I am working with infectious disease specialist, Dr J (SC) and am excited to share his concept of "pulsed antibiotic therapy" and how he is treating me and hundreds of others, successfully, For the first time in over 1 1/2 years I feel I am getting my life back.
The 3 major players in chronic Lyme are Borrelia (Lyme), Babesia,and Bartonella. Sure we are also teaming with viruses, yeast, Mycoplasma, and other undesirables but he believes that if you can get the big 3 under control you can eventually get the immune system back into a functional state.
According to Dr J these 3 organisms are almost always present in chronic infections and fortunateley they divide slowly-which allows for dosing antibioitics every other day. He has been treating patients this way for the past 5 years with good results. He uses all antibiotics, orally or intravenously, on alternate days- typically M,W, and F.
I am currently doing Clindamycin 900 mg twice daily intravenously M,W,and F with Azithromycin 500mg, also intravenously. In addition I am doing 1000 mg Artemesinin and Mepron (2 tsp) orally twice daily on theses same days. After one week of this, he had me add in (oral)Bactrim DS, 1 1/2 tablets again M,W, F. I also add Flagyl 500 mg twice daily on Th and F (orally). These drugs are treating Babs, Bart and Lyme forms.
On the days when I am not infusing/taking antibiotics he has me infuse one liter of Lactated Ringer's solution which he feels helps buffer the body (help it be less acidic) and "flushes" the organs.
Every 2 weeks he has me take a full week off treatment to see how I am and this (he believes) allows the immune system an opportunity to regain strength. How you do on the week(s) off allows him to get a glimpse of how well the immune system is recovering. This is a technique he used for years in his HIV patients and I think it makes a lot of sense as a physician.
The key to this disease is not to eradicate every last evil bug- rather it is to get the infectious load down low enough so that our immune system can recover and take over its job. Antibiotics are great but if they are poisoning your livers, and suppressing your immune system they can be counter productive.
I believe the reason some of us do not recover is: the 3 big players are not addressed and the immune system is not brought back.
Regarding the first, it is great to test for co-infections but if negative these tests should NOT preclude treatment. All patients with chronic Lyme should be treated for ALL 3 big players (Bart, Babs, and all forms of Lyme). Demand treatment for all 3. Babesia is the hardest to eradicate ie long term Atemesinin is needed (I'll post more on this).
Regarding the second, the immune system should be supported as much as possible, ie transfer factor?, treating for yeast intemittently, taking breaks from antibiotics. If the immune system is not supported you will keep "chasing your tail."
Thus far, I feel the best I have since becoming ill summer 2008. The best part is that I can sort of get my life back- as I know which days I am infusing. He also has some novel ways to deal with herxing and detoxing (see my next post).
My hope is to get other doctors involved in clinical trials with his protocol. I am meeting with a doc next week here in Boston to see what can happen. If you have a doc that may be interested let me know. It would be great to get some other infectious disease docs involved.
It's time for us docs to stop fighting and start communicating and working together!