I am new to mycoplasma. My LLMD thinks that it is my remaining issue. I have cognitive problems that clear up with ABX treatment as one of the main reasons he thinks that. I am sure there are other reasons he thinks this but I dont know them.
Anyway I scanned that paper above and it is above my head at this point but noticed the following statement:
quote: There remains an ongoing controversy whether to treat clinically patients who have mycoplasmal infections. Even with mycoplasmal involvement as possible causes of chronic illnesses, as co-factors or as bystanders causing co-morbid conditions, this controversy has endured.
Why is it controversial to treat it?
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Great article, thanks Bonnie!
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I have read a great deal of material on mycoplasma and related organisms like ureaplasma and remain of the view that they have a role in chronic illness.
As a result of this and a positive blood test for mycoplasma pn. I had some correspondence with the author of that paper Garth L Nicolson.
I was looking for input on suitable labs to perform accurate mycoplasma diagnostic testing (his own organization does that but does not offer internationally)
Garth Nicolson has made a name for himself in many papers promoting the case for mycoplasma in various chronic diseases ( CFS, Chronic Lyme, Gulf War syndrome - were the most prominent )
his responses were a bit odd, basically consisted of somewhat defensive statements about the nature of the organization he ran, rather than any help with my actual inquiry. I thought it a bit odd of someone who had apparently dedicated a good part of their life towards helping people with this infection.
It made me think that pressure may have been brought to bear on him to modify his message but that is purely supposition on my part.
I think i read also that some of his work had been discredited.
The one thing that he did offer was he believed treatment with a supplement he had co-developed (and I think has a financial interest in), called NT factor, could significantly help symptoms(although not the underlying infection). NT factor is basically a mixture of naturally occurring phospholipids - similar to those that make up the membrane of the mitochondria in our cells and I believe the theory is these become damaged in many fatiguing illnesses through oxidative stress and that supplementation can help restore their function.