As I mentioned before, with Lyme I anticipate taking many more alternative treatments. While waiting to begin treatment (which seemed to take forever), I grew increasingly frustrated by my mental state: flash anger (disproportionate to the issue), mental haze, fatigue, reasoning ability, etc. After reading a couple of books on Lyme treatments, I decided to go with the Buhner protocol (Healing Lyme: Natural Healing And Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis And Its Coinfections). The book presents a very scholarly analysis of Lyme and alternative treatments for Lyme (which can be taken along with antibiotics). Buhner presents a case for three core herbs (there are others for specific issues): Andrographis, Japanese Knotweed (resveratrol), and Cat’s Claw. I settled on taking the first two since they are naturally occurring antibiotics, cross the blood-brain barrier, and have cognitive benefits. After about a week I saw significant improvements, and within two weeks I was effectively mentally back to normal (or very close). Of course, as I mentioned, once beginning the Rosephin I saw a significant decline in my mental function. Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t do an assessment before beginning Rosephin so it is impossible to determine how much the Buhner protocol helped. Also, I decided to skip the Cat’s Claw for now since it’s primary function is to boost your CD-57 counts, and while I can see where that could help I was concerned that my doctor would use CD-57 counts as a measure of my progress (and I was right). Currently, I combine the Buhner protocol with the antibiotics.