Multiple Sclerosis, Bartonella and Other Neurology Diseases
Bartonella causes vast number or neuron damage, and no one yet knows the frequency and diversity. But it is not rare.
There seemed to be no hope for vet doctor John Barnes. He expected to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. His first symptoms were like a severe flu, with fever of 103 and vomiting. But his "flu" never went away.
Extensive testing seemed to clearly show he has MS. But this vet felt he should be more careful due the immense exposures he has in his job.
Enter a top gun vet researcher, Dr. Breitschwerdt, who was using DNA testing to detect and diagnose bacteria by looking their DNA. His first positive Bartonella lab result was ignored by Duke University infectious disease staff. He tested again and it was there again.
Barnes said they wanted to test the second sample to find out what species of Bartonella it was since there are at least a dozen different species of the bacteria. [Actually per published gene banks over 34 species and labs test for only one to two in humans].
Then they lost my sample and a bunch of other samples. Another couple of months go by... and I'm positive again, he said.
This was about April 2007 that Dr. Breitschwerdt saw that my sample was positive, said Barnes. He said the sample turned out to be Bartonella henselae-San Antonio strain. I said great, what do we do? He said we still don't know.
[This is in great contrast with guide books, articles and other certain practitioners who know from a mere 20 studies which offer some suggestions of use. But we find things like Rifampin, Zithromax and Levaquin relpse over time. . . After some are so certain of a very easy cure of what kills Bartonella—I find it many ways after so called "cures"].
Barnes.... was put on antibiotics. He seemed to be better.
That was the first time anyone had ever told me this might make me well and he said absolutely, said Barnes.
I was excited about that part of it, that this could reverse some of my clinical signs. Dr. Bitar agreed that I should stay on the drug as long as I could handle it. I just finished in August 2008.
Barnes said he saw changes in himself from the first month, however. The first month, I could see a change in... toes [which] regained their normal color.
My fatigue slowly got better, he said. In September of this year, after he had already finished the antibiotic regimen, he discovered he could bring his right leg up past his knee without having to lift it with his hand. By October he could move his legs as if he were jogging.
What Dr. Camil Bitar says, and I agree, is that Bartonella was the trigger for my MS, he said. They don't know what triggers MS. He and I would both agree that I should not go so far as to say I don't have MS. Since they don't know what causes MS is, it's hard to say what's going on.
I think what we have is Bartonella-induced MS. I thank God every day that I'm getting better. I told myself if I don't get any better, if I can't jog again, at least I'm doing better in other things.
The potential for helping others with strange illnesses that could be related to Bartonella is obvious.
What's so exciting to me about this is that we don't know how many people are being undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, said Barnes. At this point, he said, there is no way to know how many problems could be the result of Bartonella.
With diagnostic tests getting better, it is now possible to treat the actual disease rather than just treating symptoms. Dr. Breitschwerdt told me about the dean of a veterinary school who came down with neurologic signs and his 12-year-old daughter had fatigue.
They were tested and they found Bartonella in his spinal fluid and in the girls' blood and in their dog's mouth. They are being treated and doing well, said Barnes.
Of the six research subjects, including Barnes, that Breitschwerdt used in his study, two were veterinarians who reported frequent bites from cats, dogs, pocket pets and other animals, one reported a severe scratch from a cat, one had frequent arthropod exposure and had been bitten by a pig and pecked frequently by various fowl, another owned a horse farm and had frequent arthropod exposure and cat scratches and the sixth was a teenager who developed sever debilitating migraine headaches after a tick was removed from his ankle.
DR. SCHALLER NEITHER SUPPORTS NOR OPPOSES THIS INFORMATION.
HE DOES SUGGEST THAT ANTIBIOTICS MIGHT ALSO KILL A WIDE RANGE OF POSSIBLE INFECTIONS, AND NOT MERELY STUN OR LOWER BARTONELLA NUMBERS.