Klinghardt Conference: Lyme and Other Chronic Infections
- Last Updated: 21 January 2014 21 January 2014
Dr. Klinghardt held his "Lyme and Other Chronic Infections As The Underlying Cause Of Illness" conference on October 9-11, 2009. It was a phenomenal event with more information than one can imagine. Dr. Klinghardt continues to be on the leading edge when it comes to Lyme disease, autism, and a host of neurological disorders. In fact, it seemed to me that things are changing more now than they have in the past in terms of the various approaches being employed to help those of us with chronic illnesses.
I HIGHLY recommend getting the manual from this exciting event as it will cover much more than I can possibly cover here. It can be purchased here.
The speakers were superb and included Steven Harris, Stephen Buhner, David Berg, Garth Nicolson, Vicki Warren, Claire Riendeau, Robert Zieve, and others. I was particularly excited to hear the latest developments from Stephen Buhner as he has been one of the resources I have learned a great deal from throughout this journey. His book Healing Lyme continues to be one of the best resources around on herbal treatment of Lyme disease.
Dr. Klinghardt, MD, PhD
The conference started with Dr. Klinghardt who is always full of information. He made the comment "Autism is a form of Lyme disease acquired in the womb. The whole world of academia has overlooked this." Now, talk about a powerful statement to start off an incredible weekend. He went on to share that "All chronic illnesses are caused by a change in the microbiome - the collective presence of the bugs in us. Every neurological illness is the outcome of toxicity or a shift in the microbiome within us." I often wonder why the majority of the rest of the world doesn't seem to be getting this concept. I digress.
He continued by sharing that "We are the combined consciousness of the many bugs in us and the little bit of 'us'. As the bugs change, our consciousness changes. It can shift in the direction of illness or to superb health." He stated that 80% of people that get bitten by an infected tick do not get sick, but that 20% become ill or later develop a neurological illness. He reiterated that EMFs only add to this burden as they cause the microbes to release their toxins at a much faster rate within us.
He spoke about the work of Gitte Jensen, a Danish microbiologist, and a new test she has been working on called the 16S rDNA PCR. According to Dr. Klinghardt, these bugs within us exchange their DNA with one another just as humans share information with each other. As the bugs exchange their DNA, it could be that you have a mold that has incorporated half a page of the Lyme genome into itself. If you now get a PCR test for Borrelia burgdorferi, it may yield a positive result even though all it is really seeing is a portion of Borrelia DNA within the mold organism. PCR testing is like looking for a half a page in the Bible where the new 16S rDNA PCR work is much more species specific and the closest that you can come to the accuracy of a microscope in biology.
Dr. Klinghardt believes that comparing Lyme disease to syphilis is misleading. Syphilis has 23 genes where Lyme has over 250. It is like comparing "cabbage with a dog". Borrelia is a far more evolved organism. He posed the question, "What if these bugs could exchange their DNA such that the gene responsible for producing a certain toxin was transferred to harmless bacteria in the oral cavity or in normal gut flora." It becomes clear that these microbes are highly intelligent.
It is not the bugs that make us sick, but it is their "poop and pee". It is the substances that they send out to subdue our immune systems that make us feel ill. As an example, tetanus itself is not a problem, but the toxin that tetanus secretes is what does the damage. The same is true of strep and staph infections. The bugs are not served by killing us as they need us to survive but more recently some of these organisms are overdoing it. They are like uncivilized teenagers. The job of a good practitioner becomes to talk to the microbes with various interventions and to in effect tell them to slow down a bit.
Roundworms are often a key component of what makes Lyme patients sick. They are "hugely involved in the illness." Commercial labs are not finding the majority of parasites that are within us.
Biotoxins are the thing that makes us sick. Antibiotics as a solution is naive.
Bugs in biofilms are not visible to current diagnostic tools. They still give you the buzzing, the numbness, and other symptoms though because they are still producing their biotoxins even while deeply concealed in protective biofilms.
Red Blood Cells (RBC) have no DNA. They are generally in circulation for about 120 days as oxygen transporters but they are not living. Any DNA found in a red blood cell is foreign. The more DNA found in the RBCs, the sicker the patient generally is. All chronic illnesses are related to the amount of infection that we carry. When RBCs are loaded with infection, their ability to carry oxygen is reduced and as a result, oxygen therapies are often helpful. In effect, the RBCs become powerhouses for producing biotoxins and are not recognized by our immune system as the enemy. Perfect for them; not so perfect for us.
Antibiotics going after one particular type of bug is not the solution. Plant medicine and frequency approaches are the solution. Antibiotics are a part of Lyme treatment in many cases, but they are not all of it.
When one looks at RBCs drained from cancer tissue in those with breast cancer, all the cells are infected. Treatment for breast cancer then should incorporate anti-microbial therapies aside from the other things that we know.
Borrelia has even been found inside white blood cells (WBC) and is one of the few organisms that can "invade the soldier". Most infectious organisms run from WBCs, but this is not the case in Lyme disease.
Dr. Klinghardt discussed the importance of KPU/HPU several times throughout the event. This seems to be a significant piece of the puzzle that continues to emerge. A recent presentation on this topic can be found here. HPU treatment rearms the immune system which then is more capable of dealing with the chronic infections.
Spirochetes love low levels of lead, insecticides, pesticides, and other toxins. These "diminish us and improve them". EMFs, cell phones, wireless internet, cordless phones, and others disturb the ability of the cells to think intelligently. We have "created a human environment that facilitates the death of humanity and supports the growth of the microbes."
In talking about Lyme disease, Dr. Klinghardt believes that "when you come out the other end, you are not the same person you were before." I personally believe that this is true in many ways and that not all of the changes are bad; in fact, many of them are good.
David Berg, MS, FAHA
David Berg is an expert in the area of hypercoagulation and is with AZ Coagulation Services in Phoenix, AZ. He shared the importance of looking at blood hypercoagulation in the treatment of chronic illnesses.
His premise was that "the chronically ill patients have a coagulation regulatory protein defect" and that this may be the difference between those that get bit by an infected tick and recover completely and those that remain chronically ill and never recover.
He asked, "How hard is it to start a car in Minnesota in the winter with 50 weight oil?". Thicker blood supports the microorganisms as it creates an anaerobic environment with reduced oxygen.
He estimated effectiveness of various natural agents for hypercoagulation at:
50% - Bromelain
60% - Wobenzym
70% - Serrapeptase
80% - Nattokinase
95% - Lumbrokinase
Garlic, Vitamin E, Fish Oils, and K2 may be helpful in regulating the coagulation system. Avocado is the highest source of Vitamin K.
Heparin is an agent that has been useful for many people dealing with hypercoagulation.
For those interested in pursuing this aspect of treatment further, Mr. Berg is available to consult with patients and doctors. He can be reached at azcoag.com.
Dr. Klinghardt later stated that he believed that most of us with Lyme disease should be on Boluoke (Lumbrokinase).
Kelly Olsen, PhD
Kelly is from NeuroScience Labs. She mentioned that NeuroScience Lab will soon be offering the MELISA test.
Dr Klinghardt on KPU/HPU
Dr. Klinghardt talked about HPU. He noted that the same detoxification genetics are involved in Lyme disease, autism, MS, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. It is a compromise in the detox pathways that sets the stage for illness. If you produce ten toxins and only remove one, you become ill. HPU is even deeper than the genetics.
Beyond zinc, manganese, B6/P5P, arachadonic acid (omega 6), several other nutrients may be depleted in those with HPU. Chromium is now believed to be one of these. If you are deficient in zinc and chromium resulting from HPU, insulin resistance often develops.
Defective heme leads to lower oxygen which promotes the proliferation of the infections. Zinc, copper, and iron are the most important minerals that support WBCs ability to fight infections.
HPU travels from the mother's side of the family. Dr. Klinghardt notes that the bugs can induce the HPU condition through the disabling of a single molecule and that this is an elegant representation of how advance these organisms are.
P5P is needed for the absorption of zinc, manganese, magnesium and chromium. Fish oil is often best for kids, but parent oils or seed oils are far better for adults.
Given that the body will pull zinc from the bones when zinc is low in the body, RBC zinc testing is not an accurate means of determining a zinc deficiency.
Dr. Klinghardt suggests that HPU leads to leaky gut syndrome. He also believes that IV Glutathione is rarely helpful for patients. A better option may be to look at the methylation cycle issues which may be the cause of low glutathione levels. Many components of the methylation cycle are heme dependent and heme is not properly synthesized in patients with HPU.
Lyme biotoxins are excreted by the liver. Taurine is a major factor in the excretion of biotoxins and is also found to be low in people with HPU. If there is not enough taurine available, one will be unable to remove biotoxins. It is a huge part of the equation.
HPU patients are often sulfur intolerant. They may require molybdenum to address the sulfur issue. Hydrochloric acid enzymes are zinc dependent. If you have a low level of zinc, you may not tolerate it well and will become nauseated upon ingestion until you have been on the protocol for a couple of months. One way to avoid this problem is to open the zinc capsules and put them in a small amount of vinegar.
Another possible source of zinc is oysters. Oysters have about 60mg of zinc picolinate. Thus one option for treating HPU may be 4-6 oysters plus B6.
300 of 1500 known metabolic enzymes are zinc dependent.
In terms of metal detoxification which is a key part of the treatment for HPU, MicroSilica is 100 times more effective than DMSA or DMPS. Detoxification of the gut sends the signal to other body compartments to release more metals. MicroSilica often helps with mental function, vision, and reduced ringing in the ears. MicroSilica should not be taken at the same time as zinc.
Steve Harris MD on Lyme Disease
Dr. Steve Harris spoke on Lyme disease. His presentation was a very good one and I suggest t hat readers get the full conference materials to benefit from the entire content that he provided.
Abdominal issues with Lyme can be the result of Babesia, not just Bartonella. Headaches in Babesia are more pressure headaches whereas Bartonella are more ice-pick sensations. Bartonella can affect the glands around the neck where Babesia may impact the glands in the groin.
Dr. Harris generally starts treating Borrelia at the onset. Though co-infections may be treated at the same time, he does not support the concept of treating the co-infections first.
Borrelia resets the hypothalamus which results in a lower core body temperature. This is not the result of thyroid alone. Generally speaking, kids get better faster due to the fact that their blood supply is more prolific and this allows various treatments to have a stronger effect as they reach deeper into the body.
Often, the Hoffman reflex test is positive in Borrelia where the Babinski may be more positive in Babesia. Only 30% of Lyme patients on the East Coast may have an EM rash. In California, this number is far less.
For newborns, Dr. Harris suggests testing the foreskin, two cord segments, two placental segments, and the cord blood. You cannot run a Western Blot on a newborn as they have the mother's antibodies.
Dr. Harris has not found the C6 ELISA test to be very helpful. It may be reasonable in early Lyme, but not in chronic presentations. Serology testing in late Lyme disease may be only 10-30% sensitive.
On the Western Blot tests, band 31 represents OspA, 34 OspB, and 23-25 OspC. Band 30 is a heat shock protein and is likely not specific to Borrelia. Anyone that has had dental work done in the past six months will show positive for band 41 as there are a number of dental spirochetes generally present. In early disease, may only see 41, 39, 23-25. 6-12 months after a bite, 31, 34, 83-93 may present. There is not a normal IgM/IgG pattern in Lyme disease. IgGs are mostly negative. IgG may represent that the body has a knowledge of the disease, but may not be in an active disease state. Western Blot testing is not useful until at least 3 weeks after infection; prior to that PCR testing may be the most useful.
Each band is 92-96% specific and if more than one Borrelia-specific band is present, this makes the likelihood of Borrelia much more certain. There are not a lot of organisms in Lyme disease and thus PCR testing is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Low ferritin levels may represent the possible presence of Babesia.
Double intracellular antibiotics is often the best approach. Note: At ILADS, Dr. Horowitz also talked about the use of more than one intracellular antibiotic.
Borrelia seems to become resistant to Zithromax and Biaxin and it is not ideal to use these as a single agent for too long. A new drug called Moxatag may be as effective as Bicillin. It is best to pulse cyst-busting medications to avoid resistance. Dr. Harris reported good results with Invanz.
An herbal tincture called BLT (Bartonella-Lyme Tincture) has been working well for many. HBOT can be helpful when on a good antibiotic protocol including Babesia treatment when suspected. The use of a cyst-buster before and after HBOT may be required.
40-60% of untreated mothers infected with Lyme disease will likely transmit the infection to their baby. This is a higher number than in HIV. This possibility decreases to 2-3% when the mother is effectively treated while pregnant with agents like Amoxicillin, Omnicef, and Zithromax. There are lots of PCR positive results for breast milk. Whether or not this is a mechanism of transmission or infections are the result of vertical transmission is not clear. Borrelia has also been found in semen and other fluids which may suggest horizontal transmission is also possible.
Flagyl is the most difficult to tolerate but most effective drug for busting cysts. Others include Tindamax, Alinia, Plaquenil (can have eye issues), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rizols, possibly Albenza or Biltricide, Coptis, and NutraMedix Quina.
Of all of the infections, Bartonella is the hardest to treat. Some options may include Rizol MY, Avelox, Rifampin + a fluoroquinolone, Arnica, Pau d'Arco, NutraMedix Houttuynia, Resveratrol, Boneset, Teasel, NutraMedix Lakato, NutraMedix Banderol, Tigecycline, and Zyvox.
Dr. Klinghardt on Vitamin D and Lyme Disease
ALS, MS, cancers, etc. are all vitamin D deficient states. Lyme spirochetes utilize vitamin D3 to stimulate their own growth. It helps the spirochetes to multiply much faster.
Sarcoidosis is a condition of lumps in the lymphatic tissue and lungs. It is often caused by Lyme disease.
Dr. Marshall is not an MD or a chemist. Dr. Klinghardt has not seen one improvement on the Marshall Protocol except in a sarcoid patient. It has not been helpful for pure Lyme cases.
If a person is vitamin D deficient and being treated for Lyme, it seems to take longer for them to recover. When you give vitamin D and Lyme treatment together, the patient does far better.
Lyme disease multiplies every 22-36 days. With Vitamin D, that process may be every 19 days. The organisms are most vulnerable to treatment when they are multiplying.
Claire Riendeau ND, NMD, DiHom on Mold
Claire Riendeau provided an exhaustive talk on mold and biotoxin illnesses. She covered the various types of molds and how they affect our health. The symptoms of biotoxin illnesses are many.
Ritchie Shoemaker's Biotoxin Pathway is a key in understanding mold illness.
Clearing the body of mycotoxins can take 9-12 months due to the half life of mold mycotoxins. Biotoxins respond to the same elimination agents as other toxins.
Addressing allergy components, modulating cytokines, and reducing TNFalpha are all important.
Excretion of neurotoxins may be improved via CSM, Welchol, Glucomannan, Chlorella, Detoxifiber, Superseed, Destroxin, Pectasol Chelation Complex, Modified Citrus Pectin, IP-6, charcoal, Mucan, apo-Infekt.
This presentation was a very detailed look at mold and I highly suggest getting the full set of material from the event to review further.
Dr. Garth Nicolson on Mycoplasma
I've written an article in the past with Dr. Nicolson on Mycoplasma.
Chronic bacterial infections may progress to cancers or they make curable cancers fatal. Most people with RA have intracellular pathogens.
Mycoplasma fermentans is an airborne infection. 6% of commercial vaccinations are contaminated with the organism according to Dr. Nicolson. Given the number of vaccinations that people are exposed to, the odds of getting this infection may be quite high.
In autism, Mycoplasma pneumoniae is very high. In Lyme patients, Mycoplasma fermentans is the most prevalent.
Vikki Warren on Reducing Electrosmog
We are born to exist with nature and our bodies can heal themselves. We lock ourselves inside buildings, pollute the devil out of them, and then watch to see what our bodies do.
Any reading over 2 microwatts per square meter prevents recovery. A humidity of 30-70% is good. 40-60% is ideal. Aluminum air ducts push positive ions and deplete negative ions. Opening the windows daily is important.
Vikki does not support the use of pendants and like devices as she finds they do not work. Nothing protects us from all of the EMF. She noted that power lines are far less of a problem than the clock radio next to your head while you sleep.
She discussed various meters that can be used for measuring EMF in the home.
She suggests unplugging all devices within 6 feet of the bed. Move the clock. Find the circuit breaker and turn it off at night. Eliminate electric blankets, pads, and waterbed heaters. No live extension cords or power strips should be present. Dragging the bed to the middle of the room may be best. Don't forget about wires above and below the bed or behind the wall next to your sleeping location.
As for radio frequencies, satellites, wireless, dimmer switches, and touch lamps are all bad. Air tubes promoted by some companies for cell phones do not seem to be helpful.
In looking at digital data, it is not the carrier frequency that is the problem but the digital data on the carrier. The information itself is what is within our biological range. Texting is not as bad because it is very quick, but anything longer than 20 seconds is harmful.
Avoid living near cell phone towers. Do not use cordless phones. Minimize use of cell phones. Do not have metal springs in your bed.
More information can be found on Vikki's web site at http://www.wehliving.org/
Stephen Buhner on Lyme Disease
Stephen's talk was fantastic. It was one of the highlights of the event for me personally. I'm going to defer writing about it in this format and work on a separate article based on Stephen's comments in order to provide more detail around the topic.
Robert Zieve on Total Biology
Robert Zieve spoke about a system called Total Biology or Recall Healing. It is called simply "Hamer" in Europe after the doctor that created it. It suggests that the brain downloads conflicts and that the conflicts create areas on the brain which some can identify on a CAT scan.
He noted that MCS is often related to severe mold illness. Dr. Klinghardt commented that mold is undertreated and Lyme is often overtreated.
Dr. Klinghardt talked about mixing Artemisinin with Phospholipids in a blender. The recipe was a small amount of grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon of Phospholipid Exchange, Quintessence, and opened capsules of artemisinin mixed in the bender. This creates a lipoceutical artemisinin which may be more capable of penetrating the brain.
Hydroxy-B12 may help with removing ammonia from the brain. Vitamin A and Vitamin K may help resolve brain fog. This is part of a new protocol emerging called the Vitamin K protocol.
Dr. Klinghardt spoke on biofilms. The key is to create healthy biofilms using silica. We use to get silica from getting our hands and feet dirty in the dirt. Natrol BioSil is the product Dr. Klinghardt uses to help address biofilms. Artemisinin may be helpful in removing iron from biofilms. Interfase is a new product that may be effective against biofilm formation. Rechts Regulat may be helpful for biofilms and hypercoagulation.
Dr. Klinghardt on Treatment Protocols
Molds and Lyme incorporate each other and create a superbug. The treatment protocol has to include antimicrobials that hit both of these at the same time. Viruses are often causing symptoms but are opportunistic. Do not focus on antivirals.
Treatment always starts at home and the first step is to ensure that you have made your home well.
When treating HPU, thyroid, testosterone, progesterone, and other hormones all move towards normal. If cholesterol is low, DHEA and Pregnenelone may be useful to provide building materials for hormone formation.
When giving Lyme patients T4, this generally increases rT3 which defeats the purpose. It is better to give SRT3 (sustained release T3) and not T4 in most cases.
If urine looks like water, this is generally not good. It should stink. Phosphorous is the agent to get toxins moving through the kidneys. Matrix Electrolytes from BioPure contains phosphorous.
Drinking more water means that you are leeching out more minerals. Your body needs the same electrolyte intake as what is being excreted in urine. Electrolytes help to carry out toxins through the urine. 1 tablespoon of Matrix Electrolytes in a quart of water.
It is difficult to get well in a place where you were sick. It is as if you are entrained to remain sick in that environment.
Taking dust out of the vacuum and creating a homeopathic dilution may be helpful for some.
Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland which lowers melatonin and increases risk of cancers. Glass bottles are often more toxic than plastic bottles due to the solvents used in recycling. Best to reuse the same glass bottle over and over.
Intracellular environments are becoming more and more acidic. Alkalinizing is important but it is not a good idea to force this. Alkalinizing through the skin with 1 pound of Epsom Salt or sea salt and 1 pound of baking soda may be a good option. It offers the body the opportunity to utilize these if needed.
Brain fog, memory loss, etc. may be caused by oxalates. K2 may help. K2 is also good for UBOs often observed in brain scans. Vitamin K works only in conjunction with Vitamin A. Improves the teeth. Not good to take close to sleep. Thyroid hormone only utilized by the brain when Vitamin A and Vitamin K are on board. Vitamin A may protect against Swine Flu.
Babesia and Bartonella live largely in the lungs. Inhaled potassium iodide may be a helpful treatment for some under the care of a doctor. Some patients have the "lung worm" which may be one of the most common parasites in Lyme disease.
Enhansa is an anti-inflammatory for the brain.
KPU information: http://www.keac.nl/
Mold Mycotoxin testing: http://www.realtimelab.com
Editor's Comment: Most of the content here was derived from my notes during the event. It does not cover the content of the majority of the presentations that were handed out during the conference. I highly recommend getting the DVD set and reviewing them yourself to get a more full understanding of the information shared.
It is possible that some aspects of this text are incorrect given the speed at which information is covered. I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Additional information on Dr. Klinghardt and future conferences and events can be found at the Klinghardt Academy.
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