Upper and lower back pain, KFP case histories of recovery:


Arthritic Tendonitis: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Dr Thomas McPherson Brown in The Road Back describes how the acute pulmonary infection caused by cell walled bacteria can transition in a few weeks into a chronic infection by L-forms of the bacteria.  We remember one year at the Rand Corporation, an epidemic of respiratory infections (walking pneumonia) was followed by a related epidemic in carpal tunnel tendonitis inflammation of many typists’ hands/wrists a few weeks to months later. 


The connection between the two epidemics was not noted at the time.  But Dr Brown’s book describes the linkage and the causal mechanism.   His book also explains how tetracycline antibiotics are useful in treating arthritic tendonitis of the hands and the feet. 


Dr Katherine Poehlmann, in her book, Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection, tells how tendonitis in both of her ankles was successfully treated with these antibiotics. She sprained both ankles, failed to heal quickly, was tested positive for the rheumatoid arthritis r-factor, followed Dr Brown’s protocol and showed almost immediate progressive recovery with tetracycline.  This arthritis was the likely result of a history of respiratory invasions and strep throat episodes.


Back Pain

Doctors X-ray the areas of the pain, but often the x-rays show structure anomalies that are not direct causes of the pain. I show some lower back stenosis (narrowing of bone channels where nerves might be pinched) and upper back calcification from ancient whiplash injury.  In such cases surgery is inappropriate. What the X-rays do not show are the real causes of the pain. Xrays and IR scanners do show the locations to be treated. Calcification restricts blood flow and isolates microbes causing inflammation.


Inflammation and Healing:

Inflammation is the part of the tear down process that involves oxides H202 (peroxide) and NO (nitric oxide). Together these are called ROS, Reactive Oxygen Species. ROS causes ROS, Reactive Oxygen Stress, which changes the way the cellular metabolism works, to tear down existing molecules. It can cause cellular mutation in the mitochondrial DNA and mark the cells for death and replacement.   Healing, in the presence of the localized microbes, is suspended and recovery = healing sticks in the tear-down-inflammation stage. If ROS changes a stem cell, it cannot replicate itself correctly, and we age. For cellular mitochondrial functions additional antioxidants are necessary Heme and CoQ10, needed for metabolism and for replication integrity.


Ascorbic Acid (AA)

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in one form is a powerful oxide neutralizer (anti-oxidant), being consumed in the process. It is converted to the oxidized form and excreted. Thus, the more inflammation, the more C is needed.  Buffered, acid neutralized, forms of C  (AA) are available in capsules and/or powder forms in most health food stores as “Ester-C”, Calcium Ascorbate and also as Sodium Ascorbate. Proteolytic enzymes (bromelain and Serapeptase) might help the tear down stage to resolve more quickly, but in this case they were not used. Once healing is started, stop these enzymes.


With microbe-induced inflammation, when we are acutely sick, the destructive oxides are produced continuously, one needs to regularly replace the consumed C, several times per day, so that the body does not develop an instant attack of scurvy, accompanied by systemic tissue dissolution. With chronic infections, the inflammation processes are slower and a balance can be found with a smaller amount of  AA daily intake. See: Vitamin C PharmacoKenetics.


Upper Back Stenosis:  (KFP)

I moved several hundred times, a lot of 6 pound cement squares. A month after this exercise, my low-grade upper back pain got worse. I could not find a pain free sleeping position.


So I went to a chiropractor for my back.  X rays showed some cervical spine stenosis around nerve exit channels and an infrared scan showed some hot, inflamed areas. He massaged the hot spots, and stretched my spine with a machine. Six treatments. The mild massage trauma made my pain worse, but circulation to the calcified areas was much improved.  Healing should have started, but it did not.


I upped my C intake to about 10 grams per day to counter the extra inflammation, but this did not work to stop all the pain.


I knew there were some microbes at work too.  I requested a prescription for Minocycline from my regular doctor to suppress any cell-wall-deficient microbes and within two days the pain started to diminish; by 4 days almost all gone. 


Another remarkable result, I had to wake up about 4 times per night to urinate.

As soon as the Minocycline kicked in, my bladder irritation nearly vanished.


Conclusion: massage, machine stretching, AA, calcium fluoride, and minocycline were needed. Chiropractors do not prescribe antibiotics, so a DO needed to do that.


Hip joint severe inflammation related to cystitis: (KFP)

About 7 years ago I had a case of cystitis (infection of the bladder) that was treated by Ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic that kills cell wall microbes, not Cell Wall Deficient (CWD) forms.  I believe that the invading microbes morphed to a form (L-form) that is resistant to Cipro.  The CWD infection moved to my hips causing great pain and disabling me for a period of 4 months.  I started taking pectin daily, but to no immediate effect.  I needed crutches to walk.


When I started taking vitamin C at 6 grams per day (3gx2/day), within 3 days my pain in left hip cleared (stopped) and right hip was greatly reduced.  3 months later I increased the dosage to 12 grams per day (4g x3/day) Then the pain in the right hip cleared.   See Google [Klenner Vitamin C Use Levels Antibiotic (1953)] Klenner documented Vitamin C in high dosage levels, by IV or by injection. It can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral and anti-toxic agent. For acute infections he used 3-6 grams/100kg every 2 hours for oral intake.



Lower Back Stenosis: (KFP)

A few years ago, I had to move two truck loads of ground-bark lifting each sack about 6 times between store and final home position. Thereafter, I had lower back pain/stiffness for about 9 months or longer.   No treatment was effective.  X-rays showed lower spinal stenosis. My legs felt uncomfortable.  Spondylosis-arthritis is sometimes linked to gut infection by Yersinia entercolitica, or other gut microbes. Y. entercolitica is a respiratory invader that moves to the gut and invades epithelial cells causing inflammation. Many other respiratory microbes also do this, invading the epithelial cells throughout the body.


Then I had to purge my gut for an exam.  I repopulated the gut bacteria with yogurt/buttermilk and probiotics.  I also went on a low-sugar/low-carbohydrate diet.  This controls the cell invading CWD forms and epithelial invading yeasts. Again, like the hip pain, within several days, my back pain vanished not to return.


My Ascorbate level at that time was above 6 grams of C per day. When I greatly reduced my sugar/carbohydrate intake, my immune system resistance to fungal infections also increased markedly. Six grams per day is the minimum AA intake to significantly increase immune system function according to a paper by Drs Franco and Vojdani.  Also note that olive leaf extract is a powerful natural antibiotic, effective against both gut viruses and bacteria. So are vinegar and coconut oil. See Tropic Oils Nutrition.


Lower Back Pain:

Lower back pain is related to certain microbes in the gut—viruses, fungal microbes (yeast), or bacteria forms.  The gut ecology is complex; thousands of various microbe varieties coexist in variable numbers, based on prior infections, diet, PH, types of oils ingested, and enzyme intake.  This complexity and dynamics defies human understanding, except in simple cases. Single cause thinking [one bug => one disease] does not work. Selected probiotics and nutrients (buttermilk, yogurt, fermented cabbage, sauerkraut, pickles, vinegar, AA, sea salt, Epsom salt (Mg sulfate), coconut oil, etc) are helpful.


Yersinia entercolitica has been associated with lower spinal disintegration— ankylosing spondylitis.  But this is not the only troublemaking microbe. Mycobacteria (Avium) paratuberculosis is associated with Crohn’s disease, a gut inflammation. Google [Mycobacterium paratuberculosis Crohn’s] This bacteria is very prevalent (Johne’s disease) in bovine dairy herds.  (~20% test infected) M paratuberculosis is very resistant to heat and pasteurization. Refrigerated milk and dairy products may not be pure enough. Shelf milk is safer than refrigerated pasteurized milk it is more sterile. 


One Crohn’s treatment calls for fermented blended cabbage, a form of natural sauerkraut as a specific for combating gut microbes causing intestinal irritation. Google [Crohn’s  cultured cabbage juice] Try this daily if you have lower back problems.


Vinegar is a solvent of the waxy coating that protect gut bacteria and viruses.  By consuming vinegar 2-3x daily, patients with HIV/AIDS have tested significantly lower in virus levels in blood tests.  Vinegar in the form of pickles, kimche, sauerkraut, or just diluted is helpful in cleaning the gut of harmful bacteria, especially in cases of food poisoning or travelers diarrhea.   Vinegar in salad dressings protect against invading microbes on raw vegetables. Vinegar marinades sterilize meat before cooking.


Another microbes’ waxy coating solvent is Lauric acid, a component of coconut oil and palm oil is an essential oil that has an undeserved dietary bad rap.  Google [coconut lauric Enig] It is very useful in maintaining hormonal balance, gut health, and metabolic energy levels.  Cows fed on coconut fiber & oils actually lost weight due to higher metabolic levels.


Respiratory invaders linked to COPD and other maladies include RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and M. Fermentans, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Yersinia entercolitica. These are associated with systemic, synovial, epithelial, arterial, gut, spine and joint (hip, knee, carpal tunnel, elbow, shoulder, wrist) inflammations and pains. Prior injury makes these joints susceptible to bacterial CWD, L-forms colonization. They are also epithelial cell invading or resident. Some are also immune cells invading.


Bone spurs and calcifications:

Healing of injury in the past leaves tissue artifacts (calcifications) that surround and encapsulate cell-wall-deficient (CWD) bacteria, whose presence is related to so called autoimmune inflammation.  These CWD microbes are the slow growing alternate stage of a prior respiratory and/or gastro-intestinal acute invasive illness. 


Dr Brown notes that calcium nodules often wall off the CWD forms. This may lead to bone spurs forming.  A veterinary source indicates that calcium fluoride is successfully given to horses long term to slowly dissolve the nodules and the spurs.


Calcium fluoride is available in homeopathic formulations at health food stores.  It may take several months for the daily small intake to have its effect.  I was also dosing with a daily intake of Calcium fluoride Hylands: “Calc. Flour.” 6x 1/day. CF is available in a 1000 tablet bottle.


Viral osteo arthritis of finger joints: (KFP)

I have swellings of the first joints of fingers of both hands. Some tendonitis.  Mostly painless, sometimes finger bones ache. Diagnosed as osteo arthritis.  I took an antiviral (acyclovir) at one point and had an immediate painful Herxheimer flare in these sites.  My doctors (ID and OD not a rheumatologist) did not know how to use an appropriate antiviral plus anti-inflammatory treatment for this arthritis.  So this condition remains untreated. The body is using calcification to wall off the infected sites. For further reading see the Marshall Protocol.


Other chronic Infections

Years ago it was customary to operate on children to remove tonsils and adenoids, because they frequently became infected with viruses and these reservoirs of microbes affected the health.  Adenoviruses cause some systemic, long-term inflammations. So it makes some sense to remove a hiding place for these pathogens.


Infected teeth are a prime source of microbes that can invade the spine and arterial system causing calcification and plaques.  I remember in Lincoln Nebraska seeing a huge skeleton of a mammoth with fractured teeth and cervical spine (neck) calcification of remarkable proportions. Proof that bad teeth and infection-caused arthritis has been with the vertebrate species for as long as we have had teeth and bones.


There is a multiplex of chronic infections in all of us.  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/CFIDS) is one name for a multi factored polymicrobial infection condition.  Here is an analysis of the many immune factors and the many microbes involved. The resultant imbalance leads to ROS, hypothyroidism, diabetes, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic syndrome, borderline scurvy, atherosclerotic plaques, heart disease, and endothelial dysfunctions throughout the body.

Microbes’ antibodies include  EBV, CMV, HSV-1, HSV-2, HHV-6, VZV,  Mycoplasma, C.pn, and others.


Insect borne infections cause chronic inflammation:

Insect (Tics, mosquitoes, biting flies, chiggers, etc) carry and spread infectious microbes. Lyme-disease bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi = B.b), and various other CWD and L-form bacteria have been linked to arthritic conditions, chronic fatigue, immune deficiency and Fibromyalgia. Also see: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/   and http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_mosquitoborne.htm While on a book tour in Alabama, I noticed the bulls eye rash around mosquito bites. Subsequent testing for B.b was borderline according to the false-negative-producing CDC criteria. Some B.b strains like B. lonestarei produce a less definitive test and a milder form of chronic inflammation.


Bacterial “L-forms” are alternate cell-wall-deficient (CWD) forms of bacteria that in other forms have cell walls.  So Cyst-forms are an other form in the life cycle. L-forms were studied extensively by the Lister Institute in France.  Google[CWD L-form Lister]  Many cell walled respiratory invaders and other bacteria have CWD L-forms.  Do all cell wall bacteria have these L-forms?   More and more have been reported by microbiologists as the years pass. 


Another stage in the CWD bacteria’s life cycle is host cell invasion and replication.  Target cells are often epithelial cells, causing inflammation of arteries, GI tract and gut, respiratory tract, urinary tract: bladder & prostate, the brain, the joints, and the ear passages. Some CWD bacteria and viruses target and invade specific blood cell types. These include RBCs, WBCs, leukocytes, stem cells, phagocytes, and specific immune cells. Each bacteria type has its own preference based on the shape of the target cells. Once invaded, the cellular molecule-making recipes are changed, based on the imported microbe’s recipes. Invaded immune cells lose their effectiveness. A recent news article reports that a metabolite (Delta12-PgJ3) of omega-3 oil kills stem cells invaded by leukemia virus in mice.


Tetracycline antibiotics--- Minocycline, OxyTetracycline, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, etc, can suppress CWD forms.

Dr Brown also used clindamycin IV for serious cases of RA.


High levels of AA administered by IV can kill invaded cells.  HBOT therapy also is helpful.  Borrelia burgdorferi and Chlamydia pneumonia are only two of the persistent cell invading CWD bacteria that target multiple parts of the body.  Tetracycline antibiotics alone are not enough to kill all of the various pleomorphic forms of these bacteria, so relapses are typical. Treatment methods are long term and multi antibiotic.



Chronic and acute infections differ both in the microbial forms that are active but also in how the test results will present themselves. See the hotlink above for a complete discussion.  The chronically inflamed arthritic often tests negative using the acute test criteria.  At various times an invaded cell incubator releases its progeny. Then an inflammation flare or unexpected allergic attack occurs.  Treating the chronic cell invaded patient with of antibiotics and/or high levels AA using IV was proven successful by Brown, Cathcart and Klenner.


Considerations in taking Tetracyclines orally:

Tetracyclines bind to calcium and lose their effectiveness. So do not consume dairy products within about 3 hours before or after taking the tetracyclines. 


Tetracyclines destroy the normal gut bacteria ecology so it is essential to take probiotics, buttermilk, or unsweetened-yoghurt about 6 hours after the antibiotic, every time or at least every other day.  My doctor prescribed the tetracycline 2x per day but the RA book Appendix 2 protocol calls for 1x per day or  1x/2days, over a longer time.  The microbes change from one form to another to evade the antibiotics. Alternating the dosage (off-on-off-on…) can catch them in an unprotected form and lead to eventual eradication.


Google[gut bacteria probiotics]. See: http://www.ajcn.org/content/69/5/1052S.abstract  Google  [Persian doogh drink recipe]. Made from: Ice, buttermilk (or carbonated water +yogurt), mint (fresh or dried), powdered garlic, powdered parsley (or flavor cube: parsley &, sea salt), dash black pepper. See also kefir, a probiotic formulation.


When the tetracycline kills the bacteria, there is often an inflammation flare and the pain and discomfort increases. Google [Jarisch Herxheimer reaction].  The Herx flare proves the tetracycline is working to flush out the latent infection symptoms. Sometimes latent Lupus, Leprosy, or other disease-infection is discovered, using the tetracycline probe. 


Dr  Brown‘s protocol on inflammation flare, discontinues the tetracycline, then resumes it  and concurrently treats with anti-inflammatories (Anti-Oxidants, anti-histamines, cortisone/prednisone, Naproxen, aspirin, Acetominicin, and Vitamin C, CoQ10)  as appropriate. What is important is that the low level tetracycline, in cyclic on/off cycles, is maintained over a long period of time, perhaps even over months to years, until the inflammation vanishes.  To be resumed if inflammation re-occurs.


The Marshall protocol uses Benicar as an anti-inflammatory. Benicar (Olmesartan) is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It blocks the cytokine cascade started by some Herx reactions. Benicar is usually prescribed to keep blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.


It is important to take adequate amounts of vitamin C to reduce the reaction.  Persons with a history of allergy to penicillin or to vaccines with 6 to 10 grams daily oral AA intake show little or no allergic reaction.  Allergic rash usually vanishes within an hour of taking several grams of AA. Remember the AA pharmacokenetics.


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