When we all think co-infections of Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis are the ones that tend to come to mind. But we never seem to think about Mycoplasma, and it is commonly overlooked by ourselves, and our doctors as well. And it should not be overlooked. In one study, as many as seventy five percent of Lyme patients have Mycoplasma infections, making it the NUMBER ONE co-infection of Lyme, surpassing Bartonella and Babesia. Wow.
If you continue reading, there seems to be an overlap of symptoms, diagnosis, growth, and treatment.
What is Mycoplasma? Mycoplasma are the smallest organisms that do not have a cell wall or cell nucleus and act like parasites within a host. They can also take different shapes. There are many different strains but only about a dozen affect humans. Because of the versatility, they can hide from the immune system and affect it in many ways.
Unlike viruses, they can grow your blood, joints, heart, chest, and spinal fluids and can grow in living tissue cell structures without killing the cells as many other viruses and bacteria do. They are also found to infect females four times more often than males, which is about the same incident rate of many other autoimmune disorders.
Not everyone is as susceptible for contracting Mycoplasma. Generally, people with weakened immune systems and the elderly are most likely to get an infection.
Mycoplasma can be spread in many different ways. It can be spread via ticks, but can also be spread via drops of moisture from the nose and mouth as well as genital fluids (yes, there are some forms of Mycoplasma that are spread sexually), as well as the air. We will get back to that one later.
The most common form of Mycoplasma among the general population, affecting 2 million people in the United States alone every year, is Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Symptoms of Mycoplasma pneumoniae include respiratory infections, bronchitis, pharyngitis, and asthma. It can also cause extreme exhaustion, flu symptoms, fever, headache, muscle aches, skin rashes, sore throat, and joint pain. This form is generally spread by sneezing and coughing and is the cause of “walking pneumonia”.
The most common form of Mycoplasma tested in Lyme patients is called Mycoplasma fermentans, with nearly 50% of Mycoplasma positive Lyme patients being positive for this strain.
Some of it’s symptoms include night sweats, fibromyagia, fatigue, headaches, fevers, memory loss, skin rashes, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, depression, and bronchitis as well as serious neurological manifestations.
I wrote a blog about the conspiracies of Lyme disease and discussed admitted that mycoplasma may have been released from Plum Island. Long story short (posted July 15th, you should find it, 😉 ) is that there has been a lot of evidence supporting the government possibly having a role in some of the transmission and strains. Dr. Hess, who worked on the island, claimed that the tick research area was not safe. Dr. Garth Nicolson, also a researcher for Plum Island had said that Mycoplasma was “possibly let loose from the island.” Possibly. Hmm.
Mycoplasma has been used in biological warfare. Interestingly enough, the most common form among Lyme patients, Mycoplasma fermentans, is also known as Gulf War Illness. A particular strain, Mycoplasma fermentans incognitus is a weaponized strain of the bacteria. A weaponized strain means that it is created to make the organism stronger and resistant to get rid of. This particular strain actually has part of the HIV protein coat, about 40% of it, meaning you can in fact contract HIV but if you don’t, it can result in the same debilitating symptoms. Also meaning it HAS TO be man-made strain of the bacteria.
This particular form can also be responsible for CFS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Respiratory issues, Lupus, and many other diseases. Another good reason to not underestimate this bacteria.
Many Gulf War veterans became very ill and even died. Their families also became ill once they came home. And many carried the fermamtans incognitis strain of Mycoplasma. It is said that the most likely scenario was testing out the actual military personel by giving them vaccines that contained the bacteria as many were not deployed. Biological weapon sprayers were known to have been deployed during the war, so that could also be a possibility, since this can be spread via the air.
In Kuwait, up to 25% of their population became to fall ill with the same symptoms as the Gulf War Illness, aka Mycoplasma.
Think of all the chem trails that you see in the sky. Our government could be spraying us all with bacteria and we would never even know it. Believe what you want, but that is a very good theory with a lot of diseases. Hell, they could be dropping ticks from the sky for all I know. You all know me, KimmieCakes the conspiracist. 🙂
A special forces colonel, Schumacher, released information about Mycoplasma after he retired. His group was not allowed to deploy their biological weapons detectors during the Gulf War, leading to reports that these weapons were not detected or used. He states after the war was over, instead of taking inventory of the weapons, they were blown up.
He also spoke of the Iraqis receiving a lot of assistance from the U.S. during the Iraq/Iran war (previous to the Gulf War) as chemical and biological weapons were given to them and there were indicators that they had been used.
Just after the Gulf War, in 1994, there is belief that a Texas prison in Huntsville was testing their prisoners. The prisoners became sick and died from things like ALS (many of these type of diseases there is a positive Mycoplasma test, up to 90%). A HIGH number became sick. In this one area, where 3 state prisons are found, 70 cases of ALS, many MS cases, and high numbers of Rheumatoid Arthritis were reported.
That is a lot for one area! The prisoners that died were suppose to be sent off to the University of Texas for autoposy. The thing is, NONE of their bodies were ever sent there but were found to be done at a US Army base and then sent to a private crematory and all the prisoner records were then destroyed. The prison’s staff also began to fall very ill.
A document was found later indicating that the Texas Prison Board, Baylor College of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Defense were experimenting with Mycoplasma as well as Brucella and the Parvovirus on the inmates.
And you think I am crazy for thinking “they” could be out to get us? haha 😉
Diagnosis can be made by a variety of bloodwork tests, cultures, chest x rays, and even biopsies when there is an unknown cause of illness. Unfortunately, some of these tests can be inaccurate, so clinical diagnoses can also be made.
Treatments for Mycoplasma are antibiotics such as Doxycycline, Azithromycin, Erythromycin and Biaxin. Naturals to consider are olive leaf, samento, colloidal silver, and thyme leaf juice extract. People have also used rife machine to rid their infections. Much like Lyme, when one is infected with Mycoplasma, they often have several abnormalities within their body from nutritional deficiencies to metal toxicity. These should also be taken into account in order to treat and help boost your immune system.
Having Lyme disease, any strain can be very difficult to irradiate. Garth Nicolson also believes that it is impossible to completely get rid of this bacteria. Even what is known to be one to keep at bay and easier to treat, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, can keep coming back among all the other forms.Yikes.
Interestingly, I found that you CAN indeed herx off of a Mycoplasma treatment. So.. for those of you with a lot of herxing going on, you just may be killing off more than Lyme and the co-infections you are familiar with. It could possibly be Mycoplasma as well! So don’t forget to detox!
This co-infection of Lyme, yes, it a co-infection because many Mycoplasma forms are transmitted by ticks. Mycoplasma should be considered as a factor in your treatment and might explain some of the severity of your symptoms as sometimes, it is not just Lyme that is making you sick.
As you could tell, there are quite a few overlapping symptoms so it is at least worth mentioning to your doctor, in my opinion. Luckily, many of the treatments coincide with a Lyme protocol, but it is information for both you and your doctor.
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