I am not a physician, nor am I a clinical nutritionist. The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Any decision on your part to read and use this information is your personal choice. I do not recommend any of this be used on children.
There are many things I need to say. First, I have been very insensitive. My last few blog posts have been going on and on about how I am symptom free. I was so happy to be feeling better I wasn’t considering your feelings. I must confess, when I was really sick with Morgellons and somebody would state on the forums that they were doing great or even becoming symptom free I would be happy for them yet a part of me would be really hurt. As bad as it sounds, I almost hated to hear of others doing well. Selfish and sinful I agree. I would feel like everyone is getting better and I am being left behind. “Why am I still in this living this hell?” I would think to myself. If you feel that way when somebody says their doing well it’s perfectly natural, I felt that way often, and I will tone it down a bit. I am sorry for being insensitive to that.
While I am symptom free I am not cured. I still get “tinges” in my skin, these come and go, but I call them little squiggles, like a mite or something? But no biting, no marks, my skin is fine. My fatigue, brain fog, Fibromyalgia, Costochondritis, hair loss, weight loss, fibers, black specs, eye issues, stomach issues, all gone. Also, my muscle is back, I just look healthy. Now, let’s get started.
You have probably all seen my Terrain post which was a turning point in my ideas about health. If you haven’t read that post yet I really encourage you to do so. However, I learned a lot of these little tricks and tidbits from people such as Dr. Staninger who is truly an expert in her field. I also have learned from Dr. Susan Kolb, Amelia Withington, John Burgstiner, Trisha Springstead, and still others who wish to remain behind the scenes. We may have different opinions on what causes Morgellons but that never stopped us from being civil to each other, in fact, quite the opposite.
I am by no means an expert, nor should I be a consider a leader in the Morgellons community. I am a sufferer nothing more, just like many of you. I encourage you to read what others are saying about Morgellons and consider the possibilities.
Why I think this Protocol has Helped Me
“Modern Medicine” insists on isolating and “treating” symptoms, when not only is the compromise of our bioterrain the underlying cause of Morgellons, it is the underlying cause of virtually all degenerative illness. This is the legacy of my father, nutrition pioneer, Carson Burgstiner MD… he recognized this fact, and set out to assemble a brilliant group of nutritional products to support foundational health pathways.
When Western Medicine is confronted with the impact that the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol can have on a patient’s quality of life, the question that invariably surfaces is “What is the active ingredient?”.
They just don’t get it…
When I read that I thought to myself, how insightful of John. That is the question they must ask. What is the active ingredient? and it is so typical of Western Medicine and of course the way most of us think as well. This kind of thinking is also why people will read this post and think to themselves, “That wont help me? You’ve got to be kidding? How is this protocol going to kill off Morgellons? Where are the strong antibiotics like Oregano Oil? Where are the parasite killers? The Antifungals?” And so, they’ll never give it a try even though they themselves have been doing all of those antibiotics, anti-fungals, and anti-parasiticals for so long and yet they are still in this mess (as I was for so long).
As for me, for the moment, I have stopped searching for the cause. A Morgellons sufferer is carrying a bacterial, fungal, and possibly even a parasite load. How will they determine which one is the cause? What pill or shot are they going to give us to cure it? Do you really think that is possible, honestly? Are you going to take or are you currently taking antibiotics, anti-fungals, anti-parasiticals? Are you symptom free? What if you go off all that stuff will it come roaring back? How many years have the Lyme Advocates been fighting now, 30+ years? Lyme Disease has at least a known cause too (complex I agree). Do you see what I’m getting at? We cannot wait, spin our wheels looking at our skin, fibers, crystals and things? What good will that do? Suppose you were found to have Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is that cause of Morgellons? Not likely, what about this fungus or that one? Whose going to identify it for you. After you take medicine for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and still have Morgellons then what? My point is why wait on the CDC or some miracle breakthrough that might not ever come. I’m not trying to depress you or discourage you at all, in fact, just the opposite. Try attacking Morgellons from a new point of view, by correcting your bio-terrain. It really doesn’t matter what causes Morgellons if you can make it go away does it? What if in fact, massive failure of the bio-terrain because of modern living, diet, farming, and pollution is the cause? That is a real possibility.
Okay, so why do I think this protcol has helped me? The magnesium in the protocol does so many good things, first and foremost it manages my PH. I would encourage you to read the links below in the magnesium section. The NAC + Vitamin C is just dynamite. I will probably do an entire blog post soon on just that subject alone. The probiotics of course you know are very important, healthy gut flora is the hinge pin on which our health swings. I chose the probiotic I did because I know what is in it. I recommend you never do a probiotic with soil bacterium in it. There are some that do contain them. The Milk Thistle protects the liver, increases bile, very important for detoxing. The CoQ10 I started taking when I was suffering chest pain but found out it has so many positive uses. I do 30mg a day, sometimes I skip a day. I read an article titled Oxygen and Cancer and found this to be very interesting.
Nutrients for Healthy Mitochondria
Oxygen is necessary for cellular respiration and energy production, but it must be carefully handled within the cell or the mitochondria will be damaged. Five nutrients necessary to restore and maintain healthy mitochondria are:
- L-Carnitine – for the proper oxidation of fats within cells
- Coenzyme Q10 – is necessary for the synthesis of ATP, and prevents free radical damage within the cell
- Alpha lipoic acid – helps regenerate vitamins E and C after they are oxidized
- Vitamin E – protects cell membranes from free radical damage. Try to get non-synthetic vitamin E.
- Vitamin C – inhibits the oxidation of cholesterol and supports production of the antioxidant glutathione.
Most of these as it turns out, are in the protocol below. So CoQ10 has many positive uses, not just for the heart alone. Vitamin E is one of the things on my list and I eat Almonds and nuts which also help. Also, I drink an 8 oz glass of orange juice each day for potassium.
L-Carnitine is also very good for the body and I take it as well. If you don’t eat a lot of red meat (I eat none) this supplement I feel is vital. Finally I take Spectrums Fish Oil, mostly because it’s certified by an independent lab to be Mercury, Lead and PCB free. Omega threes, inflammation reduction, the stuff is terrific.
Finally, I use the Azufre Sulfur soap in the shower and launder my clothes with Dr. Bonners Peppermint soap, these two are very effective arthropod killers and I will have more to say about those in the future. I have had people tell me they had very dramatic crawling reductions the very first night they washed their bed sheets with Dr. Bonners Peppermint soap. Also, I recommend cutting out all of the sugar and processed foods that you can from your diet.
The Poor Mans Protocol
It was very hard to reduce this down to a handful of products, but I think if done long term a person can find amazing relief. My goal was to keep it cheap but very effective. It probably took 3 to 4 months of the Magnesium and other things before I realized I was really feeling much better. The prices are listed later in this post. For more information on each product click on the product image for more details. The great thing about this is I am able to buy all of these products except for the Azufre Sulfur soap and my local Whole Foods store. You can probably find each product cheaper but then there is shipping charges to pay, we’ll talk more about that later. I like Whole Foods and our store has very knowledgeable people to talk to.
I have found CALM magnesium 8 oz to be fundamental in my getting better. I had all kind of muscle weakness, pains, twitching, heart palpitations. However, and most importantly, Magnesium balances and keeps my PH at a good level in my body. If your acidic, my advice is to try magnesium rather than some artificial PH buffers.
I take two teaspoons full a day, one in the morning, one for lunch or with supper. You dissolve it in hot water and drink it like a tea, you can take it with your food and it helps absorb your other vitamins. They have different flavors, I just do the natural, the less stuff added the better in my opinion. They also make a childrens version of this. I do not take the Mag with Calcium they offer, I prefer just the pure mag.
WARNING: If you are currently experiencing any type of kidney condition or disease, do not use magnesium supplements without the full knowledge and approval of your physician. Magnesium is necessary for life and can protect the kidney from disease but if kidney damage has already occurred magnesium supplementation could be harmful, even life threatening.
Jarrow NAC SUSTAIN™ is in a bilayer Quick Release / Sustained Release format of N-ACETYL-L-CYSTEINE (NAC), a powerful antioxidant amino acid and a precursor to the critical antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione exerts a variety of protective effects, including detoxification and intracellular defense against oxidative stress.
The advanced bilayer technology combines 1/3 Quick Release and 2/3 Sustained Release formats to both immediately raise and to maintain blood levels over a longer period of time. NAC SUSTAIN™ releases in the small intestine over a 4 hour period, compared to the 1.5 hour biological half-life of NAC in the bloodstream.
I really encourage you to do some research on NAC and detoxing, Glutathione, and NAC and the flu, I read a medical article stating if your taking NAC during the flu season its very hard to come down with the flu. NAC is a natural sulfur-containing amino acid derivative
NOTE: I take this on an empty stomach with 2,000 MG of un-buffered Vitamin C. They say 1% of kidney stones are made of Cysteine and the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) will keep them from forming. I don’t worry about it, it’s very rare and I need the extra Vitamin C so this works out well.
The Ultimate Probiotic 12/12 Formula is a twelve-strain blend with a minimum of 12 billion live cells at expiry date. Different species in a single formula more closely approximate the normal composition of intestinal flora. See this article by Dr. Murray.
I take one with breakfast and supper, that’s two a day. I take them along with the Milk Thistle. I don’t take them at lunch since they need to be in the fridge and hauling one to work everyday is to much hassle.
The Silymarin in Thisilyn’s 2X proprietary extract dissolves quicker and easier in the digestive tract than other brands, yielding 2X more of the active. Standardized to 80% Silymarin.
Clinical studies using Standardized Milk Thistle extract show that it supports and promotes normal liver function.* The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that exerts a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver.*
Thisilyn is especially recommended for those who use alcohol, smoke, or are exposed to environmental pollutants.
Thisilyn, the unique standardized milk thistle extract, is the standard for quality. The milk thistle used to manufacture Thisilyn is carefully extracted and tested for purity, ensuring all the plant’s desirable benefits remain bioavailable.
I take one of these with every meal.
Country Life’s Maxi-Sorb™ CoQ10 is hydrosoluble and employs the patent pending BioSolv™ delivery system. This delivery system enhances absorption 300% over that found with CoQ10 tablets, hard shell capsules, or other softgels tested.
Also contains 20% of your Vitamin E.
I take one gel capsule a day with a meal.
L-CARNITINE VEG CAPS 500 mg w/B-6
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which has a role to play in the body’s fat metabolism process. L-Carnitine transports fatty acids to the mitochondria, which is where they are essentially burned as fuel. It naturally occurs, although it can also be biosynthesized from two other amino acids.
The carnitines exert a substantial antioxidant action, thereby providing a protective effect against lipid peroxidation of phospholipid membranes and against oxidative stress induced at the myocardial and endothelial cell level.
I take one pill a day (500 mg) on an empty stomach.
WARNING: Supplemental L-Carnitine is not advised for nursing mothers. L-carnitine is not recommended for people with active liver or kidney problem . High doses (5 or more grams per day) may cause diarrhea.
Spectrum Fish Oil
Spectrum Fish Oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. EPA supports heart health, reduces inflammation and improves cellular integrity, while DHA supports memory and nervous system functioning.*
Certified as having NO mercury, PCB’s or Lead by an independent lab.
I take two of these a day
10% Sulfur Soap
Grisi Soap Sulfur/ Azufre – Recommended as an aid in the treatment of pimples and blackheads; reduces oil on the skin. Sulfur soap with Lanolin is an excellent aid in reducing excess dryness and skin scaling.
I used this everyday in the shower for months and months. Sulfur is a well known treatment for killing arthropods of all kinds.
WARNING: Test this a day or two on a small part of your body before using it on your entire body. I even washed my hair with it. You can find it for cheap, as low as .95 cents to $1.25 a bar.
Dr. Bonners Peppermint Soap
I use this on every load of laundry, never use this on your skin, it’s to strong, this is only to be used in your laundry. I give a pretty good squirt of this into each load of laundry. Mint/Peppermint is a well known arthropod (mites and other type creatures) killer just as is the sulfur soap above I use in the shower.
Those are the products I would choose if I had limited funds, let’s go over the pricing now to give you some ideas of what this would cost. I to take a few other things but right now I’m pretty much only doing the protocol above.
I hope you find these costs reasonable. The Cost column is the cost of the bottle or product. In many cases this cost is much more than a months worth, in fact, in some cases it is 3 months worth. The daily cost is the true daily cost of Poor Mans Protocol. Notice that I have included Vitamin C + Bioflavanoids that is not included in the list above, I buy a bottle of the Whole Foods branch, it’s unbuffered that you want in this case, the bottle is 10.00 for 100 tables with each tablet being 1000mg a piece. The price is included below and you can click on the prices for links to specifics sites with that product for that price.
|Price / 30 days, but in reality this lasts longer than a month, so the cost is less than 46 cents a day, amazing! This is for the 8 oz package, the 16 oz can save you even more|
|100 tablets / 14.67 = 14 cents a day folks !! I only do one a day|
|60 caps @ 2 a day = 30 days, so 24.95 / 30 = 83 cents a day. I buy these local because they must remain cold.|
|Thisilyn 2x Milk Thistle||
|(24.14 / 100 capsules) * 3 a day = 72 cents a day|
|Maxi-Sorb CoQ10 30mg||
|14.53 / 50 softgels = 29 cents a day, 1 a day|
|L-Carnitine / B6||
|16.95 / 50 caps = 28 cents, 1 a day|
|Spectrum Fish Oil||
|(7.85 / 100 caps) * 2 = 15 cents a day, I take two a day|
|(10.00 / 100 caps ) * 2 = 2 cents each. I take two a day with my NAC on an empty stomach|
$ 2.89 a day is not bad …
So, for basically $2.89 cents a day you can do this protocol, shipping is not included in the cost above so it might be a bit higher. However, if you use some of the cools sites listed below you can buy these all at once and end up with free or low cost shipping. As I said initially, these things might cost a little more at Whole Foods but then there is no shipping. You can use online stores like NextTag or TheFind or LuckyVitamin to locate good bargains.
Finally, not included above is the Azufre sulfur soap I use in shower which you can get for a little over a buck a bar. The Dr. Bonners peppermint soap can be as little as $7 dollars a bottle. The reason I do not include the bath and laundry soap above is presumably you’re using soap and laundry detergent now (he he) and these I do not consider additional costs. In fact, they’re probably cheaper than what you are using now.
While the initial outlay of cash may seem large, you can spread it out and add things as you go over time. I really feel these are very good products, if nothing else start with the Magnesium and NAC. The Magnesium for instance is an award winning top seller three years in a row for a reason. The NAC is just absolutely great stuff. The Max-Sorb CoQ10 is both water and fat soluble meaning it can get into the fatty tissues. The Spectrum fish oil is certified Mercury, Lead and PCB free. You might not be aware of this but the ocean is full of toxins, most kelp for instance has high levels of arsenic in it, so if you taking that for Iodine you might want to look into that issue.
I was talking to someone on the phone last night (not mentioned in this post) about nutrition, especially the NAC and other amino acids. If I knew half of what this person had forgotten about nutrition I would be a genius, and that’s probably an understatement. I was struck by how lucky or how “guided” I had been in choosing the protocol I did. My terrain post is more expansive of course. In fact, I was even more confident I was on the right track when John Burgstiner commented on my terrain post. However, it was only last night that I went to his site and looked at the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol though I had been to the site before. John doesn’t even know I mentioning this or his name in this post, but now I think you will see the reason why. Here is his protocol.
Let’s list the items from left to right:
- Essential Flora
- Essential Omegas
- Essential Digestion
- Thymic Formula
- Magnifcal (Mag/Cal)
- Liver CS Plus
Do you see the focus here? Almost the same approach I have. The price is $119.99 which is very close the same price of what I’m doing. I’m not sure how long that supply is for and in in many cases the products I listed are a 3 month supply, but still, very intriguing. Not sure if it has the NAC but I am going to have to consider trying Johns Wellness protocol soon. If I do try it I will let you know or if you do report back here and let us know what you think.
I hope you have found this useful. Don’t let the simplicity fool you. I have no relationship nor do I receive any profits from any of the products mentioned here. If you are very short on funds go with the Mag, the NAC and the probiotics, you will still benefit greatly I believe.