Bartonella & Psychiatric Symptoms – Sample Case – Sample Test & Treatment


Bartonella and Psychiatric Symptoms

First, this emerging infection is found in cities, suburbs and rural locations. Presently routine national labs offer testing of questionable quality for only two species, but at least nine have been discovered as human infections within the last 15 years. Some authors discuss Bartonella cases having atypical presentations, with serious problems considered uncharacteristic of more routine Bartonella infections. Some “atypical” findings include: distortion of vision, abdominal pain, severe liver and spleen tissue abnormalities, bone infection, arthritis, abscesses, skin sores, and heart tissue and heart valve problems. While some articles discuss Bartonella as a cause of neurological illnesses, psychiatric illnesses have received virtually no attention. This is amazing, because many of my Bartonella patients have some character, mood or cognitive alterations. This is a complete blind spot in Psychiatry and Neurology circles. Further, their dosing of psychiatric medications is radically different. Some can only tolerate 1/8th of the smallest Lexapro and others need 70 mgs per day to have a stable mood.

The presence of Bartonella-induced psychiatric symptoms should not be surprising for a number of reasons. First, psychiatric disorders are brain disorders and Bartonella is documented as causing many diverse neurological brain disorders. Bartonella infections are associated with red blood cells (RBC), which allow small Bartonella bacteria, a fraction of the RBC cell size to enter the brain’s vascular system. These Bartonella-infected cells penetrate brain tissue. Finally, with 9-10 species or subspecies that can infect humans, it is possible this larger number of species can produce a wider range of signs and symptoms-some of which might be psychiatric in nature. Below, I offer a medical case with psychiatric symptoms that emerged during a Bartonella infection.

A Sample Case

A 41 year-old male minister from Wisconsin was reported by his wife, best friends and children to have a personality change after a camping trip in North Carolina . After the trip, the patient described a small right-sided “aching” armpit lymph node and as having a “slight fever feeling.” He reported removing three Ixodes deer ticks that resembled “large dust particles glued to his leg and shoulder.” Five weeks later, he reported an “enlarged and very annoying” right-sided armpit lymph node, feelings of excessive warmth, irritability, severe insomnia and new-onset eccentric rage. He also reported a new sensitivity to otherwise only slightly annoying smells and sounds. His afternoon temperatures were 98.7-99.9 ¡F, which he recorded every 3 days on the advice of a relative who was a Physician Assistant.

His internist found the patient to be negative for Lyme disease using the CDC two-tier surveillance testing procedure performed at Quest diagnostics and IGeneX’s PCR and Western Blot test. It was felt that the patient might have Bartonella based on his unilateral lymph node symptom and Ixodes attachment. This physician felt that since the duration of the lymph node ache was at least five weeks, that “atypical” Bartonella should be considered in the differential. “Atypical” means that the man had more than a simple cold, passing sore throat and transient low-grade fever.

The patient was ordered a Bartonella henselae IgG and IgM along with other lab testing which was negative, including a PCR test for Bartonella. However, the Fry Blood Smear Test came back as positive.

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Ignore Bartonella & Stay Ill or Even Die – Part 2

Bartonella is Everywhere

Bartonella is so common that 40% of California cats have lab findings showing contact with the illness. Since 1/3 of all USA homes have a cat, this means many of the 70 million cats in the USA can playfully bite, lick or scratch a human and infect them. But one thing wrong with this 40% number is the assumption that the test used is reliable and catches every Bartonella positive cat. I have sent positive human samples to many labs and they were routinely missed. So I believe DNA or PCR tests and various antibody tests (IgG/IgM) can support a diagnosis if they are positive, but remember they typically miss infected animals and humans.

In contrast to Lyme disease, Bartonella is virtually everywhere except countries near the cold northern and southern poles. The reason Bartonella is so common is that it is found in many vectors or insect carriers. Here are some sample vectors and ways a Bartonella infection can be passed.

  • Four Bartonella species have been found in dust mites
  • Flea bites
  • Flea feces– Bartonella live at least nine days in this substance. If it touches a human mouth, nose, or eye, Bartonella can infect a person
  • Cats and dogs can carry this infection in their paws and saliva, and scratch, lick or bite you.
  • Lice– such as forms found in schools or dirty areas.
  • Ticks– in some tick research areas, in which Lyme disease exists in high concentrations, surprisingly, Bartonella is sometimes even more common then Lyme disease.
  • Flies– some carry this infection and pass it on to mammals. I suspect as laboratory science improves, we will find this infection in more flies in coming years. A recent article found it in some SW USA flies.
  • Birth infection– examination of fetal pregnancy tissue shows that Bartonella clearly infects the placenta, and infected baby mice are born smaller; further, Bartonella decreases successful pregnancies.

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Ignore Bartonella & Stay Ill, Lose A Relationship, Job Or Hurt An Organ – Part 1

Ignore Bartonella and Stay Ill , Lose a Relationship,

Job or Hurt an Organ


Trivializing Bartonella attached to Red Blood Cells is Ignoring TNT?


Radically New Information about a
Flea and Tick Infection More Common than Lyme


By Dr. James Schaller, MD.

As you read this article, Bartonella is making microscopic fat deposits in some human hearts. These will undermine the normal pacemaker stimulation in their heart and cause death. Others have Bartonella inside weakening blood vessel walls which might create a stroke. Still others with Bartonella are struggling with an agitated depression or aggressive rage that makes them prone to suicide. The psychiatric treatment of a patient with Bartonella is highly specialized and most family physicians and psychiatrists do not know how to treat a patient suffering from Bartonella-caused psychiatric disorders. Bartonella is connected to red blood cells that are entering every human organ. Some are leaving their red blood cell carriers and entering tissues next to capillaries all over the body.

Bartonella bacteria enter all organs and cause the following sample illnesses:

  • All Psychiatric disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or Loss of Sensation
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches,
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Impulsivity
  • Oxygen Deprivation
  • Panic Attacks
  • Fainting
  • Muscle Spasms and/or Weakness
  • Joint Pain
  • Upper and Lower G.I. Tract Disorders
  • Kidney, Bladder, and Urogenital Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Memory Problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Lumps in the Skin
  • Dozens of Types of Rashes
  • Polyps in or on Major Organs
  • Eye Disorders, e.g., Blurred Vision, Depth Perception, and Retinal Damage
  • But Some Patients Have No Clear Symptoms

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