Medical Guidance on your Healing Path
The Challenge of “Stealth Pathogens”
Under certain conditions, all single-celled microbes (bacteria and fungi) are capable of assuming an alternate form in which they stop making their cell walls. Cell wall deficient forms were first observed and cultured over one hundred years ago. Since our immune system recognizes microbes primarily by the surface features on the cell wall, these cell-wall deficient forms evade detection by our immune system, much like an aircraft “flying under the radar.” Cell wall deficient microbes have correctly been called “stealth pathogens.” Although they can be cultured and identified using special laboratory techniques, conventional laboratory culture methods fail to detect cell-wall deficient microbes entirely. Cell wall deficient microbes play an important role in many illnesses, including autoimmune diseases.