If someone could give you a vaccine to cure your fibromyalgia, would you do it? This may seem like a dream , but is closer to the reality that you are doing the thinking . Los Angeles-based biomedical company EpicGenetics and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers get approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial next year to test Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) ) vaccine as treatment possible from the fibromyalgia
BCG is a generic TB vaccine that is almost 100 years old and has been safely administered millions of times, “said Dr. Denise Faust, head of the Fausto Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our research group at Massachusetts General Hospital is actively studying the role BCG vaccine can play in the treatment of various forms of autoimmunity. Our current approach is type 1 diabetes, but BCG is generally tested in a variety of autoimmune diseases. Over the next two years, we will begin clinical trials on fibromyalgia with BCG.
According to the organization world of the health , most of the 100 million children they receive the BCG vaccine every year . It is used mainly in the countries in development where the TB is still active . The vaccine BCG n ‘ it is available for the United States in that the low risk of infection . In the US , the BCG is used in a small number of patients to treat the cancer of the bladder .
As a result , the issue is , of course , why a vaccine for a disease infectious lung is used for the fibromyalgia ? The answer lies in the immune system .
Vaccines are usually given to healthy people to prevent infection. In this case, however, the BCG vaccine would be given to patients with fibromyalgia for the purpose of suppressing their symptoms.
When EpicGenetics was commissioned to create a diagnostic test for fibromyalgia several years ago, the researchers performed all kinds of lab tests on patients with fibromyalgia to understand how they differed from the control of the subjects and what could be the because of their symptoms. Researchers have discovered several abnormalities of white blood cells in patients with fibromyalgia, which leads to the conclusion that the symptoms are associated with a weakened immune system.
We believe that [the term] fibromyalgia is a bad name, “said Dr. Bruce Gillis, CEO of EpicGenetics. These people will not suffer from anything that affects the muscles, for example. What they suffer is that their immune system can not produce normal amounts of protective proteins. … There are cells in the immune system called mononuclear peripheral blood cells. They do not produce normal amounts of protective proteins called chemokines and cytokines. “
The results led to the development of the fibromyalgia screening test by FM / ha. ( Yes , in spite of what his doctors have can tell , it is a test for blood in the fibromyalgia ! It n ‘ simply not is widely accepted in the health of the community . The test analyzes four levels of chemokines and cytokines found at reduced levels in patients with fibromyalgia. These four chemokines and cytokines turn out to be the same as those stimulated by the BCG vaccine.
“Given what has been published in the medical literature, we believe this vaccine will reverse immune system abnormalities [fibromyalgia],” said Gillis.
Gillis and Fauster seek FDA approval to administer the first BCG vaccines to fibromyalgia patients early next year.
” C ” is the first time he ‘s done a treatment directly to the Fibromyalgia ” , says Gillis . ” As you know , the drugs [ in the market ] for the fibromyalgia will treat the symptoms . They do not need to benefit from the immune system. [The drug companies] admit that they treat the symptoms, but you have to treat the disease, and that’s why we’re moving forward with the application of [FDA] vaccines.
Gillis if the theory is true, then “chemokines and cytokines that are deficient in fibromyalgia patients will not be deficient [after the BCG vaccine],” he said. Gillis’ production levels to normal, and you should assume when your symptoms go away. We believe that we are at the dawn of something important .
Because of that the vaccine has a history so long , not be expected to cause the greatest side effects in patients .
It is expected that the vaccine BCG costs $ 20 $ – $ 25 per dose – a quantity pair with respect to the expenses common to the taking of drugs all the days .
“We believe that a fibromyalgia sufferer suffers one or two maximum doses so you can understand why not give me a lot of support from pharmaceutical companies,” said mr. Gillis
In addition to vaccine testing, EpicGenetics is partnering with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine to sequence the genomes of up to 250,000 fibromyalgia patients.
“We are looking for any kind of genetic patterns or abnormalities or mutations,” he said. Gillis
Patients who test positive fibromyalgia using the FM / a test may participate in the genomic study.
The test of FM / has cost now $ 936 , but is covered by some companies of insurance and insurance – disease . The EpicGenetics Support Team helps patients determine if their insurance company will cover the exam. An interest-free payment plan is available for those who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover the exam.
If you want to know more about the test FM / a , visit FMTest.com . Click here for more information on the EpicGenetics Fibromyalgia Genome Project and to study the BCG Vaccine. If you are interested in having the evidence of FM / a , please re fill out the form to request to the page of welcome at FMTest.com . If you have any issues or problems more with the submission of the form , you can send an e – mail address to the company Ask@epicgtx.com or call at ( 310 ) 277-4600 .
A About the author :
Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She was diagnosed later with chronic Lyme disease. Donna covers the news , the treatments , the research and the practice of advice for living better with the fibromyalgia and of Lyme on your blog , FedUpwithFatigue.com . You can also find it on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines in Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in the Delaware with her husband and their many babies in fur .