Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mycoplasma

Add another log to the fire. Many people believe that Mycoplasm bacteria are responsible for many of the symptoms associated with chronic Lyme disease. These are tiny cell wall deficient, parasitic bacteria which live within cell. They are reported to be difficult to eliminate. Long term antibiotic courses of 6 months to 2 years may be required. Many Lyme drugs are effective, including: doxycyline, minocycline, Biaxin, Zithromax and Cipro. These bacteria also have a slow replication cycle and have various mechanisms which disrupt normal immunological functions. They have been commonly associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases and neurological diseases. The list of possibilities dovetails pretty well with Lyme and CPN related ailments. Most Lyme regiments already cover this bacteria. Perhaps the interesting point is that here is further evidence which supports the underlying paradigm, simply stated: patients are sick with a variety of illness and symptoms; it is frequently related to chronic bacterial infections; patients improve with long term antibiotic therapy. Maybe we don't always know exactly which germ we are treating, but the process is effective.

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