and Chronic Fatigue
Since 1996 research into a link between bacterial infections and illnesses which exhibit symptoms of chronic fatigue has been undertaken in the USA, research which has since been taken up in Canada and Australia. In the UK the medical and scientific professions state that they remain to be convinced by the research - but they are doing nothing about proving it right or wrong.
The research revolves around small organisms which are described as being somewhere between a bacteria and a virus. They are sensitive to antibiotic treatments, therefore some refer to them as bacteria - but they are soft walled and can exhibit certain viral traits.
These organisms are being linked with a number of diseases - ME / CFS, Gulf War Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, FM, Multiple Sclerosis. No one knows whether they are a causitive agent or simply something which perhaps takes its chance when the body's immune system is compromised by something else - although there is some evidence of contagion which might explain outbreaks of disease. The evidence is greater that these organisms may be responsible for the wide variety of symptoms experienced by sufferers of ME / CFS and other diseases which exhibit chronic fatigue.
These organisms can go under a number of names - Mycoplasma (various strains), Rickettsia, Chlamydia Pneumonia.