I'm still thinking about taking ABX for my FM symptoms. Before I do anything I like to research throughly. I also like to post whenever I find anything interesting. The entire article by Doctor Cheney can be found at this site. I think it came out 12/24/02. Excerpt below.... *********** Regarding the more unusual intracellular bacteria like myco and chlamydia pneum and lyme, Cheney says that he's concerned by the pattern he's seen over the years. The treatment protocol keeps expanding to longer and longer time periods. It the beginning it was one month, then it was six weeks, then two months, then six. Now it's up to two years. He doesn't feel the antibiotic protocol is addressing the real problem. They keep finding that when they stop the treatment the bug eventually comes back. Cheney believes that many patients treated with these current protocols will discover they have to be on them for life. And the side effects do not make that a good option. The real, underlying problem is that we are TH1 suppressed, and these bacteria are supposed to be dealt with by our TH1 immune defenses. Since we are TH2 activated, we don't have the immune system to keep them dormant or to fight them when they come out, or when they invade. I suspect that's why these things are a problem for us, but not a problem for many otherwise healthy people. Their immune systems can handle them. Ours can't. Perhaps even the antibiotic protocols presume our immune system is going to jump in there and do its part. And it doesn't. Cheney said "That's why they have to keep extending the length of time. You just can't get there with antibiotics. And then you've exposed your poor gut to the implications of heavy antibiotic usage. I believe the appropriate approach is to rebalance the (TH1/TH2) problem you have (using one of the six previously mentioned products), measuring and then remeasuring NK functio,n to see if what you did in fact rebalanced it."