A number of patients have described that concurrent with GDD they have chronic infections, with infections caused by organisms with a tendency for chronic infections. These include viruses like Herpes and Epstein Barr (EB), and the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (causative organism of Lyme disease). What appears typical of infections concurrent with GDD is that the organisms on their own have a chronic remitting course, which for many organisms implies that they are not killed and eliminated from the host, but instead contained in some fashion. What is typical for the viruses is that they remain dormant on nerve roots by the spinal chord, and track down the nerves when they cause recurrent infection. This explains why they generally occur in the same location as before, because they are traveling down the same nerves.
In thinking about the two entities co-existing it becomes also a bit of a chicken and egg, which came first, scenario (ofcourse it has to be the egg - but this is a figure of speech). As I have described before in earlier blogs the immune system is both extremely complex and also interwoven. We have learned in recent years that cells like killer T-cells are not just generic killer cells - there are specific killer T-cells to bacteria and others to fungi, and it would not be unexpected if they are further subspecialized even than that. Viruses are generally dealt with by members of the subacute and chronic immune system.... which are the same principal cells tied up by Gadolinium in GDD. Thus, it is not surprising, if our immune system is occupied by trying to manage Gd, that it may not be able to concurrently contain or combat chronic infections like Herpes, Shingles so they recur, and probably also become more difficult to treat if the immune system is trying simultaneously combat Gd. The converse may also be true, that dealing with a chronic infective organism may render the management of a heavy metal aberrant - in the case of GDD with too aggressive an approach.
Similarly trying to treat a chronic infection, while suffering from GDD may result in inadequate treatment because the immune cells that the host relies on to attack these chronic infections are already engaged with Gd.
So concurrent chronic infections and GDD, real and a real problem, and probably reflects the issue with the same type of immune cells trying to battle two entities at once, resulting in a lot of collateral damage, and also inadequate or inappropriate host response to one or the other.
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