New Bartonella Species


Certain Bartonella species are known to cause afebrile bacteremia in humans and other mammals, including B. quintana, the agent of trench fever, and B. henselae, the agent of cat scratch disease. Reports have indicated that animal-associated Bartonella species may cause paucisymptomatic bacteremia and endocarditis in humans. We identified potentially zoonotic strains from 6 Bartonella species in samples from patients who had chronic, subjective symptoms and who reported tick bites. Three strains were B. henselae and 3 were from other animal-associated Bartonella spp. (B. doshiae, B. schoenbuchensis, and B. tribocorum). Genomic analysis of the isolated strains revealed differences from previously sequenced Bartonella strains. Our investigation identifed 3 novel Bartonella spp. strains with human pathogenic potential and showed that Bartonella spp. may be the cause of undifferentiated chronic illness in humans who have been bitten by ticks.”

“In summary, their ‘major finding is the isolation of zoonotic Bartonella other than B. quintana in the blood of patients with poorly qualified syndromes. These results indicate that zoonotic Bartonella spp. infection may cause undifferentiated chronic illness in humans.’ (With “poorly qualified syndromes” the authors are primarily referring to CFS-chronic fatigue syndrome. “Undifferentiated” symptoms are generalized complaints like joint or muscle pain, numbness, tingling, headache, insomnia, fatigue or “flu-like” symptoms. “Undifferentiated chronic illness” is basically an illness that we don’t have an explanation or a clear diagnosis for.)

The authors state it is crucial to determine whether Bartonella is involved ‘because treatment for chronic Bartonella bacteremia (as for B. quintana) is particularly arduous and may require six weeks of doxycycline treatment together with three weeks of gentamicin, as these are the only antimicrobial drugs known to be effective in eradication of Bartonella.’

Here’s my take away from this study: If someone with a tick bite tests negative for Lyme but continues to have chronic symptoms like those I’ve highlighted above, a weird striated rash (like the one pictured below), swollen lymph nodes, or has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and/or myalgic encephalomyelitis, it would be wise to be tested for a Bartonella infection.”


Image from Lonnie Marcum’s site:

Please refer to:

There are other things besides doxy and gentamicin that are effective against Bartonella.  Don’t trust the CDC on this, trust veterinarian Dr. Breitschwerdt, who has far more expertise in this area than regular GP’s.

New Species of Lyme Found

Published on Feb 5, 2016
Dr. Bobbi Pritt, Mayo Clinic, discuss how Mayo Clinic researchers, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii (named after Will and Charlie Mayo who founded Mayo Clinic). Prior to this finding, the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America was Borrelia burgdorferi.

index.phpMycoplasma pneumoniae. Photomicrograph, unstained. Note two isolated colonies adjacent to a single classical artifact, a ‘pseudocolony’ (750X) Submitted by Garth Hogan, November 12, 2009  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:

For more information on Dr. Garth Nicolson’s work with Myco read:

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:

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 (
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 (
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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Zika Sexually Transmitted

The CDC is now stating Zika under certain conditions may be sexually transmitted, as well as through breast milk.  According to the Associated Press: “Health officials say a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex, in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America.”

Now that’s a head scratcher.

So, all it takes is one case with Zika while thousands of cases of borrelia infected couples are told by the same CDC that it isn’t an STD and it isn’t congenital, even though it’s a spirochete very similar to Syphilis and researchers have found it in semen and vaginal secretions?  Reference: The Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014; 62:280-281.

Am I missing something?

Zika, associated with a serious birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads (microcephaly), is a zoonotic disease similar to Lyme Disease and is transmitted from animals to humans through mosquitoes.  Global health officials have said, however, that as many as 80% of people exposed to the virus have little to no symptoms.

So why is there such a big scare?  One word: vaccines.

According to the CDC, 95% of people with the poliovirus have no symptoms.  Less than 1% will develop any sort of paralysis, and of those less than 10% result in death.

But, have you ever heard those statistics before?

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has already publicly declared war on Zika and the mosquitoes that carry the virus.  And yet, 80% of people with Zika will not have symptoms.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 1 out of every five infected will become ill with mild symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis, lasting for several days to a week.

Is that what you’ve been reading?

According to Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at Penn State at University Park, we have loads of viruses within us and they don’t harm us at all, in fact they can be beneficial.  In this link, Marco Caceres makes a valid point, “Why are we assuming that Zika is any threat to us at all?” andWhat other things going on in Brazil could be causing the epidemic of microcephaly there?”

A very probable answer is that Tdap vaccines were mandated for all pregnant women in Brazil in late 2014.  In 2011, with little evidence proving safety, the CDC instituted a similar universal vaccine policy for all pregnant women here in the U.S.

The CVE report listed the following ingredients in the GSK/Butantan Institute Tdap vaccine:
Diphtheria toxoid—not less than 2 International Units (IU)
Tetanus toxoid—not less than 20 International Units (IU)
Bordetella pertussis antigen
Pertussis toxoid—8 mcg
Filamentous haemagglutinin—8 mcg
Pertactin—2.5 mcg
Adsorbed hydrated aluminum hydroxide (Al (OH ) 3) and aluminum phosphate (AlPO4)
Excipients: aluminum hydroxide , aluminum phosphate , sodium chloride and water for injection. Contains formaldehyde residues, polysorbate 80 and glycine

GSK’s Tdap product is internationally known under the brand name Refortrix® or, more commonly, Boostrix®), and it has been licensed in Brazil for more than a decade.7 In addition to the ingredients listed above for Boostrix, the following growth medium and process ingredients are used in manufacturing the vaccine:
modified Latham medium derived from bovine casein
Fenton medium containing bovine extract
Stainer-Scholte liquid medium
aluminum hydroxide

Anybody notice all the aluminum?

According to GSK, neither the safety nor effectiveness of Boostrix have been established in pregnant women.  The package insert for Boostrix reads:  A developmental toxicity study has been performed in female rats at a dose approximately 40 times the human dose (on a mL/kg basis) and revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus due to BOOSTRIX. Animal fertility studies have not been conducted with BOOSTRIX. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, BOOSTRIX should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.  And yet the Brazilian government has been vaccinating tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of pregnant women in its country during the past year. A large portion of these pregnancies are occurring in Brazil’s northeastern region, notably in the state of Pernambuco—the country’s fastest growing population center.  Warning to Pregnant Mothers – Toxic Dose of Aluminum in the Tdap (11 minutes long WEB-SITE:, Crisis of toxins being injected into children. Barbara Loe Fisher of NVIC (Approx 8 min)  “Even with super high pertussis vaccine coverage in America and other countries like the Netherlands, Australia, Finland and Canada, whooping cough disease cannot be prevented. There are two main reasons for this fact.

First, pertussis vaccines widely used since the 1950’s have not prevented whooping cough disease from circulating in vaccinated populations. Unknown numbers of children and adults, who have gotten all government recommended pertussis shots, can and do develop whooping cough or are carriers without symptoms.

Because pertussis vaccine immunity is only temporary and does not last, health officials are now telling teenagers and adults to get more booster shots. But that is not going to matter if scientific evidence that B. pertussis organisms have mutated and become vaccine-resistant turns out to be correct.

A second important reason is that another Bordetella organism — parapertussis — also can cause whooping cough. B. parapertussis symptoms, while often milder, can look exactly like B. pertussis. But doctors rarely recognize or test for parapertussis. And there is NO vaccine for parapertussis.

The DTaP vaccine given 5 times to children under age 6 and booster doses for teenagers and adults does not protect against whooping cough caused by B. parapertussis. In highly vaccinated countries like the U.S., parpertussis is on the rise and it is estimated that perhaps 30 percent or more of whooping cough disease is actually caused by parapertussis!”

So, back to Zika.  Could this outbreak of microcephaly have more to do with vaccinating vulnerable pregnant women with the DTap vaccine than the Zika virus.  I think so, considering Zika has been around for decades but the Brazilian mandated vaccine has been around for about as long as the gestational period.  Food for thought.

What do patients with a life-threatening reaction to red meat after being bitten by the Ixodes holocyclus tick have in common with colorectal cancer patients?  A carbohydrate found in all mammals except primates called galactose-alpha- 1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal.  

Australian allergy specialist Sheryl van Nunen got her red meat allergy mystery solved when there was a surge in allergic reactions in the U.S. to a drug, Cetuximab, used to treat colorectal cancer developed using a mouse cell line, also containing alpha-gal.  


If you haven’t read the articles on vaccines, please do. and

Some vaccines used to be run through mouse brains.  This is important to know as mice are one of the biggest reservoirs for borrelia, the causative agent known to cause Lyme Disease.

Evidently, this is the only situation in which a trigger has been traced directly to developing an allergy.  Nunen states, “We’ve got the provoking factor – something that changes the immune system – which is the tick.”  

Or is it?  Maybe it’s what’s in the mouse.

Nunen also has a unique way of removing ticks.  Rather than using tweezers, her mantra is “freeze it, don’t squeeze it”.  She educates that tweezers and other methods cause the tick to regurgitate it’s stomach contents into you, while using an ether-containing spray, like those used to treat warts, freeze the tick killing it instantly.







Read this encouraging story of Ellie who had been diagnosed with everything from MS to Lupus to Fibromyalgia but had undiagnosed Lyme Disease (MSIDS – multi systemic infectious disease syndrome).  When she wasn’t in bed she was in her wheelchair.  Finally 15 years into it, she moved to California to die. Less than a week after moving she was attacked by a swarm of Africanised bees who evidently decided her number wasn’t up yet.

After this experience, Ellie decided to do apitherapy – or Bee Venom Therapy (BVT).  Three years later Ellie seems to have completely recovered.

You will be happy to know that she is collecting venom for Lyme researcher Eva Sapi, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven, who says the melittin, a potent antimicrobial from the venom, looks “very promising.”


Hearing on NPR

Before you read the NPR article, please understand that most Lyme advocates do NOT agree to giving the State Medical Board jurisdiction to make standards for diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease (MSIDS – multi systemic infectious disease syndrome).  The authors of the bill realize it was poorly written but wanted to start a conversation.  And, conversation they got.

Please continue to write the folks on the committee and share that giving the MEB this power would have unintended consequences.  These are the folks hunting down LLMD’s and persecuting them:   Not the group we want writing best practices for us.

We already have excellent guidelines created by ILADS, the group of doctors who admit you can have persistent symptoms.  These guidelines should be next to the CDC guidelines so that patients and doctors can see there is a schism in the medical community on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme (MSIDS).

We will be watching this closely to make sure we don’t substitute one tyranny for another.  Our goal is to make this between doctors and patients, unfortunately, most doctors are woefully ill-equipped to diagnose and treat MSIDS patients as they’ve been hiding behind the CDC guidelines for 16 years.  

For an excellent article explaining the foibles of the politics, please read:

Legislation Would Medical Examining Board Come Up With Standards For Diagnosis, Treatment
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 4:25pm
By Shamane Mills

Lawmakers heard emotional stories of how people’s lives have been affected by Lyme disease at a hearing Wednesday for a bill supporters say would improve diagnosis and treatment of the tick-borne illness.

Susan Allen of Hartland used to be a teacher and a runner, but now she can’t work and has trouble walking after Lyme disease infected her brain. After waiting 4 years for a diagnosis, she describes herself as a “battle-weary warrior.”

“I’m a veteran of a war I never signed up for, and a victim of a battle between two entities: my government and the medical establishment,” she told lawmakers.

Other victims of Lyme disease testified that they went to countless doctors who misdiagnosed their ailment, or who wouldn’t treat them at all.

The bill up for consideration would have the Medical Examining Board come up with rules on how to best diagnose and treat Lyme disease. The legislation faces opposition from the Wisconsin Medical Society, which asserts it would be unprecedented to have the board set such rules.

Dr. James Conway, a pediatric disease specialist with University of Wisconsin Health, told the Assembly health committee there are national guidelines for Lyme disease, and that this bill may be a solution looking for a problem.

“We have an obligation to do no harm, and we now know that unnecessary antibiotics lead to resistance, and long courses of antibiotics lead to all sorts of complications,” he said.

Those complications include problems like clostridium difficile diarrhea, commonly known as C. diff.

Lyme disease occurs mostly in the upper Midwest and northeast part of the country. It can cause fatigue, joint pain and even affect the central nervous system.

One of the bill’s authors, Rep. Melissa Sargent, told the committee how her 10-year old son was treated for the disease after he got a fever, fatigue and strange rash.

“Probably every single one of us has a story of someone that we know, that we love, that has been touched by this. We are an active community. We are a state that loves being outdoors,” she said.

Rep. James Edming, a member of the health committee, talked about his own bout with Lyme disease.

“I’m almost scared to go into the woods — and I live in the woods,” he said. “You can’t walk around with this big jar over top of yourself with a cap on top of it.”

Rep. David Craig, another author, said the bill differs from laws in Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut, which protect doctors from license sanctions for prescribing controversial Lyme treatments. Craig said this legislation provides a clear direction for medical professionals regarding what steps can be taken to treat long-term symptoms of Lyme disease.

Wisconsin Public Radio, © Copyright 2016, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.


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