Praise for Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection


“…scientifically impeccable and well documented yet highly readable….incredibly thorough and convincing…I tell [patients and listeners] to arm themselves with your book; hopefully it will cause a major attitude shift among rheumatologists and family practitioners.”

Dr. Gabe Mirkin  (Radio Talk Show Host and owner of


“…an important and ground breaking book…a giant step in the right direction…Chapter 7, ‘Natural Methods to Revitalize the Immune System,’…contains some of the best nutritional and lifestyle information that I have ever read anywhere. By itself, it is worth the price of the book…. Poehlmann's exciting book is a tsunami in a rising tide of information that is beginning to swamp the old ideas. It is hoped that Poehlmann's call for the medical establishment to wake up will be heard and that there will be a major shift in research toward identifying the microbial basis of chronic disease so that we can work toward cures instead of just treating symptoms.”

Dennis Littrell (one of’s Top 50 reviewers)


 “…a close, careful and somewhat controversial study…An extensive background on arthritis written for the non-specialist general reader …an alternative point of view well worth taking into consideration, particularly when conventional remedies have proven ineffective.”

              Midwest Book Review, five stars


“…logical, balanced, right on target…Your views concerning a more balanced and holistic approach to maintaining and improving good health and preventing, controlling, and reducing disease make much sense…Overall, the issues and inconsistencies in the literature that you identified are fundamental and need to be addressed and resolved.”

Dr. Joel Baseman (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX)


“I found [your book] to give a reasonable and correct understanding of the general concept of the role of mycoplasmas, or other infectious entities, in RA and a variety of other joint diseases in both animals and man. In addition, it documents well the most recent controlled clinical trials in humans that establish the efficacy of antibiotics in the control or eradication of some of these specific joint diseases.”

Dr. Joseph Tully (former head of the Mycoplasma Chapter of the

     National  Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)


“Your new book provides both patients and health care providers with an unabridged Encyclopedia of information on the infectious cause and effective treatments of rheumatoid arthritis and other related chronic illnesses. Hundreds of books about arthritis have been written but few are more extensively referenced in support of both cause and treatment.”

Dr. Harold W. Clark (Head of the Mycoplasma Research Institute, Beverly Hills, FL

                                      and author of Why Arthritis?)


“…400 information-packed pages… solid, practical advice on how to get the most out of Dr. Brown's treatment…Dr. Poehlmann was blessed with input and support from some of the great stalwarts of antibiotic research (Dr. Harold Clark, Dr. Garth Nicolson, Dr. Joseph Mercola)…She couldn't be in better company. And she couldn't have written a more useful book.”

                          Henry Scammell (President, The Road Back Foundation and author of

    The New Arthritis Breakthrough)


“Mycoplasmas are certainly a very, very important part of not only rheumatoid diseases, but also many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Poehlmann has covered this aspect with great attention to accuracy and detail. This foundation certainly welcomes and recommends Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection.”

Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr. (Executive Director, The Arthritis Trust of America,

     a non-profit foundation with offices in the U.S., Canada, England, and Republic of South Africa)


Everything you Need to Know Before Consulting a Doctor!

Third updated, revised, and expanded edition of the award-winning

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection




Finding and Treating the Many Causes of

Chronic Fatigue and Inflammation

By Katherine Poehlmann, PhD, with Karl F. Poehlmann

The withdrawal of drugs like Vioxx and Bextra from the market have left arthritis sufferers in pain and searching for options. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) have been found to be more toxic than previously believed. Conventional treatments work in the short term but lead to harmful side effects and relapse.

The premise of this book is that poly microbial colonies of infections including mycoplasma bacteria and all kinds of other pathogenic microbes have been shown to be persistent co-factors in many autoimmune disorders besides Rheumatoid Arthritis. These infections aggravate Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Fibromyalgia, Scleroderma, Lupus, COPD, chronic cystitis, CFIDS, Gulf War Illness, tendonitis (i.e., Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), as well as painful sports injuries that fail to heal. Hallmarks of microbial infections include joint pain, inflammation, bursitis, and chronic fatigue.

Fatigue is an indication of a systemic infection and of cellular dysfunctions caused by the microbes that have invaded our cells. They are stealing energy and oxygen as they disrupt our cellular bio-chemical functions.

Inflammation is at the heart of autoimmune maladies. Antioxidants, especially vitamin C can be used effectively to reduce inflammation, pain, allergies, and toxic shock. When antibiotics kill the microbes this causes increased inflammation.  Conventional immune system-suppressing drugs supplemented with vitamin C can control the inflammation and permit more effective antibiotic use.

This book describes scientifically proven antibiotic, antimicrobial and anti inflammatory treatments, along with nutrition and diet methods to strengthen the immune system. This is a combination that offers a viable alternative to the dangerous drugs that are now being discredited as a single drug cure. Unlike incomplete medical treatments for RA, these protocol components address treating the causes (microbes) and the symptoms (inflammation) together, not just temporary relief from pain.


“You have done an outstanding job, covering an extensive number of possible causes and treatments…I recommend this book as a practical, well-researched presentation of both conventional and unconventional treatments.” --- Dr. Gabe Mirkin, M.D., immunologist, radio talk show host, author of 16 books plus hundreds of Internet articles at

This regimen has a 30-40% probability of complete remission, and a 70-80% probability of significant reduction of symptoms.  --- Arthritis Center of Riverside



Arthritis and Autoimmune

Disease: The Infection Connection

Finding and Treating the Many

Causes of Chronic Fatigue and Inflammation


496 pages, including: expanded index, six appendices, dietary guidelines, bibliography, and

    Internet tables listing the best,

    most credible sites for further

    research and contacts for labs,

    support groups, and practitioners.


8½ x 5½”, Trade Paper, $19.95

ISBN 9-781469-949239   

Publication date: February 2012



About the Author

Dr. Katherine Poehlmann is a systems analyst with a magna cum laude degree in mathematics, an MBA, and a PhD in Health Science.

Faced with the prospect of life in a wheelchair, she used her skills as a professional researcher, honed at the RAND Corporation, to find the cause of her own debilitating case of RA- complicated synovitis in both ankles.

She has progressed from being 25% disabled in 1993, as determined by four rheumatologists, to being completely ambulatory and pain-free today. She continues to be an avid hiker and field photographer.

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