Stealth Pathogens and Slow Viruses

by ProfKeith

In the 1970s we started speaking about “smouldering viruses” (I lived in the UK then, so spelled it that way!); also sometimes referred to as “slow viruses”. This meant sub-clinical virus opportunists that got under the radar of the immune system and couldn’t be dislodged.

Instead, they hung on and lingered, often for the entire lifetime of infected individuals, setting up chronic, damaging inflammation throughout the body. Diseases of aging and autoimmunity (see below), such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and many other deadly ailments have been linked to chronic stealth infections.

Once again, it was the clinical ecologists and alternative community who first spotted what was going on. We were open to think laterally and outside the box.

We started to talk about “post-viral fatigue syndrome”, since the debility would not go away after the acute infectious episode. Fibromyalgia (ME in Europe) is typical of the pattern of symptoms for post-viral syndrome. Attention to allergies and intolerance often aided recovery a great deal. This pointed to a disordered immune response. But in my 1988 book The Allergy Handbook, I began asking “Is it not that we get the viruses because the immune system is poor or incompetent, rather than we get the immune dysfunction because of the virus?” I started thinking along the lines that environmental toxins debilitate the immune system, which then leads to the stealth virus. I have not been proved wrong. We just don’t know.

Since those early years, so-called stealth-adapted viruses have been recovered from multiple tissues, including blood, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, throat swabs, breast milk, brain biopsies and tumor samples from patients with various neurological, psychiatric, auto-immune, allergic and cancerous diseases.

So this is a serious issue. And it is not confined to viruses.

Examples of neurological illnesses which could have this sort of basis include autism, attention deficit and behavioral disorders in children; depression, schizophrenia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig), multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia in adults; and neurodegenerative illnesses in the elderly, such as Shy-Drager and multiple system atrophy.

Examples of the guilty viruses are Epstein-Barr virus, Coxsackie, cytomegalovirus, enterovirus and herpes viruses, notably human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6). Other organisms include mycoplasma, and bacteria, such as Chalamydia pneumoniae (Cpn) and Borrelia bugdorferii (true Lyme disease).

By following individual patients over several years, it has been found that there may be lateral transfer, leading to related but diverse illnesses within a family. Even pets may be affected.

The strange bone disorder called Paget’s disease is now recognized as a “slow” version of the canine distemper virus. The actual disease emerges decades after the initial infection.

Community-wide outbreaks of stealth virus infections have also been observed with individuals showing varying levels of severity and duration of illness. This may be the cause of otherwise unexplainable deaths, and a strange “dumbing” of a whole township, as reflected in the excessive need for special education for its children.

The latter isn’t surprising; it is now known that the stealth viruses can infect almost any organ, but that the brain is especially prone to manifest the effects of even limited localized cellular damage. If this is mixed in with an autoimmune response, the results can be complex and a diagnostic nightmare.

Indeed, I sometimes speculate that the current autism “epidemic” may be due to a stealth virus, as yet undiscovered. Or maybe a mutant version of the measles virus, from the vaccine, which is being spread among the population by mass use of the MMR vaccine.

Of course it is not politically correct to impugn vaccination. But there will be no answer to the autism riddle, till someone asks the right question.

Cancer can now be added to the list of potential stealth virus-associated diseases. The original of this was Burkitt’s lymphoma, named after Denis Burkitt, who discovered it in Africa. Positive stealth virus cultures have been seen in virtually all of the multiple myeloma patients tested, and in several patients presenting with other types of tumors.

A previous history of chronic fatigue in a cancer patient may provide a clue to loss of brain function, suggestive of an underlying stealth virus infection in a cancer patient. It will be interesting to determine the effect of stealth-virus suppressive therapy in such patients. At this time such therapy is not being practiced.

However, preliminary research on mice shows the use of a vaccine against the common cold may have anti-cancer possibilities. This is ironic and relevant; the virus gets into the cancer cell, which allows it to hide from the immune system, and so the virus replicates and kills the host (cancer) cells. So the cold virus is being a “stealth virus” inside the cancer!

Finally, know that a stealth virus uses a novel strategy for replication. It has the capacity to “capture, amplify and mutate” genetic sequences assimilated from infected cells, other viruses and bacteria.

Don’t forget that these “stealth pathogens” also form a part of the troublesome human microbiome, when we come to that. So this messing around with genes is a particularly troublesome aspect of this sneaky infectious nightmare.

Unfortunately, there are no reliable tests to date and stealth pathogens are notorious for imitating other organisms, so their true nature goes often unidentified.

This makes them especially difficult to even study, never mind eliminate.

Be afraid; be very afraid, as the movie trailers say… moo-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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David AuBuchon October 29, 2011 at 2:34 am

Shameless self-plugging of a still very incomplete and imprecise (yet still far more accurate than other websites out there) book on colloidal silver. The section on Safety is quite complete though:

The only downside to probing yourself for chronic infections with colloidal silver is it may lead to more false negatives on specialty lab tests, which are often unreliable anyway. Aside from making it yourself, I personally believe the best premade product is called Silver 100 which has the formula potassium silver citrate.

Liposomal vitamin C is also looking very promising for infection. If you don’t get the results you need, and you can afford it, you can literally take even 50 grams orally, and in my personal opinion have it work far better than an IV treatment. I just took 35 grams yesterday. To make that economical though you have to make it yourself. Some of us folks are working on standardizing the best process for that.

walt October 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I can’t find the exact source, it’s Discover magazine 2010?, article about Schizophrenia being related to HERV (human endogenous retrovirus) present in a significant portion of the population’s “junk” DNA regions.

ProfKeith October 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Also, Walt, Alzheimer’s is almost certainly a stealth Chlamydia pneumoniae.

Roger Barr October 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Dr. Hahnemann in the 1800’s recognized and treated the after-effects of poorly treated diseases. He used the term miasm to refer to this condition.

ProfKeith October 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is not the same as a miasm Roger. These are current, active infections.

Yvette Baran October 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Found Prof Keith’s article on Slow Viruses very interesting, and my thoughts right away turned to a silver remedy, as a previous comment also made reference too. However, in saying that there are many different silvers to check out, and many of them not safe or beneficial. Just would wonder if anyone has read the “3rd Edition A Fighting Chance” – how to win the war against bacteria, viruses & mold with silver – by Dr. Gordon Pedersen?

David AuBuchon October 30, 2011 at 2:33 am

I haven’t read that, but Gordon Pedersen is the guy behind ABL (American Biotech Labs). They sell a silver supplements under many names (Silver Sol, ASAP, Guardian, and some others). They are all the same product except in different concentrations. If you believe their patent (which I cannot gaurantee is true, but I believe it), their product contains 97% of the mass of silver in metallic silver particles roughly 1o nanometers in size. These particles are then coated by a silver compound called Ag4O4. This product has been clinically studied by them. I have some references regarding this product in my book. In Africa, they treated 124 cases of various infections. All recovered completely. 54 of those cases were malaria. Most all were well in 2 or 3 days.

So the stuff works. But is it better than other silver supplements available? There is no side by side comparison to be sure, but I personally am skeptical it is any more effective than the stuff you can make at home yourself for pennies a day.

I have a mind to develop a couple new silver supplements actually. It will take me years, but if I succeed, you will hear about it on my blog.

One is silver loaded zeolite. Zeolites do cation exchange. In theory, they can carry silver ions AS IONS and swap them out in the body. Ions are the most powerful form of silver, but are the hardest to deliver to the body because they immediately find something to react with.

The other thing is that someone has discovered a new tweak to the electrolysis process that is used to make most “colloidal silver”. Most CS is basically silver ions (Ag+) dissolved in water, and cannot at present exceed about 22 PPM. This guy has successfully made 40PPM, and I think with further trial and error, maybe much higher can be achieved. Concentration is a critical factor in effectiveness. The current ordinary CS people use certainly does not cure everything, so we need to keep pushing it.


Sarah October 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I am a clinical nutritionist with a side specialty in nutrition and first aid remedies for overseas travel. As such, I have access to a number of professional websites which include teleseminars on recent research. One recent seminar was very interesting. It was about a new silver technology called “silversol”. The website for their research is . They claim to have a 100% kill rate against certain viruses such as the HPV virus and also certain diseases such as malaria. We’ll see, but the research looks interesting. This is a very different technology from “colloidal silver”.

David AuBuchon October 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

It is the same product I mentioned right in the comment above yours.

Greg Kollar October 31, 2011 at 2:09 am

Prof Kieth is right on the money again. You will find that Dr. Michael Goldberg (book: The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children by Dr. Michael J. Goldberg and Elyse Goldberg.) has discovered and been sucessfully treating the stealth virus that caused many children’s Autistic symptoms.

Dianne B October 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have read this article and it is of interest to me personally. What is the cure for this stealth virus?

Primoz October 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Thanks for the great article!
I think we should add some protozoa to the list, for instance Toxoplasma gondii, with a similar intracellular strategy.

Christine Elliott October 31, 2011 at 11:50 pm

What a fascinating article. Thank you.
I have Paget’s Disease. It was discovered in my early 70’s ( I am now 78 ) from a bone scan after a car accident.
I can relate to the possible link with canine distemper.
During my childhood I had one dog only as a pet.
The dog ‘went mad’ & soon after my parents told me that he had been ‘given away’ because of his ‘madness’. When I look back, I can see a possible link(?)
In those days of course dogs didn’t have vaccinations as they do now.
Thank you also to David & Yvette for the information on Silver & the book references.
I will follow these links too, as I also have a ‘lurking’ varicella virus from a ‘Shingles’ attack (early 70’s again) Another link- ‘Moooooo……………..?”

Arnoldo Velloso da Costa, MD November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I have a background of clinical neurosurgery before my training in nutritional medicine. The modern stealth virus was preceded by the idea of slow virus infections. I hope new findings will clear this subject in a near future.

marie lockie November 12, 2011 at 4:58 am

Has high ndose of IV vit C been shown to be anu=ynuse? Perhaps under pressure??
Marie L

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