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Gulf War Syn.Resesrch /Treatments - G. Nicolson

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  • L.R. <wordspeak@yahoo.com>
    http://www.immed.org/ IMM is formally affiliated with: Contaminated Veterans of America, Albuquerque, NM Center for Complex Infectious Diseases, Rosemead, CA
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 23 10:56 AM

      IMM is formally affiliated with:
      Contaminated Veterans of America, Albuquerque, NM
      Center for Complex Infectious Diseases, Rosemead, CA
      International Molecular Diagnostics, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA
      James Mobb Clinics of Harare, Zimbabwe
      Molecular Hyperbaric Medicine, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA
      Rhodon Foundation for Biomedical Research, Huntington Beach, CA
      So. Calif. Immune Institute, Huntington Beach, CA


      Gulf War Illnesses Research


      Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War Illness has been used to describe a
      collection of chronic signs and symptoms reported by U.S., British,
      Canadian, Czech, Danish, Saudi, Egyptian, Australian and other
      Coalition Armed Forces that were deployed to Operation Desert Storm
      in 1991. Over 100,000 American veterans of Desert Storm /Desert
      Shield (approximately 15% of deployed U. S. Armed Forces) returned
      from the Persian Gulf and slowly (6-24 months or more) and presented
      with a variety of complex signs and symptoms characterized by
      disabling fatigue, intermittent fevers, night sweats, arthralgia,
      myalgia, impairments in short-term memory, headaches, skin rashes,
      intermittent diarrhea, abdominal bloating, chronic bronchitis,
      photophobia, confusion, transient visual scotomata, irritability and
      depression and other signs and symptoms that until recently have
      defied appropriate diagnoses (see publications). These symptoms are
      not localized to any one organ, and the signs and symptoms and
      routine laboratory test results are not consistent with a single,
      specific disease.

      Although there is not yet a case definition for Gulf War Illness, the
      chronic signs and symptoms loosely fit the clinical criteria for
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Some patients
      have additionally what appears to be neurotoxicity and brainstem
      dysfunction that can result in autonomic, cranial and peripheral
      nerve demyelination, possibly due to complex chemical exposures.
      Often these patients have been diagnosed with Multiple Chemical
      Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS) or Organophosphate-Induced Delayed
      Neurotoxicity (OPIDN). Chemically exposed patients can be treated by
      removal of offending chemicals from the patient's environment,
      depletion of chemicals from the patient's system and treatment of the
      neurotoxic signs and symptoms caused by chemical exposure(s). A
      rather large subset (~40%) of GWI patients have transmittible
      infections, including mycoplasmal and possibly other chronic
      bacterial infections, that have resulted in the appearance of GWI in
      immediate family members and civilians in the Gulf region. It is
      likely that veterans of the Gulf War who are ill with GWI owe their
      illnesses to a variety of exposures: (a) chemical mixtures, primarily
      organophosphates, antinerve agents and possibly nerve agents, (b)
      radiological sources, primarily depleted uranium and possibly fallout
      from destroyed nuclear reactors, and (c) biological sources,
      primarily bacteria, viruses and toxins, before, during and after the
      conflict. Such exposures can result in poorly defined chronic
      illnesses, but these illnesses can be treated if appropriate
      diagnoses are forthcoming.

      Studies on Gulf War Illnesses: Chronic Infections

      Identification of Mycoplasmal Infections in Gulf War Illness

      Scientists at The Institute for Molecular Medicine have found that
      slightly under one-half of the very sick Gulf War Illness patients in
      a pilot study with the signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      or Fibromyalgia have chronic invasive infections involving certain
      uncommon mycoplasmas, such as Mycoplasma fermentans (incognitus
      strain). This has now been confirmed in a large Department of
      Defense - Department of Veterans' Affairs clinical trial. Staff at
      The Institute for Molecular Medicine have recommended that these
      infections can be successfully treated with certain antibiotics,
      allowing the recovery of patients who have been long-term disabled.
      Similarly, in ongoing preliminary studies on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      and Fibomyalgia patients, we have found that a subset of patients
      have mycoplasmal infections that can be successfully treated with
      antibiotics, allowing patients to recover from their illnesses.

      Identification of Other Infections in Gulf War Illness Patients:

      The Institute for Molecular Medicine has been engaged in examining
      the blood of Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and
      Fibromyalgia patients for chronic infections that could explain their
      clinical conditions. So far, in preliminary research we have found
      that some patients have microorganism infections, such as those
      caused by Brucella or other bacteria. This line of investigation is
      now being actively pursued at the Institute.




      Treatment Considerations

      Prof. Garth L. Nicolson

      There are a number of considerations when undergoing therapy for
      chronic illnesses, including traditional medical approaches as well
      as integrative medicine approaches that utilize oxygen therapy,
      herbal therapy, and heat therapy, among others. The Institute for
      Molecular Medicine is a nonprofit institution and does not make
      specific recommendations for individual patients, nor does the
      Institute endorse commercial products. The types of products and
      procedures listed in this section are potentially useful; however,
      they are only examples of the types of approaches and substances that
      could be beneficial to patients with chronic illnesses. Consult your
      personal physician for advice on exact dosing and schedules, which
      can vary among individuals.

      The information contained in the accompanying material is not
      intended to replace the advice of a physician or other health care
      professional. Patients seeking treatments for their conditions should
      first consult with and seek information from a qualified health care

      To assist patients with chronic illnesses we have established an
      integrated medical practice, Molecular Hyperbaric Medicine, Inc. of
      Huntington Beach, California (Tel: 714-846-6360 or Toll Free: 877-402-
      HBOT, Website: www.molecularhyperbarics.com, Executive Director: Dr.
      Paul Berns). We also closely collaborate with the Southern California
      Immune Institute (Website: www.immuneinstitute.com, Medical Director:
      Dr. Ferre Akbarpour).


      New Clinical Practice
      Molecular Hyperbaric Medicine, Inc


      1 Considerations when Undergoing Treatment for Gulf War
      Illness/CFS/FMS/Rheumatoid Arthritis Reprinted from the Intern. J.
      Medicine 1998; 1:123-128. Plus Supplemental Suggestions:Prof.
      Nicolson 1/14/02 html doc
      2 Identification and Treatment of Chronic Infections in CFIDS,
      Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis
      CFIDS Chronicle 1999; 12(3): 19-21 html doc
      3 Diagnosis and Integrative Treatment of Intracellular Bacterial
      Infections in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War
      Illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Chronic Illnesses
      Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine 2000; 1(2): 42 - 102
      html doc
      4 Dietary Considerations for Patients with Chronic Illnesses and
      Multiple Chronic Infections. By Prof. Garth Nicolson and Dr. Richard
      Ngwenya, JANA 2002 html doc


      1 Dietary Considerations for Patients with Chronic Illnesses and
      Multiple Chronic Infections: A Brief Outline of Eighteen Dietary
      Steps to Better Health by Garth Nicolson and Richard Ngwenya, Towsend
      Lett. Doctors 2001; 219:62-65. html doc
      2 Why I Prescribe Antibiotics. By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. html doc
      3 Research Overview: Professor Garth Nicolson's Studies and
      Treatments Explained By Deborah Cooper, ImmuneSupport.com Treatment &
      Research Library html doc
      4 Fighting Those Persistent INFECTIONS In CFIDS By Jacob Teitelbaum,
      From Fatigued to Fantastic Newsletter 2000; 3 and 2001; 4
      newsletters html doc
      5 Suggested Therapy of Chronic Systemic Chlamydial and
      Chlamydial/Mycoplasmal Co-infections. by Prof. Garth L. Nicolson
      html doc

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