I don't have the answer to the question of which Lyme disease treatment protocol shines as the best and brightest, but my hope is that by chewing on the question and doing more research, I will eventually come up with an answer. If you read my posts on the subject, maybe it will stir you to some conclusions, too.
I don't know whether antibiotics are the best way to treat this thing. I haven't chosen that path for myself but that doesn't mean they aren't the most effective method. They might be the best way to go for most people.
On the other hand, I hear stories of some Lyme sufferers faring better on alternative methods of treatment. For these people, years of antibiotics have made them worse, or have only minimally helped them. Personally, I think antibiotics can weaken the immune system by eliminating healthy flora in the gut. When you don't have the flora, your food doesn't get metabolized properly and then what started in the gut then becomes a problem for the entire body.
Then again, I haven't seen masses totally healed by any single alternative strategy (usually it is a combination of several), but are masses healed by antibiotics, either? I don't know.
Recently, I tested positive for babesia and borrelia, through IgeneX and Fry labs. My babesia test was a true positive, as the lab identified the DNA of the babs critters in my blood. And despite testing positive for both babesia and borrelia, my remaining symptoms seem to indicate that babesia is more of a problem for me than borrelia.
Receiving these results has caused me to reflect upon the strategies I have used over the past few years to heal myself of Lyme and co-infections, and to assess the results of each.
First, sea salt and vitamin C was a great protocol for ridding me of cardiac symptoms of Lyme disease, but it didn't seem to do much more than that. Rife machines left me depressed, which indicates that they may have killed some critters, but I never seemed to improve much from these, either. Immune Response Training pulled me out of a really bad space and restored functioning to my desperately flailing body, and herbs and MMS caused strong herxheimer reactions, but I can't say to what degree they healed me. Quantum Techniques helped to get rid of stored emotional trauma and other infections but I was a little disappointed that nine months of bi-weekly sessions and $4,000 didn't pull me further out of the hole. I would still recommend the latter treatment for Lyme if all else fails, but, contrary to my former enthusiasm over the method, it is a pricey and somewhat uncertain option for healing the body of Lyme disease.
Collectively, however, all of these strategies, along with a few key supplements, have substantially improved my symptoms, and lately, I have been feeling quite good.
But my recent labs are showing me once again how tenacious borrelia and co-infections are, and that it's not wise to sink all of my hope into any one treatment strategy. Yes, I know of folks who have attained remission from Rife alone, or salt/C alone, but they don't represent the majority. Usually, a combination of several types of therapy is required.
Neither do I know whether antibiotics alone heal a majority. Maybe they do.
Or maybe they heal half, and the other half gets well doing a mish-mash of other things.
I encourage you (as I did in a previous post) to ask around before you plunge into any new treatment pool, and to swim around long enough to get a feel for the water, but not so long that you find yourself month after month, swimming but going nowhere. You should know within six months whether a treatment is benefiting you. Also, realize that one type of treatment alone may not heal you from Lyme, and that you may have to switch protocol in order to keep the bugs guessing, or use several remedies at once in order to get rid of the infections.
My own healing journey is teaching me this, as I once again need to dig into my tool box of remedies in order to find one(s) that I can use to treat babesia. This time, and per the advice of one LLMD, I will be using artemisia, but increasing the dose that I used in the past by about fivefold, if my body allows, and adding enula and mora, per the advice of another LLMD. If that doesn't do it and if I'm not reeling terribly from the effects of the above, I will add MMS to the protocol.
I think I will fare better this time because I am stronger, and have a better understanding of what I am dealing with, unlike nearly four years ago when I started this journey and believed that 400 mg of artemisia per day would get rid of babesia. (In most cases, it does not).
Hopefully, the insights that I have gained from my healing journey will help you, too, as you work out your own treatment protocol for Lyme disease.