The Cowden Protocol for Lyme and Associated Diseases
The Cowden Protocol is something I am asked about from time to time by some of the fine people who call looking for treatment. They often know a bit about what it is, but also want to know if it works.
What is the Cowden Protocol?
First of all, the name came from the person who created it, William Lee Cowden, MD. The protocol, or treatment regimen, was developed to treat late stage Borreliosis (often called Lyme disease) and associated diseases (common coinfections).
Rather than go into great and unnecessary detail here, I will provide a direct link to a description of the protocol, HERE. While the temptation may be great, as I can understand from being desperate for anything that offered any hope of recovery, don’t try to buy any products on that page. You can get them for a 25% discount on their other site, which I will give you the link to later in this article.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a mouthful for anyone, never mind those with the disease or perhaps one of its precursors, Lyme disease.
Like many who have discovered they have Lyme disease, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by an Infectious Disease specialist.
The specialist ignored a number of my symptoms and either would not or could not answer some of the questions I gave him in response to his diagnosis, like, “Why, if it was CFS, was I still getting sicker? Why did antibiotics (abx) bring a great improvement after one month, and why, after being on abx for six months, did I begin to get sick again within two months?”
His quick reply about abx was that it was a placebo effect; because my mind told me the abx would work, I felt better on them, and when I went off, my mind told me I was getting sick, again.
This reply was without knowing me, without knowing my nature, my natural skepticism about any kind of treatment, in fact, without doing any kind of proper assessment of what my experience with abx really was.
Resveratrol has been hyped up by a lot of famous folks on talk shows and elsewhere, often as a way of proving that red wine is good for you.
Hint: If you have Lyme disease, you don’t want to have ANYTHING with alcohol in it, no matter what anyone says. Furthermore, you can get a lot more health benefits from pure grape juice than from wine, anyway.
But what about resveratrol? It was part of my Lyme treatment protocol for a while, then we started trying a few other things to aggressively target the little “bugs” themselves (my particular cocktail of Lyme and co-infections includes Burelia, Babesia, Bartonella, and perhaps a couple more). The resveratrol kind of got forgotten about.
But after reading the following article from the Lyme Disease Research Database, I have decided to add it back in. As I recall, it DID do some good, and I need some good, right now.
I am presently taking a very high dose of antibiotics, and this old body can use all the help it can get.
In the mean time, I encourage you to read the article below. It could help you a lot.
This just came in my email, today. I am sure there will be much more written about it in the future.
A new bacterium in the Borellia family has been isolated, Borrelia miyamotoi. It is genetically related to the same species of Borrelia that has been detected in all tick species that are vectors of Lyme disease.
I’m sure we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this. It goes to show that what Lyme sufferers and some who have been studying the disease for years have been saying: The present testing protocols are inadequate and often completely useless.
It is important in our zeal to feel well, again, to keep our options open.
If there is one thing I have discovered in my own quest for recovery, it is the tendency of many to perhaps too quickly decide they have Lyme disease and that anyone who disagrees is part of a conspiracy to bury the entire Lyme controversy.
Only recently, I have been handed a very good piece of scholarship in the form of a primer for medical practitioners on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which those who have studied it believe may sometimes be caused by Lyme disease, while other times, active Lyme disease may indeed be the problem. Thanks to their work, people suffering with the symptoms of Lyme disease and armed with this primer, may be able to get a Western Blot ordered by their MDs.
However, the work also points out the possibility that the symptoms you are suffering from may not be an active Burrelia burgdorferi infection. Do you want to get well? Don’t shut the door on other possibilities.
by Dave Cottrell
(originally published on my other blog, WestCoastOpinion.com, on September 29th, 2012)
It is now September 29, 2012. I have been sick with Lyme Disease since the end of 2007. Prior to that time, I was extremely healthy, and able to literally outperform most men half my age. I could walk from sunup to sundown without resting. I could run up and down ladders all day. My thinking was clear, my ability to multi-task was very good, and my mind was sharp virtually all the time. Continue reading “My Progress Report… Ugh…”
Someone has made a very valid point in reply to a post I made on a social media site, about the book, “Lab 257,” (which suggests that Bb, the Lyme bacteria, is an escaped man-made US military bio-warfare organism just like myoplasma incognitus and HHV 6), that Lyme disease was discovered in the Iceman, whose mummified remains were discovered sticking out of a receding glacier, high in the Italian Alps. The Iceman has been dead for a very long time, certainly since before the glacier formed. Therefore, Lyme disease is not new, as so many claim, but very, very old.
It is now April, 2012. I originally got sick in late 2007. It is interesting that it was in 2007 that Open Eye Pictures, the company that made the award winning documentary, Under Our Skin , a film about Lyme Disease in the USA.As production of the documentary neared completion, the film company tried to get some answers about the disease from the Connecticut Center for Disease Control, under the Freedom of Information Act. Under the FIA, the CDC was required by law to release the information, but they continue to this day to use every legal means possible to suppress the information. Continue reading “WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?”