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Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella are three bacterial infections that are known to cause a variety of health problems in humans. Here are some key points about how these infections are linked to blood-brain barrier damage, neurological disorders, and arthritis:

  1. Blood-Brain Barrier Damage:
  • Studies have shown that Babesia infection can lead to damage to the blood-brain barrier, which is the protective barrier that separates the brain from the bloodstream.
  • This can lead to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and confusion (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6148426/).
  • Ehrlichia infection has also been shown to target neutrophils that adhere to endothelium in tissues, resulting in subsequent tissue damage and systemic proinflammatory responses, which can contribute to blood-brain barrier damage (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4777941/).
  1. Neurological Disorders:
  1. Arthritis:
  1. Cross-Reactions:
  • In some cases, antibodies to Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella may cross-react with other infections, leading to false positives on diagnostic tests.
  • For example, antibodies to these infections have been found to cross-react with antibodies to Epstein-Barr virus (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6148426/).

In conclusion, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella infections are known to cause a range of health problems, including blood-brain barrier damage, neurological disorders, and arthritis. These infections can also cross-react with other infections, leading to false positives on diagnostic tests. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms involved, the link between these infections and various health problems highlights the importance of early detection and treatment.

Meet the Author

Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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