Must read for CFS and FM patients by Garth Nicolson

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jarjar, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    This was posted in another thread and needs to be read by everyone that wants to dig deeper into the cause of their illness
    Common Cause Medical Research Foundation

    Professor Garth Nicolson is President and Chief Scientific Officer for the Institute of Molecular Medicine (http://www.immed.org).

    A main interest of his is researching the role of chronic infections in many different chronic diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Illness, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

    One of the first things that Prof. Nicolson mentioned was that a large subset of Chronic fatigue patients actually have Lyme Disease. Nicolson feels that Chronic Lyme involves viruses, bacteria and fungus. He says that this chronic state evolves over time.

    The Lyme infection can weaken the system and allow for these additional microbes to accumulate. It is also possible that it could work the other way around. A collection of other microbes, besides Lyme, could weaken the immune system, which could then allow Lyme to become chronic.

    Nicolson discussed co-morbid states, explaining that most patients with chronic illness are infected with more than one pathogen. Each disease causes its own problems and this could be the reason why so many signs and symptoms keep shifting.

    Some of the culprits he mentioned are: mycoplasma, chlamydia, rickettsia, brucella, borrelia, coxiela, EBV, HHV6, CMV, enterovirus, Hepatitis C and fungus.

    Each patient has their own unique overlap of symptoms. Because of this they end up going to different specialists who hand them a specific disease label to match their set of symptoms.

    There are usually no definite tests, causes or cures for all the subsets; only symptomatic treatments are offered. In the meantime, these infections continue to weaken the body.

    Fatigue is the most common symptom of all those diseases because the pathogenic intracellular bacteria attack the mitochondria or battery of the cell. Lipids are the insulation for these mitochondria, and when the lipid membranes are stripped off, this depletes the energy and this is why fatigue is the most common complaint.

    One of the keys to improvement then would be to somehow restore the mitochondria of the cell in order to restore energy. Some nutritional supplements can restore mitochondrial function and therefore improve energy.

    Nicolson also advised checking for dental infections in chronic illness, as this is a very efficient means of transporting germs into the body. And he noted that being bitten by a tick is not the only way to acquire these infections. Some are sexually transmitted, and some can be passed through the placenta, breast milk, tears and other bodily fluids.

    One of the most important bits of advice he shared with us was to keep your immune system in tip top shape. He suggested reducing alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fats. Some of the immune enhancements he spoke of were: natural antimicrobial products, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, hydrogen peroxide baths, ozone therapy,

    Infrared saunas and sublingual B vitamins. Vitamins C, E and CoQ10 were also thought to be needed. Helpful minerals mentioned were zinc, chromium, magnesium and selenium.

    He stressed the fact that antibiotics by themselves will not cure you. It is up to the patient to follow appropriate health suggestions.
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    Also, for Chlamydia Pn. treatment - check out cpnhelp.org

    [This Message was Edited on 07/18/2006]
  2. TAM

    TAM New Member

    HELLO,

    That was interesting glad you posted it for everyone to read. Take care.Tammy
  3. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Thank you, jarjar.

    Pepper
  4. CAAnnieB

    CAAnnieB New Member

    I am currently being treated for Chronic Mycoplasma & Chlamydia Pneumoniae infections. The improvement I have experienced over the past 6 months has been the most improvement I've had in 13+ years. I still have a long way to go, but I have been sick for a long time. It seems to me that these underlying bacterial/ viral/ fungal infections ARE truly the root cause of many Fibro/ CFS symptoms. Unless a person treats these underlying conditions, the FM/CFS symptoms will persist/ worsen.

    The cphnhelp.org website is THE place to go for the most up-to-date info on Cpn treatment. There is also a message board on the site for support while going through the treatment.There are some VERY knowledgeable & compassionate folks who post there.

    Thanks jarjar for posting this! I believe that eventually the majority of the medical community will embrace treating these underlying conditions aggressively with antibiotics, antivirals & natural supplements/ minerals.

    Hugs,
    Annie
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Thanks for reposting this Jay!

    Victoria

  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    a much longer version is available at
    http://www.lymeinfo.net/nicolson.html

    It's titled:

    DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY OF
    CHRONIC SYSTEMIC CO-INFECTIONS IN LYME DISEASE AND OTHER TICK-BORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

    It's dated 2006; it has been asked that the url just be posted and to not repost any of the material separately....

    Victoria