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Another hidden cause of heart attacks and chronic diseases (and the only therapy known to stop it).

I've told you many times that inflammation is at the root of many health problems, including heart disease and arthritis. In fact, any disease that ends with "iris" has inflammation as its major cause.

But there's another condition that's linked to inflammation that's been overlooked until now. It's called calcification. Calcification is a condition where calcium and phosphorous crystallize and cause tissues to harden.

These calcium-phosphate crystals both generate and attract inflammation. Calcification has been found in atherosclerosis, aneurysms, congestive heart failure, enlarged hearts, high blood pressure, stroke, blood clots, macular degeneration, cataracts, gallstones, Alzheimer's disease, dental plaque, and breast cancer. We find inflammation in these same diseases.

So we know that calcification is associated with inflammation, which causes disease. You would think, therefore, that the easiest way to reduce inflammation is to reduce your calcium intake. While this definitely helps, it's not that simple.

Researchers discovered more than two decades ago that a microscopic particle is also found in calcified tissues throughout the body. Could this tiny particle be the cause of all of these health problems?

The secret to calcification

In the 1980s, Finnish researcher E. Olavi Kajander, PhD found a particle in human blood that's too small to be seen by most microscopes. Not only is this particle found in calcified tissues, but Dr. Kajander found that it also appears to trigger calcification.

Turkish microbiologist, Dr. Neva Cifteioglu, joined Dr. Kajander in the early 1990s and began to search for a correlation between this particle--called nanobaeteria--and kidney stones. Indeed, she discovered that nanobaeteria is found in kidney stones. And within 10 years, researchers were finding the particle in numerous other diseases.

Where do they come from?

No one knows where nanobacteria originate any more than we know where viruses or other bacteria come from. Because they have been found in livestock, it's possible that nanobacteria may originally have made their way from water or other environmental sources into animals and humans. We do know that the urine from people and animals with high nanobaeteria levels can contaminate our drinking water. And they're too small for even the best water filters to remove.

Nanobaeteria can become a problem when you have too many of them or if your immune system isn't strong enough to keep them under control. This is the ease for many people with chronic illnesses. And, since there's no FDA-approved test for nanobacterja, it's difficult to know if you have them. Fortunately, there are methods to detect calcification, such as CT scans.

If you have an illness that includes calcification and inflammation, treatment to eradicate nanobaeteria may be appropriate for you. That's where things get really interesting. You can't simply go to your doctor and get a prescription for an antibiotic.

You see, nanobacteria are essentially tiny bacteria that are coated with a hard mineral shell. This shell consists of calcium phosphorous (which produces inflammation). While antibiotics can destroy most bacteria, the coating around nanobaeteria makes this bug very difficult to kill. The antibiotics simply cannot penetrate the shell.

However, there is a treatment protocol that works wonders against nanobacteria and the diseases they cause. This particular regimen must be done under the direction of a doctor. Talk with your doctor about treating nanobacteria if you're not getting better from a chronic illness.

Triple therapy for nanobacteria

Gary Mezo, a physician's assistant and founder of Nanobae Life Sciences, Inc. (813-264-2241), developed a triple therapy treatment to reduce nanobacteria. This program consists of chelation therapy (both oral EDTA and EDTA suppositories), nutraceuticals that support EDTA, and low-dose antibiotics to dissolve calcium deposits and eradicate the bacteria. Detailed information on nanobacteria and this triple therapy can be found in The Calcium Bomb (Douglas Mulhall and Katja Hansen).

The hard calcium/phosphorous shell around nanobacteria must be dissolved before the antibiotic can kill the bacteria. EDTA is a well-recognized organic chelating agent used by many doctors of integrative medicine to remove heavy metals. It also removes calcium deposits. Most oral EDTA products are poorly absorbed, but this combination appears to work for controlling nanobacteria.

The primary form of EDTA used in this process is in glycerin-based suppositories, which are absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly than intravenous EDTA and last longer. You can order them from Nanobac Life Sciences. While the suppositories are expensive, they're less expensive through this company than from any other source.

Anything that removes calcium through chelation also removes magnesium, zinc, and other minerals. Never use chelation therapy without adding back some of these minerals under the direction of an experienced health care practitioner.

After the hard shell of nanobacteria has been dissolved, an antibiotic can kill off some of the bacteria. Mezo's choice is tetracycline (a low-dose consisting of only 500 mg/day), a broad-spectrum antibiotic that nanobacteria aren't resistant to yet. I'm not at all fond of using antibiotics, but there are times when they offer the best solution. Right now, this low dose appears to be the best-researched answer to reducing colonies of nanobacteria. Tetracycline binds well to calcium. This means that tetracycline could prevent the calcium shell from reforming and protecting any other bacteria.

It's possible that herbal antibiotics would work as well without causing antibiotic resistance. Some of the strongest herbs with antibiotic properties are acacia, cryptolepsis, and grapefruit seed extract. For specific information on how to use particular herbal antibiotics, see Herbal Antibiotics: Natural alternatives for treating drug-resistant bacteria (Stephen Harrod Buhner, Storey Books, 1999).

A simpler way to control nanobacteria?

Presently, the treatment of choice for reducing nanobacteria is this triple therapy program. However, there may be another method using common minerals. They make sense and are less expensive, but we don't know how well they work yet. Here are some ideas to talk over with your doctor.

You know that taking too much calcium can cause serious health problems. I've always said you need to take less calcium and more magnesium. Well, it appears that our old friend magnesium can play a part in reducing colonies of nanobacteria.

Insufficient magnesium, especially in the presence of excessive calcium, can cause tissues and blood vessels to harden. Magnesium prevents calcification and also reduces inflammation. Could magnesium also dissolve the hard shell on nanobacteria? Studies are currently underway to explore this possibility and I'm in direct contact with the researchers. As soon as I have the results of the studies, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, it's clear that calcification, along with inflammation, is an underlying cause for many degenerative diseases. Still, most doctors ignore this. They associate calcification with heart disease, but not with macular degeneration. They know that calcification is present with arthritis, but may not be aware that it's a characteristic of diabetes. But you now know that calcification is a major part of many diseases. And something you need to have your doctor scan for before it gets too far advanced.

If you have any illnesses where calcification or inflammation has been implicated, you may at least want to consider EDTA, magnesium, or potassium citrate to help dissolve it. For more information, read The Calcium Bomb (Mulhall and Hansen, The Writer's Collective, 2005) or go to

A Natural Solution for Kidney Stones

Research shows that calcium-based kidney stones can be prevented with Urocit-K, a potassium citrate product from Mission Pharmacal (, 210-696-8400). It's possible that this supplement can dissolve the nanobacterial shell as well.

Urocit-K comes in two strengths. Your doctor can contact the company for more help in deciding whether or not you should try it, and how much you should take.

Nutrition Detective

Beyond Folklore: A History of Medicinal Herbs

Doctors have depended on plants as medicine for thousands of years. In fact, they were the staple of medical treatment long before pharmaceutical companies tested and bottled their ingredients as drugs.

Often, the plants themselves, or parts of plants, are more effective with fewer side effects than drugs. This is largely because the plants contain so many co-factors that may be lost in the laboratory.

That's why I think it's so important to carefully examine how, when, and why various plants are used in medicine. Folklore isn't enough for me. I'm interested in viewing plant usage through the eyes of a scientist.

The methodical study of traditional plant medicine is called ethnobotany. And two experts in the field--Michael J. Balick, PhD and Paul Alan Cox, PhD--have just republished a fascinating book called Plants, People, and Culture: The Science or" Ethnobotany. The book is based on the authors' first-hand examination. They actually lived among the many indigenous peoples they discuss and learned how each used native plants for healing.

If you're interested in how traditional cultures used their local plants and how these herbs influenced modern pharmacology, you'll want to read this book filled with photos and illustrations. It's available through American Botanical Council for $30 (800-373-7105, ext. 118, or

Hudelist, G., et al. "Presence of nanobacteria in psammoma bodies of ovarian cancer: evidence for pathogenic role in intratumoral biomineralization," Histopathology, December 2004.

Khullar, M., et al. "Morphological and immunological characteristics Of nanobacteria from human renal stones of a north Indian population," Urol Res, June 2004.

Mulhall, Douglas and Katja Hansen. The Calcium Bomb: The nanobacteria link to heart disease & cancer, The Writers' Collective, 2005.

Wilk, I. and G. Martirosian. "Nanobacteria--microbial characteristics," Postepy Hig Med Dosw (online): 58. Article in Polish.
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