Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Photomicrograph, unstained. Note two isolated colonies adjacent to a single classical artifact, a ‘pseudocolony’ (750X) Submitted by Garth Hogan, November 12, 2009 http://www.microbeworld.org/component/jlibrary/?view=article&id=1894
http://www.betterhealthguy.com/images/stories/PDF/PHA/2009_07.pdf There are over 100 known species of Mycoplasma with 6 known to be troublesome to humans. They lack a cell wall making many antibiotics ineffective. They prefer low oxygen environments and live inside cells which evade the immune system – creating openings within the membrane walls of cells, entering the Mitochondria. They will cause programmed cell death (Apoptosis) to enter again into the bloodstream carrying a small part of the host cell, triggering immune cells to release an antigen not against Mycoplasma but against the host cell which causes an auto-immune response (pain and inflammation). They have an affinity for mucus membrane systems and cilia and create nutrient starvation in the host which results in a wide range of symptoms such as profound fatigue, and joint and muscle pain. Since there are no antigens of the actual Mycoplasma, antigen tests are useless. They have been implicated as either a causative factor or key co-factor in over 150 neurodegenerative and immune-suppressive diseases. They utilize lipids for their nutrients – primarily cholesterol in the human body.
They are obtained by fluid exchange and are airborne pathogens. Ninety percent of evaluated ALS patients had Myco and 100% of ALS patients with Gulf War Syndrome had Myco and nearly all of those were the specifically weaponized strain of M. Fermentans incognitus. Dr. Garth Nicholson, PhD, states that since mycoplasma sequence associated with the various Gulf syndrome symptoms is quite infectious, prolonged contact, or even casual contact with infected persons can facilitate its dissemination.
Evidently Dr. Nicholson and his wife contracted Myco from their daughter who came home from the Gulf War quite ill: http://www.whale.to/vaccine/cantwell2.html
For more information on Dr. Garth Nicolson’s work with Myco read: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/connecting-dots-mycoplasma/
As with all pathogens, make yourself a tough target by beefing up your immune system, and detoxing these pathogens once you start an antimicrobial program. For basic information on how to do this please read: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/tips-for-newbies/
You will hear different statistics on the prevalence of the various coinfections, but according to Nicholson, Mycoplasma is the number one Lyme co-infection. Similar to borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease, Myco can persist despite treatment.
These treatments are for educational purposes only. Please discuss all treatments with your health professional.
Nicholson’s Treatment Protocol:
A 6 month treatment with no break followed by several 6-week on, 2 week off antibiotic cycles. Antibiotics include: Doxycycline, Azithromycin, Minocycline, or Clarithromycin, with combinations often required as well as switching the antibiotics at least once. The addition of Flagyl may benefit as well. Some doctors have suggested antivirals as Myco also has viral characteristics.
Nicholson also suggests oxidative therapies, NT Factor, Mycoplasma-specific transfer factors, Raintree Myco, Raintree A-F, and Raintree Immune Support. Since the frequencies for Mycoplasma are too similar to normal cellular frequencies he does not recommend Rife therapy. Anything that strengthens the immune system is helpful and might include chelation of heavy metals, probiotics, a no sugar, no gluten diet, well as various various supplements – making sure they are absorbed well.
Dr. Horowtiz’s Treatment Protocol: (Author of Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease) Combination antibiotic therapy with at least two intracellular antibiotics as he found patients still testing positive after almost one year of continuous single-drug therapy.
He also recommends NT factor to repair mitochondrial damage, acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, NADH, and occasionally D-ribose (but not for patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes who have elevated levels of glycation).
According to Michael Biamonte, Dr. of Nutripathy, and New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist, who also founded of the Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition, cause of Mycoplasma infection can be due to adrenal hormone instability which can result from a poorly functioning adrenal gland, stress, and fluctuating cortisol and epinephrine levels. Particularly in the case of Mycoplasma pneumonia, the most common atypical bacteria that causes chronic respiratory conditions, the bacteria’s toxins trigger cytokines which combine with free radicals to cause inflammation and disruption of tissue and cell structure in the respiratory tract. This particular Myco strain has been associated with bronchial asthma and COPD.
For Mycoplasma pneumonia he recommends Wei Laboratories’ ClearLung, Jade, Java, and NewBase to clear the infection. He states patients can experience improvement with one day of treatment and total symptom elimination with three days of treatment. Three to four weeks are required for significant improvement and six weeks to three months for sustained results.
Mycoplasma fermentans, the one Nicholson has predominantly studied, mostly affects muscles and joints causing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome along with other neurodegenerative diseases. Symptoms include aches and pains, coldness and heaviness in parts of the body, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, balance problems, night sweats, fever, headaches, sleep problems, loss of concentration and memory, depression, and irritability.
For fermentans he recommends two phases of treatment: Phase I clears extracellular bacteria and removing cold damp using Fibromin A. Brown, Hepavin, Levera, LC Balancer, Xcel, Bi and KS help reduce liver and kidney inflammation. Symptom improvement is also 3 three days, with 1-2 weeks of treatment for significant improvement. Phase II clears intracellular bacteria, B. Brown, LC Balancer, Sona, Breez, and BI improve liver and lymph node function. Patients can experience pain reduction in three days with two-six weeks needed for significant improvement.
Mycoplasma genitalium usually infects the urinary tract causing urethritis in men with symptoms of discharge from the penis with burning upon urination. In women it can cause cervicitis, endometriosis, and salpingitis. It can cause infertility in both men and women and plays a role in urogenital tract cancers.
Treatment of M. genitalium requires Mycocin, Brown, Hepavin, Sissy, and BI. Patients can have improvement in three days with two-six weeks for significant improvement.
After removing the infection he recommends two-six weeks of Cellgen, Harmonin, and Cortigen to improve the underlying adrenal hormone issues and to prevent reinfection.
Suggested Usage at Full Dose:
ClearLung: 50mL, 2 times/day or 2 capsules, 3 times/day Newbase: 2 capsules, 3 times a day. Java: 2 capsules, 2 times a day Jade: 2 capsules, 3 times a day
Fibromin A: 2 capsules, 3 times a day Fibromin B: 2 capsules, 3 times a day
Mycocin: 2 capsules, 3 times a day
Wei Laboratories, Inc. Toll-free 1-888-919-1188, 408-970-8700, Fax 408-844-9450
Master Herbalist Stephen Buhner’s Mycoplasma Protocol:
Serrapeptase: 1 cap daily on empty stomach to break Myco cell walls
Raintree Nutrition Myco Formula
Cryptolepis – 1 tsp 3X/day (woodlandessence.com)
Gluten-free, sugar-free, nut and seed free, and any oils derived from them free diet
Bee pollen – 1 Tbsp every morning
To help adrenals and energy: Muscle Tone Formula – 1 dropperful 3X/day (woodlandessence.com)
Low energy: eleutherococcus tincture – 1 tsp am and noonish (HerbPharm brand only)
Multi-vitamin plus extra C, D, E, CoQ-10, beta-carotene, quercetin, folic acid, bioflavoids, and biotin.
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