In one study on 203 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients, around 70 percent had mycoplasma DNA in their bloodstream, indicating the presence of mycoplasmas. In contrast, only nine percent of 70 healthy individuals compared carried such signs. Another trial compared 200 Gulf War Syndrome patients to 62 healthy military subjects. People with the illness were more than seven times more likely to have mycoplasmal infections.
Medical Sentinel Vol. 4, no. 5, 172-75 September/October 1999
Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
I first heard Dr. Nicholson about four years ago when we both gave presentations at the AAEM annual conference. His was on the Gulf War Syndrome and mine was on the use of antibiotics to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
He has used some very elegant tools, such as PCR DNA techniques to provide some very compelling evidence of the causal relationship between mycoplasma and many chronic illnesses.
My own personal belief is that an impaired immune system is more likely to be responsible for the infection. Restoring the integrity of the immune system will most frequently allow the individual to recover from the illness, as they are able to clear the infection.