Dr. Cowden is a board certified Cardiologist and Specialist in
Internal Medicine. Internationally known and recognized for his proficient technique in the use of Evaluative
Kinesiology, Dr Cowden has refined treatment protocols for Cancer, Lyme disease, Autism, Parkinson’s disease,
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, as well as many other medical conditions including Reversing Heart and Vascular
Watch interview (9/17/12):
Dr. Cowden is the author or co-author of
several publications and books including:
An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer,
1997 Alternative Medicine guide to Heart Disease,
1998 Cancer Diagnosis; What to do next,
2000 Longevity, An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide, 2001
In addition to these publications, Dr
Cowden was also on the editorial board for: Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide, (First Edition, 1993;
Second Edition, 2002) and contributed to Alternative Medicine Guide to Heart Disease 1998 and several other books.
Dr. Cowden is the co-founder of the Academy of Bio-Energetic and Integrative Medicine of North Texas (2002). ABEIM
is an organization that sponsors health seminars for health professionals and lay public locally, nationally and
internationally. He is also an International Integrative Medicine Health Educator who has given presentations in
USA, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Taiwan, England, the Netherlands,
Curacao, Dominican Republic, Singapore and Malaysia.
Cowden's original program (pre-2009) consisted of a diet appropriate
for the blood type (according to Dr. D'Adamo), dry brush message daily for detoxification, laughter, positive
affirmations, magnesium, enzymes and pH balancing - all in the first two weeks. There was a significant improvement
with just that. The samento was withheld until the third week, when the subjects were deemed strong enough to
withstand the possible Herxheimer (die-off) reaction.
The product name is Prima Uña de Gato (Samento). It's a form of cat's claw from
the Peruvian jungle that's superior to typical forms. The beneficial effects of most cat's claw preparations are
blunted by the content of TOA (tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids), which inhibit the real active agents, called POA
(pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids). The latter, more favorable compounds are known to modulate and up-regulate the
immune system. Many commercially available cat's claw preparations contain up to 80 percent TOA. As little as one
percent TOA can reduce POA effectiveness up to 80 percent.
In addition, the specific species of TOA-free cat's claw contains considerable
quantities of quinovic acid glycosides. These compounds are what the latest generation of quinolone antibiotics
(such as Cipro) are based on. The natural compounds provide safe and significant direct antimicrobial effects on
Treatment with TOA-free cat's claw isn't an overnight sensation. It can take a
long treatment process because of the variety of forms of Bb, the long length of time it can exist in your body in
the CWD form, and because it can hide out in cells into which it has burrowed. It's only when they emerge that they
are susceptible to your white cells, and in the mature spirochete form that they are sensitive to attack by
antibiotics or the immune system, as well as the improved cat's claw.
Dr. Cowden has many, many happy patients who credit
him for their recovery from Lyme disease.
Dr. Horowitz, who has treated over 11,000 Lyme patients recommends this protocol when
antibiotics don't work. He claims that 70% of his patients recover using this protocol however, we don't know how
sick these 70% are or how long they were on the protocol, or what other techniques or treatments they applied
during their recovery. We also have no way of knowing if these people relapsed later and changed
Since the change in his protocol, I am
not as clear about the statistics due to the monetary reward for people to promote the program. Basically, anyone
can take the products and if they recover or don't is a statistic we will never know.
Following is a rundown of each product
in the new protocol albeit written by a skeptic but certainly worthy of serious consideration.
"Dissecting the Cowden
After several months of trying to treat late stage Lyme
disease, I sought the wisdom of a naturopath who is experienced in treating Lyme. She recommended to me the Cowden
Protocol, for she had found it to be quite helpful for her patients over the years.
I balked when I saw the cost of the full protocol,
averaging about $500 a month. I decided I needed to do some research before I took the plunge. Below, you will find
the fruits of my labor.
I decided that some products in the protocol may be
useful and worth getting from Cowden’s company, Nutramedix. Some other products also seem useful but are easily
available elsewhere for less money. And some are products for which I’m having trouble finding a use.
In making these choices, I consulted a licensed
pharmacist who runs natural drug store and stocks the Nutramedix products included in Cowden’s protocol.
Many of these products have limited or no scientific
research regarding their use or safety, so using them involves some experimentation and risk.
P.S. I know that some readers of this will disagree with
my choices. People have a variety of philosophies about using alternative treatments. Some people are really into
alternative medicine, and some people are unwilling to try much without substantial scientific evidence of its
effectiveness. I personally am pretty open but try to be informed. You may think that I’m being too critical of
Cowden’s protocol, or you may think I’m not being critical enough. I ask you to be kind if you choose to respond to
this. Lymeland can get pretty nasty sometimes.
So here it goes….
ADRENAL–It is a fairly widespread belief that Lymies have weak
adrenals. I don’t know if that is true or not, but there are tons of adrenal support supplements available if you
think you need something. The herbs used in Cowden’s adrenal tincture are all pretty common and have a variety of
uses. I don’t know nearly enough to know if this combination is especially helpful for adrenal fatigue.
Schizandra, Astragalus, and Ginseng are all used in
traditional Chinese medicine, which is way over my head. Ginseng and Astragalus are in lots of
touted online right now for weight loss and as a cure-all drug. It is rich in phytochemicals. It comes
from the mountains of Georgia (the country) and is commonly used there as tea. It’s supposedly the reason
that so many Georgians live past 100.
AMANTILLA -This is just valerian root extract, which is quite
popular for calming anxiety and as a sleep aid. The U.S. government has a fact sheet at http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/valerian.asp I think it would make sense to be cautious
about taking this if you’re already taking antidepressants, sleep aids, etc.
BANDEROL –I have found very little information on this, and
Nutramedix hasn’t supplied a full species name. My guess is that they are using Otoba novogranatensis. I
read here http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14097602 that it’s shown some usefulness
against parasites. I’m not trying it for now.
BURBUR –Cowden includes Burbur leaf extract in his protocol as a
gentle detoxifier that is useful during herxes. He uses the leaves Desmodium molliculum. If you google
Desmodium molliculum you’ll see that some sites sell it as Manayupa, but I can’t find much information about
the species. There is a lot more information available about a sister species, Desmodium adscendens, and its
various uses here http://www.rain-tree.com/amorseco.htm. I can’t figure out if there’s a significant
difference between the two species. I’m guessing not. D. adscendens is available in bulk at Raintree’s
website. Update: I have used this herb in a tea on and off for a while now. It does seem to provide
some soothing when I am having a die-off. See more about Burbur in Henk’s comments below.
CUMANDA –Cumanda is only available from Nutramedix. It’s
traditionally used as an antimalarial, among other things. Read more about it here http://www.rain-tree.com/campsiandra.htm. This site notes that its use for Lyme disease
may all be hype. On the other hand, Lyme is often treated by drugs used for malaria like doxycycline or plequenil,
so maybe using Cumanda isn’t totally ridiculous. I honestly don’t know. I am trying it. Update: I
tried Cumanda for several months. I never got the sense that it made any significant difference for me.
See more about Cumanda in Henk’s comments below.
ENULA –Nutramedix markets Enula as an antimicrobial. I haven’t
found anything that indicates that this tincture is anything unique. It consists of three ingredients; only the
Elecampane seems useful.
Vitis tiliafolia- It seems that this is known in
Jamaica as Blood Wiss. I can’t find any information about its use.
Ipomoea jalapa -This mainly has been used
traditionally to loosen stools.
MAGNESlUM MALATE –Magnesium can be gotten very cheaply, though supposedly
some forms are less effective than others. I don’t know enough to know if the Nutramedix version is a good choice
in terms of quality and cost. My pharmacist told me that magnesium aspertate is a good choice.
MORA- Mora seems to have been designed primarily as an
antifungal agent. It has three ingredients. Available at Amazon.
Blackberry leaf is used for mild diarrhea and sore
throats but I haven’t found any evidence that it’s used as an antimicrobial.
Yarrow flower- There’s a good description of Yarrow
here I’ve seen it used in anti-nflammatory and antifungal remedies too.
used traditionally as a general antimicrobial. Read more about it here. You can get it at Amazon here.
PARSLEY- Parsley is believed to be good for detoxifying because
it has lots of chlorophyll You can get it fresh in the supermarket or even grow it yourself.
PINELLA –Nutramedix says that it uses the bark of Pimpinella
anisum. It claims that it’s great for reducing inflammation and for detoxifying the brain and nervous system,
which helps with brain fog (see http://www.bionatus.com/nutramedix/pdfs/Pinella_flyer.pdf).
Pimpenella anisum is more commonly known as Anise. The anise seed is a common spice that has been used
for millennia. I cannot find any other source that discusses using the bark of the plant, so it’s possible
that the bark has some special properties different from the seed. No description that I’ve seen of the
herb’s usage includes much about detoxification. The plant, however, has been used traditionally in some
parts of the world as a mild stimulant. Perhaps this is why users feel more clearheaded when using
QUINA-The main active ingredient in Quina is Quinine, which was
an early antimalarial. The FDA put out a warning in 2006 about Quinine (see http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=78097) Apparently, misuse of
quinine can cause some nasty side effects, including death, so please only use this product under your doctor’s
SAMENTO-This is more commonly known as Cat’s Claw, and research
has shown that it’s effective for Lyme disease. Cheaper varieties are easy to find, but my pharmacist said that
Nutramedix is a good source. Update: I’ve learned a lot more about Cat’s Claw since I originally wrote
this. Nutramedix sells a form of the herb that is supposedly superior because it is “TOA free.”
Apparently the claims of superiority of TOA free Cat’s Claw are based upon two rather poorly designed research
studies that were done by the company that has a patent on TOA-free Clat’s Claw. Buhner, the author of
Healing Lyme says that it is best to use the whole herb. I buy it at Amazon from NOW. You can read more about the
TOA controversy here http://www.rain-tree.com/toa-poa-article.htm
SERRAPEPTASE-It seems that some research has shown that this is good
at breaking down dead tissue, and it’s included in the Cowden protocol because of a theory that it can break down
the cyst form of Lyme. I get the impression that this is all pretty hypothetical, but perhaps not totally
farfetched. I’m giving it a try using the Nutramedix version. Update: I tried it. I can’t tell
if it did anything. I’m really rather dubious about this product. Wikipedia currently says that
there’s no evidence that this product does anything.
SPARGA-This is asparagus root. I have not found anything that
says that asparagus has any medicinal use beyond making your urine smell kind of interesting. Update: With
more research I found the following. Here is some information on medicinal uses for asparagus http://earthnotes.tripod.com/asparagus.htm Nutramedix claims that asparagus is good for
detoxing sulfur. Some people <i>do</i> smell sulfur in their urine after consuming
asparagus, but the smell is coming from compounds in the asparagus. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus#Urine) There may be a variety of benefits to
asparagus, but it might make more sense to just eat the whole vegetable.
TRACE MINERALS-The trace mineral blend from Nutramedix is a proprietary
blend of 70 minerals and has been infused with calming energies (see http://www.bionatus.com/nutramedix/pdfs/tracemin_flyer_Bs.pdf) Nutramedix claims that the
minerals are in a form that is more easily absorbed by the body. Personally, I’m not sure it’s worth the $60 a
month that it will cost if used as directed by the Cowden protocol. Most good multivitamins include trace
ZEOLITE- This is used for heavy metal chelation. I don’t know
enough to comment on its usefulness. Chelation, however, should really only be done under the supervision of a
qualified health practitioner.