Dr. James Schaller’s Advanced 2015 Babesia Care
Dr. Schaller first became concerned with Babesia when patients began clotting very quickly when cut. High D-Dimer and thrombin-antithrobin complex formation (TAT) were found in his Babesia patients as well as in research in humans and dogs. Some patients required a prescription blood thinner and some who took Coumadin or other blood thinners couldn’t keep their lab measurements at a constant level. These patients were found to have Babesia and other tick born infections (TBI’s).
He points out that Babesia could exacerbate or cause heart and brain infarcts as it occasionally increases red blood cell size (MCV) as well as the fact that it’s cousin, Malaria, is known to cause brain infarcts.
Cancer is another concern as CD57 (cancer killer cells) levels fall with the killing of Babesia. He states hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES), a blood cancer, could be cured in many patients just by the proper diagnosis of Babesia and the effective treatment for it.
He states that while Babesia is slow growing, a new tick bite or a tick infection trigger event such as a recent divorce, losing a job, car accident, basically anything causing the body stress, can trigger Babesia that has been in the body for decades. He believes the norm is that initial tick bites are experienced as trivial or merely a brief cold or flu, and after years of reproduction serious symptoms start.
Schaller feels most doctors are not considering Babesia when patients show evidence of shredding red blood cells, and when hemoglobin or white blood cell levels decrease, and that they are more cancer-oriented in their thinking. He also warns that while he’s had antibody positive patients, the most respected labs never see it in a smear.
He feels the best Babesia antibody testing, PCR and smear visualization is by IGENEX, but that Bartonella is more common than either Lyme or Babesia and can alter direct and indirect testing results due to its immunosuppression. He states many LLMD’s miss it due to an over-reliance on lab results, and that the common view of Lyme being the “core infection” with Babesia as a co-infection is an error. Also, a negative FISH does not prove a cure.
He found that when patients suspected of having Babesia were exposed to two strong Babesia medications and artesunate, their Babesia antibody test converted from negative to positive, but is concerned about treatment disasters which can occur due to variation of Babesia strains, as well as that Babesia is much harder to kill than malaria, and patient variability in how they respond to the drugs.
Schaller systematically goes over the current Babesia treatments in this article and gives much incite and research. Please refer to the article itself for this information.