Author Archives: Alessandria Armstrong

Diagnosing & Treating Intracellular Pathogen Loads

Viruses, bacteria or parasites can attack and invade cells of the body. These cells then act as host cells for these intracellular pathogens. This has enormous advantages for the pathogens, including protection from the host’s immune system, partial protection from antibiotics as well as nutrient supply. The invasion of cells also enables the pathogen to […]

BICOM-Therapy® as Support for Somatic Symptom Disorders

Topics such as stress, exhaustion and burn-out are an integral part of everyday practice. The consequences of all this stress is often vegetative dystonia, which in turn can lead to somatic symptom disorders. Somatic symptom disorders are physical complaints that cannot be traced back to an organic disease or cannot be traced back at all. […]

The Effect of Worms on the Sensory Organs

What are worms?  There are many different species of parasites called worms that can infect humans and live and reproduce inside them. These include various types of roundworms and flat worms.    How are they transmitted?  Parasitic worm infections can be picked up through contact with soil that contains contaminated faeces. This means that those […]

The Health Impacts of Parasitic Worms

What are worms?  Worms are a variety of different kinds of intestinal parasites that can infect humans. They include:  Flatworms – such as flukes and tapeworms  Roundworms – such as pinworms and hookworms    How are they transmitted?  Worms may enter a person’s body by means of contaminated water or undercooked meat or fish from […]

Chlamydia – an STI involved in psychiatric conditions?

What is chlamydia?  Chlamydia is a genus of intracellular bacteria that includes 3 species that are known to be pathogenic to humans, these are:  Chlamydia trachomatis  Chlamydia psittaci  Chlamydia pneumoniae    How is this infection transmitted?  Chlamydia psittaci is caught from infected wild or domesticated birds and enters the body through the respiratory tract. Chlamydia […]

Lyme Disease – Can it Cause Mental Illness?

What is borrelia?  Borrelia is a genus of bacteria that includes species that are known to cause lyme disease in humans, these include:  Borrelia burgdorferi – found in Europe and North America  Borrelia afzelii – found in Asia and Europe  Borrelia garinii – found in Asia and Europe  Borrelia mayonii – found in North America  […]

Borna Disease Virus and Mental Health

What is borna disease virus?  Borna disease virus (BDV) is a virus that causes neurological disease and is known to affect various species of wild and domesticated animals. It is most well-known for being a brain disease that infects horses. More recently, it has become evident that this virus can also be found in humans, suggesting […]

Do Gamma Herpes Viruses Cause Mental Illness?

What are gamma herpes viruses?  There are 8 different herpes viruses which tend to infect humans. Gamma herpes viruses (gammaherpesvirinae) belong to a subfamily of the herpes virus family (herpesviridae). They include:  Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)  Human herpes virus 8 (HHV8)  This group can only infect a very small range of host tissues.    How are […]

Can Alpha Herpes Viruses Affect Our Mental Health?

What are Alpha herpes viruses?  There are many different types of herpes virus, though, only 8 are known to routinely infect humans. Alpha herpes viruses (alphaherpesvirinae) belong to a subfamily of the herpes virus family (herpesviridae). They include:   Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1)  Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2)  Varicella zoster virus (VZV)  This particular group […]