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May 7, 2013
Another Germ Theory Victory - Back Pain?
The "New Germ Theory" people may have notched up another one: a pair of reports out from a team in Denmark strongly suggest that many cases of chronic low back pain are due to low-grade bacterial infection. They've identified causative agents (Propionibacterium acnes) by isolating them from tissue, and showed impressive success in the clinic by treating back pain patients with a lengthy course of antibiotics. Paul Ewald is surely smiling about this news, although (as mentioned here) he has some ideas about the drug industry that I can't endorse.
So first we find out that stomach ulcers are not due to over-dominant mothers, and now this. What other hard-to-diagnose infections are we missing? Update - such as obesity, maybe?
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