Stealth Pathogens

9 Aug 2017 2:20 PMLicensee Person
Stealth Pathogens

Stealth Pathogens

What an interesting subject that is gaining much attention of late. What are ‘stealth pathogens’ and how do they affect our health? Is a question you should be asking yourself about now? Chronic debilitating diseases can arise if protozoa and bacteria are left untreated. Pathogenic microorganisms make use of two general strategies on their host – frontal assault and stealth assault. In frontal assaults the pathogen rapidly replicates with symptoms that overwhelm the immune defences of the host ‘you’ before the immune system engages. Stealth assaults involve a slower infection process and the pathogens subvert the host’s immune system to set up a chronic persistent infection. A stealth pathogen is a cell wall deficient form of bacteria that can infect intracellular; but now other organisms are mentioned in this context.  Stealth is also a strategy used by organisms to maximise their probably of surviving the host. For example some fungi can create a surface coating that the immune system does not recognise.

Stealth Pathogens are organisms that persist in their host and have strategies to evade the host’s immune system. They can persist within cells and take up residence in the immune system and are implicated in chronic diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic lymes disease. They are also linked to autoimmune diseases and may increase systemic inflammation, leading to chronic disease and lack of well being.

More than one stealth organism might be driving chronic disease at one time.  This suggests that a broad spectrum approach aimed across all types of pathogens including viruses should be addressed.

Handy Herbs to Know
Qing Hao or sweet wormwood
is used in traditional Chinese medicine for fevers, including tuberculosis, low grade fevers and malaria. The anti-parasitic properties are seen in part to Artemisinin, which is the active part of the herb. Sweet wormwood is used to treat lymes disease when borrelia burgorferi is present.  Sweet Wormwood has also been used to treat auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Myrrh has been used to treat worms since ancient times. Myrrh is the perfect herb in treating stealth pathogens as it is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic (kills parasites) and antimicrobial. Myrrh will treat tapeworms, flukes, and many other parasites. Because of its high concentrations it is best pulse dosed as to address re-hatching eggs of the parasites.

St Johns Wort has been used to treat menopause, neuralgia, nervous conditions, depression, rheumatism and coughs and colds. Its ability to be effected against enveloped virus’s makes it useful in herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2, influenza A, CMV and dengue.

Licorice root has a long tradition of use and also a wide application.  It’s most effective as an expectorant and demulcent i.e. for bronchitis and stomach ulcers. Glycyrrhetinic acid is one of the active components in liquorice and is shown to have a direct affect of virus replication and against Epstein Barr virus (glandular fever) and herpes simplex 1 (genital).

As you can gather these herbs in combination work amazing to rid parasites, stealth pathogens and gut dysbiosis. Do you feel you are under stealth attack? Then book a naturopathic consult and we can get rid of all those nasty bugs and parasites lurking around.