Rickettsia 

Forgotten disease

Forgotten disease therefore not diagnosed. This is the principle we now attach to Rickettsia. Rickettsia is one of the many transmitted diseases by ticks. It is not a virus, nor a bacteria, but a group of intracellular germs, possessing a rudimentary enzymatic system. When inside the human body, these germs make use of the invaded cell’s metabolism. The germs use the process of Phagocytosis to reproduce and multiply inside living organisms. Rickettsia is primarily transmitted by acarida like ticks. However, because rickettsia is transmitted through the blood, it is possible to get infected through unpasteurized milk, meat, cheese and cotton. When penetrating the cytoplasm, the germs will settle for reproduction by binary fission. To allow successful and quick reproduction, the germs, absorb and take in oxygen, sugar, electrolytes, iron and vitamins, allowing the survival of the *ICO. This will happen inside the vascular system, and the cell membrane quickly expands, causing intermittent high blood pressure, clots (ambolism) and ultimately the bursting of endothelial cells. The concentrated mass of germs in the endothelial cell will simultaneously be released into the blood stream. This is the point where the host (the human being infected by the germs) will experience symptoms of infection. When the cell bursts, the germs release a range of toxins into the blood. Three types of toxins have been discribed, andotoxins causing pain and tiredness, neurotoxins, causing anxiety depression and neurological diseases, alergens causing digestive and cutanitive symptoms. The symptoms just as for lyme are the ones of ICO's . The host could then experience an extensive range of possible symptoms:

Figure 14 - Chronical infections, Cécile Jadin

  • Headaches

  • Fever

  • Hearts race

  • Joints swell

  • Muscle ache

  • Nausea

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Blurred vision

Ghost like disease

Rickettsia is by many doctors considered a dead or an inexistant disease. One of the many reasons why it is so complicated to diagnose is the incredibly large variety of symptoms experienced by patients. We as humans have a body which basically consists of one huge vascular structure. Our vascular system literally runs from the top of our head to the tip of our toes. It is therefore not surprising to see such vast range of symptoms, experienced in so many different areas of the body, because rickettsia specifically damages and attacks the vascular system of their host. This is also one of the reasons why it is extremely hard to successfully diagnose Ricketsia. Currently practically no doctors have the capacities to successfully diagnose a patient with Rickettisa. Some try to prescribe treatments to their patient without having a clear diagnosis. Yet they do not understand that this will under no circumstances benefit the patient, as the treatment will be targeted at the wrong cause. Prescribing the wrong treatments to patients, will lead to important secondary effects that harm the body more than it does good. The harmful cells will carry on reproducing and invading the body, while the good cells get attacked by the treatment and die, a process whihc only agravates the imbalance between the infectious germs and the healthy cells.

*ICO = intracellular organisms 

The body's auto destruction 

Rickettsia often has an effect on human tissues in different organs, which can cause important pain, but most importantly damages the organs themselves. This becomes even more dramatic when the autoimmune system of the host cannot recognize the primary source of infection and starts to extensivelt produce antibodies that attack the host himself. This then turns into a vicious cycle of the body’s auto destruction.

Few doctors can confirm the presence of these germs for their patients, and blood tests will not necessarily indicate the presence of rickettsia, due to the complex combination of germs present in the body. General blood tests however, could indicate the dysfunction of the following aspects:

  • White blood cells

  • Red blood cells

  • Platelets

  • ESR

  • Liver

  • Pancreas

  • Iron levels

  • Abnormal levels of cholesterol