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Why I Prescribe Antibiotics to Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Other Autoimmune Diseases

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By Gabe Mirkin M.D.

Before I prescribe any medication, I ask myself whether it will help or hurt. All of the autoimmune diseases cause severe disability. Conventional medications neither cure these diseases nor stop the progressive destruction that they cause. Doctors prescribe immune suppressives that sometimes have deadly effects. Antibiotics are far safer that the drugs conventionally used to treat these diseases. So, if antibiotics can be shown to help control these diseases, they should be used long before a doctor thinks of using the conventional immune suppressives.

When a germ gets into your body, you are supposed to produce cells and proteins called antibodies that attach to and kill that germ. These diseases are felt by many doctors to be caused by your own immunity. Instead of doing its job of killing germs, your immunity attacks your own tissue. If it attacks your joints, it’s called reactive arthritis; if it attacks your intestines, it’s called Crohn’s disease; your colon, it’s called ultra ulcerative colitis; and if it fills your lungs with mucous, it’s called late onset asthma. I do not believe that your immunity is that stupid.

Accumulating data show that all of these conditions can be caused by infection. Many diseases that were thought to be autoimmune turn out to be infections: stomach ulcers are caused by bacterium, helicobacter pylori and others; multiple sclerosis may be caused by HHS-6 virus; rheumatic fever is caused by the bacterium, beta streptococcus, group A; Gillian-Barre syndrome may be caused by the bacterium, campylobacter; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by E. Coli, Klebsiella and Bacteroides; and so forth.

Shouldn’t We Be Concerned About Resistant Bacteria?

The argument that giving antibiotics causes bacteria to be resistant to that antibiotic is reasonable, but it has no place in discouraging people with these diseases from taking them. First, these people have serious diseases that cause permanent damage life and death. Second, the treatments that are available are toxic, shorten life, cause cancer, and have to be followed by frequent blood tests. On the other hand, I prescribe derivatives of tetracycline and erythromycin. These are extraordinarily safe and do not require drawing frequent blood tests.

If you were to become infected subsequently with bacteria that are resistant to these antibiotics, you would have lost nothing. No reasonable doctor would prescribe erythromycin or tetracycline for acute serious diseases, such as meningitis, pneumonia, or an abscess, because tetracyclines and erythromycins do not kill germs, they only stop them from multiplying. Instead, doctors prescribe far more bacteriocidal antibiotics that kill bacteria.

Many doctors criticize my use of antibiotics, but many antibiotics are far safer than conventional treatment, cost less, can be administered by a general practitioner, and often cure the condition, rather that just suppressing symptoms. I know that most physicians who develop these conditions will treat themselves with antibiotics because they know that conventional treatments with prednisone, chloroquine, azathioprine, and methotrexate are toxic and my treatments with erythromycins and tetracyclines are safe.

The Hidden Epidemic—Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, and Ureaplasma

Mycoplasma, chlamydia, and ureaplasma are the smallest of free-living organisms. They are unlike all other all other bacteria because they have no cell walls and therefore must live inside cells. They are unlike viruses because they can live in cultures outside of cells and can be killed by certain antibiotics. However, they cannot be killed by most antibiotics, as most antibiotics work by damaging a bacteria’s cell wall. They can be killed by antibiotics such as tetracyclines or erythromycins that do not act on a cell wall.

If you feel sick and your doctor is unable to make a diagnosis because all laboratory tests and cultures fail to reveal a cause, you could be infected with one or more of these bacteria. The only way that you will be cured is for your doctor to suspect an infection with these germs and for you to take long-acting erythromycin or tetracyclines for several weeks, months or years. They are the most common cause of venereal diseases and are a common cause of muscle and joint pains, burning in the stomach, a chronic cough, and chronic fatigue. They can cause transverse myelitis (paralysis of the spine); gall stones; a chronic sore throat; red itchy eyes, pain on looking at light and blindness; arthritis; brain and nerve damage with symptoms of lack of coordination, headaches and passing out; spotting between periods or uterine infections; kidney stones; testicular pain; asthma; heart attacks; strokes; cerebral palsy; premature birth; high blood pressure; nasal polyps; stuffy nose in newborns; chronic fatigue; belly pain; muscle pain; confusion; passing out and death; coughing; bloody diarrhea; and anal itching and bleeding.

Mycoplasma, chlamydia, and ureaplasma infections are extraordinary difficult to diagnose and treat. No dependable tests are available to most practicing physicians that will rule infections with these bacteria in or out, and most doctors will not prescribe antibiotics to patients unless they have results of a laboratory test that confirms a specific infection. If you feel sick and your doctor unable to make a diagnosis because all laboratory test and cultures fail to reveal a cause, you could be infected with mycoplasma, chlamydia, or ureaplasma and will be cured only by taking long-acting erythromycin or tetracyclines for many months.

Usually the first symptoms from chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycoplasma are burning on urination, a feeling that you have to urinate all the time, terrible discomfort when the bladder is full and vaginal itching, odor or discharge. Other first symptoms include itchy eyes, a cough or a burning in your nose. The bacteria are transmitted through sexual contact, or you can be infected when an infected person coughs in your face or you touched nasal or eye secretions from an infected person and put your finger in your nose or eye. Your chances for a cure are high if you are treated when you have only local symptoms; but after many months the infection can spread to other parts of your body and make you sick or damage nerves, joints and muscles.

Once these infections are allowed to persist for months or years, they are extraordinarily difficult to cure and often require treatment for many months. Even if your doctor is willing to prescribe antibiotics, treatment can be difficult. Often patients do not take the medication long enough to be cured, or they may have a close contact with an infected person and become reinfected. One patient in four takes of medication as prescribed and almost all women who had chlamydia one month after treatment had been reinfected by new or old partners.

My recommended treatment: I often prescribe 500 mg of azithromycin twice a week and/or doxycycline 100-mg twice a day. Many physicians disagree with these recommendations, so check with your doctor to see if you may be a candidate for this treatment.

Reactive and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most rheumatologist refuse to treat their rheumatoid arthritis patients with antibiotics even though all five controlled prospective studies conducted to date show that minocycline drops the rheumatoid factor towards zero and helps to alleviate the pain and destruction of cartilage of rheumatoid arthritis. There are two major types of arthritis: osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis; and reactive arthritis, which includes rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis means that cartilage wears away and doctors don’t have the foggiest idea why. There is no effective treatment. Doctors usually prescribe non-steroidal pills that help to block pain but do not stop or even slow down the destruction of cartilage.

Most scientists agree that an infection initiates rheumatoid and other reactive arthritides and most think that the germ is still there when the symptoms start. Short-term antibiotics are ineffective, but if antibiotics are started before the joint is destroyed, many months and years of antibiotics are effective in reducing and preventing joint damage. Your arthritis is likely to be classified as reactive arthritis if you have: 1) positive blood tests for arthritis (all tests used to diagnose arthritis are measures of an overactive immunity); 2) swelling of the knuckles and middle joints of your fingers, causing them to look like cigars; 3) a history of a long-standing infection such as a chronic cough, burning on urination or pain when the bladder is full, chronic diarrhea, burning in the stomach, throat or nose, or gum disease; and 4) symptoms that begin before age 50.

Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by pain in many muscles and joints and is thought to be caused by a person’s own antibodies and cells and cells attacking and destroying cartilage in joints. Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by infection and antibiotics may help to prevent and treat this joint destruction. Most rheumatologists treat rheumatoid arthritis with immune suppressants, which are extraordinarily expensive, highly toxic and, in my opinion, far less effective in controlling rheumatoid arthritis than antibiotics. Antibiotics are effective in controlling the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and higher doses are more effective. Short-term antibiotics are ineffective. Doxycycline may prevent joint destruction by stabilizing cartilage in addition to clearing the germ from the body.

How do germs cause arthritis? When a germ gets into your body, you manufacture cells and proteins called antibodies that attach to and kill that germ. Sometimes, the germ has a surface protein that is similar to the surface protein in your cells. Then, not only do the antibodies attach to and kill the germ, they also attach to and kill your own cells that have the same surface membranes. People with rheumatoid arthritis have high antibody titer to E. Coli, a bacteria that lives normally in everyone’s intestines. It has the same surface protein as many cells in your body. Normal intestines do not permit E. Coli to get into your bloodstream.

The people who get rheumatoid arthritis may be those whose intestines allow E. Coli to pass into the blood stream and cause the immune reaction that destroys muscles and joints. The same type of reaction applies to several other bacteria and viruses that can pass into your blood stream. Venereal diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, mycoplasma, and ureaplasma have been found in the joint fluid of many people with arthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have staph aureus in their noses and carry higher antibody titer against that germ. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis have had chronic lung infections, caused by mycoplasma and chlamydia, prior to getting rheumatoid arthritis.

I have seen antibiotics reduce high rheumatoid factors to zero, alleviate symptoms and stop the progressive destruction of cartilage in joints. The lead paper at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Rheumatology showed that Minocycline is the safest and least expensive drug that effectively stops progressive joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It is most effective when given before extensive cartilaginous damage occurs.
I treat my reactive arthritis patients with Minocycline 100 mg twice a day, (sometimes azithromycin 500-mg twice a week). This must still be considered experimental because most doctors are not yet ready to accept antibiotics as treatment. There is also concern about a rare, serious side effect of lupus. However, other papers show that even osteoarthritis may respond to antibiotics.

Late-Onset Asthma May Be Caused by Infection

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reviews articles showing that asthma that starts after puberty can be caused by an infection. At the 37th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Toronto, papers were presented showing that mycoplasma is a common cause of pneumonia in young adults and children, a common cause for meningitis, nerve damage, heart and muscle infection, (myocarditis) and arthritis, and a common cause of asthma in young adults. One paper showed that a significant number of young adults who develop asthma caused by mycoplasma fail to develop antibodies to kill that bacteria, so they continue to be infected for the rest of their lives. Another paper showed that another intracellular bacteria called ureaplasma is a common cause of asthma in young children. Since practicing physicians usually do not have an available laboratory test to find chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycoplasma, doctors should consider prescribing antibiotics for some people with persistent wheezing and coughing (azithromycin, clarithromysin, dirithromycin, minocycline or doxycycline).

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Fibromyalgia means that a previously healthy person develops unexplained exhaustion, fatigue and muscle aches and pains that last for more that six months; all blood tests are normal and doctors can’t find a cause. One recent report shows that a large number of people who were diagnosed with having fibromyalgia really had polymyalgia rheumatica, which does have abnormal blood tests. A recent report shows that many sufferers have low spinal fluid levels of vitamin B12 can be treated with 1000mcg of B12 each day.
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia should be made only after all other causes have been ruled out. Many infections can cause fatigue and muscle pain.

The evaluation should include tests for infectious diseases; such as Lyme disease and Hepatitis B or C, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis or the helicobacter that causes stomach ulcers; autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis; hidden cancers such as those of the breast and prostate; hormonal diseases such as low thyroid; or side effects from a medication or illicit drug. Around 20 percent will be depressed. Most people miss work and complain of illness long before their diagnosis, but the majority will not have a known cause.

Chronic fatigue means that the primary symptom is exhaustion, but most also have constipation and diarrhea. Fibromyalgia usually means that muscle and joint pains are major symptoms, but muscle biopsies are normal, pressure points are not reproducible and ultra sound is normal. Multiple chemical sensitivities mean that patients think that their symptoms are caused by factors in their environment or they consult doctors who think the same thing. Untreated, the symptoms that that lead to any of these diagnoses will usually continue in adults for the rest of their lives. I have prescribed doxycycline 100-mg twice a day for several months, and sometimes azithromycin 500-mg twice a week, and some of my patients get better. However, this treatment is not accepted by most doctors. Please check with your doctor.

Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

When a person has bloody diarrhea and doctors find ulcers in the intestines, they look for cancer, infection or parasites. When they can’t find a cause, they should say that they don’t have the foggiest idea why the person has intestinal ulcers. Instead, they deceive their patients by saying that the person has Chiron’s disease and explaining that the person’s immunity is so stupid that it punches holes in the intestines, rather than doing its job of killing germs. They prescribe medications that suppress immunity or cut out parts of intestine.

Normal intestines are so loaded with bacteria that doctors can’t possibly tell which belong there and which may be causing disease. The conventional treatment offers no cure and is associated with many complications that shorten life. Exciting research from France show that a variant of E. Coli, a bacteria that lives in normal intestines, sticks to the intestinal lining and produces an alpha hemolytic that punches holes in the intestines to cause at least some cases of Crohn’s disease.

Further studies show that heat shock protein can be removed from the common intestinal bacteria, E. Coli, and when given to mice, causes terrible bloody ulcers to form in the intestines. Under the microscope, intestines looked exactly the same as those of people who suffer from ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Extensive data show that people with this condition have leaky intestines that allow germs to pass into the bloodstream and their immunities are trying to kill these germs.

Antibiotics can reduce swelling and ulcers in Crohn’s disease. Dr. Joel Taurog of the University of Texas has shown that a bacteria called bacteroides causes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease in mice who are genetically programmed to have an HLA-B27, a special gene that causes arthritis. Special tissue staining techniques show that tissue taken from patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis contain parts of two common bacteria called E. Coli and streptococci. Many studies show that infections may cause Crohn’s disease and that antibiotics, particularly Cipro with or without metronidazole, control ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Although many doctors disagree, I treat Crohn’s disease with Cipro 500-mg twice a day continuously and metronidazole 250-mg four times a day on alternate weeks and check liver tests monthly. I tell patients to stop the metronidazole if they feel any strange nerve sensations.

Stomach Problems

If you have belching, burping, a sour taste in your mouth, mouth odor, a white-coated tongue or a burning pain in your stomach or chest that gets worse when you are hungry and better when you eat, you probably have too much stomach acid. Doctors may say you have ulcers, esophagitis, gastritis, duodenitis, achalasia, chalazia, hiatal hernia or reflux. These terms mean that stomach acid is burning your gastrointestinal tract. Most people who have these symptoms have an infection with a bacteria called helicobacter pylori.

If you have these symptoms, you need blood tests to see if you have helicobacter and a special x-ray called an upper GI series to rule out a cancer. Since there are several bacteria that cause stomach cancers ulcers, a negative blood test does not rule out an infection. I usually treat all people with gastritis symptoms with a one-week course of antibiotics: metronidazole four times a day, clarithromycin 500-mg twice a day and omeperazole 20-mg once a day for one week. At least 12 weeks later, you need a follow up blood test for helicobacter.

If your symptoms are gone and the titer drops, you are probably cured. If your helicobacter titer is still high, your helicobacter is probably resistant to metronidazole and your need to be treated for at least ten days with amoxicillin 500-mg four times a day, tetracycline 500-mg three times a day and omeperazole 20-mg once a day. If you have regurgitation of stomach acid into your esophagus (reflux, hiatal hernia), you may need to be treated with 20-mg omeperazole once a day and 10-mg cisapride four times a day. Virtually all physicians have now accepted the infectious causes of stomach problems. Only the manufacturers of over-the-counter remedies still try to make you believe that stomach pain is caused by stress.

Doxycycline, Minocycline and Tetracycline

Many doctors have asked why I treat some of my patients with acne, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and late on-set asthma with antibiotic, doxycycline, when minocycline is probably more effective. Doxycycline is a fairly safe drug, although it can cause a sore throat, sunlight sensitivity, pigmentation and abnormal liver tests. It causes sore throat and heartburn when it gets stuck in your esophagus, so take it with large amounts of water to wash it down to your stomach. To prevent sunburn, avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Minocycline is fairly safe, but it can cause more serious serum sickness-like reaction, hypersensitivity syndrome reaction, and drug-induced lupus: characterized by fever, joint pain, a rash, a feeling of being sick, hives itching and severe pain. Other reported side effects include dark colored eyeballs, and liver damage.

Minocycline is more effective than doxycycline because it achieves much higher concentrations in the tissues where it does work in reducing swelling, killing germs, and stopping pain. Although minocycline and doxycycline are in the same class of antibiotics as tetracycline, we rarely use tetracycline because it does not achieve high tissue concentrations. Doxycycline achieves much higher tissue concentrations than tetracycline, while minocycline penetrates tissue far more effectively than doxycycline.

Source: www.immed.org. This article was edited for length. To read the complete text, please visit: http://www.immed.org/reports/treatment_considerations/TreatConsid-Report-1.html.

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26 thoughts on “Why I Prescribe Antibiotics to Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Other Autoimmune Diseases”

  1. rnun says:

    I can’t believe I found this article! I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, low thyroid, and horrible bowle problems. My Dr. prescribed me Doxycyline for boils, and I noticed when I take that antibiotic, my Fibromyalgia pain lessons tremendously, and my bowels feel better!!!!! This Dr. who writes this article is a genius!!!!!!!!!

  2. barbarina says:

    I live in Los Angeles and have not been able to find an MD working within the Antibiotic – Autoimmune disease paradigm.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  3. nativeAI says:

    Dear Dr. Gabe Mirkin M.D.

    I am alive today because of this article and what you have posted, I went on to read the full article you had written.

    I wish there were some way for me to contact you directly, or correspond with you, but I really don’t know how these things work. As I would first, like to thank you, and second, your practice here has gone even one step further in treating yet other areas of decease, and actual reversed a disease to a 100 % recovery. If I could some how share this data with you in the interest of saving others from the endless impossible magnitudes of pain and suffering, the loss of mental and muscular and nerve function I suffered, and the list is endless. I would be willing to share this general data with you.

    I am alive today because of your theology and practicing these methods. If anyone reading this article has any doubts, ( DON”T ), This is not just an article, it could save your life, I urge you to please, Please, talk to your doctors and show them this article. My doctor the minute I mentioned it, ran astronomical lab test and confirm that, “what is post here”, WAS, and is, what is going on with me and began treatment right away, saving my brain, and all my organs from any further damage, and as treatment continues some of the damage has actually began reversing itself, and at some point, in time to come, I hope to be back to as close to normal as possible. My only problem is convincing my doctor to keep me on this treatment long enough for it to do achieve maximum recovery without suffering a relapse and ending up worse.

    Thank you again so much for this article.

    I just hope my doctor will listen to me and doesn’t pull me off of it to soon.

    Thank You Again 🙂

  4. mkstern says:

    I agree! My doctor has run every test possible. Besides having a rare blood disorder that necessitated the removal of my spleen at age 3 (I’m 44), I have severe vitamin D depletion and, now, just tested very high for strep titers in my blood. My doctor has started me on a 4 week course of azithromycin and I’m just waiting to see the results. I have SEVERE fibromyalgia and the joint/muscle pain is actually making it hard for me to walk…the doctor who wrote this essay knows his stuff! I REFUSE to go on immunosuppresents because of not having a spleen and not wanting CANCER as a cure to my fibromyalgia!!!

  5. donjoe341 says:

    Dr. Mirkin,
    I have been suffering with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and elevated rheumatoid factor for almost 2 years. When my rheumatologist diagnosed me 2 years ago he wanted to start me on pain meds., anti-depressants and auto-immune suppressants. I told him I don’t believe in the diagnosis he gave me and searched for a different doctor. I believe in the more natural ways of healing the body by strengthening the immune system not suppressing it. After seeing the rheumatologist I put myself on a low glycemic, high fiber, high protien, no caffeine, 5-6 small meals a day diet. I also take high doses of Omega3 fatty acids, 1500-3,000mgmg vit. c a day, vit.D3 1,000units a day, Magnesium 500mg a day, vit. E, Vit. A, extra strenth pro-biotics, prescription digestive enzymes, 1500mg if B5 a day, and multi vit. I found an endocrinologist that listened to my symptoms and discovered that I have reactive hypoglycemia. She said she also believes I have insulin resistance and low thyroid but the blood tests didn’t show a definitive result. While I was ill with these conditions my husband and son were also having health issues and was checked by my endocrinologist. My husband suffers from chronic fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain and more. My son suffers from severe chronic fatigue, severe allergies, joint pain sometimes and severe acne. The endocrinologist discovered that my husband is pre-diabetic and my son is positive for insulin resistance. She also believes that they could be low thyroid. We decided to go to see a lyme specialist because of our conditions all being very similar and at the same time. We were tested and the results came back inconclusive. The doctor said that he would treat us with oral antibiotics (doxycycline) and retest to check for a positive result. It would be our decision if we wanted to stay on oral antibiotics even if the tests came back negative. My husband and I have been on the antibiotics for 6 days and I have already noticed a reduction in pain and how my body reacts to ingesting any carbohydrate. The reason I am writing you is because I am on Doxycycline 100mg 2 time a day. I believe it is killing some kind of bacteria because it is helping with my pain. My husband hasn’t seen much change in his condition and we are starting my son on antibiotics in a few days. It is a shame that people have to live in pain when a simple trial of antibiotics may help them with their condition. I hope some day the medical community will understand how your treatment helps. I hope my husband and son see results for their conditions soon. Thank you for writing about these conditions because it has really helped me realize that I am doing the correct treatment for me and my family.

  6. shasta7 says:

    I would recommend googling Dr. Gabe Mirkin. I really am convinced he’s on to something that other doctors are failing to recognize. I went through 10 years of infertility and CFS. I started taking antibiotics (I bought them online, doxycycline). I had to because I went to several doctors for years and all I was told is that I was depressed and sent on my way with antidepressants. Well I now have a beautiful 6 month old baby boy thanks to Dr. Mirkin. If you are going through infertility please, I beg you, do not pay an infertility doctor until you try antibiotic treatment. This also helped with my CFS too. As soon as I stop the antibiotics I start feeling ill again so I know it’s something causing it that responds to antibiotics.

  7. endosufferer says:

    GlobalPharma is a good on-line pharmacy. NOT a scam.

  8. NK125 says:

    I do believe this doctor is right that we have many infections that are knocking us flat. My question is this: does anyone else get SIGNIFICANTLY more fatigued and depressed on antibiotics? I believe this will help me and my doctor wants to treat with antibiotics, but I become a basket case emotionally on any antibiotics, and can barely lift my head off the bed. I could handle feeling physically worse, although very difficult since I am a single mom, but the emotional and depressed (almost suicidal – can’t stop crying, etc.) is unbearable. Help!

  9. donjoe341 says:

    I wrote an article to Dr. Mirkin in October 2010. I wanted everyone to know that my husband, son and myself have tested positive for lyme disease and bartonellis infection. I also tested positive for a mycoplasma infection. We are currently under treatment for lyme disease and these other infections. The bartonellis infection was the main cause of our fibromyalgia. This infection is very difficult to fight and get rid of. We have been in treatment for these conditions for over a year. We have made much progress but still have a long way to go. If you suffer with these health conditions you likely are fighting one of many possible infections. These infections are stealthy and are difficult to test for. They weaken the immune system and make it difficult to get a positive test result. If you suffer from extreme fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle pain and weakness, anxiety, insomnia, IBS, stomach pain, rashes, migraines and other headaches, aching feet or hands, tight painful neck, lower back pain, pain in the eyes, thermostat problems -either to hot or to cold, swollen glands, heart arrhythmia, very emotional, depression, food allergies or sensitivities, and many many more, you should go see a lyme specialist. A lyme doctor will diagnose and treat you with antibiotics to help fight these stealthy infections. THANK YOU AGAIN Dr. Mirkin for opening peoples eyes. Donjoe

  10. mejiaasap@hotmail.com says:


    reading this report has truly helped me tremendously in my research for fibromyalgia, which I was informally diagnosed with in another country, after years and years of much pain, fatigue and severe allergies of all kinds (foods, pollen& dust, pet hair etc.etc.)
    My primary Dr. who is an immunolist, had absolutely no idea, why I had so badly flared and couldn’t help me get rid of very high fevers, swelling all throughout my body, and extreme exaustion. Needless to say, I have just forwarded via email this article to him, and I am sure we will have lots to talk about next time I see him.

    Thank you foe sharing such wisdom and finding,

    Ms. A.M

  11. AlexisK says:

    This is all well and good, BUT, antibiotics have major side affects, destroying the intestinal flora and further weakening the immune system. Natural antimicrobials are much better, but the medical establishment is so corrupted and deliberately anti-alternative, natural remedies that doctors are falsely informed that they are not safe or effective.

    That aside, viral infections are just as predominant as bacteria, and even more implicated in many chronic conditions like ME and fibromyalgia. Coxsackie viruses in particular are very nasty. I have them, as diagnosed by a genuine homeopath who the evil drug companies would have people, especially doctors, believe is a fraud.

    Antibiotics will do nothing for a virus, yet weaken the body in the process.
    If you suspect viral infection, look into natural antimicrobials like neem, taheebo, MMS or Vulcan Silver, which all work on all other pathogens without the harmful effects of antibiotics, while also strengthening the immune system and healing and detoxing the body.

  12. kc123 says:

    I found this article because I only have normal energy, meaning I am constantly tired and realized when I am on antibiotics (recently for a tooth infection) I can actually function. How do I explain this to my physician. All my labs are in the normal range except my chloride is a bit high. Seriously I can’t do much of anything all day long.
    I am undiagnosed. I was diagnosed with an intestinal abscess about a year and a half ago. I also had a prolonged infection/abscess.
    Please help.

    Thank you kc

  13. Jazzdanca59 says:

    I’ve tried most remedies for the above and nothing worked. I actually grow the Neem tree and munch on the leaves most days as I do with herbs etc. I have a virtual alternative medicine pharmacy in my home and none worked for the above infection even after researching for weeks on how to beat it naturally. I gave up and went to a gastroenterologist and he put me on doxy and metronidazole and it just went. The surprising thing was I dropped from a size 18 to a size 10 in just over a month thanks to the antibiotics. (I have an excellent diet in good foods etc and don’t indulge in bread, lollies, cakes soft drinks or anything rubbishy, which was proved when I lost the weight) That was over a year ago now and have put it all back due to whatever infection I’ve got taking over again. And while I KNOW the devastating effects antibiotics can have, I would much rather use them to achieve the results of weight loss and a wonderful lift in my general wellbeing. I offset the effects by taking multi high-grade probiotic the covers all strains.

  14. Jazzdanca59 says:

    There have been some great discoveries in 2015 as to the micro biome of the bowel and the cause of depression. It has been found that certain probiotics can great assist depression, but it has to be specific. You’ll find it when you do the research.

  15. Gonetobeans says:

    I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 2003. Been to many doctors, many lab tests, spent way too much money. Last June, I had a dental abscess. Dds put me on penicillin. No change. Went back in November and still had infection. This time dds put me on amoxicillin 500 mg 3x daily. Felt like a new man. Had the teeth extracted in january. Back on amoxicillin. Felt like a million dollars. Well, two weeks after the last amox pill, heavy fatigue and muscle pain again. I am convinced this is some type of infection. Was tested negative for lyme.

    1. laritaraine says:

      Were you able to get tested for infection? Is your pain better?

    2. anatfree says:

      Does someone know if periodically pain (Near the menstrual cycle) in only one hand (from the neck to wrist) can be diagnosed as Fibromyalgia?

  16. laritaraine says:

    I stumbled on this remedy when taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection,I started to notice my pain was decreased in my hip significantly. Chronic hip pain I have had for several years.I started researching. It really makes sense. I can’t deny the effects doxycycline has on my pain.My fingers aren’t aching, and I’m laying here right now without ANY pain. I started a round last week again, after my NSAIDs and Gabapentin weren’t really helping my pain. I haven’t had to take anything in 3 days. I agree with Dr. Mirklin about the quality of our lives. That is more important than going on chemo drugs. Avoiding narcotics and living a lucid life matters more. I know the long term effects, but I have been reading that there are many patients tolerating long term antibiotic regimens. Look at the treatments for Mycoplasmas and Lyme and ALS. It might be seem out the box, but its working for those patients. Consider all the things we are exposed to. Dr. Mirkin is absolutely correct, these tests aren’t readily available and insurance companies aren’t trying to have every patient tested for infection. Its not even feasible. Its up to me to see what works for me.

  17. Nelsongirl1974 says:

    I started noticing fatigue a couple years ago. Now the painful swollen joints. I served as a girls camp leader and had terrible breathing problems in altitude, swelling in my ankles and stiffness all over and mystery hair loss. Now I have been diagnosed with alopecia. Possible lichen Planus. I had even suspected sjogrens. Had a biopsy on my salivary glands. I get frequent oral thrush and seem to have some relief from flucazole but they don’t like to prescribe it. I want to talk to my doctor about antibiotics for my auto immune symptoms but my main exercise is riding my bike to work and don’t know how well I would handle the sun sensitivity, any suggestions?

  18. melzbiz says:

    I am EXTREMELY interested in this therapy, but I am allergic to erythromycin and doxycycline, so what other antibiotics can be used?

  19. Genesis1 says:

    I was bit by a tick 5-6 years ago and treated for lyme disease. I also had an infection with staff inside of me from getting my appendix out. I am experiencing floaters in my right eye. I have experienced pain in my joints, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and some times confusion and forget fullness/memory loss.

    My doctors have tested me for mycoplasma and they have said it shows that I was infected but no current infection.

    I have sores on my scalp that will not go away.

    I have periods of chronic cough and other black marks coming up on my skin.

    I treated myself with black walnut for a while and it helped. I have also tried collodial silver which helped, but nothing has been a permanent cure.


  20. salabbas says:

    What is the outcome from all of you that tried long term doxy or treatment suggested in this article? I had a recent tick bite and noticed much better sleep and less pain/more energy whle on the doxy which returned after ending the 2 week treatment. 20 year sufferer of “fibro” turned neuro- endless integrative treatments never did long term abx. Worry about the long term treatment on long term health and gut health/immune system.

  21. funkymorganics says:

    I just had a mycoplasma culture come back positive. However, my OBGYN does not want to prescribe me antibiotics. Instead, she recommended a probiotic regime. I am concerned though, because everything I have read mentions antibiotics. Should I push this issue with my doctor?

  22. Gtere1 says:

    This article is brillant…genial…

  23. moeshawalter says:

    Am using this entitlement to publish the mystery power of herbs. it is very obvious that civilization has made us neglect the healing power that is embodied in Natures plant as in plant for healing(herbs). we now rely on scientific med a lot. even the scientific med is an extract of some certain plants of nature and are not as effective compared to herbal that the ancients used to live longer life.I think those who has tried all scientific means of getting cure , but to no avail should give herbal remedy a try. I am Moesha from Atlanta Georgia ,i got cured of ALS by herbal prescription from dr. kpomosa (dr.kpomosa@outlook.com), Email i saw on natural health support forum.Same disease many medical doctor find difficult to treat, to them its seems like a mystery, its not , its Nature. Do not be deceived, every problem has a solution,likewise every sickness has a definite cure , just that we are ignorant to them. all thanks to natural health support On Facebook. And to dr.kpomosa for his wisdom, that God has given him to get knowledge of the right herbs to fight all disease, i endorse herbs for all who has run out of idea on what to do to get healing, what ever it is, either be it; Stroke, diabetes type 1 and 2, kidney disease, heart disease,blood disease ,brain tumor , cancer,even infertility, fibroid and weight losing herbs, obesity etc. any sickness that has proven difficult for medical doctors, trust me natural herbal is the only and last resort.

  24. Diane D says:

    I am taking Doxycline only for two days for an infection I have had for two weeks. I went to get tested for Covid -19 and when the test was negative the doctor gave me Doxy. I woke up this morning in such little pain than normal I wondered if the antibiotics had anything to do with my fibro being that much better. That is when I found this article. Yes it made sense to me. I developed fribro after spending 80 to 90 % of my day in bed wait four years for back surgery. Insurance company denied it until i won in court. I have so many reactions to meds I can’t take what would be given to everyone else. When I write back the doctor at the urgent care center I’m going to mention it to him.

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