The Stillpoint Project

Alternative Health Care

Antimicrobial Therapies (The Infection Connection)

Recent research and clinical observation has launched significant changes in our understanding of chronic illness. Hidden infection is now known to be the underlying cause of many chronic ailments. This infection produces excess inflammation and toxicity.

The symptoms of this infection resemble:

• chronic fatigue
• fibromyalgia
• environmental hypersensitivity-allergy syndrome

As this infection develops, profound neurological problems can arise, resulting in:

• poor memory
• poor decision making
• anxiety
• depression
• sleep disturbance
• tremor
• numbness
• tingling and weakness

Diseases believed to be manifestations of this condition include:

• rheumatoid arthritis
• multiple sclerosis
• heart arrhythmia
• restless leg syndrome
• psoriasis
• sarcoidosis
• autism
• trigeminal neuritis
• interstital cystitis
• irritable bowel syndrome
• LouGehrig’s disease
• tourette’s syndrome

Therapy options now include:

• specialized laboratory tests
• pain management with an emphasis on non-injurious medications
• multiple antibiotic protocols
• multiple anti-inflammatory medications
• hormonal supplementation to support the immune system
• updates in education and guidance to keep the individual informed throughout the healing process
• supportive physical therapies (Osteopathic Manual Therapy and corrective exercise)

The Medical Information

Some bacteria are capable of changing their structure. They can change from typical forms described in medical texts, such as rods (bacilli), spheres (cocci) or spirals (spirocytes), to atypical forms such as ‘L’ forms (cell wall deficient), and cysts. The bacteria that are capable of this pleomorphism include those found in ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes (responsible for Lyme and other associated tick borne diseases), and those that cause pneumonia, sinusitis, cystitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.

At the intracellular level, these bacteria grow very slowly and their toxic effects often progress gradually over many months and/or even years. If this condition persists it can affect the muscle-skeletal system, the thyroid, and other hormone related glands, the skin, brain, heart, and the immune system.

When the immune system is compromised other organisms such as fungi and parasites can contribute further to the disease.

Recent Developments

Most chronic illnesses are due to the immune system’s intolerance of a build up of changes occurring within the microbiome. To help explain: the body is inhabited by an enormous number of microorganisms called microbes. The totality of that population of microbes is called the microbiome. The microbiome is made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and normally, the vast majority of these microbes are consensual, in other words, they don’t do ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ An analogy would be to think of yourself walking down a busy street with lots of people. They are not going to hurt you or help you. They are just there.

A small number of the microbes are symbiotic which means they are helpful. Example: digestive bacteria that enables you to digest food. It is now apparent however, that this microbiome can harbor pathogens. Pathogens are a particular type of microbe that can cause harm and they accumulate during one’s lifetime. Depending on your lifestyle, exposure due to travel, illness in general, number and quality of surgeries and overall trauma, these pathogens can accumulate faster or slower. When the pathogen load reaches a breaking point, the immune system is compromised and illness occurs.

The arm of the immune system which interacts with the microbiome is called the innate immune system. It is controlled by various receptors that are activated by messengers. The messengers can arise from the autonomic nervous system, the psyche or emotional body, and the hormones. The hormones can be localized (called cytokines) or they can be generalized, such as stress hormones, thyroid, as well as others.

In the treatment of chronic illness the goal is to restore immune tolerance to the microbiome. That can include reducing or eliminating pathogens and increasing the beneficial microbes. It often also requires correction of the immune system’s compromised status. This is achieved by modulation of the immune receptor responses and correcting hormonal deficiencies. As stated, the psyche or emotional state can also have a profound impact on immune function. Attending to emotionally discordant beliefs and attitudes is often necessary.

Overview:

1. focus on bad bugs: treatment with antimicrobrials: antibiotics, anti-fungals, anti-parasites

2. modulation of the immune system’s response: fine tuning to bring it back into balance

3. recognizing and correcting the psyche/emotional side of illness

Diagnosis

Because micro-organisms can evade the immune system, routine blood tests are commonly negative. Therefore, accurate diagnosis stems primarily from a combination of clinical history and findings, as well as lab tests acquired through carefully determined labs.

It is useful to understand that blood tests for inflammatory markers (including Vitamin D metabolites) can help indicate the condition. In chronic persistent infections, the active form of Vitamin D (which is not a vitamin, but a hormone) is often elevated. This is now thought to be due to a blockage of the receptor for Vitamin D and appears to be caused by the bacteria itself, as a way to avoid the body’s immune system.

Note: Bacteria associated with tick bites should be screened.

Vitamin D related issues

As mentioned, Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. Typically, it is produced in the skin by the conversion of cholesterol via UV radiation and is found in only a few foods naturally. In excess, it is toxic. Vitamin D receptor blockage blunts the immune response, disrupts calcium absorption, and causes hormonal dysfunction.

Treatment

Therapy is aimed at restoring balance to the body’s functions and alerting the immune system to the presence of the underlying conditions previously stated. At The Stillpoint Center for the Healing Arts, we are experiencing a growth in  success by combining the following options to tailor treatment:

Therapy options now include:

• specialized laboratory tests
• pain management with an emphasis on non-injurious medications
• multiple antibiotic protocols
• multiple anti-inflammatory medications
• hormonal supplementation to support the immune system
• updates in education and guidance to keep the individual informed throughout the healing process
• supportive physical therapies (Osteopathic Manual Therapy and corrective exercise)

We call this approach to the issues of persistent underlying infection The Stillpoint Center Protocol.

 

Dr. Blaney and MSP:

MSP does not cover the services that Dr. Blaney provides. This includes the time needed to sustain thorough care in order that he may help people not only recover from their illness, but achieve greater longevity and quality of life. His work is aimed toward wellness.

 

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Services covered by the initial appointment:

Assessment:

- review of all health related issues

- a full physical examination

AND

Treatment:

-  Dr. Blaney will go over your treatment protocol and answer any questions or concerns

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