supplemental iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium and grapefruit juice (which contains the flavonoid, naringenin, a blocker!), milk, chocolate, cheese, and other milk products (calcium is a blocker!) during an antibiotic regimen, because these can reduce or counteract the effects of most medications. If you do consume iron, calcium or grapefruit juice etc., do so a few hours before or after antibiotic intake. Take your medication with water, instead of any fruit juices!
For better absorption and distribution of medications and minerals like calcium, you may use xylitol sweetener, which can be swished first orally to benefit teeth and gums and then swallowed. Xylitol helps to remove plaque bacteria, which cause tooth decay and sinusitis, or try D-Mannose sugar which passes even the brain blood barrier and helps to bind bacteria especially to clean urological tract.
For a better drug circulation some have used aspirine or blood thinners (e.g. Heparin Flush/Heparin Lock) to increase the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment. Take care if you are suffering from hypercoagulation and treated with anti-coagulants!
Which pathogens are mostly involved?
In cases of Lyme/Morgellons infections, bacterial, protozoal and viral pathogens are primary causes of illness symptoms. These include Borrelia, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, Anaplasma, Bartonella, Rickettsia; protozoans, e.g. Babesia, Protomyxozoa rheumatica (according to Frylabs); viruses (EBV, CMV); and, of course, this unknown fungus or fungus-like organism (perhaps a protozoan?) called Morgellons.
Secondary or opportunistic infections, caused by bacteria and fungi (e.g. dermatophytes, Candida) or viruses, may present later after antibiotic treatment. Some pathogens, including viruses, molds, or Actinomycetes or Mycoplasma, can cause symptoms that mimic those of Borrelia bacteria. Mycoplasma does not always respond to certain antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics--which may even contribute to bacterial growth.
In that case, special antibiotics, e.g. Doxycycline, Roxithromycin or Clarithromycin (Biaxin), could be alternative therapies, used simultaneously, to fight Borrelia and Mycoplasma. In entrenched, persistent bacterial infections, parenteral or intravenous antibiotics (IV) could be more effective, particularly for neurologic Lyme disease (neuroborreliosis).
How can Lyme disease be treated more effectively?
Treating spiral, cystic and cell wall deficiency forms of Borrelia bacteria and coinfections simultaneously and preventatively, within the first three months of infection, is more successful than treatment in the final stage of Lyme (after three to eight months or max. 8 years), when courses of medication lasting three to six months and at higher dosages are necessary.
Furthermore, late-stage therapies require newer drugs that can reach through the bacteria's different forms, mainly present in elastin/collagen tissue, that is located outside of the bloodstream, e.g. in the surrounding connective tissue, in the bones and teeth and so on. Yes indeed, the eye cornea, bones and the teeth also contains collagen fibrills and also there are borrelia present eating the collagen, including the gums. Similar situation with infections caused from oral spirochetes. The typical consequence is then a detoriation of the gums (periodontitis), gingivitis, tooth decay, lost of deeth and osteoporosis (bones), or scratches and abrasion of the cornea and a later cataract with clouding of the eye lens which leads to a decrease in vision.
Further problems in treating Lyme disease
If Borrelia bacteria, which have an affinity for collagen, remain in tissue, such as tendons and cartilages, perhaps in non-motile cystic forms (rolled up to a ball) or cell wall deficiency forms (blebs, spheroplasts), rather than found in the bloodstream, then no antibiotic can reach the pathogens there very well. This means a stand-alone antibiotic regimen lasting months, or even years, without success would be the wrong tactic in the fight! In this case, one should change the antibiotics even after 3-4 weeks with no improvement!
Fighting the Borrelia bacteria, which can sometimes form into masses such as a biofilm mat and located in all kinds of tissue, is very difficult, but crucial to treat for improvements. Good success could be obtained by taking black walnut extract, grapefruit-seed extract, garlic, soy, tangerine or teasel root a few hours before the use of antibiotics to force them out more from the tissue. Ayurveda is used now by many, as in the herb Terminalia Chebula, which may help to penetrate their biofilm which serves as external cell protection.
Added information, regarding newer drugs and treatments, history, and still unknown consequences about Lyme disease, syphilis and Morgellons will come out next!
If you had a successful antibiotic treatment for a few months and have been symptom free for a longer time, you should stop the antibiotic regimen for awhile. If all the typical symptoms of the disease start again (relapse), you may try another antibiotic regimen for three to four weeks, instead of treating it again for many months as with the initial treatment.
Or, in the meantime, go with natural or homeopathic treatments (e.g. nosode treatment for Lyme and syphilis). To get some relief and reducing various symptoms you can try also treatments with the SCALAR or Rife machine by sending low electric current through the body at different frequencies, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), or perhaps Hypertermic (ICHT) treatments that elevates the intracellular temperature, similar to an artificial fever to kill pathogens. Be aware that these kinds of treatments are still considerated experimental and they are not a final cure!
General Lyme protocol
There is no universal Lyme protocol that can help everyone. The antibiotic reported to help most patients and the preferred antibiotic for early, and slightly for later stages, is the tetracycline antibiotic Doxycycline. It is used for approximately 8-12 weeks at dosages depending on patients body weight, to treat mainly the spiral Borrelia forms in the blood and very slightly the intracellular located Borrelia and the cystic forms.
Doxycycline and especially Flaghyl had some good effect on skin symptoms and even Morgellons fibers were reduced during treatment. Note: Doxycycline works on bacteria and on protozoans too.
The second-generation of Doxycycline used as monohydrate has a longer half-life and a greater activity against intracellular or anaerobe bacteria. It cannot reach all body areas due to its minor diffusion, and it passes the brain-blood barrier only with a higher dosage, but Amantidine, NH4Cl, and Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil/Quensil), according to some Lyme associations, increases the effectiveness of Doxycycline.
Doxycycline works also on typical Lyme coinfections, particulary when used in conjunction with Rifadin (Rimactane/Rifampin) to treat Bartonella and Ehrlichia infections. Anyway, lysosomotropic drugs, such as Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil/Quensil), have shown already a minor to no effect on cystic borrelia forms, perhaps slightly more in combination with macrolides.
According to Dr. Burrascano MD, there is also a contra-indication using Doxycycline particulary together with Flagyl. An alternative would be to use Tinidazole (Tindamax/Fasigyn), Mepron or Malarone.
To conclude, Doxycycline is not long lasting and thus not effective for a longer therapy period (max. 2-3 months). According to Dr. Sam T. Donta MD, Boston Medical Center, Tetracycline itself, might be more effective than Doxycycline.
Additionally, Amoxicillin, Cefotaxime, Minocycline, or macrolides as Clarithromycin or Azithromycin were used in the early stage of Lyme disease, and some physicians claim that Telithromycin (Ketek) crosses the brain-blood barrier better than Azithromycin.
Note: tetracyclines antibiotics are more active in acid-like environment, and macrolides are more active in alkaline-like environment.
Rocephin (Ceftriaxion) or Bicillin (a syphilis antibiotic) show better results in early and late Lyme stages. Particulary penicillin and its derivates called cephalosporins, favor the creation of cystic Borrelia forms. Thus, it is also necessary to further use co-drugs to fight these cystic forms.
In some cases the promising antibiotic Tigecycline was used to treat Borrelia bacteria and complicated skin and soft tissue infections, despite that it has failed as other antibiotics to treat persisting Borrelia infections totally.
Many other antibiotics, such as the fluoroquinolones (e.g Avelox, Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin) and glycopeptides (e.g. Vancomycin), or linezolides (e.g. Zyvox), and cephalosporins of the first and second generation (e.g. Erythromycin) have shown minor or no effect on Borrelia bacteria and are left out now by many Lyme specialists.
Furthermore, the drugs Chinolone, folate-antagonists, aminoglykosides, sulfonamides, Chloramphenicol, Clindamycin, Cotrimoxazol, Nitrofurantoin, and also Telithromycin (Ketek) as some other physicians state, seem to be no longer effective anymore or are inadequate to treat Lyme disease, but perhaps Bartonella and other bacterial coinfections.
Particulary the antibiotic Bactrim/Septra (combination of Trimethoprime and Sulfamethoxazole) works also as anti-protozoal and anti-fungal medication. But be aware that Bactrim has some side-effects, such as liver and kidney problems, skin rash and pustules, sometimes causing also an allergical reaction to the ingredients, perhaps anti-histamins can reduce such allergical skin reactions.
Note: some patients may still have some improvements with certain so called inadequate antibiotics which various physicians, Lyme organizations, or associations may already have declared as insufficient for Lyme treatment. This depends not only on the antibiotics, but mainly on which older or newer Borrelia strain you may have contracted which still might not be resistant to certain older antibiotics. Furthermore even if many types of antibiotics might be very helpful in the battle, most are not so effective to kill all kinds of Borrelia forms, perhaps up to 80 % - 90%!
Treating cystic borrelia forms and typical coinfections
Whether you are alternating these medications in the beginning, middle or end of your main antibiotic regimen, and depending on your tolerance, a special anti-protozoan medication (e.g. Flaghyl, Tinidazole, Mepron, Malarone, Plaquenil) is added to fight protozoal coinfections, cystic Borrelia forms, and by coincidence, even Morgellons symptoms.
Most anti-protozoan drugs do not work like typical antibiotics. They have a lethal effect on anaerobic organisms because they work intracellularly, destroying their DNA chains (e.g. Flaghyl). For protozoans, microsporidia fungus and Morgellons Flaghyl or Praeziquantel helped a bit more and for those who suffered from worm infestation Ivermectin or Mebendazole was used.
Note: some chemicals may work for different kinds of pathogens. Anti-fungals (e.g. Diflucan) may work on Borrelia bacteria also, and some antibiotics (e.g. Bactrim) may work vice versa on fungi, and chemicals of some anti-parasitics may sometimes work on both or some other micro-organisms! Scroll down this page to the bottom for more information about anti-parasitics.
What treatment might work for you?
What treatment variation might be better for you? This depends on your tolerance for certain chemicals, especially when given at the same time, and which organs are already involved (e.g. brain, nerves, joints, heart) and need to be treated urgently with more specific antibiotics. Check the links below about chronic Lyme and persisting atypical and cystic forms of Borrelia burgdorferi found in the brain and local inflammation in Lyme neuroborreliosis.
There aren`t always clear borders or time limits between the first, second, or third stage of Lyme disease. This depends on how fast the borrelia bacteria have spread/disseminated already in the human body. This is very individual and can happen in the first few weeks, or even months and years later, up to your immune status and other circumstances.
Most of the Morgellons or Lyme patients are already in the late or chronic stage of Lyme disease before they even have had the right diagnosis and treatment. Although, I want to mention also the treatment for an earlier stage of Lyme infection (first 4-6 weeks) which is localized first on the skin, mostly visible (not always), and known commonly as bulls-eye-rash, if you had a tick bite. Antibiotic treatment, even for an earlier stage, should last at least 4-6 weeks preventively and/or up to the clinical process.
Lyme disease is treated sometimes by mono- (single) antibiotic therapy , which means that antibiotics are prescribed sequentially, so that a single antibiotic is given for a certain time, followed then by another single antibiotic or alternated if ineffective, and so on. This regimen is mostly used for an earlier stage of Lyme disease without noticeable systemic complications, or if you have no tolerance for different chemicals given at the same time. See lower sketch as example.
Lyme disease is also be treated by combo- (combination) antibiotic therapy, which means that different antibiotics are given simultaneously, but each introduced slightly 1-2 weeks later than the previous antibiotic. An example would be a combination of tetracyclines with macrolides and cephalosporins (betalactame/penicillin derivates). This regimen is mostly used in the later stage of Lyme disease, or if you have already systemic complications in an earlier stage (e.g. brain, nerves, heart), and if you still can tolerate (e.g. kidney and liver values) different chemicals given at the same time. See lower sketch as example.
In both treatment variations, protozoal coinfections and the cystic Borrelia forms have to be treated almost at the same time with special co-drugs which are slightly introduced into the main antibiotic treatment or between. Otherwise the cystic forms will morph back again into the spiral and motile forms, starting all known symptoms again, and that is one of the main reasons why most Lyme treatments fail!
Below are some antibiotic therapy variations for mono- or combo-therapies, for an early stage, after dissemination and late stage of Lyme disease. Not all antibiotics are for children below 8-9 years. The table below does not show the information of the lowest or the highest drug dosages and durations even applied over years, or the average of them, but the gathered treatment information from physicians and patients of which latest treatment helped the most, according to their weight, Lyme stage, age and half-life of used drugs.
Note: The half life, or the duration of drug action, is the period of time required for the concentration of drug in the body to be reduced by one-half.
What you should know during antibiotic treatment?
During an antibiotic treatment use detox treatments to avoid unpleasant physical reactions called a Herxheimer reaction, which are the symptoms of pain, fever, flu symptoms and fatigue syndrome. Fatigue is also a sign that the liver is working overtime. In that case, a preventive intake of aspirine or natural remedies may help to reduce such symptoms. It is also helpful to have a meal to absorb toxins, or a sauna visit, a walk to activate the lymph system or use a vibration platform, or a hot bath to sweat more toxins out.
Drink lots of water daily, and take also different probiotic bacteria strains and various digestive enzymes (e.g. protease, amylase, cellulase, beta-glucanase, liptase, pepsine). Also papaya (papain) and/ or pineapple (bromelin), with its enzymes (protease) as fruits or in tablet form are one of the best natural means to remove debris from the lymph system and to prevent edema.
Lyme and Morgellons disease is causing a lot of stress to the body - to relax take stress mitigating products to reduce cortisol. Perhaps with beta-blocker or natural means as valerian, st. john`s wort, passion flower, phellodendron and magnolia products etc., or with natural lithium mineral salt (against depressions), gaba, inositol or melatonin for a better sleep and to calm down.
Do everything necessary to not harm your liver and kidneys and use caution when taking any kind of unknown medication!
Lyme disease and related eye problems
If you are suffering from an eye infection, blurring/double vision and so on which may caused from Lyme bacteria or other bacterial, fungal or protozoal infection, then try antibiotic, anti-fungal or anti-protozoal eye drops or even a combo of them. It is well known from syphilis and also little from Lyme disease that it may cause later blindness!
Sulfacetamide = Antibiotic eye drops as first choice for Lyme patients
Tetracycline = Antibiotic Eye drops
Metronidazole = Anti-protozoal Eye drops
Natamycin or Opthalmic = Antibiotic/Anti-fungal Eye drops
Isopto-Max or Bacitracine or Amphotericin B = Antibiotic/Anti-fungal Eye drops
Neomycin or Miconazole or Clotrimazol = Antibiotic/Anti-fungal Eye drops
Without prescription also sensitive lubricant eye drops may help, called "REFRESH BY OPTIVE", or Astaxanthin can be used against light sensivity. To check for scratches, foreign bodies and other damage signs on the cornea and conjunctiva visit a good opthamologist specialist who should examine your eyes with e.g. Minims diagnostic agent dye (fluorescein sodium eye drops)!
In the context of any Lyme treatment and not as stand-alone regimen, the main drugs which worked on Morgellons were:
Internally: Flaghyl, Doxycycline, Minocycline, Augmentin IV, Tinidazole, Praziquantel, Levaquin, Bactrim, Lufenuron, Diflucan, and all kinds of bitter herbs or sour fruits and anti-fungal enzymes such as e.g. Candex or Blockbuster and natural stress mitigating and hormone-balancing products such as e. g. Estrogenex.
Externally: Antibiotic/Antibacterial/Antifungal creams as e.g. Flaghyl (Rosiced) or Bactrim-Cream, Tetracycline, Perphenazine or Terbinafin (Lamisil), and without prescription also DSP cream or DSP Gel helps to reduce and relieve Morgellons skin symptoms.
Alternative used remedies with some antibacterial properties
Many have used remedies with antibacterial effects, such as thymol or thymus serpillum oil, oregano oil (oreganol), artemisia, propolis, tumeric/curcuma, manuka honey, clove oil, samento, cumanda, garlic, sarsaparilla (smilex), lactic acid, grapefruit-seed extract, ozonized oils, MMS and micro-current machine treatments.
Some have used Cumanda and Samento (see also this protocol) in particular. Cumanda is a herbal extract from the Amazon basin and it is effective against fungal/bacterial and viral infection. Samento is a plant extract from Peru, also known as Cats Claw , which is a good immune stimulator, antibacterial, and has a cytostatic effect on some pathogens.
It might be effective on some bacteria but not much on Borrelia bacteria. Some new studies, from Prof. Dr. Martin Sievers, showed that Samento used for Lyme treatments has a contrary effect on killing Borrelia, but rather forcing a growth of them.
http://www.news4press.com/1/MeldungDetail.asp?Mitteilungs_ID=288245 (use Google translator)
The plant extract wormwood Artemisia absinthum (with 250 active substances), can be very helpful against bacteria, fungi, viruses and fever (old malaria medication) and may support the liver, gall-bladder and blood, reducing inflammation and clearing impurities and it works as de-wormer.
Many had some short improvements with Salt & C treatments or using Colloidal silver and MMS (magic mineral supplement), but the moment they stopped to take them all symptoms started again. Why? Because MMS same as colloidal silver, penicillin or penicillin-based cephalosporins, do favor the creation of cystic Borrelia forms which morph back again into the spiral and motile forms later!
If you want to take ozonized oils for 4-8 weeks, be aware that ozone is a free radical which kills pathogens, but as a side effect, also vitamins and minerals etc. You should replenish all vitamins and minerals a few hours later or in the morning. To do this, use vitamin E, A and C, Glutathione, L-Cystine, Co-enzyme Q10, Selen, Zinc and Folic acid to fight free radicals, and of course, N-Acetyl-Cystein (NAC).
ANTI-FUNGAL TREATMENT INFORMATION
|Griseofulvin (Fulvicin)||Micafungin||Voriconazole (V-Fend)|
|In addition to your antibiotic regimen you may also need an anti-fungal medication. Anti-fungals are needed to treat yeasts e.g. candida problems or other opportunistic fungal growth after antibiotic medication. It has also some effect in fighting the Morgellons life form. Some had very moderate effects with Nystatin but had better success with Perphenazine or Terbinafin (Lamisil) or the antifungal drugs Itraconazole or Diflucan (Fluconazole) which worked a bit better, not only against fungal infections but also for Borrelia bacteria. Check more information about fungal treatments|
Alternative remedies with anti-fungal properties
Copaiba, Dragon Blood, Spilanthes, Carnivora, Pao d`arco (Lapacho), Grapefruit-Seed Extract, Garlic, Caprilic acid, Aloa vera, Curry-Tree, Tumaric/Curcuma, Cumanda, Green Tea, Special Enzymes, Lactic Acid, Ozonized Oils, Propolis, Wild Garlic, Golden Seal, Rosemary, Tea-Tree Oil, Chamomillae Recutita, Usnic Acid
ANTI-VIRAL TREATMENT INFORMATION
|In addition to your antibiotic and anti-fungal
regimens, or subsequent to them, you may need an antiviral medication,
if your viral test was positive and showed increased values. Note:
particulary Ebstein-Barr virus may cause similar symptoms as Lyme
(encephalitis), and it is known to be probably one of the causes of MS (multiple sclerosis).
Most side effects of antiviral medications are liver and kidney problems! You should not use these medications without consulting your physician!
Viruses are tiny, non-bacterial, inanimate structures which do not have their own metabolisms. Their genetic information, either from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA), is supported by a protein coat, or capsid (proteins of which can be identified through proteomics).
To multiply, a virus usually recognizes its host cell, based on certain receptors on the cell's surface, and attaches itself. This causes the host cell to introduce the virus into its interior, where the viral genetic information is released. The virus then takes control of cell metabolism and exploits the resources of its host cell for the production of viral proteins and viral DNA.
This process creates new viruses, which then can propagate their genetic information in other cells. Sometimes, a virus leaves an exploited host cell destroyed or severely damaged. The host cell dies off, or at least stops functioning properly.
Some viruses (e.g. retroviruses) build their genomes right into host cells or store them over a long time inside cell nuclei and form new viruses, such as herpes viruses, only from time to time.
Viruses can penetrate their host cells to stimulate increased growth and possibly even cause the formation of cancers and tumors and wart overgrowth, such as in the case of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
At this time, there are no effective virucides (virus killers), only antiviral inhibitors that can alleviate the symptoms of viral infections and abbreviate the duration of viral diseases. Inhibitors usually work to inhibit the binding of viruses to receptors on host cells; to stop the release of viral genetic information after viruses have invaded cells; to stop the propagation of viral RNA or DNA; and to stop the formation of virus-specific proteins and the ejection of new viruses.
Avoid chemical anti-viral medications, if possible, because they can cause damage to the body's own cells, with a lot of side effects. A preferable alternative would be to prevent any viral disease through vaccination. Natural means of antiviral protection are also available. Grapefruit-seed extract, mushrooms (Maitake, Shiitake), sour berries and many other sour fruits may help in the fight against viruses.
Viral inhibitor information:
Aciclovir (Nucleoside analogues) blocks the DNA building in herpes viruses, mimic own virus inhibiting enzymes called DNA polymerase which inhibits the formation of new viral genetic information. Aciclovir and as alternative Famciclovir are drugs of choice administered locally for shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores or herpes labialis caused by herpes simplex viruses and involvement of the sexual organs. An inflammation of the brain caused by herpes simplex virus (herpes encephalitis) requires an infusion therapy with Aciclovir.
Amantadin disturbs the release of the viral genome. The administration of neuraminidase inhibitors Amantadin used against the flu (influenza) can soften symptoms and reduce the severity of the disease.
Foscarnet inhibits the function of DNA polymerase in herpes viruses as non-nucleosidics which reverse Transcriptase inhibitors and blocking directly the enzyme reverse Transcriptase. Foscarnet can be used for herpes or cytomegalo virus by IV injection, and this is causing quite often serious side effects.
Ganciclovir or its prodrug Valganciclovir (Nucleoside analogues) blocks the DNA building in herpes viruses, mimic own virus inhibiting enzymes called DNA polymerase which inhibits the formation of new viral genetic information. Ganciclovir is used for cytomegalo virus which can show various medical conditions, such as CMV retinitis, mostly present among immunocompromised persons such as AIDS patients.
HIV-1 protease-inhibitors inhibits the division of proteins which are essential and necessary for the reproduction of the HIV virus.
Interferon alfa-2b mmunologicals sets the host cells in a state of increased defence and disrupt thus the virus propagation. For the treatment of chronic hepatitis C by hepatitis viruses are used Interferon alfa-2b and Ribavirin.
Lamivudin and Ribavirin are also Nucleoside analogues, but they only block the functioning of certain enzymes of hepatitis C virus and hepatitis B viruses. Similar working are nucleosidic reverse transcriptase inhibitors in HI virus. They can be installed during the transcription of viral RNA by the enzyme "reverse Transcriptase" into the growing DNA chain which cause a chain break and termination with functionless genome fragments. Chronic hepatitis B infection can sometimes be cured with lamivudin or at least does the active ingredient almost always delay the destruction of liver tissue (cirrhosis).
Neuraminidase affects the flu viruses inhibiting newly created virus and ejection of them from the host cell.
Valtrex/Valaciclovir which is a prodrug of Aciclovir has a better distrubution and it is used in the treatment of shingles (herpes zoster). Even a severe chickenpox infection can be treated as it occours sometimes in immunocompromised people.
Neuraminidase affects the flu viruses inhibiting newly created virus and ejection of them from the host cell.
Furtermore, Trifluridin or Idoxuridin is used against eye infections caused by herpes viruses, such as a corneal inflammation (keratitis). HIV infection and the immune disease AIDS are treated with a combination of several viral inhibitors. The active ingedients are assigned to the groups of reverse Transcriptase, such as HIV-1 protease inhibitors or HIV-1 fusion inhibitors. Human papilloma viruses (HPV) may be different but mostly they spawn benign tumors (warts). Genital warts can be fought with Podophyllotoxin or Imiquimod.
Alternative remedies with anti-viral properties
Ozonized oils, Grapefruit-seed extract, Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi mushrooms, Apple cider, Cumanda, Propolis, all kind of sour berries, Flavonoids, Saponins.
ANTI-PARASITIC TREATMENT INFORMATION
|Albendazole||Ivermectin (Stromectol)||Mebendazole (Vermox)||Praziquantel (Biltricide)|
|The information below
should not be considered as sole medication or as a cure for
Morgellons. The gathered information of the applications are intended
for informational purposes only! Most of these medications prescribed
from physicians, parasitologists or taken from sufferers without
consulting any physician are touching terra incognita (unknown
territory) regarding treatments of new parasites with present available
Please be aware, that certain chemicals may work on different kinds of parasites and medications that work for one person, might NOT work for another person with slightly different health issues and parasites. Some of these products or processes have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The use of any treatments is absolutely left to the individual, and we cannot make any warranties or guarantees about their effectiveness.
If you have any doubts about these products or procedure recommendations, we recommend that you seek medical advice from your chosen physician or more information from the manufacturer prior to their usage!!
Ivermectin is a drug used in hospitals or by dermatologists against "Scabies" and different kinds of worms/filaria (Wucheria Bancrofti, Loa Loa, Trypanosoma) and actually it was used formerly as pet medication. This drug has some partial success in battling Morgellons, but it was for me and many others only effective for approx. 3-4 days and then it showed no long lasting effect at all. Many have used it even over 6 months and the moment they stopped Ivermectin, is the moment that all symptoms started again.
In addition there are, at the present, still no official clinical studies about an unusually long term usage as the producer told us. They are very concerned about the wrong and long dosage recommandations from some physicians because it does damage brain cells (tested on rats).
The manufactor recommends to take only one or two doses of Ivermectin during 6 months, or max. 24 mg every 12 months! According to manufacturer "Merck" the right dosage should be generally taken upon body weight. The right dosage would be 1 mg for 10 pounds (5 Kg) of your bodyweight to take at once, and repeating after one week the same dosage.
Be aware, that the maximum dosage for the next 5-6 months is reached then, and you should not take Ivermectin daily or weekly. To take lower dosages of Ivermectin over a longer time doesn`t work at all and might be harmful! Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues.
The recommended dosage is one - two single oral dose every 6 months
Lufenuron (Program) BENZOYLUREA
This drug was formerly used as pet medication and it works as chitin-inhibitor against lice, fleas and now it is used also in the fight against dermatophytes. It is also sold as dubios candida treatment from some European online shops (Norway or Czechia), but with a lower quality and very little effect on candida in contrary to what the shop claims. This is primary due to the fact that the biomass of candida has just 1% of chitin compared to other fungi.
I started a small trial with others afflicted in 2007-2008, but taking the original product from Novartis (Program for big dogs 409 mg). The idea behind this was, if Morgellons is a fungus or "fungus-like" such as protozoans etc., then it must have chitin and we can then block the chitin-synthesis by the organism simply from chitin-inhibitors. The result was, that 60% of the probands had good effects in reducing fibers, pustules and crawlings, 30% had a medium effect and 10% had a little effect!
The usual dosage was 100 mg - 120 mg per 1 Kg (2 pounds) of the bodyweight, taking this amount with some fat (yoghurt, milk, etc.) distributed in 3- 4 days in the first week. Repeating the dosage in the third week again. Lower or higher monthly dosages did not work at all. Example: for a bodyweight of 200 pounds one needs 10,000 mg - 12,000 mg every two weeks.
There are no contraindications with other drugs or side effects as with Ivermectin and other anti-parasitics since it only works on chitin, and mammals have no chitin. But the chemical is stored in the fat tissue only for 1-2 weeks. If one has used instead a chitinase enzyme (e.g. barley) then this might work rather in the GI-tract and little in the blood stream, and not reaching the epithelial cells, skin pores and fat tissue at all, where this Morgellons organism is mainly located later creating long filaments and fuzz balls.
I also tried roots or herbal chitin-inhibitors as e.g. Plumbago from Aryuveda etc., but they were less effective than chemicals. Also Lufenuron showed after 2-3 months no further effect! Maybe retry a few months later again. Why? Because the organism has maybe switched to synthesize chitin-similar polysaccharids then, or perhaps it's utilizing human collagen etc.? Chitin-inhibitors work on fungi in a way different from that on lice and fleas which need chitin to build up a new shield in each larva stage (L1 - L4). If this chitin build up gets blocked then they die off.
A fungus does not, because chitin is only needed to build up newer fungal cells, and it is actually needed to make their cells or hyphae elastic and flexible, otherwise they would get stiff and break in parts, but not die. You may not eradicate totally most fungi with chitin-inhibitors and certainly not already present spores, but it helps in reducing and blocking the further growth of the present biomass, new hyphae, fibers or spores and its motility. It can be quite helpful for those who needs a short relief and reduction of fibers, mainly used in combination with other drugs.
The chemical of this de-wormer medication works on various worm infestations and with little effect on Morgellons as sufferers reported, and is used sometimes in combination with Mebendazole or Ivermectin. You may have some side-effects such as headache, muscle pain, or dizziness from it. Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues. The usual dosage was approx. 50 mg/kg/day to take orally in 3 divided doses for the duration of 3-4 days to repeat after 1 week if needed. Dosage reductions should be considered if recommended dosages are not tolerated by the patient.
Mebendazole (Vermox, Ovex)
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Also this de-wormer showed good effects against various worms, Microsporidia fungus and little effect on Morgellons as sufferers reported. It is mostly sold in combination with Praeziquantel. Dosage is up to the body weight to take for 5 days and being 5 days off before repeating the dosage. Maximum treatment time was 4-6 weeks. Some have used Fenbendazole (Panacur) de-wormer which is used only as pet medication and no big help to treat Morgellons. Please take care using such drugs, you may have side-effects from it. All these medications can only be helpful in an acute state of heavy infestation, they do not prevent re-infections from your environment. Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues.
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These de-wormer showed also little effect on Morgellons as sufferers reported. All these medications can only be helpful in an acute state of an infestation, they do not prevent re-infections from your environment. You may have side-effects from it. Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues.
This de-wormer or antiparasitic medication is used by some parasitologists as Morgellons treatment. The liver values should be monitored during longer medication! I have no further information about any effect! Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues.
It is an aminoglycoside antibiotic designed to fight intestinal infections such as cryptosporidiosis, amoebiasis, and leishmaniasis. The recommended daily dose of paromomycin for adults, teenagers, and children is 25 mg to 35 mg per kilogram of body weight, taken in 3 divided doses with meals for 5 to 10 days. Always consult your physician before using such medications regarding your other health issues.
Alternative remedies with anti-parasitic properties
Black walnut extract, black cumin, papaya, carrots, special indian and chinese herbs, more is coming next...
For those with real worm infestations check link below for more information about antihelminthics.
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