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Liquid into FlaskCFS suffers in research terms because little is known about the condition. This means many researchers are working on various hypotheses instead of collaborating on a proven theory.

Unfortunately early research on CFS was directed down a psychiatric route and, despite more recent biomedical research producing good results, this psychiatric research route has not yet disappeared. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease were once believed to be psychosomatic conditions until biological evidence was found. Western medicine has a tendency to label diseases which are not yet understood as psychiatric conditions.

Many CFS patients have suffered due to this mis-labelling however newer research methods are enabling researchers to conduct more biomedical research on existing patients and hopefully this research will soon produce some definitive answers.

As stated elsewhere on this site, we subscribe to the chronic infection theory and evidence for this theory is presented here.

Evidence of Chronic Infection

Medicine BottleResearch has shown that the incidence of infection in patients with CFS is significantly higher than in the general population. Specialist tests are required to test for the presence of hidden infections.

Endresen (2003). Mycoplasma blood infection in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes. Rheumatol Int. 23(5): 211-5

This study showed evidence of mycoplasma infection in 50% of patients with CFS and related syndromes compared to only 10% of healthy controls. The researchers used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for this study.

Nicolson, Gan & Haier (2003). Multiple co-infections (Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, human herpes virus-6) in blood of chronic fatigue syndrome patients: association with signs and symptoms. APMIS 111(5): 557-66

This was a follow up to a previous study which showed 52% of CFS patients had evidence of mycoplasma infection. This study examined the blood of both mycoplasma positive and negative patients for chlamydia pneumoniae and HHV-6 and found little difference. CFS patients tested significantly higher than control groups for c.pneumoniae (7.5% vs. 1%); and HHV-6 (30.5% vs. 9%). Researchers also found no correlation between types of co-infection and severity of symptoms; but they did find that patients with co-infections had more severe symptoms than those with only one type of infection.

Nijs, Nicolson, De Becker, Coomans, De Meirleir (2002). High prevelance of Mycoplasma infection among European chronic fatigue syndrome patients. Examination of four Mycoplasma species in blood of chronic fatigue syndrome patients. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology. 34(3): 209-14

This study found evidence of mycoplasma infections in European patients where previous studies had used American patients. Results were replicated and patients with CFS were found to have a higher incidence of infection (68.6%) compared to healthy controls (5.6%).

Nasralla, Haier & Nicolson (1999). Multiple mycoplasma infections detected in blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 18(12): 859-65

Researchers tested for specific mycoplasma infections in patients with CFS after finding evidence of mycoplasma infection in 60% of CFS patients tested. Multiple infections were found in 52.7% of patients.

Please note that clicking on these links will take you to the abstract of the article.

Why Take Allicin?

Sprouting GarlicResearch is in early stages and therefore at this time it is impossible to be sure that stealth bacteria actually cause CFS and related illnesses. It may emerge that this is the case, or it may prove to be a factor, however what is being noted at the moment, is that getting rid of these infections produces a great improvement in health.

These types of bacteria are capable of hiding from the body’s immune system. They can easily move through the body, moving through cell membranes, and it is thought that they are capable of penetrating the blood-brain barrier. As they cannot be detected though regular blood tests, it may be impossible to confirm the presence of such infections without expensive, specialist tests.

Having one infection is believed to make the body more susceptible to multiple infections – other types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. This further compromises the body’s ability to heal itself and leads to poorer health.

Antibiotic protocols target bacteria by combining various antibiotics and altering the doses administered – either building up to high doses, or by varying the dose over time. This is to prevent the bacteria building up immunity to the antibiotics, and also to target the bacteria in its various forms. Antibiotics attack by targeting a specific pathway in the bacterium. If this pathway is successfully destroyed, the bacterium will die; however if the organism can adapt it can become resistant to the antibiotics.

Allicin targets more of the bacterium which makes it much more difficult for it to become resistant to the allicin. Allicin has also been proven effective against viruses, fungii, and parasites. Therefore it will target any possible infections that may be in the body.

If you are on an antibiotic protocol, it may be worth investigating the added benefits of adding allicin to the protocol. However this should be done with caution and only under the supervision of a GP or protocol-supervisor as additional killing of the bacteria may cause additional herx reactions, placing the body under further stress.

Allicin Research

Pestle and MortarCutler & Wilson (2004). Antibacterial activity of a new, stable, aqueous extract of allicin against methicillan-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. British Journal of Biomedical Science. 61(2):71-4

This study showed that allicin is effective against MRSA.

Josling (2001). Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement. A double-blind, placebo controlled survey. Advances in Therapy. 18(4): 189-193

This study showed that people who took allicin over a period of 12 weeks had significantly fewer colds than a control group given a placebo (24 vs. 65). The colds suffered by the group taking allicin were shorter than those suffered by the control group. The researchers conclude that taking allicin helps prevent the common cold.

Please note that clicking on these links will open PDF documents showing the full article.

July 29, 2009 - Posted by | Health Science

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