- Disclaimer.... There are no sure cures for Lyme Disease.
Even antibiotics are not always effective. Samento is another natural remedy
that works for some and not for others. Many patients experience strong
intensification symptoms or "Herxheimer Reactions" when using
this herb. This means that when using antibiotics or other remedies for
Lyme, Syphilis and certain other diseases...one experiences a worsening
of their symptoms before they see improvement.It appears that the more
potent the remedy...the stronger the reactions are. The most accepted explanation
for this is that when the microbes are being destroyed, a heavy load of
toxins is released and as a result produce a worsening of symptoms. This
is almost always a good sign that the drugs or other remedies are effective.
One has to "stick it out" or sometimes reduce the dosage until
improvement begins to take place.
- One does need to try and discern whether he is having
an allergic reaction to the drug or remedy. An allergic reaction is usually
more in the area of rashes and or swelling and breathing difficulties due
to swelling of the throat.
- -- Marjorie Tietjen
What Makes Lyme Disease Tick
And How Samento Eliminates It
By Morton Walker, DPM with Randall S. Walke
- The current pandemic of Lyme disease is more infectious
and insidious than any other known illness; it is prevalent on six continents.
Less understood even than the symptom complex of Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS), Lyme disease ruins the quality of victims' lives by striking
them with various severe symptoms which may resemble one or more of over
300 systemic degenerations or dysfunctions. Simulating really serious afflictions,
they may be symptomatic of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
syndrome, lupus erythematosis, Parkinsonism, rheumatoid arthritis, amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, psychiatric
disorders such as depression and anxiety, Alzheimer's, and/or many more.
The complex multi-system inflammations of Lyme disease (Ld) are triggered
as a result of antigenic lipoproteins produced by the anaerobic spiral-shaped
(spirochetal) bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb).
- Who Is at Risk for Lyme Disease?
- Everyone is at risk for Lyme disease, including newborns.
"Of the 5,000 children I've treated, 240 have been born with the disease,"
says the world's leading Lyme pediatric specialist Charles Ray Jones, M.D.,
medical director of the Pediatric/Adolescent Medicine and Lyme Disease
clinic in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Two years ago, another Lyme disease expert, Dan Kinderleher,
M.D., stated on the Today Show that the then existing 1.8 million cases
cited by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in Atlanta,
Georgia had been under-reported by at least ten times. In the United States,
therefore, in actuality over 18 million Lyme disease patients now exist.
- "The CDCP criteria was developed only for surveillance;
it was never meant for diagnosis," explains Dr. Jones. "Lyme
is a clinical diagnosis.The test evidence may be used to support a clinical
diagnosis, but it doesn't prove one has Lyme. About 50 percent of patients
I've seen have been seronegative for Lyme but meet all the clinical criteria."1
- A renowned authority in the field of integrative medicine,
W. Lee Cowden, M.D., of Ft. Worth, Texas, says, "There are very few
symptoms where you shouldn't consider Lyme, especially given that a quarter
of the U.S. population may be affected. More than 50 percent of ill people
may have Lyme contributing to their condition."2 (Please see our interview
with Dr. Cowden which appears later in this Medical Journalist Report of
- Marcus A. Cohen, New York Observer columnist for the
Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, writes: ". . . for every
case [of Lyme disease] reported, ten meeting the CDCP case definition aren't
recorded. An unknown number of cases not meeting the CDCP surveilance criteria
go unreported. Probable bottom line on the number of Americans who actually
contract Lyme: 250,000 to 300,000 per year. "3
- Suffering from Lyme disease herself, Jo Anne Whitaker,
M.D., F.A.A.P., President and Director of Research at Bowen Research &
Training Institute, Inc. in Palm Harbor, Florida, has developed a blood
test useful in evaluating treatment by comparing pre and post serial dilution
results. Dr. Whitaker affirms: "We have now tested over 3,500 [blood]
specimens, with 500 of these [specimens] from very sick children. They
come from a wide geographical distribution and all are positive for cell-wall-deficient
- "The primary question is 'why are there no negatives?'"
Dr. Whitaker goes on to ask, "Does everyone have it?.....Since 1999,
all blood cultures have been positive with Bb, there were no negatives.
We believe this indicates the magnitude of the problem. We believe the
problem is not only endemic but may also be reaching epidemic proportions.
Early diagnosis is mandatory so that treatment can begin immediately to
provide opportunity for cure and prevent chronic Lyme disease."4
- Lyme Disease Recognition and Transmission
- While the modern concept of Lyme disease is said to have
been first described as a mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
occurring near the town of Lyme, Connecticut in 1977, a semblance of it
was originally identified in Germany in 1883, in the town of Breslau.5
One of the main carriers or etiologic vectors of Ld was discovered in 1982
by entymologist William "Willy" Burgdorfer, Ph.D., M.D. (hon.).
Dr. Burgdorfer isolated spirochetes from the mid-guts of one of the Ixodes
ticks (see Photograph 1). The proven Lyme vectors include various deer
tick species such as Ixodoes dammini and Ixodes scapularis, Lone Star ticks
(Ammblyoma americanum), western black-legged ticks (Ixodes pacificus),
dog ticks also known as wood ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), and others.
Note that ticks are not insects; as adults, they are bloodsucking, 8-legged
arachnids (arthropods) along with spiders, scorpions, chiggers, and mites.
- Providing an excellent internet report on personal experiences
with fighting off his own Ld infection, Scott Taylor, D.V.M., writes: "There
is a tremendous misunderstanding regarding the Lyme disease tick vector.
Critical information is not being reported by health officials to the public
and medical community. The widespread distribution of these tick vectors
greatly increases the prevalence of Lyme disease well beyond that of official
reports. The public needs to understand the potential danger of all tick
bites, not only that from the deer tick."
- Description of the Organism Causing Lyme Borreliosis
- Dr. Burgdorfer had demonstrated that the spirochetes,
Borrelia burgdorferi, reacted with immune serum from patients that had
been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Resembling the syphilis spirochete, Treponema
pallidum, the Ld spirochete was given the name Borrelia burgdorferi after
its finder (see Photograph 2). Since the organism's discovery by Dr. Burgdorfer,
about 100 American and 300 worldwide strains of Borrelia have been uncovered.
- Even though the transmission of Bb organism can occur
through the bite of the above-reported tick, Lyme disease authorities now
recognize that the spirochete is vectored by fleas, mosquitoes, mites,
through human sexual contacts, congenital transfer, and as a food infection.
- The Bb organism is pleomorphic (changes shape) from a
spiral to a filament to a cyst, to a granule, to a hooked rod, or the bacteria
assumes an elbow appearance. All of these pleomorphics are described by
the Lister Institute as "L-forms" and show under the microscope
as cell-wall deficient (see Photograph 3). They produce no antibody response
since a cell wall is lacking to which an infected person's immune system
may respond. With no cell wall, Bb microorganisms can hide within body
tissues, thus protecting themselves from any adverse immunological reaction
to their well-being. Diagnostic tests for Ld that seek antibody responses
therefore produce inaccurate readings or are outright failures. The illness
is exceedingly difficult to detect, and it perseveres in its pandemic spread.
Lyme disease continues to imitate, manifest, and be misdiagnosed in no
less than 368 illnesses, a listing of which is available at the website
of one of our Ld information assets, Bionatus Laboratories (www.samento.com.ec),
which is cited at the end of this article (see the Resources section).
- Inadequate Standard Lyme Disease Treatment
- A vaccine that had been manufactured for Lyme disease
is now removed from the market because evidence indicated that 30 percent
of Ld patients who possess a certain gene were developing autoimmune arthritic
disease from it. There is no known cure for this condition; plus, previously
undiagnosed Lyme disease patients frequently become reactivated with Ld
symptoms when they are vaccinated. Currently lawsuits against the vaccine
manufacturer are in the courts.6
- The present standard approach to Ld therapy includes
conventional antibiotics such as the oral administration of doxycycline,
minocycline, tetracycline or amoxicillin for patients diagnosed early.
Parenteral therapy by intravenous (IV) administration is used for those
with neurologic involvement, severe arthritis, or any life-threatening
manifesation such as complete heart block. Such treatment tends to be effective
for acute conditions; however, therapy for chronic Lyme disease is currently
inadequate and this truism causes it to be controversial.
- Added to the usual antibiotics mentioned above, the Borrelia
organism is additionally sensitive to clarithromycin (Biaxin), metronidazole
(Flagyl), either of the two brandnamed products containing co-trimoxazole
sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim or Septra), and azithromycin (Zinthromycin).
Any of the cited antimicrobials must be administered for a minimum of two
months. Such prolonged antibiotic usage does destroy the patient's intestinal
flora which usually manifests with severe candidiasis or other opportunistic
- The usual conventional antibiotic treatment gets prescribed
for only two-to-three weeks, and it is completely inadequate. Such poor
therapy invariably sees patients deteriorate with chronic symptoms of borreliosis
including arthralgias, fatigue, and paresthesias. Also such insufficent
treatment allows for Lyme disease relapses. Not knowing this, Lyme-illiterate
physicians often join the therapy's controversy. Their figuring is that
the disease does not exist or that no treatment works. The drug treatment
they had employed was inadequate, and there is a failure in not seeking
other natural and nontoxic alternatives.
- Andrew Wright, M.B., Ch.B., Treats Himself for Lower
Extremity Neuropathy Caused by Lyme Disease
- Speaking with us from the country town of Bolton in the
Manchester region of Great Britain, 45-year-old physician and surgeon,
Andrew Wright, M.B., Ch.B, began using a nontoxic herbal remedy for his
patients who were suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease,
and allied conditions. Two years ago, Dr. Wright was introduced to a particular
product derived from cat's claw (Una de Gato) which grows deep in the jungles
- "I discovered then and do find now that my patients
respond very well to that particular rare herbal chemotype with the botanical
name of Uncaria tomentosa. Patients frequently react strongly to the herb,
and it has become my first line of therapy. It is quickly effective, has
a cheap cost, and other remedies can be added readily if required,"
says Dr. Wright. "I'm really pleased with the product, particularly
since it has done away with my own health problem of bilateral lower extremity
- Back in 1979 I began experiencing sensations of pin and
needles in my feet, spontaneous muscle-twitching, cognitive problems with
energy slumps, and more. As a teenager and into adulthood I never knew
what was wrong with me and no doctor could make the diagnosis. Then as
a health professional, I consulted colleagues from any of the pertinent
specialties concerned with neuropathies." Dr. Wright explains. "My
eventual diagnosis was Lyme disease which fifteen years ago just became
recognized as sweeping through Europe. "
- Some months back, because my patients were benefiting
from taking capsules or drops of this cat's claw chemotype, brand-named
TOA-Free Cats Claw, Samento, I started to take it too. Such a particular
chemotype of cat's claw is devoid of those chemical antagonists called
Tetracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids [TOAs] which act adversely upon the human
central nervous system. Absent TOAs in this commercial therapeutic agent
predisposed me to using that certain brand of the herb and good things
have happened for me," Dr. Wright assures us. "By self-administering
Samento, the Borrelia organisms are gone from my body, and this has now
eliminated my neuropathy symptoms, discontinued my mood swings, and generally
recovered my normal functions. If I forget to drink drops of the herb in
purified water, I feel unpleasant differences in well-being within a few
- "I've been taking Samento faithfully and fully intend
to continue with the drops indefinitely. My lower extremity neuropathy
stays away as long as I swallow these drops; it comes back when I fail
to take them," states Dr. Andrew Wright.
- Mechanism of Action of TOA-FreeCat's Claw
- Cat's claw is represented by two species of the genus
Uncaria of the family Rubiaceae indigenous to tropical South America. Uncaria
tomentosa DC as well as the species U. guianensis are high-climbing, twining
woody vines found in Amazonia (see Photograph 4). A bark decoction of U.
tomentosa from Peru, the center of the plant's range, finds use for the
treatment of inflammations, rheumatism, gastric ulcers, tumors, intestinal
disorders, and certain skin disorders.7
- The two chemical types of U. tomentosa differ greatly
in their alkaloid content and therapeutic utility. One chemotype contains
primarily the pentacyclic (5-ring) oxindole alkaloids which have immunomodulating
properties. The second chemotype comprises primarily Tetracyclic (4-ring)
Oxindole Alkaloids (TOAs), and these are undesirable components. Not only
do the TOAs act adversely on the central nervous system, but they also
antagonize any immunostimulating effect of the pentacyclic alkaloids.8
- What makes Samento exceedingly valuable as an antimicrobial
therapeutic agent is that it is highly immunomodulating by being TOA-free.
- Samento also contains quinovic acid glycosides and some
novel triterpenes which are applied by Amazonian tribes for the treatment
of digestive disorders such as gastritis, colitis, ulcers, diverticulitis,
leaky bowel, and hemorrhoids. As shown in laboratory studies, the herb's
alkaloids activate immune system cells and work well against various viruses.
Many of the herb's compounds also counteract inflammation, lower blood
pressure, relax and dilate peripheral blood vessels, slow arrhythmic heart
rate, and lower elevated cholesterol. From its immunomodulating effect,
U. tomentosa has attracted attention among medical scientists for possible
usefulness against cancer and/or symptoms produced by infection with the
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).10,11
- The chemistry of cat's claw has been well-studied over
the past twenty-five years, along with pharmacological reports of specific
fractions from the root and stem bark of both Amazonian species. The herb's
crude drug components are among the most widely used and best known folk
medicines in South America, particularly among natives in the upper Amazon
basin.12 The local natives harvest the herb's leaves for brewing into tea,
gather bark of the root plus stem for personal use, and sell it as a cash
crop (see Photograph 5). They gather their cat's claw as a saleable commodity
for purification, packaging, and distribution as Samento by Nutramedix,
LLC of Jupiter, Florida.
- Cat's claw climbs as high as 100 feet up the exterior
sides of trees with the help of its hooks that resemble the claws of a
cat. If the stem is cut, drinkable water exudes from it (see Photograph
- The medicinal components are present within its inner
bark (see Photograph 7). Known for over a century, the remedial qualities
of cat's claw were identified in 1974 by Austrian researchers. Other names
which identify this herb are: life-giving vine of Peru, samento, uncaria,
and Uaa de gato.
- As a final caution about ingesting either of the two
cat's claw species as capsules or drops and possibly as brewed tea, they
should be avoided by women who are trying to conceive. Also pregnant women
should not take them because the safety and mode of action have not been
adequately studied for such women. Yet, the ingestion of cat's claw products
appears to protect against cellular mutations as occur in cancer.13,14,15
- Four Doctors Discuss their Experiences with Using Samento
- "Since the fall of 2002, I have used Samento for
the quick symptomatic improvement of patients, often within a few weeks,
because spirochetes in their blood seen under dark field microscopy get
progressively less in number until none exist any longer," states
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) expert W. Lee Cowden, M.D.,
of Fort Worth, Texas. "Over a relatively short period, my patients'
symptoms disappear from their ingestion of this herbal remedy taken usually
in conjunction with digestive enzymes 30 to 60 minutes before meals and
detoxification remedies to prevent the microbe die-off healing [Herxheimer]
- "I know that the Samento antimicrobial properties
are derived from its containing quinalone components and the pentacyclic
oxindole alkaloids (POAs). The POAs effect is to boost non-specific and
cellular immunity. Furthermore, the particular chemotype of cat's claw
in this commercial product, unlike others sold, does not contain the chemical
antagonists identified as tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOAs) which act
adversely on a person's central nervous system," Dr. Cowden says.
"TOAs tend to inhibit the beneficial effect of POAs. Because the TOAs
are absent, the patient experiences a powerful immune system modification
from Samento. Pathological microbes as occur in Lyme disease are effectively
- "I could offer hundreds of successful case histories
in which Samento was my treatment of choice. One is that of C. F., a 19-year-old
woman who has now been free of Lyme disease for 18 months. She consulted
me in January 2003 after being victimized by Borrelia burgdorferi for 14
years so severely that she had isolated herself indoors with home-schooling
for more than half-a-decade," says Dr. Cowden. "She had to walk
with support from a four-legged rolling walker and she could only study
for two hours daily before exhaustion set in. She took Samento for eight
weeks which kicked in and allowed her to ambulate without aid from the
walker. She went on a first date with her boyfriend and finally did not
experience asthma attacks, fibromyalgia symptoms, brain fog, peripheral
neuropathy, and gastrointestinal effects of the organism. This Bb infection
had caused "leaky gut" and severe allergic reactions including
frequent anaphylactic shock reactions with hospitalizations."
- By the fifth month of Samento ingestion, She went off
to college without symptoms, and is now actively dating and enjoying her
college life. The herbal remedy is allowing her to live a normal life,
whereas before her future had looked bleak," affirms Dr. W. Lee Cowden.
"This is just one positive experience among many that make my medical
practice very satisfying by my use of Samento."
- "I have had numerous positive experiences with patients
using Samento as part of my dental treatment plan for individual patients.
Those coming to me with jawbone cavitations, for example, remain untreated
until I see that their pathogens are eliminated. Pathologic organisms,
especially certain cell-wall-deficient bacteria which cause Lyme disease,
travel through the body to areas of lowest resistance and colonize. Jawbone
cavitations allow such bacteria to feel most at home," says biological
dentist Douglas J. Phillips, Jr., D.D.S., of West Palm Beach, Florida.
"When I apply Samento great amounts of cell-wall-deficient organisms
get cut down markedly. I can cause them to be reduced into measurements
of low nanograms of existence."
- A 50-year-old restaurant builder from Toronto, Ontario
Canada had been suffering with cavitation pain from an infected root canal.
He had tried ignoring it for months, and finally phoned me for an appointment.
But he could not leave his business for nother week; therefore, to assuage
his pain, I mailed him a bottle of 30 capsules of Samento to take three
at each meal. The man telephoned me within two days to say that the jaw
pain was completely gone. He added, 'Other pains in my limbs are gone too
and I'm sleeping through the night. I'm not suffering anymore,' "
paraphrases Dr. Phillips. "Those thirty capsules lasted him until
he arrived at my office a week later and I could perform biological dentistry
on his jawbone cavitation.
- "Miraculous case histories involving Samento such
as had occurred with the restaurant builder are repeated in my office week
after week. This herbal remedy works readily against Lyme disease but new
discoveries about Ld indicate that additional, associated tick-borne co-infections
include Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, Coxiella and various virsues.
Samento is applicable for all of them," confirms Dr. Phillips. "It
lowers the body's bacterial count and makes my patient feel really well.
This is one treatment that is useful across the board for a whole lot of
- Health care teacher and naturopath Zenia Richler, N.D.,
of Springfield, Missouri, finds that Samento gives people, including herself,
a psychological lift along with the feeling of well-being. "When I
take it I feel happier, plus it build's core strength for my patients.
They heal faster because of a lift to the immune system," declares
Dr. Richler. "Quite simply, I love the stuff, particularly in its
- "In using Samento to treat Lyme disease, my distinct
impression is that the patients get better twice as fast. I need to use
less homeopathic remedies as my 'series therapy' when this herb is part
of my treatment program. This is information I give to health professionals
who attend courses I co-conduct at my teaching institution, the Academy
of Bioenergetics, School of Natural Healing in Springfield," says
Dr. Zenia Richler.
- David A. Jernigan, D.C., of Wichita, Kansas, co-author
with his wife and practice partner, Sara Jernigan, D.C., of the self-published
book, Beating Lyme Disease: Using Alternative Medicine & GodñDesigned
Living,16 employs the ingredients of Samento extensively. Dr. Jernigan
states, "My partner in practice and I use Samento for patients with
any number of infections. We're very impressed by results we achieve. The
Bio-Resonance Scanning technique my wife and I have developed shows that
the herb is nontoxic, active, highly energetic, and synergetic with other
remedies. Any person with an invasion by Borrelia has high levels of neurotoxins
in the brain and nervous system. The neurotoxins produced by Bb are possibly
the most debilitating bacterial poisons known to man. Even after Bb spirochetes
are eliminated from the body, the neurotoxins can continue to cause a myriad
of devastating symptoms. In my practice, I use the botanical Silphex!"
in conjunction with Samento to successfully neutralize these neurotoxins."
- For additional information about Samento, contact this
herbal therapy's exclusive producer, Nutramedix, LLC, Suite 301, 900 East
Indiantown Road, Jupiter, Florida USA 33477; Tel. (800) 730-3130 or (561)
745-2917; FAX (561) 745-3017; Email: email@example.com@nutramedix.com
- Website: http://www.nutramedix.com/www.nutramedix.com.
- For comprehensive scientific information about Samento
and Lyme disease visit the Science Library of Bionatus Laboratories in
Ecuador at, http://www.samento.com.ec/www.samento.com.ec where Samento
is approved as a medicine.
- To acquire a great deal of information about the action
of Samento, log on to http://www.samento.com.ec/sciencelib/sammain.html.
- To acquire large amounts of information about Lyme disease
itself, log on to http://www.samento.com.ec/sciencelib/medmain.htmlNutramedix
also provides Samento for distribution by Allergy Research Group under
the name Prima Una de Gato.
- To acquire this branded product, contact the assigned
distributor, Allergy Research Group, 30806 Santana Street, Hayward, California
94544 U.S.A.; Tel. (800) 545-9960; website: http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/www.allergyresearchgroup.com
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