Unusual Infections

Overview

A number of infections exist that because of their widespread involvement of the body result in a myriad of symptoms that may mimic numerous other conditions that occur due to toxins, deficiencies, hormonal deficiencies, oxidative stress or digestive disturbances. These need to be considered in the clinical workup of patients. A list of unusual infections include: Lyme's Disease, Infectious Mononucleosis, Cytomegalovirus, Mycoplasma, and Chlamydia.

Lyme Disease

This infection due to Borrelia burgdorferi, may be associated with the following; sleeping disorder (Insomnia), muscle pains, back pain, weakness, fatigue, chills, nausea and vomiting, facial paralysis, irregular heart beats, blurry vision, mood changes, memory loss, depression, joint pains and enlargement of lymph nodes.

This condition is also known as the great imposter because it can mimic so many other conditions and diseases, including a variety of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

This organism can be spread by ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, mites, and human-to-human contact (including breast-feeding). Early identification and management with antibiotics is important because if left undiagnosed this condition can progress to damaging virtually all body systems. Also, in the chronic stages the blood may not reveal the organism, as at this stage the damage is caused by deposition of immune-complexes in the tissues (so antibody tests at this stage may be unreliable (Western Blot Antibody Test). This organism can also in its genetic offspring evolve into different forms, and become antibiotic-resistant.

Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono)

Infectious Mononucleosis is caused by the Ebstein-Barr virus. The disease is very contagious and is also known as the kissing disease. Symptoms usually occur about 4-7 weeks after exposure. People suffering from infectious mononucleosis could have the following symptoms:

  • Chills and fever
  • Sore throat
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes, especially in neck
  • Symptoms referable to liver, kidneys or heart, if these are affected

Only 10% of patients affected develop a rash and may have darkened bruise-like areas in the mouth. This disease is most commonly seen in 15-17 year-olds. The disease tends to resolve in 4-6 weeks. Antibiotics such as Ampicillin may make the condition worse (if no secondary bacterial infection). Aspirin should not be taken as this may cause complications.

Cytomegalovirus

This is a beta-Herpes virus that causes an infectious mononucleosis-like illness. This virus, like some other Herpes viruses, may cause cardiovascular disease due to the inflammatory changes it creates in the vascular wall, the increase in lipoproteins and smooth muscle proliferation in the arterial wall. Of particular danger is that this virus may lie dormant for years, while causing significant vascular damage. An unusual retinitis is seen in immunocompromised patients.

The release of inflammatory cytokines may influence the course of cancer. There may also be an association with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Mycoplasma

This organism has a strong association with Gulf War syndrome. Antibiotics are the usual chosen management. Multiple antibiotic cycles are required to successfully manage this condition (so re-inoculation of the gut with friendly flora is mandatory). Antibiotic management should be supported with Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy and mega doses of vitamins and minerals along with other unique supplements such as various forms of Amino Acids.

Recent introduction of Dioxychlor, which is a homeopathic oxidant, has produced very helpful results against Mycoplasma (as well as in the management of Epstein-Barr virus and Cytomegalovirus).

Chlamydia

This is the most prevalent STD in the USA, with 4-8 million new cases each year. The infection is dangerous as it may be asymptomatic, meaning that it shows no symptoms, while damage is being caused to the Fallopian tubes, Uterus, and Cervix. People affected have a higher rate of ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, premature births, as well as a chance of infertility. The disease may also infect the Urethra, eyes, and throat. In males, the urethritis may be confused with Gonococcal urethritis. Epididymitis may also occur in affected males.

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Management

Lyme Disease

The main thrust of management of this disease is prevention, so as not to be infected by insect bites. Once infected, active management consists of:

  • Avoiding sugars and alcohol
  • Sufficient minerals and vitamins
  • Alkaline foods and water
  • Probiotics
  • Booster immune function
  • Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide therapy

*When Lymes disease is systemic both IV antibiotics and long-term antibiotics may be necessary.

Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono)

Management consists of bed rest, appropriate diet, taking an amino-acid blend, eating small rather than large meals, and avoiding processed, sugary, and fried foods. Specific Vitamin and Minerals can also be extremely helpful as well as unique detoxifiers and other nutritional supplements.

Mycoplasma

Various herbal remedies have shown to be very effective as well as other therapies to remove oxidative stress. Other simple solutions include a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates, adequate sleep, reduced air travel and avoiding excessive exercise.

Chlamydia

Management consists of drinking large amounts of water or healthy juices such as carrot, beet, watermelon, and celery. Further management are available using specific herbal supplements that are shown to be very affective in managing Chlamydia.

Overall, Dr. Allibone manages each patient on a highly individualized case so that the root of the problem can be found and managed not just covering the symptoms. Using this specialized method, each patient can be put on the path to optimal health.

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