Mycoplasma - Dangers
Mycoplasmas are the "nanobots" of the germ world. They are the smallest of
all pathogens and are distinguished by the fact that they have no true outer shell. These two
facts allow it to go into "stealth mode" and hide deep within tissues. In fact,
mycoplasma has been know to hide within cells. Tricky, eh?
Unfortunately, mycoplasmas are not only elusive but also deadly and everyone
should know a little about them, because, quite often, medical professionals are
not caught up with the latest research. First of all, there are many variants
of mycoplasma, including the infamous Mycoplasma Pneumonia, better known as
"walking pneumonia." Of course, walking pneumonia manifests itself in an obvious fashion
with its classic fever and
cough symptoms. Another example of a more "obvious" mycoplasma is mycoplasma
genitalium, a common STD that causes many of the same symptoms as chlamydia and
However, all of the mycoplasmas (and some others) have a darker side: they can linger in tissues
for years or decades, undetected and unnoticed. The medical profession is
just beginning to realize what these sneaky and hard-to-eradicate pathogens do
to the human body.
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Look at some of the nasty conditions and illnesses associated with
mycoplasmas and already verified in the literature:
1. Prostate Cancer. One 2007 study showed that M. hyorhinus likely
contributed to prostate cancer  and an
ensuing study two years later verified this and showed the same for M.
 This is significant, becuase M. genitalium is the kind of mycoplasma that
causes the fairly common STD.
2. Cancer. Early animal studies showed that mycoplasma could
lead to cancer
 and epidemiological studies on humans verified the same. 
3. Arthritis. Many bacteria can cause "reactive arthritis," i.e. an
outbreak of arthritis that results in the body's response (inflammation, etc.)
to a pathogen. Mycoplasma is no exception and the "walking pneumonia"
variety has been known to trigger reactive arthritis in some cases.  A
recent study showed that the genital, STD-related variants did the same thing.
4. Low Testosterone. Some researchers feel that mycoplasma infections
can lead to low testosterone by either altering the hypothalamic-pituitary axis
 or by consuming cholesterol itself.
5. Male Infertility. Mycoplasmas attach themselves to sperm and wreak
havoc for the little swimmers. Many studies show that mycoplasma leads to
male infertility through decreasing sperm motility and invasion of the testes. 
Mycoplasmas have been suspected of causing many more issues and conditions
and research will undoubtedly verify many of these over the next decade.
The good news is that most of these can eradicated through antibiotics, but the
trick is that both you and your doctor must be informed as to their
pervasiveness in order to initiate testing and treatment.
A strong Immune System is absolutely critical as well. Some of the variants
cannot actually be completely killed by standard antibiotic treatments but are
just rendered immobile and/or inactive. The body must put the final "dagger
through the heart". of these microscopic critters.
Another reason that keeping your
Immune System strong and healthy when it
comes to mycoplasma is that many experts have noticed that mycoplasma is often
held in check within the body, but when a immune-injuring stressor hits, an
outbreak of mycoplasma is initiated. Again, read my link on
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1) Cytogenet Genome Res, 2007, 118:204-213, "Exogenous mycoplasmal p37
protein alters gene expression, growth and morphology of prostate cancer cells"
2) PLoS One, 2009, 4(9):e6872, "Persistent Exposure to Mycoplasma Induces
Malignant Transformation of Human Prostate Cells"
3) PNAS October 24, 1995 vol. 92 no. 22 10197-10201, "Mycoplasmas and
oncogenesis: persistent infection and multistage malignant transformation"
4) Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 2001, 47(8):691-697, "Do mycoplasmas cause
6) Scandanavian Journal of Rheumatology, 2006, 35(6)459-462, "Potential
triggering infections of reactive arthritis"
7) NeuroReport, Apr 19 1995, 6(6), "Mycoplasma fermentans activates the
hypothalamo-pituitary adrenal axis in the rat"
8) Fertility, 1984, 7(1-4)193-202 (16 ref.), "Mycoplasma infestation of the
testes as a cause for infertility"
9) Andrologia, Oct-Dec 1975, 7(4):309-316, "The Correlation of Human Male
Infertility with the Presence of Mycoplasma T-Strains"
10) Fertil Steril, 1975 Dec, 26(12):1212-8, "T-mycoplasmas and human
infertility: correlation of infection with alterations in seminal parameters"