A Bartonella “Guru” Speaks Out
One of our board members, Michelle, had the privilege to accompany her husband, a local veterinarian, to listen to a lecture by Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt. Dr. Breitschwerdt is not only a doctor of veterinary medicine but also an expert on infectious diseases particularly Bartonella. She refers to this doctor as the “Bartonella Guru”. The following is from what Michelle noted from the lecture:
Dr. Breitschwerdt stated what most of us Lymies already know…. that not too many physicians know a thing about vector borne diseases. He acknowledged that veterinarians are going to have to be the ones to educate people. He, also, emphasized on the importance of veterinarians role in helping to stop the spread of these diseases from animals to humans. (Yes, you can get vector borne illnesses from animals.) According to Dr. Breitschwerdt, Bartonella is transferred via fleas more often than ticks BUT that most all the ticks he is testing show positive for one or more strains of Bartonella. He stated that if an animal comes into a vet clinic with a flea infestation, that he HIGHLY recommends that the vet wear a mask because you can get it from the feces of a flea or an animal.
Dr. Breitschwerdt could not emphasize enough the dangers and the importance of detecting, preventing, and treating Bartonella. He views it as one of the more serious illnesses to worry about. He stated that vets should test for it more often and that there is more around than the average vet would like to believe. He even went as far as stating that vet’s, themselves, should be tested and that they should consider NOT donating their blood to the Red Cross.
Bartonella is not a new disease. Doctors have known about it for almost a century but they referred to it as “cat scratch fever”. Cats can carry Bartonella in their bloodstream for months to years. It was thought to be just a short-lived infection in humans and no big deal.
Bartonella is considered a co-infection of Lyme. There are at least 30 different species that researchers know of presently and 13 of those have been found in humans. With researchers ability to now find and diagnose animals and humans with Bartonella, it has led to its identification in patients with so-called “chronic illnesses” that the medical professionals hadn’t ever been able to link to any cause before. In an interview with Dr. Mercola, Dr. Klinghardt even states, “The issue with Lyme Disease… that many of us have realized that pretty much all chronic illnesses are in one way or another way… the outcome of chronic infections or at least contributed to by chronic infections.”
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