Here's a few more:
Mycobacterium avium awareness site:
"Conclusion. The results show an opposite association of TNF polymorphism with autoimmunity and TB, and suggest the existence of heterozygote advantage, sustaining the hypothesis that autoimmune diseases are a consequence of natural selection for enhanced TB resistance. Data also provide genetic evidence supporting the common variants/multiple disease hypothesis, which emphasizes that many disease genes may not be disease-specific, and that similar immunogenetic mechanisms underlie autoimmune diseases. (J Rheumatol 2005;32:219-24) "
"Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection precipitates SLE in patients from endemic areas "
"TB and SLE might share a common immunogenetic pathway "
Increased risk of TB/mycobacterium infections:
"Osteoarticular tuberculosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus."
"Infections such as TB, meningococcus, staphylococcus, and streptococcus are common in SLE. Lastly, opportunistic infections (they occur in patients being treated with high doses of steroids or immunosuppressive medications, by pathogens that are not normally harmful), can mimic lupus and need to be excluded when considering a diagnosis of CNS lupus. "
Flatout mycobacterium avium as possible cause of Crohn's disease:
"In the summer of 1998, PARA began a series of pleas to the NIH/NIAID, to investigate the relationship between Crohn's disease and the bacterium known as Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis(MAP). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the NIH took the decisive lead in this matter and moved swiftly forward with the initiative to thoroughly research PARA's concerns. In October 1998, the NIAID stated to PARA its intent to host a formal workshop to further explore these concerns. On December 14, 1998, the NIAID hosted a groundbreaking workshop bringing together top researchers from all over the United States and the world to discuss a potential infectious etiology of Crohn's disease and to devise new research approaches to address this critical concern. " Clinical trials using TB drugs as treatment for Crohns are being discussed.
"Health Impacts of Environmental Mycobacteria"
Mycobacterium may be the cause of not only sarcoidosis and Crohn's but many other autoimmune diseases. Certainly, an infection can only make us sicker.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids