Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: mycoplasma | arthritis | autoimmune | infection

How Mycoplasma Triggers Arthritis

David Brownstein, M.D. By Tuesday, 09 March 2021 04:46 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

To understand how mycoplasma causes arthritis, it’s necessary to comprehend how the immune system responds to a mycoplasma infection.

Mycoplasma lacks a cell wall, and therefore has to live inside our own cells. (Most other infectious bacteria have their own cell walls, and therefore can live outside our cells.)

The immune system is well-equipped to deal with bacteria that have cell walls. When infected with such bacteria, the immune system sends white blood cells to the site of infection and releases toxic chemicals to kill the bacteria.

The process is very different with a non-cell wall bacteria because the immune system has no good way to treat an intracellular infection.

Cells infected with mycoplasma take on an irregular shape. The immune system recognizes that the infected cells are abnormal, but must use a different mechanism to fight the infection.

In this case, the immune system produces antibodies that attack our own cells in order to get rid of the infectious agent.

Unfortunately, this defense mechanism can go wrong if the antibodies begin to attack not only infected cells but healthy cells as well. When this occurs, it can lead to what’s called an autoimmune disease.

Conventional medicine has come to no consensus about what causes autoimmune diseases.

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To understand how mycoplasma causes arthritis, it’s necessary to comprehend how the immune system responds to a mycoplasma infection.
mycoplasma, arthritis, autoimmune, infection
Tuesday, 09 March 2021 04:46 PM
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