Dr. Nicholson: abx for ill pets

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by crissyfamily, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. crissyfamily

    crissyfamily New Member

    attached is what i pulled up that may help all of us with sick pets....also, i have read that the same as we can infect our pets they can infect us and other animals and people....so if do get rid of the mycoplasmas with abx, our pets can reinfect us and others....if they are not treated when we are....

    my cats doc said that it is easier to get rid of mycoplasmas in animals than in people, ...(these are my personal thoughts -- so if you get rid of it in your pet, don't reinfect them or make sure to treat them again as you are nearing the end of your treatment)

    i know this was brought up in a post the other day and someone was going to pay and send for a packet from Dr. Nicholson...this may assist to save some time and money..

    take care....crissy



    Veterinary Laboratory Testing

    International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.

    Veterinary Testing for Chronic Infections

    Scientists and physicians at the Institute for Molecular Medicine have been working with veterinarians who have patients of various species with undiagnosed illnesses, in some cases similar to their owners who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). We have determined that a connection exists between the above chronic illnesses suffered by humans and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or other chronic infectious pathogens. For example, Mycoplasmas are microscopic microorganisms similar to bacteria but without a rigid cell wall. Some species of Mycoplasma or Chlamydia do not cause human or animal diseases, but more recently several species have been shown to cause or are a cofactor in disease, and when such microorganisms are found in the blood, they should be treated just like any other bacterial blood infection. The species of Mycoplasma that we have found in about 50% of CFS, 60% of FMS, 45% of GWI and 40% of RA patients and their pets cause systemic infections that invade virtually every tissue in the body and can compromise the immune system, permitting opportunistic infections by viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast. Often these patients have multiple chronic infections and their signs/ symptoms can be quite complex, and each patient tends to have his or her own unique set of problems.


    Systemic chronic microorganism infections can cause chronic fatigue, reoccurring fevers, night sweats, joint and muscle pain, stomach upsets, hair loss, diarrhea, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, sinus congestion/pain,watery eyes, skin rashes, kidney pain, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, such as light sensitivity, urination problems, heart and thyroid problems and in extreme cases autoimmune-like disorders, such as those that lead to muscle degeneration and paralysis. The latter symptoms are probably due to the fact that the microorganism is released from infected cells carrying parts of host cell membrane, and individuals may respond to the microorganism as well as normal host antigens carried on the microorganism, resulting in symptoms similar to but not exactly those of MS, ALS, Lupus and other autoimmune disorders. Other symptoms include abnormal allergic responses, peculiar neurological symptoms, heart abnormalities, respiratory ailments, gastric discomforts ranging from ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome, and in extreme instances encephalitis and/or meningitis. Mycoplasma or Chlamydia infections usually start as respiratory infections that cause a respiratory illness that progresses to a systemic condition.


    We are having success in recommending treatment of patients with CFS, FMS, GWI and RA and their ill pets with antibiotics, such as doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, azithromycin and Biaxin. The treatment works on most individuals and their pets, but it can take some time to recover from this type of infection (usually up to and even over one year for humans and months for animals) and individuals undergoing therapy always feel worse when they start the therapy due to ‘die-off’ of the microorganism or Herxheimer reactions. We also noted that certain antibiotics like penicillin can exacerbate the symptoms. We are now developing additional tests for other chronic infections that might also be involved in these illnesses and new therapies that might help chronically ill patients and pets.


    The Institute for Molecular Medicine is a nonprofit corporation that is recognized by the Federal Government as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax laws. Testing is performed at the same location by our sister for-profit corporation International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. We take pride in the accuracy of our procedures, and we are rare in the diagnostic area because of our assistance after tests have been completed. In the attached materials you will find all the information and forms necessary to avail yourself of various tests that could be vitally important in your patients’ recovery.


    Sincerely,


    Prof. Garth L. Nicolson IMM Web Site:

    Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor
    Formally: Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Formally: Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine

    ?@

    INTERNATIONAL Molecular DIAGNOSTICS. Inc.
    15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Tel: (714)799-7177 Fax: (714)799-9787


    The Institute for Molecular Medicine has established a new corporation, International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc., (IMD) which will handle all diagnostic testing and manufacturing of all diagnostic test and screening kits for analysis of chronic infectious agents in blood and body fluids of patients and their pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.). We have initiated a new veterinary program at the request of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Scleroderma (SD) or Dermatomyositis (DM). Our aims are to determine a connection between the signs and symptoms suffered by these patients and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia or other chronic infectious pathogens and suggest appropriate treatments [1-5]. IMD will also market natural products (vitamins, natural herbal mixtures, and other materials) that have been shown to be effective in the therapy or support of chronically ill patients [4].


    The following tests can be ordered now or will be available soon are as follows:

    List of Tests:

    Mycoplasma fermentans
    Mycoplasma pneumoniae
    Mycoplasma hominis
    Mycoplasma penetrans
    Mycoplasma pirum
    Mycoplasma genitalium
    Chlamydia pneumoniae
    Brucella spp. (all Brucella species)


    All tests will be conducted using Forensic Polymerase Chain Reaction (FPCR), a molecular test that determines the presence of specific DNA sequences in biological samples (blood, urine and other body fluids and tissues) [2]. In some cases we offer panels of tests for a significant savings over ordering individual tests. Veterinary samples should be sent to International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. at the address and telephone number above by overnight insulated courier pack. An order form is available on the last page of this material. Veterinarians or owners should fill out a Test Request Form. The form can be sent with the blood sample or separately, but blood will only be processed with the proper form and remuneration or billing information. For tests that will be available soon, these may be paid for in advance or billed at the time of initiating the test. Discounts are offered for multiple orders or volume orders. Please call us for information on volume discounts.


    Reports on Test Results will sent to participating owners and/or veterinarians. Patient treatment suggestions, reprints of medical publications and recent reports will be sent upon request. For these materials, there may be a charge to cover postage and handling. In addition to the Diagnostic Tests, IMD will be offering nutritional or dietary supplement products to enhance the immune system, help alleviate chronic infections or eliminate parasites. Please consult the International Molecular Diagnostics web site or write for further ordering information.


    1. Nicolson, G.L. and Nicolson, N.L. Diagnosis and treatment of mycoplasmal infections in Persian Gulf War Illness-CFIDS patients. Int. J. Occup. Med. Immunol. Tox. 5: 69-78 (1996).

    2. Nicolson, G.L., Nasralla, M, Hier, J. and Nicolson, N.L. Diagnosis and treatment of chronic mycoplasmal infections in Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: relationship to Gulf War Illness. Biomed. Therapy 16: 266-271 (1998).

    3. Nicolson, G.L. Chronic infections as a common etiology for many patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses. Intern. J. Med. 1: 42-46 (1998).

    4. Nicolson, G.L. Considerations when undergoing treatment for chronic infections found in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses. (Part 1). Antibiotics Recommended when indicated for treatment of Gulf War Illness/CFIDS/FMS (Part 2). Intern. J. Med. 1: 115-117, 123-128 (1998).

    5. Hier, J., Nasralla, M. and Nicolson, G.L. Detection of mycoplasmal infections in blood of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Brit. J. Rheumatol. 38: 504-509 (1999).

    ?@

    INTERNATIONAL Molecular DIAGNOSTICS, Inc.
    15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Tel: (714)799-7177 Fax: (714)799-9787



    Testimonials from Pet Owners

    Research at International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (IMD) and its nonprofit sister organization, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, has shown that owners of various species of animals who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) commonly have sick pets. We have determined a connection between the above chronic illnesses suffered by humans and their pets and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or other chronic infectious pathogens. These illnesses are often caused by chronic infections that can cause illness in humans and animals. In many cases the chronic infections can be identified and effective therapies administered. A few examples appear below:


    N.R., Ph.D. of Houston, TX
    Patient had severe CFS/FMS for several years and was diagnosed with a mycoplasmal infection (Mycoplasma fermentans). Her two cats slowly became sick with an undiagnosed chronic illness and presented with intermittent diarrhea and regurgitation, intermittent fevers, chronic fatigue, watery eyes, hair loss and other signs and symptoms. Both cats were positive in blood tests for the same infection and were treated with several 4-week cycles of oral Vibramycin. Their owner was treated with several cycles of antibiotics, including doxycycline and azithromycin. All eventually recovered.


    M.M. of Denver, CO
    Patient had GWI/CFS after serving in the Gulf War. Various pets (birds, hamsters, dogs) slowly became sick, and the birds and hamsters died. Tissue samples from the dead pets indicated mycoplasmal infections. The patient’s dogs presented with fatigue, rheumatoid problems, hair loss and other signs and symptoms and were treated with oral doxycycline for two 4-week cycles and recovered.


    D.H. of Ft. Meade, MD
    Patient and entire family became sick with GWI/CFS, including two pet dogs that displayed signs of fatigue, diarrhea, hair loss, vision problems, skin lesions and other signs and symptoms. Blood tests indicated infection with Mycoplasma (M. fermentans). The dogs were placed on oral Vibramycin for three 4-week cycles and completely recovered.


    L.G., M.D. of Lawton, OK
    A physician and his wife became ill with CFS/FMS, and both tested positive for mycoplasmal infections. Their 6 year-old dog then became ill and exhibited heart arrhythmia and neurological signs and symptoms, including hind leg paralysis. The dog was placed on oral ciprofloxacin. After three 4-week cycles of antibiotic, the animal recovered.


    M.W. of Sugarland, TX
    Patient became sick with FMS/CFS. He was tested and was positive for mycoplasmal infection. His two dogs slowly exhibited chronic fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea and one had partial hind leg paralysis. His wife and their dogs also tested positive for mycoplasmal infections. The dogs were placed on oral Vibramycin for two 4-week cycles and completely recovered.


    Chronic systemic infections due to pathogenic Mycoplasma, Chlamydia and other microorganisms can be an important source of morbidity in animals and man. These infections should be identified with sensitive blood tests and the appropriate treatment applied.

    Prof. Garth L. Nicolson
    IMM Web Site
    Veterinary Laboratory Testing


    International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.

    Veterinary Testing for Chronic Infections


    Scientists and physicians at the Institute for Molecular Medicine have been working with veterinarians who have patients of various species with undiagnosed illnesses, in some cases similar to their owners who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). We have determined that a connection exists between the above chronic illnesses suffered by humans and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or other chronic infectious pathogens. For example, Mycoplasmas are microscopic microorganisms similar to bacteria but without a rigid cell wall. Some species of Mycoplasma or Chlamydia do not cause human or animal diseases, but more recently several species have been shown to cause or are a cofactor in disease, and when such microorganisms are found in the blood, they should be treated just like any other bacterial blood infection. The species of Mycoplasma that we have found in about 50% of CFS, 60% of FMS, 45% of GWI and 40% of RA patients and their pets cause systemic infections that invade virtually every tissue in the body and can compromise the immune system, permitting opportunistic infections by viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast. Often these patients have multiple chronic infections and their signs/ symptoms can be quite complex, and each patient tends to have his or her own unique set of problems.


    Systemic chronic microorganism infections can cause chronic fatigue, reoccurring fevers, night sweats, joint and muscle pain, stomach upsets, hair loss, diarrhea, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, sinus congestion/pain,watery eyes, skin rashes, kidney pain, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, such as light sensitivity, urination problems, heart and thyroid problems and in extreme cases autoimmune-like disorders, such as those that lead to muscle degeneration and paralysis. The latter symptoms are probably due to the fact that the microorganism is released from infected cells carrying parts of host cell membrane, and individuals may respond to the microorganism as well as normal host antigens carried on the microorganism, resulting in symptoms similar to but not exactly those of MS, ALS, Lupus and other autoimmune disorders. Other symptoms include abnormal allergic responses, peculiar neurological symptoms, heart abnormalities, respiratory ailments, gastric discomforts ranging from ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome, and in extreme instances encephalitis and/or meningitis. Mycoplasma or Chlamydia infections usually start as respiratory infections that cause a respiratory illness that progresses to a systemic condition.


    We are having success in recommending treatment of patients with CFS, FMS, GWI and RA and their ill pets with antibiotics, such as doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, azithromycin and Biaxin. The treatment works on most individuals and their pets, but it can take some time to recover from this type of infection (usually up to and even over one year for humans and months for animals) and individuals undergoing therapy always feel worse when they start the therapy due to ‘die-off’ of the microorganism or Herxheimer reactions. We also noted that certain antibiotics like penicillin can exacerbate the symptoms. We are now developing additional tests for other chronic infections that might also be involved in these illnesses and new therapies that might help chronically ill patients and pets.


    The Institute for Molecular Medicine is a nonprofit corporation that is recognized by the Federal Government as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax laws. Testing is performed at the same location by our sister for-profit corporation International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. We take pride in the accuracy of our procedures, and we are rare in the diagnostic area because of our assistance after tests have been completed. In the attached materials you will find all the information and forms necessary to avail yourself of various tests that could be vitally important in your patients’ recovery.


    Sincerely,


    Prof. Garth L. Nicolson IMM Web Site: http://www.immed.org

    Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor
    Formally: Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Formally: Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine

    ?@

    INTERNATIONAL Molecular DIAGNOSTICS. Inc.
    15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Tel: (714)799-7177 Fax: (714)799-9787


    The Institute for Molecular Medicine has established a new corporation, International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc., (IMD) which will handle all diagnostic testing and manufacturing of all diagnostic test and screening kits for analysis of chronic infectious agents in blood and body fluids of patients and their pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.). We have initiated a new veterinary program at the request of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Scleroderma (SD) or Dermatomyositis (DM). Our aims are to determine a connection between the signs and symptoms suffered by these patients and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia or other chronic infectious pathogens and suggest appropriate treatments [1-5]. IMD will also market natural products (vitamins, natural herbal mixtures, and other materials) that have been shown to be effective in the therapy or support of chronically ill patients [4].


    The following tests can be ordered now or will be available soon are as follows:


    List of Tests:

    Mycoplasma fermentans
    Mycoplasma pneumoniae
    Mycoplasma hominis
    Mycoplasma penetrans
    Mycoplasma pirum
    Mycoplasma genitalium
    Chlamydia pneumoniae
    Brucella spp. (all Brucella species)



    All tests will be conducted using Forensic Polymerase Chain Reaction (FPCR), a molecular test that determines the presence of specific DNA sequences in biological samples (blood, urine and other body fluids and tissues) [2]. In some cases we offer panels of tests for a significant savings over ordering individual tests. Veterinary samples should be sent to International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. at the address and telephone number above by overnight insulated courier pack. An order form is available on the last page of this material. Veterinarians or owners should fill out a Test Request Form. The form can be sent with the blood sample or separately, but blood will only be processed with the proper form and remuneration or billing information. For tests that will be available soon, these may be paid for in advance or billed at the time of initiating the test. Discounts are offered for multiple orders or volume orders. Please call us for information on volume discounts.


    Reports on Test Results will sent to participating owners and/or veterinarians. Patient treatment suggestions, reprints of medical publications and recent reports will be sent upon request. For these materials, there may be a charge to cover postage and handling. In addition to the Diagnostic Tests, IMD will be offering nutritional or dietary supplement products to enhance the immune system, help alleviate chronic infections or eliminate parasites. Please consult the International Molecular Diagnostics web site or write for further ordering information.


    1. Nicolson, G.L. and Nicolson, N.L. Diagnosis and treatment of mycoplasmal infections in Persian Gulf War Illness-CFIDS patients. Int. J. Occup. Med. Immunol. Tox. 5: 69-78 (1996).

    2. Nicolson, G.L., Nasralla, M, Hier, J. and Nicolson, N.L. Diagnosis and treatment of chronic mycoplasmal infections in Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: relationship to Gulf War Illness. Biomed. Therapy 16: 266-271 (1998).

    3. Nicolson, G.L. Chronic infections as a common etiology for many patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses. Intern. J. Med. 1: 42-46 (1998).

    4. Nicolson, G.L. Considerations when undergoing treatment for chronic infections found in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses. (Part 1). Antibiotics Recommended when indicated for treatment of Gulf War Illness/CFIDS/FMS (Part 2). Intern. J. Med. 1: 115-117, 123-128 (1998).

    5. Hier, J., Nasralla, M. and Nicolson, G.L. Detection of mycoplasmal infections in blood of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Brit. J. Rheumatol. 38: 504-509 (1999).

    ?@

    INTERNATIONAL Molecular DIAGNOSTICS, Inc.
    15162 Triton Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Tel: (714)799-7177 Fax: (714)799-9787


    Testimonials from Pet Owners


    Research at International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (IMD) and its nonprofit sister organization, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, has shown that owners of various species of animals who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) commonly have sick pets. We have determined a connection between the above chronic illnesses suffered by humans and their pets and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, or other chronic infectious pathogens. These illnesses are often caused by chronic infections that can cause illness in humans and animals. In many cases the chronic infections can be identified and effective therapies administered. A few examples appear below:


    N.R., Ph.D. of Houston, TX
    Patient had severe CFS/FMS for several years and was diagnosed with a mycoplasmal infection (Mycoplasma fermentans). Her two cats slowly became sick with an undiagnosed chronic illness and presented with intermittent diarrhea and regurgitation, intermittent fevers, chronic fatigue, watery eyes, hair loss and other signs and symptoms. Both cats were positive in blood tests for the same infection and were treated with several 4-week cycles of oral Vibramycin. Their owner was treated with several cycles of antibiotics, including doxycycline and azithromycin. All eventually recovered.


    M.M. of Denver, CO
    Patient had GWI/CFS after serving in the Gulf War. Various pets (birds, hamsters, dogs) slowly became sick, and the birds and hamsters died. Tissue samples from the dead pets indicated mycoplasmal infections. The patient’s dogs presented with fatigue, rheumatoid problems, hair loss and other signs and symptoms and were treated with oral doxycycline for two 4-week cycles and recovered.


    D.H. of Ft. Meade, MD
    Patient and entire family became sick with GWI/CFS, including two pet dogs that displayed signs of fatigue, diarrhea, hair loss, vision problems, skin lesions and other signs and symptoms. Blood tests indicated infection with Mycoplasma (M. fermentans). The dogs were placed on oral Vibramycin for three 4-week cycles and completely recovered.


    L.G., M.D. of Lawton, OK
    A physician and his wife became ill with CFS/FMS, and both tested positive for mycoplasmal infections. Their 6 year-old dog then became ill and exhibited heart arrhythmia and neurological signs and symptoms, including hind leg paralysis. The dog was placed on oral ciprofloxacin. After three 4-week cycles of antibiotic, the animal recovered.


    M.W. of Sugarland, TX
    Patient became sick with FMS/CFS. He was tested and was positive for mycoplasmal infection. His two dogs slowly exhibited chronic fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea and one had partial hind leg paralysis. His wife and their dogs also tested positive for mycoplasmal infections. The dogs were placed on oral Vibramycin for two 4-week cycles and completely recovered.


    Chronic systemic infections due to pathogenic Mycoplasma, Chlamydia and other microorganisms can be an important source of morbidity in animals and man. These infections should be identified with sensitive blood tests and the appropriate treatment applied.


    Prof. Garth L. Nicolson


    Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor
    Formally: Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Formally: Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine

    ?@



    Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor
    Formally: Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Formally: Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine

    ?@


    [This Message was Edited on 07/17/2003]
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