Now, I haven't decided for sure to do the Marshall Protocol. Have to talk my doctor into it first, and I have to convince myself before I do that.
Short version is: Ph.D. clinician claims to have discovered a "bacteria-like" common cause to CFS, lupus, lyme, rheumatoid arthritis, and all related autoimmune diseases. The bacteria supposedly are very tiny (so tiny that a scientist friend of mine takes issue with calling them bacteria) and very sneaky: they live in white blood cells, where the immune system can't find them. The Marshall Protocol involves taking a drug that is supposed to allow the immune system to see the bacteria and start killing them. Also other drugs to assist in the kill-off.
Vitamin D (some of which is actually a hormone) supposedly plays a large role in helping the bacteria to hide, and people with these autoimmune diseases supposedly have a Vitamin D "imbalance" or "dysregulation" (it's a lot more complicated than that). So one of the things you have to do is avoid all ingestion of Vitamin D (no "enriched" food sources, from milk to flour) and all exposure to sunlight. As if that weren't enough, the drugs also cause photosensitivity, so I will have to wear special dorky sunglasses all the time, even indoors. (Actually, those are the new "fashion" frames, so I won't have to wear the really dorky ones. )
And it will make me a lot sicker before I feel better. The Herxheimer Effect is a major part of it, from the bacteria die-off. Also, it can take two or three years to finish. I am still a little unclear on how long the hiding in a cave part will take, but I think that's at least six months.
But supposedly, at the end, I will be truly cured. I don't know whether to believe it or not. It would be horrible to go through that much misery and still be sick when I'm done. On the other hand I could put up with anything if I knew I was going to be cured. I've been sick for ten years and I don't really want the next forty to be like them.