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In Vivo. 2006 Mar-Apr;20(2):285-91.

Four problems with the clinical control of interstitial pneumonia, or chronic fatigue syndrome, using the megadose vitamin C infusion system with dehydroepiandrosterone-cortisol annex.

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Kodama Research Institute of Preventive Medicine, 50-5 Chiyogaoka, Chikusaku, Nagoya 464-0005, Japan.


Since 1996 in our clinic, the regular practice of megadose vitamin C infusion with dehydroepiandrosterone-cortisol annex and the continuous intake of erythromycin and chloramphenicol have been found useful for the clinical control of the autoimmune disease interstitial pneumonia, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. The long-term use of these two systems for the treatment of the autoimmune disease has led to the emergence of four problems of theoretical or practical importance, as described below: i) Should maintenance of the above core treatments be continued for prophylactic purposes in the absence of acute signs of pneumonia? Evidence indicated that their use was essential to arrest the dynamic activity of an intrapulmonary bacterial colony in the immunodeficient host, and that the 5-year survival rate of interstitial pneumonia patients would have been worse without the prophylactic practice of the 2 treatments. ii) Evidence was presented to suggest that the activity of the intrapulmonary bacterial colony was becoming less responsive because of the emergence of a drug-resistent mutant bacterium. The introduction of new antibiotics (kanamycin) was found to improve the acute signs of pneumonia. iii) The bone marrow function of one male patient with interstitial pneumonia was found to decline during the observation period of 9 years. It was speculated that his bone marrow, like his lungs, was in the course of fibrosis. iv) One female patient was diagnosed with breast cancer in the course of interstitial pneumonia treatment--an example indicating that the persistence of an autoimmune disease in an elderly subject might be associated with the emergence of malignancy. Dehydroepiandrosterone was shown to promote the recovery of hepatic function in the course of cancer chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide. The beneficial effect of the adrenal androgen was dose-dependent. The significance of this finding is discussed in the light of the steroid carcinogenesis concept. The reasoning behind the view that interstitial pneumonia and chronic fatigue syndrome are one disease is also discussed.

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