Mysterious Cause of Fatigue, Obesity, and Migraines Discovered

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A little-known parasite is responsible for numerous maladies - Florida research doctor, Dr. James Schaller, shares his discovery. Dr. Schaller made this discovery in the past month as he reviewed nine years of patient charts and discovered that obesity, fatigue and migraines were all present in over 25% of those infected with Babesia.

It took Dr. Schaller years to understand the power of Babesia to disable and kill.

Dr. James Schaller specializes in treating mystery illnesses. He is a Sherlock Holmes of the medically abandoned. He has authored over 40 books and top journal articles that offer secrets to patient recovery. In the last decade, he has come across a critical cause of fatigue, obesity, and migraines missed by sincere and talented physicians. What is this stealth cause of these three major disabling conditions? It is a single-celled parasite that is carried by ticks and possibly also passes through the womb called Babesia. Dr. Schaller has written numerous books on this single-celled parasite, along with other academic papers. Like malaria, it lives inside red blood cells.

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Dr. Schaller explains, “It took years to understand the power of Babesia to disable and kill. I used routine simple Babesia testing that showed it was very rare. Then a friend and doctor asked for my help in trying to cure his serious blood cancer. It almost killed him. After repeated negative Babesia test results, a trial of malaria medicines at very safe low doses suddenly created a positive Babesia antibody result.”

This patient’s worst symptoms included horrible migraine headaches, fatigue, and some muscle wasting. Dr. Schaller has since come to believe that most Babesia patients gain weight, but weight loss is also possible. Death can result from the dissolving of red blood cells or from blood clots. Dr. Schaller has found that patients with Babesia usually clot faster on testing, and is concerned it may increase heart attacks and strokes, yet Babesia is seldom diagnosed as the cause or even a contributing factor.

About a hundred years ago, Babesia decimated the cattle population in the southern US. According to many infection experts, Babesia microti is regarded as the top risk to the US blood supply with no approved screening test. Some physicians feel Babesia is significantly under-reported in ticks and infected humans, in part due to the significant limitations of direct Babesia laboratory results, i.e., antibody tests or DNA tests which can be falsely negative. Unfortunately, while Babesia has many treatment options, it is still felt to be rare in ticks and limited to only a select set of regions. Physicians with more experience with the diagnosis of Babesia, find Babesia in patients living in all USA states, all the provinces of Canada and all over the world. At times the best testing is indirect testing—checking for what Babesia does to a number of laboratory results as opposed to direct DNA testing for only one Babesia species.

This infection may be the most dangerous tick-carried infection in the world. Dr. Schaller’s hope is that most physicians learn it can be one of the causes of fatigue, obesity, and migraines, and that they are more vigilant for its many symptoms found in his Babesia, Bartonella, and Lyme Disease Checklist book. He also hopes healers would become familiar with indirect testing since direct testing is so insensitive. For example, dangerous Babesia duncani cannot be tested by many laboratories, and those that offer an antibody test make the antibody number for a positive so high, few infected patients would appear positive.    

Dr. Schaller reports the science of Babesia is constantly improving, requiring him to revise his approach to diagnosis and treatment. “We have found that Babesia leaves an imprint in the biochemistry of the body, so indirect testing is very useful. We test less for Babesia, and test more often for what chemicals are changed by the presence of Babesia in an infected body. In addition, one thing most agree on is that Babesia can be killed, and if it is a cause of mild or severe fatigue, obesity or weight loss or migraines, that healing is possible. And every few years we have new synthetic and natural medicine tools, to keep us confident as we keep finding many new strains and even some new species.“

For further information, visit Dr. Schaller's website, Dr. Schaller is also available for phone consultations by filling out an online form at his web site or by calling 239.263.0133. He is licensed in Florida and has been researching tick medicine full time for a decade.


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