Bartonella Update Information on Treatment And Testing
James Schaller, MD Proposes Ideas Top Veterinarian Clarifies and Promotes
Bartonella: exceptional update by journalist Sarah Avery.
In interviews she reminds readers of what we found in past journals—Bartonella "may be transmitted to infants." We feel this is likely true.
Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt is in my opinion the top veterinarian expert on Bartonella. He feels it is likely to be passed to people in contact in the some home. We would merely add that families have the same exposure to possibly massive numbers of similar carriers.
Breitschwerdt reports a mother and father who began battling chronic aches, fatigue, etc. soon after they were married. They had twins but the daughter died quickly, with the son suffering from persistent health problems. I would suggest that Bartonella is often not alone and labs vary significantly in their ability to detect Babesia which can cause fatigue and other tick infections can cause aches.
Breitschwerdt found all family members had the same new strain of Bartonella. We would say this is routine with flea and tick-borne infections. People exposed to the same location tend to get same infection variant. The error we see is some say that x is an illness that runs in the family, but what runs in the family is a shared location of exposure for some years and passage to the fetus. It is very rare in our opinion that members of a nuclear family never share similar exposures. Perhaps the exception is in infant adoption in which nothing was passed in the womb.
It is stunning that almost no one seems to have read the full body of research on the hundreds of illnesses associated with Bartonella and reduce it to a cold-like "cat scratch fever." Avery quotes this vet doctor as saying doctors have been unable to diagnose Bartonella in the past.
This top international Vet researcher does not think Bartonella is trivial, and I suspect would be concerned vector infection guidelines do not even mention it. He says "I think we have stumbled across something that is of monumental medical importance."
Dr. Kosoy, a CDC researcher reports Bartonella infections may be more common than previously thought. He says, "Bartonella are circulated around the world in many animals
While I have talked to various labs to see about increasing their lab quality testing, I have been met with yawns. The number of strains reported range from 26--36 plus depending on the date of examination of articles or genetic data bank examination.
Some Bartonella strains spread very serious diseases including heart inflammation. Kosoy has already established that about 25 percent of unexplained fever illnesses among a group of patients there was caused by Bartonella .
Kosoy feels when it comes to Bartonela medical troubles we have merely hit "the top of the iceberg."
Breitschwerdt said he thinks Bartonella may be the hidden cause behind a host of chronic symptoms—muscle aches, neurological problems, fatigue, arthritis—that defy diagnosis.
"There are lab tests showing inflammation," but no discernible cause, said Dr. Mozayeni, who sent blood samples to Breitscwerdt.
Breitschwerdt and Ricardo Maggi developed a more sensitive test for Bartonella. Routine blood tests fail to detect Bartonella because they search for antibodies that the body is slow to produce.
Instead, Breitschwerdt and Maggi cultivated Bartonella, a notoriously super slow grower in the laboratory from blood samples of infected people.
Of Mozayeni's mystery patients tested at the lab, nearly 20 percent had Bartonella infections.
"I suspect this is going to be one of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis and a few other things..." Mozayeni said.
"Certainly, the prevalence of Bartonella infection in people with chronic illness is higher than I would have ever guessed..." writes Breitschwerdt.
Bartonella has many strains, treatments can be hit or miss.
Breitschwerdt said the family in his most recent study declined to comment about their experience. He said they were having difficulty finding a doctor. [WHY? PERHAPS BECAUSE THERE IS NO DRUG MONEY IN THE PROPOSED POOR TREATMENTS AND PHYSICIANS DO NOT WANT TO TREAT HARD TO TREAT ILL PATIENTS WITH A POSSIBLE INFECTION THAT MERELY CAUSES A COLD].
It is very difficult to find a physician who wants to see someone with a chronic illness that is poorly defined," he said, another infection of ticks with similar symptoms—has a stigma. "With an unexplained illness, it becomes problematic."