Thursday, 14 June 2012
Mycoplasma...The Stealth Pathogen We All Have
Most of us Lyme disease sufferers don't think much about mycoplasma. It's one of those odd infections, like Epstein-Barr or Herpes, that we think everyone carries and which we shouldn't worry about, because chances are, Lyme, babs and borrelia are a bigger deal and besides, if we treat the latter, shouldn't our immune system "mop up" these incidental infections?
Sometimes, I think this is the case, but I'm changing my mind about mycoplasma. I don't think it's an incidental infection that should be ignored, because it's a virulent organism that can cause symptoms similar to those found in Lyme disease, and since it mimics Lyme symptoms, perhaps we ought to take it for granted that it's wreaking havoc upon our bodies, too. Especially since it's thought that most, if not all, Lyme disease sufferers have some type of mycoplasma.
But diagnosing and treating it is tricky, just as other Lyme co-infections. Mycoplasma, a man-made organism that's an inconvenient cross between a bacteria and a virus, lacks a cell wall, which makes it resistant to many antibiotics. It is an intracellular organism that rarely spends much time in the bloodstream, rendering blood tests for it inaccurate. It is also difficult to culture, which further complicates lab analyses. Unconventional testing methods, such as applied kinesiology, may be required to detect its presence. Or you could take it for granted that you probably have one or more mycoplasma infections, along with Lyme, and decide to treat for it, anyway.
So what IS the treatment for mycoplasma? Multiple solutions exist, and the success you have in treating this infection will depend largely upon the type of mycoplama you have, as well as other factors, such as how many other co-infections you have, your immune system's ability to respond to treatment, and of course, whether the treatment is properly tailored to your specific infection(s).
Doxycycline is thought by some LLMD's to be effective for treating most mycoplasmas. If you don't want to go the pharma-biotics route, you might try using a Rife machine, using frequencies found in the CAFL list (downloadable for free on the Internet). Alternatively, techniques in energy medicine have proven to be useful, such as Quantum Techniques, www.quantumtechniques.com, and bioresonance therapies that inject the reverse energetic imprint of the pathogen back into the body.
However you choose to treat mycoplasma, doing so may be important for a full recovery from Lyme disease. Don't sweep this oft-ignored co-infection under the rug; it can contribute significantly to your symptoms, and may require a separate protocol from that of your other infections.