The first thing to understand is that Cpn (Chlamydophila Pneumoniae formerly known as Chlamydia Pneumoniae) is unlike most bacteria in that it cannot survive as an active organism outside your body's cells. Most bacteria can be treated fairly easily with antibiotics because they circulate in the blood, this one cannot.
Living inside the cell gives Cpn several advantages:
- It is not easily detected, if it is detected at all it is usually its footprint that it is found, such as traces of inflammation or immune sign posts.
- It is protected from the immune systems by existing inside the cell, for most of its life cycle the immune system does not even see it or recognise it as a threat.
- It does not need to generate its own energy source, it steals it from the cell.
- Cells are very efficient at keeping noxious substances out, (to cells antibiotics might well be seen as noxious substances) so finding an antibiotic that penetrates the cells and affects the Cpn in any way is a precise exercise.
Another important aspect of Cpn which makes it different to ordinary bacteria and consequently more difficult to treat is that it has three life stages: EBs, RB, and Cryptic.
- EBs stands for Elementary Bodies, they are spore-like forms whose only role is to spread the Cpn infection, the only stage at which Cpn circulates in the bloodstream. The EBs aim is to infiltrate a cell as soon as possible. At which point it will become an active RB.
- RBs stands for Reticulate Bodies, the RBs are the active stage of the bacteria, their role is to produce a multitude of EBs which they do inside the cell, using stolen cell energy. They stop the cell from going through its natural life cycle and prevent its natural death (called apoptosis). When the conditions are right the RBs will allow the cell to die and release EBs into the blood stream. If conditions are not right the RBs will convert to the cryptic form of Cpn.
- Cryptic Cpn is the hibernation phase, in this state they are not vulnerable to most antibiotics and are not active.
When treated with a Combined Antibiotic Protocol (CAP), Cpn dies and as it does, it releases toxins and causes the immune system to produce inflammation in the process of clearing up, these events make people feel unwell. The level of discomfort people feel depends on their individual load of Cpn and the effectiveness of their immune system.
So where do you go from here? It is tempting to want to plunge straight into the treatment but there are several things that you need to think about before you get started.
- This treatment can take a long time (months and years) and at first it is difficult to notice the small improvements you are making so you need realistic expectations.
- You need to check your symptoms against those of the diseases associated with Cpn.
- You need to be familiar enough with Cpn and the treatment protocol to be able to talk to your doctor who may not understand the difficulties involved in eradicating Cpn.
- You need to be in the best condition you can be, by taking the recommended supplements which help your body cope with the die off effects of the treatment.
- This treatment can be difficult to tolerate, although a significant number of people have very little in the way of reactions.
- You need to get familiar with the website and the information it contains so you can find what you need to support your case with your doctor.
- Expect to have to work at finding a doctor who will treat you. The number of patients undergoing this is small, the protocol is not well known by doctors. I would go so far as saying that a great many doctors would be suspicious of using multiple antibiotics for the length of time needed to eradicate Cpn.
- Do not expect tests to be positive or accurate for the reasons explained above. Things would be a lot simpler if we could say to our doctors: “Look at these results, there is no doubt I have a Cpn infection.” Unfortunately that is not the way things are…
The other place to go is the FAQs section which may well answer some of your questions and point you to more information, including what tests to request.
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