Protocol for Borrelia and Lyme Co-Infections & Most Chronic Conditions

An informational movie on the Cowden Support Program.
This video explains how the Cowden Support Program was developed, how it works, results of recent studies, and one Lyme patient’s success story.

“In 2003, I began developing this program to help my clients achieve wellness who were experiencing various health challenges. There have been many improvements to the program throughout the years. The most common report that I hear from clients who completed this program is “I got my life back.”

Wm. Lee Cowden, MD, MD (H)

The Cowden⁺ Support Program utilizes 10 different Nutramedix products including 6 Microbial Defense herbals (3 pairs of herbals) that are taken rotationally. The first pair (Banderol and Samento) were studied in vitro by Eva Sapi, PhD and her group at the University of New Haven, Connecticut and found to eliminate all forms of Borrelia burgdorferi (spirochetes, round-body forms and biofilm forms). In that study, doxycycline antibiotic was not nearly as effective against biofilm and round body forms of Borrelia burgdorferi. Richard Horowitz, MD in New York State has found the Cowden Support Program to be effective in markedly improving the condition of 70-80% of the advanced Lyme Borreliosis patients with co-infections over 4 to 6 months time, even if the patients had previously failed to improve on multiple courses of antibiotics. Dr. Horowitz presented the findings of his use of the Cowden Support Program in a fairly large group of his patients with Lyme Borreliosis & co-infections at the ILADS conference in the fall of 2007.  More recently, a 9 month observational study with the Cowden Support Program was conducted by the Borreliose Centrum Augsburg, Germany.  Completed in 2012, this study resulted in 80% of patients showing symptomatic improvements (via questionnaire) and 90% of patients showing improvements via lab blood tests.

One of the reasons for the success of the CSP is the fact that the Microbial Defense products have broad-spectrum action against bacteria, fungi, parasites, and even viruses and they are natural anti-inflammatories and are non-toxic.  When only pharmaceuticals are used, which have a much narrower spectrum of action than these broad spectrum herbals, many late-stage Lyme patients fail to get well and symptom free because often times the pharmaceutical drugs are not able to resolve the various remaining microbial infections, deal with the immune dysregulation and gut dysbiosis, etc.  Toxicology studies at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador showed these herbs can be given to animals at thousands of times the recommended doses without changes in animal behavior or in organ histopathology.

Another reason the CSP is so successful is because of other constituents of the program.  Takuna has powerful antiviral properties and is included in the first 3 months of the program.  Stevia is included in all months of the program and has been proven to kill all forms of Borrelia and to be broad-spectrum antifungal.  The Sealantro helps to detoxify most heavy metals from the body, various biotoxins and several other man-made toxins.  The Burbur-Pinella removes toxins from the brain, spinal cord and nerves and, with Parsley, help detoxify the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, lymphatics, and interstitial spaces (the space between cells).  Sparga helps detoxify from the body the Sulfa antibiotics and other sulfa drugs that block the body's sulfation pathways and the glutathione toxin-conjugation pathways.

The Serrapeptase taken 30 minutes before food gets absorbed and breaks down biofilm and fibrin in the body.  When fibrin that covers over microbes is stripped away with Serrapeptase, the immune system and the antimicrobial products can more effectively gain access to those microbes.  When fibrin that is adhered to capillary walls is stripped away by Serrapeptase, oxygen is much more easily able to move from red blood cells into the tissues, thus converting predominantly anaerobic metabolism back into aerobic metabolism. This results in a shift from a microbe-friendly lactic acidosis tissue environment to a normal acid-base environment.

Most chronically ill patients are magnesium deficient. The Magnesium Malate is the most highly absorbable and highly utilizable form of magnesium. Approximately fifty percent of metabolic enzymes, that ultimately cause ATP energy production for the cells, require magnesium as a co-factor. And magnesium is necessary for normal heart rhythm, normal blood pressure, normal nerve and brain function, normal contraction and relaxation of skeletal muscles as well as smooth muscles in the gut, bile ducts, pancreatic ducts, etc.

The Cowden⁺ Support Program is not effective unless you are drinking 3 quarts (liters) of water throughout the day

Drinking 2-3 ounces (60-90ml) of pure drinking water every 10-15 minutes during all waking hours causes most of the water to go into the cells, hydrate the cells, mobilize toxins out of the cells & ultimately mobilize toxins out of the body (mostly through urine & feces).  Drinking large quantities of water even a few times per day does not efficiently hydrate the body nor does it mobilize toxins out of the body.

Black tea, green tea, coffee, sodas & alcoholic drinks are not hydrating.  Vegetable and some fruit juices (lemon & lime) are hydrating.  While most herbal teas are hydrating, when too much sugar is added to herbal teas, they can be dehydrating rather than hydrating; therefore, the best choice of sweeteners for herbal teas would be Nutramedix Stevia.

Patients on the CSP are encouraged to find ways to laugh each day, to avoid unnecessary stress and bad relationships, to pray or meditate each day, and to find a way to give and receive love each day, even if that means having a dog or a pet. Unconditional love is one of the most powerful healing sources in the universe.

ATTENTION: Fibers and most products that act as binders can be taken at least 30 minutes after a dose and at least 4 hours before a dose.   Certain binders such as Activated Charcoal, Calcium Bentonite Clay & Cholestyramine (Questran) should be taken ONLY as absolutely necessary to resolve a Herxheimer reaction.


10 Products



Experience the support of nature with Bromelain. NutraMedix’s Bromelain supplements contain proteolytic enzymes that are harvested from pineapple stems. Bromelain benefits may help with proteolytic enzyme support, which help facilitate the body’s normal breakdown of unneeded proteins resulting from natural body processes.ᶧ Bromelain may also help with joint health support, exercise support, and healthy inflammatory response support.ᶧ


An herbal tincture that aids detoxification of man-made toxins and biotoxins from the liver, kidney, lymphatic system and interstitial space (the space between the cells); eliminates neurotoxions from the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.


Harness the supportive power of nature with Dandelion. Used for centuries in traditional health practices, dandelion leaf may help with comprehensive health maintenance, including liver support, metabolic support, antioxidant support, and healthy inflammatory response support. It may also help with microbial support and mood support.


GlucoMedix is a combination of two extracts: Samento, produced from Uncaria tomentosa, and Stevia, produced from Stevia rebaudiana; both perennial plants from South America. Samento is made from the Uncaria tomentosa chemotype that does not contain Tetracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids (TOAs), a group of chemical antagonists that act upon the central nervous system and can greatly inhibit the positive effect of the Pentacyclic Oxindole Alkaloids (POAs).


A highly absorbable and utilizable form of magnesium which helps to maintain normal cardiovascular, muscle, nerve, bone and other cellular functions.


Benefit from the supportive blend found in Nutra-BBS+.ᶧ Nutra-BBS+ may help with a diverse range of microbial support, as well as antioxidant support and healthy inflammatory response support.ᶧ Nutra-BBS+ is made from Elecampane root (Inula helenium), Jalap root (Ipomoea purga), Artemisia annua herb (Artemisia annua), and Capirona bark (Calycophyllum spruceanum).


Are you searching for targeted support? This comprehensive formula is a synergistic blend of Samento (Uncaria tomentosa) bark, Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) leaf, and Banderol (Otoba parvifolia) bark, designed to assist with microbial support, immune system support, and healthy inflammatory response support.


Are you searching for targeted support? This comprehensive formula is a synergistic blend of Cumanda (Campsiandra angustifolia) bark and Houttuynia (Houttuynia cordata) herb, designed to assist with microbial support, immune support, and healthy inflammatory response support.


An enzyme derived from the serratia bacteria in the gut of silk worms; this enzyme digests fibrin covering over and hiding microbes in the body, digests fibrin attached to the capillary wall (thus improving oxygen transport into the tissues) and aids in the digestion of microbial biofilm.


Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory; effective against influenzas


Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory; effective against influenzas


In this Q&A session with Dr. Lee Cowden, he explains how the Cowden Support Program works and why it is highly effective. He also discusses how he got the idea to start the protocol and the source of its natural ingredients.

Description: Connie Strasheim was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and tried various treatments in an attempt to get well. Hear about how she found healing through the use of several Nutramedix products.

Learn more about the Lyme disease epidemic and the Cowden Support Program. Find out how the Cowden Support Program was developed, how it works, results of recent studies, and one Lyme patient's success story.

Dr. Lee Cowden sits with Doug Kaufmann to discuss the truths about Lyme disease. He explains why pharmaceutical antibiotics are often ineffective in treating the illness and how Nutramedix herbal extracts can provide healing.


Lyme Disease: A Hidden Epidemic

Many people think of Lyme disease as a simple illness caused by the bite of an infected tick.Though a bite may be a triggering event, this perspective is simplistic and does not take into consideration the numerous issues that both the patient and doctor must consider and treat in order to attain the best possible outcomes. Furthermore, medical literature suggests that Lyme disease is a complex illness which may be transmitted by mosquito bites, blood transfusions, sexual intercourse and many other ways.

Lyme Disease: Why This Finnish Doctor Believes in Herbs

From an early age, I had a great interest in medicine. When I was young, I thought I wanted to be a brain surgeon. Later, in medical school at the University of Turku, Finland, everything interested me. I was also lucky enough to study a course on acupuncture, something that is not normally taught in Finnish medical schools.

Samento: Borrelia burgdorferi

Lyme Disease – The most common vector-borne infectious disease in the Northern United States. Number of people diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year in the US ≈300,000. Rapidly spreading throughout Europe and northeast Asia (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). New discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years.

Samento: Lyme Disease

A tick-borne, multisystemic disease, Lyme borreliosis caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi has grown into a major public health problem during the last 10 years. The primary treatment for chronic Lyme disease is administration of various antibiotics. However, relapse often occurs when antibiotic treatment is discontinued. One possible explanation for this is that B. burgdorferi become resistant to antibiotic treatment, by converting from their vegetative spirochete form into different round bodies and/or into biofilmlike colonies.

Samento: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease was first recognized around 1975, when a mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurred around Lyme, Connecticut. In 1982, the causative agent of Lyme disease was discovered by Willy Burgdorfer. It turned out to be a spirochete (spiral-shaped bacterium) from the genus Borrelia, subsequently named Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb).

Samento: Lyme study

In a six-month prospective cohort study designed to compare the effectiveness of an alternative method of Lyme borreliosis treatment to conventional antibiotic treatment, patients receiving alternative treatment showed greater improvement based on self-reported disease symptoms, physician evaluation and clinical laboratory tests. The alternative treatment consisted of the use of Pentacyclic Alkaloid Chemotype Uncaria tomentosa, or TOA-Free Cat’s Claw, dietary and lifestyle changes, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, detoxification herbs and body pH-balancing. Conventional treatment included antibiotic treatment as recommended by the American Medical Association.

Stevia: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a tick-borne multisystemic disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. Administering antibiotics is the primary treatment for this disease; however, relapse often occurs when antibiotic treatment is discontinued. The reason for relapse remains unknown, but recent studies suggested the possibilities of the presence of antibiotic resistant Borrelia persister cells and biofilms.