WARNING: CAT DISEASES THAT CAN INFECT HUMANS:
A few years ago, I was holding a sick cat (mucus coming out of nose and eyes) who sneezed! I felt mucus enter my eye. SPLATT. An hour later I had a massive sore throat, HIGH FEVER, my body did NOT recognize the bug so it flew over me. In a day I had bronchitus, sour odor in the green phlegm in the lung and it lasted 15 days total-- getting worse each day, with chills, bone aches, inability to move from bed. I tended it with OJ, carrot juice, exotic herbs like echinecea, astralagus and Vit C. Neither California herbs nor my immune system recognized the bug. Disease progressed into a lung bronchitis with bad chest/lung phlegm (in spite of my vegie lifestyle, "mucus-free" California root and nut diet, no dairy, no meat.) MYCOPLASMA PNEUMONIA JUST PLOWED ME UNDER for a half month total. I had time to think about the cat that did this to me.
The sprayer cat had chronic respiratory problems from a kitten disease which sheíd survived. MOST of my kittens died of it. Virus or Bacteria became resident in her even as an adult. She had a weird odor when disease peaked. Every year sheíd get a sort of bad outrbreak and wheeze with phelgm. And the smell came back and I had to keep her away from other cats. AS MY phlegm had same odd odor, this reinforced feeling that I caught a CAT disease. Also the mild conjunctivitus is typical of mycoplasma. In cats, they have pus coming out of tear ducts, red mucosa in eye. I would put neosporin original formula in the eye but handling the cat, catch the whole disease myself, (in later years when I learned to stay away from infected cats.) Now, many of them recovered as I did, and some died of it. But the cats had this identical smell-LUNG problem. I knew it was the same disease in all the flock as their PHLEGM had that characteristic odor. When I GOT THE DISEASE it gave me the most violent fever Iíve ever had, joint pain, really bad phlegm lung, unlike flus from my first 40 years of life...and the thing lasted so LONG and was so violent, I knew that I didnít have any little flu or COLD virus that Iíd had before in my life. THIS WAS NEW. (It becomes resident, hits you when your immune system is down. Latter infections were either characterised by a long battle of immune system, sore throat, fever, then it would go away, Or as I got older it would go right to my joints which suddenly were painful and cracking, brittle and scary as the bacterium go into joints. But they can go into heart: http://www.rain-tree.com/myco.htm .)
I learned about mycoplasma as I went web surfing. Try looking for search terms "mycoplasma pneumoniae," or "walking pneumonia" (it becomes long lasting.) Add search terms like feline or cat. Also joints. As the bacterium go into joints giving sudden arthritis symptoms, out of nowhere.
I'd stumble on vets' websites, who knew about zooitic pneumonias. There they analyze many diseases. Click on "lung diseases" and find the names of all the different cat lung diseases. I looked at a lot of websites finally realizing that the the lung disease that was in my cats eyes and nose was not distemper, it was myco plasma pneumonia. And as I looked into that disease, I found that joints were affected which is what I had. Sudden onset arthritic joints.. The research also told me that the bacteria is RESIDENT even after major symtomsm subside. When immune system is weakened, it pops up with a sore throat first, enlarged throat glands, then it goes down into the lung of man and cat alike. Cats get a runny, pus-filled, red-eye infection that can cause blindness and can spread through the entire tribe knocking half of them out. Spraying the vapor or spit affects human and cat alike. I don't know about cat's joints, none ever mentioned it but in humans, joint pain is a real clue that it's not PLAIN PNEUMONIA.
Surfing the web I also read that this MYCO BUG is implicated in immune system collapse, not AIDS, more like CHRONIC FATIGUE. Worst news: it's been weaponized by the American government so that there are super varieties running around. Probably not the ones common cats have, right, but a super version the troops got in Iraq. Read this:
Now the facts are that fully half of the cats in USA have AIDS so the prevelance of mycoplasma also makes sense. So then I look up the medicine required to knock it out, find this: "Antibiotics such as penicillin, which attacks bacterial cell walls, are ineffective in this instance, since mycoplasma lacks a true cell wall. Several antibiotics eliminate mycoplasma effectively, such as: Tylosin, Minocycline, Neomycin, Tetracycline and Gentamycin." So any vet will give it to you. Or order MYNOX: online http://www.minerva-biolabs.com/en/downloads.html
But while you wait to get the pills, it is incumbent upon you to give a holistic diet to get the IMMUNE SYSTEM weakness to back off. I find that food allergins like GRAIN based kibble, give the cat such a mucus overload that he gets ill all over again. So a myco kitty requires real meat for life. I boil chicken, fridge broth, skim fat off for soapmaker pals. I may use broth on kibble occas, but that boiled meat is their mainstay. PET DIET
Cat fanciers who tell you that your cat requires kibble are duped by corporative propaganda. ANY animal that eats grain is sickly. Cows only need all those antibiotics because farmers took them off the grass diet. So give genuine meat, preferably raw as EVEN COOKING real meat is not natural. I'd give steak, chicken, tuna fillets raw if a.) I could afford it and b.) I thought there were no parasites in the flesh. PORK we know has parasites so never that one. But if I had WHOLE FOODS beef, tuna, salmon, chicken, rabbit and could afford it, I'd give it raw. But the cheap supermarket meat I can afford definitely was factory farmed and I have to cook it.
Holistic writers on the internet have created websites with researches on fact this new, wide-spread plague of auto immune diseases in humans may be caused by contact with cats. They call it a bacteria, not a virus, some describe it as a FERN LIKE SPORE....but researchers point out that it can become resident and I do note that for a while after having the disease, whenever I got tired or worn out, I got the sore throat glands and fever together and it could last a few days while my Immune system worked it over. My immune system always wins.
And then even those 'mini bouts' stopped. No out and out lung phegm results. The fever and sore glands seems to beat it. But itís a bother as itís a few days of CHILLS and feverish feelings, and sleepiness, etc. But my antibodies now recognize that spore or bacteria. NO LONGER do I go into that massive high fever, (103), achey joints, laid out in bed-lung infection.
When Iím in good health, I beat the MYCO BUG in two days. You can feel your immune system go "HUH?" And you fever up, get swollen throat glands and then it backs off but if Iím having a hard life, not sleeping, not eating well, (meaning I had any food with flour in it,) the FIGHTING can last a week and I LOSE. I went on a healthfood diet for a long time so for decades I didn't get even mini-bouts, but I am aware that when immune sys is down, it is still there. Meaning the senior's "friend," old age pneumonia can be mycoplasma left over from their being cat owners!
ALL of this means that your usual penicillin is not going to work. IT means a culture would be req'd or just assume it's a myco (spore) and treat with minocycline. In adult humans. (Same in really old cats who get that lung/mucus affliction. It tends to leap to the eyes, infect and blind eyes at that point. Neosporin original formula works as a topical ointment.) Lemon/water eye bathing to clean the area works. And if phelgm, holding the puss over steaming onions vaporub in boiling water, with towel over his head.
So hereís what I learned on the web, and Iíll quote from my notes: "Examination of the joints of Lupus, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers have turned up the very common, feline, mycoplasma bacteria. (It is not really a bacteria, & info on that weird fact follows BELOW) There are 20 known species of Mycoplasma found in sheep, pigs, goats and calves, animals that we generally don't live with but do consume. Does ingestion of rare meat cause this disease to transfer to our bodies? This might be the case if it weren't for one peculiar piece of evidence: the Mycoplasma bacterium is a single cell life form that mimics mushrooms and ferns in that it spreads by airborn spores, hence the name, 'myco' or 'like a mushroom.' The spores are in cat feces and float in the air when feces is dry. Living with an infected cat, or next door to one may possibly transfer this painful, disabling disease to you. As cats are the most frequently owned pet in America, we could be talking about an airborne disaster!
The question is ---does your cat or my cat have it? I have 8 cats, and two cats who still have the lung problem. Merck Veterinary Manual (pps 760-761) says that 40-45% of chronic, feline upper respiratory diseases are caused by Rhino virus, Herpes virus, Calcivirus, Chlamydia or Mycoplasma. In other words, there are diverse causes of cat-lung problems. Some cats die of a lung affliction, but most will live for years with the bacteria, exhibiting only a light lung mucus, hence becoming carriers. As sneezing or airborn spores can spread Mycoplasma, it would appear that cat owners are at definite risk of two terrible disabling diseases, Arthritis and Lupus. The danger ceases when cats are treated with anti-biotics.
It is possible that cats are not always the cause of Mycoplasma disease in humans. Cats don't get arthritis. Sheep and pigs do! So, in the end, we may find that undercooked lambchops transfer Mycoplasma bacteria to humans, not Fluffy the puss.
If one has the head to be a medical detective, ponder another part of the Mycoplasma puzzle: as Mycoplasma is the bacteria found in joints affected by both rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus one can deduce that the much more frequently diagnosed rheumatoid syndrome might really be undiagnosed Lupus. Only a blood test for antibodies (easy) or a culture of the joint fluid (harder) could tell you for certain but if your bones ache, you might invest in a complete panel of tests.
If it is Mycoplasma, the good news is: this mushroom-like (hence called myco) plasma bacteria that causes my sore throat and Lupus and Arthritis can easily be attacked with anti-biotics. The very harmless Minocycline is the anti-biotic of choice and has worked well in placebo trials. There seem to be very little side effects from it use although it's always good to take a good, multi-flora Acidophillis strain for a few weeks after treatment to replenish friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. MANY VETS and doctors for humans, too, use TETRACYCLINE. This antibiotic is not harmful and is used for teen acne, also..
Can the average catowner tell if he has Mycoplasma in his body? You would know. You would have a painfully swollen joint somewhere, a thumb, ankle, foot or wrist but the lung congestion caused by the bacteria would long ago have been confused with a cold that came and went and is now forgotten.
Lupus occurs when the immune system seems to go wild, attacking many of the patient's joints at once. The latest researches with Lupus indicate that the disease can be alleviated (AMA has the patent on the word 'cure' or 'heal') with holistic methods that make use of youth hormones that tone the body's immune system, giving it the ability to fight Mycoplasma naturally, from the inside, with our own antibiodies.
Researchers have used DHEA, a natural body hormone, and precursor stimulant of the body's abilities to make other hormones, hence a "Mother" hormone. Deepak Chopra calls DHEA "the single most significant medical breakthrough in the field of anti-aging/longevity research."
DHEA is found in Mexican Yam Extract and Raw Adrenal Concentrate which will supplement and stimulate the body's own natural DHEA production. Such production naturally ceases with old age. (A loss of hair on the legs, lower body is a symptom of a need for DHEA.) Mexican Squaw vine, Yam and adrenal concentrate are sold in all healthfood stores. They are not toxic, and don't cause cancer the way estrogen can. DHEA is very safe and there appear to be no downsides to its use. In fact, there appears to be a significent upside: Rats live twice as long with a little in their diets!
Researchers have also used Progesterone hormone which the young body produces, and the aging body doesn't, along with Pregnenolone a DHEA precursor. By rejuvenating the body's immune system and making it more like that of a young person, Dr. Davis Lamson, a private practitioner and researcher in Kent, Washington, has had success in backing off arthritis with none of the side effects that the doctors' favorite rheumatism drug, cortisone causes, i.e. osteoporosis.
Some researchers have used another natural substance, DMSO, to transport topically applied hormones into the bones. DMSO is a sulphur oxide that penetrates the skin very easily, as all sulphur will; (you'll recall the ancients soaking their aching bones in sulphur and mineral-rich hot springs?) DMSO is the Vet's favorite shin rub for race horses and is easy to get from equine doctors.
I remember doing Ann Millerís horoscope, visiting her at her house. She complained that the American run of BABES had been hard on her legs, and she was not going to do the London run. She had only one hope. She thought she might get a jar of shin rub from her vet. (She must have done so because she opened in London with Rooney.
People who try this mix DMSO with hormones and a liberal dose of fresh squeezed garlic, (a bacteriacide) and this germ-killing mush is transported into the joints. They warn you to be careful that hands are 100% clean as cosmetics, chemicals, anything that is on your hands will also be carried in through the skin! Sterile bandages wrap the garlicky joint and one goes off to dreamland, smelling like a pizza!
There is much one can read on the subject of aging, aching bones, and youth hormones. The Number #1 Researcher in the field is Dr. Ray Peat, PHD, a nutritional scientist who specializes in Auto Immune diseases. Dr. Peat is a regular contributor to America's best holistic bulletin for doctors, The Townsend Newsletter for Doctors and one of America's most respected medical researchers. He's written many books, thousands of articles for medical journals and has his own newsletter. His book on Progesterone treatment of LUPUS and rheumatoid arthritis is seminal.
TO contact researchers: holistic writer, Dr. Julian Whitaker, c/o his publishers, Dr. Eugene Roberts, City of Hope Medical Ctr, Duarte CA, Dr William Regelson, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Medical College; Elizabeth Barret Connor, M.D. Dept Community Med, UCSD; Dr. Kenneth Bonnet, Dept of Psych NYU. Send SASE and all will send you research.
I know one should show this material to a doctor and get his OK to do the treatment. Dr. Peat says diagnosed Lupus sufferers should take DHEA, Progesterone, Pregnenolone and DMSO. The hormones are fairly easy to get through holistic pharmaceutical channels.* For dosages, call Dr. Ray Peat, and when you do, get on his mailing list. DMSO is available through an equine vet or through Arizona Healthfoods. +
The criteria for diagnosis of Lupus is by its most common symptoms: photo sensitivity, low leukocytes in blood, anti-DNA antibodies in blood, renal disorder, oral ulcers, body rashes, skin lesions and aching bones and joints. It's easy to see why Lupus in early stages can be mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis. All aching joints are the same in the dark!
According to another Lupus researcher, Dr. Stanley Jacob, MD Oregon Health Sciences University, (the author of 8 textbooks, 140 Medical Journal articles,) one should take DMSO with the anti-biotic Minocycline. As DMSO is a harmless mineral, we can use it orally, in venous transfusion or topically. Always dilute with distilled water. As DMSO is a carrying agent that moves toward the bones, it acts to transport the antibiotic into the affected areas, just as it will transport hormones applied topically.
Dr. Stanley Jacob points out that Mycoplasma is a cellwall-deficient bacteria, hence your usual, activated antibiotics don't work. Luckily Doxycycline, Tetracycline and "Minocin" or Minocycline work well on it, especially, if you add human or vet grade DMSO to the medication.
If anyone suspects his cat has Mycoplasma lung bacteria, he might have the vet outline a cure with Minocycline antibiotic.
The link between cats and arthritis has been known for a long time. In NATURE JOURNAL in 1939, (56 years ago), Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown recounted how he isolated the Mycoplasma Bacterium in rheumatoid joints. It is tragic that the medical community is so slow to listen to holistic researchers and that for more than a half century, millions of people have been crippled by a disease that one of the least injurious anti-biotics could have cured.
ALTERNATE THERAPY FOR ARTHRITIS OR LUPUS: Another tack for Lupus sufferers is based on research done by the famed Mexican Cancer clinic, and is called "The GERSON therapy". It works on cleansing the liver, and involves a wheatgrass juice fast. Dr. Max Gerson says fasting works well on Lupus. To mimic the clinical approach at home, go on a good 14 day raw juice fast, (no food at all) with 6 mini meals a day of mixed juices (carrot, celery, wheatgrass and beet). The trick is to stir in a few tbsps of psyllium seed (unflavored metamucil), and drink immediately, before it 'clots.' First time fasters should go on a high-bulk, vegetarian diet for a week beforehand to get the colon whisked clean enough to tolerate the highly cleansing, liquid diet. Wheatgrass is easy to grow in flats at home. Try your neighborhood farm or poulty feed store to find wheat seed, sow it thickly on rich loam in a horticulturist's flat, shear when blades are 3 inches long. Get a wheatgrass extractor at your healthfood store as the usual juicer will have no effect on these 'blades of steel.'
NOTES: For more background facts, read Townsend Letter for Doctors, Issue # 145 Pg 111, Issue #141 P 132, Issue #143 Pg 104, Issue # 148 Pg 18 and Issue 149, P 99. Read the January 95 article by Dr. Tilly B.C. Volume 122 Pg 81-89, in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
For more info on Minocycline for Lupus, send SASE with 55c to The Road Back Foundation 4985 N. Lakehill Rd. Delaware OH 43015.
Contact Dr. Peat at PO BOX 5764 Eugene OR 97405, (503) 345-9855 in Eugene Or.
*You can get Pregnenolone and DHEA hormones from "Lifelink" 445 Lierly Ln Arroyo Grande CA 93420. (805) 473-1389. 180 capsules 40$ but there are other dosages at other prices. Shipping 4.50 UPS. TRY: HOME LINK 800-272-4767. Maybe cheapest of all suppliers: LIFE ENHANCEMENT PROD. PO Box 751390, Petaluma CA 94975. Get pregnenalone hormone from BEYOND A CENTURY 800-777-1324, 150 caps of 30m $59.50 It is a precursor of body's own supply of DHEA.
+ARIZONA HEALTHFOODS in PHOENIX has DMSO; try 800-INFO for #. Get DMSO more cheaply from your VET. Veterinarian grade is just as pure as human grade. Just tell vet "my horse limps, I want shin rub."
For INFO on DMSO protocols send SASE to Dr. Stanley Jacob L225, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Portland OR 97201. For more about DMSO, call American Academy Metabolic Medicine 800-982-2101 ext 123. Treatment protocols will be provided.
Get DHEA RESEARCH bulletin #463 from American Society of Nutritional Research, 12416 N. 28th, Suite 18, PO Box 241 Phoenix AZ 85029.
Get NUTRITION NEWS "DHEA WILD YAM" PO Box 55279 Riverside CA 92517.
Contact Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Fels Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. a longtime researcher in DHEA.
DOSEAGES: DHEA can be given in doses of from 3 mg to 30mg daily but as high as 1,600 mg a day for 28 days was found not to be injurious, subsiding later to a low daily maintenance level, 3x a week. If Deepak Chopra who is a DR, calls it the true Fountain of Youth and Doctors tell us there is no downside, maybe you can believe it. All it does is juice up the natural hormone-making ability of the body, which we lose in old age.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL ON MYCOPLASMA PNEUMONIA:
I also Looked on web to find data on incidence of community-acquired pneumonia bad enough to require hospitalization. Results of a population- based active surveillance Study in Ohio. The Community-Based Pneumonia Incidence Study Group written by some doctors at Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, Ga 30303, USA. THEY SAID:
"Pneumonia seems to be the leading cause of death due to infectious diseases in the United States; however, the incidence of most infections causing community-acquired pneumonia in adults is not well defined. METHODS: We evaluated all adults, residing in 2 counties in Ohio, who were hospitalized in 1991 because of community-acquired pneumonia. Information about risk factors, symptoms, and outcome was collected through interview and medical chart review. Serum samples were collected from consenting individuals during the acute and convalescent phases, and specific etiologic diagnoses were assigned based on results of bacteriologic and immunologic tests.
RESULTS: The incidence of community-acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization in the study counties in 1991 was 266.8 per 100,000 population; the overall case-fatality rate was 8.8%. Pneumonia incidence was higher among blacks than whites (337.7/100,000 vs 253.9/ 100,000; P < .001), was higher among males than females (291.4 vs 244.8; P < .001), and increased with age (91.6/100,000 for persons aged < 45 years, 277.2/ 100,000 for persons aged 45-64 years, and 1012.3/ 100,000 for persons aged > or = 65 years; P < .001). Extrapolation from study incidence data showed the projected annual number of cases of community-acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization in the United States to be 485,000.
These data provide previously unavailable estimates of the annual number of cases that are due to Legionella species (8000-18,000), Mycoplasma pneumoniae (18,700-108,000), and Chlamydia pneumoniae (5890-49,700).
CONCLUSIONS: These data provide information about the importance of community-acquired pneumonia and the relative and overall impact of specific causes of pneumonia. The study provides a basis for choosing optimal empiric pneumonia therapy, and allows interventions for prevention of pneumonia to be targeted at groups at greatest risk for serious illness and death.
Mycoplasma Gulf War Sydrome, CFIDS, ICL, Epstein-Barr, And More.
To the Michigan Legislature and appropriate standing committees thereof, selected members of the media, public officials, scientists, health care professionals, and other interested parties. The Michigan Constitution of 1963 contains the following fundamental provision:
"The public health and general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be matters of primary public concern. The legislature shall pass suitable laws for the protection and promotion of the public health."
A contagious disease, with many different names and faces but a common etiology, is silently spreading through the population on a casual contact basis. In regards to this issue, the following resolution has been signed by several hundred members of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School community:
"THE BELOW DESIGNATED STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND ADMINISTRATION of Thomas M. Cooley Law School hereby support investigation into the connection between mycoplasmas and numerous forms of human illnesses including, but not limited to,
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Gulf War Illness, Idiopathic" CD4 Positive T-Lymphocytopenia (aka HIV-Negative AIDS), auto-immune disorders (Lupus, MS and ALS), Epstein-Barr Virus, CMV, HHV-6, Sarcoidosis, Cancers, Lymphomas, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (new variant), Spongiform Encephalopathies, and Alzheimer's. In addition, we request the availability of mycoplasma-sensitive laboratory testing procedures through commercial laboratories to properly diagnose (species, subtype and isolate by way of PCR/DNA-amplification) and properly treat (antimicrobal sensitivity) these suspected mycoplasma diseases."
"In regards to this PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, we request immediate action from appropriate health care professionals, scientists, public officials, and our Michigan Legislature and appropriate standing committees thereof in accord with germane authorities including, but not limited to, mandating provisions of the Michigan Constitution. Further, we support the establishment of committees to address these issues, together with an appropriate level of funding therefor, through both the governmental and the private sector including the Thomas M. Cooley Student Bar Association, officers and organizations thereof."
MYCOPLASMA IS NOT JUST A FEDERAL ISSUE (Which is the pretextural excuse that various state officials are hiding behind.)
On the mycoplasma topic, there is an extensive permanent addendum to the Cooley Student Bar Association Minutes of 16 July 1997 -- maintained at the Cooley SBA offices in Lansing, Michigan -- which contains information from numerous, independent, and credible sources on this public health emergency.
Mycoplasmas have a special interaction with the lymphoreticular system in that they can compromise cell-mediated immunity, otherwise known as your CD4/8 T-Lymphocytes. When cellular-immunity becomes compromised, certain ubiquitous and ordinarily latent pathogens, such as the herpes viral family (epstein-barr, CMV, HHV-6 and others), have the ability to proliferate to detectable levels. As such, numerous misinformed and/or unethical health care providers are diagnosing epstein-barr or CMV when, in actuality, these athogens are only SYMPTOMS (markers for immunity) of an underlying mycoplasma infection.
The CDC definition of "HIV-negative AIDS" is functioned upon the level of absolute CD4 T-lymphocytes in your body. Anything less than 800 is abnormal, and less than 300 is "Idiopathic" CD4 Positive
T-Lymphocytopenia -- aka "HIV-Negative AIDS." Curiously, the lower threshold of normal CD4 range, for laboratory analysis purposes, has recently been changed downward -- from 800 previous to about 500 at present. Rather than some phenomenon of nature or technology, this is a reflection of the contagious problem that is spreading across our country -- albeit unreported by mainstream media.
In addition to compromising cellular-immunity, mycoplasmas can cause various other pathogenic mechanisms including extragenital systemic infection, including central nervous system involvement, neuropathy, brain abscess, production of superantigens, abnormal stimulation of cytokines such as interleukin-2 (IL-2), induction of multistage oncogenic (cancer -- multibillion/$ industry) processes leading to chromosomal alterations, generation of toxic oxygen radicals which contribute to the oxidative stress observed in infected individuals (antioxidants such as V-C and others address this symptom), development of lesions in the heart, liver, kidneys, central nervous system, and other organs, induction of apoptosis (aka programmed cell death), aphthous ulcerations (children with mycoplasma infections are being misdiagnosed as foot and mouth disease, flu, stomatosis, roseola, fifths disease, etc.), thrombocytopenia and numerous other destructive actions.
Mycoplasmas constitute the quintessential "stealth" pathogen due to their biological subtleties. Mycoplasmas can hide INTRA-cellularly unlike common bacteria which typically exist INTER-cellularly and mycoplasmas cause no inflammatory response in the host so the sed-rate/ESR diagnostic assay will result negative. Mycoplasmas also evade detection by conventional laboratory diagnostic assays that attempt to culture (grow-out) these fastidious pathogens, and mycoplasmas escape the immune system through various mechanisms including antigenic surface variation and molecular mimicry. A normal blood specimen should be sterile, along with cerebrospinal, pleural, abdominal, and joint fluids, and bone.
Only PCR/DNA-amplification testing has the degree of specificity/ sensitivity required to ascertain mycoplasma infections with a high degree of reliability, and a positive DNA-amplification assay confirms the presence of the mycoplasma genome and active infection in a patient. Strategically, these PCR assays are UNAVAILABLE at commercial clinical laboratories across our country (does this have more to do with politics and money than science..?).
The pathogenic mycoplasmas are very fastidious and require specialized environments to be cultured -- for example, mycoplasmas grow well at high-altitude/low-pressure conditions and will otherwise culture false-negative. Additionally, mycoplasma infection won't turn up on routine blood testing such as a CBC which doctors use to determine elevated white blood cells associated with a bacterial infection (mycoplasmas won't trigger an elevated white blood cell count). Based thereon, an uninformed and/or unethical doctor will diagnose virus, which can't be helped by antimicrobals, although the true problem is mycoplasma -- which can be treated with certain long-term antibiotics.
A mycoplasma is not a bacteria or virus. Rather, a mycoplasma is a mollicute with no cell-wall and is characterized as a virus-like infectious agent, somewhere in-between a virus and bacteria in complexity. Mycoplasmas can be spread on a casual contact basis, they have been around for a very-long time (way before the gulf war conflict), and there are hundreds of different mycoplasma subtypes and numerous isolates within any given subtype. For example, there is a mycoplasma subtype known as mycoplasma arthritidis which causes arthritis, another multibillion dollar industry.
Each mycoplasma subtype/isolate has a potentially different antimicrobal sensitivity and, with appropriate long-term antimicrobal therapy, mycoplasma patients can revert back to a mycoplasma negative phenotype and asymptomatic status. Mycoplasmologists employ algorithms to speciate mycoplasmas, and a partial list of mycoplasmas can be obtained from the American Type Culture Collection's on-line catalog at URL: <http://www.atcc.org/www.atcc.org> under the category of bacteria.
Although prohibited by terms of the Geneva Convention, mycoplasmas have been engineered and/or modified for use as biological/germ warfare agents. In the case of Iraq, a citizen by the name of Jawad Al-Aubaidi headed the mycoplasma program at the University of Baghdad, although he was trained in the USA at Cornell University and Plum Island. He would be a very interesting person to talk with about gulf war illness, and the recent rash of military aircraft crashes that could be associated with mycoplasma proliferation at altitude (low pressure environment) in the case of GWI-infected pilots. Currently, class-action litigation has been initiated in Texas against numerous American and foreign companies that reportedly sold Iraq material and equipment for advanced biological weapons systems.
Along with gulf war illness, there are a vast number of other civilian "symptom-set" disease names that enjoy "unknown" etiology. For the most part, symptoms overlap such that there are no clear distinctions between one condition and another. Examples of these illnesses are specified in the above resolution, and they include millions and millions of patients with such conditions as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, "Idiopathic" CD4 Positive T-Lymphocytopenia (aka HIV-Negative AIDS), auto-immune disorders (Lupus, MS and ALS), Epstein-Barr Virus, CMV, HHV-6, Sarcoidosis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Cancers, Lymphomas, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (new variant), Encephalopathies, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Allergies, Sjogren's Syndrome, Chronic Mononucleosis, Interstitial Cystitis, and Alzheimers.
In actuality, a large subset of these patient groups are actually infected with various mycoplasma pathogens, although this reality is STRATEGICALLY UNASCERTAINABLE through currently available commercial clinical laboratory testing. Despite substantial adverse political pressures, there are a couple of scientific facilities in California that do offer mycoplasma/PCR testing, along with other critical diagnostic analysis including, but not limited to, the 2-5A Synthetase/RNase-L antiviral pathway used to confirm the presence of a chronic infection and provide a benchmark for tracking therapeutic results at the clinical level, lymphocyte immune function test aka T-cell proliferation to mitogens, antigen and cytokine tests, and quantitative comparative PCR which measures mycoplasma-load over the antibiotic treatment protocol.
Although most health care practitioners simply do not understand mycoplasma disease, certain unethical physicians have engaged in criminal conduct so as to obfuscate the truth underlying mycoplasma and its association to numerous forms of human illness. At a minimum, Michigan Penal Code 750.492a makes it a crime for a health care provider to willfully or recklessly place in a patient's medical chart misleading or inaccurate information regarding the diagnosis, treatment, or cause of a patient's condition and, if a patient eventually died due to this type of c/omission, then manslaughter or other more serious charges would be appropriate. However, obtaining prosecutorial cooperation might prove politically problematic, and the handful of sub-specialist health care providers who understand mycoplasmas -- but intend to keep them a closely guarded secret -- are simply taking the step of closing their doors to informed patients.
This present mycoplasma situation constitutes nothing less than an offense against the public, and various of you have the power and duty to change and/or report on this evil. At a minimum standard of care, a physician should be able and/or required to order a mycoplasma/PCR diagnostic assay on a patient who presents with a systemic illness consistent with a mycoplasma symptom profile. In addition, antimicrobal sensitivity data should be available so as to enable the physician to ascertain what antibiotic to employ in the patient's long-term treatment protocol.
In the meantime, there are children and adults, military and civilian, suffering with chronic central nervous system pathogens who cannot be diagnosed or treated due to the STRATEGIC UNAVAILABILITY of mycoplasma laboratory analysis. The illegitimate roots of this mycoplasma design can be traced to money -- as just one example, pharmaceutical companies are collecting huge $$$$ by selling drugs that treat only the SYMPTOMS of these diseases -- politics, secrecy, and certain scientist's hunger for more "two-headed monkey" experiments without the corresponding public outrage, as where the townspeople charge up the mountaintop with torches to destroy the frankenstein monster.
References:1) MYCOPLASMA INTERACTION WITH LYMPHORETICULAR AND POLYMORPHONUCLEAR CELLS, Biol Nauki (USSR), 1978, (12) p16-31. [no English translation required for the extensive bibliography at the end of this article].
2) PATHOLOGY SYLLABUS VI, Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences [aka Military Medical College, Bethesda, MD 20814].
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