There have been so many people who have successfully recovered using the Cowden protocol, and yet there are many who do not. Why does it seem to work for some and not others?
I asked Dr. Cowden that question, and his answer was a pleasant surprise.
I expected him to say that he didn’t know or that co-infections can interfere with the protocol, but he didn’t say either of those things. Instead he said it was parasites.
I have long suspected that parasites were to blame for my own difficulties in reaching complete recovery, and every time I treat parasites I have a huge boost in health and well-being which erodes over time.
Dr. Cowden explained to me that first, in treating Lyme PLUS, that you have to start by eradicating the largest pathogens first – which means parasites. The other thing he explained to me is that normal parasite tests only look for certain types of parasites but that our body can hose many different types of parasites that would not show on a test, and that some reproduce so quickly that unless you stay on some type of protocol that you will just be over-run again over time no matter how thoroughly you cleanse yourself initially.
For instance, one tape worm lays one thousand eggs every day, and parasite treatments do not kill the eggs. So each parasite has a different reproductive schedule and spirochetes can hide in the smallest parasite as well as the eggs before they hatch. These are all strategies to escape antibiotics and the immune system.
This makes perfect sense.
So in addition to busting the biofilms that the spirochetes create to protect their growth communities, we have to destroy the parasites in our body and then implement parasite control by continuing to destroy any remaining eggs or new parasites you pick up eating sushi or gulping a mouthful of water in a lake during summer. Even swimming in a lake allows certain parasites to enter your body – most are completely harmless except they give spirochetes a warm hiding place to call home and then once the antibiotics are gone, the spirochetes re-enter the blood stream to infect the body.
So, how to we best take care of parasites? This is the protocol that Dr. Cowden outlined to me:
For parasites: Start 8 weeks prior to Lyme protocol: Food Grade DE (keep away from face) 1 tsp in 1 cup of water before breakfast (after 2 bites) and dinner 5 days on and 2 off;Artemesinin by Nutricology, 3 caps 2x day; Enula50 drops twice a day for 8 weeks (all 5 days on 2 days off) then full moon cycle (2 days before, day of full moon and 2 days after forever!)
It is imperative to stay on a strong program for 8 weeks before starting the Lyme protocol. However if you are already on antibiotics or the Cowden protocol or some other killing protocol just dive in and do the parasite protocol at the same time.
Expect to feel worse before you feel better. Dr. Cowden recommends Nutramedix products to detox from the herxes (see Cowden protocol) but I have found Sarsaparilla (Smilax) to be very economical and also effective so I take it in addition to the detox tinctures Dr. Cowden has in his protocol (Burbur, Parsley, Pinella and Mapalo) effective. I take 4 Smilax capsules daily (450 mg each) and more if needed during a herx.
One more key to success using the Cowden protocol – the diet is non-negotiable. No sugars at all, no carbs, just protein and veggies (lemon, tomatoes and avocados allowed) no alcohol and small amount of green tea allowed – no coffee.
You have to be committed to recovery in every way from protecting yourself from stress, light exercise, extra rest and no deviations or substitutions from his protocol which is part of the bundle you get when you purchase the protocol through Forrest Health.