I have both of his books and have started to reread them. In the second book especially he goes into great scientific detail of what is happening in the body once one has been bitten. I was amazed yesterday to read his writing on guess what? ...IDO1 AND IDO2 as per @HTester plus the connection to tryptophan plus one ends up with high quinoline and kynuerenine only I am pretty sure that he says that in chronic Lyme one would benefit from extra tryptophan which I believe is the opposite of what Dr Phair thinks.
The other thing that stood out for me was lots of discussion of what the borrelia bacteria do to the COLLAGEN and how it degrades it all over the body and brain and is responsible for many of the symptoms. I am only a 1/4 of the way through the latest book and this is what has stood out for me so far.
I did have a positive Lyme tests from a German Lab which is licensed in that country but not recognised by the NHS (not Armin's lab but he was the director at the time of the German lab) so I have tended to ignore the results. However after rereading part of Stephen Buhner's book it really makes me think it is highly possible I do have chronic Lyme especially as I regularly went with my dogs to the New Forest where Lyme is endemic.
I also have the collagen issue and the high quinolate and kynuerate but I am only 1/4 way through the book!
Actually I think that there are 4 lyme books by SHB on Amazon, there are 2 revisions of one book and three on the SHB website.
I purchased Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma not for lyme specifically but for ideas on Mycoplasma sp. which I believe could be the micro-organism causing my CFS. I have since found other Chinese herbs which are considerably more effective than the herbs that SHB recommends for Mycoplasma. Every bit might make the difference and I am not 100% sure of what I am dealing with, I only know the location and the quantity of relatively large infections.
SHB recommends Herba Houttuyniae as a primary herb to use against Mycoplasma sp. However he does also recommend the No. 1 Chinese herb Isatidis as the top herb to use. Many of the other Chinese herbs are considerably more effective than Herba Houttuyniae. Herba Houttuyniae does have some effect against a number of viruses for people who are still chasing that falsehood.
I have seen a number of people on this forum where lyme could be contributing to some of their problems like you suggest with collagen if people consider the factors which could be contributing to their problems. Lyme does scavenge most nutrients, it cannot make it's own. It also scavenges all the manganese it can get which can create a deficiency of manganese SOD2 which is used by the mitochondria. That could be what contributes to the energy problems in Lyme. They do this to help protect them against the human immune system's superoxide radicals which are used to destroy invading micro-organisms.
Essential oils as listed in the articles that I posted earlier can be effective against the bacterial forms that contribute to chronic lyme.
Essential Oil Safety - A Guide for Health Care Professionals is useful to check the safety of essential oils.
I have been on pretty high dose abx for over a year now and haven't had any major problems. I am strict with AM and PM probiotics and avoiding sugary/inflammatory foods as well as antifungals like pau d'arco. No benefit from them killing the infections yet but no adverse health problems
It made me nervous before taking them and that's why I took the herbal route first. Last resort was abx but it hasn't been problematic. Also, I occasionally get that toxic feeling after taking them but it works through, or detoxing will take the edge off. I just have to be careful with detox because the dehydration can be a huge problem