MLA Presents: Free Fridays with Dr. Karen Vrchota, MD

Presentation Notes

Karen Vrchota MD
Retired Family Practice and Integrative Health physician

Working to restore health in self and others for the good of the Lyme community and for all people hoping to uncover a better version of themselves.

The Basics:

Support for healing the person with chronic infections:



  • Morely Robbins has ideas on how to modify the chronic inflammatory response that is resulting in multiple chronic inflammatory diseases. While I do not endorse everything he says, I have seen implement ting the Root Cause Protocol reverse Covid Anemia and reverse atrial fibrillation on 3 occasions, and reverse symptoms of congestive heart failure on 2 occasions.
  • “Magnesium deficiency and increased inflammation: current perspectives” J Inflamm Res. 2018; 11: 25–34.Published online 2018 Jan 18

Summary of Different types of Magnesium each is about 125 mg.

  • Goal is to work up to about 1000-1800 mg daily spread throughout the day.
  • Magnesium Chloride– a good all round source of magnesium, can be used trans-dermal on skin
  • or baths, found in mineral drops
  • Magnesium Glycinate– often calming so a good one for nighttime
  • Magnesium Malate– Relaxes muscles, can be a stimulating magnesium so good for start of day
  • Magnesium Oxide/Magnesium Hydroxide– good in small doses throughout the day, the hydroxide version is good for making magnesium bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Sulphate– small oral doses, best in bath
  • Magnesium Taurate and Orotate– cardiovascular health
  • Magnesium Threonate – brain injuries, PTSD, depression, neuro conditions, anxiety (though many other types of magnesium can be suitable too – it is individual to what you may tolerate)
  • Magnesium bicarbonate(Mag Water) -or “Ionic Fizz”  improves absorption
  • “MagSRT” “B Free” has Magnesium as dimagnesium malate 125 mg and malic acid 359mg as DiMagnesium Malate. Take in morning.
  • Regular MagSRT has B6 as P5p 1.25 mg and folate as Quatrefolate 50mcg folate equivalent units.
  • Both are energizing and should be taken in the morning.

Supplements Karen Vrchota 01-19-24

People often ask me what I take, and rather than take up our time together to elucidate all my supplements, I have summarized my list below. It is a work in progress; when I learn something new, I add it and notice if there is a change. When a therapy like Acupuncture has helped, I try to eliminate 3-5 supplements and see if I can get get by with less.

I am certainly not recommending these for everyone, I take them for specific conditions that improve when I take them, or because I have specific SNPs (Genetic aberrations) which say I need biologic work-around.

My “Powders

  • Marine Collagen 2 scoops daily-rebuild collagen destroyed by Borrelia
  • Perfect Amino’s 1 scoop daily- base for building immunity
  • Organika Spirulina one scoop daily -Energy and immunity
  • Isotonix OPC3 with Marine Pine Bark to support slippery RBCs one small capful, reversed my Raynaud’s blood vessel constriction in my hands.
  • Jigsaw Adrenal Cocktail one scoop daily-rebuild magnesium stores
  • Psillium husk powder one scoop to support elimination

Caps I take with powders (4 hours from Thyroid to support normal Magnesium metabolism.)

  • Root Cause Protocol (as I understand it)
  • Mag SRT 2caps (VitC 10mg ascorbyl palmitate, B6 5mg, Folate (Quatrefolate), B12 and DiMagnesium malate 100mg/tablet)
  • MagMalate 500 mg one cap(to support muscle relaxation)
  • Magnesium Threonate (support memory )Magtein brand one cap daily
  • MagTaurate 125 mg one daily (combines magnesium and taurine, two minerals that support heart health, blood pressure, blood sugar, brain health, mental health, stress and insomnia control.)
  • Alaskan Cod Liver Oil (Jigsaw) one capsule daily
  • Acerola Cherry PURE 135mg daily as food based Vit C source
  • Natrelo Vit E 1 capsule daily natural souce Vitamin E
  • Later: MagGlycinate 120 mg 2 at bedtime

Daily support of Energy, Mental Clarity, Memory, Healthy Detox, control inflammation.

  • FibroProtek one cap daily (CoQ10, L-Carnitine, Luteolin, Quercitin) Mitochondrial support
  • MaculoHealth one daily support Retinal health
  • P5P 50 one daily Active B6 50 mg nerve health
  • EstroDIM one daily to support normal clearance on estrogens
  • Lithium Orotate 5 mg daily support memory
  • Turmeric 50 mg 2 daily support control of inflammation
  • L-Lysine 500 mg 2 once-twice daily to prevent cold sore outbreaks
  • Resveratrol Paradise Herbs 2 once-twice daily (supports immunity, circulation, memory)
  • Huperzine A one daily Brain health

If I start to get sick:

  • Biocidin Throat spray 2 spray every 2-4 hours until well (Really helps sore throat)
  • Biocidin LPS one squirt under tongue every 4 hours until well. (Helps me clear virus and bacteria)
  • Chuan Xin Lian 2 twice daily Traditional Chinese Medicine supports clearing infections.
  • Gemmotherapy: please have on hand:
  • Black Poplar
  • Black Currant
  • Dog Rose
  • Walnut
  • Oak
  • Sweet Chestnut

If Covid Symptoms:

  • First 48 hours
  • Gemmotherapies from
  • Black Currant 5 drops
  • Oak 2-5 drops (less if you are very sensitive).
  • Black Poplar 5 drops may decrease viral spread from cell to cell.
  • Gemmotherapy Support in Covid
  • Choose one NeuroSupport
  • Dog Rose 2-5 drops if feeling desperate and fragile and grasping out for support
  • Walnut 2-5 drops if feel down and irritable and like isolating
  • Oat: Need for grounding (Feel an inside voice calling for “Mama”)
  • Hops: reaching for external support
  • Silver Lime: Need for reconnection
  • Sea Buckthorn: Need for mental clarity (often referred to as sunshine in a bottle)

Symptom support :

  • Blueberry Gemmo to support circulation to eyes, ears, body.(This is NOT the same as blueberry juice)
  • Black Honeysuckle 3-5 drops up to 3xd loosens secretions and helps them flow.
  • Sweet Chestnut 3-5 drops up to 3xd  helps release breathing restriction
  • Lithy 3-5 drops up to 3xd if wheezing is present
  • Horse chestnut and Sweet Chestnut 3-5 drops up to 3xd if heaviness in lungs, swelling in lymph and veins.
  • Silver Lime 5 drops daily-rebuild neuro connection and helps restore sense of smell

Oak and Black Currant can be continued beyond the initial 3 days under the directions of Gemmotherapist if markers of inflammation are high (D-dimer and CRP) Reach out to Gemmotherapy Consultant