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Mycoplasma experiments – Shorts

Mycoplasma experiments – Shorts – Brief Article

Jule Klotter

When Candace Brown of Huntsville, Texas learned that doctors expected her son to develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she began looking for a cure. Her 10 year old son was diagnosed with human parvovirus B19 in March 1997, and was given a standard protocol of steroids, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), immunosuppressives, and immunoglobulin WIG. What originally had appeared to be flu developed into a whole spectrum of symptoms that included severe headaches, gastrointestinal problems, blurred vision, throat spasms, ringworm, recurrent rashes, vomiting, knee pain episodes, esophagus spasms, chest pain, recurrent fevers, incontinence, extreme fatigue, and dental problems.

Candace found an article by Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown that described mycoplasmas (microbes similar to bacteria but without cell walls). His work on identifying and culturing the microbes from mice was published in 1939. Dr. Brown asserted that connective tissue disease was caused by mycoplasmas. He used tetracycline and tetracycline derivatives, long-term, to bring about remission in people with rheumatoid arthritis and scieroderma. Later, Candace heard about a study by Dr. James O’Dell (publicized by CNN in November 1997) that showed that minocycline (a tetracycline derivative) helped people with rheumatoid arthritis. Her son’s pediatrician agreed to prescribe the antibiotic. Within three days, the boy began to improve and, eventually, was able to return to school after almost a year’s absence.

In the course of trying to help her son, Candace learned about the ‘Huntsville Mystery Illness’ that was reported in the local paper in 1994. In that year, 28 cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and 68 cases of multiple sclerosis had been reported in the area. Also, Candace met another woman, Sally, whose teenage daughter had developed multiple symptoms. Like Candace, Sally had concluded that mycoplasmas were at the root of the problem. She had contacted Dr. Garth Nicolson, whose stepdaughter had returned from the Gulf War with multiple symptoms. Mter much study, he had concluded that a mycoplasma was involved in his stepdaughter’s illness. He successfully treated her with doxycycline (a tetracycline derivative). Sally found a physician who was willing to prescribe her daughter doxycycline, and the young woman recovered within eight months.

Sally told Candace that Dr. Nicolson had mentioned that mycoplasma fermentans incognitus was “found in especially high numbers in Texas Board of Corrections institutions.” Candace obtained the TBOC Board of Agendas and Minutes for 1965 through 1979, through the Freedom of Information Act. The documents confirmed years of experiments with mycoplasmas on human prisoners. In talking with employees at the nearby prison, Candace learned about experimental animals, housed at the prison and used in biowarfare research run by Baylor College of Medicine and later the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also learned that the University of Texas Medical Branch and the John Sealy Hospital (where prison inmates were taken) had replaced the local Waler County Health Department in 1994, a few months after the ‘Huntsville Mystery Illness’ newspaper articles. No one in the community, including prison employees, knew about the dangers of this research.

I found Candace Brown’s report, “Mycoplasma Experiments Conducted in Texas Prisons” posted on several internet sites including TLfDP received a copy of the letter that Candace Brown wrote to her Congressman Jim Turner, dated January 20, 1999, containing much of this information and asking for an investigation. A copy of the letter was forwarded by Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr. of The Arthritis Trust of America with the author’s permission.

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