Most of us with Lyme Disease will end up with several other co-infections. I myself had several parasites, Bartonella, EBV, Babesiosis and Candidiasis. Babesia are malaria-like microscopic protozoans that parasitize and reproduce in the red blood cells. Babesia microti is transmitted in nature by the Ixodes scapularis ticks (also called blacklegged ticks or deer ticks). Babesia microti—which usually infects white-footed mice and other small mammals—is the main species of Lyme co-infection found among Lyme sufferers in the United States and Canada. (1)
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, the well-known Lyme Disease physician stated that he and his colleagues have found that all chronic illness is the result of chronic infections:
“Other than the co-infections, there is what I call the ‘opportunistic infections.’ The combined effect of the initial infection is an immune suppressive effect, and then the patient becomes vulnerable to all sorts of other things. The most common things people contract early on in the course of the illness are different forms of parasites, such as protozoa; Babesia itself being one of them.”(2)
Most Common Babesia Symptoms
Air Hunger – the feeling of not getting enough oxygen
I had every single one of the above symptoms plus low blood pressure, liver pain and enlargement, along with pain and infection of the kidneys. Until recently, I had been suffering with anemia for 30 years. I was constantly fatigued, with frequent severe headaches, migraines and weakness, often accompanied by chills alternating with sweats. I also developed a chronic cough at least once per year that would last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Nothing would stop the coughing, and I am told that this is also a babesia symptom. Medical doctors all blamed the anemia on my menses. Through my own search for answers, I learned that babesia can produce hemolytic anemia (from the destruction of red blood cells). If you go to this post you will see how yellow I looked (due to the effects of babesia and other co-infections on my liver) when I was sick.
Babesia was the last infection that I had to conquer on my journey to wellness. I began treating myself with an herbal bowel-liver cleanse, followed by intensive parasite cleansing, and then Stephen Buhner’s Herbal Protocol for Lyme Disease. You can read about the order of cleansing that I did in this post. Once I arrived at the 6th month of my protocol, I began with Stephen Buhner’s recommended babesia herbs.
Sida Acuta– 1/4 tspn (40 drops) 3 x per day
Cryptolepis– 1/4 tspn (40 drops) 3 x per day
I began with one dose of each per day. After a couple of days, I increased to twice per day. After 7 days, I was taking both herbs at the above daily dosage. I took these for 5 weeks straight. Since I cannot have alcohol I simply put the drops in warm water and let it sit for an hour to let the alcohol evaporate. I never had any issues doing it this way.
I decided to stop, as I was developing a yeast problem and my stools had become very small and infrequent. I felt that my gut flora had been adversely affected. After researching, I discovered that the cryptolepis can upset the ecological balance in the gut. I stopped the treatment, and babesia symptoms have not returned. That was 14 months previous to the time of this writing, and I am now in complete remission from Lyme Disease and all co-infections.
I did it all without any antibiotics or drugs. I must add that I have been on the Wahl’s Paleo Diet since August, 2012. This diet has helped to restore many of the nutrient deficiencies that I had while sick. The body has incredible self healing abilities if it is given the proper nutrients and care.
Blessings and Best of Health!
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