The patient: “Kevin,” a robust Yankee outdoorsman in his mid-50s.

Why he came to see me: Kevin had been battling muscle pain and weakness for a good two years before I met with him! He had seen an MD Lyme specialist and been treated with a prescription for a month of the antibiotic doxycycline, but his symptoms had not improved. Kevin had been thoroughly worked up by his primary care doctor, given an EMG (electrical conduction muscle test) by a neurologist, and had an evaluation for autoimmune disease by a rheumatologist. He came up entirely clean in all of them.

How I evaluated him: I had recently been to a seminar on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections and been made aware of a type of co-infection, a variant of one found commonly in New England, that was not tested for by our laboratories in the region. Kevin’s symptoms resembled those associated with this parasitic infection, resembling much of what is found with malaria caused by a less common Babesia duncani. We sent a blood sample to a specialty lab in California. The result we received back was positive.

How we addressed his problem: I proceeded to treat him with a course of three different anti-parasitic tinctures derived from different species of the botanical Artemisia: mugwort, sagebrush and wormwood.

The patient’s progress: Within five days, Kevin noted a significant improvement in both his muscle sensitivity and his strength. The progress continued overall, although with periodic bouts of mild fever and fatigue. As this is a typical course with someone successfully fighting and overcoming a parasitic infection, we remain confident of his eventual complete recovery.

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