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Hi Divermon. I think the dairy issue is significant. I believe that taking dairy, iron and magneisum productes within two hours of taking the Doxy will interfere with its absorption.

It is very important to be tested for the co-infections Babesiosis, both types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. IgeneX can test for all of these except Mycoplasma. Some Lyme doctors use MDL in NJ for Mycoplasma testing.

Many Lyme doctors believe co-infections need to be treated first for Lyme treatment to be effective. This has been true in my case. Being co-infected can affect treatment choice and progress. For example, Babesiosis is similar to malaria and needs to be treated with an anti-malarial (often Mepron) together with an antibiotic (Zithromax, Biaxin, or Ketek). Many non-Lyme doctors are not even aware of the co-infections or how prevalent they are.

It is important to see a doctor who is familiar with all of these diseases and who will know by your response or lack of response to treatment what the best course of action should be. If this doctor is not familiar with these infections and treatment, I would recommend seeing someone who is.

Many doctors follow outdated treatment protocols, like the one who said two weeks of treatment is enough. This is one reason why people get sicker. Untreated and under-treated Lyme disease and co-infections can be serious.

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