Stealth bacterial or viral infections can lie dormant, and then become active, but remain hidden. Specific bacteria passed on through ticks, known as ‘Borrellia’, don’t have a rigid cell wall, and can change cells, and produce toxins within them. Another example is ‘Bartonella’ or cat scratch disease. And it’s now found everywhere:
‘in domestic dogs, cats, cows, and rodents which can act as bacterial reservoirs. Fleas, lice – and possibly ticks – also act as repositories for different strains of the bacteria.’ ~ Bartonella, the Stealth Pathogen.
The most worrisome thing is, stealth infections may lead to all sorts of chronic illnesses:
‘Lyme Disease, Autism, MS, Parkinson’s, Motor Neuron Disease, Fibromyaglia, Alzheimers, and more (list from BEYOND THE BANDAID). Sometimes these illnesses are misdiagnosed, for example many Lyme patients are diagnosed as having MS, or Chronic fatigue. These chronic illnesses attack the central nervous system, are linked to depression and anxiety, as well as other mental illness.
‘It has now been scientifically proven that stealth viruses do, indeed, exist and can be at the root of many multi-system neuro-degenrative illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder, autism and other diseases causing behavioural changes.’
The Focal Infection Theory, which dates all the way back to the 1920’s, suggests a localised infection can ‘initiate, sustain, or worsen’ systematic diseases, including cancers. So just how far does this stealth infection theory go? We are surrounded by microbes, and other important questions remain:
Could there be a correlation between those susceptible to chronic and mental illnesses and how well they are able to fight off these hidden pathogens? Could it be genes that are unable to fight off these stealth infections that are causing histories of mental health conditions/cancers/autism/the list goes on … within a family?
How about the tiny bacteria Mycoplasma which has been linked to cancers?
‘This single stealth pathogen has been discovered in the urogenital tract of patients suffering from inflammatory pelvic disease, urethritis, and other urinary tract diseases (8) It has been discovered in the heart tissues and fluid of patients suffering from cardititis, pericarditis, tachycardia, hemolytic anemia, and other coronary heart diseases.(9, 10, 14) It has been found in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with meningitis and encephalitis, seizures, ALS, Alzheimer’s and other central nervous system infections, diseases and disorders.(11-13) It has even been found regularly in the bone marrow of children with leukemia.’ ~ MYCO
Health professionals from the Documentary, BEYOND THE BANDAID, suggest that psychiatrists and immunologists need to start talking.
And I agree.
The lack of communication between medical fields is causing missing links, holding us back from medical advancements – much like maths being taught as a separate subject from science, in high school. The full picture can’t be seen. And until we start working together across fields, what else can be done, but putting on bandaids?
And for those who suffer from Lyme Disease in Australia … sorry, you don’t even get one of those.
This blog was inspired by BEYOND THE BANDAID
Hayley M Clearihan