There is significant evidence that chronic illness is linked to infection. This means that infection either directly caused or triggered the illness, or that infection is responsible for the perpetuation of the condition.
The singer/actor Kris Kristofferson and his long undiagnosed battle with Lyme disease have recently been reported in the media. His story is representative of what many people experience. In 2012 Kris was diagnosed with fibromyalgia while suffering with massive, painful spasms over his back and legs. In 2013 with symptoms of memory loss and cognition difficulties, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He was further diagnosed with sleep apnea and given a pacemaker for heart arrhythmias. He never really improved much on treatments so his wife took him to an integrative doctor in 2016 who diagnosed Lyme disease. Following treatment for this underlying infection, he is doing much better. No more Alzheimer’s but still some short term memory loss.
His story has been repeated thousands of times by people with chronic Lyme disease. Multiple diagnoses, multiple doctors, limited improvement with conventional treatments, then finally a Lyme diagnosis and improvement with treatment.
While Kristofferson’s experience was specific to Lyme disease, many different infections are linked to chronic illnesses. Decades of research and clinical experience have shown the connection.