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amyproal
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Hello everyone,

My name is Amy Proal. I write for the science blog Bacteriality.com. I've had severe chronic fatigue sydrome (and probably Lyme disease since i was never tested but had all the symptoms) for the last four years. But I'm here to tell you about a medical treatment called the Marshall Protocol that is completely CURING the disease. I went from bedridden two years ago, and now am living a normal life - I'm working and even had the time to start my own blog about the treatment. If neccessary, I may even quit my job so that I have more time to write about the Marshall Protocol. That is how strongly I feel people need to know about this treatment. Many people with lyme are reporting improvement and recovery. There are thousands of people on the treatment.

Here is a fascinating interview with a woman recovering from Lyme on the MP:

http://bacteriality.com/2007/09/22/interview3/

Here is a description of the Marshall Protocol:

http://bacteriality.com/about-the-mp/

The Marshall Protocol uses pulsed, low-dose antibiotics to wear away at L-form bacteria, bacteria that have changed form and lack cell walls, making it easy for them to live for long periods of time inside the cells of the immune system. Scientist have known about these bacteria since 1895. You can see many pictures of them on my site.

www.bacteriality.com

Read this piece about the history of these bacteria:
http://bacteriality.com/2007/08/18/history/

Many scientist are working with them today. Read interviews with some of them here:

http://bacteriality.com/2007/09/09/markova-interview/

The key to the Marshall Protocol is that only low-dose, pulsed antibiotics can wear away at these mutated forms of bacteria. The low concentrations of the antibiotics are able to penetrate inside the cells where the bacteria hide. High dose antibiotics can't achieve this.

Also the treatment uses a medication called Benicar to activate the immune system. The medication binds the receptor that controls the activity of the innate immune system and activates it. This means that each person's OWN immune system, with the help of the low-dose anitibiotics can gradaually wear away at the L-form bacteria. The death of the bacteria results in a "Herx" or immunopathological reaction where the body must deal with the effects (toxins, cytokines etc) of the dying bacteria.

It's not an easy treatment and takes several years to complete. But if you truly want to get your health back..it works.

Here are some more interviews with patients reporting recovery on the treatment.

http://bacteriality.com/2007/09/01/interview2/

http://bacteriality.com/2007/08/10/interview1/

More patient success stories here:

http://www.marshallprotocol.com/forum2/7287.html

Here is a direct link to the treatment website:
www.marshallprotocol.com

Marshall Protocol.com is a study site in which patients are part of a Phase 2 sutdy. Anyone can join and participate. The treatment is free and questions are answered by members of Autoimmunity Research Foundation, a California-based non profit group.

http://autoimmunityresearch.org/

Please take the time to learn about the MP. It is the decision that will change your life forever and lead you back to complete health.

Feel free to ask me questions!

Sincerely,

Amy Proal
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So why have most of the major LLMDs that have tried it at one time or another abandoned the MP and generally found it to be disappointing? I think that proposing the MP as a cure is a bit misleading. I am not suggesting it may not help some people and attempt to be open to all of these therapies - who knows - maybe I will consider it at some point, but I think that we need to be realistic with any claims...

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Well, well... so what about the Marshall Protocol after all?

It comes up on this board every few months. I have read some truly amazing stories from people on it, and my previous LLMD wanted me to try it, as I was only worse after two years of orals.

I am on IV now, and steadily getting sicker and sicker frankly. I've herxed, and I've gotten worse, and the high dose IV so far is seeming to make me just plain worse.

It's a subtle difference, but many get better with IV after several months to a year, but I don't think that's what's happening to me (although could be Lyme negativity here, I don't know).

The issues with the MP I've heard is that some people do not tolerate the Benicar, some get very sick from it, and some can't take the herxing. Plus staying out the sun for 3 years is really extreme.

Also, it seems that any negative reports are routinely quashed on the MP board (which may be necessary with infection-induced negativity, I don't know). I hear about some serious fights on there.

But it certainly is something to think about. Those who do report success report feeling soooo good. It's hard to ignore...

Plus, reading that Dr. F herself, from NJ, is actually putting some patients on the MP really makes one think, because she is very good, and very bright.

Thanks for giving me something to think about, although I should probably at least TRY to survive the 8 months of IV before I totally give up...

Congrats on your healing, and hope you continue to get stronger and stronger.

BB

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Hi Scott and BB,

Thanks for your interest. I'm not trying to say the MP is easy. It's really difficult to manage the herx, but it CAN be done. You can adjust your dose of antibiotics so that the reaction only remains as strong as you can (or wish!) to tolerate.

A HUGE problem (and I did this at first) is that people push themselves too hard. The MP seems so long. They take more antibiotics than they can tolerate. The herx goes way up. At this point many people quit, and it's a shame. The key is slow and steady, which I admit is hard because, hey...everyone wants to get better as soon as possible!

If you have a serious case of Lyme the first year or so is just herx, herx, herx. Many people get discouraged. Most people don't report much improvement until at least a year or two into the therapy, sometimes more. So you have to hang in there because then things start getting better, and better....One thing I can say is that the treatment isn't any worse than having the disease in the first place, or doing some of these difficult IV therapies.

And yes, after a few years you are CURED. Truly. No more bacteria. No more disease. It's that simple.

Scott, maybe you've heard of people that didn't stick with the MP, but c'mon, there are tons of people with Lyme on the board who are absolutely happy with the treatment.

There really arn't any fights on the board anymore. I know few years ago there something, but i've never had any problems whatsoever. Actually, I've made so great friends on the board and find the support to be amazing.

Best,
Amy

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Also, my first LLMD was telling me about another doctor up north who is doing a less extreme version of the MP, with less of a dose of Benicar and higher abx, and that he was seeing LESS herx reactions that way and better overall healing without the agony...

My doc wanted me to do that. I elected to go with heavy-duty IV instead, but I am having troubles on it now (IV Doxy, it's killin' me - herx? or worse?)

I dunno, I will try to push through, but I am intrigued. It's certainly worth looking into if you are failing on abx... just my 2c. Though I've heard some cannot tolerate Benicar... hmmm.

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Welcome Amy!*)*)!!

I've seen your blog. I am glad you are doing well. I really am. But trumpeting the Marshall protocol as a cure would be like me saying IV Rocephin cures everyone, it doesn't. Wish it did! I echo BorreliaBrain & Cavey! There is no one-size-fits-all with Lyme/TBDs!!!

Locally we have had 2 people try Marshall.

Both guys.

1 says "Jury is still out."

1 says he had bad experience
&
it was deleted from website.

So our of the two locals who have tried it- neither was cured- one did badly and one may be helped but after a YEAR of his life devoted to the protocol can't even give a definite opinion YET on whether it was helped him! So...

a cure? No.

I HOPE it does cure SOME people. I know IV Rocepihn helps the vast majority of the people who go on it, but I don't go around saying it's the cure for all Lyme, because it's not. It worked for me though- thank goodness.

Let's all keep sharing what helped us, including you Amy, I am glad you are here.

Welcome,
Truly,

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My understanding is that a key piece of the puzzle is D 1,25 vs. D 25 levels. If 1,25 is not significantly elevated over 25, then one may be less of a candidate for the MP and it may convey fewer benefits. Is that a reasonable understanding? Should we be talking about those things that may select whether or not someone is even a good candidate before we suggest it works for everyone?

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Amy,
What about coinfections???
Does Marshall Protocol hit coinfections?
Lyme Disease Complex is much more than 'just' borrelia.

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I agree, Scott. That's the information and results that I would like to see discussed more openly as well. Over on the MP board, I have yet to see them say "You don't need the MP". They just cut and paste a repsonse that they have used a 1000 times and say you need the MP ragardless of the test results.

I sincerely wish that they had data showing how people fared based on their initial 1,25-D result. Some people are barely elevated and probably have other isses that are primary causing poor results on the MP.

I actually had my 1-25-D tested out of curiousity and it was extremely high(95). But because of all the horror stories I am too scared to really consider it. Now If they could show me how people with 1,25-D over 60 resond better then I would be more inclined. In 4 years, the MP board has yet to show me any solid proof as to what subsets of patients improve and which don't. They also have the same 4 or 5 people posting in the "Succes Stories" section over and over again. And even those people are not even close to "Cured". In Fact a lot of them seem to be still worse off than many of us.

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I can report that I've been treated for 8 months with a variant of the MP with GOOD results.

My doc used Benciar (worked up to 80mg/day), Cefzil (Minocycline was his first choice, but I had a possible drug reaction to it and had to stop it), and Tindamax after a couple months.

However, he prefers to supplement to get the 25-Hydroxy levels up. Mine were initially 17 (very low). 1.25 + 25 Hydroxy was 26.9...

He is of the opinion that you should get the 25-hydroxy levels UP, and that the Vit-D depravation is a bad idea.

Last blood work back in June was 25-hydroxy of 55, unfortunately I don't have the 1.25 + 25 Hydroxy in front of me, but it was barely changed at all as I recall.

I'm off all abx 8 weeks now, with no recurrence of symptoms, thank God.

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Amy,

I remember you from the MP website. I rather doubt you will remember me, because I was one of the earliest Lyme patients to try the MP, so I may have been a bit before your time. I credit the MP for giving me back my life after disabling Lyme and co-infections.

The jury is still out yet as to whether or not it will be my ``cure''. Although it feels more like a ``cure'' than anything I have ever experienced, only a lot of time will tell whether or not this is really it. The more time goes by, the better I feel, but until I'm many years beyond relapse, I just won't know.

That said, I'm enjoying the fact that it really does feel that way and I really do feel well. Like most late-stage/chronic Lymies, I am extremely cautious (and also put off) when I hear the ``cure'' word tossed around. That said, my D metabolism, light and sun sensitivity have all normalized, as has my health and energy level...

So, while I consider that somewhat miraculous, even I am not ready to say I'm cured; although, I am thoroughly enjoying a level of health I have never before experienced. The best part is that I finally seem to have health I can actually take for granted.

After spending decades being ill, that means a lot to me, especially now that I can more than keep up with my healthiest friends and family members.

Here is a link to my own recovery story as shared by my mother.
http://www.fibromyalgiasupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/ID/7530

Thank you for sharing your story and your results. I'm looking forward to checking out your website. Please keep sharing.

Be well.
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Why would low dose antibiotics kill these bacteria and high dose would not? Why would low dose enter a cell and high dose would not? I don't understand any biological mechanism by which the cell would reject the antibiotics. Whatever is going to enter the cell will enter it. I clicked on the various links but did not see any backup research/theory for this statement. It was simply a statement.

In addition, I am *really* glad for those who got their health back including lonestartick I remember her mom posting here often. However, others got very ill even dangerously ill on the MP. Those stories are not allowed on the site. I've read a few at the yahoo group Infection & Inflammation. One person nearly died!

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It's interesting- I wish we could explore, too, what the differences are as to who succeeds and who fails- it is so hard because there are so many variables!!

Tissue types-
HLDR 2 and 4 and all the others
Diseases caused directly by various bugs-
Anaplasma
Babesia
Lyme
TBE viruses
Mitochrondrial bacteria just being discovered?
fungi/molds?
bodily processes like yeast gone awry as secondary process casacde
Secondary cascade presentations from diseases-

So many things!!!

Nice thread, thank you Amy-

and good questions, Oxy- remember the folks at Roadback.org and the folks at rheumatic.org following the teachings of Dr. TM Brown (not LLMD or maybe the original*)! have been using

low dose antibiotics

for rheumatic diseases for decades!!! the reason low dose- because knowing they plan on being on them for so long to minimize adverse events/side effects- my understanding anyway- and also good PR frankly, at roadback and rheumatic.org, any dose is referred to as "low dose"*)! although the ones they publicly name usually fit that description*)!

Anyway, lots of us on similar paths,
some paths different names but same thing*)!

The Roadback people are very organized and spend all their efforts toward getting scientific trials going- my angel LLMD went to a conference of theirs and was very impressed with them!!!!!!!! THAT was when he relaxed about longterm abx- because he met people there who had been on antibiotics for 20-30 years! who were all doing great and who had terrible rheumatic diseases without abx-

anyway, take care all,
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Perhaps it's wrong to say "more effective" and that low dose can get into the cell when high dose can't. That's what bothered me.

Perhaps low dose is much better tolerated (remember my asking about low dose rocephin that's working for barksplinter's wife) and inhibits the bugs, reducing their population over time.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lonestartick:
Like most late-stage/chronic Lymies, I am extremely cautious (and also put off) when I hear the ``cure'' word tossed around.

No kidding!

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Thanks everyone for your interest.

Cure is a somewhat provocative term, but I don't use it lightly. Why do I use it then? Because the MP site, and the success stories in particular are filled with people who say they are ``better than ever.''

On my blog Bacteriality.com, I interview MP patients. Do you know how many patients I can choose from? The last person I interviewed, a 71 year old Lyme patient, told me she felt like she was in college. Most all the patients who do this treatment and follow through on it do not equivocate about their level of wellness.

The MP site has 5,000 members, 200 medical professionals on the site, 34,000 visitors each month, and 500,000 page views per month. Either a lot of people are highly suggestible or....

There's no hiding the fact that the MP is exceedingly ambitious. It's hard to convince people that a single form of therapy can help patients with a variety of diseases. But patients with fibromyalgia and Lyme and CFS have the same tell-tale reactions, when a number (yes, there are a lot now) of them gotten to the point where they can finally say, hey, my health is better than ever.

I don't differentiate between different kinds of Lyme or, frankly, different ``autoimmune'' diseases. If you can generate a herx with the MP, there's a good chance it can make you well. I've talked to too many people with a variety of illnesses to think otherwise.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks towards wider acceptance of the MP is the fact that it is just so darn complicated, and that's why I make an effort on my blog and in places like this forum to communicate what the MP is all about.

In addition to my experience talking to people, I happen to have a reasonable appreciation of how the MP works on a molecular level. All the elements--the Benicar, the vitamin D abstinence, the specific antibiotics, all work together. Frankly, it's frustrating when I read here, for example, how patients and their LLMDs are modifying the MP without regard to the basic concepts of the treatment. There is also only one version of the MP that works. If other variations of the MP generate less herx it just means that the patient is killing less bacteria.

Bill: If you are taking vitamin D, what you are on cannot be called the MP. The treatment simply will not work. High dose vitamin D completely reverses the actions of Benicar. You probably feel good because you aren't killing any bacteria. At this stage of the game you should be feeling a strong herx.

You may want to read this article about vitamin D
http://bacteriality.com/2007/09/15/vitamind/

Your ``possible allergic reaction'' to minocycline was undoubtedly herx. The antibiotic was doing nothing less than exactly what it was supposed to do.

Oxygen: The bacteria live inside the cells and only low-dose antibiotics can reach the low concentrations that can penetrate and trickle inside the cell. High dose antibiotics will bind and prevent bacterial proteins from working but they will also bind some of the host proteins and disable them as well. Low-dose antibiotics ensure that only the bacterial proteins get targeted.

SForsgren: The vitamin D blood tests can suggest the level of infection in a patient but are not by any means required to show that a person will respond to the MP. The best way to know if you will respond to the MP is just to take the medications and see how you react.

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For those of you who have already made up on your mind about the MP, I invite you to reconsider its merit. All these horror stories about the moderators banning negative posts are surely the exception, not the rule.

And, yes, the MP is hard, but isn't that the precisely the kind of treatment you would look for to rid yourself of an infection is that widespread and deeply entrenched?

Best,
Amy

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quote:
Originally posted by oxygenbabe:
Why would low dose antibiotics kill these bacteria and high dose would not?

....maybe it's somehow analogous to homeopathy???
[Razz]

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the marshall protocal kills more pathogens then any antibiotic..it is killing many differant pathogens at the same time..it is not the antibiotic that is doing the killing it is the Immune system..that is the difference..also the vitamin d docs at the same recepter site as steroids rendering the inate immune system useless...that is what the mp is about..and quite frankly is the only peer reviewed literature that seems to work thru sound science.the only problem with it is that it is hard to implement..but on the whole I think that it would work..
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Dr. Thomas M Brown was a rheumatologist who determined mycoplasmas as well as lyme and strep could cause RA. He spent 50 yrs at Georgetown University treating RA with low dose antibiotics. He was after the mycoplasmas. He found the lower doses were more effective than the higher doses and he found pulsing every other day to be more effective than daily dosing.

You can read his story at www.roadback.org.

It isn't the Marshall Protocol. But you may find some answers to your questions about the science behind low dosing.

Few people on that bulletin board claim to be cured, but many are in longterm remission and don't ever intend to stop their antibiotics. Taking it at such a low dose is safe for longterm use.

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Amyproal,

I never claimed to be on the MP, just that my doc is using some aspects of it. You should know by now that there is no one-size fits all treatment for Lymes, and that is what MP claims to be. My doc is a rheumatologist with plenty of clinical experience actually treating people, and has been seeing good results with his "taking from the MP what is useful" approach.

I can't say for 100% certaintity that I'm cured; with the pitiful state of testing available, no one can say yes or no.

I can say that I'm hugely improved; with no relapse so far. I'm grateful I got that far with the doc's help. Other than a leaky gut which is responding to therapy, I'm as near to 100% as I ever expect to get (99+% well).

Before I saw this doc, I was on high-dose Doxycycline interspaced with Tindamax, and felt about the same as on the alternative therapy. I got the massive body rashes which resembled vasculitis after 4 months on Doxy, stopped it, and had an immediate (1 day) recurrence of it when the new doc tried Minocycline. I only got the rash after 4 months of Doxy, well after I was feeling MUCH better. I never got the classic "herx" reaction; many folk never do you know.

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Bill: If you are taking vitamin D, what you are on cannot be called the MP. The treatment simply will not work. High dose vitamin D completely reverses the actions of Benicar. You probably feel good because you aren't killing any bacteria. At this stage of the game you should be feeling a strong herx. You may want to read this article about vitamin D
http://bacteriality.com/2007/09/15/vitamind/

Your ``possible allergic reaction'' to minocycline was undoubtedly herx. The antibiotic was doing nothing less than exactly what it was supposed to do.



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Luvs, the link doesn't work -- do you know another one?
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quote:
Originally posted by amyproal:
Hello everyone,

My name is Amy Proal. I write for the science blog Bacteriality.com. I've had severe chronic fatigue sydrome (and probably Lyme disease since i was never tested but had all the symptoms) for the last four years. But I'm here to tell you about a medical treatment called the Marshall Protocol that is completely CURING the disease. I went from bedridden two years ago, and now am living a normal life - I'm working and even had the time to start my own blog about the treatment.

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Hi Amy Iam very happy for you to be feeling better.
The Marshall protochol has been around this site before look in my Newbie Links thread.
Anyway sweety Iam happy for you but what is curing you is the abx's long term.
And it is nice that you came here and offered TheCure but theres been plenty of people here that have tried it with {some} success but eventially they come back here and resume treatment and discuss lyme and coinfection.

And as far as DR Marshall hes not a DR of Medicene although he has a PHD its in a coplete other field.


Anyway I hope you continue to win your battle.
It took seven months for my infection to come back after 1.5years of abx's so be aware.
And at another time when I went off abx's it only took three days how I new was I got lyme induced encephilitis. So be aware of this when you stop abx's.


And welcome to lymenet!!!

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Yup they took out the www it is now simply-


The Roadback Foundation
http://roadback.org/


GREAT [email protected]! Great folks!!!

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Hi Amy.
I'm sorry but there are people I know personally for whom it didn't work or who got worse (not herx worse) on it, including my former hyperbaric doctor, a Stanford/Harvard MD.

Barksplinter's wife (that's his moniker on lymenet) was bedridden 95% of the time and could not tolerate the marshall protocol but is slowly steadily improving on microdose IV rocephin.

You say "There are tons of people with lyme on the board who are happy with the MP." Can you find them and have them post on here? Tons is a big word. It sounds like an exaggeration.

In addition I know people who, doing abx and EXTRA Vitamin D, have gotten well from CFIDs/lyme, the exact opposite. And there is so much literature out now on the fact that Vitamin D prevents tuberculosis, mycoplasma and other infections. There is a direct correlation between lack of Vitamin D/latitudes where there is not enough sunlight, and cancer, multiple sclerosis etc. How does that square away with the Marshall protocol? Also think in evolutionary terms. We migrated out of Africa where there was tons of sun. We evolved to be in the sun. Those who thrive in low-sun environments like Scandinavia do so in part because they are so fair skinned they can utilize the sun they do get to make Vitamin D. Sanitoriums for TB--people sat out in the sun all day, and imo that allowed them to make enough Vitamin D to kill the bug.

5,000 people registered doesn't mean 5,000 active. I might even have registered years ago and still be counted as registered. And who quoted you the "200 medical professionals". Have you seen their registered names? Are they willing to come forth? Otherwise its unverifiable.

Your statement about the antibiotics is your explanation, even with your visual image of "trickle" but where is the science to back this up? Please show me the science. I wanted a reference, I wanted some peer-review science or a reputable scientist at a reputable university to indicate this is the case. You're stating an opinion: that low dose "trickles" and is therefore effective. It just doesn't sound like science to me.

It could also be that low-dose antibiotics inhibits but does not kill and when you go off you relapse. Who knows.

Again, for those who got well on this, congratulations and truly. But I've heard too many horror stories, including one person who almost died on it, to take it as a wholesale cure as its being promoted.

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....I also seem to remember Rosemary (rosesisland) from AR winding up in the ER with dangerously low BP a few years back from taking benicar which is supposed to be 'self-limiting'.

And the risk of colon cancer seems to be greater with those who avoid sunlight, not to mention the depression caused by living in a bat cave for years.

Also somebody let the cat out of the bag awhile back (I guess similar to giving away a secret handshake) that the mop up MP abx was bactrim at the very end.

Bactrim worked for me right off without the attendant asceticism.

my .02

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Must be this time of year!

All the old ..............s (don't try and count the dots:))are making a pushy comeback on Lymenet flash,

I guess, we'll soon be having someone on EL as well

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There is so much misinformation here it's ridiculous, but frankly, I don't have the time to address every innaccuracy.

However, I will take the time to strongly admonish the person who automatically dismisses a bad reaction to minocycline as a "herx" because that is not only irresponsible, it's extremely dangerous.

If you do your homework you will find that a very serious side effect of minocycline is Pseudotumor Cerebri (intercranial hypertension) which can cause severe malaise, headaches, nausea, even blindness and death. There are some researchers who theorize that those of us who suffer from chronic infection and CFS (or ME) are already suffering from, or are predisposed to, low grade Intercranial Hypertension. If true, that means that we could be at a much greater risk for Minocycline induced Psuedotumor Cerebri than other people.

Mincoycline can also cause serious thyroid issues in some patients as well as drug induced Lupus. Minocycline is a powerful drug and not given the respect it should be given by the MP community, IMO.

I'd also strongly advise everyone to learn what a herx truly is, and realize that the word is being misused. This wouldn't matter so much if it weren't for people suffering through adverse symptoms because they think "herxing" is a good thing. They could simply be suffering because they're on the wrong meds and are actually making themselves sicker than they need to be.

The theoretical "herx", as it is so commonly being misused today, should NOT be a catch-all explanation for every negative reaction experienced. It's dangerous and stupid, and I'm sick of seeing it constantly used to explain away all negative effects. A herx should NEVER be considered a long term or ongoing process. A true herx is a rapid die-off of bacteria and shouldn't last more than a day or two. It's impossible on low dose abx to kill enough bacteria to cause a real herx. If anything, you could be activating the bacteria's defenses by teasing them with the small amount of abx, causing them to produce a bunch of toxins and multiplying more quickly, making you sicker, not healthier.

Regarding my personal experience with Benicar and the MP. I took large doses of Benicar for over 2 years. It reduced my inflammation tremendously but it did not "cure" me. I could not take minocycline because I developed a severe reaction to it as described above. I did take other antibiotics under the supervision of my doc. And I took them at FULL DOSES with no negative effects. Benicar did not "potentiate" the abx, and Benicar did NOT kill any bugs. The ABX I took killed the bugs. Sun & D avoidance did not help me, and the literature does not support the theory that it helps anyone other than Sarc patients. What Benicar DID do, after two years, was make my thigh muscles extremely weak, and my middle a lot thicker. I finally stopped taking it because I was worried about what was happening to my muscles, and how the low bp might be contributing to hypercoagulation factors in chronic infection. I now take other anti-inflammatories with my antimicrobials. I think both are vitally necessary to treat entrenched, chronic infections (hence our yahoo group, Infection And Inflammation). But I do not believe, after much research and personal experience with the MP, that it is a "cure" or that it is even scientifically supported in any meaningful way. The MP has elements that should be investigated, but that research needs to be done by someone who is objective regarding the pros and cons of the drugs involved.

Please be careful. Please do your homework. Don't take anyone's word as truth without researching it for yourself.

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quote:
Originally posted by charlie:
....I also seem to remember Rosemary (rosesisland) from AR winding up in the ER with dangerously low BP a few years back from taking benicar which is supposed to be 'self-limiting'.

You are correct!

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Thank you Pennyhoule!!!

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Thanks Penny.
Cave...I think we were trying to help "newbies" as they say. Certain protocols have inherent serious risks. This includes salt/c and the Marshall protocol. This is where I get concerned, where people can severely injure themselves all the while being told the protocol is curative and the symptoms are all herxes.

It's paying it forward to try to help others with your own knowledge when you yourself have tried and failed a protocol. Unfortunately both lymestrategies (salt/c) and Marshall boards do not allow negative responses and responders to stay on the boards or question. They are banned. And sick people can't always research thoroughly for themselves. So we do them the favor by monitoring when these protocols are promoted, and trying to explain there are risks, so they take some caution.

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The bacteriality.com website and the marshallprotocol.com website have loads of information that can benefit prople looking to understand chronic illness and the treatment of chronic illness. Take a look and you may find some interesting and useful thinking about all sorts of chronic illnesses that have frustrated the medical community and even the well meaning ILADS doctors.
If you are at all interested as to how pathogens evade detection, how they can make you chronically sick, how the immune system is compromised by pathogens, why certain antibiotics help and certain antibiotics don't, how antibiotics work, why low dose and pulsed antibiotics work, how the immune function can be restored, you will find helpful information.
The MP has adherants who have been sick long enough to have already tried and failed IV rocephin, high dose abx, penicillins and beta lactams, cipro, diflucan, colloidal silver, hyperbaric, rife, etc etc etc. If you wish to try these therapies first go right ahead and join the club, but in my experience the world of chronically ill patients is not full of people who got better that way, but in fact is quite the opposite(and by the way, where are the websites explaning how those therapies work and with patients reporting getting better?)

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I just heard that a man I know of is on it, and he says it is very effective at this point for him.

he had been on many year antibiotics by LLMD's and is now on the MP,

I think though that because he had been on orals for several years and IV for a few months, that maybe he is doing ok to be on it?

I am not sure, I just know that he said he had herxed much on it and was feeling very good.

I would say that others try it but be careful and monitor it. I would never have thought this man to be benifiting by it, BUT he is. He is on 2nd phase. He is working, had had lyme for 8 years before treating, something liek this.

Possibly high dose antibiotics, treating coinfections, IV if you can get it, AND the MP for some of us or many of us is may help

Maybe each program has benifit and what the MP does for some of us, regular anitbiotics does not.

Perhaps a trial of it for some of us that are not getting better with regular antibiotics may help?

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I am glad to see this subject posted.

I have a neighbor (CDC positive) who is investigating this protocol.

I decided to research it here on Lymenet for her.

She is already extremely deficient in Vitamin D.

I am glad this protocol is helping some people.

One thought keeps going through my mind.

Avoid all sun light for 3 years and take antibiotics....albeit "low dose".

Or......

Take antibiotics for 3 years and enjoy the sun.

I'll take the sun [Big Grin] .

Thanks for all of the valuable info. I am printing this thread for my neighbor.

BTW, how does one work while on this protocol?

Hugs,

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Don't forget about all the current research regarding the health benefits of Vitamin D.

Hey Geneal, how about abx, sunshine and lots of cancer fighting Vitamin D?!

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Here is a bio of Dr. Marshall from
http://www.trevormarshall.com/
Whew!
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Prof. Marshall is currently a Director of the Autoimmunity Research Foundation, an Adjunct Professor of the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Murdoch University (Western Australia), and a past Chair of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the Ventura IEEE. He is the Patron of the Australian Autoimmunity Foundation.

Based in the heart of Southern California's "Digital Coast", Dr. Marshall is involved in technologies ranging from Immunology, Biomedicine, Autoimmunity, WiFi Security and Internet Infrastructure through RF, Hardware, Software, Audio/Video and Prepress. Previous speaking engagements have included COMDEX, Microprocessor Forums, WLAN/WiFi conferences, and International presentations in a variety of Medical Specialties.

Pasteur once said "In science, chance favors the prepared mind," and Dr. Marshall's career has certainly taken advantage of the many twisty passages in the fields of both Medical Science and Engineering. The best way to find out what he is doing right now is to look at the list of current presentations (above) or browse his recently published scientific papers.

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Re the Autoimmunity Research Foundation, a member of our local group investigated the MP (and Trevor Marshall yelled at her on the phone!)
and the Autoimmunity resarch Foundation is kind of his own thing- his wife is one of the board members- just fyi it is not an outside deal which selected him- it is his own foundation set up by him- according to her research- she posted that on our local Lyme list-

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I'm not sure whether or not who starts or runs a foundation has much to do with anything.

Even the LDF, the LDA, ILADs and Lymenet were once small organizations started by a few caring people whose lives were impacted by disease. I don't hear any of us criticizing them simply because those individuals all felt called to duty. Eventually their work caught on, but most faced opposition and detractors along the way.

Having lost my health many years ago, I have come to know some fascinating people who started health foundations as a result of their own illness and suffering. Some of the people who helped me and my mother find answers early on were: Ethel Snooks, Pat Ganger, Henry Scammel, Gail Nielson, and the Dudleys and the Vanderhoof-Forschners. All of them were just ordinary people who rose above difficult circumstances to start small foundations. Some of these small foundations went on to make a difference in the lives of so many others. Some even went on to host conferences and fund research.

Those very individuals who helped my mother and me are the same individuals who started: The Roadback Foundation, rheumatic.org, CRIF (Candida Research & Information Foundation), the Mycoplasma Registry, and the LDF.

Most of you here are familiar with the above organizations because many of them have since grown and caught on, so now they seem big and less personal. Nevertheless, they all started with very humble beginnings and one or two individuals who gave a darn.

The problem with the ARF is not the research they are doing or the fact that Trevor, his pharmacist wife, a RN-sarc patient, and another patient started it. The problem seems to me to be with how cliquish and controlling they are about their information and how they treat people. I object to the heavy censorship and the fact that private messages are not truly private.

That said, the ARF websites (Sarcinfo & MP) have grown and caught on extremely fast as a result of the growth and impact of the internet. I don't know how anyone might expect them to provide a lot of personal, individual handholding to all members who have since found them. Perhaps some of their problems are growth related, and maybe also related to the fact that the sickest, neediest, most brain-fogged patients tend to find them.

Nevertheless, many people I know have personally been helped by their work. Some continue to post at their website, despite the fact that it is such a controlled environment. However, I know numerous patients like myself and my husband who have been successful with the MP, but who prefer not to post in negative or controlled environments.

My best to all of you in your quest for health and healing.

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The problem is promotion as a wholesale cure.

I went and read some of the testimonials, many gathered by Aussie Barb, but I'll assume she's sincere and has reported them correctly (ie not people posting themselves). They were impressive. Then again, a lot of folks on antibiotics have impressive responses. There are impressive responses for many therapies. The problem is that as Penny posted, there can be serious adverse side effects. The problem is that probably an equal number had no or negative effects. The problem is that it is not put forth as a protocol with benefits, possibly dramatic benefits, but also risks. Benicar is not tolerated by all, neither is minocycline, and some may have other problems like virii or fungi. For instance the Montoya study, 21 of 25 CFIDS patients had remarkable turnarounds on valcyte, a relatively new and strong antiviral. Some went from bedridden for years to active, working, exercising, back to a full life. How this will pan out in larger numbers is unknown but what's nice is he is doing a followup *study* and being held *accountable*. In addition the side effects of valcyte are well known and monitored. Marshall does not take this approach. Practically the opposite. So one ventures very gingerly into this arena in spite of the few with success, even remarkable success, even regaining excellent health, because there might be 20%, 50%, even 75% who didn't. It's impossible to know but personally the few I spoke with who tried the protocol did not improve. However that doesn't mean I disbelieve those I've heard of or read of who did improve.

Marshall does all of us a disservice by squelching *any* dissent or possibility of negative side effects.

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....I think we're all familiar with 'manipulated' studies no matter how gentle the massaging....
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It's always better to tell the truth about what works and what doesn't and how often. Simple and clean. Should be built into the work -- ie, feedback and studies about outcomes. Maybe someone should tell Marshall this...
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A dose of skepticism is good given the track record of new Lyme treatments and theories. But it is always amazing, on this site - where there are so many veterans of failed therapies to treat Lyme - how much suspicion is directed toward the MP. Just take a look for yourself at the basis for the protocol and leave the ad hominem and specious arguments aside for the time being.
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He jumps down peoples throats when he thinks they are not on board with his line of thinking.

Which is a shame because he has helped some.
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I was there yesterday and I cant rember who or thread but he basically told them end of discussion and from what I read it was a legit question.too bad

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Amy proal says.....

"I've had severe chronic fatigue sydrome (and probably Lyme disease since i was never tested but had all the symptoms) for the last four years."

How can you say you have found the cure for lyme disease when you don't even know if you have it? Lyme disease may have some similar symptoms but it is not CFS.

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Notice how Amy promised to answer questions and then disappeared when she couldn't?
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Hey y'all, I won't jump into the fire here, but I will be happy to share my experiences with patients that want more information about the MP.

In 2 weeks, it will be one year on the MP. I was disabled before I started, and progressed at an incredible rate -- finding all kinds of weird infections throughout my body (joints, throat, etc.). I know I had Bb and mycoplasma pneumonia, but I am sure there was much more going on; hence, the MP was the more effective approach (at least for me).

The MP is not for woosies, and yes, there may be limitations in the MP site. I can't change that, but I am happy to help others. Email or call if I can help...

Good luck to all of us.

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Cold feet, I am really, truly glad it has worked for you!!!!!! I WISH it was a cure for everyone!
Truly, I do. Your post seems really sincere and I am glad you are offering to help others-

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Oxygenbabe,

I did not disapear because I can't answer your questions. i have an entire website about research related to the MP. If you read the pieces on the site you will find the answer to any questions that have been posed here.

I left this discussion because I have never been in a more negative place than this forum. Also because i don't feel that any of these speculation about the MP board are correct and I'm tired of hearing you guys say the same things over and over again when many of you haven't even tried the treatment yourselves.

I'm a very outspoken person and I was never censored on the MP site. Nor have i seen anybody else censored. The board staff try to maintain a certain level of decorum. It's not a chatroom and it's not a place where you can engage in free for all discussions. It's a place where you come to learn about the MP and how to get better.

I don't get you guys. This is about your health, not Dr. Marshall. If Satan was doing a treatment that seemed to be working (and NO I am not comparing Dr. Marshall to satan) I would do the treatment. Because the only person who is going to suffer from not getting better is me. You should try to put aside your feelings for people on the board and instead focus on the science.

Anyway, I find Dr. Marshall to be a really nice guy. It's not easy to run an internet site for patients that are sick and brainfogged and often very confused when they start the treatment. He's defnitely trying his best. He works around the clock day in and day out, without getting paid. I don't even know when he sleeps. He's a scientist, not a PR person. Give him a break if he came off to you as harsh.

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No, the answers are not on your blog, Amy. I'm sure you're well intentioned but you state Marshall's theories as fact. You state that low dose antibiotics can "trickle" into the cell without binding cell proteins and therefore kill bacteria. I read your info on Vitamin D and it doesn't address my questions or the substantive literature showing it to be anti cancer and anti infective. You ignore, as Marshall does, poor results--you didn't respond to Penny Houle's warnings about minocycline, and she herself experienced a dangerous side effect. She says benicar worked as an anti inflammatory but began to have significant side effects after 2 years. Barksplinter's wife and others he knows had adverse effects and no improvement from the protocol. My former hyperbaric doc did badly on it. Benicar has adverse effects in some and one person in this thread recalls someone ending up in the ER as a result of a dangerous drop in blood pressure on it. The claims are excessive. Some are clearly responding and others are clearly not and there are dangers to the protocol. You address none of this. It isn't negativity--you consider it negativity if people disagree or point out the risks and dangers?

You say it's about our health. That's the point. Open discussion of potential gains and potential risks that may be substantial. Also, you haven't addressed my question about virii or fungi. What of the 21 out of 25 in Montoya's study who improved or got well on Valcyte? Marshall assumes intracellular bacteria as the global cause of autoimmune diseases, it seems to me.

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As you have just arrived on this site, you are, I guess, not aware that quite a few people from this board did go on the MP. A minority were helped and it seems the majority were not and some got much worse or even suffered dangerous reactions. That does not make a board negative, but you are bringing "news" that we already know about and which has been discussed at length and tried and tested by many on here.
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Amy we are not negative we just dont agree.

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I'm doing way better on the MP. I don't post often about it on this board due to all the negativity of the protocol on this board.

I agree its not for every single person. Just like all treatments there can be bad bad side effects for a few.

There are many people who say I tried the MP for 3 months or 6 months and it didn't work for me.
Same goes for some lyme docs saying it doesn't work. You never know how long the patient tried it or how hard they tried to avoid sun and work the protocol.

It took me a year to start seeing major improvement because I was ill for so long.

Thanks for starting this post. It didn't surprise me at all when it was listed as one of the top 5 treatments for Lyme in Brian's new book.

So once again its not for everyone but there are many who are getting very good results with it and I'm glad to be on of them.

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I'm glad you're one of them, too. But many and few are subjective words. It's more like, a few get better, even much better, and many don't. Meanwhile, Amy's post, her blog, do not list risks.

It really is unethical not to list *ALL* risks, and unethical and unwise and dangerously myopic to assume side effects even dangerous ones are herxes. This is done with the salt/c protocol too. People are harmed by this wholesale promotion as cure. A protocol that might benefit a few or some, and markedly benefit some, should nonetheless include upfront all risks and the acknowledgement that the 'science' is theoretical.

In contrast, when Rich V. proposed a 'methylation protocol' that was a shortened version of Dr Yasko's, and people had some adverse even dangerous effects (including one person ending up in the ER), he spent a week revising the protocol to include the risks and insist people work with their doctors. *THAT* is ethical.

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Oxygenbabe,

Please stop describing the science behind the MP as theoretical. Unless, you want to watch all the following videos and read all the following papers and discuss how you find the molecular modeling data to be "theoretical"

Marshall TG: Bacterial Capnine Blocks Transcription of Human Antimicrobial Peptides. Abstract presentation, Metagenomics 2007, San Diego, July 11-13, 2007. doi:10.1038/npre.2007.164.1
Copy available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/transcripts/metagenomics2007pdf
Available from Nature Precedings http://precedings.nature.com/documents/164/version/1

Marshall TG: Molecular Static and Dynamic Analyses Reveal Flaw in Murine Model used by US FDA to Detect Drug Carcinogenicity. Abstract presentation, Days of Molecular Medicine, Cambridge MA, May 22-24, 2007. doi:10.1038/npre.2007.52.1
Copy available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/dmm2007/dmm2007-handout.pdf
Copy available from 'Nature Precedings' http://precedings.nature.com/documents/52/version/1

Marshall TG: Molecular Mechanisms Driving the Current Epidemic of Chronic Disease. Seminar presentation, Bio21, University of Melbourne, Australia, 16 Nov 2006
Online Video available from URL: http://autoimmunityresearch.org/bio21.ram
Transcript available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/transcripts/marshall_bio21_2006.pdf

Marshall T: We have a lot to learn about 'diseases of the aging'. Correspondence to Giunta S: Is inflammaging an auto[innate]immunity subclinical syndrome? Immun Ageing. 2006 Dec 16;3(1):12.
Available from URL http://www.immunityageing.com/content/3/1/12/comments

Marshall TG: Are statins analogs of vitamin D?. Correspondence to Grimes, DS. The Lancet 2006; 368:1234 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69509-3
Copy available from URL http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606695093/fulltext

Marshall TG: A New Approach to Treating Intraphagocytic CWD Bacterial Pathogens in Sarcoidosis, CFS, Lyme and other Inflammatory Diseases. American Academy of Environmental Medicine; 2006, Plenary Sessions Syllabus, 41st Annual Meeting
Online Video available from URL: http://autoimmunityresearch.org/aaem_2006.ram
Transcript available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/transcripts/marshall_aaem_2006.pdf

Marshall TG: VDR Nuclear Receptor Competence is the Key to Recovery from Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disease. Abstract presentation, Days of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, May 2006.
Copy available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/karolinska-handout.pdf

Marshall TG: Molecular genomics offers new insight into the exact mechanism of action of common drugs - ARBs, Statins, and Corticosteroids. FDA CDER Visiting Professor presentation, FDA Biosciences Library, Accession QH447.M27 2006
Online Video available from URL http://autoimmunityresearch.org/fda-visiting-professor-7mar06.ram

Marshall TG, Lee RE, Marshall FE: Common angiotensin receptor blockers may directly modulate the immune system via VDR, PPAR and CCR2b. Theor Biol Med Model. 2006 Jan 10;3(1):1. Available from URL http://www.tbiomed.com/content/3/1/1

Waterhouse JC, Marshall TG, Fenter B, Mangin M, Blaney G: High levels of active 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D despite low levels of the 25-hydroxyvitamin D precursor - Implications of dysregulated vitamin D for disgnosis and treatment of Chronic Disease. In Vitamin D: New Research. Volume 1. Edited by: Stoltz VD. New York: Nova Science Publishers; 2006. ISBN: 1-60021-000-7 Info from Publishers website

Marshall TG, Marshall FE: Sarcoidosis succumbs to antibiotics - implications for autoimmune disease.
4th International Conference on Autoimmunity, Budapest, Nov 2004
Marshall TG: Bacterial Th1 Processes Seem Key to Chronic Lyme Remission.
ILADS Conference, Oct 2004, Rye Town, NY
Marshall TG, Mangin M, Marshall FE: Bacterial Th1 Processes Key to CFS/ME Remission.
AACFS Conference, Madison, WI, Oct 2004
Marshall TG, Fenter BJ, Marshall FE: Antibacterial Therapy Induces Remission in Sarcoidosis (in English). JOIMR 2005;3(1):2 Available from URL http://www.joimr.org/phorum/read.php?f=2&i=107&t=107

Marshall TG, Fenter B, Marshall FE: Antibacterial Therapy Induces Remission in Sarcoidosis. Herald MKDTS 2004g; Volume III: Release 1. (The Journal of the Interregional Clinical-Diagnostic Center, Kazan, Invited paper, Special issue on Sarcoidosis. Published in Russian translation). ISSN: 1726-6149
Available from URL http://www.icdc.ru/home.nsf/ae6ba61f2370d2c3c3256f4800499282/7c4adb204d59034bc3256f660035e4ce?OpenDocument

Marshall TG, Marshall FE: Sarcoidosis succumbs to antibiotics - implications for autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity Reviews,2004; 3(4):295-3001.
Available from URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autrev.2003.10.001
PMID: 15246025 or access FullText at author website

La thrapie antibactrienne induit une rmission de la sarcoode. Rseau Internationnal de Soutien des Malades de la Sarcodose.
Available from URL http://tinyurl.com/6al6g, Last Accessed April 2, 2005.

Marshall TG, Fenter B, Marshall FE: Putative Antibacterial Mechanisms for Angiotensin Receptor Blockers. JOIMR 2004;2(2):1.
Available from URL http://www.joimr.org/phorum/read.php?f=2&i=53&t=53

Marshall TG, Marshall FE: Sarcoidosis succumbs to antibiotics - implications for autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity Reviews,2004; Suppl 2:55 (Abstracts of 4th International Congress

You say these nothing about vitamin D and cancer on my website? Section 7 of my paper on Vitamin D is completely dedicated to vitamin D and cancer. Did you actually read the paper?

The MP site does carefully address risks associated with the protocol and how to dose antibiotics correctly in order to prevent them. Did you actually read through all the forums before making your staments?

JarJar, I'm glad you are feeling better!

Best,

Amy

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Ummmm...you're citing a ton of articles by Marshall.

I don't know if it's kosher to quote another board, but here is part of Penny's post on her yahoo group back in 2007:

"Paula,

When I was trying to do the MP, the minocycline just about killed me and all I got was "herx, herx, herx"...and..."cut down on the mino, increase the Benicar". I was already on 160mg of benicar a day, and down to almost no mino, and it didn't help at all. It was a terrible reaction. Terrible headaches, vomiting, photosensitivity. That was an extremely scary experience and it was completely ignored by the "experts" at the MP board. I had no choice but to stop the mino and when I recovered enough to research it a bit I found out that pseudotumor cerebri (aka ICH) is a clearly listed side effect of mino and is much more common than people know. To promote that as "herx" is irresponsible and dangerous in my view.

When I stopped the mino out of necessity and switched abx at my doc's bidding, I became a bad guy rogue for not doing the protocol "correctly". When I expressed concern about others who were having severe reactions (one person died, remember?), all my posts were removed ..."

I've left out more inflammatory parts of the post.

Are you sure the risks are stated correctly?

This isn't worth discussing further. The risks and failures have been stated by others on this thread, as well as a few successes, more power to them.

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OK, I am ready to jump into the fire now with a few educated guesses. I am only making assumptions here, but I bet:

- The folks that ``tried'' the MP and ``suffered'' through some ``dangerous'' events had very high pathogenic loads;
- Not managing the patients' physical, emotional and intellectual expectations led to their drop out;
- Not many (or none) of these folks who tried the MP and dropped it ever recovered completely with any other remedy. Does any one know if ANY of them completely healed and moved on?

These are just my thoughts and observations by interviewing a handful of people during the last few years...

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It saddens me that I feel discouraged from sharing my experiences with the protocol that changed my life here. Thanks to the MP, I am enjoying health that I had actually lost the ability to imagine when I was at my worst. Thanks to the MP, I no longer take any pain meds, sleep meds, etc., and I can finally take my health for granted.

My favorite thing about the MP has been how affordable it is. The medications are more affordable than anything else I've ever done, especially since I have had to pay out of pocket for all of my treatments. I have never had to pay to participate at the MP website or to speak to Trevor & staff either.

I also like the fact that the MP is the only protocol I have ever been on where I do NOT show signs of relapsing when I stop. That is something I have never experienced before with any other treatment. It really has given me my life back.

Whether or not it looks good on paper and whether or not Marshall wrote the papers Amy cited doesn't matter to me, because I'm happy with my results. Furthermore, I know of two doctors who each have over 200 chronically ill patients succeeding with the MP and who rely on it in their practices.


That said... I always encourage those with recent or newly diagnosed Lyme infections to try the ILADS approach and to work closely with their doctors first.

Those who become chronic, continue to relapse, and for whom nothing else seems to work... please look at those patients who have recovered. You might learn from patients who were labeled treatment failures until they finally found the answers that were right for them.

The options that worked for them might work for you... but, if the MP doesn't sound like the right answer for you, don't do it. There are other options out there, but I wonder how often discussion of other options is discouraged here as well. (I don't know, because I'm no longer searching for answers.)


Lymenet is pretty good at helping new patients get diagnosed and find ILADS doctors. However, our ILADS doctors are under attack and not everyone will have access to them. I know of several ILADS doctors who have had to close their practices or were forced "by the powers that be" to take early retirement.

Even some of those who find ILADS doctors may not be helped by the ILADS approach. With that in mind, please remember that most recovered patients are NOT going to stick around in an overwhelmingly negative environment where they are made to feel unwelcome. Those who find health cease to need the forums.


Once they leave, the forums are filled with new patients looking for answers and lifers who have not achieved recovery; they can provide a lot of assistance to newbies, but they obviously don't have all the answers yet or they would be well. If they always discourage others from sharing, they may keep you from finding your own right answers.

Discouragement prevents others from being able to - or wanting to - share the options that have worked for them. That does not create an environment that is conducive to healing. For an environment conducive to healing, you might occasionally encourage those who have found answers to share the things that have worked for them - even when it's not something that interests you personally.

I don't blame Amy and others for not feeling comfortable enough to want to come back and share here. I am uncomfortable with the negative tone at Lymenet also. Sadly, I can't even remember the last time I felt comfortable or even welcome here.


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DX: Lyme (neuro-Borreliosis), Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma, HHV-6, EBV, and Candida. All infections confirmed with lab testing. Diagnoses varied from CFS to FMS, Lupus and MS. Began treatment in 1998 with ABX. Followed by Roadback protocol. By 2000 disability forced me to move back home with parents. Began IV ABX 2000-2002 (17 months). Experienced initial successful transition to orals for treatment of Lyme & co-infections, health continued to go down hill with severe relapse.

By 2004, I was labeled a "treatment failure" until I found answers in the form of the MP. After initial difficulties adjusting to the MP followed by slow but steady progress, I am finally enjoying great health. I was light sensitive at first - normal now, including sun & light exposure (complete with tan lines).

* My opinions are my own and I am NOT affiliated with Trevor Marshall or the MP websites.*

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Why is it that adverse events must be ignored, cautions and questions be discarded, and it all cloaked under 1) folks who had high pathogen loads and dropped out from herxheimers (exactly the opposite of what Penny pointed out) or 2) negativity that means it shouldn't be discussed?

Why can't there be a protocol that works for an unknown number, perhaps a minority, perhaps a bit more, but so far not for the majority, and has made some sicker? Why are trips to the ER, psuedotumor cerebri and other effects being completely sidestepped by those who are getting well with the MP?

None of the good questions have been answered. The only answer is, "I'm not coming back here to post because it's too negative" or "This works, go look at the science etc"

Whatever.

Again, for lonestartick and amy getting well that's great. That does not translate into no risk, little risk, lack of side effects, or universal cure for lyme or anything approaching that.

Also, cave is right (with his unobstrcuted view of cave 75 he has acquired a lot of wisdom). If someone came on and said, I'm excited. This worked for me. There is a theory as to how it works though that hasn't been proven yet. It might work for you, who knows, check it out...There are risks associated with it and you definitely should work with your doctor.

That would be just fine.

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The "MP" includes the use of Benicar - a very well known, widely used ARB. By any possible standard whatsoever it is a safe medication, (often used for hypertension.) It is still extraordinarily safe even at high dose, in fact for some quite pleasant at that dose. The antibiotics used are standard ones, used commonly for a wide variety of infections, including Lyme (and used by ILADS Dr's.) The length of the treatment is long - anyone on this site will find long term use of abx unremarkable (in fact, working hard to allow Dr's to prescribe long term abx for Lyme is the main focus of many in the Lyme community.)
So, can we please keep these facts in mind when we see the (often repeated) comments of some of the persistent posters here about the various risks of the protocol. Enough already!
If the risk they are really talking about is that you may "herx", well that certainly is a risk, well disclosed on the MP website, but it also happens to be an essential component of any therapy that actually fights Lyme - as opposed to simply suppressing the symptoms. Sort of analogous to saying that a risk of surgery is that you might have to have stitches.
If it bothers some on this site that Marshall has come up with and researched various hypotheses as to why the protocol works, well then just ignore that part of his effort. You can be an agnostic and still use the protocol.
Marshall is clearly intellectually curious about what causes chronic illness. Good for him. So are some of us who have seen first hand the failures of the medical profession to understand chronic Lyme. I wish my Dr. was as curious.

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What Oxy said- said perfectly-!!

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Nice comments by all. It's nice to see that this topic has evolved in a constructive fashion.

I'll repeat my question from the previous topic, as it is still relevant yet unanswered:

...Not many (or none) of these folks who tried the MP and dropped it ever recovered completely with any other remedy. Does any one know if ANY of them completely healed and moved on?

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Cave said, ``Oh, and perhaps the subject line gets people off on the wrong foot. The word "cure" is a bit strong and one-sided for this disease.''


That is what has always rubbed me the wrong way. I have always found that statement to be dismissive of people struggling with chronic illness and their difficulties getting diagnosed and finding treatment. No matter how well intentioned, it's premature for anyone to make those statements. It trivializes the experiences of so many here. (I hope that it will prove to be the case, but the jury won't be in on that for years (decades) to come.)

I also liked the way Oxygen so eloquently stated, ``If someone came on and said, I'm excited. This worked for me. There is a theory as to how it works though that hasn't been proven yet. It might work for you, who knows, check it out...There are risks associated with it and you definitely should work with your doctor.

That would be just fine.''


I hope that is how I have stated things, but if I haven't always done so, I will try to use your suggestions as a guideline.

Cold Feet said, ``...Not many (or none) of these folks who tried the MP and dropped it ever recovered completely with any other remedy. Does any one know if ANY of them completely healed and moved on?''

That's something I have wondered about. Does anyone know?

Well said by all. [bow]

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Lonestar, first of all, I'm really glad for you. I remember your Mom coming on here frequently, in fact, she was trying so hard, researching so much, so emphatic, and perhaps so much in warrior mode, I sometimes wondered if she was real and I believe I once questioned it and was backchanneled by Lou that indeed she was. I found it rare that a Mom would devote herself so exclusively and emphatically and indefatigably, with her burning torch raised, for her child, no matter what. And nothing was really working. I remember her posts about your cat or dog (can't remember which) helping you through the most horrible herxes on IV etc. And nothing was really working and you'd been harmed by this so young.

So to see you pull out with this protocol, with the help of your family, probably particularly your Mom, is really nice to hear. Congratulations to your Mom for being the rare person who not only cares, but who researched and would not give up, and you too for not giving up. Together you made it. And I see now you are married! [Smile]

And your posts are mostly on this thread modest and letting us know how good you feel. The only problem I have is with saying the thread is negative. Honestly, some people have done so poorly on this protocol, some dangerously so, that it probably works really well for a subset of folks and how large that subset is I don't know but I suspect something like 15-20% of partial responders to other antibiotic protocols, and nobody yet knows why. There is a theory about VDR, Vitamin D, cell wall deficient bacteria, from Marshall but the problem is partly Marshall himself, as evidenced in some of the posts on this thread, and then, the fact is, it's only a theory.

I don't know about those who tried the Marshall protocol and moved on. I do know barksplinter's wife failed it miserably but is improving steadily on microdose rocephin. That's the only person I know of. I don't personally know anybody who tried the protocol, only through internet postings. Maybe some who failed that and antibiotics have something else, such as a virus or microfilarial worms or pathogenic fungi or some pathogen not yet understood.

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The MP is helping me. As someone else mentioned, at its heart the MP is essentially the same as most lyme treatments advocated on this board: take abx long term and deal with the herxing.

It could be the MP works best for those who have very abnormal vitamin D levels, and not so well for others (I'm just speculating). Part of what convinced me to try the MP was that prior to learning of it, via my own exploration I had discovered vitamin D supplements influenced my symptoms. That led to a vit D blood test which returned numbers that were WAY off the norm. Like many lymies, years worth of tests for everything else imaginable kept turning out normal, normal, normal. Finally, with the vit D test I had found something abnormal on which to base a treatment!

What I dislike about the MP: 1) the light exposure restrictions, 2) their "sanitized" message board (though I can understand why they delete some messages). What I like about the MP: 1) I proceed at a pace that I choose by what I can tolerate, 2) I'm taking small doses of abx, which IMO, compared to high doses, have a smaller risk of side effects, and 3) after 10 years of debilitating illness, it's the first thing that's helping me. After about a year on abx, I've not yet experienced complete wellness/remission but the signs are very encouraging.

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Yay*)!*)! Glad to hear it!!! This may very well be a great protocol for people who have problems dealing with Herxes!!!

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Hi California Lyme,

You definitely do have to deal with herx when on the MP. But as dbs says you can manage the herx by lowering your antibiotics as needed. However when people are very sick sometimes the herx is very strong at the start and cannot be so easily controlled. This doesn't happen in all cases, but when it does, the patient may have to deal with a little extra suffering while knowing that in time the symptoms will settle down. Also, it's a good feeling to know that the rise in symptoms is a result of your body finally recognizing and killing the bacteria that are making you sick.

I thought some of you guys might be interested in the Phase 1 Marshall Protocol guidelines. For those of you like Oxygenbabe who are concerned that the MP does not provide sufficient warnings you will see that there are indeed many warnings in the guidelines. They also give a good idea of what to expect in terms of herxheimer symptoms and how to manage them if they get too strong.

http://autoimmunityresearch.org/phase1.pdf

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Hi Oxygen,

My gosh, your first paragraph is so beautifully descriptive and very touching. (If you aren't a writer, you should be.)

I've been extremely fortunate to have my mom's support. That she believed in me alone is a miracle. There were times when the rest of my family wanted nothing to do with me and they psychologized my illness, but my mom never gave up.

In the days before the internet, she spent countless hours at the medical library because she was never content merely to read the abstracts if she could locate the full article. I have been so very fortunate to have her and I credit her efforts for my success. I don't know that I could have done it without her. Even though there were times I felt very much alone, I had someone who believed and was searching for answers. Most patients don't have that and I don't know how they do it. They are the ones whose journeys and successes are the most inspiring.

Yes, I had a very cool cat that was diagnosed with Bartonella. As a result, he totally understood the health challenges. Like my mom, he never failed to be supportive. Since I married a fellow patient, we have the ultimate support network. We're both doing well, but we definitely put the fun back in dysfunctional during the first few years of marriage.

I went back and read some of the earlier threads on this topic. The negativity didn't get out of hand here, but I did sense some. Of course, I may be more sensitive to it now because of how heated and negative previous MP topics used to get - especially in the very early days where they turned into brawls. There were times when I really felt ganged up on and anything but supported or welcome to share. I see from the comments of others that I'm not the only one who has felt that way.

Part of the sense of negativity may result from how difficult it can be to interpret tone and context in posts, especially when you don't know the person on the other end. That's why it's so important to try to maintain an environment that permits people to share success while also permitting open discussion about the pros and cons of any protocol. There are cons with this one and it's difficult. For me others I know) it proved worth it because it worked wonders. For that I feel extremely fortunate and I think it has value. I also understand that it's not universally appealing or the right choice for everyone.

I do think Cold Feet's comments address what may be happening to some treatment failures. I've shared his observations, but I'm still curious about why it works for some and not others. I think it may be revealing that those who see the two most experienced MP doctors and have their support fair better than so many who have to rely only on the website. That's a topic that isn't encouraged at the MP website, at least not while I was there.

I didn't have time to follow up yesterday and I'm up past my bedtime tonight, so I'll pray this comes across OK in tone. (Sometimes my meaning gets lost when I'm sleepy.)

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Hi Amy,

It's past my bedtime and I probably shouldn't be trying to express any thoughts, but yikes, I don't recall actually feeling comforted by early Herxing and adjustment to the protocol. For me, it wasn't until my symptoms began to fall away that I felt like it was working. Even so, I was afraid to believe they wouldn't come back for the longest time.

Honestly, it wasn't until I contracted and came down with a really bad flu that hit everyone in our wedding party that I was really encouraged. Even though we were on our honeymoon, the fact that I ran my first high fever and threw it off in two days was what finally convinced me the MP was working. It had been a decade or more since I had been able to run a temperature when I suddenly reached 102. I couldn't believe it, so I kept sending my husband out to buy "another thermometer". I was sure we had come across a bad batch.

By the two year mark I was almost asymptomatic and now I'm really enjoying good health that I can take for granted, even when I'm exposed to kids who carry chronic strep. Those were all milestones for me, but the early Herxing - that only made me doubt the process more, especially since in some respects it was more tolerable than earlier Herxing on IVs and LLMD treatment.

All those changes left me wondering whether or not it was working and whether or not it would be real. So far, so good - great actually, but it took me a long time to decide that. Even though my experiences fit the model and followed the predictions, there were times when I really doubted. I'm thrilled now, but that wasn't always the case.

Take care and happy healing.

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I have never posted or even registered before but felt I just had to in this topic.

Quoting Lonestartick below"

" but I'm still curious about why it works for some and not others. I think it may be revealing that those who see the two most experienced MP doctors and have their support fair better than so many who have to rely only on the website. "

You have hit the nail on the head for me anyway. The solid support and ability of my MP doctor, who is probably one of these, has been the sole reason I have persevered and am now reaping the benefits. I was not able to do many of the more restrictive parts of the MP as I had to continue work but still have been able to make steady progress and I'm confident I am going to continue to get even more healthy. I am getting my life and enthusiasm back. That's why I am...

Thankful.

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Thankful - I'm so glad you are improving!

Lonestar tick - I also met my boyfriend because of my illness. He was a year ahead of me on the MP when I started. I called him for guidance and we became good friends and well one thing led to another. He is also great support. He is doing so well right now. He just started an amazing full time job and is actually taking really long bike rides again (he used to be an excellent cyclist before he got sick).

Anyway, about being happy about herxing. I think it's a good way to approach the MP if possible. In my opinion when you start taking Benicar and the MP antibiotics and all of a sudden your symptoms start to flare, what other explanation can there be besides the fact that you are killing bacteria? The antibiotics are supposed to cause exactly that reaction because when they kill the bacteria, they relase toxins and cytokines (proteins that cause pain, inflammation and fatigue). A healthy person would take antibiotics and nothing would happen to them because they have no bacteria to kill. But if you are sick and you get the herx response, you think "hey! this must be because I'm killing bacteria wohooo! It's the idea of pain for gain.

I know that some of you think that feeling bad could be from the medications themselves but for the most part alergies to antibiotics are extremely rare and Benicar is a very safe drug with few side effects. So for the vast majority of people, feeling bad is a sign that they are moving towards recovery.

Take a look at the interviews with MP patients on my site. They all went through periods of just feeling herx before they got better. It's a natural part of the process.

I think one of the best ways to succeed on the MP is to contact other patients on the treatment and ask them for guidance. Read as many other people's progress reports as you can and see how they progress and manage symptoms. Also, read all the information on the board. There are many discussion topics that explain concepts that make it so much easier to understand how to do the treatment correctly.

Best,

Amy

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Lonestar & Amy, nice posts.

You two have succeeded, and the successes tend to congregate. I've noticed that with other protocols. Those who have a hard time, who have to stop, who have side effects, can't tolerate, or who don't get better because other problems are the key, may slink away in shame, be banned, be told they didn't try long enough or hard enough etc. I am not saying this in a negative way, simply that it's hard to be objective. What if someone's main problem is, for instance, babesia? Low dose mino won't do much for that. I've read multiple interesting posts on people saying they really never turned a corner to wellness until they treated their babesia.

I have a hunch that's my main problem, but I haven't dared treat it as I find the protocols draconian even to contemplate. However, in my case, I got bit on the Connecticut shore in an area epidemic for babesia (where babesia is as prevalant or more so than lyme). I got the bullseye 12 days later, I treated immediately with doxyxycline which should have taken care of an early uncomplicated case of lyme, and yet I got sicker and sicker. And when I say got, I mean practically overnight. I sensed I had babesia too but couldn't get anyone to test me for a few years (positive). I had never been that sick in my life and it seemed a bug unlike any I could convey or relate to. It was completely bizarre, whatever infection was in my body, and I went from day to night. Sudden onset after tickbite. So, there are many complications.

Today I was on Amazon to buy a book someone mentioned about bioweapons, The Extremely Unfortunate Incident at Skull Valley. Amazon paired it with Bryan Rosner's Lyme disease self published book so I took a look at the reviews out of curiosity. Most were positive (and if he didn't include the salt/c protocol I'd probably be much more enthused) but one negative one had this to say about the Marshall Protocol (last May, 2007)--this reviewer identifies him or herself as a Georgia lyme patient and advocate with two lyme literate MD's:

"The next comment was about the claim that the Marshall protocol is somehow a wonderful treatment. Both thought that it was potentially very dangerous to induce a Vitamin D deficiency is a person. Very few credible Lyme docs still promote the Marshall protocol. In fact, Dr. Klinghardt (recognized expert) from the West Coast used to promote it and now says that his results have been very disappointing. Both my docs said that they would avoid it, and that the people who did manage to improve on it probably did so because of the use of low dose antibiotics."

We have to give some serious credence to the negative as well as the positive, without bias, which is so VERY hard in fact impossible without double blind studies. That's why those were invented. And even then there can be bias.

Questions I have that haven't been answered:
There are more pathogens than just CWD deficient bacteria. In fact, for all we know, we ALL carry them and they are part of life. If you look at the work of Joshua Lederberg and Lynn Margulis you may indeed conclude this, since our precious mitochondria were once parasitic invaders and in a sense are the ultimate CWD. So, I have questions about the whole concept and whether it is a bit narrow. In addition, what if your main problem is fungi? I know people really sick from fungal infection and mold intolerance, and antibiotics only made them worse, not because of herxes, but because of fungal overgrowth, systemically. And what of those who turned the corner finally with babesia treatment? What of those who on valcyte the antiviral were able to get out of bed and back to work and life and exercise after years of being bedridden (Montoya)? What of those who failed the protocol and let's not assume they all simply couldn't tolerate herxes. Really try to figure out why. Maybe I will give my old hyperbaric doc a call as she is Stanford/Harvard educated, brilliant, and did the protocol and failed it miserably. I can ask for her insights and post.

Also--for herxes--I agree Amy as to why genuine herxes occur but they occur with all antibiotic treatment for lymies, and some lymies still stay chronic, so I sort of agree with Lonestar, its when symptoms fall away or your immune system gets a good acute short flu that you can feel more confident.

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Amy:

I remember your name- and you may or may not remember mine.

I, like Penny, and Lonestartick, were on the 'electronic' scene when the MP was in it's early days before it was formed and while it was being formed.

This was in the Sarcinfo days- the website Marshall had before he started his protocol.

All I can tell you is that I'm happy you're feeling well. There are alot of alternative therapies that have 'topped off' someone's therapy and pushed them in wellness.

That being said - The people who have been members on this board for many years remember the censorship, control, conversation twisting, and other un scientific tactics used against people who critized the protocol. Penny was sued for speaking her mind.

So - for the INFORMED people on this list - we won't be running up any banners touting the protocol you're pushing.

As Penny said.. there's alot of MIS-information out there and it's up to everyone to protect themselves by researching information relating to any protocol..

When ill, you can set yourself back a year or more by choosing the WRONG therapy.

So, I for one, am not excited about revisiting an unpleasant experience.

Barb

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Amy:
One more post from me on this topic..

In my informed opinion about this protocol:

It's wrong to lead people who are uninformed to think this protocol will "CURE" Lyme.

There have been many physicians and researchers that have come and gone looking into this protocol and if it was the "CURE all" it claims to be it wouldn't have remained as obscure as it is- and the 'discussion' site is STILL censored against any UN sucessfull stories or any posts that question the protocol too intently..

Barb


AMY PROAL WROTE in part:
I think one of the best ways to succeed on the MP is to contact other patients on the treatment and ask them for guidance. Read as many other people's progress reports as you can and see how they progress and manage symptoms. Also, read all the information on the board. There are many discussion topics that explain concepts that make it so much easier to understand how to do the treatment correctly.

Best,

Amy

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I'm glad this was brought up. I know there was an incident several years ago where a few people including Penny were banned from the MP site and apparently Penny was sued. Obviously I've heard that Dr. Marshall had very legitimate reasons for his actions but I don't even want to get into this situation because it's not relevant anymore. I started the treatment right after that situation and in my time on the treatment I've seen only one other person get banned. And she basically told the moderators to @$#* off several times. They gave her many chances to comply and she didn't.

So one person. You guys make it sound like every other person who starts the treatment runs the risk of getting banned or censored and that is just not true. Take, in contrast, the people like myself who think that the MP board is a very supportive and helpful community. Those people's voices are not being heard here.

You guys are worried about the safety of the MP, but don't you realize that's exactly why Dr. Marshall and the board moderators are so careful about what is posted on the board. The treatment must be done exactly as directed, or yes, problems can arise. If someone gets on the site and tries to tell people to do the treatment in a different way than than dictated their comments will get taken down. It's very important to the board that people do the treatment correctly and safely and some of these opinions are not based on valid science.

What's going on is that the people who were banned have all congregated in this forum. That is why this discussion is so ridiculously negative and why the view expressed about the treatment are so angry. There's a ton of personal grudges influencing these comments.

None of this has anything to do with new people who need to hear about the science behind the treatment and not the drama that took place several years ago. It's time to move on.

Best,

Amy

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Amy wrote:

"There's a ton of personal grudges influencing these comments.

None of this has anything to do with new people who need to hear about the science behind the treatment and not the drama that took place several years ago. It's time to move on."


Amy, I know you're probably scared to read of any negative consequences resulting from the MP, since you're currently in the midst of trying the protocol.

But to completely negate other's legitimate experiences -- that in some cases nearly cost them their lives -- by saying that these are just 'personal grudges' is quite insulting, however unintentional.

And just because they took place several years ago doesn't make them any less relevant. I'm sure you wouldn't suggest that people just forget the Holocaust for similar reasons.

I personally know 3 people from our small support group who had to stop the MP due to severe kidney and/or hypotensive issues. One woman nearly lost her kidney function. And she was following the protocol to the "T". It took nearly 8 months to recover her kidney function.

I'm sure you feel you're doing the right thing and have obviously put a lot of work into your site. I would humbly suggest however, that you include more cautions and actually report some of these negative concerns and/or risks on your page, to protect yourself by telling the full story. Reading these 'negative' stories on this board may actually be a good thing, in the long run.

Perhaps you could ask others at the MP group if anyone has stopped taking the MP drugs. If they have, and they're still doing fantastic, then perhaps the word "cure" is appropriate for them.

But since you use the word "cure" in this thread, let me ask you directly -- can you name one person that has been cured by the MP protocol (i.e. off all drugs and still doing great)?

Best,

Kelli

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Kelly,

From the perspective of the MP, those patients you mention are not seen as treatment failures. We see the extreme increase in symptoms that they experienced when starting the treatment as an indication that they are killing a substantial level of L-form bacteria and consequently as a direct sign that the treatment WILL work for them.

If you have a high bacterial load and start Benicar all of a sudden the immune system can recognize all the pathogens present. Sometimes the herx is very strong at first. If a lady experienced kidney faliure that is a sign that her kidneys are severely infected with L-form bacteria. She can use special combinations of antibiotics and a modified phase 1 to slow the herx and prevent the kidney function from droping at such a fast rate.

Those people you speak of were unfortunately unable to realize that the treatment was working for them. Instead of quitting they should have sought out ways to better manage the herx.

Please read the following from the phase 1 guidelines about herx. This is supposed to happen!

"Anyone about to embark on the Marshall Protocol must understand that Herx reactions are unavoidable and will make them feel worse before they feel better. Patients should demonstrate a continued determination to recover their health, regardless of a little extra (temporary) suffering.

A Herx reaction may be an increase in current Th1 inflammation symptoms, a return of previous symptoms or emergence of subclinical symptoms. Usually these symptoms are merely unpleasant, but they can be temporarily debilitating or serious.
The following is only a partial list of possible Herx symptoms: fatigue, muscle weakness, rash, headache, photosensitivity, pain anywhere, numbness, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, ringing in the ears, toothache, sinus congestion, nasal stuffiness, fever/chills, flu-like body ache, cough, irritability, depression, sleep disturbances and `brain-fog'.

Herx reactions are unique to each patient and their tissue involvement. When starting Benicar and Minocycline, it is not unusual to develop new, sometimes alarming, Herx symptoms. For example, patients may experience sharp muscle or organ pains, wheezing, shortness of breath, and cardiac rhythm
disturbances even in the absence of previous identification of problems in these areas. Although rarely life-threatening, the Herx reaction needs to be treated with respect. Carefully
following the guidelines for Benicar and Minocycline should avert any serious problems.

Managing the Severe Herx Reaction To some extent, the degree of systemic involvement suggested by D-metabolites levels, other inflammatory blood markers, imaging, severity of symptoms and length of illness will hint at the possibility of serious Herx reactions. But every patient should be alert to their possibility and understand how to manage them. Patients who have had a cardiac workup have the advantage of knowing of the possibility of heart disease can be prepared with a full spectrum of Herx management techniques and/or guided emergency instructions.

Patients with cardio-respiratory, liver, renal involvement or other serious health problems should be monitored very closely by their health care provider in order to properly manage Herx symptoms and hormonal rebalancing, until the Th1 inflammation has been resolved.

Intolerable Herx reactions can surprise a health care provider (or patient) who was previously unaware of Th1 inflammatory involvement. By provoking the Herx reaction, Benicar and Minocycline are performing a therapeutic probe, providing information about unsuspected systemic inflammation.

Intolerable Herx reactions may be difficult to predict because uncontrolled factors (e.g. an increase in body temperature) can cause a sudden improvement in tissue penetration with a resulting high bacterial kill and endotoxin release. Herx reactions can occur at any time and with each increase in a
dose."

It's goes on from there with instructions on how to manage all these reactions....... The rest of the document is here:
http://autoimmunityresearch.org/phase1.pdf

I would like to say that it's not this bad for everyone. The severity of your herx is directly related to how high your bacterial load is. There are many people who are able to work and do other activities while herxing. It varies widely from person to person. The herx can also be controlled by adjusting the dose of antibiotics.

Best,

Amy

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