Babesia, like malaria, is a parasite that jumps inside the red blood cells, the difference from malaria is that “our” Babesia bugs jump in pairs and even three of them inside one same red globule, meaning its two or three times worse than malaria. 


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The difference is that malaria kills faster because it invades the liver and the brain and it’s so fast the person could die in weeks, but, at the same time, those bugs can be killed faster with special medicines that are given depending on the specific type of the malariaparasite, if it is the traditional “Plasmodium Vivax” people are treated with Aralen, Chloroquine , and in a week people are recovered; if it is the bad Falsiparum the medicine is called very similar to the bug, “Falsidar’ some places call it “Fansidar” and same as before in less than a week the person is up after having terrible fevers. If not treated the malaria goes to the brain and then kills, but I’ve seen people recovering in a week after their brains were already infected. In the US and other places of the world still some consider Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for treating malaria and the herb “Artemisin” or Artemisinin is the new way to treat – not very well accepted in my home country because the results are not as expected; they really deal with this disease every day and have been treating it successfully for so many years- but again that is another discussion, point here is Babesia. Oh and I almost forgot to mention malaria treatments very used these days by US Drs are medicines called Atovaquone and proguanil (Malarone), we call them “the yellow liquids”. Just to mention also the older medicine developed to treat malaria called Quinine sulfate (Qualaquin) and the synthetic analogue of quinine,  the brand name drug Lariam also known as Mefloquine . These names are IMPORTANT because Drs are treating Babesia with antimalarials but the results are NOT as expected, in fact I heard of a patient who died recently while being treated with Aralen and Plaquenil.

Let me detail a bit more about Babesia: compared to malaria the Babesia is much more “evolved” unfortunately, so it spreads inside the red blood cells like her sister disease but instead in concentrating in two organs it goes to explore more places to live and in doing this by not killing the host she gets to live longer; so if Babesia doesn’t kill that fast is kinda of good giving a bit more time to treat, but this also makes it stronger and it won’t die that fast either and because its spreads everywhere it makes it almost impossible to eradicate. So it spreads and spreads, hiding into tissues and filling all the spaces she finds, from the blood to the brain, to the glands, to the heart and organs, to the belly and bones and muscles, reproducing like crazy having to share the space with so many they even share the red blood cells where the feed and travel. Parenthesis, yes Babesia is so big it can be seen in the microscope when the blood is looked at directly, but did you know most labs never get to look at the blood itself? So no one sees there is a buggie or two inside the red blood cell so it’s not diagnosed nor treated. Back to topic, so if lucky and the Dr prescribes specifically for this test probably most labs won’t even have it in their list – I remember going to the hospital lab and no one knowing what we were talking about and they end up doing something that came back with a result saying “no malaria in sample”; but if after all Babesia is found, or if the caring Dr decides to treat by clinical symptoms, the treatment is harder because one week of treatment will never even get even closer to the cure as the malaria. The point is, maybe if Babesia could be deciphered as the malaria was, and if the treatment is given specifically depending on the type of Babesia, maybe we could get better, cured, and faster like malaria patients?

But please do not MISTAKE this idea by treating the Babesia with the same medicine used for malaria because anti-malarials work by immune suppression, did you guys know that? How come in the US and the world many Doctors are treating the Babesia with the same medications for the malaria, knowing these patients are immune-compromised with Lyme disease and multiple infected with co-infections and such? Lyme Disease patients cannot, must not, take medications that can lower their immune system because the other infections and the “opportunistic” bugs will all grow without control. It’s like killing the snakes but letting the rats and insects take over, and the risk is not worth taken, I’ve seen it over and over. Sooo many friends being treated with Atovaquone, with Artemisinin or Plaquenil? The ones that take the herbal do much better but their “Babs” is not cleared up; the ones with the Atovaquone or Malarone get “temporary” benefits and seem to get better even though these medicines alone are so strong they make sick even the healthiest one, but again the relapses are so often that I doubt if it kills the bug or just puts them in a “pause mode” for a while; but the ones that get so much worse are the ones taking the Plaquenil, to the point I just heard of a woman who died after taking it, Plaquenil and Aralen in longer term destroy the stomach and the heart that’s already weakened by the Babesia; these are for very short time treatments, not for Lyme. And still it is crazy to hear people are given Plaquenil after reading these investigations that show that Plaquenil knows as a “cyst buster’ is indeed a “cyst inducer”, can you believe it? Plaquenil as Doxycicline kill the bacteria or parasite they touch, but they lets the 90% of the bugs remaining alive and they go into hiding and get resistant and then no one can get rid of them.

Breaks my heart seeing people with cancer being treated with strong Chemotherapy knowing their immune system will be burned out and their weak bodies are left to get sicker and die from multiple infections… patients with Babesia and Lyme share a similar situation and need to be properly treated and have tons of support protocols to fortify the body during and after treating.

(Well, really until the date I have not heard of anyone having Falsidar to treat the Babesiosis which was one way I really wanted to try out, being the Babesia parasite “similar” to the falsiparum parasite of malaria, but I could never get to try the Flasidar because it is restricted in the world, by the governments, so the guerrilla and drug traffickers won’t benefit from it and die of malaria when they live hidden in the jungle – also the victims of kidnapping that are held hostages in the jungle, and us pay with our health, but that’s another topic).

So which is the wayto treat Babesia? Guided by Dr Q recommendations Anthelmintics are the way! Why? Because they can kill bacteria and parasites but would not suppress the immune system. Dr Eva Sapi studied Tindamax, I guess because it is the new generation of the group and she said she had good results with it but, personally the “Tindi” didn’t do much for me. Flagyl (Metronidazole) is much better, the problem again is dosing because it seems that some US Drs have a book that teaches them stronger treatments that can blow the liver and the heart, so no need to take more than 750 mgs a day but can do it for two weeks. Alternate with Ivermectin is a good choice too. I had very low doses once a week of ivermectin for very long time and it made a difference in my Lymie life, I don’t feel now that the cells of my body are exploding, this treatment got rid of this symptom plus, I regained my memory, and my neurological functions!!! From the stronger anthelmintics Ivermectin is the one that can be taken longer; don’t take Albendazole for more than a month because studies shown with children found that they were presenting damages in their Central Nervous system with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s so, beware of longer treatments. Dr K. uses anthelmintics in high doses but alternating them every two weeks, sometimes he gives various antiparasitics in the same day, but shorter treatments; the problem with this is that most Lymies cannot detoxify so many complain with this type of protocol which I think was created for the patients who could stay at the clinic and have colonics and detoxing treatments every day, but for the regular patients such strong killing could even be sickening.

My Colombian Dr JEQP explained to me that the toxicity of the condition could be deduced by the size of the “dose multiplied by three”. He said, just the medicine itself is a toxic load to an organism that is very sick full of infections with a low immune system to protect the body, so this dose cannot be high regardless of the amount of infection or how long it has been spreading in the body. The dose has to be strong enough to kill the bugs but not the host! Then when the medicine kills the bugs, just the dead bodies of these become a huge toxic load in the organism, they are hundreds and thousands and are located in so many places of the body that are very difficult to get rid of them, then think about what happens when these bugs die? They release their toxins – their poop is the one that makes us sicker- so the body gets all their toxins released all at the same time. (Mainstream medicine calls this a Herx, a symptom of disease caused by the treatment, and many have learned that they “need to get sicker to get better”, but I think this is partially true and just to make a short point about this I will say that many Drs have covered their inefficacy to treat lyme with this sentence. My Col Dr taught me to “test” the treatment and if in two or max three weeks I couldn’t feel any kind of recovery, the protocol should be reconsidered, changed or add something and this has been very valuable in my way to recovery). Back to the toxicity level when treating, there is a never mentioned situation that is very dangerous for us, the dead parasites that we cannot detoxify will decompose and create huge fungal infections in our blood and everywhere in our bodies, this alone is a deadly condition! (Read Dr Ingrid Naiman “When Parasites Die” So I don’t understand why mainstream medicine doesn’t “enforces” detoxing and anti-fungal treatments as part of the protocol to treat Babesia, Lyme and co’infections if this is vital to survival and recovery? Imagine having to clean the blood of bacteria, parasites, viruses and now fungal infections? (Dr Shoemaker is very strong declaring that Lyme is mainly fungal, here a piece of the interview I did to him when he came to a Conference in Florida

The biggest problem is letting down the guard thinking you already treated for Babesia and you are done, that can change someone’s recovery or life. Babesia takes very long time treatments and if there is one parasite in the blood that is enough to get sick again later on so even though you think you treated keep doing “maintenance treatments’ every 21 days or at least every three months. Babesia is a life sucker and it is as bad or more as malaria.

So here is my “political question” why is our USA Government so dedicated to eradicate malaria in Africa and doesn’t take care of Babesia and Lyme spreading fast here? I’m not saying to not help Africa but to take care of the problem here too the government can handle both with no problem right? And to Merck and other pharmaceuticals, why you guys give Ivomec for free in Africa and you don’t even sell it here in the US so we could be properly treated? Charity starts by home, or so I thought!